Christmas markets holiday, Central Europe

“Four beautiful cities, three countries and lots of festive cheer on this week-long trip, travelling by train to the Christmas markets of Central Europe.”

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Munich | Salzburg | Vienna | Budapest | lots of optional activities

Description of Christmas markets holiday, Central Europe

Get in the festive spirit on a week-long exploration of Central Europe’s famous Christmas markets. Travel to Austria, Germany and Hungary, contrasting the traditions, cuisines and of course, the warming mulled wine, in Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest. Meander from stall to stall, discovering new sights, sounds, flavours and fashions.

Munich’s Christmas markets are probably the most famous of all, offering wonderful gifts and authentic Bavarian food, ale and music. You’ll also enjoy a Gluehwein tasting here. Vienna has spectacular seasonal shopping, with tonnes of hand-crafted toys, candles and paintings on offer. Where better to pick up those last-minute presents? Lively Budapest embraces the Christmas spirit wholeheartedly, with streets, trees and markets lit up in lights.

Travel in a small group of maximum 12 people, using trains to scoot between the cities and avoid traffic jams, with short journey times (max three hours) between each. You’ll spend seven nights in hotels, enjoying a mix of guided walks and free time, so you can wrap up, browse the markets and venture beyond into each city to explore at your own pace.

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29 Nov 2017
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09 Dec 2018
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Responsible tourism: Christmas markets holiday, Central Europe

The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.

Explore the Christmas markets of Central Europe, a haven of local handicrafts, tradition and festive spirit. Staying in small, locally owned hotels, this trip immerses travellers in over 370 years of tradition (Munich’s first recorded Christmas Market was held in 1642!), supporting local industry and skills, utilising a fantastic public transport network and visiting some of the most stunning cities in Europe.

This trip has been designed to ensure that as much financial benefit from our visit finds its way back into the local economies as possible. The markets themselves are full of small stalls promoting the work of local artisans and reflecting traditional skills, and our visits (and shopping habits!) and others like them, encourage these traditions to be maintained, often for generations.

Our visit helps create employment throughout the journey, from the staff in the hotels we use, to the cafes and restaurants where you’ll dine, to our very own local group leaders. Accompanied throughout by one of our English speaking local guides, you’ll explore each of these magnificent cities on foot with an orientation tour upon arrival and they will organise the market visits in each city, however, unlike a traditional ‘guided tour’ much of your time will be free to explore at your leisure. Our use of local guides is vital to this, they are perfectly placed to helps with recommendations, form the best markets to purchase specific goods, to pointing you in the direction of the top eateries for local specialities, to helping to organise any activities or sightseeing you might want to do.

Our travel between cities will be by train, making the most of the modern and efficient rail network. Not only is this one of the most environmentally sound methods of transportation, but it’s also a great way to see the countryside slip by and we travel from Munich to Budapest via Salzburg and Vienna.

The carbon emissions created by travel are a concern for any environmentally minded traveller, and as a company we aim to do what we can to reduce and offset this. As a carbon neutral company we offset all ‘on the ground’ carbon emissions created by our passengers travel on every departure. On this trip through Central Europe, that equates to 114kg of carbon offset per passenger, per trip. Should you wish to arrange your international travel through us and want to offset this additional carbon cost, please let us know and we can help arrange this.

In addition to offsetting our carbon footprint, steps will be taken throughout your trip to further reduce our environmental impact while in country. For example, we encourage all of our travellers to dispose of their rubbish responsibly throughout, recycling en route. Small measures can make a big difference to the global picture and you will hopefully notice little actions as we go.

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