Swiss Alpine Christmas Markets

  • Longer stays with 2 and 3 night stays
  • Stay in authentic, character style hotels
  • Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
  • Guaranteed 'My Time'
  • Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
  • Small group size 10 to 28

Tour Overview

New for 2020

Christmas Markets are just wonderful, Switzerland's mighty snow covered mountains are sensational, and who doesn't just love those Bavarian 'fairytale' castles? Introducing our sensational new Christmas Markets tour which includes the lot! Relax in panoramic carriages on the inspiring Golden Pass train, enjoy mountain funicular rides and stay in chic ski resorts such as Klosters and Zermatt. Highlight will be your cable car ride up the Schilthorn for a unique James Bond lunch. But then there's also those glorious festive Christmas Markets of Innsbruck, Montreux, Berne and more! What a classic Christmas Markets tour!

Highlights

  • Stay 2 nights in medieval Innsbruck with its famous ‘Golden Roof’ and stunning Christmas Markets 
  • Drive over the beautiful Fern Pass & visit ‘Mad’ King Ludwig’s Fairytale Castle and the Bavarian town of Füssen
  • Enjoy Swarovski’s Crystal Worlds and the ancient town of Hall
  • Stay 2 nights in a chalet style hotel in the chic mountain resort of Klosters 
  • Visit Vaduz in Liechtenstein and drive down the Inn valley and enjoy a full free day of mountain ‘My Time’
  • Stay 2 nights in the stunning village of Zermatt with Matterhorn views 
  • Relax in panoramic carriages on the inspiring Golden Pass panoramic train
  • Explore Montreux’ fabulous lakeside Christmas markets 
  • Explore Zermatt’s historical old mountain village 
  • Ride on the Gornergrat funicular surrounded by dozens of 4,000 metre peaks
  • Explore the historic town of Luzern complete with covered bridges and Christmas Markets
  • Sample a meringue in Meirengen
  • Ride on a cable car to the exhilarating Schilthorn summit for a buffet lunch in the famous 007 revolving restaurant, enjoy the 007 Experience and follow the Skyline Thrill Walk around Birg Peak  
  • Explore Bern’s Christmas Markets set amongst medieval streets and squares & lakeside Thun
  • Enjoy dinner with a Swiss Folklore show
  • Stay 1 night in vibrant Milan and enjoy a farewell dinner 
 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Munich

Your tour commences this evening in cosmopolitan Munich. Shopping is always excellent in Munich – particularly around the town hall and the decorated wooden Christmas Market stalls. Before your Bavarian style buffet dinner enjoy a welcome drink in the hotel.

Meals:
D
Hotel:
Maritim Hotel

Day 2 - Neuschwanstein Castle, ancient Füssen and Bavarian Alps

Driving into the Bavarian Alps we enjoy a brisk walk uphill to visit ‘Mad’ King Ludwig’s romantic Neuschwanstein Castle. Our guided tour will take us through the King’s apartments, staterooms, halls and throne room all reminiscent of a Wagner operatic saga. Lunchtime will be in the delightful old town of Füssen. Stretches of the original Roman defensive walls are still in place, and the cobblestoned, pedestrianised centre of town is filled with shops, restaurants and historic houses, many elaborately painted. Later we cross into the Austrian Tyrol and Innsbruck where we stay two nights.  After checking into our centrally located hotel, explore the Old Town on your doorstep. Make sure you enjoy the picture perfect Christmas Markets in the old medieval square beneath the famous ‘Golden Roof’.

Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Grauer Bär Hotel

Day 3 - Swarovski Crystal Worlds, medieval Hall and ‘My Time’ in Innsbruck

Your morning is completely free – ‘My Time’ in Innsbruck’s old town. In the afternoon we will visit Swarovski ‘Kristallwelten’ (Crystal Worlds)... a weird and wonderful crystal experience, and ancient Hall.  The oldest town in the Tyrol, Hall is also considered perhaps the prettiest. You will discover Christmas Markets in the unspoiled, narrow medieval alleys and period townhouses. Back in Innsbruck, your evening is free to relax in the picturesque Christmas Markets!

Meals:
B
Hotel:
Grauer Bär Hotel

Day 4 - Liechtenstein and Klosters

Crossing the mountains and valleys of Austria we visit the city of Vaduz, capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein, a tiny country on the border of Switzerland. Mountains soaring all around us,  we continue to the exclusive ski resort of Klosters, where we stay the next two nights. 

Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Hotel Alpina

Day 5 - ‘My Time’ in Klosters & the mountains

A magnificent day to enjoy ‘My Time’ in the stunning scenery which surrounds you, and do as much, or as little, as you want! Whether you are a ‘super active snow sports’ person or a ‘take it easy and relax’ person there are numerous activities you can enjoy, and your Tour Manager will be at hand to assist and advise you. You can easily access all the main peaks by funicular trains, cable cars and chair lifts. At all ‘drop off’ points there are restaurants, cafés and restroom facilities – usually with extraordinary panoramic views. Maybe stroll along snowy winter footpaths or alternatively enjoy your hotel’s indoor pool and spa facilities. 
 
Meals:
B
Hotel:
Hotel Alpina

Day 6 - Luzern and meringues in Meiringen

We will spend the morning in historic Luzern. A local guide will join us for a short walking tour through the old town, with its Christmas Markets and covered wooden bridges. After lunchtime at leisure, we drive over the Brünig mountain pass to Meiringen. Famous for inventing its culinary namesake, we have of course, included some delicious meringue and coffee.  We are now deep in the heart of the Bernese Oberland and as a finale we drive along the shoreline of picturesque Lake Brienz to Interlaken, where we stay the next four nights.

Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Hotel Metropol

Day 7 - Medieval Bern and ‘My Time’ in Interlaken

This morning we visit Bern, Switzerland’s capital city set on a spectacular bend above the River Aare, and a UNESCO World Heritage landmark. Here we have included a short, guided walking tour through the medieval cobblestoned streets with their sheltered arcaded shopping ways, the Christmas Markets and the famous ‘Bärengraben’ bear pits. Lunchtime is at leisure in Bern. Your afternoon and evening are free back in Interlaken. ‘My Time’. Nestled between two lakes, and surrounded by soaring peaks, Interlaken is an absolute joy during the run up to Christmas. The shopping is excellent and the Christmas Markets at dusk are an absolute pleasure, with its lines of wooden chalets and stalls, buzzing with festive cheer, and surrounding two enormous ice-skating rinks. Maybe try your hand at Ice Curling - somewhat like lawn bowls, only on ice! 

Meals:
B
Hotel:
Hotel Metropol

Day 8 - The Schilthorn 007 Experience

Passing through the delightful village of Lauterbrunnen, flanked by 300 metre (1,000 ft) high, sheer cliffs, we take the cable car from Stechelberg up the rockface to the pretty village of Mürren. From here we are whisked further up to the glass floored observation deck of the Birg restaurant. Around the entire peak is the Skyline Thrill Walk – a metal walkway suspended over a sheer drop below. Thrilling indeed! Then onwards and upwards by another cable car, suspended between two peaks, to the Piz Gloria, a revolving restaurant set on top of the Schilthorn summit. With astonishing 360 degree views we have included a 007 buffet lunch. This was also the setting for the evil Blofeld’s secret mountain hideout in the James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. There is a James Bond museum and the 007 toilets are…. memorable! Your evening is at leisure in Interlaken. 

Meals:
B
L
Hotel:
Hotel Metropol

Day 9 - Thun Spiez,'My Time' & a Swiss Folklore show

Following the shoreline of Lake Thun, we reach the old town of historic Thun, with its Christmas markets and excellent shopping. Later we make a stop in lake side Spiez before returning to Interlaken. The rest of your day is free - ‘My Time’. This evening we have included dinner and a Swiss Folklore show.

Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Hotel Metropol

Day 10 - Golden Pass panoramic train and Montreux

A special adventure this morning as we board the Golden Pass panoramic train which will take us across the Alps, past the chic ski resorts of Gstaad and Château-d’Oex to Montreux on Lake Geneva. Sitting in the panoramic carriages, the views throughout the journey are spectacular. Lunchtime will be enjoyed in Montreux. The excellent Christmas markets that stretch along the grand lakeside promenade and foreshore are often considered the best in Switzerland. Look out for the statue of Freddie Mercury who spent his last years here. Later we follow the broad, snow laden ‘Valais’ through Switzerland’s finest mountain scenery to Täsch. Here we board a cog railway train that takes us up to the world-famous alpine resort of Zermatt. Set at an altitude of 1,620 metres (5,310 ft), the village is surrounded by dozens of huge Alpine peaks and dominating all is the mighty Matterhorn. Petrol-driven vehicles are banned from the village and as such the peace and quiet enhances the wooden chalets and small winding village streets. Stunning!
 
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Hotel National

Day 11 - Gornergrat mountain ride, the Matterhorn, Zermatt ‘My Time’

This morning we have included a ride on the Gornergrat funicular train (cog railway) up to the highest open air railway station in Europe – the Gornergrat. At 3,100 metres (10,170 ft) the view from the top across the Alps is beyond belief.  We have also included a warming hot drink on the terrace of the Kulmhotel restaurant, surrounded by one of the great vistas of the world – the mighty Matterhorn and the 28 other 4,000 metre high peaks that surround you. The rest of the day is free to relax in the crisp, alpine air. Perhaps play in the mountains, go for a walk on the 70 kilometres of  winter trails along the valley, or explore this fascinating mountain retreat, from its cafés and boutiques to the little winding streets still lined with traditional stone and slate hamlets and cottages. 

Meals:
B
Hotel:
Hotel National

Day 12 - Sightseeing and ‘My Time’ in Milan

Crossing over the dramatic Simplon Alpine Pass we enter Italy, and the stylish city of Milan. On arrival there will be time at leisure amongst the fashion shops of the luxurious Golden Triangle and in the square beside the giant Duomo. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner in a local Milanese restaurant. 

Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Hilton Milan

Day 13 - Milan

Your Christmas Markets tour comes to a close and it is time to say farewell.
Meals:
B

Incredible Value Inclusions

  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel by coach & scenic trains as described
  • 12 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
  • Welcome drink in Munich
  • 20 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 available at most hotels
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
  • Albatross Tours App

Your Hotels

Maritim Hotel, Munich

Maritim Hotel, 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.
Grauer Bär Hotel, Innsbruck

Grauer Bär Hotel, Innsbruck - 2 Nights

This stylish 4 star hotel is superbly located, just 200 metres from the historic city centre.
Hotel Alpina, Klosters

Hotel Alpina, Klosters - 2 Nights

Set in the centre of town, this first class, family run, wooden chalet style, spa hotel offers traditional Alpine ambience.
Hotel Metropol, Interlaken

Hotel Metropol, Interlaken - 4 Nights

Situated just a short walk into the heart of town, this 4 star hotel is perfectly located for access to the old town and the mountains.
Hotel National, Zermatt

Hotel National, Zermatt - 2 Nights

This first class chalet style hotel is superbly located in the heart of the stunning Zermatt village.
Hilton Milan

Hilton Milan - 1 Night

This modern 4 star hotel is located just a short walk from the central railway station.

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Availability
5 Dec 2020 17 Dec 2020 AUD $6,887 Space Available

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