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Winter Wonderland

Operated by: Insight Vacations

9 Days from $1,924 per person
Salzburg in the Winter

Countries Visited

Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland

Locations Visited

Mainz, Rothenburg, Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Vaduz, Lucerne, Heidelberg
  1. Day 1 Frankfurt and on to Mainz.

    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)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton Mainz.
  2. Day 2 Rothenburg ob der Tauber and the Romantic Road to Munich.

    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)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Westin Grand Munich.
  3. Day 3 The Bavarian Capital of Munich.

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

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Westin Grand Munich.
  4. Day 4 Lake Chiemsee to Salzburg.

    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. 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)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Europa Salzburg.
  5. Day 5 Innsbruck, mountain-ringed Capital of Tyrol.

    A scenic journey takes you through snow-capped mountains to Innsbruck. A multitude of Rococo cherubs and angels will greet you when you venture inside the Wilten Basilica. See the Imperial Palace and 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. In the afternoon, meet your coachman and take in the delightful scenery and pure fresh air on a horse-drawn carriage ride, known as a Fiaker. 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)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel AC Hotel Innsbruck.
  6. Day 6 Liechtenstein and Lucerne by the Lake.

    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)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.
  7. Day 7 Lovely Lucerne.

    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)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Astoria, Lucerne.
  8. Day 8 Heidelberg, Romance on the Neckar.

    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)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Crowne Plaza Heidelberg City Centre.
  9. Day 9 Depart Frankfurt Airport.

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

    meals Breakfast
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Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • 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.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • 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.

Authentic Dining

  • Munich: At the Christmas Market, meet a local stallholder and taste the delicious Lebkuchen with a fragrant cup of Glühwein, available on trips that visit Munich Christmas Market.
  • Hall in Tirol: Perfectly situated in a 700-year-old building in the charming town of Hall in Tirol, savour a medieval banquet of Austrian specialties with wine.
  • Heidelberg: Toast the culmination of your travels at a rousing Celebration Dinner with wine.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfasts (B) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. Departures travelling over Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.

Stay in style

  • Mainz: The Hilton Mainz is a traditional hotel set in an ideal location to explore the historic Old Town.
  • Munich: The Westin Grand Munich is a modern hotel located in the fashionable Bogenhausen district.
  • Lucerne: Set in a stunning location, the modern Hotel Astoria offers three award-winning restaurants and a rooftop garden, lounge and bar.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Christmas Markets: Lose yourself in the festive atmosphere on select departures.
  • 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 is a fairytale come true at any time of year. In December it dazzles with its 500-year-old Reiterlesmarkt lending a festive air to the cobbled streets and buildings. See the animated town clock and explore the most well-preserved medieval town in Germany.
  • Munich: During your orientation of the city with your Travel Director, see the Victory Arch, Town Hall and Glockenspiel in Marienplatz.
  • Innsbruck: Visit Wilten Basilica.
  • Innsbruck: During your orientation you will see the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace in the Old Town.
  • Salzburg: Walk through the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, where the 'Do, Re, Mi' scene was filmed for 'The Sound of Music.' Your Local Expert will also show you Mozart’s birthplace on the Getreidegasse, the domed cathedral and the splendid Residenz Fountain.
  • Innsbruck: Meet your coachman and enjoy a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride, surrounded by the mountains and valleys of Tyrol.
  • Vaduz: Admire the Royal family’s residence, Vaduz Castle, which overlooks the capital and is surrounded by year-round snow peaked mountains.
  • Lucerne: A spectacular journey by cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus offers expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne.
  • Lucerne: See the covered wooden bridges, Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.
  • Rhine Falls: Visit these spectacular falls.
  • Heidelberg: See the red sandstone castle and explore the baroque Old Town with your Travel Director.
  • Scenic 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.

