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The Spectacular German Christmas Markets

There is nothing quite like it. The charm of the traditional German Christmas markets casts a magical and delightful spell on both tourists and locals alike.

Join Travac as we explore Christmas markets and festivities in both Germany and Austria. While these centuries old Christmas markets are held in many locales throughout both countries, Travac has selected the very best markets and towns to visit to make sure your experience is second to none. You’ll start in Vienna, a city that hosts five separate markets. You’ll then travel to Innsbruck, high in the Alps before heading to Nuremburg, the granddaddy of Christmas markets and one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Along the way you’ll also visit Munich, the Neuschwanstein Castle with its “Walt Disney” façade and Heidelberg, famous for its romantic medieval castle.

We look forward to having you join us for this special experience.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa on your overnight flights to Vienna.

Day 2

Vienna’s magnetic charm is found on every corner during its colourful Christmas season. On the drive to our hotel you will have a chance to acclimatize yourself to your new vibrant surroundings. You will be able to check your bags at the hotel and enjoy a bit of free time in the heart of Vienna, possibly stopping at one of its world-renowned coffee houses for a “sachertorte.” After check in (early afternoon), the balance of your day will be at your leisure. Your Travac Tours Director will be happy to make suggestions for dinner.

Vienna 3 nights.

Day 3

Your sightseeing of Vienna will begin with a guided tour of this great metropolitan centre led by a professional local guide. You will have a chance to see Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the President of Austria and a former home of the Hapsburg Dynasty. You will also see the famous Opera House, one of the most beautiful in the world, St Stephen’s Cathedral and Schonbrunn Palace, the summer home to the Hapsburgs. Your afternoon will again be free to discover some of the city’s incredible virtues. An optional concert will be available this evening. (B)

Day 4

From mid-November to Christmas, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas bakery items and hot mulled wine creates a wonderful pre-Christmas atmosphere. It is a tradition that has been going on since 1294 and brings delight to the locals as well as attracting visitors from all over the world. This evening you will be off to the Vienna Woods for a special Viennese dinner. You will enjoy home-style cooking with top-rated Austrian wines in an idyllic ambiance. The estate of the restaurant, which dates back to the 12th century, will charm you with its cozy rooms, historic vaulted cellars and romantic garden. You’ll be entertained by wandering musicians passing from table to table during your dinner. (B, D)

Day 5

This morning you will depart Vienna and make your way south to the “post card” city of Innsbruck. Along the way, we’ll be stopping in Salzburg. Here you can truly experience romance in Mozart’s birthplace. Salzburg’s “Old Town” is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

Christmas is always in the air in Salzburg and you will enjoy shopping the many quaint shops that populate the old town. Its Christmas market is unique and centrally located. The town itself offers a great combination of food and shopping from traditional inns to centuries old family businesses all within easy walking distance of each other. You will then depart for Innsbruck where you will overnight. (B)

Innsbruck 2 nights.

Day 6

Innsbruck is in the centre of the Tyrolian Alps. In fact, the surrounding mountains provide exceptional vistas that really can’t be compared. Nowhere else are alpine experiences and urban joie de vivre so closely connected.

There is something special about a mountain view Christmas market. That’s why the Innsbruck Christmas markets are great spots from where to wrap your hands around a warm cup of glühwein (mulled wine) while keeping an eye on snow-covered Alpine peaks. The shops here will offer you a different experience than you have enjoyed so far and there will be an abundance of shops around the narrow streets that encompass the Christmas markets in this enchanting Austrian town. The Swarovski Christmas tree on the market square sparkles with more than 17,000 Swarovski crystals. (B)

Day 7

Our journey continues from Innsbruck to Munich in the heart of Bavaria. Along the way we will be stopping at the Neuschwanstein Castle. The Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited castles in all of Germany and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. This fairy tale castle was the model used by Walt Disney in fashioning Cinderella’s castle and is one of the icons that we associate with all Disney productions.Without doubt this will be one of the highlights of your Christmas experience. (B)

Munich 1 night.

Day 8

This morning we will make our way to Nuremberg. With over 400 years of tradition, the Nuremberg Christmas market is one of the most famous in all of Europe. There is an unforgettable atmosphere in the old town. Almost every building is decorated in its Christmas regalia and tempting aromas fill the streets and alley-ways.

