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Festive German and Austrian Christmas Markets

Tours / Festive German and Austrian Christmas Markets

Experience Christkindlmärkte in true Bavarian fashion, with stalls selling traditional German gifts and treats, warm mugs to drink (or collect) and towns lit up like festive Christmas trees.

DATE

Nov 29-Dec 6, 2023

TRANSPORT

Train, Bus

BOARD

3-star hotels

GROUP SIZE

8 People

ACTIVITY

Leisure

DURATION

8 Days

from

$2,150.00 pp

Based on Double Occupancy

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: TRAVEL DAY

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International flights should be arranged to depart from the US on or before Nov 29th in order to arrive in Munich prior to the tour start of 1:00 pm on Nov 30th. Those arriving early are responsible for securing any additional hotel stays or transportation from the airport to downtown Munich.

DAY 2: ARRIVAL IN GERMANY

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Tour guide will meet all travelers arriving by 12:00 at the Munich airport and guide group to downtown hotel location. Those arriving later will need to make their own way to the Munich hotel.  Visit the Munich Rathaus, ascending its elevator to view the city and festive market below from the top of the clock tower.  Stroll through the market lined with stalls selling Christmas wares, warm up with hot apple cider, and sample traditional German fare at the Marienplatz Christmas market.

DAY 3: MUNICH

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Take a tour of Munich’s opulent Residenz, a former royal palace of the monarchs of Bavaria, and its Royal Treasury. It is the largest city palace in Germany and is enjoyed by visitors for its stunning architecture and decor. Visit the beautiful Frauenkirche, whose twin towers have been one of Munich's major landmarks since they were added in 1525. The church's tower provides a wonderful aerial view of the city for those willing to climb its steps.

DAY 4: REGENSBURG

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Journey from Munich to Regensburg, one of Germany’s oldest and best-preserved medieval towns. Explore the town, stopping in at the Cathedral, Old Stone Bridge, Porta Praetoria, Wurstkuch, Old Corn Market and Old Town Hall. Tour St. Emmeram’s Abbey to see the recently renovated Palais Thurn and Taxis and visit its beloved Christmas market before returning to Munich for the night.

DAY 5: SALZBURG

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Travel from Munich to Salzburg, Austria, birthplace of famed composer Wolfgang Mozart and film setting for many scenes in The Sound of Music. Ride a funicular from the city center thru the castle walls to one of the largest intact castles in Central Europe. In addition to providing an immersive look at the history of the castle, a visit to Hohensalzburg also provides a wonderful viewpoint from which to observe the city below.Marvel at the Salzburg cathedral, a magnificent structure dominating the main square. In the square, you’ll also browse Christmas market stalls, hear local musicians and find enticing festive foods.

DAY 6: NEUSCHWANSTEIN

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Travel to Neuschwanstein to see one of the most iconic castles in the world. Made famous as the inspiration for the Disney castle, Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and in honor of Richard Wagner. Reach the castle via shuttle bus, horse-drawn carriage or on a steeply ascending footpath.

DAY 7: MUNICH

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Choose your activities for the day. Learn to make Bavarian Pretzels with a local or take a horse-drawn wagon through the English Gardens. Additional costs apply. Instead, choose to visit some of Munich’s themed Christmas markets, spread across the city. Spend the final evening of the tour enjoying a traditional German meal and strolling Munich’s markets and shops for any final souvenirs.

DAY 8: RETURN HOME

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The tour concludes with hotel check-out by 11 a.m. Arrangements to the airport will be made for those leaving prior to 9 a.m. Early departures or later departures should plan their own transportation to the airport.

Christmas Markets

Tour Pricing and Payment Schedule

The German Christmas Market tour scheduled for November 29-December 6, 2023 will be $2,150 per person, based on double occupancy. A $50 discount is given for payment in full at initial deposit; otherwise, the following payment schedule applies, per person:

Initial deposit of $400 reserves spot

Payment of $350 due on March 15th, 2023

Payment of $350 due on May 15th, 2023

Payment of $350 due on July 15th, 2023

Payment of $350 due on Sept 15th, 2023

Final payment of $350 due on Nov 15th, 2023

If signing up after any deposit deadline, payment for any previous deposits will be due upon sign-up. Prompt payment is appreciated. Late payments are assessed a $25 late fee.

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions

Included in the tour cost:

Pre-tour information, such as what to pack and how to exchange currency

Expertise of a tour guide throughout the tour

All sight-seeing and visits, as noted in the itinerary (unless otherwise specified)

All on-tour transportation, including trains, local flights, rental vehicles, and buses

One carry-on suitcase and one personal item due to car size restraints

All accommodations, based on double occupancy; typically, 3-star hotels and bed & breakfasts

Not included in the tour cost:

Travel insurance

International airfare and any related expenses

Expenses due to flight delays, strikes, inclement weather or other irregularities

Passport fees, visas and visa photos as required

Personal items such as souvenirs, laundry services, beverages, snacks, and healthcare

Optional excursions as indicated in the itinerary

Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary

Checked baggage fees and excess baggage charges

Seat requests and seat upgrades

Single traveler supplement

Refunds for tour services not utilized

Other items not specifically mentioned as included

Tour Information

Terms and Conditions

Please thoroughly review the Terms and Conditions on our website. Submitting a deposit for services constitutes a contractual agreement with Aticus Travel and represents your acceptance of the Aticus Travel, LLC Terms & Conditions.

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Liability Waiver and Release Form

Please sign and return the Liability Waiver and Release Form for each tour participant. A parent or guardian must sign the form for any minor participants. A tour request is officially submitted when both the tour deposit and the Waiver and Release form are received by Aticus Travel, LLC for each tour participant.

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Travel Insurance

Due to the strict cancellation policy, in order to protect your investment, and to provide you with peace of mind, we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Many reputable companies exist and you can look into any of them, but here are a few recommendations to consider: Allianz Global Assistance, TravelEx, World Nomads and Travel Guard.

Packing Checklist and Tips

Please review the packing list for suggestions and tips on what to pack, how much you can take and what to leave at home.

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