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  • BAVARIAN WHITE CHRISTMAS

    18 - 28 Dec. 2015

     

      

    "Mad" King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein Castle

    Germany is renowned as the country that “invented” the Christmas Tree, and it’s a tradition that is carried on by millions of people around the globe at this special time of the year. For centuries, the traditional German Christmas Markets have been a place celebration as well as a marketplace for local wares and handicrafts. Today the Christmas Markets have become the central theme to tours that allow visitors from all over the world to enjoy the festivities of Christmas in some of Germany’s most well know cities and towns – particularly those in southern German. Would you like to join us on our Bavarian White Christmas tour and indulge yourself in hot, mulled wine, perhaps roasted chestnuts or candied fruit and scores of other Christmas-time delicacies. This will surely be a Christmas to remember.

    18 Dec. (Sun.) Arrival in Frankfurt
    Independent arrival in Frankfurt with included private transfer from airport to the tour hotel (Intercontinental). There will be a group Welcome Drink & Meal in the hotel, giving you a chance to meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers. (D)

    19 Dec. (Mon.) Frankfurt – Heidelberg – Freiburg
    After a bountiful breakfast we depart south to the university city of Heidelberg, world-famous for as the “Student Prince” city. There will be a stop here to enjoy the Christmas markets , visit the castle ruins and find a cosy restaurant for the midday meal. After lunch we continue south to the Black Forest area and the town of Freiburg. Our hotel here is the Hotel Central, located in the town centre. Tonight we have dinner in the hotel restaurant. (B,D)

    20 Dec. (Tue.) Freiburg – Colmar – Riquewihr
    A leisurely breakfast this morning before we depart on the 60km drive west to France, across the border, and to the delightful town of Colmar. This town which was annexed to Germany in the 17th century, was then ceded back to France after WW1 and again became under German rule between 1940-45, is now the centre of the Alsace wine growing district. Due to the fact that most of the historic buildings were constructed out of sandstone, the town, is well-preserved and a major attraction of the Alsace region. We have time here to explore the Christmas markets and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant or marketplace. We then continue just a few minutes drive to the neighbouring medieval town of Riquewihr, whose architecture has been perfectly preserved and inhabitants who have lived an old-fashioned lifestyle from centuries past. Plenty of time to explore the markets, shops and wine taverns here before we make our way back to our hotel in Freiburg. Tonight you have a free evening to explore the local restaurants at leisure. (B)

        

    Street scenes in Colmar and Riquewihr

    21 Dec. (Wed.) Freiburg – Black Forest – Freiburg
    The morning is at leisure to explore Freiburg. After lunch we depart for the 30 minute to Lake Titisee, deep in the Black Forest region. World-famous for the wooden cuckoo clocks, we’ll visit one of the factories that makes these typical Black Forest souvenirs. You also have the chance to try some of the famous Black Forest Gateau. Late afternoon return to our hotel where we will enjoy the evening meal. (B,D)

     

    Black Forest specialities - gateaux and cuckoo clocks

    22 Dec. (Thu.) Freiburg – Oberammergau
    We depart this beautiful region and make our way to southern Bavarian and our Christmas destination of Oberammergau – the Passion Play village. Our hotel is located just a few minutes walk from the centre of the town and has a panoramic view of the surrounding alps. Tonight we enjoy dinner in the hotel (B,D)

     

    The Passion Play Theatre Oberammergau

    23 Dec. (Fri.) Oberammergau – Innsbruck – Oberammergau
    Our journey today will take us through the winter Olympic resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, before we cross into Austria and drop down into the Inn valley, whose major city is Innsbruck – capital of the Austrian state of Tirol. A short distance out of the city is the Swarovski Kristallwelten – a fascinating collection of unusual art galleries, the Crystal Dome, and highlighted by the enormous showroom featuring most of the Swarovski collection. After time here, we return to Innsbruck and a guided tour of the Old Town, finishing at the Christmas Markets in the main square. Plenty of time for shopping and lunch before we return to our hotel for the evening meal. (B,D)

