European Christmas Markets Itinerary

December 9-18, 2024

Overview

Christmas Magic Across the Alps: A Festive Journey through Bavaria, Austria, Black Forest, Alsace, and Switzerland

Embark on a winter wonderland adventure through the heart of Europe, where the spirit of Christmas comes alive against the backdrop of enchanting cities, historic towns, and snow-draped landscapes. Join us as we traverse Munich, Lake Chiemsee, Salzburg, Innsbruck, the Black Forest, Freiburg, Strasbourg, and Zürich, immersing ourselves in the timeless charm of Christmas markets and the richness of European traditions.

Your European Christmas Extravaganza Awaits! Join Us for a Journey Through the Heart of Yuletide Magic.

Tour Guide

DALLYN VAIL BAYLES

Dallyn Vail Bayles is a professional actor, singer, and recording artist. He understudied and played the roles of the Phantom and Raoul in the Broadway touring company of The Phantom of the Opera, and performed internationally and throughout the United States with the Broadway tour of Les Misérables. Dallyn has also performed leading roles in numerous regional theater productions across the country. On film, Dallyn portrays Brigham Young in His Name is Green Flake, the title role in The Stranger, and Hyrum Smith in the films Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration and Emma Smith: My Story, and in three Liken the Scriptures movies. As a concert soloist, Dallyn has performed in notable venues across the country, including Carnegie Hall, and with several distinguished performers and musicians, such as Frank Wildhorn, Stephen Schwartz, Rebecca Luker, and the Utah Symphony. Dallyn is a frequent guest soloist with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square on “Music and the Spoken Word” and at other special events. Dallyn has recorded three solo albums: Some Enchanted Evening, Song of Redeeming Love, and Prayer; and the duo Christmas album, O Holy Night. His recordings are featured in the films 17 Miracles and Ephraim’s Rescue, and several music videos. In addition to performing, Dallyn works as a director, acting and voice teacher, and is the director of the Utah Valley Institute Singers. He completed his MFA in Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory, and received his BFA in Music Dance Theatre from BYU. Dallyn and his wife, Rachel, are the parents of five children. www.dvbayles.com @dallynvailbayles

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Itinerary

December 9 – Flights for Munich

(No meals included)

December 10 – Arrive in Munich

Plan for your flight to arrive in Munich in the morning or early afternoon on December 10.

Arrive, meet and greet, and welcome dinner. (Meals included: Dinner)

December 11 – Free Time in the Bavarian Capital

Begin your journey in Munich, the Bavarian capital, where Christmas markets twinkle with lights and festive stalls beckon. Savor the scent of roasted chestnuts as you explore the city’s historic sites, culminating in the magical Christmas markets that transform Munich into a winter fairyland. (Meals included: Breakfast)

December 12 – Lake Chiemsee, Salzburg and Innsbruck

Escape to the serenity of Lake Chiemsee, surrounded by snow-kissed landscapes. Cruise across the calm waters, soaking in the beauty of the Bavarian Alps, before immersing yourself in the charm of lakeside Christmas markets.

Experience the magic of Christmas in Salzburg and Innsbruck, where medieval facades provide a picturesque backdrop to bustling markets. Set against the iconic Golden Roof in Innsbruck, the markets offer an array of festive treats, handmade crafts, and the warm glow of holiday cheer. (Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner)

December 13 – Innsbruck at Leisure

Prepare to be enchanted by Innsbruck, a charming Austrian city where twinkling lights and festive cheer paint the winter landscape in magical hues. Its Christmas markets, among the oldest and most celebrated in Europe, promise an unforgettable experience:

Old Town Charm: Step into the heart of Innsbruck and be enveloped by the aroma of warm gingerbread and mulled wine. The Old Town Christmas Market transforms this historic area into a fairytale scene, with glittering stalls adorned with ornaments, handcrafted gifts, and local delicacies.

Lights & Tradition: As dusk settles, the city shines anew. Millions of twinkling lights drape buildings, trees, and market stalls, casting a warm glow on the snow-dusted streets. Traditional brass bands fill the air with festive melodies, while costumed figures like “Krampus” add a touch of playful mischief to the atmosphere.

Beyond the Markets: Innsbruck offers more than just festive stalls. Climb the Nordkette mountains for breathtaking panoramic views, explore the Hofburg Imperial Palace, or visit the Swarovski Crystal Worlds for a dazzling display of light and sparkle. (Breakfast)

December 14 – The Black Forest via Lindau

Embark on a scenic journey through the Black Forest, passing through Lindau and Arlberg. Discover the charm of Freiburg’s Christmas markets, nestled in the heart of the medieval old quarter. Stroll through cobbled streets lined with timber-framed houses, each one adorned with twinkling lights. (Breakfast, Dinner)

December 15 – Freiburg Sightseeing

Freiburg, nestled in the heart of the Black Forest, transforms into a fairytale wonderland during the Christmas season. Its charming medieval streets twinkle with festive lights, the air hangs heavy with the scent of cinnamon and Glühwein, and Christmas markets abound. Here’s a peek at what awaits you:

Festive Enchantment: Stroll through the fairytale-like Freiburg Minster Square, where wooden stalls adorned with twinkling lights brim with handcrafted ornaments, traditional gingerbread cookies, and local delicacies. Be enchanted by the melodies of street performers and let the joyous atmosphere wash over you. (Meals included: Breakfast) 

December 16 – Strasbourg and Alsace Experience

Step into the storybook setting of Strasbourg and Alsace, where the streets are adorned with Christmas magic. Wander through the medieval lanes, marvel at the majestic Cathedral, and indulge in the festive atmosphere that defines this enchanting region. (Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner)

December 17 – The Swiss City of Zürich

Arrive in Zürich, the Swiss city at the crossroads of tradition and modernity. Stroll along the River Limmat, where the glow of Christmas markets illuminates the cityscape. Discover Swiss craftsmanship, indulge in delectable treats, and experience the warmth of Swiss hospitality against the backdrop of snow-covered mountains. Attend Europe’s biggest indoor Christmas Market. (Meals included: (Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner)

December 18 – Depart Zürich

Plan for your flight to leave Zurich the morning of December 18.

As your festive journey comes to an end, carry with you the symphony of memories created amid the Christmas markets, historic cities, and winter landscapes of this enchanting European expedition. (Meals included: Breakfast) 

What’s Included

Included

  • World class tour guides
  • 4 or 5 star hotels
  • Transfers to and from the airport (If arriving and departing with the groups)
  • Entrance fees
  • Whisper headsets
  • Tips for local drivers
  • Trips for local guides
  • Luxury tour coach bus
  • Water on the bus
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary

What’s not Included

  • Incidentals
  • Personal items
  • International flights
  • Traveler’s Insurance

“Pack your bags, get your air tickets, and we’ll take care of everything else!”

Pricing

$3,795

Per Person

Based on Double Occupancy

$1,050 Single Supplement

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