European Christmas Markets

NOV - DEC 2024
NOV - DEC 2024
NOV - DEC 2024
NOV - DEC 2024
NOV - DEC 2024
Tour Summary

We invite you to join us on our ‘Christmas Markets of Europe’ Small Group Tour & Conference through Central Europe visiting Austria, Germany, and the Alsace region of France.

From late November through 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 Christimas and Advent Markets of Europe.

Our Main Conference begins in the Bavarian Capital of Munich. Spend 3 nights delving into the festivities and the darker side of Munich’s WWII history. The contrasts are remarkable!

The Marienplatz (town square) is transformed into a Christmas extravaganza with the Christkindlmarkt, the city’s oldest Christmas market, and its massive Christmas tree that towers over the Neo-Gothic town hall.

You’ll then make your way to the Bavarian town of  Füssen to delve into the world of King Ludwig II of Bavaria’s madcap world of ornate castles visiting Neuschwanstein – the fairytale-like castle which supposedly inspired Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

It’s then deep into the Black Forest where we conference in one of the most quaint Black Forest settings before visiting the Ravenna Gorge Christmas Market with one of the most picturesque settings of any Christmas Market in the whole of Europe.

You’ll delve into the art of Black Forest Cake creations, discovering the delicate balance of ingredients required to make this mouthwatering masterpiece  – you are in the Black Forest after all!


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It’s then time to cross the border into France. The Alsace region lies in the northeastern area of France bordering Germany and Switzerland. It has alternated between German and French control over the centuries and reflects a unique mix of German and French culture.

The locals do not consider themselves French or German but Alsatian – a distinct mix of the two!

France’s ‘Capital of Christmas’ Strasbourg is your base for 3 nights. Looking like a real-life nativity scene, you’ll find over 300 traditional market stalls crowding the city’s central square. Imagine teddy bears decorating century-old houses and Baccarat chandelier-lined streets – it’s all here. The blend of French and German culture is also reflected in the architecture here. Colourful, half-timbered houses line cobblestoned streets.

You’ll visit the picture-perfect town of Colmar, this medieval town is part of the Alsatian wine route and the start of a day exploring the wine villages with 12th-century churches, bell towers, winding canals and century-old wine houses passed from generation to generation.

You’ll then cross the border back to Germany stopping in Heidelberg – a charming university town on the Necker River before arriving in the walled town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.  You’ll head out with ‘The Nightwatchmen’ to discover life in medieval times.

One of the most captivating German towns, expect choral singing, the warm smell of cinnamon and allspice wafting in the air as you explore the cobble-stoned medieval streets filled with market stalls.

Leaving the snow-dusted rooftops behind we head to Franconia. The city of Nuremberg held great significance during the Nazi Germany era. With its mixed past of Nazi Rallies and the Nuremberg trials, you’ll spend some time learning about its dark past.

The Christmas Market ambiance is not amiss here either. Fostered by historic squares medieval architecture and the looming Nuremberg castle.

From here you follow the Romantic Road toWürzburg before arriving at the Schlosshotel Kronberg in Taunus. Built between 1889 and 1893 for the German Empress Victoria Friedrich you’ll celebrate your last evening in Germany amongst the treasures of paintings and antiques the empress once owned.

For those with a little extra time, we encourage you to consider joining us on our Pre-Tour to Austria.  

Imagine crisp winter air, the glitter of a thousand candles, steaming mugs of mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, the tinkle of glass baubles, and the delicate crafts of a hundred artisans. Now throw in the scent of baked potatoes, fresh bread, strudel, candied nuts, and more. Then spread it all out in front of a magnificent Baroque palace. There you have it – a Viennese Christmas Market.

Experience three nights in Vienna, the Imperial city also renowned as the ‘City of Dreams’ for being the residence of the world’s pioneering psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud. Immerse yourself in its wealth of architectural marvels, from Baroque palaces and gardens to the late 19th-century Ringstraße, adorned with majestic buildings, monuments, and lush parks.

