Austrian White Christmas Tour

10 Stunning Days

  • Leisurely 6 night stay in the Austrian lakes district
  • Stay in authentic, character style hotels
  • Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
  • Guaranteed 'My Time'
  • Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
  • Small group size - now capped at 28!

Tour Overview

Imagine waking up this Christmas in a chalet, deep in the valley of the enchanting snow-covered Austrian Alps. Shop at festive Christmas Markets, visit the chic ski resort town of Kitzbuhel, explore stunning Melk Monastery by the Danube and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride on Christmas Day.

Highlights

  • Celebrate Christmas over 6 nights in the Spa Hotel - the White Horse Inn beside Lake Wolfgangsee and a horse drawn carriage ride on Christmas Day
  • Savour the fabulous Christmas Markets in Vienna, Schönbrunn Palace, Salzburg and Berchtesgaden.
  • Enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve dinner and Turkey lunch on Christmas Day.
  • Stay 2 nights in glorious Vienna
  • Be guided through the staterooms of the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace and astonishing Melk Abbey on the Danube
  • Visit baroque Salzburg, enjoy a hot drink and biscuits in Austria’s oldest restaurant, visit the Silent Night Chapel and picturesque Königssee.
  • Explore beautiful Hallstatt & St Gilgen and ride high on the Katrin Mountain cable car

 

The Austrian White Christmas Tour is just one of many you can enjoy in Austria or Germany.  Visit each destination page for more information for our other amazing tours! 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Vienna

Your tour commences this evening in the Imperial city of Vienna. 
If you have arrived today on your international flight, experience tells us it is best to keep active through this afternoon and Vienna is such a wonderful city at this time of year with so much to see and do. Dinner tonight is included in your hotel, but first enjoy a welcome drink. This is an ideal opportunity to meet your fellow Christmas travellers.
Meals:
D
Hotel:
Regina Hotel

Day 2: Vienna sightseeing, Schönbrunn Palace and Christmas Markets

This morning we are joined by a local guide for a panoramic city drive past all the sights, gardens and monuments of this Imperial City, from the State Opera House to the Hofburg Palace. We have included entrance and a guided tour through the State Apartments of the magnificent Royal summer residence – the Schönbrunn Palace. Later you have time to explore the Christmas Markets in the Palace courtyard. Your afternoon is completely free. Relax and enjoy this enchanting city of museums and style. You simply must indulge in the world of the traditional Viennese coffee houses. How about a tall aromatic coffee and a calorie-busting apfel strudel? Maybe a rich chocolate torten cake? Mmmm! The Christmas shopping is excellent under the beautiful illuminations of the broad, pedestrian mall. Try the excellent Christmas Markets outside the Town Hall where you will find mulled wine, ginger biscuits, music, stunningly decorated trees and folklore displays.
Meals:
B
Hotel:
Regina Hotel

Day 3: Baroque Melk Monastery and Mondsee

Joining the Danube at Melk, we have included entrance and a privately guided tour through the enormous Melk Monastery – an astonishing baroque creation. Later we continue to the Salzkammergut – a land of clear alpine air and blue mountain lakes which formed the stunning back drop to the famous film ‘The Sound of Music’. Before we reach our hotel we will stop in the village of Mondsee, on Lake Mondsee, to visit the film’s ‘wedding church’. Our hotel for the next six nights over Christmas is in gorgeous St. Wolfgang, on the extraordinarily picturesque Lake Wolfgangsee, set with a splendid backdrop of snow covered mountains and peaks. Before dinner, enjoy mulled wine or hot chocolate and cookies. Throughout your stay we have included daily hot and cold buffet breakfast and 4 course dinners with a choice of menu. Highlight of your stay will be a traditional Christmas Eve Celebration dinner and a Christmas Day Turkey lunch.
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Weisses Rössl (the White Horse Inn)

Day 4: The Silent Night Chapel, Salzburg sightseeing, ‘My Time’ and Christmas Markets

We have included a full day excursion today. Enroute to Salzburg our first stop is at the nearby village of Oberndorf where we visit the famous Silent Night Chapel on the site where the Christmas carol was first performed. We then continue on to Salzburg – the baroque city of Mozart sitting beneath its enormous Festung (Fortress). A walking tour with an expert local guide will introduce you to this enchanting city, including several locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music’. As a finale you will gather amongst the fir trees in the small stone courtyard of the St Peter’s Keller, dating back to the 1500’s and Salzburg’s oldest restaurant, for a hot drink and biscuits. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the city. The huge castle makes a fascinating visit and don’t forget to soak up the atmosphere of the famous Salzburg Christmas Markets.
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Weisses Rössl (The White Horse Inn)

