Visit the most famous European Christmas markets where a swirl of excitement attracts visitors every year. Start in the magical city of Vienna followed by a stop in Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg before Munich, and the world’s largest Christmas market. End in Zurich, Switzerland and see the famous Swarovski Christmas tree.

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  • Limited to 16 guests.
  • From $4,495. Prices are based on double occupancy.
  • Single supplement: $899.

November 26-Dec 2, 2023

December 3-9, 2023

December 10-16, 2023

December 1-Dec 7, 2024

December 8-Dec 14, 2024

December 15-Dec 21, 2024

Day 1: Arrive in Vienna, Austria

  • Arrive in Vienna where you’ll be met at the airport by Rudy Maxa’s concierge service and whisked to your hotel. Vienna, Austria’s capital is best known as the home of Mozart and Beethoven, and its Baroque architecture is breathtaking. The city’s Christmas festivals are also justifiably famous. On your first evening, take a walking tour of several Christmas markets including the Christkindlmarkt on Rathausplatz, which offers almost unlimited shopping. Dinner is at the home of the world’s most famous schnitzel, Figlmüller at Backerstrasse. 
  • Your hotel is the famed The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna which has its own Christmas market on the roof of the hotel
  • The Ritz-Carlton Vienna 5*
  • Meals: Welcome dinner hosted by Rudy Maxa.

Day 2: Vienna 

  • After a traditional Viennese breakfast, you’ll take a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace, the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers.
  • The 1,441-room Rococo palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historic monuments in the country.
  • After the tour, you’ll get to explore the Christmas Market located in the Palace courtyard followed by a Strudel making demonstration and tasting.
  • After lunch, you’ll visit the famous Spanish Riding School – the home of the Lipizzaner horses followed by a very exclusive, private visit to one of the world’s most exclusive wine clubs. Dinner is served at Julius Meinl.
  • The Ritz-Carlton Vienna 5*
  • Meal Highlights: Dinner at Julius Meinl Restaurant.

Day 3: Salzburg, and train to Munich

  • After a leisurely breakfast, board the high-speed train to Munich and make a stop in Salzburg for lunch at Sternbräu. You’ll have time to explore the Salzburg Christmas markets in the center of old town along Getreidegasse before resuming the journey to Munich. Bring your appetite—dinner is at the Augustiner-Keller. Your hotel is Le Méridien.
  • Le Méridien Munich 5*
  • Meal Highlights: Dinner at Hofbrauhaus.

Day 4: Munich

  • Begin the morning in the center of Munich, at the Marienplatz – the heart of the city’s Christmas markets. You’ll also return here at night when the entire town square is illuminated by brilliant, colored lights. The city teems with museums and churches worthy of your attention, and the world-famous Glockenspiel with its mechanical figurines is also in the center of town. At Christmas markets, it’s standard operating procedure to keep warm with an occasional cup of warm, spiced, red wine called “gluhwein.” 
  • Le Méridien Munich 5* 
  • Meal Highlights: Dinner at Ratskeller Munich.

Day 5: From Munich to Zurich, Switzerland

  • En route to Zurich, Switzerland, stop to tour the Bavarian castle that inspired Disney to create his “magic kingdom”, Neuschwanstein Castle. This wedding cake of a castle was built by “mad King Ludwig II” in the 19th century. In the afternoon, check into the Sheraton Zurich Neues Schloss or the Zurich Marriott. Dinner is at the charming Restaurant Oberhof where you’ll enjoy local fare. 
  • Zurich Marriott 5*
  • Meal Highlights: Dinner at Restaurant Oberhof.

Day 6: Zurich, Switzerland

  • Among the Christmas markets in Zurich is Wienachtsdorf, the Zurich Old Town market, and the indoor market inside the city’s main train station with its towering Christmas tree adorned with thousands of Swarovksi crystals. Peek inside Zurich’s most prominent landmark, the Grossmunster Cathedral, and visit the Beyer Clock and Watch Museum. Dinner is at the famous Zeughauskeller, well known for its sausages and flank steak or pan-fried pork sausage served by the meter. 
  • Zurich Marriott 5*
  • Meal Highlights: Dinner at Zeughauskeller.

Day 7: Zurich, Switzerland 

  • Enjoy your last morning in Zurich with a walking tour of Old Town Zurich before departing Switzerland. 


* Restaurants and Hotels are subject to change to equal or better


When you let The Original Savvy Traveler arrange your trip through Europe, you are guaranteed peace of mind. Rudy Maxa’s team provides personal service and assistance from booking all the way through your journey.

What’s included in your Luxury Tour:


  • Welcome package with luggage tags, tour information, and a personal gift from Rudy Maxa.
  • An exclusive experience with a small group (maximum of 14-16 guests.)
  • Rudy Maxa’s expert team lead by his Group Director will make your trip seamless, and magical. In addition to the team traveling with you, known and approved local guides with extensive knowledge will be show guests around.
  • The freedom to choose between multiple excursions and programs.
  • All tours, admissions, and entertainment.
  • Airport arrival meet and greet with transportation to the first host hotel.
  • Upscale, handpicked hotels inspected and approved by Rudy Maxa’s team.
  • All meals, including an upscale restaurant every night inspected and approved by Rudy Maxa’s team.
  • Luggage Butler Service: leave your bags in your hotel room in the morning and find them waiting in your room at your next hotel.
  • Transportation between cities in smaller luxury vehicles, high speed trains, or by air.
  • All gratuities.