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  • Location: Salzburg, Austria
  • Duration:  5 days (approx.)
Soak up the wintery romance of Salzburg at Christmas with this multi-day package that includes four nights of 4-star hotel accommodation from December 23 to 26. Most of your time is spent however you wish, but there are three festive experiences included: a lavish Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, a classical music concert at the Mozarteum on Christmas Day and a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Austrian Alps on Boxing Day.

Highlights

  • 4-night Salzburg Christmas package with 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Spend your Christmas holiday in the magical city of Salzburg, fringed by mountains
  • Tuck into a festive feast on Christmas Eve, and savor traditional Austrian specialties
  • Enjoy a classical music Christmas concert at the Mozarteum
  • Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Austrian Alps on Boxing Day

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is the ideal trip for couples who want to spend a few romantic days and celebrate Christmas in a real winter wonderland. It includes all you can dream of: a Christmas dinner, a concert and a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the glittering alpine landscape. It will make you melt!

What You Can Expect

4-Night Christmas Package in Salzburg Including Mozarteum Concert and Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

Visit Salzburg's world-famous Christmas Markets at leisure!

Framed by the Austrian Alps, the handsome city of Salzburg boasts a UNESCO-listed Old Town – the Altstadt – as well as dreamy spires, medieval squares and cafés serving steaming hot chocolates; it’s Austria at its wintery finest, and you’d be hard pushed to spend Christmas in a more magical place.

Starting on December 23, your independent package includes four nights of 4-star hotel accommodation, centrally located near big-name sites like Salzburg Dom and Mirabellplatz. Activities (including a diet-defying Christmas dinner) are included on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and you’ll have plenty of time to see the best of the city at your own pace, too.

Itinerary

Day 1: December 23
Check in to your Salzburg hotel in the early afternoon, and spend the rest of your day in the romantic Austrian city independently. Perhaps visit its outdoor ice rink or soak up the festive atmosphere with a warming hot chocolate inside one of the city’s legendary cafés (own expense).

Overnight: 4-star Hotel NH Salzburg City, Hotel Am Mirabellplatz, Radisson Blu or similar

Day 2: December 24, Christmas Eve (B)
After a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel, your Christmas Eve is free for you to do as much or as little as you wish. The famous Salzburg Christmas Markets are open from 9am - 3pm, so perhaps take a wander around the stalls, enjoying the aromas of mulled wine and gingerbread while browsing for last-minute gifts or gourmet food.

Return to your hotel in the evening for your Christmas dinner. Austrians celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve rather than on Christmas Day itself, so get ready for a lavish feast! Courses served at each hotel vary, but expect a festive meal featuring hearty Austrian specialties like cheese fondue, ham and sausages with sauerkraut (cabbage). If your hotel does not offer a Christmas dinner, then head to Stieglbräu – a rustic brewery-restaurant in the center of town. Drinks (in your hotel or at the Stieglbräu) are at your own expense.

Sample Menu: Stieglbräu
  • Salmon and trout roll on a bed of marinated tomatoes
  • Borscht (beetroot soup) garnished with creamed horseradish
  • Pan-fried seabream with a ragout of leeks, or beef fillet with root vegetables and truffle mash potatoes
  • Cherry compote and crushed ice
Overnight: 4-star Hotel NH Salzburg City, Hotel Am Mirabellplatz, Radisson Blu or similar

Day 3: December 25, Christmas Day (B)
Enjoy breakfast and then spend your day at leisure. While many of the city’s shops are closed, the main Salzburg sites are free from crowds, meaning it’s perfect for a leisurely stroll around the Altstadt. Maybe take a walk around its medieval squares and pose for photos in front of Salzburg Dom, the impressive city cathedral.

Many cafés are open, so lunch and dinner can be enjoyed at your own expense in town. In the late afternoon, head to the Mozarteum (or Mozart-Wohnhaus) to enjoy its renowned Christmas concert, performed by students at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts. Take a seat inside the building’s Wiener Saal – a prestigious Salzburg concert venue – and relax while listening to the 3-hour classical music performance.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel NH Salzburg City, Hotel Am Mirabellplatz, Radisson Blu or similar

Day 4: December 26, Boxing Day (B)
After breakfast, walk to Mirabellplatz in the center of town, and then board your luxury coach to travel to the mountains just outside the city. In one of the pretty mountain villages, swap your mode of transport for a beautiful horse-drawn sleigh, and travel along the Salzach River valley, passing through many of Austria’s picture-perfect ski resorts. Head through Schladming, the town that hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, and then ascend the Steirische Ramsau mountain to visit Dachstein Glacier.

Spend time at leisure in one of the mountain villages to explore and enjoy lunch in one of the local inns (own expense). Then, return to Salzburg, where your day trip finishes in the early evening. Enjoy dinner in your hotel or in town at your own expense.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel NH Salzburg City, Hotel Am Mirabellplatz, Radisson Blu or similar

Day 5: December 27 (B)
Check out of your hotel after breakfast, finishing your 4-night Christmas package in central Salzburg.
From USD $ 735.16

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