Nov. 30 - Dec. 9, 2019

Celebrity Instructors:
Ellen March
Ellen March
Ellen March
Eric Drexler

Package Price:
$3,997.00 | Air from New York City

(per person, based on double occupancy)
Land only rates are available at request.


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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.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip international airfare from New York City to Germany.
  • Round trip transfers to and from the airports and hotels in Germany & Austria.
  • First class hotel accommodations in Frankfurt, Munich and in a small Bavarian village.
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver the entire time.
  • Visiting the town and Christmas market in Nuremberg, Germany.
  • Daily breakfast at all the hotels.
  • A visit to the Sulky Threads Factory in Stockstadt, Germany.
  • A professional Craftours escort the entire time.
  • Shopping in the Christmas market in Salzburg, Austria.
  • A panoramic city tour of Munich with a professional guide.
  • Special welcome and farewell dinners.
  • A ferry ride on Lake Chimsee.
  • A leisurely walking tour of Salzburg including some movie locations from the "The Sound of Music."
  • A boat ride and tour of the extraordinary Herrenchimsee Palace.
  • Special showing of Destination Craft with Jim WestBavaria/Austria episode.
  • A visit to the Sulky Thread dyeing facility in Hard, Austria.
  • A drive to the charming village of Oberammergau.
  • An optional Austrian cooking lesson with a professional chef making homemade apple strudel.
  • An opportunity to make hand blown glass Christmas ornaments.
  • Stopping for a visit in the charming Austrian village of Rattenburg.
  • Visiting the Christmas market in the bustling city of Innsbruck.
  • A panoramic tour of Frankfurt with a professional tour guide.
  • Craftours totebag, lanyard and luggage tag.


BAVARIA & AUSTRIA HIGHLIGHTS:

SALZBURG play movie
Salzburg's "Old Town" (Altstadt) has internationally renowned baroque architecture and one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Host to three universities and a large population of students. Salzburg is noted for its attractive setting and scenic Alpine backdrop.

Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mid 20th century, the city was the setting for parts of the musical play and film The Sound of Music.
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.
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.
NUREMBERG CHRISTMAS MARKETS play movie
The enticing smells of mulled wine and rum punch, roasted almonds, Nuremberg bratwurst and gingerbread fill the air. And it's not only tiny tots who will have their eyes all a-glow as the Nuremberg Christkind appears on the balcony of the Church of Our Lady to open the holiday season. During this season, the "little town of wood and cloth" will shine in the heart of Nuremberg's Old Town and turn it into Christmas City. More than 180 market stands - all decorated for Christmas with fresh greens and lights, the local gold-foil angel, Zwetschgenmännle made of prunes, toys and games and delicious holiday treats to eat and drink. This is a one-of-a-kind atmosphere where you can enjoy the magic of the Nuremberg Christmas Market!


OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS:

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!
Cost of this optional Austrian cooking lesson is $76.00 per person.

Eric Drexler

With over 28 years in the sewing industry, Eric Drexler is an artist and creator as well as sewing machine aficionado. Free-motion stitching has been Eric's life-long passion and he has won various awards for his artistry with fabric and thread. He is passionate about inspiring students of all ages so they can discover and enjoy a lifetime of creative fun. Find Eric teaching at a variety of consumer sewing and quilting shows, Sew Exciting Seminars, Guild Programs and on PBS.

Ellen March

The former editor of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, as well as host of Sew it All on PBS, Ellen March is now the Director of Content for Sulky of America. Ellen loves sharing her love of sewing through projects that inspire and products that instill confidence. She’s passionate about making sewing accessible for everyone and anyone who wants to learn.

Sulky of America
(excerpt from Craft Industry Alliance (craftindustryalliance.org) Corporate Member Profile by Aimee Davis; used with permission)

Before Sulky was a household name, Joyce and Fred Drexler were running a sewing and fabric storefront in Florida, which led to Joyce founding Speed Stitch in 1980. Through Speech Stitch, she taught thousands of store owners all over North America how to teach free-motion embroidery to their customers with just a basic zigzag stitch on a sewing machine. These were the years before the home embroidery machine took off and her extensive knowledge and experience with the many different threads and stabilizers were quickly catching on. Realizing that there was a market for stabilizers and threads for the home sewist, the Drexler’s joined up with Chris Gunold, of Gunold Worldwide, in 1987 and the Sulky brand was born. Joyce continued teaching how to use all these different materials through the 22 books that she authored over 28 years and numerous in-store and guild seminars that Sulky National Educators taught. After Hurricane Andrew devastated Florida, the Drexlers moved their operation to Georgia; which is where they are to this day.

The mission statement of Sulky truly sums up the heart of their company: Sulky longs to help bring beautiful things into the world; to inspire others and help creators have confidence. Their passion is to provide the tools and education for them to do that.

Sixty percent of Sulky’s product lines concern machine embroidery, with their rayon threads and stabilizers being sold through JoAnn’s, while the other forty percent is split between quilting, sewing, and handwork. Independent retailers have the exclusive rights to sell Sulky’s cottons; including their Cotton Petites. While you can order threads and materials through their main website, once the order goes through Independent Retailers are given the opportunity to fulfill that order before Sulky takes over. This is truly evidence of their eagerness to encourage and support your small local quilt shop.

One of their most recent products is their collaboration with Cotton + Steel. Their partnered collection offers one hundred different colors of 50-weight cotton threads designed to match any Cotton + Steel fabric selection. Watch to see how Sulky Cotton + Steel threads are made from cotton to spool.

The world of home sewing has changed drastically since the Drexler’s began their storefront over 49 years ago. When Sulky was born in 1987 they were the only thread company selling decorative threads. Indeed, they created the category. Fast forward to today and there are twenty-six. Sulky is answering the question of how to stay relevant in this crowded and ever-changing market by striving to set themselves apart through education. The sulky.com website offers a wide selection of education videos with both free and paid content. With Sulky, you do not just receive a product, but you receive access to loads of education and ideas on how to use that product.

Sulky is active on Instagram, Facebook and through their blog. Their blog is updated regularly and is full of project ideas to inspire your creativity.


TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST GERMANY & AUSTRIA TOURS:
Barbara Canfora, Cranston, RI- "I traveled with Sew Many Places to the Christmas Markets in Germany this past December, 2013. We all had a wonderful time. The trip was well planned withmany points of interest and historical sites. There was also enough leisure time to do what you wanted to d including sightseeing and shopping in the Christmas Markets. Our bus driver and travel guide were great. They were very knowledgeable and spent plenty oftime 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 enjoyyour 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 Sew Many Places 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 Sew Many Places!"
Denise Corley, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - "I went to Germany, Switzerland and Austria with Sew Many Places 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 Sew Many Places, I met some great friends and felt totally safe and well cared for. I will undoubtedly travel again with Sew Many Places. Thanks for a wonderful experience."
Gayle Shapiro, Philadelphia, PA- "My recent Sew Many Places 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 Sew Many Places 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 Sew Many Places. 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 Sew Many Places."
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 Rupholding, 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 kind 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!"
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"