Visit Schönbrunn Palace – the summer residence of the Habsburg rulers.  The parade court transforms into a winter wonderland with soul-stirring melodies and the scent of roasted almonds and mulled wine.

Leaving the city behind you’ll take a meandering drive through the stunning natural beauty of the Salzkammergut region with a visit to Melk Abbey and Hallstatt with its 16th-century alpine houses and quaint alleyways to cafes and shops.

Arrive in Salzburg, where you stay for 2 nights. The birthplace of Mozart becomes a movie scene with its twinkling lights and Christmas cheer. The origins of the famous Salzburg Christmas market go all the way back to the late 15th century. Back then, the so-called “Tandlmarkt” would be held on Cathedral Square in the heart of the city, offering a wide range of goods for the locals to buy.

This enchanting town on the border of Germany is also 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 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.

Leave Austria behind and cross the border visiting Lake Chemisee with its castle Herrenchiemsee.

The castle on an island is one of  King Ludwig II’s mad creations inspired by Versailles. Known as the crown jewels of all palaces built by the Bavarian king it was the first project of the King and the last to start construction, after buying the island of Herreninsel for that purpose.

The Pre-Tour ends with an arrival in Munich to meet new participants joining the Main Conference.

In each location, you’ll enjoy the history, Christmas markets, 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.

We believe that these itineraries offer exceptional value for money  – with all meals, alcoholic beverages, and sightseeing included. We encourage you to register now or risk missing out on this bucket-list travel and educational experience.

Expertly curated by our staff, every detail in these itineraries has been meticulously crafted to ensure… it’s not just a conference, it’s an experience!

We certainly hope you can join us as we travel to Central Europe in November 2024.

As this conference is limited to just 40 participants, we recommend that you sign up today or risk missing out. 



Germany, France & Austria


14 Days / 13 Nights - Main Conference

Value For Money

All Inclusive Tour Package

Booking Info

Austria Pre Tour Extension

Christmas Markets of Europe Main Conference

Start Date & Time

19 November 2024 @ 6:00pm

24 November 2024 @ 6:00pm

End Date & Time

24 November 2024 @ 4:00pm

7th December 2024 @ 8:00am

Start & End Location

Starts: Vienna, Austria 

Ends: Munich, Germany

Starts: Munich, Germany

Ends: Frankfurt, Germany

Registration Fees

Conference Participant: $995 pp
Non-Conference Participant: $795 pp

Travel Packages

Amaco Family Price: $5,995pp
(For previous Amaco Conference Participants)

Amaco Early Bird Price: $6,495pp
(if booked on or before 30 April 2024)

Standard Price: $6,995pp
(if booked after 30 April 2024)

Extension Single Supplement: $2,295
(if travelling solo)



Amaco Family Price: $13,995pp
(For previous Amaco Conference Participants)

Amaco Early  Price: $14,995pp
(if booked on or before 30 April 2024)

Standard Price: $15,995pp
(if booked on or before 30 April 2024)

Single Supplement: $3,995
(if travelling solo)

