Exclusive Private Christmas Markets Trip to Germany, Austria and Hungary

9 Days
  • Ettal’s Cozy Christmas Market: In Bavaria’s Garmisch-Partenkirchen county, Ettal hosts a charming Christmas market during Advent. The market’s huts brim with souvenirs, gifts, and Christmas tree decorations, all under the warm glow of twinkling lights. You’ll be enchanted by the holiday tunes and the tempting scent of Glühwein as you stroll through the square.
  • Salzburg’s Timeless Christkindlmarkt: The Salzburg Christkindlmarkt, one of the world’s oldest Advent markets, has deep historical roots. Located in the heart of Salzburg’s World Heritage-listed Old City and featuring traditional market stands, it’s a truly special and timeless occasion
  • Vienna’s Enchanting Christmas Markets: From mid-November until Christmas, Vienna’s most charming squares undergo a magical transformation into festive Christmas markets. The air is filled with the enticing scent of Christmas baking, hot punch, and toasted almonds. The Old City and shopping streets are adorned with festive lights, creating a truly enchanting Christmas atmosphere in Vienna.
  • Budapest’s Christmas Markets: In Hungary’s capital, you’ll find a perfect blend of charming market stalls and stunning architecture during the Budapest Christmas markets. Sip mulled wine, savor sweet chimney cake, and soak up the festive atmosphere. Popular locations include the Christmas market by St. Stephen’s Basilica, Vörösmarty Square Christmas market (the city’s oldest and grandest), and Óbuda Christmas Market, a local gem with an artificial skating rink.

Itinerary

Private transfer from Munic Airport to Munich hotel.

After check-in at the hotel, private guided walking tour of Munich: This green city is known for its beautiful parks, many museums, and beautiful palaces. Get to know many of Munich’s top sites — city squares like Marienplatz, Odeonsplatz and Max-Joseph-Platz, plus the Alte Pinakothek art museum, Munich National Theatre and famous watering hole Hofbräuhaus. Your guide will provide you many details so that you will have lots of different options to explore also on your own after the tour.

Duration: 2 hours

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  • Hofbräuhaus: The world-famous Hofbräuhaus brand brings an unparalleled beer culture to the Enjoy unique drinking, dining and entertainment experience in one of the world center of beer. / 1-2h
  • Concert at The Nymphenburg Palace: Enjoy an evening concert at one of the amazing halls in Schloss Nymphenburg. The 7-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his sister Nannerl gave a concert here in the palace with great success. You will be sure of an unforgettable evening.
  • Munich Christmas Markets: CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN MUNICH: Munich holds its traditional Christmas Market from November 23rd to December 24th. Whether at the large Christmas Market around Marienplatz, in the magical Christmas village in the Residenz or the medieval market on Wittelsbacherplatz – the Munich Christmas markets tempt you to stay a while and look around, offering mulled wine, culinary delicacies and traditional

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Private trip to Visit Fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle: Today Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Nestled on the Bavarian Alps, the dreamy cliff-side castle boasts a majestic Romanesque architecture set against an idyllic landscape.

From drop off point you can reach the castle only by walking, carriage ride or public bus (payable on the spot). The castle tour is guided by official guides and takes approx. 1 hour in total. Later you can return directly to Munich or do some additional photo stop on your way back.

Christmas Market in Ettal: Ettal is a small town in the county of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in Bavaria. Every year, in the , the city holds a beautiful full of lights Christmas market. The market is held in Advent days. The markets huts sell souvenirs, presents and decorations for the Christmas tree. The square is warped with beautiful light, holiday music and the smell of the Glühwein.

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  • Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride in Garmisch: Kept warm by fleece with a cup of hot cocoa or mulled wine, off you go exploring the beautiful Garmisch- Partenkirchen as you being pulled over an untouched blanket of snow, past the Olympic ski- jump hill and approach a frozen waterfall where delightful prosecco and canapés are served. / 1-2 hrs / 300 per group

Private transfer back to Munich.

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Private transfer to Salzburg, check-in at the hotel.

