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Christmas Market Crafts

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SALZBURG

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Hohenschwangau Castle

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Rothenburg Christmas Lights

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This tour is designed exclusively for the Friends and Family of the Spruce Creek High School Band and Color Guard.

Christmas Markets pop up all over Central Europe during the first weeks of December.  Each year, we feature a winter wonderland tour to Germany and Austria during the Christmas season. These outdoor markets feature unique decorations, beautiful handcrafted arts, and endless opportunities to sample some great food and countless varieties of glüwein, punch, and spiced drinks, served piping hot in souvenir mugs. But there is more to this tour than snow and markets!  Enjoy visiting many destinations that, in the busy tourist season, are packed shoulder-to-shoulder with sweaty tourists.  Traveling “off-season” means easy access to castles and sights in Salzburg, Schwangau, Munich, Nürnberg, and more.  There has never been a better time to visit Europe’s winter wonderland destinations. 

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Friday, December 15, 2017: Fly to Europe

Join a group of likeminded travelers on an overnight flight to Europe. Roundtrip flights from Orlando, on Delta Airlines, are included in this package. Depart MCO at 09:20 connecting in Atlanta at 10:50. Then, fly at 18:00 arriving in Munich the next morning.

Saturday, December 16: Arrival in Germany

Your flight arrives at 09:10 and within an hour, you’ll be on the autobahn! We’ll make a beeline for Rothenburg where you’ll set up for two nights. Sleep 2 nights in Rothenburg. Driving: 3 hours. Walking: light. Dinner.

Sunday, December 17: Rothenburg

You will have the entire day to do more exploring own your own in Rothenburg. Enjoy a wander in the castle gardens, a walk on the medieval-era town walls, plenty of shopping, wine tasting, and of course their little Christmas Market located on the town square. No driving. Walking: your choice.

Monday, December 18: Nürnberg Christkindl Market

Today, we will travel to nearby Nürnberg, home of Germany’s most famous Christmas Market. The entire town square is filled with over 180 wooden stalls, loaded with homemade crafts, local food, mulled wine and Christmas cheer. Each stall is decorated with red and white cloth and has become the model for all other Christmas markets in Europe. You have an opportunity to watch the Spruce Creek Band and Guard at 15:30 today on the market square. Later, hop on the bus and travel to Salzburg. Once in the city, enjoy a brief orientation walk followed by free time to do some exploring on your own. Sleep 2 nights in Salzburg. Driving: 4 hours. Walking: moderate. Lunch or Dinner.

Tuesday, December 19: Salzburg

This morning, enjoy a drive through the Saltzgammergut countryside visiting several sights made famous by the movie, “The Sound of Music.” Return to Salzburg to explore the Christmas Markets, the castle and town. Dinner and entertainment are left up to you tonight. You might want to consider a sleigh ride, a concert or poking around in the old town. Driving: 2.5 hours. Walking: moderate.

Wednesday, December 20: Innsbruck and Tirol

Our journey today takes us to the western part of Austria known as the Tirol. Enroute, enjoy a visit to Innsbruck for lunch and a look around their Christmas Markets. Continue on a scenic journey to Reutte where you will have a relaxed afternoon and a grand gourmet dinner prepared by my friend Hermann, at his Tyrolean restaurant. Driving: 5 hours. Walking: light. Sleep 1 night in Reutte. Dinner.

Thursday, December 21: Castle Neuschwanstein and Munich

After breakfast, we will take a short drive to the village of Schwangau. You will have an opportunity to enjoy the village atmosphere, hike in the spruce woodlands and enjoy the pristine lakeside. Also, enjoy a guided tour of Schloss Neuschwanstein, famous as the home of “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria. This castle is the model upon which Walt Disney conceived “Cinderella’s Castle” at the Disneyland resort. Then, sit back and relax as we travel through Bavaria to its capital, Munich. Once in the city center, enjoy a guided walking tour linking the historic sights and attractions. You’ll have the evening free to experience Munich’s markets, festive squares, beerhalls and wine bars. Driving: 2.5 hours. Walking: moderate. Sleep 2 nights in Munich.

Friday, December 22: Munich

Munich, like Nürnberg, is known for its Christmas Markets and holiday cheer. The Band and Guard will be in the city today. Enjoy an event-free day in town. Tonight, we’ll meet for a festive dinner at an authentic wine cellar restaurant. No driving. Walking: your choice. Dinner.

Saturday, December 23: So Long, Farewell

Your tour ends this morning after breakfast. . Merry Christmas! Delta Airlines departs at 10:55 and arrives in Orlando, via Atlanta, at 19:55.

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A Note About Group Air

Group air comes with benefits such as lower fares, deferred payments and securing specific flights months in advance.  There are some restrictions as well.  Most notably, you’ll have no control over the flight schedule, layovers, routes and your seat assignments.  Delta Airlines permits seat changes and paid upgrades to Comfort + after ticketing, if seats are available.  Ticketing is typically 20-30 days before your flight's departure.  If you do not like this, you may book and pay for your own flight and take a reduction of $685 on your Exploring Europe tour.

