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A Hand-Crafted Tour of the Christmas Markets of Germany and Austria by Story.

Magical Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria


A Unique Story Tour Experience

Your Adventure Begins in Heidelberg, Germany and ends in Salzburg, Austria.
Consider extending to Paris after Salzburg to soak in the city of light.

11 Days Travel Time, 10 Day, 9 Nights: Heidelberg, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Munich and Salzburg

• Our Hotels are located in the Heart of the cities ~ No Taxi or Shuttles needed to get to heart of the city. 
• Daily Departures Available

Story Land & Sea® extends a personal invitation for you to join us our special Christmas Markets Tour

Christmas Markets Tour: Heidelberg, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Munich and Salzburg

Our Story Begins.

With our hand-crafted itinerary through Germany & Austria --- the Christmas Markets tour presents an incredible and fun-filled opportunity to experience an unforgettable Christmas journey through these special locations. You'll also experience exquisite culinary and wine experiences with your Story.

Leave the Herd Behind and discover this incredible Christmas shopping tour with Story.

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International Flight
Day 1: DEPART NORTH AMERICA ON YOUR OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

Depart Your Home Airport on your Trans-Atlantic flight to Heidelberg, Germany (arriving Day 2) ~ the flight is not included, but please inquire for special fares with our Air Service.

Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination (Heidelberg) on time regardless of whether Story Land & Sea® has arranged your air.

  We very much encourage trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

How about flying in a day early to arrive today? Inquire with reservations for pricing on a hotel overnight stay.




Heidelberg

Day 2: Heidelberg, Germany

food icon   Story Way® Special Dining:: Enjoy our Included Welcome Dinner in this evening.

Welcome: Upon arrival to Heidelberg, we will venture out for an orientation of your surroundings and take time for a little lunch before checking in to our city center hotel to prepare for our first evening at the Christmas Markets.

Christmas Markets: With hundreds of booths across five city squares wafting with intoxicating scents of cinnamon, roasted chestnuts and roasted almonds, the market is filled with Heidelberg natives as well as regional and international guests. The mighty medieval castle as a backdrop and "Germany's most beautiful ice rink" that's surrounded by trees and glistening with stars, make this an impressive setting. Holiday cheer and insights about life, past and present, are waiting to be experienced here.

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Christmas Market in Heidelberg, Germany

Accommodation in the Heart of Heidelberg: Europaischer Hof Heidelberg or similar, 2 Nights

Story Way® Dining
Enjoy a special welcome dinner tonight in Heidelberg.

Note: The hotels selected are some of our preferred properties, however, some of our other preferred properties may be used depending on when you book and on availability at the time of your booking. Try to book early! Your hotels will be finalized about 45 days prior to the tour and will be available in your Final Documents mailing.

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Heidelberg

Day 3: Heidelburg Immersion and Market Visits

food icon   Dining: Optional Dinner with Tour Captain tonight.

Sightseeing Tour: The Story of Heidelberg
Heidelburg's Old Town is filled with interesting museums and galleries, as well as winding alleys and intriguing squares warmed by a glow of light. A guided tour in the Old Town is filled with interesting stories - whether Germany's oldest University, the Jesuit Quarter, the Church of the Holy Spirit (Heliggeiskirche) or any of the other sights. The route goes through the magical atmosphere of one of the longest pedestrian zones in all of Europe.

Heidelberg Leisure
There will be ample time for you to enjoy the sights and sounds of Heidelberg at your own pace this afternoon before the market festivities begin.

Christmas Markets
Heidelberg's Christmas market extends to over five beautiful and historic market squares: Kornmarkt, Marktplatz, Universitätsplatz, Anatomiegarten and the Bismarckplatz.

Join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight or explore at leisure.

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Rothenburg and Nuremberg

Day 4: Rothenberg

food icon   Included Dining: Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a special welcome dining experience in Rothenburg with your Tour Captain.

Rothenburg Visit
This morning we depart Heidelberg and head to one of Gemany's most picturesqe villages, Rothenburg ob der Tauber. We will have plenty of time to visit this beautiful little medieval hamlet, have lunch and shop for Christmas items before setting off for Nuremburg.

Nuremberg Arrival
Upon arrival we check in to our city center hotel with time to freshen up before setting off for the Markets.

Prague, Czech Republic
Old Town Rothenburg at Christmas

Christmas Markets
Nuremberg has one of the largest and most famous Christmas markets which is opened by its symbol, the Nuremberg Christkind (Golden Angel). Every week from Tuesday-Friday the Christkind visits the Christkinlesmarkt daily at 3pm. Millions of shoppers visit the 180+ candy cane-striped booths fillled with crafts, toys, ornaments and gifts from around the world. Enjoy the scents and tastes of Nuremberg sausages, gingerbread (Lubkuchen) and hot mulled wine. Look for the "Nuremburg Plum People", tiny puppets made of prune limbs, fig torsos and walnut heads.