    24 Dec. (Sat.) Oberammergau
    A sleep-in and a leisurely breakfast. This morning we drive the short distance (9km) to the palace of Linderhof, built by “Mad” King Ludwig of Bavaria. Here we will have a guided tour of the only palace that was complete by the King. The afternoon is at leisure to visit the local shops before they close in order to prepare for the evenings celebrations. Tonight we enjoy festivities around the Christmas Tree before we are served with a gala dinner. Those who would like to participate in midnight mass will get information from the Tour Director. (B,D)

       

    25 Dec. (Sun.) Oberammergau
    Merry Christmas!!!! The day is at leisure, sleep-in, relax, take a walk around the village. We have included a special lunch at the hotel where all of our guests get their presents left by Santa. Late afternoon we enjoy a horse sleigh ride through farmlands around the village. Dinner will again be taken in our hotel tonight. (B,L,D)

     

    26 Dec. (Mon.) Oberammergau – Hohenschwangau - Oberammergau
    Today we have a full day tour to Hohenschwangau, the location for the grandest of the Castles built by King Ludwug – Neuschwanstein. A guided tour will take us through most of the rooms that were completed in this fairytale structure. Time for lunch or to visit the Castle of Hohenschwangau where the King was born, before returning to our hotel in time for the evening meal. (B,D)

    27 Dec. (Tue.) Oberammergau – Munich
    Sadly we must leave this alpine paradise, and Munich is a short drive northwest on the autobahn. We’ll have a guided tour of some of important landmarks and buildings of the city as well as witness a performance of the well-known landmark – the Glockenspiel. We then check into the Hotel Le Meridian and you have the afternoon free to enjoy the downtown pedestrian precinct of Munich. Tonight is our farewell dinner in the world’s most famous beerhall – the Hofbrauhaus. (B,D)

     

    The Christmas Markets and decorations in Munich's Marienplatz

    28 Dec. (wed.) Munich – onward travel
    The tour will end after breakfast. The main rail station is opposite the hotel, as well as the departure point for the City – Airport coach service. Those joining any of our New Year tours or cruises will proceed accordingly.

    Click this link for a printable copy of the itinerary

    Tour Prices:

    Room ENGINE

    USD

    AUD

    Double/Twin

    2245

    2765

    3565

    Triple

    2175

    2676

    3455

    Single Supplement

    495

    615

    785

    All prices correct as at 01 Feb15 and subject to change. Prices are per person and based on rates of exchange at 01 Feb 15

    Tour Price Includes:

    • Accommodation as listed, double or single rooms with private facilities
    • Buffet breakfast daily at all hotels
    • 1 lunch, 9 dinners
    • Sightseeing program as detailed in the itinerary
    • Entrance fees where necessary
    • Travel in deluxe coach with reclining seats, panoramic windows
    • Services of a Tour Manager throughout
    • Arrival transfer in Frankfurt
    • All local taxes and services charges

    Not included in the Tour Price:

    • Travel to Frankfurt / from Munich
    • Meals that are not listed as being included
    • Items of a personal nature (laundry, telephone, internet, bar bills etc)
    • Gratuities to Tour Manager and Driver

     

    Your Christmas hotel:   Hotel Boeld

    Located just a few minutes walk from the centre of the village, the hotel is situated across from the small Ammer River. The hotel offers comfortable rooms with private facilities, TV, central heating and some with balcony. Free internet and WiFi connection in the lounge area. The restaurant is renowned for the culinary delights served here, and will satisfy the hunger and palate of all guests.

     

     

     Hotel Boeld in Winter    
     
     
    Oberammergau is famous for 2 reasons. The Passion Play which is performed here every 10 years (next in 2010) and for it's wood carvings. Learn more about these traditions at the following links:
     

     

     

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