9-day "Bringing in the Holidays" in
BAVARIA & AUSTRIA
with Jim West!
Nov 29 - Dec 7, 2020

Tour Escort:
Bonnie Hunter
Jim West

Full Package Price:
$3,293.00 | Air from New York City

Land Only Price:
$2,403.00 | Land only rate does not include airport/hotel transfers



(per person, based on double occupancy)

MUNICH POST-TOUR EXTENSION

December 7 - 9, 2020
Extend your tour for a 3-day Post-tour Extention by visiting Munich! Visit our our extensions tab to learn more.

$798.00
(per person, based on double occupancy)

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This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment. A 3% discount applies off the cost of the trip, if the trip is paid in full by check with in 7-10 business days of invoice date. Gratuities are additional and will be collected with final payment. All prices listed are in USD unless otherwise noted.

"I am very happy to invite you to join me as I personally escort a very special journey to Bavaria and Austria! We will stay in a charming Hansel and Gretel-like village for seven nights and travel each day to extraordinary places to do amazing things. We’ll participate in a glass-blowing Christmas ornament workshop, enjoy a festive Austrian apple strudel cooking lesson, shop in the Christmas markets of Salzburg and Innsbruck. We will visit the charming village of Oberammergau where they specialize in Christmas wood carvings, and we’ll also sing Silent Night in the chapel where it was first played hundreds of years ago. Plus, we’ll be adding a few surprises that are sure to put a smile on your face.

And for those who have the time, I will be extending this tour for three extra nights in Munich, where we will enjoy sightseeing in the city, touring the famous Neuschwanstein’s “Cinderella” Disney Castle,” and we’ll even drive to the city of Nuremberg to see the largest Christmas market in Germany! It is a celebration of sightseeing, shopping, cooking, relaxing, singing, crafting and so much more! The price is amazing and I promise it will be one of the best experiences you’ve ever had in ringing in the holiday season! Space is limited to 20 participants only, so call Craftours today!" - Jim West



PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Round-trip international airfare from New York City to Austria & Germany. (Airfare available from your closest international airport for an additional fee. First/Business class upgrades available)
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver the entire time.
  • Personally escorted by Craftours founder and Destination Craft with Jim West Emmy- nominated producer/host, Jim West.
  • Charming hotel accommodations for seven nights in a small Bavarian village the entire time.
  • A boat ride on Chiemsee Lake to see Herrenchiemsee, Ludwig II palace modeled after the palace of Versailles.
  • Delicious buffet breakfast served daily, and special welcome and farewell dinners.
  • A leisurely walking tour of the village of Ruhpolding.
  • A commemorative Christmas-themed “painting workshop.”
  • Creating a glass-blown Christmas ornament with a master glass blower.
  • photography enhancement workshop called “Hey Look at This” with Jim West.
  • Enjoying Christmas shopping at the historic Salzburg Christmas Market.
  • An authentic “apple strudel” cooking lesson with a master Austrian chef.
  • A tour of the Christmas Museum in Salzburg.
  • A leisurely walking tour of Salzburg including some movie locations from The Sound of Music and walking to Mozart’s home.
  • Visiting the city and Christmas Market in Innsbruck.
  • A drive to Oberndorf to visit the original Silent Night Chapel.
  • Shopping in the quaint village of Rattenberg.
  • A scenic drive through the countryside of Germany to Oberramergau.
  • Shopping and leisure time in the beautiful town of St. Wolfgang.
  • All taxes are included in this package and insurance highly recommended.
  • A Craftours lanyard, luggage tag, commemorative gift and more.