  • 3 nights at Hotel San Souci Wien (19 -21 Nov)
  • 2 nights at Goldener Hirsch Salzburg (22 – 23 Nov)
  • 5 x Breakfast, 5 x Lunches, 5 x Dinners
  • Vienna City Tour (20 Nov)
  • Natural History Museum Tour (20 Nov)
  • Schönbrunn Palace & Christmas Markets (20 Nov)
  • Waltz Dancing Class (21 Nov)
  • Evening Musical Concert (21 Nov)
  • Melk Abbey Visit (22 Nov)
  • Salzburg Christmas Market (22 Nov)
  • Hellbrun Palace (Sound of Music) Tour (23 Nov)
  • Salzburg Old Town Tour (23 Nov)
  • Hohensalzburg Fortress Tour (23 Nov)
  • St Peter Abbey Mozart Experience (23 Nov)
  • Lake Chemisee Boat Tour (24 Nov)
  • Herrenchiemsee Castle Tour (24 Nov)
  • 3 nights at Rosewood Munich (24 – 26 Nov)
  • 1 nights at Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa (27 Nov)
  • 2 nights at Parkhotel Adler (28 – 29 Nov)
  • 3 nights at Maison Rouge Strasbourg Hotel (30 Nov - 2 Dec)
  • 1 night at Hotel Eisenhut (3 Dec)
  • 2 nights at Karl August - a Neighbourhood Hotel (4 – 5 Dec)
  • 1 night at Schlosshotel Kronberg (6 Dec)
  • 13 x Breakfast, 12 x Lunches, 13 x Dinners
  • Munich WWII History Walking Tour (25 Nov)
  • Munich Christmas Market (24 Nov)
  • Dachau Memorial Tour (26 Nov)
  • Nymphenburg Palace Tour (26 Nov)
  • King Ludwig Castle Tour (27 Nov)
  • Füssen Christmas Market (27 Nov)
  • Black Forest Experience Tour (28 Nov)
  • Ravenna Gorge Christmas Market (29 Nov)
  • Black Forest Cake & Cuckoo Clock Tutorial Demonstration (29 Nov)
  • Strasbourg Walking Tour (30 Nov)
  • Strasbourg Christmas Market (30 Nov)
  • Colmar Walking Tour (1 Dec )
  • Unterlinden Museum Visit (1 Dec)
  • Orschwiller Wine Village Tour (1 Dec)
  • Chateau du Haut Koeninsbourg Tour (1 Dec)
  • Alsatian Wine Villages Wine Tasting Tour (1 Dec )
  • Obernai Village Visit & Wine Tasting (2 Dec )
  • Heidelberg Town & Christmas Market Visit (3 Dec)
  • Nightwatchman Tour - Rothenburg ob der Tauber (3 Dec)
  • Rothenburg Medieval Christmas Market (3 Dec)
  • Nazi Part Rally Grounds Tour (4 Dec)
  • Christmas Concert (4 Dec)
  • Nuremberg Christmas Market (4 Dec)
  • Nuremberg City Tour (5 Dec)
  • Würzburg Residence Tour (6 Dec)
Amaco Gold Standard Inclusions
  • Airport Transfers for Group Arrivals and Departures
  • Services of specialist, experienced and professional guides & drivers
  • Tips to guides, drivers, restaurant and hotel staff and wherever deemed appropriate
  • All applicable entrance fees, taxes, and hotel porterage charges
  • Free luggage management throughout
  • Beverages with all included lunches and dinners (both alcoholic and non alcoholic)
  • Experienced Amaco staff escort for the duration of the itinerary
  • Cash allowance (food & beverage) for Christmas Market Experiences
  • Airfares to and from Europe
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, mini bar, room service, laundry and business communications
  • Beverages outside of meal times
  • Travel, optional tours & excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance

Austria Pre Tour Extension

Christmas Markets of Europe Conference

Day 1 - 19 November 2024Welcome to Vienna

On arrival at Vienna Airport, you will be met by Amaco staff or our local representative and transferred to our group hotel – the stunning Hotel San Souci Vienna.

Following check-in at the hotel, you are free to relax in your room or begin enjoying the area surrounding the hotel.

In the evening you will enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Overnight: Hotel San Souci Vienna

Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 - 20 November 2024Baroque Palaces & Chistmas Cheer

Today begins with a tour of Vienna’s highlights. You’ll head to the Ringstrasse – a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the grand boulevard serves as a road around the historical central part of Vienna. Ringstrasse replaced the medieval city fortifications in the second half of the 19th century. Today it is a beautiful complex of grand buildings including City Hall, Parliament, Burgtheater, Vienna State University, State Opera and many more. 

You’ll discover the history, culture and people of Vienna as you walk around Burggarten, the former Emperor’s private garden, Augustinian Church and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. 

After lunch you’ll head to the Schönbrunn Palace. At the end of the 17th century Emperor Leopold I commissioned the Baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach to design an imperial hunting lodge for his son, Crown Prince Joseph.  Replacing the château de Plaisance built on this site for the dowager empress Eleonora of Gonzaga in 1642, it grew into a palatial imperial residence over the course of the 18th century.

