Winter Wonderland - Small Group, Winter

Winter Wonderland - Small Group, Winter


Winter Wonderland - Small Group, Winter

8 Days Starting and ending in Frankfurt

Visiting: Frankfurt, Mainz, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Munich, Chiemsee, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Arlberg Road Tunnel, Vaduz, Lucerne, Mount Pilatus, Rhine Falls, Heidelberg

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

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History, Music

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Tour Overview

Experience the winter wonderlands of Europe like never before with stunning views of Lake Lucerne from the peak of Mt Pilatus and all immersive tours of Munich, and Salzburg. An Insight Choice experience in Innsbruck lets you choose between a horse drawn carriage ride through the Alpine scenery or a visit to the world of Swarovski Crystal. The Austrian adventure continues with an exclusive Salzburg market tasting experience, where a locals serve goblets of Gluhwein and fresh from the oven Lebkuchen—fragrant with ginger and cocoa. Across the border in Germany, Rothenburg alongside the River Tauber serves up lashings of 16th century charm and in Munich, foaming steins of beer beckon at the city's famous beer halls.


  • Mainz: Witness half-timbered houses and Baroque buildings surrounding the magnificent Dom Cathedral.

  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Explore the picturesque and unspoiled medieval town, especially magical during its 500-year-old Reiterlesmarkt.

  • Munich: See the city's major sights including the Marienplatz, Hofbräuhaus, and the English Garden during your orientation tour.

  • Innsbruck: Visit the magical Swarovski Crystal Worlds and enjoy a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride surrounded by the Tyrolean mountains.

  • Vaduz: Admire Vaduz Castle, the residence of the Royal family, set against a backdrop of year-round snow-capped mountains.

  • Lucerne: See the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge during your orientation and enjoy a spectacular journey to the summit of Mount Pilatus.

  • Rhine Falls: Visit Europe's largest waterfall.

  • Heidelberg: Explore this enchanting city and its red sandstone castle during your orientation.


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Day 1 : Frankfurt And On To Mainz

Location: Frankfurt, Mainz

Accommodation: Hilton Mainz.

Accommodation Name: Hilton Mainz

Meals Included: Dinner, with Wine

Welcome to Germany. From the Rhine Valley to the Alps, experience lively cosmopolitan cities, historic old towns and breathtaking natural scenery. Transfers from Frankfurt airport to your Mainz hotel depart at 09:30 and 12:30. Mainz has been a bustling and important town since the time of the Romans. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 18:00, for a walk through the Cathedral Quarter to witness the magnificent architecture of the city’s Dom. At a local restaurant, enjoy a pleasant evening of good food and wine during your Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 : Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber And The Romantic Road To Munich

Location: Mainz, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Munich

Accommodation: Hilton Mainz.

Accommodation Name: The Westin Grand Munich

Meals Included: Dinner, Breakfast, with Wine

Head to fortified Rothenburg ob der Tauber, overlooking the winding Tauber River. Once through the medieval walls, you are immediately transported back into the 16th century, as cobblestone streets lead you to the medieval Market Square with its Town Hall. Perhaps visit Tilman Riemenschneider’s ‘Holy Blood’ altarpiece in St Jakob’s Church or pop into the Christmas shop where you’ll find the festive spirit all year round? Follow parts of the Romantic Road to fun-loving Munich.

Day 3 : The Bavarian Capital Of Munich Relaxed Start

Location: Munich

Accommodation: Hilton Mainz.

Accommodation Name: The Westin Grand Munich

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, with Wine

During your orientation you will see Victory Arch and the university, concluding in the Marienplatz with its soaring Gothic Town Hall and colourful Glockenspiel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Why not try a foaming stein of beer at the world-famous Hofbräuhaus?

Day 4 : Lake Chiemsee To Salzburg

Location: Munich, Chiemsee, Salzburg

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: ARCOTEL Castellani

Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel alongside the beautiful Lake Chiemsee and cross the Austrian border to Salzburg, ‘alive with the Sound of Music.’ Walk with your Local Expert through the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and admire the city skyline, crowned by the majestic Hohensalzburg Fortress. Cross the Salzach River to see Mozart’s birthplace on the Getreidegasse, a lively shopping street lined with charming wrought-iron signs. Visit Mozart's birthplace to learn more about his life, and enjoy a musical interlude performed on his original pianoforte. For those arriving before Christmas, visit the festive Christmas Market and meet a local stallholder for a taste of traditional Lebkuchen and a fragrant cup of Glühwein. Follow the narrow lanes of the Old Town to the domed cathedral and the splendid Residenz Fountain, before having time at leisure to enjoy as you please. In the evening, perhaps visit an Austrian chalet for dinner, drinks and the opportunity to learn about life in the countryside?

