European White Christmas

European White Christmas

Imagine celebrating Christmas in a 5 star spa hotel in the stunning Swiss Alpine village of Grindelwald. Shop at Christmas Markets, explore the gorgeous Swiss Riviera town of Montreux, visit Château de Chillon, the amazing hilltop town of Gruyères and enjoy an exhilarating Alpine ride on the Golden Pass train. We then transfer from Luzern to Munich before travelling to Salzburg to experience a New Year like no other, in a wonderful palace.

Imagine celebrating Christmas in a 5 star spa hotel in the stunning Swiss Alpine village of Grindelwald. Shop at Christmas Markets, explore the gorgeous Swiss Riviera town of Montreux, visit Château de Chillon, the amazing hilltop town of Gruyères and enjoy an exhilarating Alpine ride on the Golden Pass train. We then transfer from Luzern to Munich before travelling to Salzburg to experience a New Year like no other, in a wonderful palace. Take a horse and carriage ride through the countryside and enjoy a cruise on Lake Konigssee. To top it all off enjoy a special New Year’s Gala dinner in the grand Marble Hall of Schloss Leopoldskron, followed by a night of music, dancing and fireworks.


22 Days



  • Visit Zürich’s Christmas markets to admire the 50-ft-tall Christmas tree decorated with thousands of sparkling Swarovski crystals
  • Explore Bern’s medieval streets and squares and the unique village of Gruyères
  • Visit Byron’s Chateau de Chillon, Vevey and Charlie Chaplin’s House
  • Take a scenic train ride to Luzern
  • Celebrate Christmas over 5 nights in the first class Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof
  • Take a Christmas Eve ride on a horse drawn carriage
  • Experience Swiss train travel using your 3 day Swiss Rail Pass
  • Relax in panoramic carriages on an exhilarating alpine ride on the Golden Pass train
  • Explore Thun’s old town and cruise on Lake Thun to Interlaken
  • Stay 5 nights in the Meierhof – part of the palace complex of ‘The Sound of Music’ Schloss
  • Experience a New Year’s Eve Gala event in its spectacular rococo Marble Hall
  • Enjoy a New Year’s Day concert in the palace’s Great Hall
  • Sample local wines during an Austrian wine evening
  • Spend a day in the majestic Salzkammergut – the Austrian Lakes District visiting St Wolfgang, Mondsee and St Gilfen where you ride on the Zwolferhorn Mountain cable car
  • Enjoy a fun filled adventure through the historic Berchtesgaden Salt Mines
  • Explore famous Berchtesgaden and cruise along dramatic Lake Konigssee




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Day 1

Depart Brisbane or Sydney
Today you will be transferred to Brisbane or Sydney Airport for your flight to Zürich.

Day 2

Arrive Zürich
On arrival you will be transferred to our Zürich hotel for the next three nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Zürich Hotel: Hotel Glockenhof
This modern 4 star hotel is located in the heart of the city, within easy walking distance of Zürcher Bahnhofstrasse (main shopping street) and the waterfront of Lake Zürich.

Day 3

Today is at leisure before our tour commences this evening. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner while meeting your fellow travellers.

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Day 4

This morning we enjoy a guided panoramic tour of this picturesque lake side city. Your afternoon is free to explore and visit Zürich's Christmas market in the main train station. Featuring 150 stalls it is one of the largest indoor Christmas markets in Europe. The absolute highlight of the Christkindlimarkt is a 50-ft-tall Christmas tree decorated with thousands of sparkling Swarovski crystals.


Day 5

On our way to Montreux today we explore the medieval cobblestoned streets of Bern with a local guide. A UNESCO World Heritage landmark, this capital city is set on a spectacular bend above the River Aare. In addition to kilometres of sheltered arcaded shopping ways, an intriguing clock tower and the famous 'Bärengraben' bear pits, there are several sets of excellent Christmas markets scattered around the old town. Continuing on, our afternoon stop is in the unique village of Gruyères. Rising out of the flat valley floor, Gruyères village and castle are perched on top of a steep rocky hill. The broad cobblestoned main street, flanked by centuries old houses, is an astounding time capsule and one of the great sights of Europe. Arriving in Montreux, we are now on the exclusive Swiss Riviera, where we will stay two nights.

Montreux Hotel - Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic.
This impressive 4 star hotel is located on the shore of Lake Geneva, a short stroll along the lakeside promenade to the heart of Montreux.

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Day 6

This morning we have included entrance and a guided tour through the beautifully preserved Château de Chillon. Made famous in Byron's poem 'The Prisoner of Chillon', this 13th century fortress juts out imposingly into Lake Geneva. Later we visit Charlie Chaplin's hometown of Vevey. Make sure you walk along the lake foreshore to see the statue of the 'little man with baggy pants'. We also visit Chaplin World, a museum dedicated to Charlie Chaplin, the legendary artist and man, that retraces the extraordinary life of this cinematographic genius. Returning to Montreux the rest of the day is at leisure. Make sure you explore the excellent Christmas markets that stretch along the grand lakeside promenade and foreshore.