You’ll tour the many rooms before you a free to enjoy the Christmas Markets on the grounds of the palace. 

As a tradition, the Christmas Market features a splendidly adorned, 18 metre tall Christmas tree – a gift from the Österreichische Bundesforste – adorned with 1,000 sparkling LED lights.

Embark on a culinary journey, indulging in savoury dishes like stuffed dumplings, oven-baked and spiral-cut potatoes, soups, cheesy spätzle, old Hungarian kettle goulash, and sweet treats like Kaiserschmarrn, freshly baked waffles, and fragrant Germknödel all on offer at the many stalls.

Overnight: Hotel Sn Souci Vienna

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - 21 November 2024The Viennese Waltz & Music Traditions

Today it’s time for your dancing shoes. You’ll be immersed in the quintessential culture of Vienna with a Viennese Waltz Dancing Class. A professional guide will help you to master the delicate steps of Austria’s iconic cultural expression.

It’s then off to the Christmas Markets for lunch and free time to wander and peruse the handicrafts and culinary delights on offer.

You’ll gather with fellow participants in the early evening for an evening concert in the world’s capital of music. A city where famous Austrian composers like Mozart, Haydn, Liszt and Mahler called home and performed their masterpieces.  Be delighted by the musical performance and the elegant surroundings before returning to the hotel late evening. 

Overnight: Hotel San Souci Vienna 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - 22 November2024Melk Abbey

Leave Vienna behind and meander through the stunning natural beauty of the Salzkammergut region. You’ll visit Melk Abbey,  one of the biggest and most beautiful European Baroque buildings. Its splendid architecture is famous worldwide and part of UNESCO´s World Cultural Heritage.

Since 1089, Benedictine Monks have continually been living and working in the abbey following the rules laid down by St. Benedict. They translate into action the words ORA et LABORA et LEGE (pray, work and read) by working in pastoral care and education.

After lunch continue to Salzburg and check in to your hotel. You’ll have free time to head to the famous Christkindlmarkt a short stroll down the street before heading to dinner at our hotel. 

Overnight: Hotel Goldener Hirsch Salzburg

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 5 - 23 November 2024Salzburg

After breakfast, you’ll head to Hellbrunn Palace with its world-famous trick fountains that have hardly changed in almost 400 years since their construction. 

Another Christmas Market awaits in the spectacular grounds of the palace. Look out for the famous ‘Sound of Music gazebo amongst the gardens – the filming location is where Liesl and Franz whispered their love to each other, where Maria and Goerge’s romantic scene took place as well as the duet song ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’.

You’ll return to Salzburg after lunch for a walking tour and a visit to Hohensalzburg fortress towering over the town.

Dinner this evening will be a St.Peter’s Abbey, operating since AD803, arguably one of the oldest restaurants in the world.

Overnight: Hotel Goldener Hirsch Salzburg

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 6 - 24 November 2024King Ludwig II's Herrenchiemsee

Today depart Salzburg and head for the German border.  You’ll visit Schloss Herrenchiemsee on Lake Chiemsee.  In 1867, the young King Ludwig travelled to France and was inspired by King Louis’s creations.

Schloss Herrenchiemsee was to be the crown jewel of all palaces built by the Bavarian fairytale king. An unfinished copy of the Palace of Versailles, it was the first project of the Moon King and also the last to start construction, after buying the island of Herreninsel for that purpose. You’ll discover stories of King Ludwig’s extravagant life and mysterious death and the part played by this island to Germany as we know it today. 

After lunch you’ll continue to the Bavarian capital of Munich. After check-in at the hotel, you are free to relax in your room or begin enjoying the area surrounding the hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch




Day 1 - 24 November 2024Welcome to Munich

On arrival at Munich Airport, you will be met by Amaco staff or our local representative and transferred to our group hotel – the beautiful 

Following check-in at the hotel, you are free to relax in your room or begin enjoying the area surrounding the hotel.

