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Bavarian Christmas Market Tour 2016
Füssen - Munich - Regensburg - Salzburg - Nuremberg - Ulm
$3,695 for single (the Flight is not included)
FROM 14 Dec 2016 - 24 Dec 2016 | 4 Vacancies left - Book Now
This relaxed version of a Christmas Tour shows you the BEST of the Bavarian Christmas Markets by lodging in only 2 different hotels. We think this is a great alternative to a winter river cruise. The room changes are minimal but you get to sample the real German cuisine and can enjoy the magic of each Christmas Market that we visit to its full extent.
From the base hotel in Munich we use the efficient German Rail System to visit the surrounding cities and towns. This allows a stress free vacation to the wonderful Christmas Markets of Southern Germany.
We offer a small, personalized tour so this trip is limited to a maximum of 12 guests. This allows us to be flexible and respond to individual requests. You can enjoy the group activities (without feeling like you are in a typical "tour" group), or we will help you to explore things on your own.
By design our tour cover less geography so that you won't spend all of your time sitting behind the glass window of the bus or train. The beauty of Bavaria is not just seeing the sites but also diving into the rich culture.
Breakfast & Dinner daily.
The tours as described below.
All ground transportation.
1 drink/beverage with each dinner.
Note on Flights:
You need to purchase your own airfares: Departure is from Munich (MUC) Airport.
Day 1 Dec 14 Füssen
Arrive at Munich Airport (MUC) and be ready to depart no later than 11:00 AM. We will board our private van and drive past some of Munich's most famous sites: Allianz Arena, Olympic Park, BMW HQ, and the Nymphenburg Palace before continuing on towards the Alps. We'll stop for lunch at the famous Benedictine Monastery, Kloster Andechs. Enjoy the best of Bavarian Cuisine in the most traditional of surroundings. After lunch, we stop at the Wieskirche, an UNESCO World Heritage Site to visit this resplendently rococo church. From here, it's not far to Hotel Ruchti in Füssen. Check in and enjoy the view of the Alps right outside the door. An early light dinner and then it's off to bed!
Day 2 Dec 15 Füssen
The German breakfast you get is wholesome as most of the ingredients are locally sourced. Aftr the breakfast we visit the castle of Hohenschwangau where Ludwig II spent his childhood and dreamed of a greater castle. His castle Neuschwanstein is directly across the valley and we visit it just before lunchtime. In the afternoon we spend some time in downtown Füssen and of course stop at the Christmas Market.
Day 3 Dec 16 Füssen
After another wholesome breakfast you take a drive through the Bavarian countryside. Our first destination is the small palace of Linderhof which is a castle Ludwig II was not able to finish. Nestled in the Alps it's a small gem that will impress you. Only a few miles away lies the monastery Kloster Ettal. We will have a look at the church before having lunch next door. The next sightseeing point is the small village of Oberammergau which famous for its Passion Play that is held every 10 years. They are also known for their beautiful mural paintings on their houses and also for their excellent wood carvings. There is plenty of time before we return for the evening to the Hotel Ruchti and try their excellent Wiener Schnitzel.
Day 4 Dec 17 Munich
After breakfast we drive to Munich and check into our hotel, the Mercure Hotel München City Center which is just 1/2 block away from the main Christmas market at the Marienplatz. Find out what the famous Glockenspiel is before lunch is served at the famous Weisses Brauhaus. Afterwards we will walk through the old town with stop overs at the Residenz and the medieval christmas market. After the tour you are free to enjoy other Christmas Markets Munich has to offer. In addition to the largest one at the Marienplatz there is a medieval market near Odeonsplatz, and many others scattered throughout the city. you also can visit the Munich's City Museum, the Residenz, Deutsches Museum (Science) or one of Munich's many art museums.
This morning we will depart at the main station just before 10am and visit the wonderfully preserved UNESCO World Heritage city of Regensburg. Lunch is planned at Kneitinger am Arnulfsplatz and we will do a walking tour of this medieval city before and after lunch. There will be plenty of leisure time in the late afternoon so you can enjoy the city on your own. However the highlight is the Christmas market at the Palace of Thurn and Taxis – the Duchess only opens the palace grounds once a year for this spectacular Christmas market which is indeed our favorite. We think you will agree that this is the best of all the markets in Bavaria once you have seen it! We will depart the train station around 7:45pm and should be back in Munich by 9:15pm.
Day 6 Dec 19 Salzburg
We depart the hotel and board a train to Salzburg. Arriving around noon you visit the old town and browse the christmas markets. Find the home of Mozart which was made even more famous by the movie "The Sound of Music." You may want to do some shopping, see the amazing historical architecture that makes Salzburg so charming. We will show you where to get the best Mozart Balls, the best Schnaps and the best Bosna.
Experience a piece of Sacher Torte and learn about Austria's coffee culture. Before heading back to Munich around 7pm we visit the Augustiner zur Mülln which is the most popular beer hall in Salzburg. We should be back in Munich around 10pm.
