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Vienna's Christmas market
Vienna City Hall
European Christmas Markets are stunning and we’ve created an enticing itinerary featuring some of the best! You are invited to spend a week soaking in the festive atmosphere in Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. Along the way, you’ll also visit Royal Castles, dine on traditional dishes, attend a classical concert, and hear some live folk music. You’ll return home with unique gifts for family and friends, ready to celebrate the season.
Your tour host is Taree McGee, who is looking forward to sharing her favorite places in Europe with you!
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Monday, November 29, 2021: Depart North America
We will depart from the USA today. Flight bookings and pre-tour arrangements can be made through Reformation Tours. (IF)
Day 2: Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 2021: Prague
Upon arrival at the Prague airport, we will transfer to our hotel and meet our local guide. We will have a walking tour of Prague, which will include Prague Old Town, Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock, Powder Gate, and Wenceslas Square. This afternoon will be at leisure to explore the Christmas markets. We will have dinner together and overnight in Prague. (IF/D)
Day 3: Wednesday, December 1, 2021: Prague
After breakfast in our hotel, we will depart with our local guide for a walking tour of the Prague Castle area. We will enjoy a group lunch at the brewery restaurant U Fleku. After lunch, there will be an optional tour of the brewery including beer tasting. The rest of the day will be free to see the city and the Christmas markets. The main markets are held at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square (5 minutes walk from each other). There are also smaller markets held at Republic Square, at Havel’s Market, on Kampa Island, and on the square in front of St. George’s Basilica at Prague Castle. We will overnight in Prague. (B/L)
Day 4: Thursday, December 2, 2021: Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna
Today we will travel to Cesky Krumlov and take a walking tour of the city. We will enjoy lunch together and then spend time wandering through the Christmas markets. In the afternoon, we will meet our guide and board our bus which will take us to Vienna, Austria’s capital, which spreads out along both sides of the Danube. The city is a smorgasbord of Baroque with a dash of Art Nouveau. Circling the old town (or Innere Stadt) is the striking revivalist architecture of the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s main boulevard. These buildings range from the charming Opera House to the monumental Natural History Museum. Nestled throughout the city are the graceful art-nouveau buildings of turn-of-the century architects Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos. The buildings are one of the many remnants of the artistic and intellectual flowering that took place in Vienna at the turn of the century. Of course, the buildings and the city’s history are only a backdrop for the daily culture that can still be found in the concert halls, opera houses, and cafes. Upon arrival, we will check in to our hotel, then have dinner at a local restaurant. (B/L/D)
Day 5: Friday, December 3, 2021: Vienna
This morning we will have a guided walking tour of Vienna. The unique Christmas markets (Christkindlmarkt, sometimes called Weihnachtsmarkt or Adventmarkt) are very popular in Vienna during the advent season. Most of these fairs open up mid-November and last until Christmas. These romantic street markets enjoy a long tradition, with a history in Austria (as well as the rest of German speaking Europe) dating back to the Middle Ages. The markets are mostly located in larger squares and pedestrian zones in Vienna and sell food, drinks and seasonal items from open-air stalls. We will have lunch together and the rest of the day will be at leisure. In the evening, we will visit Schönbrunn for an evening concert of classical music at the Schönbrunn Palace Orangery (subject to availability). We will overnight in Vienna. (B/L)
Day 6: Saturday, December 4, 2021: Vienna, Schloss Hof, Bratislava, Budapest
This morning we will meet our local guide who will take us for a visit to Schloss Hof Castle, which was built starting in the late 1720s as an impressive country home and hunting lodge for Prince Eugene of Savoy. By 1730 most of the work was completed and resulted in one of the most impressive baroque total pieces of art. After our tour, we will have some free time to visit the Christmas markets in the area, then we will continue on to Bratislava. We will have lunch together and then take a walking tour of the city. Bratislava’s location on the banks of the River Danube and at the crossroads of ancient trading routes right at the heart of Europe predestined it to become a meeting point of various cultures. We will spend time in the Christmas markets before continuing on to Budapest, where we will check in and have dinner in our hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 7: Sunday, December 5, 2021: Budapest
After breakfast, we will have a city tour of Budapest, where we will get acquainted with the Pearl of the Danube. In Pest, we will drive along the main avenues, passing by Parliament and the Opera House. We will also stop at Heroes’ Square. The rest of the afternoon will be at leisure to visit the Christmas markets. We will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Hungarian restaurant with live Gypsy music. We will overnight in Budapest. (B/D)
Day 8: Monday, December 6, 2021: Return
This morning we will transfer to the Budapest airport for our return flights. (B/IF)
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
Our hotels are chosen for their quality, amenities and proximity to areas of interest. Whenever possible, we choose hotels in town centers, so that you are able to go off and explore in your free time. It may be necessary for us to substitute hotels for others of equal quality. You will be fully informed of any changes that affect you. Enjoy your stay!