Roundtrip airfare from Orlando, Florida. Alternative airports may be available so please call or email for details

Transportation by deluxe coach and/or minibus from the airport in Munich and return

Seven night’s accommodation in traditional hotels, guesthouses, and B&B’s. All rooms have private en-suite baths.

All tips and gratuities to guides, drivers, restaurant and hotel staff.

All breakfasts and four of your dinners or lunches.

Traditional and gourmet dining experiences at some of David's personal favorite restaurants. Eating well is a priority and you’ll enjoy fine regional fare featuring the best the locale has to offer.

All tours and admissions at no extra cost: Innsbruck orientation ▪ Castle Newschwanstein entrance and guided tour ▪ Salzburg, Munich, Rothenburg and Nürnberg orientation and walking tour ▪ Salzgammergut driving tour and notable Sound of Music sights ▪ Christmas Markets in Salzburg, Innsbruck, Munich, Rothenburg and Nürnberg ▪ traditional and fine dining experience in David’s top choice restaurants ▪ and much more (itinerary specifics are subject to change).

A fulltime Exploring Europe guide and local experts dedicated to bringing to life the historical and cultural experience of the tour destinations.

David’s printed tour handouts detailing each day’s itinerary and experiences.

Free luggage tags and David’s custom designed drawstring backpacks.

Our Unconditional Tour Price Guarantee that once locked in, with your deposit, will never change.

Comprehensive Travel Insurance providing full coverage for emergency medical, baggage loss, and trip delay from the moment you depart for your tour.

$50 Tour Alumni discount for each David McGuffin tour you’ve taken prior to 2017.

$100 discount if making all payments by check, cash or bank draft. The $400 initial deposit may be made by credit card and still qualify for this discount.

Limited single rooms for solo travelers are available for an additional cost of $470.

Water is included with all group meals.  Sodas, wine, beer and other drinks are your responsibility.

To reserve a seat on this tour you must agree to our Tour Conditions and provide us with a deposit of $250 per person.

STEP 1: COMPLETE AN APPLICATION

Open this fillable PDF Application and complete your application information. Return the application by:

- email - bookings@davidmcguffin.com

- FAX - 1-800-570-1351

- USPS snail mail - Exploring Europe, 4026 Hidden Acre Rd, Middleburg, FL 32068

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STEP 2: MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT PAYMENT

-Submit your payment by check or money order and send along with the tour application to or office at the address listed above.

-Email the tour application and credit card information as an attachment to bookings@davidmcguffin.com

-Submit you payment at our online secure website by clicking the “Sign Up Now” button below AND follow up by completing the fillable PDF Application and sending to or office via one of the methods mentioned above.  In this case, there is no need to provide credit card information on the fillable application.

 

 

 

Once we receive your application and deposit, we will send you a confirmation over e-mail (or written notification if no e-mail address is provided). If you would like to talk to a tour expert before signing up, please give us a call at 800 570-1351 or e-mail us at tours@davidmcguffin.com.

STEP 3: FINAL PAYMENT

Your final tour payment is due in our office by September 1, 2017.  The due date is noted on your tour confirmation letter and invoice. If you sign up for a tour less than 90 days before its departure, the entire tour price must be paid, and the deposit portion ($250) is non-refundable.

We offer a $100 discount if all payments (beyond the initial $250 deposit which may be paid with a credit card) are made by check, cash, bank draft, or money order.

Deposits and payments for this tour are fully refundable until April 1, 2017.  After these dates, deposits are not refundable for any reason and will be forfeited if you cancel your tour reservation. All cancellations must be in writing. Cancellations will be effective on the date the written notification is received by David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc. by mail, e-mail, or fax.

Once we receive your application and deposit, we will send you a confirmation over e-mail (or written notification if no e-mail address is provided). If you would like to talk to a tour expert before signing up, please give us a call at 800 570-1351 or e-mail us at tours@davidmcguffin.com.

You can download a tour informational brochure here.

 

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Now that you've decided to join this tour, we are sure you'll have some questions.  Don't worry, we are here to help you through each aspect of your tour from start to finish.

David's 60 Seconds destination videos

Join David as he shares impromptu moments from his travels in Italy.  Watching these short 60 second segments are a great way to experience David's travel style and adventures. Watch David's Explore Germany, Austria and Switzerland

David's Blog Articles

David's European Travel Tips and Adventures blog contains answers to many travel related questions.

David and his team have answered many travel related questions and they are all tucked away on his blog.  But, no need to go there, just type in a keyword in the search box at the top or bottom of this page (it's the gray rectangle with a small magnifying glass icon) and you will get results for your query.

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Christmas Markets Tour Overview.  Your Adventure Starts Here!

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Private Group: Spruce Creek Shadow Tour.
  • Experience a winter wonderland in Germany and Austria.
  • Gourmet Dining at some of David’s favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
  • Experience the Christmas Markets and famous sights and attractions.
  • Listen to the SCHS Band as they perform in the Christmas Markets.
  • Shopping opportunities abound.