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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire; Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Snug in downy coats and laden with bags of Nutcracker marionettes, marzipan and gaily coloured mittens, the spirit of Christmas has never glowed brighter than tonight. Feeling the crunch of snow under foot and warmed by cinnamon spiced mugs of mulled wine, a childlike wonder is illuminated on every rosy cheeked face.

  • Explore most beautiful Christmas markets in Central Europe including Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Vienna and Prague
  • Stay at the landmark hotel of Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt
  • Walk along the narrow medieval cobbled streets of Heidelberg and Dinkelsbuhl
  • Visit the old castle of Dinkelsbuhl
  • Have an unforgettable Christmas Eve dinner in a real Austrian Castle, Schloss Fuschl and Christmas Day dinner at Mozart’s Barroque Hall in Salzburg
  • Discover the old taverns of Grinzing in Vienna
  • Stay at the Four Seasons Prague for the last three nights
  • Have New Year’s Eve dinner at a private room at Lovowitz Palace, part of Prague’s Castle
Vienna Christmas Market Tour

Vienna Christmas Markets

We were all spoilt from day one and all made to feel that Captain's Choice were continually focused on our well being and on our enjoyment.

Col Bradford - Ancient & Holy Lands, 2016

Where we visit

White Christmas Tour

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Depart Australia

Day 1: Sunday 17 December

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Well so are we – and departing Australia on Emirates this evening, we can look forward to experiencing the kind of festive season they sing about in the carols, some of us perhaps for the very first time.

Arrive Frankfurt (Germany)

Day 2: Monday 18 December

Among sparkling fairy lights, snug scarves and crackling fires, arriving into frosty Frankfurt this afternoon feels like we have stepped into the home of Christmas. Settle into Villa Kennedy, a true bastion of the city established in 1902 for three nights. We indulge in an outstanding dinner in house by Chef Fulvio Pierangelini, raising our glasses to celebrate a magical festive season.


Wednesday 13 December

The world will become increasingly snow dusted as we transfer from Zurich to Zermatt by train. The warmest welcome awaits at the Hotel Schonegg, complete with a roaring fire and hearty dinner to get you in the festive spirit.

Tour Map


Thursday 14 December

Riding the mountain train to Gornergrat, we’ll feel as if the mighty Matterhorn is standing right there beside us. At the very top, twenty monstrous surrounding peaks are our backdrop for lunch.

Zermatt, Switzerland


Friday 15 December

Boarding the glass roofed carriage of the Glacier Express to St Moritz, we’ll see snowy forests and panoramic alpine views from the comfort of our cosy seats. Crossing bridges, plunging headlong through tunnels and passing pretty villages, a new home awaits us – the Hotel Schweizerhof in the heart of the chic ski resort of St Moritz.

Bernina Express


Saturday 16 December

There's a fair chance you could rub shoulders with the rich and famous on a free day in St Moritz today. A horse drawn carriage ride to neighbouring Val Roseg brings the magic alive. From the northern side of the Bernina Range, expect a staggering panorama of snow frosted peaks. With such a breathtaking view, you could only be in Switzerland!


Sunday 17 December

It's impossible to tire of the mountainous views that abound as our train carries us from alps to the city on the way to Zurich.With a tinkle of bells and the tempting smell of spiced lebkuchen on the frosted breeze, it's a thrill to visit our first Christmas market of the season. Replete from an afternoon of shopping, we reward our retail therapy with a true Swiss delicacy. Prepare to dip and indulge to our hearts' content with an authentic fondue dinner. We look forward to our stay at the Hotel Schweizerhof in Zurich this evening.


Monday 18 December

Watch the world whiz by from Switzerland to Germany as we take a scenic train to Frankfurt, ready to meet fellow travellers at Villa Kennedy, one of the city's finest hotels.


Day 3: Tuesday 19 December

Wrapping up warm after breakfast, we embark on a walking tour of Frankfurt, on our way to Paulplatz where stalls, song and sausages make up one of the most famous Christmas Markets in the world. After lunch at Romerplatz, shopping is likely to be on the agenda for this afternoon.

  • Will the fruit of age old traditions please your tastebuds at medieval abbey of Kloster Eberbach? Or will you chase more magic and sparkle at Wiesbaden Christmas Markets, just a short drive out of the city.

We look forward to a Welcome Dinner overlooking the city at the elegant Main Tower Restaurant.


Day 4: Wednesday 20 December

This morning, we're all aboard Germany's fastest train, the aptly named ICE express riding in First Class straight into a fairytale. It’s easy to see why Heidelberg inspired the German Romantic movement. We might choose to buy some unique souvenirs from the charming market.

Back in Frankfurt, we enjoy dinner in the quaint cider taverns of Sachsenhausen, where we taste the city's famous apfelwein.

Wurzburg – Nuremberg

Day 5: Thursday 21 December

It's 'auf wiedersehn' to Frankfurt this morning as we depart for Wurzburg. With the Reisdenz Palace as a backdrop, this Bavarian icon is the perfect backdrop for a morning's exploration. The afternoon takes us to Nuremberg, a city of art which hides a past as dark as its beer. Settling into the Le Meridien Grand Hotel, we wait until tomorrow to discover it.


Day 6: Friday 22 December

Nuremberg boasts one of Germany’s most famous markets. We continue our Christmas shopping before a tour of the old town and Castle. No doubt we have worked up an appetite for lunch at a bratwurst restaurant.

  • Why not take the time to visit Albrecht Durer's house, or experience the disquieting Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the Nuremberg Trials memorial?

Rothenburg – Dinkelsbuhl

Day 7: Saturday 23 December

Along the so called ‘Romantic Road,’ the walled towns of Rothenburg and Dinkelsbuhl are sure to fill us with more Christmas spirit. Could this be the prettiest market yet?

