Christmas Markets in Central Europe: Munich, Oberammergau, Innsbruck, Lucerne, Bern, Black Forest, and Strasbourg, 9 nights

A 10 day trip to Austria, France, Germany & Switzerland 
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Enjoy one of Strasbourg's finest restaurants while visiting France. Explore European Christmas markets in Innsbruck, Strasbourg and Bern. Experience the holiday spirit in four different countries. Shop for the famous woodcarvings in Oberammergau. Enjoy a traditional cheese fondue dinner while in Switzerland.

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Christmas market sign, Munich
Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Munich, Oberammergau, Innsbruck, Lucerne, Bern, Black Forest, and Strasbourg.

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1

Overnight Flight
Welcome to the holiday program featuring Christmas markets, historic towns and spectacular scenery of Europe.

Day 2

Oberammergau, Germany - Tour Begins
Your tour begins in the charming town of Oberammergau. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner featuring local delicacies.

Day 3

Oberammergau - Innsbruck, Austria - Oberammergau
Today your Tour Manager will help you discover the origin and history of the language(s) you will experience on your tour. Learn key words and phrases that will help you communicate with the local people you meet. Travel through the spectacular Bavarian Alps to Innsbruck, located in the heart of the Alps in the Austrian state of Tyrol. A local guide provides a tour highlighting the city's rich history, culture, and popular attractions including Maria Theresienstrasse, the Hofburg, and the "Golden Roof," all set against the backdrop of the majestic Austrian Alps. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to shop in the many specialty stores and the Christmas market.

At the Christmas markets, you will find the Advent atmosphere, booths that offer the most beautiful Christmas gifts as well as hot tea, mulled claret and punch - certainly also without alcohol -, sausages, Kiachln and many other typical things to see and taste. In some markets, daily program is offered especially for children with Punch and Judi Show, magician, fairy-tale telling, and many surprises.

Day 4

Oberammergau - Munich - Oberammergau
Begin your day with leisure time to explore Oberammergau. This small town of craftsmen owes its fame to the internationally-known Passion Play which is performed only once every ten years. Later, return to Munich and enjoy a panoramic tour featuring the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel and Olympic Park. the remainder of your day is at your leisure to explore Munich's historic area.

Day 5

Oberammergau - Black Forest
Today's highlights include a picture stop at Wies Church, proclaimed as a World Heritage Site. You also view perhaps the most famous castle in Bavaria, Neuschwanstein, with its beautiful turrets and pinnacles. Continuing along the scenic route, you traverse southern Germany, skirting the northern shores of Lake Constance to the Black Forest region - the setting of legends and stories of yore! Don't forget to shop for authentic cuckoo clocks, Hummels and wood carvings. Your evening begins with a private choir concert performed in an 850-year-old church and ends with a traditional Black Forest dinner.

Day 6

Black Forest - Strasbourg, France - Black Forest
Travel the picturesque valleys of the Black Forest and the vineyard filed of the Alsace to the provincial capital city of Strasbourg, France where centuries of Roman, French, German and Alsatian influences blend together to lend this city its unique local character. Enjoy a guided tour of the charming old quarter, "Petite France," featuring the Cathedral of Notre Dame, considered to be one of the noblest achievements of Western architecture. Time is available for you to explore the wonderful Christmas market before dinner at the Gurtlerhoft Restaurant, one of Strasbourg's finest.

Strasbourg has one of the largest and oldest (430+ years) Christmas markets in France. It’s setting in front of Strasbourg Cathedral is spectacular. You must also visit La Petite France - a cozy neighborhood of timbered fairy-tale buildings with Christmas shops and a gingerbread bakery.

Day 7-8

Black Forest - Bern, Switzerland
Travel to Bern, one of Europe's beautiful capital cities. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic city tour featuring the Bundeshaus (the Swiss Parliament), the famous Bear Pit and the impressive Cathedral. Afterwards you may explore more of the area or shop for handmade items at the local Christmas market.

Day 9

Bern - Lucerne - Bern
This morning you travel to Lucerne, the "Swiss Paradise on the Lake." Enjoy a scenic walking tour of picturesque Lucerne, highlighted by a walk through the old town. The balance of the day is at leisure to do some last minute shopping or simply enjoy the wonderful setting of this beautiful city on a lake, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. This evening, after returning to bern, join your fellow travelers in celebrating the end of a marvelous trip with dinner, complete with the region's famous cheese fondue, at a popular local restaurant.

Day 10

Bern - Tour Ends

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