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17 Day European Christmas Markets

  • Visit the magical Christmas markets of Europe
  • Tour Vienna, Prague, Munich, Salzburg & More
Includes Return International Flights

"Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening. A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland…"

Nothing feels more like Christmas than Europe in December. Snow caps fairytale castles, streets are lined with decorations, and the smell of chestnuts fills the air. A winter wonderland is more than just a carol on this amazing once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

Discover the magic of Europe at Christmas time on this 17 day trip taking in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Experience guided tours of Vienna, Salzburg and Prague; and enjoy free time at Christmas markets in Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Prague and Nuremberg. Visit the picturesque lakeside village of Hallstatt; and the fairytale-esque Hohenschwangau Castle; travel the Bavarian countryside; and admire the Frohnburg, Hellbrunn and Schloss Leopoldskron palaces. Includes return international flights, 14 nights hotel accommodation, 16 meals and more!

ITINERARY

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

Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Am Konzerthaus MGallery by Sofitel or similar, Vienna Meals included: None

Today, enjoy a three hour locally guided Vienna city tour. See the remarkable detail and scale of Baroque architecture of the Kunsthistorisches Museum and Schloss Belvedere; and admire the towering spires of gothic St Stephen’s Cathedral (entrances not included). After the tour, you have the option to visit Schonbrunn Palace (entrance not included), enjoy the rest of the day exploring the traditional Christmas Market in front of Schonbrunn Palace, or enjoy the day at leisure. There is also an opportunity to enjoy a strudel making demonstration (not included).

Overnight: Hotel Am Konzerthaus MGalley by Sofitel or similar, Vienna Meals included: Breakfast

Depart Vienna after breakfast and transfer to the beautiful Austrian lakeside village of Hallstatt. In the afternoon, relax or explore the lakefront town’s stunning natural setting and traditional architecture.

Overnight: Heritage Hotel Hallstatt or similar, Hallstatt Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today after breakfast transfer to Salzburg. After the short, scenic drive enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure. Perhaps visit the famous Salzburg Christkindlmarkt, which can be found in Salzburgs’s Cathedral Square. Expect to find stocking trinkets, decorations and gifts, as well as delicious food and drink.

Overnight: Austria Trend Hotel Europa or similar, Salzburg Meals included: Breakfast

Today discover Salzburg on a three hour panoramic locally guided bus tour. After pick up from the hotel, pass Mirabell Palace, the city seat of government, and its gorgeous gardens. Continue to Old Town (Alstadt) and admire St Peter’s Abbey, a Benedectine monastery dating back to the year 696, and Salzburg Cathedral, a stately Baroque cathedral where composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptized (entrances not included). Next, marvel at three magnificent palaces: Frohnburg, Hellbrunn and Schloss Leopoldskron (entrances not included). On the way back to the hotel, pass the Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), where the legendary composer wrote many of his masterpieces (entrance not included).

Overnight: Austria Trend Hotel Europa or similar, Salzburg Meals included: Breakfast

This morning depart Salzburg and travel to Munich, the capital of Bavaria! Enjoy the remainder of the day free at leisure.

Overnight: Holiday Inn South or similar, Munich Meals included: Breakfast

Explore the city of Munich and its many wonderful markets in your own time. The largest Christmas Market in Munich can be easily found in Marienplatz. It’s famous for its towering Christmas tree, which blazes with twinkling lights at night.

Overnight: Holiday Inn South or similar, Munich Meals included: Breakfast

Today travel from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Fussen, near Hohenschwangau Village. Travel from the village by horse drawn buggy (weather permitting) up to Hohenschwangau Castle (entry and audio guided tour included). From this vantage point witness the beauty of Neuschwanstein Castle in the distance.

Overnight: Euro Park Hotel International or similar, Fussen Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast travel to extraordinary Nuremberg. Faithfully rebuilt after WWII, the vibrant and popular Franconian town is famous for its particularly extravagant Christmas Markets.

Overnight: Maritim Hotel or similar, Nuremberg Meals included: Breakfast

Wander the streets, markets and squares of Nuremberg’s old town at your own pace. Nuremberg’s Christmas Markets are famous for their delicious local sausages and gingerbread and beautifully hand crafted traditional Christmas tree ornaments. Climb the stairs of the Church of Our Lady at the edge of the square to view the market laid out in front of you. Next door is the Market of the Sister Cities, with international stalls displaying traditional Christmas treats and gifts from all over Europe.