In the evening you will enjoy a Welcome Networking Dinner, joining up with those who have been in Austria for a few nights already. It’s a great opportunity to meet your fellow participants, renew old friendships, and start new ones.

Overnight: Rosewood Munich 

Included Meals: Welcome Networking Dinner

Day 2 - 25 November 2024Conference & Munich Discoveries

Conference Sessions 1 & 2 will take place this morning followed by lunch.

In the afternoon enjoy a guided city tour of Munich. Learn how the Bavarian capital served as an important centre for the Nazi Party during WWII and hear stories of Hitler’s rallies and The White Rose resistance movement. Along the way, you’ll visit key sites like Königsplatz, Feldherrnhalle, the Hofgarten and the famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall.

You’ll have time to peruse the many Christmas Markets close to your hotel before heading out to dinner this evening. 

Overnight: Rosewood Munich 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - 26 November 2024Palaces and Christmas Markets

After breakfast, you’ll head to Nymphenburg Palace. Built in 1644, it was once the summer residence of Bavarian kings. One of the largest royal palaces in Europe the palace boasts a dramatic baroque facade, lavishly decorated interiors, and an expanse of stunning gardens and lakes.

After lunch depart for a sobering visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp. You’ll learn about Dachau’s role as Germany’s first concentration camp and read prisoners’ stories of the atrocities carried out under the Nazi regime. The history of WWII is etched throughout Bavaria and can’t be ignored. 

You are free to roam the neverending Christmas stalls with delectable treats on offer. Part of the enjoyment of European markets is tasting all the traditional delicacies. German Christmas markets have an abundance of  Bratwurst, Frikadella, Pommes Frites, Maroni, Käsespätzle, Kartoffel puffer, Germknödel, along with glühwein, aka mulled wine. 

Overnight: Rosewood Munich 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - 27 November 2024Mad King Ludwig II & Fairytale Castles

Today, you leave city behind and travel through the Bavarian alpine landscape to the castle Neuschwanstein, built by the fairy tale king Ludwig II.

Ludwig II also called the Swan King or the Fairy Tale King, was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death in 1886.

A guided tour will lead through the breathtaking interiors of one of his many masterpieces scattered throughout Bavaria.

Check in to your hotel for the evening alongside the picturesque Alpsee Lake. You have the option of heading into the nearby town of  Füssen to explore the Christmas Markets or take it easy and enojy the facilites and views of  this mesmerising hotel.

Dinner this evening is at the hotel.  

 Overnight: Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - 28 November 2024The Black Forest

The Black Forest is synonymous as the setting for many Brother Grimm’s finest fairytales – Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty to name a few. Today you’ll travel through the dense snowcapped forests discovering the delights of the region of cuckoo clock makers and gateau eaters. There is a very real sense of magic present throughout every corner in this part of Germany, with its sprawling woodland, century-old traditions 

Stop for lunch and beer tasting before arriving in the quaint village of Hinterzarten. Your base for the next two nights. Explore the village or relax and take in the Black Forest hospitality renowned at the Parkhotel Adler for 16 generations. 

Dinner this evening is at the hotel.

Overnight: Parkhotel Adler  

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - 29 November 2024Conference & Black Forest Traditions

Conference Sessions 3 & 4 take place this morning followed by lunch.

After lunch you’ll make your way a short ten-minute drive away to Höllental, home to one of the most unique Christmas Markets in the whole of Europe.

Once, a carriage road, many illustrious guests stayed to replenish their supplies and stay at the one little guesthouse.

Marie Antoinette was on her way to Paris. She wanted to marry the French King Louis XVI. Of course she was not travelling alone: It must have been a wonderful spectacle to see the Baroque splendour of 21 coaches, 36 carriages and 450 horses moving through the Black Forest. Marie Antoinette stopped at the old inn. A way stone can still be found today, which informed the future queen that Freiburg was still a three-hour drive away.

Today most come to experience the Ravenna Gorge Christmas Market. Before having time to take in the energetic festive atmosphere you’ll delve into local traditions such as cuckoo clock making and glass blowing. 