Day 5: Beautiful Lake Königssee,Berchtesgaden & Salt Mines

Heading deep into the Bavarian mountains we visit what is perhaps the most beautiful Alpine lake of all, Königssee –famous the world over for its steep cliffs and fjord like lake. Lunchtime will be enjoyed in Berchtesgaden, then later we enjoy a fun filled ride which takes us deep into the old Salt Mines near Berchtesgaden. After dressing up in a salt miner’s uniform, we ride on a small train deep underground, take wooden slides (or steps) and then float on a barge across a crystal clear underground lake, beautifully illuminated by a light show.
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Weisses Rössl (The White Horse Inn)

Day 6: Christmas Eve – stunning Hallstatt, St Gilgen and Katrin Mountain cable car

There is nothing quite like a day in the mountains! First stop this morning is the fashionable ski resort of Kitzbuhel. Dating back hundreds of years the main streets still maintain all their old charm with beautifully painted houses, overhanging roofs and ornate gables. Perfect for that last minute Christmas shopping. Later we continue on through the steep hills and mountains to the year round lake side resort of Zell-am-See. Here you may wish to enjoy a stunning cable car ride (not included) up to the lofty heights of the Smittenhöhe which towers 6,450 feet over the township. The view from the top is considered one of the finest in the Alps. Later, back in the comfort of your hotel, the warm glow will continue through this evening as we enjoy a festive Christmas Eve dinner.
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Weisses Rössl (The White Horse Inn)

Day 7: Christmas Day – ‘My Time’ in St. Wolfgang, and a horse drawn carriage ride

Christmas Day as it should be….in a wonderful location – at leisure, relaxing and enjoying the delights of your hotel. Maybe pamper yourself in the hotel spa, or swim in the heated pool or relax in the steaming spa set in a pontoon on the lake? The views are incredible. A turkey lunch has been included, and the highlight of today will be your ride in a horse drawn carriage through the stunning local countryside.
Meals:
B
L
D
Hotel:
Weisses Rössl (The White Horse Inn)

Day 8: ‘My Time’ in St Wolfgang and lake cruise to Strobl

Boxing Day! Your morning is at leisure to enjoy your hotel’s excellent wellness facilities, explore the village or go on a winter walk along the picturesque lakeside. In the afternoon we will take a cruise across the lake to the village of Strobl. Tonight, in our White Horse Inn, we enjoy a ‘Farewell to St Wolfgang’ dinner, to bring this amazing week to a close.
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Grauer Bäer

Day 9: Extravagant Herrenchiemsee Palace and Munich

Entering Germany, we stop in the town of Prien on Lake Chiemsee. Here we board a boat to cross over to the island of Herreninsel where we enjoy a guided tour through ‘Mad’ King Ludwig’s Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee. Utterly extravagant, the State Rooms were modelled on the Palace of Versailles. Later, we continue to Munich for our final evening together and  celebrate with a Farewell dinner.
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Eden Hotel Wolff

Day 10: Munich

Your Christmas tour is now complete, and it is time to say farewell. For those of you joining one of our wonderful New Year Tours that begin in Luzern or Milan, the good news is, we have arranged complimentary Group transfers.
Meals:
B

Incredible Value Inclusions

  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
  • 9 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
  • Welcome drink in Vienna
  • 17 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) and 7 evening dinners (D)
  • A complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners
  • Tea and coffee with all included dinners
  • Local guides as described
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
  • Albatross Tours Travel App

Your Hotels

Regina Hotel, Vienna

Regina Hotel, Vienna - 2 Nights

This family run, first class hotel is located a few minutes’ walk from all the cultural places of interest and downtown shopping areas.
The White Horse, St Wolfgang

Weisses Rössl (The White Horse) - 6 Nights

This excellent, chalet style 4 star hotel is located directly on Lake Wolfgangsee, in the heart of St Wolfgang.  The hotel consists of nine historic townhouses, merged into one, and nestled along the lake shore. This is a spa hotel, and it even has a heated pool and steaming spa bath set in a pontoon, floating on the lake. The atmosphere is charming with traditional Austrian wooden decor, and the dining is excellent!
Eden Hotel Wolff, Munich

Eden Hotel Wolff, Munich - 1 Night

This 4 star hotel is in a superb location in the city centre near the central railway station, and just a few minutes’ walk from the main pedestrian shopping mall.

Tour Reviews

We had an amazing tour manager; not only was she knowledgeable, but so helpful and nothing was ever too much trouble, especially with my gluten free needs. She always made sure I was catered for, even buying me gluten free cookies to have when everyone else was having the Christmas cookies. She is truly exceptional and made our tour wonderful.

Melissa

Kloster Ettan

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Availability
19 Dec 2020 28 Dec 2020 AUD $5,687 Space Available

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