Day 7

An adventure today as we board the Golden Pass panoramic train which will take us across the Alps, past the chic ski resort of Gstaad and Château-d'Oex, to Zwiesimmen. Our seats are pre-booked in the special panoramic carriages and the views throughout the journey are spectacular. (Your luggage will travel separately, making this an easy and relaxing day.) At Zwiesimmen, we change trains and continue to Interlaken, and then deep into the heart of the Bernese Oberland to Grindelwald where we stay the next five nights. Grindelwald is known the world over for its dramatic setting surrounded by massive snow covered peaks and meadows and the views directly onto the north face of the Eiger are exceptional. Justifiably famous for its skiing, the village is full of restaurants, cafés and shops. Throughout your stay we have included buffet breakfasts and four course dinners.

Grindelwald Hotel - Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof.
This 5 star Spa hotel, featuring traditional Swiss wooden décor, is a three minute walk from the centre of Grindelwald and has an imposing backdrop of the world famous Eiger and Lauberhorn Mountains.

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Day 8

Today you are free to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery which surrounds you. Lunch in a mountain restaurant tastes particularly good after a walk in the snow. One absolute 'must do' is to catch the train from Grindelwald via Kleine Scheidegg up to the Jungfraujoch - the highest rail station in Europe. At 3,454 metres (11,332 ft) the views are magnificent. You will find several restaurants, an Ice Palace and the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven display. You can also take a lift another 100 metres higher to the dramatic Sphinx lookout point.

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Day 9

Following an enjoyable train ride along the lakeside of Thunersee, we spend time exploring the old town of historic Thun. Later we board a boat for a relaxing cruise down the length of Lake Thunersee to Interlaken. Nestled between two lakes, and surrounded by soaring peaks, Interlaken makes a great place for some last minute Christmas shopping. Make sure you spend some time in the Christmas Markets. This evening before dinner we will enjoy a glass of red wine punch in the hotel lobby.

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Day 10

Christmas Eve! What a magnificent location to relax over Christmas! Your next two days are free to enjoy the stunning scenery which surrounds you, and do as much, or as little, as you want! Whether you are a 'super active snow sports' person or a 'take it easy and relax' person there are numerous activities you can enjoy, and your Tour Manager will be at hand to assist and advise you. You will be in the heart of the Bernese Oberland - home to the mighty peaks of the Jungfrau, Mönch, Eiger (of 'The Eiger Sanction' fame), the Breithorn, Männlichen and the Schilthorn, as well as internationally known winter resorts like Wengen and Mürren. The skiing is of course fantastic! Non skiers can easily access all the main peaks by funicular trains, cable cars and chair lifts. At all 'drop off' points there are restaurants, cafés and restroom facilities - usually with extraordinary panoramic views spanning the jagged Alps. All around Grindelwald there are hundreds of kilometres of winter footpaths which often double as Nordic or Cross Country ski paths, as well as numerous toboggan runs - one of which is the longest in the Alps. Snowshoes can also be hired and you can take one of the well signed snowshoe trails. An evening snowshoeing tour is a very different experience! For those wanting to just relax, you will have free use of the pool and spa facilities in your Grindelwald hotel. The highlight of today will be a ride on a horse drawn carriage through the picturesque local countryside. This evening will be special as we enjoy a four course themed Christmas Eve dinner.

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Day 11

Christmas Day at leisure in a stunning location. There is so much to see and do. A Christmas Turkey lunch will be enjoyed and later in the evening there is a themed Christmas Day dinner. Apparently, at some point Santa Claus will make an appearance!

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Day 12

This morning we take the train along the shores of picturesque Lake Brienz and on to Luzern, with its covered wooden bridges (again, no hassles with your luggage as it will travel separately and be delivered to your hotel). Arriving around midday, the whole afternoon is at leisure to explore this charming lakeside town. This evening we will enjoy dinner together, farewelling those that are only travelling with us for Christmas.

Luzern Hotel - Palace Hotel or Hotel Schweizerhof.
Both these 5 star hotels are located on the banks of the Lake, in the heart of Luzern's old town, and are two of Switzerland's finest hotels. The stunning interiors reflect classic elegance, whilst being equipped with all the modern facilities required to ensure your comfort.

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Day 13

Today our Christmas tour comes to a close and our afternoon is at leisure. Enjoy another night in Luzern before starting our New Years Eve tour tomorrow.


Day 14

Luzern to Munich
Today we will be transferred to Munich where we will check into our hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure before enjoying a welcome drink and dinner together.