BAVARIA & AUSTRIA HIGHLIGHTS:

Apple Strudel Workshop
The apple strudel is originally an Austrial dish that has gained popularity throughout the world. Strudel a layered pastry with a filling inside that can be sweet or savory. In this workshop we will be making the most popular type, Apple Strudel. We will participate and learn how to prepare this traditional dish in the Austrian fashion. From marinating the apples to stretching out the pastry dough, the entire experience will be fun & delicious!
Glass Ornament Workshop
The quaint village of Rattenberg is the smallest town in Austria, but home to some of the most amazing glass artisans. This is where we will participate in a glass ornament making workshop. This glass art is used producing Tyrolean glass making techniques that were practiced centuries ago. You will learn from these master artisans what goes into creating this perfect craft and have the opportunity to create your own crafted memory.
Innsbruck Play Movie
Innsbruck is the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol in western Austria. It is located in the Inn Valley at the junction with the Wipptal (Sill River), which provides access to the Brenner Pass.

Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports center, and hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics. Innsbruck also hosted the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012. The word bruck comes from the same root as the modern German word "Brücke" meaning "bridge" which leads to "the bridge over the Inn".
Oberammergau Play Movie
Oberammergau is a municipality in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in Bavaria, Germany. The town is famous for its production of a Passion Play, its woodcarvers, and the NATO School. The Oberammergau Passion Play was first performed in 1634 and is the result of a vow made by the inhabitants of the village that if God spared them from the effects of the bubonic plague then sweeping the region they would perform a passion play every ten years. The play is now performed in years ending with a zero, as well as in 1934 which was the 300th anniversary and 1984 which was the 350th anniversary. It involves over 2000 actors, singers, instrumentalists and technicians, all residents of the village.
Christmas Market Salzburg play movie
The tradition and ambiance of Salzburg's Christmas market make an ideal setting to start off the Christmas season. Every year visitors are enchanted by the charm of Cathedral Square, the traditional booths, the strings of light and the quality of the diversified items on sale. Come and enjoy some of the magic this year: from traditional handicrafts, fine baked goods, aromatic tree ornaments and various objet d'art for the Christmas season.


MUNICH 3-DAY POST-TOUR EXTENSION PACKAGE:

December 7 - 9, 2020
$798.00

(per person, based on double occupancy)

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • First-class hotel accommodations in Munich.
  • Deluxe motor coach and driver.
  • Personally escorted by Jim West.
  • Transfers to/from the airport and hotel for full package guests.
  • Daily Breakfast and special farewell dinner.
  • A tour of King Ludwig II Neuschwanstein's Castle.
  • A visit to Nuremberg to visit Germany's largest Christmas market.
  • Panoramic tour of Munich with a local professional guide.
  • Shopping and free time at the Munich Christmas markets.

The total price for this 3-day Post-tour Extension package is only $798.00 per person.



TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST CRAFTOURS BAVARIA & AUSTRIA TOURS:

Barbara Canfora, Cranston, RI- "I traveled with Craftours to the Christmas Markets in Germany this past December, 2013. We all had a wonderful time. The trip was well planned with many points of interest and historical sites. There was also enough leisure time to do what you wanted to do including sightseeing and shopping in the Christmas Markets. Our bus driver and travel guide were great. They were very knowledgeable and spent plenty of time with us. I will be traveling with them again. It would be a wonderful experience if you could join them on one of the trips. I’m sure you will enjoy your as much as I enjoyed mine."
Suzette Beck, Tijeras, NM- "The tour to Germany and Austria and the Christmas markets is an absolutely wonderful and beautiful trip. The tour gave us such a great view of Germany and Austria by going to beautiful castles, seeing Salzburg, the site of some of the Sound of Music filming, and of course plenty of shopping at the Christmas markets. Our accommodations in Germany were first rate in a small village which gave travelers a very homey feel and a personal touch. All of the tour guides were first rate and were experts in their geographic area. I've done nothing but rave about how great the tour since I returned from Germany."
Frieda Zuerner, Cypress, TX- "I traveled with Bonnie on the Christmas Market tour to Germany. I really enjoyed this trip. It surpassed my expectations by a long ways. I felt that the tour parts and the on your own time was nicely split. I think that we received great value for our money. It was great to have Bonnie along and loved her class on English paper piecing. I loved that the tour was flexible and allowed us to add a couple of side trips."
Patti Moffitt, Chula Vista, CA - "My trip to Germany, Austria and Bavaria with Craftours was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more! Each day was filled with lots of fun without feeling like you were running non-stop. I look forward to going on another trip with Craftours!"
Denise Corley, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - "I went to Germany, Switzerland and Austria with Craftours a few years ago which was a dream of a lifetime. I can still remember how I felt looking at the Alps in Lucerne and thinking to myself how incredibly fortunate I was to be on this trip, with a wonderful group of women, a great tour leader and to be seeing one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen. I was a bit concerned to be traveling alone, but with Craftours, I met some great friends and felt totally safe and well cared for. I will undoubtedly travel again with Craftours. Thanks for a wonderful experience."
Gayle Shapiro, Philadelphia, PA- "My recent Craftours trip to Germany & Austria was wonderful; definitely exceeded expectations. A great and accommodating guide who made sure all of our needs were satisfied.
But perhaps the biggest surprise was how much I enjoyed the interaction with all of the other travelers in our group. Getting to know so many people from different places and walks of life was one of the best aspects of the trip!
Sure would love to go to Tuscany..."
Avis LaFayette, Tampa, Fl- "I just took my third trip with Craftours in December 2013 to the Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria. As usual, the trip lived up to my high expectations that I have come to expect from Craftours. We were able to add on some unexpected additions which added to the fun and excitement of the trip. I am looking forward to my next trip to England with Craftours."
Suzette Beck, Tijeras, NM- "The Christmas Markets tour is a wonderful trip. Germany and Austria are absolutely beautiful in December. Almost every place we stopped at had a Christmas market with fun crafts, food and wine. There were beautiful castles, snowy mountains and friendly people. A great tour to see Germany and Austria."
Barbara Canfora, Cranston, RI- "This trip was wonderful. Germany is a beautiful place and the trip was well planned."
Becky Galambos, Florissant, MO - "I had a blast on this trip. I have never had a better group to travel with, the accommodations were comfortable, and the itinerary was well selected."
Avis LaFayette, Valrico, FL - "I enjoyed the chance to experience another culture and especially enjoyed the spontaneous experiences of going to another small Christmas market in Chiemsee and Innsbruck. As always, the accommodations were top notch especially the hotel in Ruhpolding."
Anastasia Stratis, Centerville, OH - "Craftours organizes the best trips. Knowledge of the areas visited and the accommodations are first rate."
Pat Terranova, Monroe Township, NJ - "This certainly was a trip of a lifetime! exploring the "old world" village of Ruhpolding, Austria was astounding! enjoying Munich, Germany was quite interesting. Loved seeing the contrast of the 2 areas."
Barbara Burgs, Southwest Ranches, FL - "This was a first class trip with great sites and lots of opportunities to connect with the places we visited. I appreciated all the pre-planning Craftours did to make each field trip run smoothly so we got the maximum out of the tour."
