Winter Wonderland - Small Group, Winter

Winter Wonderland - Small Group, Winter

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$3150

$3054

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

Tour code:

SW600ZN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Trip Styles:

Luxury, Small Group

Interests:

History, Music

From:
$3150
$3054 (USD) Operator discount: $10 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $86

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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.

Highlights

  • 4 Dinner with Wine (DW)

  • 7 Breakfast (B)

  • Mainz: Enjoy getting to know your fellow travellers as you savour a delicious Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.

  • Innsbruck: Savour a special Highlight Dinner at Swarovski Crystal World.

  • Heidelberg: Toast the culmination of your travels at a rousing Celebration Dinner with wine.

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

  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber: Fortified by ancient walls, picturesque and unspoiled, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a fairytale come true at any time of year. It dazzles in December, with its 500-year-old Reiterlesmarkt lending a festive air to the cobbled streets and medieval buildings.

  • Munich: During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the English Garden, the Hofbräuhaus, St. Peter's Church and the famous Marienplatz.

  • Innsbruck: Nestled amidst majestic mountains, Innsbruck is a beautiful city offering a unique combination of nature, history, and culture. Stroll the streets of the picturesque Old Town, with your Travel Director, learn about its history and admire the Baroque and Gothic architecture.

  • Innsbruck: Visit the magical Swarovski Crystal Worlds. This attraction features installations by international artists, designers and architects who have interpreted the crystals in their own ways.

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Frankfurt And On To Mainz
Location: Frankfurt, Mainz
Accommodation: 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.

Check out our Q&As

  • 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?

    Yes

  • 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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