Christmas Traditions in Austria and Germany: A Feast for the Senses
Immerse yourself in the flavors and traditions of a European Christmas, celebrating timeless customs, music and local delicacies perfected over generations.
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Program No. 17164RJ
12 days
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You pass a wooden stall and the spicy aroma of mulled wine fills the air; a few steps farther and it is the scent of warm gingerbread floating out the door of an old-fashioned bakery that makes your mouth water. In the world-famous Christmas markets of Vienna, Salzburg and Munich, the smells and the sights are as wonderful as the tastes and sounds. Experience the beloved holiday customs of Central Europe as you stroll among the artisans selling hand-crafted decorations, candles and toys at the markets and enjoy magical Advent celebrations and joyful music.
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Keep the Pace
Walking and standing for up to 2.5 hours during field trips, sometimes twice per day, mostly on downtown city streets with cobblestones.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a festive Advent evening at a private farmhouse in the Salzburg countryside.
  • Explore Vienna’s traditional Christmas market on the Rathausplatz, sampling Sauerkraut and sausage, roasted chestnuts and hot punch.
  • At St. Florian's Abbey, admire impressive Baroque architecture and attend a special concert performed on the Bruckner organ.
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Julia Auer
Julia Auer is an unusually versatile performer. After studying musicology at the University of Vienna she also completed her studies of the flute and musical pedagogy at the University of Music. She has devoted much of her time and interest to intensive research in historical sources and instruments, and she is a member of several Early Music groups. Julia now performs on a variety of flute instruments and is working on a thesis concerning orchestral instrumentation in the 18th century.
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