Austrian Lakes Christmas Holiday

Austrian Lakes Christmas Holiday

Your incredible Christmas hotel, right on the shore of Lake Wolfgangsee

DAY 1 ~ 21 DECEMBER Munich to St Wolfgang Your tour commences this morning at 9.00 am from the Maritim Hotel in Munich. After meeting your Tour Manager, who will be with you for the next eight days, we drive south to 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, which was modelled on the Palace of Versailles. Entering Austria we continue to St. Wolfgang and our hotel which will be your home over the next seven nights. This town gave its name to the extraordinarily picturesque Lake Wolfgangsee which is set with a splendid backdrop of snow covered mountains and peaks. Before dinner, enjoy mulled wine or hot chocolate and cookies and take the opportunity to get to meet your fellow Christmas travellers. 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: D Your St. Wolfgang Hotel – The ‘Weisses Rössl’ (translated – the White Horse Inn) This excellent, chalet style 4 star hotel is located directly on Lake Wolfgangsee, in the heart of St Wolfgang. With a history spanning centuries and having even been mentioned by name in classic opera, it consists of nine historic townhouses, merged into one, and nestled along the lake shore. The atmosphere is charming with traditional Austrian wooden decor, and the dining is excellent! This delightful first class hotel also offers an excellent wellness centre complete with a gym, steam room and sauna with stunning views across the lake to the snow clad mountains. To cap it all, there is an all year round heated pool and spa – both of which are floating on the lake! See 7

DAY 2 ~ 22 DECEMBER St. Wolfgang

8 Enchanting Days Munich to Munich – Escorted Tour Imagine a truly festive Christmas staying 7 nights in the famous White Horse Inn on the shores of glorious Lake Wolfgangsee. Dine in style in the panoramic restaurant, experience the fabulous Salzburg Christmas Markets, explore the Berchtesgaden Salt Mines and take a

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 onto Salzburg – the baroque city of Mozart sitting beneath its enormous Festung (Fortress). Awalking 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 assemble 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 yours to enjoy the city. Maybe take time to visit the huge castle which is fascinating, and to soak up the atmosphere of the famous Salzburg Christmas markets.  Meals: B,D DAY 3 ~ 23 DECEMBER St. Wolfgang Heading deep into the Bavarian mountains 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. Lunchtime will be enjoyed in Berchtesgaden, then later 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.  Meals: B,D DAY 4 ~ 24 DECEMBER St. Wolfgang Christmas Eve – There is nothing quite like a day in the mountains! Driving deep into the lakes district we visit Hallstatt. Set on a rocky terrace jutting into the quiet dark water of the lake surrounded by towering peaks, this is considered the oldest inhabited village in Europe and perhaps the most beautiful in Austria. Tonight, enjoy a festive traditional Christmas Eve Celebration dinner.  Meals: B,D


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