Alpine Christmas Markets

December 2, 2021 to December 11, 2021

Join us as we celebrate the lead up to the holidays with visits to a few of Europe’s most beautiful Christmas Markets. Your tour will stop at quaint German and Austrian towns and visit Switzerland. You’ll see the snow-frosted Alps, the stuff of storybooks – twinkling markets full of Yuletide delights and towering Christmas trees. Enter the realm of gingerbread, Glühwein and carol singers. Enjoy wonderful holiday traditions that have been celebrated for hundreds of years!

 

Your journey begins aboard an (optional) motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Munich, Germany.

Welcome to Germany. Upon arrival in Munich you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon at 3:00 PM meet your Travel Director for an orientation of the city that will show you all the city’s major sights, culminating in the Marienplatz, with its soaring Town Hall and Glockenspiel.

Here, the Christkindlmarkt will be in full swing, an entrancing festival of light and music. Your Travel Director will introduce you to one of the market stallholders for a taste of traditional Bavarian Lebkuchen and a fragrant cup of Glühwein. In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

Hotel: Hotel Pullman Munich (or similar)
Meal: Dinner with Wine

Munich embraces the holiday season with a particular zeal, so the day is all yours to enjoy the vibrant festive markets that abound in this city. On crisp winter days, organ music and carols ring out from the ancient churches. If snow has fallen, the vast English Garden provides lovely winter vistas. Another option is to experience the romantic royal palaces of the Bavarian Alps.

Hotel: Hotel Pullman Munich (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Travel alongside the tranquil waters of Lake Chiemsee on your way to Salzburg in Austria, where the spires and domes of the Old Town are often draped in snow come December. A walk with your Local Expert will show you Mozart’s family home and the rosy hues of the 500-year-old Christmas Market in front of the cathedral. Head through the mountains to your Innsbruck hotel. Journey to the charming town of Hall in Tirol which boasts one of Austria’s best preserved historic centers. Soak up the unique atmosphere in a 700-year-old building and delight your palate with a medieval banquet and wine.

Hotel: AC Hotel Innsbruck (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Enjoy a relaxed start and spend the morning at leisure. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere of the Old Town and Christmas Markets, set in front of the Golden Roof, graced by beautifully preserved medieval facades. Enjoy the delightful scenery and crisp, fresh air during your horse-drawn carriage ride, locally known as a Fiaker, through the countryside of Tyrol.

Hotel: AC Hotel Innsbruck (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Travel through the Alberg tunnel, Austria’s longest road tunnel, as you return to Germany and pause in the tiny island-town of Lindau. Walk through the maze of ancient streets down to the harbor. Across the lake, often shrouded in mist, look for the rising silhouette of snow-capped peaks. After time to explore, continue along the shores of the Bodensee to your hotel in the Black Forest for three fabulous nights. Dinner at our hotel is included.

Hotel: Steigenberger Stadt Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Visit Freiburg in the morning, a lively university city with a charming Christmas atmosphere. Walk from the medieval Münster through the heart of the historic old quarter, past colorful stalls offering a range of festive goodies from the Black Forest.

Hotel: Steigenberger Stadt Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Cross the Rhine to the region of Alsace, wedged between the Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains. This area has changed nationality four times since 1870! Arrive in Strasbourg, the City at the Crossroads, where the Christmas Market is the oldest and one of the largest in France. Spend time in a cozy neighborhood of timbered fairy-tale buildings, with Christmas shops and a gingerbread bakery, warm with fragrant promise. Return to Germany and venture to a local restaurant for a delightful dinner of local specialties, accompanied by wine.

Hotel: Steigenberger Stadt Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Cross the Swiss border and head for Zürich where sightseeing includes seeing the imposing Grossmünster, elegant Fraumünster, and winding alleys of the Old Town alongside the River Limmat. A highlight is Europe’s biggest indoor Christmas extravaganza held in the main railway station, with over 160 wooden chalets and a three-story Christmas tree, draped with Swarovski crystals. Toast to the culmination of your Yuletide journey during a festive Celebration Dinner with wine at a local restaurant with its own microbrewery.