Overnight: Maritim Hotel or similar, Nuremberg Meals included: Breakfast

Depart Nuremberg and travel across more Bavarian countryside to stunning Bamberg. So beautifully preserved that the whole central town square has UNESCO World Heritage status, the town is also known for excellent local beer and produce.

Overnight: Welcome Kongress Hotel or similar, Bamberg Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a full day of free time to relax and enjoy exploring this town with meandering canals, picture perfect bridges and over 2,000 buildings with UNESCO World Heritage status.

Overnight: Welcome Kongress Hotel or similar, Bamberg Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast depart for Prague. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Perhaps wander the famously picturesque meandering lanes of Old Town, enjoy hearty and warming local food and drinks, or take time to relax. Prague is home to the Czech Republic’s most impressive Christmas markets, the largest being in Old Town Square and very nearby, Wenceslas Square. In Old Town Square, an enormous Christmas tree is brought in from the Bohemian Forest and lavishly decorated with lights. These are switched on at dusk each evening accompanied by music.

Overnight: Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town or similar, Prague Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a four hour locally guided city tour. See Prague Castle, then explore the Old City on foot, crossing the Charles Bridge over the river Vltava with an amazing view and wonderful artisan atmosphere. See the famous Astronomical Clock en route to Republic Square.

Overnight: Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town or similar, Prague Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today after check out you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Australia. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.

Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

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

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover the highlights of Austria, Czech Republic and Germany
  • Enjoy the Christmas spirit in Vienna, Salzburg and more
  • Discover the beauty of Vienna on a locally guided tour
  • Stay the night in beautiful Hallstatt
  • Explore Salzburg on a panoramic bus tour
  • Enjoy a free day to discover Munich
  • Travel through the beautiful Bavarian countryside
  • Visit Hohenschwangau Castle by horse buggy
  • Explore Nuremburg on a day free at leisure
  • Witness the beauty of Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Enjoy a free day in historic Bamberg
  • Visit Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square in Prague
  • Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • 14 nights hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy 16 meals including 2 feature dinners
  • English speaking tour leader
  • English speaking local tour guides (days 3, 6 & 15)
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Parking and check point fees
  • 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 28th November 2018.

Travel offer is valid for one person based on twin share.

Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $700 applies.

Departure Dates (2018)
November: 26
November: 28 (SOLD OUT)

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).



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 Prague, Czech Republic
$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 or Dubai stopovers are offered, Premium Economy upgrades will not be available



Accommodation Used
3-4 Star (self-rated):
- Vienna, Austria: Hotel Am Konzerthaus M Gallery by Sofitel, Mercure Grand Biedermeier
- Hallstatt, Austria: Heritage Hotel Hallstatt
- Salzburg, Austria: Austria Trend Hotel Europa
- Munich, Germany: Holiday Inn South
- Fussen, Germany: Euro Park Hotel International, Best Western Plus Fuessen
- Nuermberg, Germany: Maritim Hotel, Hotel Loews Merkur
- Bamberg, Germany: Welcome Kongress Hotel, Center Main Franken Hotel
- Prague, Czech Republic: Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town, Vienna House Diplomat Prague
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, Austria (Pre Tour): $210 per room including breakfast.
- Prague, Czech Republic (Post Tour): $210 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.

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 20, maximum group size 40 per vehicle.

Optional Tours / Activities
Day 3: Schönbrunn Palace entry: €17 ($26 AUD)
Day 3: Schönbrunn Palace Zoo entry: €22 ($34 AUD)
Day 3: Strudel demonstration: €17 ($26 AUD)
Please Note:
- All optional tours must be booked in prior to departure. Please indicate on your Passenger Information Form if you would like to request a booking.
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified.
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.



- Visa fees and requirements (Not required for Europe if travelling on an Australian passport for stays up to 90 days).
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary.
- Recommended gratuities/tipping: €5 (approx. $8 AUD) per person/day.
- Fussen city tax (26th November departure only): EUR 2.20 (approx. $3.50 AUD) per person payable once only.
- 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
The winter months in Europe are quite cold and possibly snowy. Temperatures can drop to freezing especially at night, averages in the region we will explore are around 0 centigrade. Snowfalls are common. Layers, warm jackets, hats, gloves and sturdy, warm footwear is essential to enjoy this tour.

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. 

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. You can also enquire about any allergies and food and if necessary advise meals to be to be prepared with any medication you require.

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.

Gratuities:
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 (approx. $8 AUD) per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour.

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.



A Tourist visa is not required for Europe for stays 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.



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 airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.



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

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

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

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

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