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.


  • Limited to 16 guests.
  • From $3,895. Prices are based on double occupancy.
  • Single supplement: $899.

December 1-Dec 7, 2024

December 8-Dec 14, 2024

December 15-Dec 21, 2024

Day 1: Arrive in Vienna, Austria

  • Welcome to 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 celebrated schnitzel, Restaurant Figlmüller  
  • InterContinental Vienna 4* or similar
  • Meals included: Welcome dinner at Restaurant Figlmüller 

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  
  • After lunch, you’ll have time to visit the city’s Christmas markets 
  • InterContinental Vienna 4* or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch 

Day 3: Salzburg, and train to Munich


  • After breakfast, board the high-speed train to Munich and make a stop in Salzburg. Our local tour guide Bernd will show us around Salzburg’s Christmas markets in the center of the old town. In the late afternoon, we’ll board the train to Munich. Bring your appetite—dinner in Munich is at the Augustiner-Keller
  • Le Méridien Munich 5* or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, dinner at the Augustiner-Keller 

Day 4: Munich


  • Begin the morning with a visit to Residenz München. The Residenz in central Munich is the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria. The Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany, who’s lavish interior will astound you  
  • Then we’ll walk to the world’s first Christmas market, Marienplatz in the heart of the city, where you’ll also see the world-famous Glockenspiel with its mechanical figurines. Spend the afternoon exploring the markets on your own  
  • In the evening, we’ll return together to the main market when the entire town square is illuminated by brilliant, colored lights. At Christmas markets, it’s standard operating procedure to keep warm with an occasional cup of warm, spiced, red wine called “gluhwein”  
  • Dinner is served at the lively Hofbrauhaus
  • Le Méridien Munich 5*  or similar
  • Meal: Breakfast, and dinner at Hofbrauhaus 
  • Optional visit to Neuschwanstein Castle during the day 


      Day 5: From Munich to Zurich, Switzerland


      • After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll explore some of the neighborhood Christmas markets in Munich. After lunch, we board our train to Zurich 
      • We’ll arrive in Zurich late afternoon just in time for an evening stroll  
      • Zurich Central Plaza 4* or similar
      • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch 

        Day 6: Zurich, Switzerland

        • Among the Christmas markets in Zurich are 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 Central Plaza 4* or similar
        • Meals included: Breakfast, dinner at Zeughauskeller 

        Day 7: Zurich, Switzerland 

        • Enjoy a leisurely last breakfast before starting your journey back home.


        * 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 Tour:


        • Welcome package with luggage tags
        • A complimentary concierge call to prepare you for your journey
        • An exclusive small group experience with a maximum of 16 guests
        • All tours led by a Rudy Maxa’s Certified Tour Director, supported by local guides with expert knowledge 
        • All excursions and activities included per the program
        • Handpicked hotels (3-5*) inspected and approved by Rudy Maxa’s Team
        • Full breakfast daily, and many other meals included per the program
        • All transportation included per the itinerary
        • All tours, admissions, and entertainment.
        • Airport meet and greet with private transfers for an additional fee