Guided tour of Salzburg: Our guide will pick you up at the reception desk in your hotel and take you to a tour of all main cultural and historical attractions. This picturesque city stretches along both banks of the River Salzach, as it emerges from the Salzburg Alps into lower land dominated by the 1,853-meter Untersberg. The romantic Old Town is a compact neighbourhood of narrow medieval streets and arcaded courtyards that are fun to explore, as are the spacious squares of the residential area between the Neutor and the Neugebäude districts. Salzburg enjoys a special fame in the world of music as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, reflected in attractions such as the museum in his family home, various festivals showcasing his music, and even the melodies that ring out daily on the glockenspiel. Duration: up to 3 hours

Salzburg Christmas market: The Salzburg Christkindlmarkt has deep historical roots and is one of the world’s oldest Advent markets. Its unique setting in the heart of Salzburg’s World Heritage-listed Old City, the traditional market stands, and its long history make the Salzburg Christkindlmarkt a truly special occasion.
NOTE: 26th of December is the last day of Christmas Market in Salzburg!

Great trips options from Salzburg:

  • Castle with fortress above Salzburg: Ascend and descend by Fortress funicular, entrance to fortress precincts, guided tour with audio guide in eleven languages (salt storeroom, torture chamber, look-out tower, ‘Salzburg Bull’ – mechanical organ), Fortress Museum, Rainer Regiment Museum, Marionette Museum, Alm Besides, visit of unique Princes’ Apartments in the main castle and the Mechanical Theatre. / 2h
  • Stiegl Brewery and Beer Tasting: The Austria’s leading and one of the oldest private brewery: Tour of the Stiegl Brauwelt and Tour through the Production, combined by beer tasting and beer crackers. The high beer quality is succeeded because of use nothing but the best locally- sourced

SPECIALTY Beer Connoisseur Tour: After an aperitif at the Stieglitz, it’s straight to our tasting cellar! There you can try five international beer specialities under the expert eye of our qualified beer sommelier, coupled with an appropriate food pairing. / 3h

  • Augustiner Brewery – Following the footsteps of Malt & Hops: Following the footsteps of Malt & Hops: We have a very special offer for our friends with special interest in a taste for hops! Our beer brewer is available for a behind-the- scenes tours through our brewery – a living brewing museum. Special tour through the “Path of Beer” – from the brewery to the bottling / 3h
  • Apple Strudel Cooking Class: Rustle up an Austrian apple strudel during a cooking class in Salzburg. In a small group of no more than 15 people, you’ll prepare the pastry and marinate the apples to create one of the country’s iconic desserts. Learn from the chef and hear tips to make your own strudel back at home. The experience is available with a choice of two start times when you book. / 90m
  • Classic Concert in Salzburg with dinner: Enjoy an evening likely to have taken place in 1790 – in the Baroque Hall lit by candles, having a dinner based on historical recipes, listening to a concert with musicians in authentic costumes and the music of Wolfgang Amadeus / 3h
  • Sound of Music Tour: The life of the von Trapp Family is inseparably linked to the city of Every year nearly 300,000 people visit the Trapp Family homes and film locations. The 1965 film became an international box office success. Join us on a wonderful ride with breath- taking views of opening scenes of the movie The Sound of Music were filmed with local guide. / 3- 4h

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Private transfer to Hallstatt, check-in at the hotel.

Guided private walking tour of Hallstatt: Jagged mountain peaks reflected in a pristine alpine lake offer the backdrop for this charming Austrian village. There was a Hallstatt before there was a Rome, and you will love every minute you spend strolling through this quaint 7,000-year-old Alpine village! In 1997 most of the historic, cultural landscape was listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site – characterized by breath-taking views, mighty peaks and spectacular caves.

Duration: 2 hours

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DATES: The Hallstatt Christmas market traditionally takes place every year on 8th of December.

Private transfer to Vienna, check-in at the hotel.

