Old World Christmas Markets

Croatia, Slovenia & Germany

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Zagreb, Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Radovljica, Salzburg & Munich

Experience Christmas magic like no other on our 8-day guided Old World Christmas Market tour. Learn the history behind local holiday traditions that truly bring the Christmas spirit to life in locations including Zagreb, Ljubljana, and Munich. Enjoy various gifts and goods provided at each enchanting city market, and even attend a gingerbread workshop in medieval Radovljica. But the excitement doesn’t stop there- we’ll get the chance to explore must-see attractions in each city as well: traveling the Funicular Railway up to Ljubliana Castle, visiting the iconic Bled Castle that overlooks Lake Bled, viewing Mozart’s birthplace in his hometown of Salzburg, and seeing beautifully colorful Jelacic Square! The endless festivities on this expertly guided tour will surely make it a holiday season you’ll never forget and leave you with a number of ways to say “Happy Holidays!”

Itinerary at a Glance

Tour Itinerary:

  • 2 nights in Zagreb
  • 2 nights in Ljubljana
  • 3 nights in Munich

Tour Highlights

  • Experience holiday decorations, lighting displays, and seasonal ambience
  • Zagreb City Tour & Christmas Market
  • Ljubljana walking tour
  • Funicular Railway & Ljubljana Castle
  • Ljubljana Christmas Market
  • Lake Bled & Bled Castle
  • Visit to Radovljica Town & Christmas Market
  • Lectar Gingerbread workshop
  • Salzburg city tour & Christmas market
  • Munich City Tour
  • Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz (Munich)
  • Regional food or drink tasting at each Christmas market

Your Tour Includes

  • Intra-Europe transportation
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • Porterage (1 bag per person)
  • 10 meals: 7 breakfasts, and 3 dinners, plus regional food or drink tasting at each Christmas Market
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
  • Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

Tour Itinerary


Note: Flights may not be available on all departures.

You may have to book your own flights to the tour destination. If so, you are responsible for making your own way to the tour starting point, where you will meet your Tour Director. This is normally the first hotel in your itinerary.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in Zagreb

Welcome to Croatia’s historic, elegant capital, listed on UNESCO’s Register of World Architectural Heritage. Tonight, we'll enjoy a briefing with our Tour Director, followed by a get-acquainted dinner at the hotel.

Accommodations: Hotel Dubrovnik or Sheraton Zagreb Hotel or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Zagreb

Day 3: Zagreb – Ljubljana

Day 4: Bled & Radovljica Excursion

Day 5: Ljubljana – Salzburg – Munich

Day 6: Munich

Day 7: Munich

Day 8: Depart Munich

Guided Tour Pricing

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Nov 29–Dec 6
$2,599 $2,249
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Dec 6–13
$2,699 $2,399
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours

Enhance your trip with these optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

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What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Level 2

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Balanced

Expect either half-day or full-day tours most days with a free day or free half-day to explore independently in most cities. There may be a few early mornings or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 3+ nights. Learn More

New in 2025: ETIAS Visa Waiver Required for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Effective for travel in 2025, U.S. passport holders are required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Please visit our Passports & Visas page to learn more about any required actions, next steps, and additional costs.

Travelers will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, and significant slopes. Due to the time of the year, the streets may be slippery or icy.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.