CHRISTMAS 2019 | EUROPE WINTER WONDERLAND
Legend:IFM: In Flight Meal B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner
Day 1 & 2: PERTH TO FRANKFURT AND ONTO MAINZIFM
Your holiday begins when you picked up from home by private vehicle and transferred to the airport. Meet your fellow travellers and Kings Tour Manager before flying to Frankfurt. Upon arrival in Frankfurt we will be transferred be transferred to Mainz where we will check into our hotel. The remainder of the day will be at leisure.
Hotel: Hilton Mainz or similar for 2 nights
Day 3: MAINZ AT LEISUREB D
Today is at leisure to enjoy Mainz how you wish. In winter, Mainz is as charming and lively as ever! Visit the large Christmas market in front of the cathedral, or explore one of the smaller, cosier Mainz WinterZeit markets all over the city. They are guaranteed to put you into the mood for Christmas! During Advent, the city offers tourists a range of events such as guided tours and wagon trips (additional expense). Tonight join your local Travel Director and fellow guests for a walk through the Cathedral Quarter to witness the magnificent architecture of the city’s Dom. At a local restaurant, enjoy a pleasant evening of good food and wine during your Welcome Dinner.
Day 4: ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER AND THE ROMANTIC ROAD TO MUNICHB
After breakfast we head to fortified Rothenburg ob der Tauber, overlooking the winding Tauber River. Once through the medieval walls, you are immediately transported back into the 16th century, as cobblestone streets lead you to the medieval Market Square with its Town Hall. Perhaps visit Tilman Riemenschneider’s ‘Holy Blood’ altarpiece in St Jakob’s Church or pop into the Christmas shop where you’ll find the festive spirit all year round? Follow parts of the Romantic Road to fun-loving Munich.
Hotel: The Westin Grand Munich or similar for 2 nights
Day 5: BAVARIAN CAPITAL OF MUNICHB
After a leisurely start to the morning enjoy an orientation of the city. You will see Victory Arch and the university, concluding in the Marienplatz with its soaring Gothic Town Hall and colourful Glockenspiel. For those arriving before Christmas, visit the festive Christmas Market and meet a local stallholder for a taste of traditional Lebkuchen and a fragrant cup of Glühwein. The rest of the day is at leisure. Why not try a foaming stein of beer at the world-famous Hofbräuhaus?
Day 6: LAKE CHIEMSEE TO SALZBURGB
After breakfast travel alongside the beautiful Lake Chiemsee and cross the Austrian border to Salzburg, ‘alive with the Sound of Music.’ Walk with your Local Expert through the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and admire the city skyline, crowned by the majestic Hohensalzburg Fortress. Cross the Salzach River to see Mozart’s birthplace on the Getreidegasse, a lively shopping street lined with charming wrought-iron signs. Follow the narrow lanes of the Old Town to the domed cathedral and the splendid Residenz Fountain, before having time at leisure to enjoy as you please. In the evening, perhaps visit an Austrian chalet for dinner, drinks and the opportunity to learn about life in the countryside?
Hotel: Austria Trend Hotel Europa Salzburg for 1 night
Day 7: CHRISTMAS DAY / INNSBRUCK, MOUNTAIN-RINGED CAPITAL OF TYROLB D
A scenic journey takes you through snow-capped mountains to Innsbruck. A multitude of Rococo cherubs and angels will greet you when you venture inside the Wilten Basilica. See the Imperial Palace and magnificent Golden Roof in the Old Town, then lose yourself in the festive atmosphere as you spend some time exploring Innsbruck’s magical Christmas Markets. The giant Christmas tree dominates the square and is adorned in lights and decorations. Browse the market stalls, selling handmade trinkets that make perfect gifts for friends and family, along with delicious local treats of home-made biscuits, jams and delicious, soul-warming Glühwein. In the afternoon, meet your coachman and take in the delightful scenery and pure fresh air on a horse-drawn carriage ride, known as a Fiaker. At night, journey to the charming town of Hall in Tirol, which boasts one of Austria’s best-preserved historic town centres. Tonight enjoy a medieval highlight banquet set in a 700-year-old building to finish of your Christmas Day.
Hotel: Hotel in Tyrol (TBA) for 1 night
Day 8: LIECHTENSTEIN AND LUCERNE BY THE LAKEB
Delightful scenery abounds as you make your way to the Arlberg Tunnel. Stop in Vaduz, capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein, one of Europe’s smallest countries. Cross the Swiss border and continue to lakeside Lucerne. Your Travel Director will show you the covered wooden Chapel Bridge and you’ll learn about the poignant history of the Lion Monument. Then you are at leisure to shop for Swiss watches or delicious chocolate.
Hotel: Hotel Astoria, Lucerne or similar for 2 nights
Day 9: LOVELY LUCERNEB D
Start the day with a spectacular cable car ride with incredible views up Mount Pilatus. Back in Lucerne, you are free to admire the superb baroque Jesuit Church, stroll along lakeside promenades, or explore the old walls and watch towers of the medieval fortifications.
Day 10: HEIDELBERG, ROMANCE ON THE NECKARB D
Today, stop at Schaffhausen to see the Rhine River thundering over the Rhine Falls. Cross the German border and venture deep into the Black Forest. Following the Rhine Valley north, head for the town of Heidelberg, set on the banks of the river Neckar and dominated by its magnificent red sandstone castle. Stroll through the old town with your local Travel Director. Perhaps see the old Student Prison? In the evening, enjoy good food, wine and company at your Celebration Dinner.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Heidelberg City Centre for 2 nights
Day 11: HEIDELBERG AT LEISUREB
Today is at leisure to enjoy Heidelberg as you wish.
Day 12 & 13: HEIDELBERG ONTO FRANKFURT TO PERTHIFMB
This morning your tour ends with a transfer to Frankfurt Airport for your flight back to Perth. Upon arrival in Perth your driver will be waiting to take you home safely.
A White Christmas! What could be more enjoyable than rubbing shoulders with the locals, while you snack on homemade gingerbread and sip mulled wine in cosy cafes and colourful Christmas Markets.
- Home pick up and return by Hughes
- Fully escorted by a Kings Tour Manager and a local Tour Director
- Return Economy Airfares including taxes
- Travel in an air-conditioned touring coach
- 10 nights’ specially selected hotels
- Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
- Breakfast daily and 4 evening dinners
- All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
- Gratuities for Travel Director, Coach Drivers and Local Guides included
- HIGHLIGHT - Walk through the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace in Salzburg:, where the 'Do, Re, Mi' scene was filmed for 'The Sound of Music
- HIGHLIGHT - Lose yourself in the festive atmosphere of Christmas where you can shop for local delicacies and try the heart-warming Glühwein.
- HIGHLIGHT - Witness half-timbered houses and Baroque buildings surrounding the magnificent Dom Cathedral in Mainz
- HIGHLIGHT - See the animated town clock and explore the most well-preserved medieval town in Germany
- HIGHLIGHT - Enjoy an orientation tour of Munich and Innsbruck
- HIGHLIGHT - Enjoy a visit to Wilten Basilica
- HIGHLIGHT - Enjoy a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride, surrounded by the mountains and valleys of Tyrol
- HIGHLIGHT - Admire the Royal family’s residence, Vaduz Castle, which overlooks the capital and is surrounded by year-round snow peaked mountains
- HIGHLIGHT - Take a spectacular journey by cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus which offers expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne
- HIGHLIGHT - See the red sandstone castle and explore the baroque Old Town of Heidelberg