Majestic winter wonderland
There's nowhere quite like the alpine paradise of Austria to add an extra special atmosphere to the Christmas season, with snow-covered peaks, and idyllic towns and villages dressed in their winter cloaks. You'll also see Mozart's Salzburg, the exquisite 'Sound of Music' city, home to one of Europe's most colourful Christmas Markets.
Travelling by comfortable coach, you'll leave the local area today to make your way to your Channel crossing, and continue to your overnight hotel in the Rhine Valley area.
Continue south, arriving to a warm welcome at your chosen hotel.
Take a guided tour of the exquisite, UNESCO-listed city of Salzburg. Stroll through the cobbled streets of the Altstadt, and soak up the atmosphere of the Christkindlmarkt held in the shadow of the Hohensalzburg castle and in front of the city's ancient cathedral.
Day Three (Christmas Eve)
With the scents of gingerbread and Gluhwein in the air, and colourful stalls laden with traditional goods, this is the perfect place to spend Christmas Eve, before you return to the hotel to begin your celebrations.
Today you'll visit the beautiful Salzkammergut lakes region - as pretty a winter wonderland as you could expect to find. Highlights will include idyllic Mondsee, setting for the wedding scene in 'The Sound of Music', and the quaint lakeside towns of St Wolfgang - with its famous White Horse Inn - and St Gilgen, once home to Mozart's mother and sister.
Day Four (Christmas Day)
You'll return to the hotel to enjoy a candlelit, four-course Christmas Dinner - a wonderful way to round off a special day.
Today brings an opportunity to join an optional excursion into Bavaria, to the shores of the fjord-like Konigsee and the beautiful alpine resort of Berchtesgaden.
You'll begin your return journey today, travelling back through Germany to a comfortable overnight hotel in the Rhineland.
Board the coach to continue your journey, crossing the Channel and heading for home.