Christmas in Austria, Twixmas Cruising on the Rhine & New Year in Ypres

12 days from £1,199 pp.


Christmas in Innsbruck - Austria

Visit: Christmas in Innsbruck - Austria, Austria

About the Tour

A fantastic festive period awaits as we split our time over the Christmas holiday between Austria, Germany and Belgium. Enjoy Christmas in Austria taking in the Tyrol and the delights it has to offer, such as the charming Innsbruck Christmas Markets and delightful rail rides. Board the Twixmas river cruise as we set sail along the Rhine on the MS Rhine Princess. And then, complete your holiday in style, as we head to Belgium over the New Year visiting the likes of Bruges, Ypres and Brussels.

Tour Includes


  • 9 nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast
  • 8 evening meals (1 brunch on New Years Day)
  • 2 nights full board cruising on the Rhine Princess
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
Dates & Prices

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Your Itinerary

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    Travel through Germany to the Austrian Tyrol for four nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Innsbruck

    Innsbruck

    Join us today on a wonderful included excursion to Innsbruck and Rattenberg. We begin in the tiny town of Rattenberg with its interesting name 'Ratte' meaning rat. This small town is famous for its glass blowing and stunning glass art as well as local attractions such as the Augustine Museum and its ski slopes. Here we see the manufacturers finely craft and engrave glassware on our visit to one of the glass factories. Then we continue to the capital of the Tyrol which is Innsbruck to enjoy the Christmas markets and explore the city's charming old town. Innsbruck is located on the River Inn and at the foot of the Karwendel Alps, and is the fifth largest city in Austria. This beautiful city is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and steeped in history. Innsbruck was host to the Olympic Winter Games in 1964 and again in 1976. During your free time you can explore the array of Christmas stalls with the traditional market-taking place in the heart of the historic Old Town and overlooked by the famous Golden Roof. Here visitors from all over the world come together to enjoy the wonderful Christmas atmosphere. There are over 70 stalls filled with tree decorations, arts and crafts and a few curiosities! A cup of Glühwein will keep you warm whilst you mingle with the locals. Be sure to wander down Innsbruck’s main shopping street the Maria-Theresien-Straße. Here you will be dazzled by lights, glass and crystal whilst browsing the modern stalls selling international Christmas products. Please note that Christmas Eve in Austria is a traditional religious festival and in many areas is still celebrated as such. This may mean that facilities in towns, villages and hotels may close early.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Kitzbuhel

    Kitzbuhel

    Enjoy our included excursion to the world-famous ski resort of Kitzbühel. Kitzbuhel is situated between the Hahnenkamm and the Kitzbuhler Horn mountains. Kitzbuhel is the home of the annual ski races, including the circuit’s most important event, the downhill race, which takes place on the famous Streif Slope. Why not opt to ride the gondola up the majestic Hahnenkamm Mountain for some breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks. We return to the hotel for tonight's turkey Christmas dinner.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Ziller Valley Railway

    Ziller Valley Railway

    We travel to Mayrhofen in the Ziller Valley on our included excursion. Mayrhofen is situated in the upper Zillertal and is in the heart of the Tirol and Austria's scenic valley. The town is known as the 'flagship' of Austrian Alphine tourism. The striking peaks of the Zillertal valley and the Tux Alps is a fantastic backdrop to this beautiful area. While in this stunning area of natural beauty why not enjoy an optional ride on the Ziller Valley Railway between Mayrhofen and Fugen*. The Ziller Valley railway runs a total of 32 km between Jenbach and Mayrhofen. This train ride offers you a experience for all the senses taking you back in time to the early 1900's as well as enjoynig the views and sounds of the locomotive as it making its way along the track you can also enjoy a treat from the on board buffet carriage. *Please note that the route and/or engine may change without prior notice.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We leave Austria and head into Germany to reach Andernach and our cruise ship, the MS Rhine Princess, for a two-night cruise.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Koblenz

    Koblenz

    We cruise from Andernach to Oberwesel, then after lunch, travel by coach to Rüdesheim. Explore the bustling Drosselgasse, visit the lively atmosphere, cosy wine taverns and narrow, romantic streets. We then continue by coach to Koblenz, and rejoin our cruise ship. Enjoy the lively festive spirit of this town, which lies at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Cologne

    Cologne

    We cruise to Cologne. Explore the capital of the Rhineland, with its main focal point being the huge Dom (cathedral) which is a Gothic style church that they started building in 1248 but didn't fully completed till 1880. While in Cologne why not have a look at some of the stunning attractions such as the Cologne City Hall which was once a medieval house still used today for official business, or the Museum Ludwig that features modern art including one of the largest Picasso collections in Europe and the relaxing water front and bridges which has helped build Cologne through the ages to the city we know today. Enjoy the many bustling shopping streets such as Schildergasse or Hohestrasse before departing this afternoon for Ypres for our four night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Bruges

