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Christmas Markets Of Europe

Germany, Austria
05 December 2020 - 12 December 2020 | 7 Nights
Starting at $3,199/person | Only one room left
  • Culture and History
  • Markets Of The World
3 Home bases
4 Destinations
Activity level
Light
Service level
Premium
Group size
Max
6
Journey designed by
Mikael Audebert

Guests searching for a unique experience of the Christmas Markets of Europe are in for a delightful and visually enchanting treat.

Our small group, of not more than 6 guests, will allow for exciting last-minute holiday shopping - there is nothing wrong with that! Ambling through the markets while sipping a mug of piping-hot mulled wine are some of the greatest joys of the season. Typically, taking over the main squares in front of medieval cathedrals, these festive outdoor markets are complete with handmade ornaments, local crafts, marzipan and gingerbread. Experience the fairy-tale magic and traditions of the centuries-old towns of Germany and Austria. We take you on a charming discovery of the lesser-known European Christmas markets, as well as more iconic ones.

Your Host

Mikael Audebert
Mikael Audebert

Highlights

Best Time of The Year

The festive season in Europe is unrivaled! Envisage charming chalets in towns built in the 13th-century, snow-capped cathedrals and market stalls adorning medieval town squares. In addition, we have included several dinners and tours throughout the journey. Our host and shopping expert will gladly direct you to the hidden gems and advise you on finding the perfect gifts.

Culture and History

Christmas Markets are as much a part of Europe’s history as their monarchs and castles. Being privy to these sites in winter is an absolute delight, with the region's culture being showcased in the form of traditional displays, performances, and outfits. Join us in exploring a winter wonderland filled with magnetism, festivity, and exclusive shopping experiences.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
Welcome to Stuttgart

Welcome to Stuttgart

Day 1

After a private transfer from the airport, we invite you to unwind and settle into what will be your home for the next 3 nights. Following your decompression, join us for a private guided tour of the colorful Stuttgart city. We complete our first day, gently, by browsing through the Stuttgart's Christmas market. The market is one of Germany’s oldest, largest, and most impressive. With approximately 300 wooden huts decorated with opulent winter decorations and lights, your Christmas spirit will certainly be ignited! A traditional Bavarian welcome dinner will be served thereafter.

Ludwigsburg Palaces and Market

Ludwigsburg Palaces and Market

Day 2

After breakfast, we spend some time discovering more of the cobblestoned streets and shops of Stuttgart, at our own pace. Afterwards, we depart for the town of Ludwigsburg, a short 30 minute trip away, where we have a leisurely lunch, before enjoying the rest of our eventful day. We then meet our local and knowledgeable guide, who leads us on a private tour of two of the most famous palaces in Ludwigsburg. As night falls, we discover the beautifully lit-up markets and medieval streets of the town. Shopping and dinner, at leisure, are on the agenda!

Baden Baden and Esslingen

Baden Baden and Esslingen

Day 3

We begin our day with an early departure for Baden Baden. On arrival, we indulge in a hot beverage, before setting off to discover the beautiful town. Following our adventures, we are treated to a luxury spa experience and superb lunch. Re-energized, we then make our way to Esslingen. The symphony of medieval music in St. Paul's Cathedral and the atmospheric backdrop of timbered houses and romantic alleyways are what make Esslingen's Christmas and Medieval Market an unforgettable experience! Dinner will be at leisure in town before a short drive home.

Rothenburg and Nuremberg

Rothenburg and Nuremberg

Day 4

With our luggage packed and breakfast savored, we depart for Rothenburg. En-route we stop at Nuremberg, where a local historian leads us a private guided tour of the town. Next on our exciting itinerary will be Rothenburg. Known as the country's most spectacular medieval town, it has achieved popularity without losing its charm. There are thousands of years of history amid its cobbles. After lunch, Karen hosts an afternoon of shopping. We return to Nuremberg, where we check into our new property and have dinner at one of our favorite eateries near a castle.

Nuremberg Christmas Market Town

Nuremberg Christmas Market Town

Day 5

After a traditional breakfast, a private guide awaits for a 2-hour tour of Nuremberg. For centuries, Nuremberg was the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the preferred residence of plenty of German kings. Brimming with rich architectural wonders, it was also a magnet for renowned artists, the most famous being Albrecht Dürer, who was born here. The town also holds what is constantly rated as the best Christmas Market Town in Europe, which you can explore this afternoon and evening, followed by a leisurely dinner.