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  • Berchtesgaden Saltmine: “White gold” has been mined at the Berchtesgaden salt mine without interruption since 1517. Since 2007, it has offered innovative visitor experiences unlike any other mine in the world! Visitors are taken on an adventurous guided tour into the very depths of the Salzberg mountain. Before entering the mine, you will be outfitted in functional overalls – for good reason, since the temperatures inside the mine are a constant +12°
  • Museum Hallstatt: THE MUSEUM HALLSTATT was opened in 1888 in order to showcase the special archaeological finds of Hallstatt, which were discovered in the preceding years. Visitors can learn everything about the history of this beautiful place in the museum, starting with the Stone Age and traveling through thousands of years of history right up to the present. Exhibited here are the discoveries from the local salt mines (the oldest in the world), and the Iron Age burial grounds and cemeteries nearby.
  • The Charnel House in Michael’s Chapel: THE CHARNEL HOUSE IN HALLSTATT had been in existence since the 12th century and contains 1,200 skulls. It is located in the two-story Michael’s Chapel, built in a baroque style. 610 of the skulls are painted, inscribed with the death date, and arranged by family. This tradition started in 1720, when there was no more room at the cemetery and no possibility of extending it. 10 to 15 years after the funerals, skulls and big tubular bones were taken from the graves to dry and clean them and paint afterwards, mostly with flowers as graves are also decorated with wreaths of flowers.
  • Hallstatt Skywalk: These are just some of the gushing adjectives used to describe the Hallstatt Skywalk. But the truth is, you’ll be at an absolute loss for words when you stand at the far point of this free-floating structure 360 meters above the ground, gazing out at the mountains, lake and town below. The recipient of no fewer superlatives is the Hallstatt high valley with its famous burial fields. Quite understandable when you consider that an entire epoch of human history owes its name to the archaeological finds unearthed here. Join us – for a short walk through the Hallstatt high valley! / 1-3 hrs

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Vienna

Vienna City Highlights Tour: Our guide will pick you up at the reception desk in your hotel and take you for a tour of all main cultural and historical attractions along the famous Ringstrasse to see the Vienna Rathaus, Vienna’s historical centre, St Stephen’s Cathedral any many more.

The Capital of Austria is home to nearly one third of the country’s inhabitants and is its primary city.

Ranked as one of the best liveable cities in the world enjoying a high quality of life, Vienna is a heaven in central Europe and remains a popular tourist destination.

Duration of guiding: 3 hours

VIENNA CHRISTMAS MARKETS: From the middle of November until Christmas, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas baking, hot punch and toasted almonds hangs in the air. The Old City and shopping streets are decorated with festive lights that create a Christmas atmosphere in Vienna.

Most known Christmas markets:

  • Vienna Christmas World on Rathausplatz
  • Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz
  • Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace

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  • The Albertina Museum: One of Vienna’s most impressive art galleries houses one of the largest print rooms in the world and covers most works of art from photography through modern graphic and impressionism. If you are a fan of Monet, Cézanne, Klimt and Picasso then the Albertina is one to visit. / 2h
  • The Kunsthistorisches Museum: Vienna was built by Emperor Franz Joseph to house exhibits from five millennia – from ancient Egypt and Greece to the late 18th century, masterpieces by Dürer, Raphael’s “Madonna in the Meadow”, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, Velázquez and / 2h
  • Vienna Opera tour: Take a glimpse behind the scenes of the world’s largest repertoire theatre and discover many things that remain hidden from the evening audience. On this approximately 40- minute shared tour, you will hear many interesting facts about the building’s history, its architecture and how an opera house is run. / 1h

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Vienna

Visit Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens – highly recommended: Play royalty for a day in Vienna by visiting the summer residence of the Habsburgs, with its elegant gardens, fountains, fake Roman ruins, a hilltop café, and Europe’s oldest zoo. This surely is a must-see attraction for all first-time visitors!

We will provide Grand Tour tickets: Forty rooms and forty fascinating stories spanning three centuries in one hour of visit.

Tip of the day – more options in Vienna:

  • Mozart & Strauss concerts with dinner in the Kursalon: Enjoy the musical delights of the concert in the Lanner Hall of the Kursalon with an Austrian dinner in the stylish surroundings of the Restaurant Johann. / 4-5h
  • Top restaurant suggestions in Vienna: *Le Ciel by Toni Mörwald: Awarded with Michelin Star. Creative cuisine with unusual combinations of taste, an excellent, out of the ordinary wine list. It combines elements of the classic French cuisine with Austrian accents.

*Loca. Unique concept that combines different ways of eating in a tasty way. They offer: Low carb food, low fat food and stylish traditional Austrian cuisine.

