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Imagine spending ten days in the midst of the magnificent scenery of Germany and Austria, and all the while enjoying opportunities to shop for special, original Christmas gifts for friends and family. Our Classic European Christmas Markets tour is priced so that you can give yourself a wonderful present before Christmas, as you shop for wonderful gifts for everyone on your Christmas list!
Day 1: Depart USA. Your journey to the fabulous Christmas Markets of Europe begins this evening aboard your SWISS flight bound for Munich.
Day 2: Arrive Munich. After customs formalities, board your coach for a panoramic tour of Munich and its lovely Christmas decorations. Visit breathtaking Nyphenburg Palace before returning for a special wine and cheese reception followed by a welcome dinner. Hotel Forum Munich.
Day 3: Munich. Get in the Christmas spirit and visit Munich's famed Christmas Market on your own or with your guide. The rest of the day is free. Breakfast provided.
Day 4: Munich (Innsbruck excursion). Tour the lovely Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck. A guide will show you the sights, including the stately Court Palace and the famous Golden Roof of Innsbruck. Then take time to stroll through the town's festive Christmas Market before returning to Munich for overnight. Breakfast provided.
Day 5: Munich/Romantic Road/ Rothenburg. Today follow Germany's picturesque Romantic Road, stopping in quaint Augsburg before reaching the city of Rothenburg. Take a walking tour of this exquisite Medieval town, then browse the markets. A visit to the world-famous Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Market includes a special surprise for group members. Hotel Goldener Hirsch Rothenburg. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Rothenburg/Nuremberg/Salzburg. Take off for Nuremberg this morning, home to Germany's finest Christmas markets. While there, see the sights and tour the Kaiserburg. After enjoying the sights, continue on to Salzburg, Austria for dinner and overnight. Renaissance Hotel Salzburg. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 7: Salzburg. This morning, take a guided walking tour of the "City of Music." In the afternoon enjoy a stroll through the festive Christmas Market. This evening discover your own delights in this musical wonderland.Breakfast provided.
Day 8: Salzburg/Vienna. Say goodbye to Salzburg as you board your coach for the drive to Vienna, the city at the crossroads of Europe. Here you'll find some of the most beautiful Renaissance, baroque and Gothic architecture anywhere in the world, as well lush parks, fine shops and wonderful restaurants. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic half day tour of the highlights of the city. Hotel Renaissance Vienna. Breakfast provided.
Day 9: Vienna. Enjoy a day to explore this lovely city on your own. Or take an optional half day Vienna Woods or Schoenbrunn Palace excursion. Breakfast provided.
Day 10: Vienna/USA. After breakfast transfer to Vienna airport by coach to board your return flight to the USA, arriving later today.