TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST GERMANY & 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."
Paula Bain, Kansas City, MO - “Everything about the trip was fantastic.”
Meg McSweeney, Manhattan Beach, CA - “If you are going to fulfill your childhood dream of seeing all the locations in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, doesn't it make sense to go with someone who was there when the movie was made? Angela Cartwright is an eyewitness to movie history -- and also a warm and gracious human being. She generously shared her memories and insights into the making of one of the most beloved movies of all time, filmed in one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe.”
Claire Freire, East Elmhurst, NY - “The tour was a trip of a lifetime, one I will never forget. Bucket list item #1 was one for the record books.”
Linda Wilshire, Troy, IL - “The Christmas market tour was a wonderful way to experience Austria and Bavaria at a very reasonable cost. Getting to blow my own glass ornament for a keepsake was an additional bonus.”
Patricia Parr, Buckeye, AZ - “Loved the trip! Our stay in Salzburg was sensational. So much to see and do. I especially loved the free time to do as we wished. Our tour guide, Deb, was just a joy to be around. I'm looking forward to my next tour.”
Winifred (Wendy) Warner, Denton, TX - “I totally enjoyed this tour! First of all, our tour guide, Heike, was a fabulous resource for all of us. I enjoyed that we had plenty of time to walk the Christmas markets at our own pace. I really enjoyed it when we stayed in a German hotel instead of the American Hotels. The breakfasts were great, and we had plenty of choices for the other meals.”
Pam Doffek, Tallahassee, FL - “I thought it was a wonderful reintroduction to some places I've been in the area (Oberammergau, Salzburg, Hurenburg markets) and new exposure (Sulky tours, Ruhpolding, Krampus, Munich). Our guide Heike was marvelous with bits of info and guiding us at the markets.”
Chris Santo, Bowie, MD - “I loved every minute of every day on this fabulous trip." Ruhpolding is a beautiful little town with the most charming people and a great selection for "home base". The days were filled with so many amazing things to do. We visited Christmas Markets in several locations and enjoyed their food and mulled wine. The glass blowing and Apple Strudel workshops were a unique experience that were highlights of this trip along with everyone singing Silent Night together in the Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf. The evening workshops planned for us were a blast, filled with laughter where we become more acquainted with each other. Angela Cartwright thrilled us with details from the Sound of Music after our visit to Salzburg where the movie was filmed. There was never a dull moment. I have already booked a trip with Craftours to Tuscany next year.”
Valerie, Arvada, CO - “I thoroughly enjoyed the Craftours Bringing in Holiday in Austria & Bavaria with Jim West. All of the accommodations were first class and the tour guide was very informative, friendly, and approachable!”
Wanda Brotherton, Denver, CO - “The Christmas Markets were as enchanting as I had anticipated! I especially loved the making of Apple strudel in the "cave" cooking school.”
Kimberly Vele, Bowler, WI - “The tour was beyond my expectation: great guides with a small group of great travel companions. I particularly loved staying in one place as a hub with day trips. Lots of walking, talking, eating and shopping against the amazing beauty of the Bavarian countryside. I could not ask for more.”
Christine Wiebke, Mineola, NY - “A magical and adventurous tour in the winter picturesque snow-capped Alps of Austria and Bavaria Germany. The mountainous landscape is dotted with magnificent alpine villages, churches, chalets, shops, guest houses, lakes, palaces and history galore. Such old-world European Culture and sites each day. The Christkindlmarkts were amazing and overflowing with warmed Gluwein, wursts, sausages, chocolates, lebkuchen, gifts and the fragrance of Christmas and evergreens everywhere in the chilled alpine air. Charming and very clean Bavarian hotel accommodations and always a delicious meal in Germany and Austria. Roomy tour bus with large windows for our group of 22. A beautifully planned tour and itinerary with great memories led so informatively and fun-filled by Jim West. A wonderful and unforgettable trip!”
Grace Mascioli, Howard Beach, NY - “The trip was simply magical.”
Sara Ballentine, Clemson, SC - “The small group was perfect for this active tour. We were all able to keep up/stay together and we were able to hear the delightful descriptions of our next-up adventure.”
Christine Wiebke, Mineola, NY - “An exciting December tour with Jim West surrounded by the picturesque snow-capped Alps of Bavaria Germany and Austria. Tiny alpine chalet villages dotted the landscape, along with lakes, rivers, churches and palaces. The Christkindlmarkts were abundant with tourists and locals sipping hot mulled Gluhwein and lunching on bratwurst and sausages. The market displays were overflowing with crafts, Christmas decor, chocolates, nuts and lebkuchen gingerbread cookies. Our travels throughout captured such panoramic beauty as we became a part of the amazing old world European Culture of Germany and Austria. I am thrilled to have seen and enjoyed such a tour in my lifetime. A trip not to be missed!”
Carol and Larry Vessels, Camino, CA - “Educational, festive, and a great opportunity to meet others with similar interests. It was a lot of just plain fun. Meeting Jim was a bonus (what a personality).”
Judy Nunn, Laguna Hills, CA - “The small group experience was incredible! Staying at the one hotel and traveling on day excursions was perfect!”
Barbara Smith, Perrysburg, OH - “This truly was a wonderful trip. The accommodations were excellent! Our guide, Holly, was the absolute Best!! Although my sister-in-law and I did not fly to Germany with the rest of the group, Craft Tours did an excellent job of making sure we arrived within a reasonable time from the rest. As a Non-Quilter I still felt a part of the group and made several new friends. Our tours were well put together and the Christmas Markets were amazing!!”
Sharon Fry, Merriam, KS - “It was truly a beautiful area in the world!”
Mary Willis, West Roxbury, MA - “I had a great time. both the tour guide, Holly, and Bonnie were delightful hosts. We saw and visited many beautiful Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria.”