Travac’s visit to Nuremberg goes beyond the markets. Nuremberg is distinguished by its medieval architecture, red-roofed buildings, its castle and of course its Nazi rally grounds and the site of the Nuremberg trials. (B)

Nuremberg 2 nights.

Day 9

Today we will be visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This well-preserved medieval town has become a destination for tourists from around the world. It is part of the romantic road through southern Germany. Beyond its Christmas markets is its wonderful Christmas museum.

Ultimately it is the small-town atmosphere that will become a cherished memory of your Christmas market experience.

Upon returning to Nuremberg you will have some free time to continue exploring this enchanting town. (B)

Day 10

After breakfast we will travel to Heidelberg. Heidelberg is a town on the Neckar River in southwestern Germany. This university town is easily among Germany’s most beautiful cities, but to see the picturesque old town and the castle illuminated by fairy lights during the Christmas season is the icing on the cake. Time permitting, we’ll also visit some of the surrounding villages that offer their best during the Christmas season. (B)

Heidelberg 2 nights.

Day 11

A visit to Heidelberg is not complete without a visit to Heidelberg Castle. Nestled in the hill 300 feet above the city sits this breath-taking castle. The castle itself, has a history almost as old as the city itself. Not only does the castle offer wonderful views of the city, its gardens that surround part of the castle were considered to be among the finest when they were first commissioned and still impress. It is also home to the largest wine keg in all of Europe (standing over two stories tall and holding 220,000 litres of wine). (B)

Day 12

This morning we will make our way to Frankfurt for our return flights to Ottawa. (B)

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Hotel Information


Vienna: Austria Classic

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Hotel Address
Praterstraße 72
Wein, Austria

+43 1 211 30-0


Innsbruck: Hotel Grauer Bär

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Hotel Address
Universitätsstraße 5-7, 6020
Innsbruck, Austria

+43 512 59240


Munich: Hampton by Hilton Munich City Centre West

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Hotel Address
Landsberger Str. 114, 80339
Munich, Germany

+49 89 1598500


Nuremberg: IntercityHotel Nuremberg

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Hotel Address
Eilgutstraße 8, 90443
Nuremberg, Germany

+49 911 24780


Heidelberg: Holiday Inn Express Heidelberg City Centre

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Hotel Address
Kurfürsten-Anlage 23, 69115
Heidelberg, Germany

+49 6221 42840



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Canary Islands and the Costa del Sol, Spain

Canary Islands

New for 2020, Travac will be offering a special program to the Canary Islands that will offer stays on both the island of Tenerife and the Costa del Sol region in Spain.

Tenerife is the island of a thousand experiences. You can get lost in nature, relax on the beach, climb Teide (a local volcano), go shopping, see a show, walk the old town cobbles or simply enjoy life at your leisure. In Tenerife, options for your leisure time are endless thanks to its year-round climate, natural surroundings and tourist infrastructure designed to let you make the most of your holiday.

The Costa del Sol region of southern Spain is remarkable for its diverse landscapes, fabulous beaches and coastal sites as well as a wealth of small villages that dot the shore line. This Mediterranean coastline is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, hosting millions of tourists on an annual basis. Villages have grown into robust towns with great restaurants, shopping and nightlife. The area’s history dates back thousands of years and it has developed a unique and warm culture that defines the region.

This one-month program will feature stays at the Sunset Beach Club in the Costa del Sol and the Hotel Puerto De La Cruz in Tenerife.

The Sunset Beach Club consists mostly of one-bedroom hotel apartments, all with their own terrace and fully equipped kitchenette- an ideal choice for a delightful vacation.  The resort also has a restaurant, bakery, bar and supermarket on site.  Two swimming pools and entertainment most evenings make this fabulous property one of the most sought after in the Costa Del Sol region.  Upgrades to sea view and deluxe sea view rooms are available for an additional cost.

Hotel Puerto De La Cruz offers beautiful spacious rooms, each with their own balcony.  Featuring two outdoor swimming pools surrounded by gardens, the hotel offers live entertainment most evenings.  While in the Canary Islands, breakfast and dinner are included during your stay.

This welcoming holiday has limited space- early booking is essential!

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart Ottawa by coach to Montreal for your flight to the Costa del Sol.

