We invite you to join us on our Small Group Tour & Conference through Central Europe visiting Germany, Austria, and the Alsace region of France in late November 2024.
From late November through to December, Europe turns into a magical world of lights, handicrafts, gingerbread, mulled wine, and falling snow. On this curated Amaco tour, we make it easy for you to immerse yourself in the most atmospheric Christmas and Advent markets of Europe.
From the snowy streets of Austria’s capital Vienna with its grandiose Habsburg buildings, coffee houses and a myriad of Christmas markets– you’ll revel in the cultural delights while browsing the markets for hand-made ornaments and nutcrackers with steaming mugs of mulled wine in hand. and taking in the aromas of roasted chestnuts and freshly baked pretzels.
You’ll visit Mozart’s birthplace Salzburg, the backdrop to ‘The Sound Of Music’ and the birthplace of ‘Silent Night’. The carol was written and first performed here. Market stalls were first set up here in the 15th century and daily concerts occur every day leading up to Christmas. You’ll wander this picturesque town whilst taking in the aroma of roasted chestnuts and freshly baked pretzels.
More festivities continue in the Bavarian Capital of Munich. The Marienplatz is transformed into a Christmas extravaganza with the Christkindlmarkt, the city’s oldest Christmas market. You’ll also head into the snow-dusted squares of the Bavarian and Austrian Alps visiting the medieval Nuremberg, with its massive stone towers and gates, once the setting for enormous Nazi War Crimes trials.
Included in the itinerary is the baroque city of Würzburg, the starting point of the ‘Romantic Road’. You will have plenty of time to explore the enchanting Christmas Markets in the Altstadt (old town) before visiting nearby Rothenburg, the finest medieval city in all of Europe.
There’ll be more charming villages along the Romantic Road before heading into the Black Forest and the elegant spa town of Baden Baden. The city’s curative thermal springs were famous among the aristocracy from 1700’s with Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, along with Russian literary greats Dostoevsky and Tolstoy enthusiastic guests to the town. A UNESCO World Heritage Site it is considered one of the Great Spa Towns of Europe with the waters promising to help alleviate symptoms of rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia, and gout.
A short drive away you’ll cross the border into the Alsace region of France to experience the picture-perfect town of Colmar. Straight out of a fairy tale, this medieval town is part of the Alsatian Wine Route. 12th-century churches, bell towers, and winding canals come alive during Christmas with twinkling lights, vin chaud (mulled wine), and Pommes d’amour (candied apples).
You’ll visit France’s ‘Capital of Christmas’ Strasbourg. Looking like a real-life nativity scene, you’ll find over 300 traditional market stalls crowding the city’s central square. The blend of French and German culture is also reflected in the architecture here. Colourful, half-timbered houses line cobblestoned streets.
In each location, you’ll enjoy the history, neighbourhood charm, and culinary delights whilst staying at some of the finest hotels in Europe.
We’ve kept some destinations up our sleeve that will surely enhance the itinerary and we can guarantee there will be no shortage of castles, fairytale architecture, cones of steaming chestnuts, handblown baubles, and Christmas cheer.
We hope you can join us as we explore Central Europe during one of the most magical times of the year.
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