1. From Vienna: Hallstatt and Salzburg Christmas Markets Tour
Travel through snow-caped mountains and romantic scenery to explore the Christmas markets of Steyr, Hallstat, and Salzburg on a full-day trip from Vienna with hotel transfers. Prepare for a day of bugle players, choral singing, fresh punch, local craftsmanship, Advent candles, and more. Start with a hotel pickup from Vienna in the morning and drive in a small to the town of Steyr. Explore the Advent market full of festive cheer along the wintry Promenade Avenue. Watch children's programs, traditional merry-go-round, and more. Walk along the old tree-lined alley, where about 40 exhibitors offer Christmas presents in their decorated stalls. Savor seasonal titbits at the refreshment stands. Head to the artisans' booths to see roofing shingle carvers, makers of wooden nails, and basket weavers demonstrate their skills. While watching the local artisans at work, you are welcome to taste the wood craftsmen's traditional “Nocken”, an Austrian spin on mac and cheese. On the stage, in the middle of the market area, there is always a live performance going on to get you in the holiday spirit. From Steyr, continue to the scenic villages of Hallstatt. Enjoy a tasting of local products, followed by free time to explore the Christmas market on your own. Journey via the stunning scenery of the Dachstein Mountains to the UNESCO-listed historic center of Salzburg. In Salzburg, follow your guide through the main sights and check out some hidden spots off the beaten track. Immerse yourself in the Sound of Music atmosphere of the markets, with free time to shop for Christmas tree ornaments, toys, nativity figures, and handmade knitwear. After treating yourself to festive entertainment and nativity exhibits, return to Vienna.