Your English speaking driver will meet you on arrival and will drive you from the airport to your hotel right in the centre of the city. Take the afternoon and evening to familiarize yourself with this UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage listed inner city and its amazing architecture, winding streets and famous sights.
A local guide will take you on a leisurely walking tour to the historical buildings of ‘Old Prague’. Stroll around the spectacular Prague Christmas market where you will find local handicrafts, like Bohemian crystal and lace and listen to local and international choirs singing Christmas carols on the stage in the Old Town Square while you browse the market stalls and enjoy the food and hot Christmas punch. See Prague options for further sightseeing.
Stroll around the historic inner city and you will be enchanted by Vienna's spectacular architecture, its cosy coffeehouses, atmospheric wine taverns and musical tradition. Visit the Christmas market in front of City Hall to sample your first cup of hot mulled wine. If you are travelling with younger children you will find special Christmas activities and workshops for children offered at this Christmas market.
Explore the entire city with its Christmas markets, lights and huge Christmas trees at your leisure. Hire ice-skates and skate on the frozen Danube or on the Ice Rink (with hot punch stalls) in front of the baroque historic museum. In the afternoon visit the magnificent baroque Palace Schönbrunn. Stay on afterwards to listen to the choirs singing traditional Austrian Christmas carols in front of the huge Christmas tree at the famous Christmas market in front of the palace.
The futuristic Railjet train, with its carriages that are the ultimate in comfort and luxury, takes you in under 3 hours to Salzburg. Explore the small, car-free inner city. Visit Mozart’s birthplace, the majestic Cathedral, the Christmas markets and take the funicular cogwheel train up to the fortress overlooking Salzburg.
In the evening take your children to see a performance by the world famous puppeteers of Salzburg in the 'Marionettentheater' or see the 'Sound of Music' musical in the lead-up to your next day's excursion.
The 4-hour 'Sound of Music' tour takes you to the location where many of the scenes for the movie were filmed. The English speaking guide not only shows you the highlights of the ‘Sound of Music’ but also the historical and architectural landmarks in the city, as well as a part of the picturesque lake district. Explore the beautiful village of Mondsee and taste the best ‘crisp apple strudel’ at Mrs. Brown’s café. Alternatively you can choose to undertake the 'Austrian Lakes and Mountains' tour.
The breathtakingly beautiful town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, at the foot of Germany's highest and ice-age glacier covered mountain, the Zugspitze, will be a place like no other to celebrate a traditional German Christmas. Stroll through this quaint little township and admire the traditional painted house facades and let the yule-tide spirit enchant you at the village Christmas market with Alpine music, festively decorated booths and culinary regional specialties.
You will have guaranteed snow on the mountain and can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, hikes in the snow and any kind of winter activities imaginable. For a thrill of a lifetime go tobogganing on the glacier. Or take a romantic evening torch-lit guided hike through the dramatic Parnach Gorge complete with a visit to a rustic mountain hut where some hearty refreshments await you.
Christmas Eve will be celebrated with a festive gala dinner and, if you like, you can afterwards walk through the silent village to attend midnight mass at a little local church.
Another of the highlights of your White Christmas in Germany holiday will be a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride into a picturesque valley. A winter experience that will fill your heart with peace and joy.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen has a lot to offer to non-skiers and skiers alike. During a one day excursion to nearby Neuschwanstein you have the opportunity to visit King Ludwig II fairy-tale castle Neuschwanstein.
Oberammergau, less than one hour from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, world-famous for its woodcarvers, richly painted houses and Passion Play is well worth a visit.
Enjoy the view of the picturesque Bavarian mountains and villages during your train ride from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich airport.
Sightseeing, activities and excursions
Unlike our other Christmas Tours Europe the price for the Christmas for families in Europe tour is by application. The tour price depends on the number of persons in your family or group, the choice of hotels and age of children under 16.
Price examples 2014:
Family of two adults and two children 10 and 6 years of age: AUD 9900.
Family of two adults and two children aged 4 years and 18 months of age: AUD 7890
Family of two adults and two children aged 10 and 8 for a 19 days / 18 nights tour (extension of the tour to include NYE in Paris): AUD 16,350
Family of four adults (parents and grandparents) and three children aged 12, 9 and 5 for a 18 days / 17 nights tour ((extension of the tour to include NYE in Paris) and including upgrades to superior accommodation in Salzburg and Garmisch-Partenkirchen: AUD 24,670
If you like to extend your Christmas holiday take a look at our Family Tour in Europe with children.