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Christmas Markets of Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Budapest (16 Days)

Uncover the stunning scenery and seasonal traditions of four alpine countries as you get a full view of the idyllic villages and cosmopolitan capital cities of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Budapest in Hungary. These seasonal holiday markets have become more and more popular in recent years, offering visitors a taste of Old World traditions during a non-peak travel time of the year. Celebrated for centuries in the countries where St. Nicholas first delivered his toys, the markets feature stalls of hand-made crafts and holiday decorations, delicious sweets, traditional foods, and classic beverages that brighten the spirit and warm the soul, such as hot mulled cider. Tour highlights include the Alpine Christmas markets, Heidelberg Castle, the Black Forest, Lake Lucerne, Neuschwanstein Castle, Liechtenstein, Schönbrunn Palace, Melk Abbey and much, much more. From the Swiss mountains to the Bavarian forest, German beer to Austrian wine—this tantalizing Edventure has something for everyone.

Your Edventure includes:
  • Round-trip airfare from SFO or LAX (price may vary based on choice of additional gateways)
  • Breakfast daily
  • 8 three-course dinners with wine or beer
  • 14 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Full-time tour coordinator
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Transportation (planes, trains, boats, etc.) while on tour
  • Select admissions with priority entry
  • Visit to Justizzentrum Leoben or Stadelheim Prison (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)

Heidelberg Bridge and Castle

Munich Christmas Market

Neuschwanstein Castle

Innsbruck Christmas Market

Salzburg in Winter

Bratslavia

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Price: $5,012 (2017) based on double occupancy, plus optional $394.00 premium trip insurance*

Deposit and payment information below*

Next Departure Dates:
  

December 2017 (GSAX1217)
December 2018 (GSAX1218)

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Edventure Highlights:

~ Welcome Dinner


~ A guided tour of the baroque city of Heidelberg, including a funicular ride to Heidelberg Castle, a visit to the grounds of Germany's oldest university, and a walk through Market Square in Old Town


~ A journey to the Black Forest and its thundering Rhine Falls, the setting for many of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales


~ A stroll through the cobblestone streets of the beautiful alpine city of Lucerne, with a visit to it famous Lion Monument


~ An optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus, where a cable car gondola ascends 7,000 feet to the top of the mountain, for lunch and views of up to 200 miles on a clear day ($115 pp)


~ Lichtenstein, the smallest principality in Europe, to get passports stamped in the capital city of Vaduz


~ A tour of Innsbruck, home of two Olympic games, including the Golden Roof and City Tower in Innsbruck's Old Town, the Imperial Palace, the Baroque Cathedral of St. James


~ The the wooden stalls of the Innsbruck Christmas market, one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe, for ornaments, decorations, toys and food


~ The fairy-tale retreat of "Mad" Ludwig's Neuschwanstein Castle


~ Munich, and a guided tour of the Nymphenburg Palace, Englischer Garten, the Schwabing District, and the Marionplatz with its famous Glockenspiel


~ A short journey to Ausburg, Germany's second oldest city, for their world-famous Christkindl, with its "heavenly" post office, City Hall and its decor and murals, and a tasting of mulled wine and seasonal pastries, before visiting craftsmen creating handmade toys by centuries-old, traditional German methods


~ A visit to the University of Salzburg, the 17th-century Salzburg cathedral, the Kapitelplatz, Residenzplatz and the Alter Markt before boarding a funicular to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of Europe's oldest medieval castles


~ The stalls of Salzburg's traditional Christkindlmarkt before attending an evening of dinner and music inside the 1,200-year-old St. Peter's Stiftskeller for a sample traditional delicacies while enjoying a concert of some of Mozart's over 600 masterpieces where he once performed them


~ Justizztrum Leoban or Stadlheim Prison (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)


~ The beautiful Baroque Melk Abbey, where Benedictine Monks have lived and worked for the last 900 years, for a tasting of their wines and liqueurs


A guided sightseeing tour of Vienna, including such sites as Schönbrunn Palace, Ringstraße, and the Hofburg, before visiting its beautifully decorated and festive Christmas market


~ A traditional, Old-World Viennese evening of music, food and entertainment, featuring Austrian Heurigens, or wine taverns, in the picturesque village of Grinzing, with a stop at the Prater Ferris Wheel


~  The cobblestone streets of Bratslavia, and Bratislavsky Hrad, the 18th-century castle overlooking Old Town in the Slovakian capital of Bratslavia, and a tour of its Hall of Mirrors inside the famed pink Primates' Palace


~ Buda and Pest, a city divided by the Danube River into its old and new sections, including a tour of Heroes’ Square, Castle Hill, Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Castle District


~ The medieval Matthias Church, once the site of Hungarian coronations


~ Budapest's festive Christmas markets, where you'll experience seasonal light displays, public theater, folk dances, live music and traditional foods

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