Story Way® Dining
Join your Tour Captain for an included dinner tonight.


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Nuremberg

Day 5: Nuremberg Immersion & Christmas Markets

food icon Optional Dining Tonight with the Tour Captain or explore at leisure.

Sightseeing Tour: The Story of Nuremberg
Beginning at the Frauentorturm (across from the Grand Hotel), the walking tour takes us up ot the castle, first going through the former site of St. Klara's Monestary, Mauthalle, St. Lawrence Church, Nassauerhaus, Heilig-Geist-Spital, Chapel of Our Lady, Main Market Square, Beautiful Fountain, Fleischbruke, Weinstadel, Kettensteg, Tannyer's Alley, Church of St. Sebald and Tiegartnartorplace, ending the Old Town tour at Fembohaus, Nuremberg's only remaining large late Renaissance mercant's house.

Prague, Czech Republic
Nuremberg Christmas Market

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Nuremberg Leisure
Explore on your own. Nuremberg is known for advances in printing - home to Europe's first printing press - as well as advances in science, technology and astronomy. The National Germanic Museum has impressive collections of paintings, decorative arts, coins and archives. Many of the city's old medieval buildings have been restored despite serious World War 2 damage.

Prague, Czech Republic
Christmas Market: Nuremberg, Germany

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Christmas Markets
Take in the perfume of Christmas spices, the illumination of ornate Christmas lights, the rattle of horses and carriages and the beautiful sounds of children's voices and orchestras all over the main square.

Join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight, or explore at leisure.


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To Munich

Day 6: Arrive Munich

food icon   Story Way® Included Dining: Enjoy a special welcome dining experience in Munich with your Tour Captain.

We depart Nurenberg this morning in route to Munich. Arriving to Munich in the late morning we will secure our luggage and set out for an orientation walk of our surroundings as well as have lunch before returning to the hotel.

Arriving back to the hotel we check in and relax a while before heading out for Christmas Market activities.

Vienna, Austria
Munich, Germany Christmas Market

Christmas Markets
Over the surface of 20,000 square metres, 3 million people visit the Marienplatz for a market full or ornaments, gifts and food. In the middle of the market stands a glittering 85 foot Christmas tree, surrounded by visitors munching on ruber-datschi (potato pancakes), sausages and gingerbread and sipping on Gluhwein (hot mulled wine). The "Heavenly Workshop" in the Town Hall's pub is where children, dressed as angels, practice their skills at baking cookies, arts and crafts, preparing them to be marketers one day. Listen to the sounds of string and wind players, singers and choirs at 530pm every evening from the balcony of the Town Hall.

Story Way® Dining
Enjoy a special welcome dinner in Munich with your Tour Captain.

Accommodation in the Heart of Munich: The Charles Hotel, 2 Nights

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Munich

Day 7: Morning Tour of Munich

Sightseeing Tour: The Story of Munich
Starting the morning at Max-Joseph-Platz, where the National Theatre and Residenz are located , it's one of four of Munich's royal avenues which got its name from King Maximillian II of Bavaria, as he is the one who planned and started it in 1850. The Residenz, the largest palace in Germany, is the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs of the House of Wittelsbach.

After the tour there will be time for lunch and self exploration of Munich.

Vienna, Austria
Munich, Germany Christmas Market

Christmas Markets
Many smaller Christmas markets including the famed Kripperlmarkt (Crib Market), where Bavarian and Tyrolean nativity figures are sold, and a Medieval Market are scattered throughout Munich. There's also a Christmas tram running through the old city, serving Gluwein (hot mulled wine) and gingerbread.

Optional dining tonight with the Tour Captain or explore at leisure.


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Salzburg, Austria

Day 8: Transfer to Salzburg

food icon   Story Way®Dining: Enjoy a special welcome dinner in Salzburg with your Tour Captain.

This morning we set off for Salzburg. Upon arrival we will secure our luggage at the hotel, freshen up enjoy an orientation walkabout with the Tour Captain. Returning to the hotel around 2:00 pm when rooms are ready for occupancy.

Arriving back to the hotel, we check in and relax before this afternoon and evening festivities begin anew.

Salzburg has one of Europe's oldest Christmas markets, dating back to the 15th century, yet it's one of the smaller markets with under 100 stalls. The cathedral, medieval castles on cliffs in the background, as well as fountains encased for the winter, are part of the unique setting. Enjoy the Lebkuchen (gingerbread), sausages, hot mulled wine, and roasted almonds and chestnuts while shopping for pewter crafts, loden coats, slippers, Christmas decorations and toys.

Budapest, Hungary
Christmas Market - Salzburg, Austria

Story Way® Dining
Enjoy a special welcome dinner in Salzburg with your Tour Captain.

Accommodation in the Heart of Salzburg: Hotel Sacher, 3 Nights
This polished hotel on the banks of the Salzach river is a 5-minute walk from both Schloss Mirabell palace and Salzburg's old town, and a 10-minute walk from Salzburger Dom cathedral.