Our meal at the Eisenhut Gastronomy restaurant showcases the very best in German fare, before we walk off lunch with a private guided walking tour of Dinkelsbuhl.

Hof bei Salzburg (Austria)

Day 8: Sunday 24 December

It's Christmas Eve, so we soak up the festive atmosphere in Marienplatz. After a walking tour, we celebrate the cream of Bavarian gastronomy at the Hofbrauhaus.

Crossing to Austria on the way to the quaint Austrian town of Hof Bei Salzburg, we live the dream of spending Christmas in a castle at Schloss Fuschl. It’s like you’ve stepped into a Christmas card for the next three nights.

A lavish dinner at the Castle Restaurant affords unparalleled views of the festive pastoral. We've even lined up a very special Christmas gift just for you. After, all in this part of the world, Christmas Eve is more important than Christmas Day.


Day 9: Monday 25 December

If you indulged a little too much last night, a jaunt to the nearby city of Salzburg is sure to brush the cobwebs away. We spend the whole day exploring this charming city, culminating in a special Christmas dinner serenaded by Mozart at the Baroque Hall.

Salzburg Christmas Tour

A Salzburg white christmas


Day 10: Tuesday 26 December

It’s your choice how you choose to indulge yourself this Boxing Day.

  • Enjoy a day of leisure in the castle, or let us take you further afield for a cruise bound for Herrenchiemsee New Palace on Bavaria's largest lake. Worked up an appetite?


Day 11: Wednesday 27 December

After a relaxing morning, the impeccable Austrian capital of Vienna awaits. We step off the train into a place where old world graces trump the frenetic pace of modern life. Opened in 1875, The Grand Hotel Wien upholds this sentiment, widely regarded as the first Viennese five star hotel.

  • Take your pick from schnitzel, strudel and stollen on tonight's dine-around.


Day 12: Thursday 28 December

Walking through Vienna, we fall for the charms of St Stephen’s Cathedral and lose ourselves in the Museum Quarter. Following in the footsteps of Trotsky, we enjoy lunch at Cafe Central, a local institution since 1826, before exploring the Schonbrunn Palace.

This evening, our muse is Sigmund Freud, who found inspiration and repast at the Grinzig Taverns, where dinner is served.


Day 13: Friday 29 December

Will you spend your last day in Vienna's premium boutiques finding a steal in the sales, or venture out of town on a tour?

  • A boat ride on the largest subterranean lake in Europe unfolds the treasures of Vienna Woods including the Roman City of Baden and the Cistercian Abbey. Or perhaps you'll relax to the pace of a cruise of Wachau and the Danube Valley in a quest to find Melk.

You couldn’t ask for a better accompaniment to dinner than the waltzes of Strauss and compositions of Mozart played by the Salonorchester Alt Wien at Vienna Kursalon.

Prague (Czech Republic)

Day 14: Saturday 30 December

Bound for Eastern Europe this morning, Prague is a scenic train ride away through snow frosted forests and pretty towns. On arrival, we are welcomed into the old town where the Four Seasons Hotel Prague awaits, just a short stroll from the Charles Bridge.


Day 15: Sunday 31 December

Looking back on the year no doubt it’s been a good one. We round off the last hours with a walking tour of charming Prague. A light lunch in the Old Town Square precedes a free afternoon to reflect on the past year.

In a fizz of Champagne bubbles and fine dining, we head to Lobkowicz Palace to welcome the New Year with a Czech twist. A truly magical night begins with cocktails under the stars on the Palace's heated balcony overlooking the city. We're in prime position to enjoy the fireworks at midnight.

Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, Czech Republic

New Year's Eve in Prague


Day 16: Monday 1 January

Last night may have been a late one, so you'll welcome a choice of how you'll spend the first day of 2018.

  • Enjoy the day at leisure to relax or explore Prague on your own terms, or perhaps get some fresh air on an excursion to Southern Bohemia and the town of Cesky Kromlov?

Depart Prague

Day 17: Tuesday 2 January

With suitcases bursting full of Christmas presents to give those at home – thank goodness our team will carry them for you – we get ready to board our flight home on Emirates later this afternoon.

Arrive Australia

Day 18: Wednesday 3 January

Arriving home is an excuse to celebrate the festival season all over again and give out the most authentic presents in the family!

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Meals and Drinks

All meals are included with your tour price along with beer, wine and soft drinks. Dining experiences can range from Michelin-starred restaurants to intimate local eateries.

Accommodation Hotel Bell


We believe a superior standard of service is just as important as five star facilities. We select our hotels with location and accessibility in mind as well as luxury.



Sightseeing in each destination is included. Select Options even allow you to tailor aspects of the touring to your individual tastes when there are multiple touring options.

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Tipping, Taxes, Transfers and Travel Insurance (subject to terms & conditions) are included. We even look after your luggage for the entire trip so you don't have to.

Tour Host Team

Tour Hosts & Doctor

Our high ratio of Tour Hosts to guests help take care of everything for you on tour. Not to mention a Tour Doctor on every tour for your safety and peace of mind.

Flights Included


We have included different flight options for your convenience. Should you wish to fly with a different airline to the group we can help you with those arrangements if you wish.

Solo Travellers

Many Captain’s Choice guests travel solo, and almost all of them find that making friends on holiday is easy, thanks to the welcoming and like minded nature of our travellers. At the start of the tour, all solo travellers are invited to a Welcome Reception, enabling you to get to know other guests travelling on their own.

Members of our Tour Host Team are always available for a friendly chat and a meal, but if you prefer time for private reflection then that is always respected too – you can choose to be as involved as much or as little as you please. Either way, it’s a fun and rewarding way to see the world.

White Christmas in Europe

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