The famous Black Forest gateau with its cherry cream filling will part of your afternoon repertoire before heading back to the hotel for dinner. 


Overnight: Parkhotel Adler 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - 30 November 2024Strasbourg

Today you cross the German border to the Alsace region of France. With its impressive fusion of French and Germanic cultures, the Alsace is known for its wine, architecture, and interesting history.

A local guide will take you through the streets of Strasbourg on a walking tour of ‘Petite France’. Fishermen, millers and tanners once lived and worked in this part of town where the streets have been built level with the waterways. The magnificent half-timbered houses date from the 16th and 17th centuries.

After lunch you’ll visit to the majestic ‘Notre Dame’ Cathedral. Thanks to the richness and sheer density of its heritage sites, the entire town centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Check in to your hotel and head out to explore the Christmas Markets just outside the hotel. 

Dinner this evening will be at a well renowned local restaurant for a taste of French Alsatian cuisine. 

Overnight: Hotel Maison Rouge Strasbourg 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - 01 December 2024The Alsace Region of France

The Alsatian wine route is known the world over, offering some of the most picturesque villages and impressive winemaking families still harboring their craft hundreds of years later. 

A stop in Colmar for a guided tour and a visit to the Unterlind Museum – the second most-visited fine-arts museum in France (outside of Paris). People come from all over the world to see its treasures, including the famous piece by Grünewald, the Isenheim altarpiece.

Colmar town boasts a unique blend of influences that have shaped its character. You’ll feel transported to a bygone era walking through the preserved medieval and renaissance architecture of the 14th to 17th century in the heart of the old town. 

After lunch you’ll continue visiting idyllic villages such as Riquewihr and Orshwiller for a spot of wine tasting before a guided visit to Chateau du Koeninsburg looming over the town. 

Back in Strasbourg it’s time for a culinary immersion in Christmas Market delights for dinner. Head to Place Klebe for a taste of Choucorute garnie or Jarret de porc braisé à la bière. 

Overnight: Hotel Maison Rouge Strasbourg 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - 02 December 2024Christmas Markets & Wine Tasting

After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll head to Obernai, a winemaking village with its famous stork nests, and half-timered houses at the foot of the hill of Saint Odile convent. This is one of the few Alsatian villages to have retained its ancient fortifications, including its ramparts and its towers. There’ll be time to visit the Christmas Market and explore the village before a spot of wine tasting. 

You’ll take a guided tour of the convent dedicated to Saint Odile, patron saint of Alsatians in the 7th century.  In the Middle Ages, the monastery was destroyed and then rebuilt by the Abbess Herrade of Landsberg who composed the “Hortus Deliciarum”, considered the first Christian and secular encyclopedia of the Middle Ages.

Head back to Strasbourg to enjoy the last evening at the many festive  Christmas Markets. 

Overnight: Hotel Maison Rouge Strasbourg 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - 03 December 2024The Romantic Road back to Germany

Farewell France and head back over the border to Germany taking the Romantic Road. You’ll stop in Heidelberg and discover the fascinating history of the old town. Stroll along one of the longest pedestrian zones in Germany directly through the picturesque old town and admire the magnificent Baroque buildings. 

After enjoying lunch you’ll arrive at one of the most photographed towns in Germany – Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The Advent Market here dates back to the 15th century. The ‘Reiterle’, who gives his name to the market, is a mythical horseman who visits in the Advent time from a parallel world of lost souls. Originally he was someone to be feared, but over the centuries he has become a figure of good luck and Christmas cheer.

After check-in at the hotel located a few steps away from the Christmas Markets you’ll have time to relax before heading out on a ‘Night Watchman’s’ Tour. After day-trippers have left, once the sun has escaped for the night, and the crisp, cool evening has settled, the night watchman begins his sojourn through the quiet squares and dimly lit lanes of Rothenburg. He sets out on his nightly rounds, filling you with stories of medieval times in the town. 