Prague, Czech Republic
November 30-December 2, 2021
Majestic Plaza Hotel or similar
110 00 Praha 1
December 2-4, 2021
December 4-6, 2021
K+K Hotel Opera or similar
Révay utca 24
We will provide a quote for transfers, as long as we have your flight details on file and a phone number to give to the driver. We will include your transfer information in your final packet. Transfers will be arranged for each arrival, so that you won’t have to wait for other tour members if their flight is delayed. Transfers can be arranged for the day of your choosing, but we can’t arrange transfers if you arrive or depart by train.
Please note that individual transfers are booked through a third-party and you will be responsible to communicate with the company in case of delays.
Flights can be arranged once this tour is a guaranteed departure. We will let you know as soon as we have reached the minimum number of participants.
Group Air: If we have a minimum of 10 traveling together, we can provide a group air booking. Payment is due with the final payment.
Individual Air: We advise using a travel agent, who can help you get a great price for your flight, and support you if the airline makes any changes after the booking process. We are no longer booking individual air tickets. Please arrange to arrive in Prague no later than 10:00 am on December 8, 2020. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Prague. You are welcome to depart at any time on December 14, 2020. Please wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before booking non-refundable airfare, and send us a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
We can arrange pre-tour nights in Prague and post-tour nights in Budapest, but due to the volume of tours, we are not able to arrange additional travel within Europe.
Tour price based on a minimum of 20 tour participants.
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coach
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in centrally located 4-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Tour Director throughout the tour
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary
• Baggage handling when available
• All taxes and tips, including guide and driver
• Round-trip air transportation
• Single supplement ($450)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
• Passenger trip cancellation insurance. Click here to compare policies and purchase directly.
• Deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour. If you would like to pay the deposit by credit card (additional 3.5% fee), please click here. You can also send a check, made payable to “Reformation Tours” to Reformation Tours, P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Final invoices will be sent in August 2020
• Final payment is due by September 23, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted until September 23, 2020 subject to availability
We are now partnering with an award-winning company called Squaremouth, which helps travelers search, compare, and buy the best travel insurance for the lowest price. They offer excellent customer support and can help you find the best policy for your trip.
We will continue to assist clients who have a current policy with Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company.
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. To offset these costs the following fees will apply, plus any non-recoverable expenses to our suppliers:
From time of deposit to 100 days before departure: $100 cancellation penalty
From 99-15 days prior to departure: $350 cancellation penalty plus any non refundable deposits
14 days or less prior to departure: No refund– Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodation reserved prior to and after the tour.
– Cancellations must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. central time on the last business day of the applicable time period.
– For flight changes or cancellations, revision fees and/or airline cancellation charges will apply.
– Roommates canceling can result in a single supplement charge for the roommate. The Participant who cancels will be responsible for that charge if a substitute roommate cannot be found.
– Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
Reformation Tours cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other arrangements not made through Reformation Tours.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
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You can either send a check made payable to “Reformation Tours” to P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222 or click here to pay by credit card (additional 3.5% fee).
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