Munich Hotel - Maritim Hotel
This 4 star hotel is in a superb location in the city centre just a few minutes' walk from the main pedestrian shopping mall.

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Day 15

Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg
Crossing into Austria mid-morning we reach Salzburg - the baroque city of Mozart sitting beneath its enormous Festung (Fortress). A walking tour with an expert local guide will introduce you to this enchanting city, including several locations used in the film 'The Sound of Music'. Afterwards enjoy time at leisure in the old town centre. Mozart's Birthplace makes a fascinating visit, as does the ancient castle. Later we drive through the ornate iron gates and enter the grounds of the spectacular Schloss Leopoldskron, where we will stay for the next five nights. On arrival we will enjoy an orientation tour of this grand historical building, including the superb Chinese and Venetian rooms and the Marble Hall. We will discover the hidden staircase in the ornate, old-world library. Built in 1736, this rococo palace was lovingly restored to its current glory in the early 1900's by its then owner, the famous theatre and film director Max Reinhardt. Nestled by a small, idyllic lake with a majestic view of the Untersberg Mountain, Leopoldskron is not only the birthplace of the Salzburg Festival, but is also one of the principal locations of Rodgers & Hammerstein's 1965 film 'The Sound of Music'. This evening at our Schloss, we sample local wines with an Austrian wine connoisseur whilst enjoying dinner in the magnificent Marble Hall.

Feature Hotel - Meierhof.
Your rooms are located in the Meierhof - the historic building set by the lakeside in the Palace grounds, about 50 metres from the Schloss itself.

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Day 16

Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg
Heading deep into the Bavarian mountains we visit the old Salt Mines near Berchtesgaden. After dressing up in a salt miner's uniform, we enjoy a fun filled ride on a small train deep underground, take wooden slides (or steps) and then float on a barge across a crystal clear underground lake, beautifully illuminated by a light show. Lunchtime will be spent amongst the cobbled streets of Berchtesgaden. Later we visit perhaps the most beautiful lake of all, Königssee - famous the world over for its steep cliffs and fjord like lake. We have included a relaxing cruise along the length of the lake to visit the romantic pilgrimage church on St Bartholomew Island. This evening we will return to nearby Salzburg where we have arranged a special dinner in the St Peter Stiftskeller - Austria's oldest restaurant which dates back 1200 years! Be enchanted as we step back in time to the late 18th century.

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Day 17

Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg
A New Year's Eve to remember! Driving south, we stop at the ski resort of Filzmoos where we board a horse drawn carriage to enjoy a ride through this winter wonderland. Passing through the snowy woods, and surrounded by majestic mountains, we reach the remote Oberhofalm alpine hut which provides a perfect lunchtime stop. Later, we return to the schloss allowing plenty of time to prepare for your elegant New Year's Eve Gala event! In this stunning location we enjoy dinner and entertainment in the Marble Hall followed by music and dancing. At midnight we will gather on the Palace terrace to welcome the arrival of the New Year, whilst watching the fireworks across the lake!

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Day 18

Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg
New Year's Day! Rest, relax and enjoy your amazing surroundings. The special New Year's Day breakfast rolls into brunch, and then lunch! Maybe enjoy quiet time in the schloss library, perhaps stroll around the lake or, take a winter walk into nearby Salzburg town. This afternoon 'The Sound of Music' fans will be able to watch the famous film, here on the location where it all actually happened. Tonight after dinner, step back in time to the days of the salons of Max Reinhardt, as you are treated to an intimate concert experience in the Great Hall.

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Day 19

Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg
Today we visit the beautiful Salzkammergut - the Austrian Lakes District. Our morning stop will be at the village of St Gilgen on the northern end of Lake Wolfgangsee, to catch the cable car up to the top of the Zwölferhorn Mountain to enjoy the sweeping views down over Wolfgangsee and across the mountains. Afterwards we visit St. Wolfgang, the town which gave its name to the extraordinarily picturesque Lake Wolfgangsee. As a finalé we will visit the town of Mondsee where you can visit the church made famous in the wedding scene of the film 'The Sound of Music'. This evening, back at our schloss, we enjoy a farewell dinner to bring this amazing tour to a close.

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Day 20

To Munich
We arrive in Munich around midday. After farewelling our fellow travellers, our group will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Munich with a local guide before transferring to the airport for our late evening flight.


Day 21

Day 21 Fri 4 Jan
In flight

Day 22

Arrive Brisbane
Upon arrival back into Brisbane or Sydney you will clear customs and be met by our staff who will have your transfers arranged.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


TOUR FARE DEPARTING SYDNEY: $13,488 per person

Single Supplement $3,330 extra



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Kariong Information Ctr At Kariong Information Centre car park,
The Avenue, Kariong
New Lambton Wests S Bus Stop on Hobart Rd near Harker Oval
across from Wests Leagues Club, New Lambton
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