Overnight: Hotel Eisenhut 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - 04 December 2024Nuremberg

Today visit medieval Nuremberg with its massive stone towers and gates, once the setting to the Nazi Rallies and War criminal trials. 

You’ll take a guided tour through the enormous complex where the Nazi Rallies took place, located on the outskirts of town. An uncomfortable location that sat decrepit for years is now being converted as a memorial and place to be repurposed for new generations. 

Arriving in Nuremberg, the Christmas Markets take pride of place in the Market Square, there is time for lunch and a spot of shopping before checking into the hotel.

The Nuremberg Christmas market (Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt) is the most popular in all of Germany. Featuring more than 180 wooden stalls selling quality gifts, it’s also one of the biggest.
The origin of Christkindlesmarkt goes back to the traditional fairs of the Middle Ages. The market was first mentioned in 1628, but it’s considered to be older. The original Nuremberg Christmas market was a three-day-event, where traditional craftsmen gathered to sell their wares. With time, the interest in the event increased and the three days were expanded to three weeks.

In the afternoon is at leisure before heading out to dinner for the evening. 

Overnight: Karl August, a Neighbourhood Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12- 05 December 2024Conference & Nuremberg Discoveries

Conference Session 5 & 6 take place this morning followed by lunch. 

After lunch, a guided tour of Nuremberg’s Old Town will have you discover where the Nuremberg Trials took place. Discover the history of the former imperial residence and the international trading centre. The prosperous city of Nuremberg provided the ideal basis for an active cultural and intellectual life, as well as a lively arts scene in times gone past.

There’ll be more time to visit the Christmas Markets and try out the local specialites. Don’t forget to try the Nuremberg Bratwurst. Delicious!

Overnight: Karl August, a Neighbourhood Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 - 06 December 2024Würzburg & Castle Bound

After breakfast this morning check out of your hotel and travel along the Romantic road to Würzburg.  Known for lavish baroque and rococo architecture, particularly the 18th-century Residenz palace. You’ll take a guided tour of the palace with its ornate rooms, elaborate staircase and huge fresco by Venetian artist Tiepolo.

You’ll have time to visit the Christmas Markets before your arrival at Schloss Kornberg – your home for the evening. 

A stunning magical castle laden with history, Schlosshotel Kronberg was built in 1893 and was home to Empress Victoria Friedrich.

You’ll spend the remainder of the day exploring the grandiose hall with an imposing fireplace and many antiques – once owned by the Empress. Expect to discover original paintings by Rubens, Titian and Gainsborough on the walls and treasures that include Limoges porcelain, gilded Venetian mirrors, antique bronzes and stain-glass windows.

Our Farewell Dinner will take place in the castle. 

Overnight: Schlosshotel Kronberg

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

Day 14 - 07 December 2024 Farewell

After breakfast check out of the hotel and transfer to Frankfurt airport for your onward journey.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Travel Options & Extensions

Given everything that has happened in the travel industry of late – you’re correct to be vigilant about where you spend your travel dollar.

Amaco is not only a member of ATIA (the Australian Travel Industry Association) and CATO (Council of Australian Tour Operators) but we are also ATAS Travel Accredited. This means we have met strict industry financial, operational, and management standards and criteria. Only the best industry agents achieve this accreditation meaning that you can travel with us knowing that you’re in safe and very capable hands.

With almost 30 years of experience in planning and running conferences, we understand that participants often want to add additional travel destinations and adventures either before or after the all-inclusive packages we provide.

Other operators might discourage you from doing this. Sometimes, it’s because of the added complexity it creates and at other times they’ll try to talk you out of it simply because they don’t have capable or experienced consultants with the breadth and depth of the consultants we employ.

We encourage all participants to make the most of the time away. This might mean departing earlier than the rest of the group and visiting other destinations before meeting up with the main group at the conference or staying on at the conclusion and doing some additional travel.

Either way – our advisors are perfectly positioned to assist you with making these arrangements and will do all the hard work for you – seamlessly combining your personalised itinerary with the group program.