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Salzburg

Day 9: Salzburg Immersion

Sightseeing Tour: The Story of Salzburg
The walking tour includes the house where Mozart was born as well as the house where he was raised along the street Getreidegasse, the famous gardens of Mirabell, Salzburg Dome Cathedral and St. Peter's Monastery.

Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure until late this afternoon for the Market.

Budapest, Hungary
Christmas Market - Salzburg, Austria

4:00pm - Christmas Markets
Just south of town at the Schloss Helibrum, the 17th century palace built for Salzburg's archbishop-princes, visit one of the world's largest Advent calendars. The palace has 24 windows on its facade - just right for an Advent calendar. There's also a living Nativity and crafts market.



Salzburg

Day 10: Salzburg Leisure

Exploring at Leisure
May we suggest a thorough perusla of the many hand-painted Christmas ornaments, elaborate holiday decorations, handcrafted candles, porcelain angels and many other gift ideas can be found at the enchanting Christmas market at Sternarkaden. Enjoy! Or perhaps the the Salzburger Hirtenadvent at 11:00 am this morning...so much to see and do.

4:00 pm - Christmas Markets
At the idyllic Advent setting in the south of Salzburg, a Christmas market at Schloss Heilbrum is full of atmosphere.

Budapest, Hungary
Christmas Market - Salzburg, Austria

Story Way® Dining
Tonight is a special time as you join the Tour Captain for our Farewell Christmas Dinner with your new friends at St Peters Skifskeller.

Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together.



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Departure Day

Day 11: Homeward Bound

Departure Transfer to the Salzburg Airport is available at $59 per person. Transfers to Munich are available at an additional cost, please inquire if you prefer this flight option.

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Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story Land & Sea®'s Heart of City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages. Our Deluxe tour hotels feature a full, hot breakfast included daily with cappuccino, tea, juice and an assortment of meats, fresh, local vegetables, fresh-baked pastries and fruit.

Heidelberg Hotels - 2 Nights



Nuremberg - 2 Nights



Munich, Germany - 2 Nights



Salzburg Hotels - 3 Nights


11 Days Travel, 10 Days, 9 Nights' Magical Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria True Small-Group® Tour

We've tried to include everything! However, make note of the following:

Arrival Transfers in Heidelberg
$69 per person (2 guest minimum)

Departure Transfers in Salzberg
$69 per person (2 guest minimum)

Optional Departure Transfers in Munich
Inquire for price (2 guest minimum)

Full Hot Daily Breakfast Included
5 Unique Dinners Included: Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night even when dinner is optional.

Let Story Reserve Your Flights
Story's Air Service provides you with complete service from booking and throughout your journey. With Story's Air Service you can:

• Reserve your flights now then pay later when tickets are issued.
• Upgrade to 180˚ Flatbed Seats in Business Class.
• And enjoy Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines.

Click here to get a free airfare quotation.

International Airfare is not included. International Airfare arrangements made by Story Land & Sea are a completely separate booking from your land vacation. We highly recommend trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

  • Enjoy a True Small Group of never more than 16 Travelers. Guaranteed. No waiting on big groups on big buses.
  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns.
    Not on the outskirts of town so no shuttles or special transfers needed.
  • We Never Upsell while On Tour.
    See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries to the UK and you will see very quickly how their "tour directors" make extra revenue.
  • Story Land & Sea® Tours provides gratuities for your Local City Tour Guides, Tour Drivers, Restaurant and Hotel Staff.
  • Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis...
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary. 
    A authentic restaurants that fit our group size.
  • Daily Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 5 Unique Dinners
    Our dinners are at real restaurants (not buffets at the hotels).
  • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Portage Included through your Small Group Tour.
  • Services of professional Tour director called a Tour Captain. 
    The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
  • Services of Professional Guides
    We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the Small Group Tour. 

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

DAILY BREAKFAST, SOME LUNCHES AND DINNERS
Full, hot breakfast daily. Lunches and dinner included per itinerary. Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra. Select dinners are included at unique restaurants. Classic Budget includes welcome dinner in Edinburgh and breakfast, 1 lunch. 

PORTAGE
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD119 per bag. Story Land & Sea® luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are based on your itinerary.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

INSURANCE
Story Land & Sea® highly recommends trip cancellation and interruption coverage. We recommend www.Travelex-Insurance.com. Enter location code of 06-0051 to associate any purchase with your Story Land & Sea® vacation.

 

Magical Christmas Markets of Germany & Austria Tour
From $6,379 for 11 Days

2018
— Small Group Tour Prices —

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures.

True Small-Group® Tours up to 16 Guests
Published Date Tour Size Price
Departures in 2018
Dec 1 Max 16 Guests $6,379

2019
— Small Group Tour Prices —

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures.

True Small-Group® Tours up to 16 Guests
Published Date Tour Size Price
Departures in 2019
Nov 30
Max 16 Guests $6,579


 

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