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Christmas Markets Delights!
Austria & Germany
Free visit to Munich’s city center
6th – 13th December
8th December – Public Holiday
13th December – National Holiday
Munich, Flachau, Hallein Salt Mines, Berchtesgaden, Zell am See, Hohenwerfen Castle, Klagenfurt, Villach, Mondsee, St Wolfgang, Rosenheim, Bad Reichenhall, and Salzburg
MONDAY, 6TH DECEMBER:
We meet at the airport at 7.25am for our Air Malta flight to Munich Airport departing at 9.25am. On arrival at 11.45am our coach will take us to visit Bavaria’s capital Munich. We will have time for lunch (extra) and to visit the city’s pedestrian centre with its majestic Town Hall, towering the Christmas Market set in Marienplatz and the surrounded pedestrian streets. We later proceed to our 4 star Unterberghof Hotel in Flachau for check-in.
TUESDAY, 7TH DECEMBER:
Our first optional full-day excursion will take us first to visit the Hallein Salt Mines in Austria (extra). Together with the local guide we will follow the miners’ footsteps by first board an electric train for this fun-filled tour through this brilliant 7,000 years old underground salt mine. After this 400-metre ride we straddle two wooden rails and slide down to the lower level of the mine (one can opt to use the steps). We will see an interesting multi-vision show and board a raft and cross the fascinating subterranean lake before exiting the mine. We will later cross the border to Bavaria in Germany to visit Berchtesgaden. This festive season in Berchtesgaden is characterized by rich traditions and customs that have been passed on for many generations. At the Christmas Market stalls, you can find original Berchtesgaden Christmas tree decorations that have been crafted according to the folk-art traditions that have existed in the region for centuries. Horse-drawn carriage rides, local wood crafts and Christmas carol singers create an atmosphere that will fill you with joy and peace.
WEDNESDAY, 8TH DECEMBER:
Today’s full-day optional excursions will remain in the region of Salzburgland in Austria. We start first by visiting Zell am See with its snow-covered mountains, and crystal clear water. In the picturesque alleys you will find artistic decorations, lovingly adorned stalls serving tasty tidbits, traditional craftsmanship, and deliciously spiced mulled wine, and freshly baked Christmas cookies. We will later proceed to experience a unique Romantic Advent Market at Hohenwerfen Castle (extra), the filming site of the famous film “Where Eagles Dare”. The medieval castle courtyard sets the stage for atmospheric “Romantic Advent Market” by a friendly atmosphere, enjoying Original Pongau customs, Salzburg handcraft, local delicacies, a Nativity scene and genuine folk music.
THURSDAY, 9TH DECEMBER:
Today our full-day optional excursion takes us into the region of Carinthia in Austria, where we will first visit Klagenfurt. This town was awarded the prestigious Europa Nostra Diploma for its beautifully restored Renaissance courtyards. Klagenfurt’s Neuer Platz is dominated by the Lindwurm, a winged dragon statue which is the emblem of the city. It was modelled on the legendary dragon, said to have resided in a swamp here long ago. Here, we will also find the Christmas market, set up nicely in the square with some lovely enticing scents to tingle your senses. We will have time for shopping and later make our way back to Flachau, making a short stop in Villach, which is a lovely town in the Carinthia region boasting some beautifully adorned Christmas markets in the town centre.
FRIDAY, 10TH DECEMBER:
Our optional full-day excursion today will take us to Salzkammergut – the Lake District in Austria. Our first stop will be in Mondsee, a typical quaint Austrian village on the bank of Lake Mondsee. A must to visit St Michael’s Basilica which reached international fame because of the wedding scene in the movie “The Sound of Music” with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. This is the reason why more than 250,000 people are visiting the church every year. The square infront of the church famously also hosts a Christmas Market. We later proceed to St Wolfgang on the bank of Lake St Wolfgang, where we have time to visit the Gothic Winged Altar and White Horse Inn. We can also enjoy the picturesque village set up for Christmas, together with the Christmas Market offering a rich selection of exquisite arts and crafts, regional specialties and wonderful Christmas tree decorations too.
SATURDAY, 11TH DECEMBER:
We board the coach for another full-day optional excursion visiting two Bavarian German cities. Our first stop will be in Rosenheim in Germany. We walk towards Max Josef Platz, the matket square surrounded by arcades, cafes, varous shops and centuries old townhouses. This square together with its surrounded street are a pedestrian area where beautifully decorated stalls offer all-time favourites Christmas delicacies, and decorations – pure bliss! Opportunity to pop into shops for a good shopping spree. In the afternoon we drive towards the Alpine Town of Bad Reichenhall, an eye-catching attire during the weeks leading up to Christmas. It s also known for the scenic alpine landscape that surround the town as well as the springs that gave rise to tourism in the 19th century.
SUNDAY, 12TH DECEMBER:
Our last optional full-day excursion takes us to Austrian Salzburg, the heart in the heart of Europe. The Christmas Market in Salzburg, also known as Nikolaimarkt (St Nicholas Market) go all the way back to the 15th century. Here we will experience local Christmas folk customs, traditional decorations, gifts, incense to help conjure up a festive atmosphere and all Austrian specialities like mulled wine, hot punch gingerbread biscuits and more. During our stay in Salzburg we will walk through and see Mirabel Gardens, St Peter’s Abbey, Mozart’s birth house and the cemetery which made part of the setting of the film “The Sound of Music”. One can also take the funicular up to Hohensalzburg, the majestic fortress overlooking the city (extra). No doubt that the visit to Salzburg will be a perfect and a memorable ending.
MONDAY, 13TH DECEMBER:
After breakfast, we immediately check out of our rooms and make our way towards Munich Airport for our flight departing at 12.40pm and arriving in Malta at 2.55pm.
Price per person:
* SPECIAL PRICE
*€599 / €699 Adult in Quad
*€639 / €739 Adult in Triple
*€679 / €779 Adult in Twin
*€779 / €879 Adult in Single
*€399 / €499 Child sharing with 2 adults
Half Board (7 meals) €109
* Special price applies when half board & all excursions are taken
Air Malta return flights to Munich Airport
7 nights in 4 Star Hotel Unterberghof in Flachau or similar
Rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe & TV
Daily buffet breakfast
Free visit to Munich’s City Centre
Return airport transfers
Services of tour leader
Airport taxes & service charge
CHILD UNDER 12 PAYS HALF
€45 Hallein Salt Mines / Berchtesgaden
€38 Zell am See / Hohenwerfen Castle
€45 Mondsee / St Wolfgang
€37 Rosenheim / Bad Reichenhall