Day 7 Dec 20 Nuremberg
Enjoy your German breakfast with fresh rolls and home made jams. We will leave for Nuremberg which is 70 minute away by using the high-speed train ICE. There will be several hours to explore this one time capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Nuremberg offers the largest Christmas market and as you can imagine it is filled with shoppers and holiday cheer. Here you find the famous Nuremberg Lebkuchen/Gingerbread and the Nuremberger bratwurst. Additionally to the big market Nuremberg offers some great historical points to see: We can visit the Nazi Party Rally grounds and Documentation Center or the Palace of Justice where the trials took place. Alternatively,you can explore the rich medieval history by visiting the Albrecht Duerer Haus or the Nuremberg Castle.
Day 8 Dec 21 Munich
We have an easy day planned for today with lots of leisure time in Munich. Use it for last minute shopping or tour one of Munich's great museums. Your guides are available to ensure that you get the experience you are longing for! Here are some suggestions, based on your wishes:
History: The Munich City Museum shows a great collection dedicated to the city history and a small but excellent WWII exhibition. Alternatively see the Bier & Oktoberfest Museum and the new Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism. Or you may want to visit Dachau.
Science: To visit the Museum of Science and Industry can take the entire day, it is that big. Or spend half-day at the BMW Museum it you are a car fan.
Art: Opinions vary about which is the best art museum in Munich but the Lehnbachhaus with it’s Blue Rider exhibition is one of the best. The Alte Pinakotek, Neue Pinakotek and Pinakotek der Moderne are also first-class art museums.
Day 9 22 Dec Ulm
This morning we board a train to the Swabian city of Ulm. Located where the Danube first becomes navigable, Ulm has a rich history and is the original home of the "Donauschwaben." Ulm is also home to the world's tallest church, the Ulmer Muenster. People like Albert Einstein, and Sophie and Hans Scholl used to live there. On top they have a beautiful christmas market right in front of the Muenster church. We will also tour the populare fishermen quarter and have a typical excellent Swabian meal with Maultaschen and Spaetzle at the Zunfthaus before heading back to Munich.
Day 10 23 Dec MUNICH
Enjoy the day at your own leisure. You can stay in Munich or travel to one of nearby towns if you would like to get a small Bavarian town experience. We recommend a visit to Bad Tölz or Altötting. These are wonderful Bavarian towns with scenic views and lots of charm. We will help you customize your own day so you can spend your last day with us exactly as you wish.
Day 11 24 Dec MUNICH Departure
After the breakfast Munich's excellent transit system will bring you directly to the airport. Trains leave every 20 minutes, and the ride lasts about 45 minutes. The S-8 train ends at the airport, so you don't have to change trains. Be certain that you will be able to use German trains after one of our tours. And you can be sure that you will leave Germany with memories that last a life time!
These tours are unique and 35 percent of the guests return each year. We attract folks who want to experience the Bavarian culture in depth. In addition to exploring the Christmas markets we explore the history every day. The food is another highlight. The menus are planned carefully to ensure you will experience the best loved traditional dishes even if you are a vegetarian. We ensure you will understand the local delicacies and local customs.
- Experience the Christmas Markets as the locals do. Travel with a small group - not a traditional "tour group."
- See the most famous cities and markets of Bavaria.
- We primarily use small, privately owned 3-star Bavarian Inns.
- Price includes 2 meals per day, all lodging and ground transportation, & admission fees to events listed above. One drink at our main meal is included in the pricing.
- This tour is suitable for all ages. Family members under 18 are welcome!
- Be aware that we do lots of walking each day. Many days will involve miles of walking spread out over the day, often over uneven paving stones. At the castles there are long uphill climbs and many stairs inside.
- You should be capable of handling your own luggage at the hotels. Our hotels in Munich and Füssen are equipped with a lift but both lifts are small and slow.
- Vonia Stephens has traveled extensively throughout Bavaria for many years. She has spent many summer in Füssen and Munich working on her German. Having spent many years in hospitality working at Grand Hotels on Mackinac Island, Michigan, Vonia will ensure you have a successful and enjoyable trip.
- Scott Stephens has lived and worked in Germany and speaks the language fluently. He loves to share his knowledge of the Bavarian culture and history with his guests. During the Christmas tour Scott knows that "non-shoppers" have different wishes and he will guide you if you are not much interested in shopping.
All our tours require a good deal of walking.
We are able to assist with luggage but you need to manage it on your own.
The itinerary may change.
We may to adjust our plans to take in unplanned entertainment or events.
As we seek to bring the richness of real Bavarian Culture to our guests, we also try to bring in unusual activities if they fit into the schedule. This can be a visit to a vineyard, a demonstration from a local butcher on how Bavarian Weisswurst is made, a bakery or cheese factory tour, a hockey game, etc.
These types of items may be added to our itinerary as time will allow it.
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