Hotel: Renaissance Tower Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Today your journey draws to an end. After breakfast you’ll transfer from the hotel to the Zurich Airport for your flight home. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your (optional) motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.

Meal: Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Munich, Germany and returning from Zurich, Switzerland including current air taxes and fees when purchasing our air and land package
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Munich and Zurich when purchasing our group flights
  • Hotel accommodations for eight nights in 4-star hotels (Begin with two nights Munich, Germany, two nights Innsbruck, Austria, three nights Lörrach, Germany (Black Forrest), and one night Zurich, Switzerland) including hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling for one bag
  • Special Fox Exclusive Tour Experience

Hotel Accommodations

  • Hotel accommodations for eight nights in 4-star hotels
    • Two nights Munich, Germany at the Hotel Pullman Munich (or similar)*
    • Two nights Innsbruck, Austria at the AC Hotel Innsbruck (or similar)*
    • Three nights Lörrach, Germany (Black Forrest) at the Steigenberger Stadt Hotel (or similar)*
    • One night Zurich, Switzerland at the Renaissance Tower Hotel (or similar)*

*Includes hotel baggage handling for one bag per person including hotel porter gratuities.

Sightseeing and Services

  • Sightseeing Inclusions:
    • Christmas Markets: All departures will experience the wonderment of the Christmas Markets of each city, some of the oldest in Europe.
    • Munich: During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see the Victory Arch, Town Hall and Glockenspiel in Marienplatz.
    • Innsbruck: Meet your coachman and enjoy a delightful journey through Tyrol’s picturesque countryside, on your horse-drawn Fiaker.
    • Lindau: Your Travel Director takes you to the Harbour and Old City Hall. Walk the medieval streets of this island-town and browse the shops on Maximillium Strasse.
    • Lörrach: Explore the town located on the borders of Germany, France and Switzerland and see the ruins of Rotteln Castle.
    • Freiburg: Enjoy a romantic walk through the medieval cobbled streets of Freiburg and soak in the magic of its Christmas Markets. See the medieval Münster and spend time in the historic old quarter.
    • Strasbourg: Exploring the Christmas Markets is like stepping directly into a fairytale, where glittering lights and the scent of cinnamon enchant your senses. Here you visit France’s oldest Christmas Markets, set in front of the Cathedral. Spend time in the atmospheric neighborhood of La Petite France.
    • Zürich: During your orientation of the city, your Travel Director will show you the Grossmünster, Fraumünster and elegant Bahnhofstrasse. Attend Europe’s biggest indoor Christmas Market with its magnificent Swarovski crystal-decorated Christmas tree.
    • Scenic Drives: Throughout your travels, enjoy beautiful views of the Austrian Alps and Lake Bodensee.
  • Luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Professional Tour Manager from Fox World Travel*
  • Professional Insight Vacations Tour Director
  • Customized informative travel documents

Included Meals

  • Daily Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinner experiences (see daily itinerary for details)

Not included:  Travel Insurance, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

* Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination. NOTE: hotels and daily itinerary are subject to change.

Tour-Only

Tour Only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Round-trip airfare from Chicago
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $960.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
August 30, 2021

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees are TBD but included and subject to change.

Early Booking Discount: Deposit by September 4, 2020 and receive a $250.00 per person discount

Past Passenger Discount:  $100.00 per person (subject to change at any time)

*Must have traveled with Insight Vacations, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki within the last five years to qualify.

Discounts are subject to change at any time

Flights from Chicago are pending

Flights from Chicago are pending: The air-inclusive package includes air that has not yet been assigned, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.
Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations.  Airline tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference.  Additional restrictions may apply. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air.  Checked baggage fees may apply.  A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Motorcoach Transfer:

Group motorcoach transfer to and from Chicago O’Hare from select pick-up points are $45 per person each way ($90 per person roundtrip).

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From date of deposit to August 30, 2021: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • August 31, 2021 – September 27, 2021: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • September 28, 2021 – October 27, 2021: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • October 28, 2021 to 0 days prior to travel: No refunds

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

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