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Austrian Christmas Magic

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.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A visit to the Salzburg Christkindlmarkt with guided tour
  • A Christmas Day tour of the Salzkammergut Lakes region
  • Two nights' bed and continental breakfast accommodation en route at a comfortable hotel in the Rhineland
  • Four nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Hotel Sonne, Weyregg
  • A welcome drink on arrival at your resort hotel
  • Three-course dinners at the hotel on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day
  • A two-course Christmas Day lunch
  • A four-course Christmas Day turkey dinner by candlelight, with half a bottle of wine per person
  • Live folk music entertainment at the hotel on one evening
  • Coach travel throughout
  • Return Channel crossings
  • Services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement


Day One

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.

Day Two

Continue south, arriving to a warm welcome at your chosen hotel.

Day Three (Christmas Eve)

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.

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.

Day Four (Christmas Day)

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.

You'll return to the hotel to enjoy a candlelit, four-course Christmas Dinner - a wonderful way to round off a special day.

Day Five

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.

Day Six

You'll begin your return journey today, travelling back through Germany to a comfortable overnight hotel in the Rhineland.

Day Seven

Board the coach to continue your journey, crossing the Channel and heading for home.
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Christmas In Austria Hotels 

You will be staying in a comfortable hotel in the Rhine area of Germany, and the three-star Hotel Sonne Weyregg, located in the heart of Austria's Salzkammergut region.

Further Information

Meet at port option

To give you greater flexibility and allow you to travel on the date that suits you best, you may like to meet the coach at Folkestone Services (called Stop 24) on the M20, which is just a five-minute drive from the Channel Tunnel and a 15-minute drive from Dover. If you wish to do this, please select the county 'Kent' and the pick-up point 'Stop 24 Folkestone Services Saltwood' when booking. You will be notified of the exact pick-up location in your Final Travel Details, which you will receive approximately 7-10 days prior to departure. Further information and car parking charges can be found at


Please note that some of the meals during this break may be buffet style.

European Christmas closing times

Shops in Europe will generally be closed from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December.

Christmas Inclusions - Hotel Momentum, Anif

The Christmas programme will include a drink to welcome you, Gluhwein and cookies on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day Lunch, and a four-course farewell dinner with 1/4 litre of wine per person.

Coach seating arrangements

Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

Christmas Inclusions - Hotel Sonne, Weyregg

The hotel's Christmas programme will include an evening of live folk music and special festive meals.

Your journey

Depending on your departure point, you may leave your pick-up point very early in the morning and return very late at the end of the holiday, in order to meet your scheduled Channel crossing. There will also be a stop to transfer you from a feeder coach to your main coach, on both the outward and return journeys.

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Hotel accommodation

All bedrooms have private facilities, and accommodation may be offered in 'nebenhause', which are adjoining buildings just a short walk from the main reception area.

Triple rooms

The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

Foreign Office travel advice

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Christmas in Austria, Salzburg & Austrian Lakes reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Christmas in Austria, Salzburg & Austrian LakesScores 7.3 out of 10 based on 27 reviews
(5 out of 10)


Birkenhead Couple
disappointed that we weren't informed when booking about the 01.30 pick up otherwise we may have considered an alternative starting point. Diane a tour manager on the shuttle coach was loud and carried on a long conversation with the driver until Sheila asked her to be quiet as she needed to sleep. She told us we would have time at Folkestone to have a drink and breakfast which proved to not be the case. This was not acceptable as Sheila is Diabetic and needed to be able to eat when promised. Fortunately I had brought biscuits and snacks in case this happened. We understood that there would be a lot of traveling involved just to get to Austria. However the amount of travelling on the coach during the stay was not compensated by the places we visited. Apart from the time we spent in Salzburg the places we visited, because of the time of year, lacked any atmosphere as most of the shops and restaurants were closed. Meaning the only people in the area were ourselves, plus any other coach parties. We saw very few local people out and about. The lack of time at each location was also disappointing. The optional day
did not come up to expectation and, was not good value. It seemed to be more of a time filler, than having any Wow factor, especially as there seemed to be time to have included visits to other attractions while in the area. (With the understanding that would have been at our cost.)
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2016
Published on: 26 January 2017

We are very sorry that you were disappointed with our service on this occasion. I have passed your comments to our Customer Relations Department who will investigate the points you raise and reply directly within 28 days.

