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Switzerland and Germany 9-day Christmas Markets tour
Slow Tours offers a number of other Christmas Markets Tours in Europe
You will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in Zürich. After checking into the hotel and group orientation we will spend the remainder of the day in Zürich. We will take in Europe’s largest indoor Christmas Market afterward take a tour of the historic heart of Zürich. Then it’s off to dinner and back to the hotel for a good nights sleep
We will hop on a train and head to Switzerland third largest city Basel. Basel borders both Germany and France with the beautiful Rhine River crossing through the city. Basel’s Christmas Market will have a noticeable French and German influence. We will spend much of our day in Basel’s old marketplace and visit the nearby cathedral
Today we will head to Eastern Switzerland to the city of St.Gallen with it's quaint old town and historic abbey and library. After our morning in St.Gallen we will leave the country of Switzerland for the rest of day and head to Konstanz, Germany. This beautiful city is nestled along the lakeshores of Lake Konstanz. The large outdoor Christmas Market will be sure to take your breath away. We will stroll through the market and take the sounds, sights, and smells of this traditional German Christmas Market. In the evening we will head back to Zurich for the night
Germany is calling us once again today. We will board the train in Zurich and head of the black forest to the city of Frieburg. With it's rich history and beautiful buildings Freiburg will quickly become a favorite stop on this tour. After our city tour visiting the highlights of the city of Frieburg we will spend much of our afternoon in it's large Christmas Market. We will also have a delicious German dinner here in the city before boarding the train back to Zurich
Say goodbye to Zürich and hello to the spectacular Berner Oberlands. Today we head to the capital of Switzerland to the city of Bern. Here we will take in the incredible sights of the this medieval city. With its sandstone cover arcades and towering cathedrals you feel as though you walked back in time. We will see the Parliament Building, Zytglock Clock Tower, and 3 different Christmas Markets. The quaint village of Thun will be our next stop. This beautiful city nestled on the shores of Lake Thun has a medieval castle that towers of the city center. After visiting the market in Thun we will head to our hotel and enjoy an evening meal together
We will spend the day visiting the charming villages of Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen. From Interlaken we will travel to Lauterbrunnen Valley, known for its 72 cascading waterfalls off the valley cliff sides. We will board the Wengernalpbahn train up the mountain side. Our first stop will take us the village of Wengen. This car-free village is perched atop the cliffside offering commanding views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley with its steep cliff sides and cascading waterfalls. We will visit the charming village of Lauterbrunnen
A trip to Switzerland would not be complete without visiting the majestic Matterhorn and a trip up to the top of the Gornergrat. We will stroll through the car-free village of Zermatt with its chalet lined streets that bolster every type of shop you could imagine. Here you could envision Santa setting up a workshop and preparing for Christmas. The views of this iconic Alp will truly amaze you!
Today will be our last full day as a group. We climb aboard one of Switzerland classic scenic trains, the GoldenPass Line. This 2-hour train ride along Lake Brienz and the surrounding alps will be one of the most amazing train ride you will ever have. Our final destination will be the city of Luzern, nestled beneath the Alps and along the shores of Lake Luzern. We will explore the Christmas Market along with several cathedrals, the wooden bridges, and the famous Lion’s Monument. We will then head to Zurich to check into our hotel and have our final dinner together. We will share all our wonderful memories we have created as a group and prepare for our journey home on the next day
We say our goodbyes and hopeful Auf Wiedersehen and head off to our early morning departure either from Zürich or Genève
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