To Austria We Go

To Austria We Go

Day 6

This morning, we make our way to the beautiful city of Salzburg, across the Austrian border. We reach the city in 4 hours, driving through the breathtaking Bavarian countryside, peppered with famous castles. En-route, we stop for lunch on the riverbanks of Lake Chiemsee. In Salzburg, we will likely experience snow on the ground, which gives the city its incredible holiday atmosphere. After settling in at our property, we depart for the center of the old town to revel in the traditional Christmas markets. Dinner is at leisure with our recommendations.
Upgrade option available at Hotel Sacher

Salzburg

Salzburg

Day 7

We begin today, with a tour of Salzburg city led by our private guide, taking us from its fortress to its sites, that are reminiscent of the "Sound of Music." We also enjoy Dom Quartier, Salzburg, Residenz, the North Oratory, the Cathedral Museum, the Long Gallery, St Peter´s Museum and Mozart's birthplace. We spend the rest of the day at leisure. Allow us to assist in booking exclusive tours and experiences, or simply stroll the streets of Salzburg brimming with Christmas market stalls. Tonight, we hold our farewell dinner in a unique location, accompanied by divine wines.

Take the opportunity to extend your stay

Take the opportunity to extend your stay

Day 8

This morning, our hosts and local partners will assist in a transfer to Salzburg airport or train station and Munich and Vienna airports are available for a small supplement. Why not extend your journey for a few more days? With our assistance, the possibilities are abundant. Wherever your journey takes you next, the AIV team wishes you a happy holiday!

Accommodations

Hotel Am Schlossgarten

Hotel Am Schlossgarten

Stuttgart, Germany

This modern five-star hotel is a welcoming and luxurious place to stay, with a refreshingly informal vibe and a peaceful spot overlooking the Stuttgart's main park. This city center location makes it convenient for all the major sights. Inside the 10-story tower, the foyer’s soft browns and golds provide a soothing backdrop to the bustle of guests coming and going. The 106 bedrooms fall into six categories, from Executive through to several suites. Attention to detail is evident: bathrobes and slippers; a bottle opener and glass for the free bedside bottle of water; proper padded, skirt and trouser hangers; safes; windows that...

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Meridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg

Meridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg

Nuremberg, Germany

The lustrous flair of a classic grand hotel, enhanced with state-of-the-art technology and all of the convenient features you expect from a hotel of this standard – all this and more is offered at Le Méridien Grand Hotel, against the stunning backdrop of Nuremberg's ancient city.

Just a short stroll away, visitors will find museums, shops, the city's famous market and the Imperial Castle.

Hotel Bristol Salzburg

Hotel Bristol Salzburg

Salzburg, Austria

This Salzburg cultural site has been very specially renovated in such a way that it has managed to retain its absolute exclusivity and luxury standard while at the same time has lost none of the flair that makes this historic place so unique. The foundation stone of the present Hotel Bristol was laid by Archbishop Paris Lodron in 1619. In the following centuries, the building served as the seat of various noble families. It has been repeatedly extended and remodeled before being given its present form in the late 19th century.In 1892, the city of Salzburg, into whose possession the property...

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Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Salzburg, Austria

Overlooking the magical scenery of Salzburg’s old town and the Fortress Hohensalzburg, the Hotel Sacher Salzburg is the only grand hotel in Mozart’s hometown. The privately-owned hotel has awaited its guests with living traditions, charming local flavors, and stunning views since 1866. Gently renovated in recent years and inspired by local aristocratic country residences, the rooms and suites offer unique ambiance with all the modern technical amenities.

The property boasts two restaurants, both ran by award-winning chef Manfred Stüfler who offers authentic Austrian cuisine. Each of the hotel’s restaurants has a terrace located on the wonderful Salzach promenade, immersing diners in...

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The finer details

Deluxe Package

$3,199/person
Only one room left
Based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $999
Deposit: $750/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure

Upgrade to Hotel Sacher (Salzburg)

$3,499/person
Sold out
Based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $999
Deposit: $750/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure

Nights

3 nights in Stuttgart

2 nights in Nuremberg

3 nights in Salzburg

Meals

7 traditional breakfasts

2 lunches

3 dinners (to include beverages)

Activities

Private guided tours
Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg, Nuremberg and Salzburg

1 Spa & Massage experience

Tickets to all sites listed

Extras

Private airport/train station transfers from Stuttgart and to Salzburg

Services of a journey host as well as professional local guides throughout

All taxes

Add-Ons and Extension

VIP meet and greet in connecting airports

$319/person
Personalized Meet and Greet services at connecting airports for a seamless experience.

Good to know

Airport transfers are included from Stuttgart and to Munich. For all other airports, please consult with us.

All listed activities are optional in attendance

Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement.

International flight to and from Germany/Austria may be arranged through us.

Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with Seven Corners)

How about extending?

Come early, or leave late. Allow our consultants to customize a pre- or post- extension to your journey. Discover Paris, Berlin or pay a visit to Vienna. Just let us know when you secure your journey or fill the inquiry form.

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  • Your email is used as the primary form of contact.
  • Although not required, we would reach out should we be unable to get through by email.
  • City, state or country.
  • If your request is based on one of our curated or existing journey, please let us know which one.
  • If you considering several dates, please list them all. If you have a general idea as to month and year, let us know that too.
  • Tell us about any destinations you have in mind, or a type of journey. Not sure? Not a problem! That is what we are here for. Our team of experts will guide you by better understanding your interests upon speaking with you.