(8 out of 10)


Broadstairs Couple
A nice holiday, although a long journey.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2016
Published on: 22 January 2017
(9 out of 10)


Cambridge, England. Couple
The holiday was brilliant,only faults were the obnoxious rude courier,who we have already complained about, and the long journey to our overnight hotel, nearly 5 hrs before we stopped for our first comfort stop,even though requests to stop were made by various people on the coach.They were just ignored by the courier.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2015
Published on: 21 January 2016
(3 out of 10)


Allowing for the four hour ferry delay due to bad weather, which no one could predict, the entire holiday was marred by too much coach travel. Very early mornings and very late arrival, especially at the overnight hotel made it a far from relaxing break. On one excursion we had a long stop just to visit the church used in "The Sound Of Music" yet only had a very short stop at the other two more picturesque places. Perhaps you should advertise it as a "Sound Of Music Tour" as it was certainly not the "Austrian Christmas Magic" tour that we booked. One of the stops had a cable car to the top of the mountain but we did not have enough time to use it. The optional Boxing Day tour was all about "Eagles Nest" and we were not told about another cable car to the top of a mountain (that we did have time to take) until we were on the coach and ready to leave at the end of the day! We only found out about this from a fellow traveller who had found it by chance. Also I was under the impression that the Lake Tour on Christmas Day was in fact a tour ON the lake not yet another tedious coach trip around it! I was not the only person to have this impression. I think that this should be made clear to everyone when you advertise the holiday. All in all I do not believe that it was a good experience and I would not recommend it to anyone. I also think that you should point out the fact that travellers will spend two days virtually coach bound to get to Austria and then again two days to return. This is a lot of coach on such a short break.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2015
Published on: 08 January 2016

Hi Alan, we are very sorry that the holiday did not live up to your expectations. The itinerary in our brochure and website explains that Days 1-2 and 7-8 are spent travelling and we don't suggest that there will be an opportunity to do much else. We can only apologise for any misunderstanding.
Your feedback about the excursions has been passed to the relevant Product team for consideration. We try to find tours which will interest most people but of course personal preferences do vary and there may be some elements which are not to everyone's taste. We don't mention a boat ride on Christmas Day and we will try to ensure that future text avoids any ambiguity. We hope we might be able to tempt you back in the future on a different type of tour.

(9 out of 10)


I had a lovely holiday in Austria. However, it tool 2 days to travel to Austria and 2 days to travel back, with just 3 days in Austria itself. I guess I didn't appreciate how long it would take to get to Austria. Newmarket should make it clearer just much travelling time there is in this holiday. Having said that, I can't see how you can get round the travelling time, unless you fly people to Austria.

The Tour Guide worked hard and was responsible, but wasn't that good in my opinion. She was very pleasant, but could have tidied her hair and clothes up a bit to look more professional. She also wasn't that bright, and showed her lack of intelligence with the knowledge that she did give out to us, however she was a practical person.

The only real disappointment of the holiday was the optional excursion on Boxing day. We went to Konigsee and Bertesgaden. Both places were surrounded by beautiful scenery. With Konigsee, if you didn't go on the boat trip on the lake, there was nothing to do but walk around the cafes and tourist shops. Berchtesgaden Christmas market was alright, but we went to a much better Christmas market in Salzberg on 24th Dec.

The Australian driver was excellent - he was very competent and worked very hard driving us to/from Austria, as well as being a very pleasant personality.

Despite the above, I met some lovely people on the coach and had a wonderful holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2015
Published on: 05 January 2016
(7 out of 10)


London Couple
Enjoyed the place, very pretty especially at Xmas, very long coach journey.

I feel tour manager could have been more thoughtful to guests as in stops on way to Germany, I found her quite sharp generally but did try and keep us entertained on long journey with films and quiz etc.

Changing of coaches very unorganised especially at the end, lack of communication at stop 24. Value for money good.
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2015
Published on: 05 January 2016
(2 out of 10)


The holiday was made up of 4 days travel and 3 day s at resort 4 long days in coach never again. Only one driver no refreshments offered; I think all the coach party wil agree
Confirmed traveller: 28 December 2014
Published on: 18 February 2015