Miranda van den Bosch, Ridderkerk, Holland - "It was a wonderful trip with amazing people , we had a blast."
Shaunesy MacRunnels-Story, Hillsborough, NC - "An exciting introduction to Germany/Austria/Bavaria. Each day we were introduced to a new quaint town. By the end of the day they were old friends."
June Stone, Tinton Falls, NJ - "Top notch travel!"
Angela Medina, Forney, TX - "This was a fabulous tour. I would highly recommend to anyone."
Kim Stirrett, Leander, TX - "I loved the trip to Germany. Ruhpolding, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Oberammergau were amazing."
Sharon Banner, Chesterfield, Missouri - "Christmas markets tour to Germany and Austria expectations. Being a tourist and part of a tv cast was a fun combination and exciting experience."
Kathryn Hasenberg, St. Peters, Missouri - "Fun, exciting"
Elaine Smith, New Waterford, Ohio - "The trip was a great experience. I will definitely travel with Craftours again. The trip was well planned and organized."
Laura Weed, Orange, California - "The Christmas Markets of Austria and Bavaria are must-see features of Winter in Europe. The amazing artistry of the products, and the friendliness of the people are not to be missed. This tour was a great opportunity to be introduced to this wonderful tradition and to see many of the best markets in the region."
Ann Torpey, Somerville, New Jersey - "The tour was very good and most interesting. The Salzburg market was much better than the Innsbruck one. By far the best was the Nuremberg market. It was all that it is advertised to be, even in the rain. Oberammergau was a highlight for me since I had been there to the 2010 Passion Play."
Holly Brown, Alexandria, Virginia - "The trip exceeded all my expectations. Ruhpolding was a delight. I could not have asked for a better place to stay and the people where so friendly and accommodating. The stops on the tour were very exciting. I had so much fun and already planning to go back."
Lois Carter, Kingsport, Tennessee - "It was a trip of a lifetime. On the whole I had a wonderful time. "
Vicki Allred, Redondo Beach, California - "This was a great tour! The Christmas markets in Germany and Austria should be on everyone's bucket list! Loved them!"
Karen Binkley, Long Beach, California - "Great Time was had by all!!"
Liz Williams, Cleburne, Texas - "The Christmas market tour through Austria and Bavaria was fantastic. The towns and villages were very welcoming and friendly."
Linda Carol V. Carter, Knoxville, Tennessee - "This was such a fun trip! Besides the Christmas Markets we visited many interesting sites. The group was a very congenial lot so that added to the pleasure."
Angie Butler, Ocean Grove, New Jersey - "I had a wonderful time on this tour! Just enough time for touring, exploring on my own and recouping after a busy day. It really couldn't have been better!"
Jamie May Hart, Haverhill, Massachusetts - "Exceeded my expectations!"
Emma Kershaw, London, United Kingdom - "It was such an amazing and unique opportunity to travel with Angela Cartwright on this private and intimate tour which included some exclusive visits to the Sound of Music filming locations around Austria. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and wonderful to travel with those who had the same interests and passions."
Graham Vollick, Tottenham, Ontaria - "My wife Cheryl and I have never been on this type of tour before. We always just did our own thing, so we weren't exactly sure what to expect. After experiencing the Craftours Sound of Music tour, all I can say is ...WOW! I didn't want the tour to end! We had an incredible time, made all the better by such a great group of people, all with a common interest. This was our first Craftours but it definitely won't be our last. Of course, getting to hang out with "Brigitta" for the week was the icing on the cake!"
Cathy Sandmann, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey - "Had a marvelous time. Germany and Austria were beautiful. Seeing the sites from the movie and Angela's comments were fascinating."
Judy Saville, Tehachapi, California - "The advanced planning and even the attention to details while on the tour made it an unforgettable experience for all. The sites visited were fun, informative and totally awesome. We were given time for self-guided excursions and shopping. The time spent with Angela was unforgettable. She was genuine, candid and delightful to know. Recommend this experience to any and everyone."
Suzie Follmer, Ventura, California - "This tour was a trip of a lifetime. Never have I been taken care of so well on my travels. The beauty of the surroundings and the company of those on the trip with me were special treats. It was a joy to have Angela Cartwright and her family join us. I have so many wonderful memories to look back on - I am so glad I made the decision to go!"
Kathy Maurin, Kansas City, Missouri - "The tour itself was great. Craftours escort was wonderful."
