Alpine Christmas Markets (Winter 2018-2019)
About Zurich, Switzerland
Additional Included Highlights
- Munich: See the Town Hall in the Marienplatz.
- Salzburg: View the Hohensalzburg fortress, see Mozart’s birthplace and spend some time in the Old Town with its Cathedral and Residenz Fountain.
- Innsbruck: See the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace in the Old Town.
- Lindau: Use your free time to walk through the medieval streets of this island-town to see the harbour.
- Black Forest: See Freiburg’s medieval Münster and spend time in the historic old quarter.
- Strasbourg: Visit France’s oldest Christmas market in front of the Cathedral and spend time in the atmospheric neighbourhood of La Petite France.
- Zürich: See the Grossmünster, Fraumünster and elegant Bahnhofstrasse.
- Scenic drives: Austrian Alps, Lake Bodensee.
- Munich: At the Christmas Market, meet a stallholder and taste the aromatic and utterly delicious Lebkuchen with a glass of Glühwein.
- Hall in Tirol: Situated perfectly in a 700-year-old building in the charming town of Hall in Tirol, enjoy a medieval banquet of Austrian specialties with wine.
- Zürich: The Swiss just love good food and wine, a decorative, well-laden table, and a touch of Gemütlichkeit - all of which you will find at your warm Celebration Dinner.
- Dining Summary: 8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
- Salzburg: With a Local Expert, see Mozart’s family home and the 500-year-old Christmas Market in front of the cathedral.
Stay at the Best Addresses
- Munich: The Leonardo Royal Hotel, located next to Munich’s famous Olympic Park, features modern architecture and refined interiors.
Top Rated Highlights
- Innsbruck: Meet your coachman and enjoy a delightful journey through Tyrol's picturesque countryside, on your horse-drawn Fiaker.
- Freiburg: Enjoy a romantic walk through the medieval cobbled streets of Freiburg and soak in the magic of its Christmas Markets.
- Strasbourg: Exploring the Christmas Markets is like stepping directly into a fairytale, where glittering lights and the scent of cinnamon enchant your senses.
- Zürich: Attend Europe’s biggest indoor Christmas Market with its magnificent Swarovski crystal-decorated Christmas tree.
- Christmas Markets: All departures will experience the wonderment of the Christmas Markets of each city, some of the oldest in Europe.
You will visit the following 4 places:
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