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.
Munich Salzburg Vienna Budapest lots of optional activities
£1605To£1860excluding flights
8 Days
Austria, Czechia (Czech Republic), Germany
Small group
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Single supplement £420.
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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.


Price information

£1605To£1860excluding flights
Single supplement £420.
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2 Reviews of Christmas markets holiday, Central Europe

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 17 Dec 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Connecting with new friends who encouraged me to experience new things (like bike riding! My fellow travelers taught me to ride a bike on this trip and it
was so much fun). I was fortunate to have a group of similarly aged and/or like-minded people who were up for new adventures and going off the beaten path,
and a guide to help us find our way.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Since you will be out in 0C/32F weather for hours at a time, I would recommend travelers bring some hand and foot warmers to keep the circulation going
over long periods of time. Of course, you can also use the authentic local handwarmer: Gluhwein.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Most of the markets we visited were populated with local artists of all stripes (woodcarvers, tanners, potters, felters, cheesemakers, etc) and every
purchase at every stall was directly benefiting the local economy and local artisans. The boutique hotel in Vienna was also a hotel with a mission. Magdas was renovated by and staffed by refugees from across the world. The hotel was
beautiful and the service was five stars.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Five stars. We had a great guide who showed us not just the tourist markets, but the markets that the locals frequent so we found some truly unique items
to bring home.

A few recommendations to pass along to make the experience even better:
1) A map of the markets in each town so we can find them without our phones after the orientation tour.
2) Add one more day in Budapest. We only had a half-day and it just wasn't enough time to see this magical city.
3) Connect solo travels with their roommates in advance so they can get to know each other.
4) Offer to connect members of the entire group so travelers can compare schedules and coordinate ground transport on arrival/departure. Many of us had
similar schedules but pre-arranged separate ground transport. Think of the carbon footprint reduction if we could coordinate that travel.

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Lots of memorable times as we visited 4 cities. Our guide -Philip- ensured we had loads to do.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Wear comfy shoes as there is quite a lot of street walking. Ensure you are on "Whats App" as this was very usefull for passing information between the group and helped a lot to find unusual things to do.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Company was keen to promote local shops/hotels/resturants rather than international chains.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


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.

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.


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.

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