Kudos to my astute readers who observed that last week’s tips for traveling with friends are also good tips for getting along with your friends and family day-to-day. After all, life is the ultimate journey, is it not? The same principles that make your journeys around world easier will also make your journey through life go more smoothly. Travel is good practice for life.
And since we can all use more practice at life, you really best start planning your next trip! If you’re looking for inspiration, I’m pleased to announce that this year’s Not-a-River-Cruise European Christmas Market tour can be experienced in two ways! Choose your own adventure: our classic 8-day tour from Paris to Nuremberg, featuring adorable Colmar and medieval Rothenburg, or our new 7-day tour from Munich to Salzburg to Vienna. Our new tour will have a distinctly musical flair, as we discover that the hills really are alive in the birthplace of The Sound of Music. (While technically not a Christmas movie, am I the only one who associates The Sound of Music with Christmas?) Brush up on your German for this one, and pack light so you’ll have room for all that Christmas spirit you’ll want to bring home! All the details of the new tour are below; or visit our website to read about both options. Ready to go? You can book online here.
7-Day Christmas Markets Rail Tour in Germany & Austria
DAY 1 (SUNDAY): MUNICH
Arrive in Munich at any time, where a private transfer will bring you to our hotel in the center of town. Join your fellow travelers in the afternoon for a walking tour of this historic Bavarian city. This evening we’ll enjoy a jolly welcome dinner.
DAY 2 (MONDAY): MUNICH
With the weekend crowds gone, today will be a perfect day for you to explore Munich – and its 600-year-old Christmas market – at your leisure. You may want to find your way to the New Town Hall at midday, to watch its famous glockenspiel put on a show. And even though it’s not October, you can still enjoy an evening at a traditional beer hall!
DAY 3 (TUESDAY): SALZBURG
This morning we board a train for Austria! Salzburg is a Baroque delight of cobbled streets and elegant buildings. The afternoon is free for you to explore – you’ll want to dive right into the holiday scene! This evening, we’ll have a special treat: a Mozart concert at the Mirabell Palace, one of the most beautiful concert halls in Austria. Once upon a time, Mozart himself performed here.
DAY 4 (WEDNESDAY): SALZBURG
The hills are alive this morning …as we discover Salzburg’s history and its claim to fame as the home of the Sound of Music! Our tour will also give us a glimpse of the beautiful Austrian Lake District (the Salzkammergut), which becomes a wonderland in winter. The rest of the day will be free for you to enjoy Salzburg’s many Christmasy delights.
DAY 5 (THURSDAY): VIENNA
Our final stop on this tour is all class. In the morning we’ll bid Auf Wiedersehen! to Salzburg and take the train to Vienna. Our walking tour this afternoon will show us the highlights of this elegant capital. With your free evening, you might want to take in some opera at Vienna’s famous Opera House – and perhaps try the equally-famous Sachertorte?
DAY 6 (FRIDAY): VIENNA
There’s so much to see and do in Vienna, even when the postcard-perfect Christmas markets aren’t filling the squares! Your day is free to enjoy all that the city has to offer. If your suitcases are full, you might want to check out one of Vienna’s palaces, or pay a visit to the Lipizzaner stallions at the Spanish Riding School, or take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Opera House. Your tour director can assist you with your plans. Tonight we’ll have a special farewell dinner.
DAY 7 (SATURDAY): DEPART FOR HOME
With light hearts and heavy suitcases, today we part ways. A private transfer will take you to the Vienna airport for your flight home. If you prefer to extend your time in Europe, we will be happy to assist you with your arrangements.
December 9-15, 2018
$2,995 per person (double occupancy)
$500 per person deposit
7 days, from Munich to Vienna, escorted by a certified tour director
6 nights in centrally-located, 3-star-or-better hotels
6 breakfasts and 2 dinners
Private airport transfers in Munich and Vienna
Train tickets between Munich, Salzburg and Vienna, in first class whenever available
48-hour public transit pass in Vienna
Group tours listed in itinerary
Mozart concert in Salzburg (or similar, subject to availability)
Price does not include international air between your home and Europe, optional activities, travel insurance, gratuities, meals other than those listed above, and all other personal expenses.