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17 Day European Christmas Markets

  • Visit the magical Christmas markets of Europe
  • Tour Prague, Salzburg & the Black Forest
Includes Return International Flights

Nowhere does Christmas quite like Europe! Cities and towns are transformed with twinkling lights and decorations, the snowy landscape glistens in the light, the scent of chestnuts and gingerbread fills the air, and you’re reminded that Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Discover the grand cities and fairytale villages of Austria, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic on this magical 17 day highlights tour. Experience the dazzling Schönbrunn Palace Christmas market in Vienna; explore the historic old town and castle district of Prague; see Baroque palaces and courtyards in Salzburg; travel through the scenic Black Forest; be captivated by the beauty of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles in Bavaria; enjoy the colourful Christmas markets of St Wolfgang, St Gilgen and Strobl; and so much more! This fantastic package includes return international flights, 14 nights hotel accomodation, English-speaking tour guides and more.

ITINERARY

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Today depart either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Vienna! Fly with the award winning Etihad Airways, Austrian Airlines, Swiss Airlines, Lufthansa or Finnair to name a few (subject to availability). 


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival be met by your tour guide and transferred to the hotel for the evening.

Overnight: Hotel Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier or similar, Vienna
Meals included: None

In the morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vienna. A particular highlight is the Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn Palace, which is one of the most traditional in Vienna. In the centre there is a giant Christmas tree, often the location of special musical performances. To warm up, enjoy a hot drink and a snack. The rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy time to stroll through the festively decorated heart of the city, or do some Christmas shopping. 

Overnight: Hotel Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier or similar, Vienna
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will begin your journey to Prague. Along the way, stop at Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at your hotel in beautiful Prague. 

Overnight: Hotel Occidental, Prague
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy this morning at leisure. In the afternoon, a local guide will show you the sights of Prague - the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’. You will see the most important places and sights, for example, Wenceslas Square, the National Theatre, the Lesser Town, and Hradčany with Prague castle, as well as Charles Bridge, the former Jewish district, and the Old Town Square. The remainder of the afternoon is free at leisure. 

Overnight: Hotel Occidental or similar, Prague
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the hotel before travelling to Mariánské Lázně, the most beautiful spa town in the Czech Republic; Františkovy Lázně, known as the village of Emperor Franz; and the ancient town of Cheb. A local tour guide will spend the day with you pointing out all the highlights. Afterwards you will return to Prague for the evening. 

Overnight: Hotel Occidental or similar, Prague
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you visit Český Krumlov, which lies on the romantic loop of the Vltava River. On arrival, the local guide will showcase the highlights of the town such as Český Krumlov Castle, the second biggest castle in the Czech Republic. In the afternoon, continue on to the village of Holašovice, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a traditional central European village. Afterwards travel onwards to your hotel in Salzburg. 

Overnight: Hotel Wyndham Grand Salzburg Conference Centre or similar, Salzburg
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning join the informative walking tour through the heart of the city. Stroll past the magnificent Baroque palaces and courtyards, see Mozart’s birthplace in the Getreidegasse, and visit the beautiful Mirabell Gardens - of The Sound of Music fame - to enjoy a spectacular view of the city’s fortress. In the afternoon, perhaps take a guided tour of the Fortress of Hohensalzburg, visit the splendid cathedral or simply wander through the enchanting Christmas market in the heart of the city. 

Overnight: Hotel Wyndham Grand Salzburg Conference Centre or similar, Salzburg
Meals included: Breakfast

Today take an excursion to the nearby Salzkammergut and visit the beautiful Christmas markets St Wolfgang, St Gilgen, and Strobl. At Lake Wolfgang, candles, torches and campfires create a cosy atmosphere by the lake. All three villages glitter and glisten, whilst the lake, quiet and dark, silently links the radiance of their Christmas Markets. Regular boat trips slide past the imposing floating lanterns, the illuminated Oxen Cross, and the Wedding Cross, while the sound of trumpets drift across the lake. 

Overnight: Hotel Wyndham Grand Salzburg Conference Centre, Salzburg
Meals included: Breakfast

Today continue your journey to Innsbruck. A tour will reveal the delights of the city. Follow the scent of mulled wine and stroll through the Christmas Markets at leisure in the evening. 

Overnight: Alphotel or smilar, Innsbruck
Meals included: Breakfast

Schwangau is the next stop. Be impressed by Neuschwanstein, a fairytale hilltop castle surrounded by nature, as well as the equally impressive Hohenschwangau Castle in the valley. Enjoy an interesting guided tour. Afterwards you will have some time to take pictures of this incredible view. 

