7 days

Join Rudy Maxa on the ultimate tour of the magical European Christmas Markets. Start your journey in Vienna and take the train through the picturesque Alpine terrain of Austria to Salzburg, before visiting festive Munich and ending your journey in awe-inspiring Zurich, Switzerland.

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  • Limited to 20 guests.
  • From $4,395. Prices are based on double occupancy.
  • Single supplement: $799.

Nov 30 – Dec 6, 2020

Dec 7-13, 2020

Nov 29 – Dec 5, 2021

Dec 6-12, 2021

Dec 13-19, 2021

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 Hotel Imperial with its royal staircase where horse-drawn carriages once delivered royalty to the private apartments on the first floor.
  • Hotel Imperial 5*
  • Meals: Welcome dinner hosted by Rudy Maxa.

Day 2: Vienna 

  • A variety of adventures await you in Vienna. Take waltzing lessons at the Elmayer Dance School or attend an apple strudel-making session. Don’t miss the Hapsburg Palace or that architectural gem and the former home of the Hapsburgs, the Schonbrunn Palace, the Versailles of Vienna that boasts its own Christmas market. Downtown you’ll find St. Stephens Cathedral—have a coffee at Café Central. Lunch is at the Demel Café. Dinner is at the Julius Meinl restaurant. Spend your second night at the Hotel Imperial. 
  • Hotel Imperial 5*
  • Meal Highlights: Lunch at Demel Café. 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 the oldest coffee house in Austria, the Café Tomaselli. 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 Hofbrauhaus, one of the world’s most famous taverns. 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 Raclette Stube, Zurich’s most famous raclette restaurant.
  • Sheraton Zurich Neues Schloss 4* or Zurich Marriott 5*
  • Meal Highlights: Dinner at Raclette Stube.

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. 
  • Sheraton Zurich Neues Schloss 4* or 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

* Rudy Maxa will personally join all or parts of all journeys in 2019


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:


  • Welcome package with luggage tags, tour information, and a personal gift from Rudy Maxa.
  • An exclusive experience with a small group (maximum of 20 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.
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