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Christmas Markets
  • Festive Celebrations
Price Discount Availability Price
Christmas Markets
Start Date: Sat, Nov 16, 2019
Return Date: Sun, Nov 24, 2019
$2,025$1,924pp SAVE: $101Pay by Aug 29AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Christmas Markets
Start Date: Sat, Nov 23, 2019
Return Date: Sun, Dec 1, 2019
$2,050$1,948pp SAVE: $102Pay by Aug 29AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Christmas Markets
Festive Celebrations
Start Date: Thu, Dec 19, 2019
Return Date: Fri, Dec 27, 2019
$2,275pp AARP members save an additional $100 checkmark Request Quote Book Now
Christmas Markets
Festive Celebrations
Start Date: Thu, Dec 19, 2019
Return Date: Fri, Dec 27, 2019
$2,275pp AARP members save an additional $100 checkmark Request Quote Book Now
Festive Celebrations
Start Date: Mon, Dec 30, 2019
Return Date: Tue, Jan 7, 2020
$2,195$2,085pp SAVE: $109Pay by Aug 29AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Festive Celebrations
Start Date: Mon, Dec 30, 2019
Return Date: Tue, Jan 7, 2020
$2,195$2,085pp SAVE: $109Pay by Aug 29AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
  • Christmas Markets: This departure contains visits to select Christmas Markets
  • Festive Celebrations: Christmas and/or New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.
Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Munich

Bavarian Dinner

Tonight we'll soak in the lively atmosphere of a popular traditional restaurant. We'll enjoy traditional Bavarian hospitality and sample delicious regional specialties and local beer.
Adult Price: €65

Linderhof and Oberammergau

South of Munich, we'll venture from the magnificence of the Bavarian Alps to the world-renowned passion-play village of Oberammergau. Admire the artistically-decorated architecture of local homes, churches and of Ettal Monastery. Then, we're on to mad King Ludwig’s baroque fantasy—the rococo splendor of Linderhof castle, set in beautiful gardens.
Adult Price: €40

Salzburg

Evening in an Austrian Chalet

Drive into the pretty Austrian countryside for a special evening in an Austrian Chalet. Meet the owners and learn about rural life over a homemade dinner in this cozy corner of Salzburg. In a totally unique experience, sip home-made beverages, feast on home-baked bread, succulent meat and oven baked vegetables.
Adult Price: €61

Innsbruck

Nordkette Alps & Heritage

A visit to the Nordkette is an unforgettable experience—a unique combination of relaxation, natural wonder and modern architecture. Space-age stations designed by star architect, Zaha Hadid herald your journey up to Hungerburg. From here the panoramic gondola continues up to the 1,905-metre-high Seegrube, where (weather permitting) you can enjoy tremendous views of the entire Central Inn Valley and across to the Italian border. Back down in the Old Town, join your local expert to explore the heritage of the Golden Roof and the "Black Men" of Emperor Maximilian.
Adult Price: €54

Lucerne

Secret Switzerland

Incredibly, Switzerland provides all its citizens with protection in case of nuclear disaster or war. Go behind the scenes for a unique tour of one of the world's biggest civilian fallout shelters! Cold War secrets of the Swiss will be revealed by our expert guide.
Adult Price: CHF46

Lake Lucerne Happy Hour Cruise

Widely considered to be the loveliest of the mountain lakes, much of the shoreline of Lake Lucerne can only be fully appreciated from the water. Admire the spectacular homes of the fortunate few, privileged to live on its scenic shores, as we cruise gently by. Two drinks will be served during the trip.
Adult Price: CHF49

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Julia Skiba
Travel date: Monday, December 18, 2017
Service
We were rushed to see to many things instead of being able to enjoy the beauty in front of us.
Vacation
Our tour director tried so hard to please everyone
Michael Kononchik
Travel date: Sunday, December 10, 2017
Service
Nov 24Overall, excellent, outstanding & first-rate. Sara Tattersell, our tour director did an excellent job in keeping us all informed of the attractions. Our driver unquestionably did an excellent job taking us through the narrow streets in Austria and Switzerland. Hotel service was great. I would take this tour again.
Vacation
Our Winter Wonderland tour was very reasonable. We also had GET arrange air travel.
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