Day 2-15

Costa del Sol, Benalmadena

Upon arrival to Spain, you will be transferred to your hotel in the Costa Del Sol by private chartered coach. The Sunset Beach Club is a beautiful four star resort hotel located beachfront in the popular holiday destination of Benalmadena in the Costa del Sol, southern Spain.

Day 15

Today you will depart Spain and fly from Malaga to Tenerife. Your Travac Tours Director will provide you with your flight details. Upon arrival in Tenerife you will be transferred by coach to Hotel Puerto de la Cruz.

Day 15-29

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Your time in the Canary Islands is at your leisure. The Hotel Puerto de la Cruz is 4 star hotel in the city of Puerto de la Cruz. It is within 5 minutes’ walk of central Puerto de la Cruz and the oceanside Lago Martianez salt-water lake.

Your Travac Tours Director will be available to assist you with optional tours and any special needs you might have.

Day 29

Today you will be returning to Malaga, Costa del Sol, for an overnight before departing to Canada.  Your Travac Tours Director will keep you informed of flight details.

Day 30

Today you will depart for your return flight to Montreal with coach service return to Ottawa. Details will be provided by your Travac Tours Director.

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Hotel Information


Sunset Beach Club (Costa del Sol)

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Hotel Address
Av. del Sol, 5
Málaga, Spain
29630
+34 952 57 94 00


Hotel Puerto De La Cruz (Canary Islands)

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Hotel Address
Avda. Marqués Villanueva del Prado
Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
38400
(+34) 922 38 40 11



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Canary Islands

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands  

Travac is pleased to be offering a new tour experience, the Canary Islands: Tenerife. Tenerife is the island of a thousand experiences. You can get lost in nature, relax on the beach, climb Teide (a local volcano), go shopping, see a show, walk the old town cobbles or simply enjoy life at your leisure. In Tenerife, options for your leisure time are endless thanks to its year-round climate, natural surroundings and tourist infrastructure designed to let you make the most of your holiday.

To compliment your Canary Island adventure, we will be including a stop in Malaga.

Travac’s adventure to the Canary Islands includes round trip airfare, 2 nights’ accommodation in Malaga with breakfast daily, 19 nights’ accommodation in Tenerife with breakfast and dinner daily, all transfers and the services of a Travac Tours Director.

This exciting new winter holiday option is available at an incredible deal. Join our adventure, book today!

Please note: Departure schedule will vary according to the date selected.

 

Dates and pricing for 2020:

 

January 27 – February 18, 2020:

Total selling price including all taxes:

Double occupancy: $3689 per person ($2949 per person based on double occupancy plus taxes of $740).

Single occupancy: $5068 per person ($4328 per person based on double occupancy plus taxes of $740).

 

February 12 – March 5, 2020:

Total selling price including all taxes:

Double occupancy: $3729 ($2989 per person based on double occupancy plus taxes of $740).

Single occupancy: $5108 ($4368 per person based on double occupancy plus taxes of $740).

 

March 11-April 2, 2020:

Total selling price including all taxes:

Double occupancy: $3729 ($2989 per person based on double occupancy plus taxes of $740).

Single occupancy: $5108 ($4368 per person based on double occupancy plus taxes of $740).

 

Due to the early arrival in Malaga, optional day rooms are available for $65 per person based on double occupancy ($130 single occupancy).

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart from Canada.

Departure schedule will vary according to the date selected. Our office staff will be happy to give you flight details.

Day 2

Upon arrival in Malaga, you will be met by your local representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 3-21

On day 3 you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Canary Islands. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Your time in the Canary Islands is at your leisure. A Travac Tours Director will be available to assist you with any special needs that you might have.

Day 22

On day 22 you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Malaga, where you will be staying for one night.

Day 23

Return to Canada.  Departure schedule will vary according to the date selected.

Please note that as with our Spain and Portugal programs this is a fully independent holiday. A Travac Tours Director will be with you through the duration of the holiday to assist you if need be. Travac will not be organizing independent optional excursions but will advise you of excursions that are available from local suppliers.

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Hotel Information


Malaga: Hotel Sol Guadalmar


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Hotel Address
Calle Moby Dick, 2
Málaga, Spain
29004
+34 912 76 47 47


Tenerife: Hotel Best Semiramis

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Hotel Address
Calle Leopoldo Cologan Zulueta, 12, 38400
Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

+34 922 37 32 00



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