Overnight: Hotel Bergruh or similar, Fussen (Hohenschwangau)
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast travel to the beautiful Black Forest, outside of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Maritim Titisee or similar, Black Forest Baiersbronn
Meals included: Breakfast

Start the day with a scenic tour of the Black Forest, followed by a stop in the town of Schiltach, which is surrounded by picturesque mountains. Afterwards, visit the glass blowing museum in Wolfach, where you can blow your own “Blautze” (blank glass). In the afternoon, continue to Triberg, home of the highest waterfall in Germany and Schonach, famous for cuckoo clocks.

Overnight: Hotel Maritim Titisee or similar, Black Forest Baiersbronn
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, depart for France! Enjoy the Alsace region and the city of Strasbourg on a guided tour. Strasbourg features an incredible diversity of architectural styles, which have helped earn its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the very heart of the city, visitors can discover the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic art. The guide will introduce the highlights of the city before free time to discover the city and its Christmas markets on your own. 

Overnight: Hotel Maritim Titisee or similar, Black Forest Baiersbronn
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning travel onwards to Munich, the leafy capital of Bavaria. Explore the city during the Advent season, when it offers a special Christmas atmosphere. Gain insight to the amazing city during a city tour, before you have time to discover the various Christmas Markets. 

Overnight: Maritim Hotel München or similar, Munich
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, transfer to Munich airport for your return flight to Australia.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover Austria, The Czech Republic, France and Germany
  • Enjoy the Christmas spirit in Vienna, Salzburg and more
  • Tour Vienna, Prague, Český Krumlov, Salzburg, Strasbourg, Innsbruck and Munich
  • Enjoy mulled wine and a snack at Schonbrunn Palace Christmas market
  • Visit the picturesque Bavarian village of Schwangau
  • Marvel at Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles
  • Wander through Wenceslas Square and the Old Town of Prague
  • Experience the Christmas markets of Innsbruck and Munich
  • Be awestruck by the magnificent Prague Castle
  • Enjoy a tour of the spa town of Mariánské Lázně
  • Witness the towering Český Krumlov Castle
  • Marvel at Baroque palaces and courtyards in Salzburg
  • See Mozart's Birthplace in the busy Getreidegasse
  • Visit Mirabell Gardens of ‘The Sound of Music’ fame
  • Explore Hohensalzburg Castle, the largest fortress in Central Europe
  • Visit the magical Christmas markets of St Wolfgang, St Gilgen and Strobl
  • Take in the breathtaking scenery of the Black Forest
  • Visit the picturesque town of Schiltach in the Kinzig Valley
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Glashutte Wolfach glass blowing museum
  • Witness Triberg Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Germany
  • See the famed Cathedral Notre Dame de Strasbourg
  • Return International flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • 14 nights hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy 14 meals
  • English-speaking Tour Guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • City taxes
  • Transportation by A/C vehicle
  • Return airport transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on the 26th November 2018.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $800 applies.
 
Departure Dates 
26th November 2018
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth.



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Emirates, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Swiss Airways, Air France, KLM, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia, Finnair, China Southern Airlines, Cathay Pacific plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability) (subject to availability).

 

Arrive early in Vienna, Austria
$200 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers..
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stay behind in Munich, Germany
$200 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $450 per person/each way
Solo Traveller: $700 each way
Locations:
* Singapore
* Dubai
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- An outbound and inbound stopover may be chosen; however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available
- Business Class: Buy now for $6999 per person
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
- If Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Doha stopovers are offered, Premium Economy upgrades will not be available. 



Accommodation Used


4 Star (self-rated)

- Vienna, Austria: Hotel Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier 

- Prague, Czech Republic: Hotel Occidental Praha 

- Innsbruck, Austria: Alphotel Innsbruck

- (Hohenschwangau) Fussen, Germany: Hotel Bergruh 

- Black Forest, Germany: Maritim Titisee

- Munich, Germany: Maritim Hotel Munich 

Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
- Vienna (Pre Tour): $120 per room including breakfast
- Munich (Post Tour): $440 per room including breakfast
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 2 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability. 
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or Twin Bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


 
Minimum group size 30, maximum group size 40 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Please note:
- Some additional tours may also be offered by the land operator on arrival.



- Visa fees and requirements (A visa for Europe is not a requirement if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Recommended gratuities/tipping €5 (approx. $8 AUD) per person per day
- Optional activities/tours 
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
In December the average temperature in Munich for example is -2 to 4C. 
 
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a moderate level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is €5 per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour. 



No visa is required for Europe for up to 90 days if travelling on an Australian passport Please Note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.



· 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

· 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

· Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

· Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

· Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider. 

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
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