Maureen McNally, Hobe Sound, Florida - "Great tour of the various Christmas Markets in Austria and Germany... Plenty of time to explore on your own. Great hotels and transportation"
Kerri Cargill, Garran, Australia - For me, it has been the best, most fun, coolest, and uniquest trip ever! On the Sound Of Music tour with Angela we had amazing opportunities to visit most sights from this iconic movie. Sights the average tourist just don't get to see, either because they are closed to the general public or are located in areas unknown to most. We dubbed this tour as "the tour that kept on giving". Because every night we would reflect on our day and comment "it just can't get any better than this" ... and the following day it was! More fun, more adventures, more memories with Angela and more fabulous locations to explore. Not only did we criss cross Salzburg and it's surrounds visiting all the iconic sights, we also had a cooking class, shopping excursions, history lessons, an evening where Angela signed memorabilia for us and endless opportunities for our questions to be answered. How awesome is that?!
Carla Winchester, Ottawa, Ontario - "This was truly a trip of a lifetime. Angela was a joy, and made the experience so special."
Linda Emerine, Estes Park, CO - "This tour was beyond my expectations. Both Angela Cartwright and our tour guide were so gracious and down to earth. With the tour being a small group, we all bonded and lasting friendships were established."
Jerry and Marilyn Long, Gridley, CA - "Best tour ever. Up close and personal with a star in the movie; we traveled five days in Salzburg, 27 sites, uncountable scenes at each site, and our gracious Angela Cartwright provided backstage trivia. Never have we had such a time as this! Memories to last a lifetime!!"
Doris Doyle, Ave Maria, FL - "This was one of those special tours with lasting awesome memories of not just amazing scenery and experiences but of new friendships and an appreciation for culture and traditions on an international level."
Deb and Steve Aragon, Englewood, CO - "Everything was fantastic and exceeded our expectations! Every detail was thought of and carefully planned out! Agnes was fantastic! The sights chosen were perfect! The hotels and food was outstanding! We would for sure do another Craftours trip!"
Elizabeth (Lisa) Shelton, Boone, NC - "This was an absolutely amazing tour! Our tour guide (Agnes Warren) was simply phenomenal and made the tour that more special! Everything was planned out so beautifully!"
Roxanne Johnson, Hot Springs Village, AR - "This was a lovely week in Bavaria and Austria. The Christmas Markets were lovely; the glassblowing was lots of fun; and the strudel baking was an experience we’d gladly repeat."
Sam Abel, Rio Vista, TX - "Excellent tour and tour guides. The hotels selected were the best. All breakfasts and meals were unique and excellent. Agnes Warren is very personable, knowledgeable, efficient, and professional. Would do it again."
Tamie Vojtesak, Ave Maria, FL - "It was wonderful! The hotels were excellent, Agnes was an awesome escort and the whole experience was top notch!"
Donna Abel, Rio Vista, TX - "Very well orchestrated. Always prompt. Tour guide, Agnes, was so friendly and knowledgeable. Hotels amazing. Great value for the money."
Carol Thomas, Lake Charles, LA - "I enjoyed my trip. So many beautiful sights, great shopping and good food."
Tamera Kaplan, Savage, MN - "I thought it went well. I had a great time. Mary Ellen worked so hard to keep people safe and happy."
Dana Gaddy, Bellevue, WA - "This was my first overseas tour and Craftours helped me feel comfortable and safe. The crafts and tours were fun and educational. I would do this again!"
Betsy Martinson, Denver, CO - "I met so many kindred spirits on this trip, several of whom I expect to be life-long friends."
Doris Camp, Sante Fe, TX - "It was a beautiful and fun experience."
JoAnn Byrne, Melbourne, FL - "This trip was lots of fun. Getting to blow glass ornaments was so special, what a treat. And, the strudel glass was great fun and something I can now do at home."
Margarita Rice, Portland, OR - "Our tour guides were exceptionally knowledgeable and of good humor. The city and small towns were excellent choices. And then there were the markets! So fun! We also had excellent weather, which isn’t always the case for a December tour. Another plus which isn’t always the case on tours: Everyone in the group got along well, with much sharing and laughter. Many friendships were made."
Sue McKee, Tustin, CA - "What a wonderful trip! It was nice that there were only 17 of us on the tour. Such a nice group of people. The hotels, scenery, towns, and shopping were beyond words. The time went by too quickly. I could have stayed longer! Agnes, our tour director, was delightful."
Rochelle Cossette, Bloomington, MN - "This was a wonderful trip and will definitely be taking another one."
Beverly Smith, Bloomington, MN - "Wonderful and very organized."