  • Vienner steak: Vienner steak at Figlmuller: Try original Vienna steak in the restaurant where it was “born”. In Viennese cuisine, there is probably no dish more characteristic of Vienna than Wiener Schnitzel. Its origin is the subject of numerous legends and controversies. There is consensus, however: Only premium veal fried golden brown in lard will do.
  • Vienna Food Tour: Get a thorough introduction to Vienna’s dynamic food and drink scene with a local showing you the best places to stop for all manner of sweet versus savoury. Walk through the trendiest neighborhoods and discover the legendary markets of this extraordinary city. Find out where to sip the best coffee in a city filled to the brim with historic coffeehouses and hear about the legendary debate over who invented the most famous dessert in Vienna. / 4h
  • Freud Museum: In the former living quarters and office of Sigmund Freud in the house at Berggasse 19 in Vienna’s ninth district, the Sigmund Freud Museum presents an exhibition documenting the life and work of the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud lived and worked in this house from 1891 until 1938, when on 4 June he was forced by the National Socialists to flee with his family into exile in England. / 1-2h

Hofburg, the Imperial Palace: Explore one of main highlights of Vienna: The Hofburg is the former principal Imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers and today serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. Tour can be as the regular tour or you can book with us the Exclusive private tour where you can see: Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments (approx. 60 minutes), Highlights of the Silver Collection (approx. 50 minutes), State banquets past and present (Silver Collection, approx. 50 minutes). / 1-2h

  • See Hundertwasserhaus: Famous as Vienna’s “nature and human-friendly” house, the decidedly odd (yet fascinating) Hundertwasserhaus is well worth a visit. Designed by painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser, this brightly coloured landmark was completed in 1985 and its main occupants – perhaps unsurprisingly – are artists, intellectuals, and creative types (much like the architect himself). Although the brightly coloured building can only be enjoyed from the outside, you can explore the nearby Kunsthaus Wien, a complex of apartments containing a terrace café where you can rest while soaking up the / 1-2h
  • Andante Cooking Class – NE PONUJAJ: Andante Cooking Class: enjoy cooking classes on topics such as Austrian cuisine, Viennese cakes and sweets, home-made bread pasta, seasonal .. in a most pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. We warmly invite people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to share their rich culinary heritage, cook and have fun together. / Up to 3 hrs / 150 EUR per person
  • Spanish Riding School Tour: The Spanish Riding School in Vienna with its famous Lipizzaner ballet can be experienced live in the baroque ambiance of the Imperial You can choose between guided tour, morning exercise or special performance. / 1-2h

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Private transfer to Budapest, check-in at the hotel.

Guided tour of Budapest: Our guide will pick you up at the reception desk of your hotel and take you for a private guided tour of Budapest. Visit Castle Hill, one of the undisputed must-see attraction in Budapest. This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes the 700-year-old Matthias Church, houses from the Middle Ages, and the Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion. Stroll along the cobblestone streets between colorful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque facades. Crossing Margaret-Bridge (Margaret-Island), then get acquainted with busy Pest: the inner city of Pest passing by St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Parliament Building, Heroes’ Square, Opera, Central Market hall and Váci Street, a pedestrian precinct and perhaps the most famous street in Budapest.

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  • Top restaurant suggestions in Budapest: TOP RESTAURANT SUGGESTIONS IN BUDAPEST:

*Costes Downtown (Michelin-starred restaurant, International cuisine with Hungarian influence)

*Borkonyha Winekithcen (Michelin-starred, best Hungarian cuisine, offering 200 different wines from well-known wineries)

*La Perle Noire (Michelin Guide, traditional Hungarian dishes to gourmet French food)

*Tigris restaurant and wine bar (Michelin Guide, Hungarian cuisine with highest quality ingredients)

*Kollazs (Collage of French and Hungarian dishes)

*Babel Budapest (Michelin-starred restaurants, a memorable fine dining experience. The hushed, dim, comfortably elegant dining room has only a dozen tables, all set with white linen.)

*Costes Restaurant (Ráday Street),Michelin star restaurant: In 2010, Costes Ráday was the first restaurant in Hungary to earn a Michelin star.The exquisite six-course tasting menu of head-chef Levente Koppány is inspired from near and far and includes a couple of memorable dishes.

*Essência: Budapest’s latest Michelin-starred restaurant, Essência is the project of the Portuguese-Hungarian husband and wife duo, Tiago and Éva Sabarigo.