Yes… not a problem. We understand that people may have a preferred Travel Agent they want to use and we don’t have any issues with you doing so. We’ll advise you of suggested arrival and departure times to allow you to make use of our group transfers.

That said though… we do have experienced consultants who are ready and waiting to help… even if that means just giving you a comparison price – nothing wrong with some competition.

If you do book your own flights, we do ask for a copy of your full itinerary so that we can double-check it to ensure that it fits with our program and group itinerary.

One word of warning, however, when booking flights independently – as the non-ticketing Agent we’re not notified of any time changes or cancellations to your booking. If anything changes with your booking, it will be up to your agent to contact you and then for you to contact us.

It is also worth pointing out that even though we’ll have experienced staff members escorting the group during the conference, as the non-ticketing Agent we are unable to make contact or deal with the airline on your behalf.


We used to include flights in our travel package but found that in many cases the fares were more expensive than the best available daily fares or were not applicable for people who were looking to extend before or after the main conference travel dates.

We also felt it was unfair on you, as a participant, to unknowingly pay a premium for a more flexible group fare when you are already committed to attending the conference.

By not including the airfare in the package, you are able to work with one of our experienced and knowledgeable Travel Consultants to arrange flights on any airline and from any destination depending on your preferences…. including the class of travel.


In short….. Yes!

You’re encouraged to talk to our experienced travel consultants to learn more about the options open to you either before or after the conference itineraries. We will gladly work with you to put together a personalised itinerary that can include as much or as little as you want.

We believe it is important for your own peace of mind to know that our consultants are all employed directly by Amaco Small Group Tours and are located in our office.

We don’t subcontract out the travel to a third party which means you can be comfortable knowing that whatever arrangements you make through Amaco will be tied together with the conference program to make one continuous, seamless travel itinerary. We’ll put as much care and effort into your extension as we put into the planning of the conference.

Whether it is simply booking some airport transfers with a couple of nights accommodation through to more elaborate arrangements we are perfectly positioned to incorporate any individual travel plans into your overall conference itinerary.

Email or call us so we can put together your perfect itinerary.


Much has been said about the value of travel insurance – especially given the broad-based exclusion policies many underwriters had in place which protected them from claims resulting from pandemics and epidemics.

A lot has changed in the past 12 – 18 months and many of the reputable travel insurance policies available in the market now not only include the usual cover for luggage and emergency medical expenses but also include coverage for COVID.

All members of the Amaco team are trained and authorised to provide information to clients regarding travel insurance. We routinely attend product updates on the various policy options and inclusions and stand ready to assist you in finding the right policy for you.

Please call our office and we will gladly explain the various different scenarios to you in greater depth.


Amaco is an Accredited Education Provider for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine.

Each conference we run includes an education syllabus that assists GP’s, pharmacists and health professionals to improve the quality of care they provide to patients and customers while at the same time providing them the opportunity to travel to and experience new and exciting destinations.

Our conference will allow delegates the opportunity to earn CPD hours / points based on the content and time in sessions. As has been the case with past conferences, we will work closely with participants affiliated with other associations to ensure that they receive maximum recognition for attending the conference.

The content of the education sessions will be relevant to GPs, Medical Specialists, Pharmacists, Dentists, Nurses, and other health providers. We encourage all attendees to register for the conference sessions.

The Education Committee for the Christmas Markets of Europe Conference will be selected in mid-2024 with final conference topics to be chosen based on the feedback from our previous conference attendees and with input from the RACGP, ACRRM, and medical journals. Suitable speakers will be approached based on the topics selected.

Subject to final accreditation, the Christmas Markets of Europe Conference will include up to 12 hours of accredited education. 

ACRRM members can also expect the education program to be accredited and to earn CPD points. RACGP and ACRRM accreditation will be applied for under the triennium 2023 to 2025.

As has been the case in the past, Amaco will work with pharmacy bodies and those affiliated with other associations to ensure that they receive maximum recognition for attending the conference.

We welcome applications from potential presenters and encourage anyone interested to contact us to obtain further information.

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