Classic Christmas Markets

A 9-Day Collette Tours tour starting from $1,649

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Tour Length: 9 Days
Countries Visited: Austria, Germany
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Tour Type:
 Winter Departures
Tour Category: First Class
Tour Operator: Collette Tours
Tour Code: 420
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Sip mulled wine and collect unique handicrafts, hand-made ornaments and toys at some of the largest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe. Spend three nights in the traditional Alpine Village of Oberammergau and two nights in the heart of the Black Forest. Bask in holiday cheer as you stroll along the cobblestone streets of Innsbruck, capital of Tyrolean Austria. Visit historic, medieval Nuremberg, Wurzburg and Rothenberg, some of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. View the fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle nestled in the heart of mountainous Bavaria. Explore Strasbourg’s Petit France and its quaint market stalls huddled around the imposing cathedral.

Accommodations for 7 nights.

11 meals. (Welcome and farewell dinners feature local specialties.)

Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home.

Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling.

A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip.

Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours.

Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees."

Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life.

Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour.

Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway).

Day 1 - Overnight Flight
Embark on a glorious holiday adventure through the traditional Christmas markets and historic towns of Central Europe. On this journey you will have time to sip mulled wine and shop for handicrafts in some of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe.

Day 2 Oberammergau, Germany - Tour Begins
Oberammergau is the perfect picture of a Bavarian Alpine village. Step back in time as you stroll the streets past old-world cottages and shops covered in colorful frescos. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner in your traditional village inn. (Dinner)

Day 3 Oberammergau - Innsbruck, Austria - Oberammergau
Traverse the Bavarian landscape to the Tyrolean town of Innsbruck, nestled in the heart of the mountains. Today you have the choice of one of two leisurely walking tours: join a local guide as you discover the city’s history, culture and popular attractions including Maria Theresien-Strasse, the Hofburg and the “Golden Roof” or you can embark on a tour focusing on Innsbruck’s unique architectural structures including its famous ski jump. The remainder of the day is at leisure to shop in the many specialty stores and the cozy Christmas market. (Breakfast)

Day 4 Oberammergau - Munich - Oberammergau
This morning, travel to Munich and be introduced to this exciting city with a panoramic tour featuring the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel and Olympic Park. Enjoy leisure time to independently explore Munich’s historic area and the Christmas market. Later, return to Oberammergau where you will have time to stroll about the village, perhaps shopping for the intricate woodcrafts the town is known for. (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 5 Oberammergau - Neuschwanstein Castle - Black Forest

You depart Oberammergau for the Franconia region of Germany. En route, make a picture stop at Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairy tale retreat of Ludwig II of Bavaria. Next, travel through the scenic countryside of Germany to the heart of the Black Forest. Here you can relish the peacefulness of the surrounding forested mountains. (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 6 Black Forest - Strasbourg, France - Black Forest
Travel the picturesque valleys of the Black Forest and the vineyard fields of the Alsace to the provincial capital of Strasbourg, France where centuries of Roman, French, German and Alsatian influences blend together to lend this city its unique character. Enjoy a guided tour of the old quarter, "Petite France," featuring the Cathedral of Notre Dame, considered one of the noblest achievements of Western architecture. Mingle with the locals as you explore the Christmas market featuring traditional crafts, food and drink before returning to Germany. (Breakfast)

Day 7 Black Forest - Rothenburg - Würzburg
Depart the Black Forest for the Franconia region of Germany. Your first stop is in lovely Rothenburg, one of the most well-preserved medieval walled towns in all of Germany. After experiencing the town on your own, continue to Würzburg where you will have time to explore and shop in the lively Christmas market. (Breakfast)

Day 8 Würzburg - Nuremberg - Würzburg
Explore Würzburg with a local guide to discover the city’s history. This ancient wine town is rich in historic sites, including the magnificent 18th-century residence of the prince-bishops, boasting the largest ceiling fresco in the world; and the ornate Alte Mainbrucke, the oldest bridge on the River Main. Next, drive to historic Nuremberg for a city tour. Learn about old town’s 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city; the Imperial Castle, and the Justice Palace, where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. Your city tour concludes with a visit to the historic Nuremberg Christmas Market, one of the oldest and most famous markets in Germany that dates back to 1628. Here you can spend time sipping Gluwhein and sampling roast sausages. Over 200 wooden stalls have given the Christmas market its name – “Little Town from Wood.” You can find items like Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, fruit loaves, bakery goods, sweets, Christmas tree angels and toys. (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 9 Würzburg - Tour Ends

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A NOTE ABOUT AIRFARE: We encourage you to buy your airfare from the tour operator, because if your tour cancels then your airlines tickets will be covered. Purchasing flights separately at a lesser rate and incorporating it with a Non-Guaranteed Departure Date can result in loss of total cost of your flight investment. Depending on the fare rules, flights may be Non-Refundable and/or Non-Transferable. Neither the tour operator and/or Atlas Cruises & Tours will be held responsible for loss if a tour is cancelled for Lack of Participation.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

Overnight in traditional Alpine and Franconia villages.

Enjoy ample time for shopping in five European Christmas markets.

Experience holiday spirit in Germany, Austria and France, where the tradition of the “Christkindlesmarkt” began over 600 years ago.

Enjoy one of Europe’s finest old town squares and cathedrals while visiting Strasbourg, France.

Experience the benefits of personal audio headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides throughout your tour.

Local residents guide you through the streets and cultures of these impressive cities: Innsbruck, Munich, Strasbourg, Würzburg and Nuremberg.

In Innsbruck, embark on your choice of a cultural or architectural walking tour.


Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy.

Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions.

Government taxes and fees are additional.

Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit.

Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.

Airfare is available through Collette Vacations at an additional cost.

To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing Collette airfare with your tour.

If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers.

Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.

Due to annual fluctuations on the opening dates of some Christmas Markets and tour scheduling, if one is unavailable on a specific departure, other regional Christmas Markets may be substituted.

For your comfort, we recommend bringing walking shoes.

Please note that single and triple accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Air passengers will arrive into the Zurich, Switzerland airport and depart from the Munich, Germany airport.

All transfers will depart from/return to these airports.

Due to tour scheduling, flights must arrive prior to 4:00PM.

You may require an early morning departure from the hotel on the last day.

Return flights should not be booked prior to 10:00AM.


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