  • Budapest cooking class: BUDAPEST COOKING CLASS (4 h): Dive into the world of Hungarian cuisine with this 4-hour cooking class and market tour in After walking through the city’s Central Market Hall with your guide (and enjoying an optional hearty breakfast at the market), head to a professional kitchen for a hands-on cooking class. Learn how to prepare traditional Hungarian dishes and then sit down to enjoy a three-course feast with your fellow chefs and food lovers.
  • Hungarian Parliament: VISIT HUNGARIAN PARLIAMENT (1-2 h): Did you know that the Hungarian Parliament is the 3rd biggest parliament in the World, and the biggest, most expensive building in Hungary? This is not only an architectural visit of the interior of Parliament, but you’ll be also able to see the 1000 years old Hungarian Holy Crown (worn by the very first king of Hungary: St Stephen), the splendid session room and the impressive staircase. Due to high demand tickets need to be reserved way in advance and availability depends on the date of booking!
  • Danube boat tour (1 hr): DANUBE BOAT TOUR with speedboat (1 h): Without a question, Budapest is most beautiful when viewed from the River Thanks to its exceptional geographic setting, you can enjoy the nature, the Buda hills, the river and the architecture: the historical city center, the panorama – a World Heritage site -, and the business center.
  • RUIN PUBS: VISIT RUIN PUBS: Budapest is famous for its “ruin pubs”, in which shabby-chic is the order of the day. The best ruin pubs are set up in sprawling, deserted buildings, which have been filled with comfortable, but slightly worn out furniture.

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Day 8 :
Budapest

Enjoy in Christmas markets and culinary day in Budapest:

  • Strudel House : STRUDEL HOUSE (1 h): Strudel preparation in Hungary is a tradition and art that dates back to the 15th century. This delicacy, regarded as a Hungaricum used to be a festive For those wishing to indulge themselves in Hungarian traditions we offer our special Hungaricum Program: 12 minute movie about Hungary, Budapest and an authentic Strudel story and Interactive strudel stretching presentation involving guests.
  • Budapest Food Tour: Our tour offers the most tasteful way to explore the beautiful city of Budapest in 3 hours by tasting the most delicious traditional dishes of Hungary in iconic locations. Based on varied culinary traditions of Central and Eastern Europe, Magyar cuisine is known for spicy, rich, and vibrant tastes created from fresh ingredients grown and raised in the surrounding region, and delivered to Budapest’s local market halls to provide the basis for the flavourful meals of our capital city. / 3 hrs / 110 per person
  • Hungarian Cooking Class with a Local Chef: Whether you’re a foodie, culture junkie, or both, you’ll enjoy a 4-hour Hungarian cooking class inBudapest. You’ll prepare a 3-course meal in a traditional Hungarian home. Choose from five different menu options based on your personal tastes. You can expect one-on-one attention from your teacher during this immersive cultural experience. / 4 hrs /
  • Budapest Market Hall Tour and Cooking Class: Budapest Market Hall Tour and Cooking Class: Markets are an ideal way to get a taste of local cuisine in Budapest. With this tour, dive into the Central Market Hall with a guide, and then head to a kitchen where a cooking instructor provides the hands-on know-how required to prepare a traditional three-course Hungarian feast. You can also opt to meet your guide at the market a little earlier to have breakfast there.
  • Budapest Dinner Cruise on Danube River: BUDAPEST DINNER CRUISE ON DANUBE RIVER (3 h): Enjoying a Budapest dinner cruise is a real treat to the eyes, the mind and the palate. Enjoy an hour long Hungarian Folk Show on the river Danube in Budapest on an evening cruise. The Folk Show Cruise program is available with an optional 4 course dinner served at your very own table. The length of the cruise is 3 hours, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.
  • Budapest Christmas Markets:CHRISTMAS MARKETS: The Hungarian capital is teeming with tinkling market stalls and majestic architecture, so you’ve really got it all at your fingertips during a Budapest Christmas market break. Enjoy a cup of mulled wine, a bite of sweet chimney cake and a dash of festive Between most popular locations are: Christmas market by St Stephen’s Basilica (each day 3D festive lights are projected on the walls of the Basilica with accompanying melodies), Vörösmarty Square Christmas market (the oldest and richest of all the Christmas markets in Budapest) and Óbuda Christmas Market (popular between locals with artificial skating rink).

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Day 9 :
Budapest

Private transfer to Budapest Airport and flight back home.

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