Stay and Explore
Austria’s alpine scenery, warm hospitality, delicious cakes and pastries, and indulgent hot chocolate, have long proved popular at Christmas. From our base in Mozart’s native city, we’ll likely hear his music as we explore Old Salzburg. We’ll listen to the much-loved carol ‘Silent Night’ where it was first performed In Oberndorf, and then later watch the countryside whizz by on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. We’ll conclude with a visit to the spa resort of Bad Ischl and the lovely mountain village of Hallstatt.
4 excursions and visits
- Tour of Old Salzburg with local guide
- Guided visit to Oberndorf and entrance to the Silent Night Chapel and Museum
- Visit to St Wolfgang and horse-drawn sleigh ride with glühwein
- Visits to Bad Ischl and Hallstatt
- 5 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Lufthansa from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 8 meals: 5 breakfasts (days 2-6) 1 lunch (day 3) 2 dinners (days 1-2)
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
UK - Munich - Salzburg
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Munich. On arrival we’ll transfer to the hotel in Salzburg, where a welcome drink awaits.
Hotel Scherer, Salzburg (4-star)
Christmas Eve - Salzburg
A guided half-day tour takes us around Old Salzburg, an elegant town set before a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery. The old town is overlooked by the fortress of Hohensalzburg. A former stronghold of the Prince-Archbishops, used as a safe retreat during the war between the Empire and the Church. We stop by the 17th century cathedral and gaze up at the baroque detailing and Italian Renaissance features. At this time of year, the Cathedral and Residenz Squares host a traditional Christmas market, with wooden huts selling Christmas gifts and local food and drink specialities, enticing you in with their wonderful aromas. This evening we have a festive four-course Christmas Eve dinner at our hotel. Your tour manager will have details of local churches where you may wish to join in with the Christmas celebrations.
Christmas Day - Salzburg
A day at leisure to indulge, with a Christmas turkey lunch. A wander along the Salzach River bank is an ideal way to walk off lunch and enjoy the views up to the castle and mountains.
Boxing Day - Oberndorf - St Wolfgang
We travel north to Oberndorf, where ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ was performed for the first time in 1818. We have included a visit to the Silent Night Chapel and the Silent Night Museum, where you’ll find out about the much-loved Christmas carol and have the opportunity to hear it in many different languages. The museum has its own post office during the Advent period where your Christmas post can be sent with a special stamp and postmark. Then an afternoon sleigh ride takes you from St Wolfgang, an enchanting village that has welcomed pilgrims since the 12th century, through the beautiful countryside, and includes warming glühwein.
Bad Ischl - Hallstatt
This morning we visit Bad Ischl, in the heart of the Salzkammergut Valley. This spa resort became fashionable when Franz Joseph established his summer residence here during the 18th century. We’ll continue through Bad Goisern and along the shores of Lake Hallstatt to our final visit of the day. Romantic poets and painters have fallen for the beautiful village of Hallstatt. It’s one of the most picturesque places in Europe, clinging to the steep foothills of the Dachstein Mountains, which are particularly photogenic under snow, reflected in the looking-glass lake below.
Day 6 Salzburg - Munich - UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.