Day 5 : Innsbruck

Location: Salzburg, Innsbruck

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel

Accommodation Name: AC Hotel Innsbruck

Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning, a scenic journey takes you through snow-capped mountains to Innsbruck. See the magnificent Golden Roof in the Old Town, then loose yourself in the festive atmosphere as you spend some time exploring Innsbruck's magical Christmas Markets. The giant Christmas tree dominates the square and is adorned in lights and decorations. Browse the market stalls, selling handmade trinkets that make perfect gifts for friends and family, along with delicious local treats of home-made biscuits, jams and delicious, soul-warming Glühwein. Next, delight in a visit to the magical world of Swarovski Crystal, followed by a Highlight Dinner.

Day 6 : Liechtenstein And Lucerne By The Lake Relaxed Start

Location: Innsbruck, Arlberg Road Tunnel, Vaduz, Lucerne

Accommodation: Hotel, Astoria Lucerne.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Astoria

Meals Included: Breakfast

Meet your coachman and take in the delightful scenery and pure fresh air on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Next, depart for Lucerne travelling through delightful scenery abounds as you make your way to the Arlberg Tunnel. Stop in Vaduz, capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein, one of Europe’s smallest countries. Cross the Swiss border and continue to lakeside Lucerne. Your Travel Director will show you the covered wooden Chapel Bridge and you’ll learn about the poignant history of the Lion Monument. Then you are at leisure to shop for Swiss watches or delicious chocolate.

Day 7 : Lovely Lucerne

Location: Lucerne, Mount Pilatus, Lucerne

Accommodation: Hotel, Astoria Lucerne.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Astoria

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Start the day with a spectacular cable car ride with incredible views up Mount Pilatus. Back in Lucerne, you are free to admire the superb baroque Jesuit Church, stroll along lakeside promenades, or explore the old walls and watch towers of the medieval fortifications. Perhaps join a cruise along Lake Lucerne?

Day 8 : Heidelberg

Location: Lucerne, Rhine Falls, Heidelberg

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel, Astoria Lucerne.

Accommodation Name: Marriott Hotel Heidelberg

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Stop at Schaffhausen to see the Rhine River thundering over the Rhine Falls. Cross the German border and venture deep into the Black Forest. Following the Rhine Valley north, head for the town of Heidelberg, set on the banks of the river Neckar and dominated by its magnificent red sandstone castle. Stroll through the old town with your Travel Director. Perhaps see the old Student Prison? In the evening, enjoy good food, wine and company at your Celebration Dinner.

Day 9 : Depart Frankfurt Airport

Location: Heidelberg, Frankfurt

Meals Included: Breakfast

A transfer to Frankfurt airport’s Terminal 1 arrives at 09:00 and Terminal 2 at 09:15.

What's Included

  • Travel Director

    From hotel check-ins to restaurant reservations, your experienced and knowledgeable Travel Director will be on hand to take care of everything.

  • Insight Flourish

    From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

  • Free Wi-Fi

    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

  • Transfers

    If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare

    International and domestic airfare not included.

  • Meals

    Some meals are not included, allowing for personal dining preferences.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Optional Experiences

    Optional experiences and excursions are available for purchase during your trip.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, minibar, and additional tips are not included.

Mode of Transport

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.


Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels. We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there a private tour option available?

    The information provided does not specify whether a private tour option is available.

  • How many meals are included in the tour?

    The tour includes 4 dinners with wine and 7 breakfasts.

  • What are the age restrictions for this tour?

    The information provided does not specify any age minimum or maximum restrictions for this tour.

  • What languages do the tour operate in?

    The information provided does not specify the operating languages of the tour.

  • What is the transport description for the tour?

    Personal radio headsets are provided to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of the Local Expert's fascinating commentary.

  • What is the group size for this tour?

    The information provided does not specify the minimum or maximum group size for this tour.

  • What are some highlights of the tour?

    Highlights include a Welcome Dinner in Mainz, a Highlight Dinner at Swarovski Crystal World in Innsbruck, a Celebration Dinner with wine in Heidelberg, exploring the fairytale town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, an orientation of Munich, visiting the magical Swarovski Crystal Worlds, a horse-drawn carriage ride in Tyrol, and a journey to the summit of Mount Pilatus.

  • What countries will we visit on the Winter Wonderland tour?

    The Winter Wonderland tour visits Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland.

  • What type of accommodations can we expect?

    Accommodations include hotel stays with tips, taxes, and porterage charges included. Specific hotels mentioned are Hilton Mainz, The Westin Grand Munich, ARCOTEL Castellani in Salzburg, AC Hotel Innsbruck, Hotel Astoria in Lucerne, and Marriott Hotel Heidelberg.

  • What are the dietary types catered to on this tour?

    The information provided does not specify the dietary types catered to on this tour.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?


  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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