The Sound of Christmas- Prague, Salzburg, Vienna

What you can look forward to

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Advent markets
  • Welcome Gala Dinner and culinary workshop
  • Visits to charming, historic places
  • Czech Christmas ornaments workshop
  • Visit to farmers' markets 
  • Prague´s legends and fairy-tales
  • Christmas Ballet in Prague
  • The Silent Night experience
  • Christkindl markets in Salzburg and in Vienna
  • Advent atmosphere in Austria
  • Advent concert in Vienna

Start

Sat 08.12

End

Sat 15.12

Time till the orders deadline

2 days and 2 hours

1 805.00 €

About the Tour

Come celebrate Christmas in the heart of Central Europe where the holiday traditions that we know and love were first developed. We will begin our trip in colorful and magical Prague, then travel through small, charming towns in Czech and Austria on our way to Salzburg, an 1100 year old city with a Christmas market dating back to the 15th century.  We will complete our tour in the aristocratic and glorious city of Vienna.  In each city that we visit, we will visit the main historical sites as well as engage in the local Advent traditions that are unique to that region.  (Travellers can make their final departure from Vienna or Prague.)  

Detailed Information

Saturday 8. december

Welcome to Prague! The meeting for all participants to check-in is no later than 16:30 at our charming hotel, just meters from the entrance to the Prague castle. After we meet, we will enjoy a walk along the historical Royal Route from Mala Strana over the Charles Bridge to Old Town Square to reach the private apartment for a Welcome Dinner. Over a special meal, we will learn how to bake the most popular Czech Christmas dessert, taste Czech holiday cookies, discuss Czech Advent traditions and share our own traditions and stories.

  • Dinner included

Sunday 9. december

We will have an early breakfast and then make a short journey just outside Prague to participate in a Christmas ornament workshop.  We will receive a lesson on how to make traditional ornaments and then we will use Czech glass to make our very own Czech Christmas ornament. The trip to the workshop will offer us a chance to see some of the villages in the Czech Republic countryside. Refreshments will be served. We will return to Prague and you can either rest or explore Prague on your own, for which we will provide recommendations and advice to you. We will come together again in the early evening to take a scenic ride across the river to Vinohrady (“Wine Castle”) where we will attend the traditional Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker, at the beautiful baroque Vinohradska Theater. Before and after the theater, we can enjoy the Christmas market at Namesti Miru, which locals consider to be the best market in Prague. 

  • Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner not included.

Monday 10. december

After breakfast, we will begin our wonderful day exploring the main historical sites and the Christmas festivities in Old Town Square. We will learn about the Gothic, Baroque, Neo-Renaissance and Art Nouveau architecture, wander through the Christmas markets in the grand squares, visit traditional Nativity scenes and warm up at one of the many bakeries and cafes serving delicious snacks and coffee. In the afternoon, we will visit the Prague Castle complex or you can have a rest at the hotel which is nearby. In the late afternoon around sunset, we will attend a traditional lighting of the gas lamps in the city and listen to the accompanying music. After the sun sets and the city lights are sparkling, we will take a trip around Prague on a historical tram during which we will hear mysterious legends and fairy tales about Prague.  

  • Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner not included

Tuesday 11. december

In the morning, we will pack our bags and begin our trip to Salzburg, Austria. On our way to Salzburg, we will make a stop for lunch in Linz and visit a town which has a monument to the Christmas carol, The Silent Night chapel. It is the 200th anniversary of the chapel this year!  If we still have the energy and time, we can also embark on a gorgeous candle-lit hike to a Pilgrimage church in town. In the evening, we will make a short driving tour around Salzburg as we enter the city and then we will settle into our accommodation.  We will have a dinner reservation made for those who would like to have a communal dinner.  

  • Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner not included.

Wednesday 12. december

After breakfast, we will set out to explore Salzburg, a city nestled in the mountains filled with Baroque palaces, squares and churches, including one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Above the banks of the Salzach river, sits the impressive and never-defeated Hohensalzburg Fortress. During our walking tour, we will see the main sites, point out locations of famous scenes from the beloved movie, The Sound of Music, and visit Salzburg’s Christmas market “Christkindlmarkt”, one of the oldest markets in Europe dating back to the 15th century. During the afternoon, there will be some personal time carved out for you to relax, go holiday gift shopping or enjoy more of the sights. In the evening, you can choose to have free time or attend a class at a cooking school and enjoy our culinary creation for dinner (optional).

  • Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner not included.

Thursday 13. december

In the morning after breakfast, we will say farewell or “auf wiedersehen” to Salzburg and begin our 3-hour journey to Vienna. After checking into our hotel, you can relax for a little and then we will begin with an introductory tour of Vienna around the famous Ringstrasse. From there, we will visit the most popular Advent market in Vienna located at their town hall – the Rathaus Place. The atmosphere at this market in the early evening is very festive and fun. After the visit this market we will go to the Sekt bar and we will taste the famous Austrian wines (optional).

  • Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner not included.

 

Friday 14. december

In the morning, we will enjoy a walking/bus tour of Vienna’s Ringstrasse, St Stephen’s Square and receive an overview of the city’s history from a local guide.  After a lot of sightseeing and walking, you may be ready for a home cooked meal so we will offer something very close to that – we will enjoy a traditional Austrian meal prepared by Viennese grandmothers!  After lunch, we will visit a Christmas market that has the highest expectations of its sellers so you will see many crafts and handmade items made by local artists. In the evening, we can look forward to an Advent concert to celebrate the end of our trip

  • Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner not included.

Saturday 15. december

It´s time to say good bye and Merry Christams. You can fly from Vienna or from Prague. If you have a flight from Prague, we can make arrangements by private transfer or train.

  • Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner not included.

 

 

Saturday 8. december - Tuesday 11. december

Prague

  • The modern hotel is situated in the city centre. Hotel offers standard rooms which are very cozy and suitable for everyone who appreciates comfort and functionality. Rooms offer a queen size bed, free Wi-Fi, free exclusive bathroom cosmetics, safety deposit box, satellite TV and a minibar.

Tuesday 11. december - Thursday 13. december

Salzburg

  • A traditional 4-star hotel. Mirabell Palace and the Old Town can be reached within 800 m. The hotel´s modern rooms feature a double bed, a large flat-screen cable TV, a Blu Ray and DVD player with free movie hire, and an iPod docking station. Guests also benefit from a Nespresso coffee maker, a tea maker, and a minibar. The walls are decorated with photo wallpapers, and the corridors feature typical Salzburg motifs.

Thursday 13. december - Saturday 15. december

Vienna

  • The hotel is located in the 15. district of Vienna and with its proximity to the city center, to the "Wiener Stadthalle" and the "Wiener Westbahnhof" it is the ideal 4-star hotel for business travel, congress stays, city tourism and stays in small groups. The hotel´s modern rooms feature a double bed.

You will receive detailed information about the itinerary 3 weeks prior to arrival. 

We advise purchasing tickets at least 8-12 weeks before departure. We will propose a suitable flight when booking.
In case you want to extend your stay, contact us and we can help you arrange accomodation.

  • Travel and visa insurance
  • Pack comfortable and warm clothes for city walks and concerts in the church, which can be quite chilly!
  • You will receive all travel instructions after the second half of the payment has been made.

In the unlikely situation that Manao needs to change the accommodation, Manao reserves the right to book another hotel of the same quality and price at no additional cost to the traveller. In the case of possible closures or obstacles on the tour, we reserve the option to adjust the tour.

  • Prague Castle 15 EUR
  • Cooking experience and dinner in Salzburg 60 EUR
  • Wine tasting in Vienna 30 EUR
  • Castle Hohensalzburg in Salzburg 16 EUR

 

  • 3 nights accomodation in Prague in historic Mala Strana
  • 2 nights accommodation in Salzburg
  • 2 nights accommodation in Vienna
  • Welcome gala dinner and cooking with local chef
  • Boarding program
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Prague
  • 3-day public transport ticket in Prague
  • Breakfast daily
  • Minibus according to the program
  • English-speaking guide
  • Czech ornament workshop
  • Mysterious fairy-tales Prague tour
  • Ticket to Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker
  • Guided torch hike – „Maria Bühel“
  • Visit The Silent night Chapel in Oberndorf
  • Degustation lunch in Vienna
  • Advent concert in Vienna
  • Walking tours of Vienna, Salzburg and Prague and visits to select Christmas markets in each city
  • Food (when not stated in the program)
  • Air ticket
  • Travel insurance
  • Culinary workshop in Salzburg
  • Wine tasting in Vienna
  • Personal expenses
  • Public transfer in Vienna (2,40 EUR per one way ticket or 8EUR per 1 day ticket)
  • Visa (if needed)
  • City tax
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