Austria has long proved popular with Christmas visitors for its Alpine scenery and the warm hospitality of the Austrian people. Salzburg, nestling majestically along the banks of the Salzach River, displays all the grandeur associated with a city that prospered during the reign of Franz-Josef. Its fine buildings line the narrow cobbled streets and the Getreidegasse is renowned for its wrought iron signs that adorn this lively shopping thoroughfare. Salzburg is, of course, the native city of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and both his birthplace and house are in close proximity to the centre of town.
5 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for the journey to London Heathrow Airport for your direct, scheduled Lufthansa flight to Munich. On arrival we transfer to Salzburg and the Crowne Plaza - The Pitter (4T+), where a welcome drink will be waiting for us followed by dinner.
Day 2 Christmas Eve - Oberndorf
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 will find out about the much-loved Christmas carol and have the opportunity to hear it in many different languages. The museum even has its own post office during the Advent period where your Christmas post can be sent with a special stamp and postmark. We return to Salzburg for an afternoon at leisure. Its greatest native son was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and both his birthplace and house are museums of his life and works and are well worth a visit. The Getreidegasse is a lively shopping street adorned with wrought iron signs which provide a picturesque touch, and the famous Christmas Market has many fascinating and unusual stalls. This evening we have a festive 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.
Day 3 Christmas Day - Salzburg
After a leisurely breakfast, we depart for a guided walking tour of Old Salzburg, an elegant and spacious town set against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery. The old town is overlooked by the fortress of Hohensalzburg, a former stronghold of the Prince-Archbishops, and used as a safe retreat during the war between the Empire and the Church. The Cathedral, built between 1614 and 1655, is a fine example of the Baroque style and shows the best features of the Italian Renaissance. After working up an appetite we return to our hotel for our Christmas lunch. This afternoon is at leisure and this evening we will enjoy dinner at the hotel accompanied by a pianist.
Day 4 Boxing Day - Bad Ischl - Hallstatt
This morning we visit the spa resort of Bad Ischl, stopping en route at the lakeside village of St Wolfgang, which has been a place of pilgrimage since the 12th century. More recently its White Horse Inn has become immortalised in operetta. Bad Ischl lies in the heart of the Salzkammergut Valley and it became a fashionable resort when Franz-Josef established his summer residence there during the 18th century. This afternoon we continue our journey through Bad Goisern and along the shores of Lake Hallstatt before reaching our final visit of the day. The village of Hallstatt clings to the steep slopes of the foothills of the Dachstein Mountains. Salt has been mined here since Neolithic times and has provided a continuous source of activity. We return to our hotel for dinner accompanied by a pianist.
Day 5 Lakeside Villages
We depart for a tour of the alpine lakeside villages. We start with a stop in Gmunden, located on the banks of Lake Traunsee. We also visit the historic town of Mondsee with its Benedictine Abbey on the shores of Lake Mondsee, a crescent-shaped lake at the foot of the cliffs of the Drachenwand and the Schafberg. We return to our hotel to enjoy our dinner and after the meal, there is time to relax.
Day 6 Salzburg - Munich - London
We transfer to Munich Airport for your direct, scheduled Lufthansa flight to London Heathrow Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.