    Bruges

    Included excursion, which takes us to historic Bruges, one of Europe’s best preserved medieval towns. Spend time exploring the town, strolling the cobbled lanes and crossing pretty canals. The historic centre of Bruges is a UNESCO world heritage site and a joy to explore. We then return to the hotel in the early evening so why not walk into Ypres centre. Spend time at leisure exploring the town centre. See the market square, dominated by the huge Cloth Hall, with its magnificent belfry. This evening pause at the Menin Gate, where the last post ceremony is performed daily. The Menin Gate is a memorial dedicated to the missing and bears the names of 54,896 officers and men who died between 1914 and 15 August 1917. Every evening since 11 November 1929, buglers have sounded the emotive Last Post at 8pm beneath the archway.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lille

    Lille

    A day at leisure or why not join our optional excursion to the beautiful French town of Lille? Once an important merchant town, Lille is now a central hub and bustling university town. Enjoy free time exploring its historic centre with the many 17th century brick town houses and cobbled streets. Be sure to see the Grand Place and the Belfry before we return to the hotel for tonight’s New Year festivities, which include a special New Year’s Eve buffet, disco and a glass of champagne at midnight.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Brussels

    Brussels

    Today we travel to Belgium’s capital, Brussels, on our included excursion. Enjoy free time exploring the impressive Grand Place, a square surrounded by Guild Houses and elegant café’s. Just a short walk from the Grand Place is the Manneken Pis, a small bronze statue thought to represent the ‘irreverent spirit’ of Brussels.

    • Included meals: Dinner

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Innsbruck & Rattenberg - Capital of the Tyrol and glass blowing
    • Kitzbühel - Walled town
    • Mayrhofen - Picturesque Tyrolean town
    • Rüdesheim - Vibrant town
    • Koblenz - Riverside town
    • Cologne - Rhineland capital
    • Bruges - Beautiful preserved town
    • Brussels - Belgium’s cap

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Ziller Valley Railway - Spectacular train ride
    • Lille - Charming French city

    Notes

    Cabin Upgrades (per person)Twin
    Middle Deck Cabin£15
    Middle Deck Superior Cabin£20
    Upper Deck Cabin£25


    Travel Insurance from £38.00 (12 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for four nights at a minimum 3-star hotel in the Austrian Tyrol, such as the Hotel Zillertal in Strass. The hotel has a restaurant and bar. You will spend two nights cruising on board the MS Rhine Princess. Cabins are located on three decks and all have twin beds and air-conditioning. 

    For New Year, you will stay for four nights at the 3-star Novotel, located in the centre of Ypres. The hotel has a lift, restaurant and bar. 

    Overnight stay in Belgium will be in a city-style hotel.

    Austria

    Hotel Zillertal

    Gasthof Cafe Zillertal

    River Cruises

    MS Rhine Princess

    Rhine Princess - Rhine Cruise

    Belgium

    Novotel Ypres Centrum

    Novotel Ypres Centrum

    Gasthof Cafe Zillertal


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Rhine Princess - Rhine Cruise


    The MS Rhine Princess is exclusively chartered by Leger Holidays on most of our river cruise holidays, and is always a firm favourite with Leger guests. Whether you relax in the bar, lounge or restaurant, you’re sure to feel at home on board this warm and welcoming ship. The Rhine Princess facilities include a lounge, a bar and a restaurant. All cabins feature a T.V, hairdryer, telephone and en-suite shower room.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Novotel Ypres Centrum


    This excellent hotel is located in the heart of historic town of Ypres, only a couple of minutes' walk from the Menin Gate Memorial, where the 'Last Post' is sounded every evening. The hotel is a firm favourite within Leger’s Battlefields programme and makes the ideal base for exploring the rich military heritage of the area. All the comfortably furnished bedrooms are en-suite with T.V., telephone and air-conditioning. The hotel has a small bar area and restaurant.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Belgium

    Park Inn by Radisson Liege Airport

    Park Inn Liege Airport

    Novotel Ypres Centrum


    This excellent hotel is located in the heart of historic town of Ypres, only a couple of minutes' walk from the Menin Gate Memorial, where the 'Last Post' is sounded every evening. The hotel is a firm favourite within Leger’s Battlefields programme and makes the ideal base for exploring the rich military heritage of the area. All the comfortably furnished bedrooms are en-suite with T.V., telephone and air-conditioning. The hotel has a small bar area and restaurant.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Park Inn Liege Airport


    The Park Inn by Radisson Liege Airport is close to the airport and 10 minutes away from Liege city centre and has good transport links to the local highway. The hotels facilities include lift, fitness facilities, currency exchange, lounge, bar, Wi-Fi/Internet access and restaurant. All bedrooms feature a desk, Tea and Coffee making facilities, telephone, flat screen LCD T.V, hairdryer, individual climate control, safety box and en-suite bathroom.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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