Winter Wonderland

Start: Frankfurt Finish: Frankfurt

Visiting: Mainz, Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Vaduz, Lucerne, Heidelberg


Duration: 8 Nights

Tour Operator: Insight Vacations


Prices From: $2737 $2463

Tour Overview

Witness a stunning view of Lucerne from the summit of Mount Pilatus, as you experience Europe’s best Christmas markets and festive treats on this whimsical winter escapade.

Highlights

  • iconHeidelberg: Toast the culmination of your travels at a rousing Celebration Dinner with wine.
  • iconMount Pilatus: A spectacular journey by cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus offers expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne.
  • iconRothenburg 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.
  • iconInnsbruck: Enjoy an orientation with your Travel Director as you walk the narrow streets of the Old Town, lined with medieval houses and arcades, to see the Golden Roof.
  • iconMunich: 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.
  • iconVaduz: Admire the Royal family's residence, Vaduz Castle, which overlooks the capital and is surrounded by year-round snow peaked mountains.
  • iconScenic Drives: Venture along part of Germany's Romantic Road and past Lake Chiemsee, through the Arlberg region and the scenic Black Forest, past Walensee Lake in Switzerland.
  • iconLucerne: During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.
  • iconChristmas Markets: Embrace the magic of Christmas time in Europe. Select departures will allow you to have time to explore local markets.
  • iconMainz: Enjoy getting to know your fellow travellers as you savour a delicious Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.
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Places You'll See

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Frankfurt and on to Mainz

Location: Mainz

Accommodation: Hilton Mainz.

Meals: 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.(Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 2: Rothenburg ob der Tauber and the Romantic Road to Munich

Location: Mainz, Munich

Accommodation: The Westin Grand Munich.

Meals: Breakfast

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.(Breakfast)

icon Day 3: The Bavarian Capital of Munich

Location: Munich

Accommodation: The Westin Grand Munich.

Meals: Breakfast

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?(Breakfast)

icon Day 4: Lake Chiemsee to Salzburg

Location: Munich, Salzburg

Accommodation: ARCOTEL Castellani, Salzburg.

Meals: 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. 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?(Breakfast)

icon Day 5: Innsbruck

Location: Innsbruck, Salzburg

Accommodation: AC Hotel Innsbruck.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

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. Explore Innsburck with Insight Choice. Choose to either meet your coachman and take in the delightful scenery and pure fresh air on a horse-drawn carriage ride, known as a Fiaker. Alternatively, visit the magical world of Swarovski Crystal. At night, journey to the charming town of Hall in Tirol, which boasts one of Austria's best-preserved historic town centres. Enjoy a medieval highlight banquet set in a 700-year-old building.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 6: Liechtenstein and Lucerne by the Lake

Location: Innsbruck, Vaduz, Lucerne

Accommodation: Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.

Meals: Breakfast

This morning 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.(Breakfast)

icon Day 7: Lovely Lucerne

Location: Lucerne

Accommodation: Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.

Meals: 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 8: Heidelberg

Location: Heidelberg, Lucerne

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Heidelberg City Centre.

Meals: 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

icon Day 9: Depart Frankfurt Airport

Location: Heidelberg

Meals: Breakfast

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

What's Included

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

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    If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times

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    Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas

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    We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels

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

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    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

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    Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency

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

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    We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door

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    Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom

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    Insight Vacations requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 56 days before departure..

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    Spend the majority of time amongst your group to reduce exposure to others

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Dates & Availability

Instant Booking Available

Saturday Nov 20, 2021

Nights

8

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20

$2736.94

$2463.25

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Sunday Dec 19, 2021

Nights

8

Available

20

$2980.69

$2682.62

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Tuesday Dec 21, 2021

Nights

8

Available

13

$2904.08

$2613.67

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Thursday Dec 30, 2021

Nights

8

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13

$3043.37

$2739.03

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