Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol, Twixmas in Vienna & New Year Cruising on the Rhine

12 days from £1,339 pp.


Innsbruck Christmas Markets

Visit: Innsbruck Christmas Markets, Austria

Innsbruck Christmas Markets

Visit: Innsbruck Christmas Markets, Austria

About the Tour

Make a magical journey this holiday season, as we tour some of Austria and Germany’s most spectacular sights. We begin in Innsbruck on Christmas Eve, where you can stroll the capital of the Tyrol and revel in the festive atmosphere, as you witness the locals prepare for ‘Holy Night’. On Christmas Day morning, visit the picturesque ski resort of Kitzbühel. Build up your appetite before returning to your hotel for a traditional turkey dinner. Before leaving Austria, witness remarkable winter scenery, as we make a journey on the Ziller Valley railway, spend time in the ‘Sound of Music’ city of Salzburg, and explore Vienna’s imperial past. We finish the festivities spending New Year cruising the Rhine and Moselle Valleys, enjoy picturesque views as we enter a new year. This spectacular Christmas and New Year coach holiday has it all.

Tour Includes


  • 7 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 6 evening meals
  • 4 nights full board on the Rhine Princess
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

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

    After breakfast we travel south through the rolling countryside of Germany, passing Frankfurt and Munich to take the superb 4-lane autobahn through the Alpine foothills to the Austrian border. We continue to our hotel where we stay 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
    Mayrhofen; Ziller Valley Railway

    Mayrhofen; 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
    Salzburg

    Salzburg

    Today we travel to the ‘Sound of Music’ city, Salzburg on our included excursion. The day is yours to follow in the footsteps of Mozart through this proud and glorious city. To make the most of your visit why not join our optional guided walking tour with local English speaking guide? This walking tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and takes in the many sights and attractions of this famous alpine city. Admire the baroque splendour of the churches and cathedral, the might of the Hohensalzburg fortress and also the quaint Getriedegasse which, with its wrought iron signs that overhang the doors, is one of the most beautiful shopping streets of Austria. A visit to Salzburg would not be complete without a mention of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and before the tour is over we see his former birthhouse and also the square that is named after and dedicated to the famous composer. Afterwards, there will be free time for you to explore the sights at your leisure. Perhaps take a short walk along the Salzach River or treat yourself to a panoramic view of the city form the Hohensalzburg Fortress (at own cost). The funicular is a fast and convenient way to get up to the fortress and back down to the Old City. Be sure to saunter along the Getreidegasse, Salzburg’s most popular shopping mile. Later this afternoon we head east to Vienna where we stay for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Vienna

    Vienna

    Spend a full day in the Imperial City of Vienna, which is without question, one of Europe’s great cities. As the home of the former Habsburg monarchy and the present day capital of Austria it has much to charm the visitor. There is a lot of walking involved to see all the sights, so why not let us introduce you to Vienna on our optional guided sightseeing tour. Our guided tour will begin by coach, where we will be taken along the Imperial Boulevard known as the Ringstrasse. Here you will see the Hofburg Palace, the Parliament building, the Opera House, National Theatre and City Hall. During our tour we will also see the majestic Danube River, and later as we pass by the Prater amusement park a chance to view the famous “Giant Wheel” built over 100 years ago, and today one of the most well-known landmarks of the city. There will be frequent stops during the drive, where you will have photo opportunities and the chance to admire Vienna at its very best. Our guide will provide commentary throughout, revealing the history; culture and stories of without question one of Europe’s most fascinating cities. Following the tour you will have time at leisure to visit many of the city’s famous landmarks, or you may decide to sit back and relax with a traditional Viennese coffee and a slice of the local “Sachertorte” chocolate cake in one of the cities tempting street cafes – the choice is yours.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We leave Vienna and head through Germany to reach Cologne to join the M.S. Rhine Princess for a four-night cruise.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Cologne

    Cologne

    Morning at leisure in 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. We then enjoy a leisurely cruise to the Roman town of Andernach where we berth for the night.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Rüdesheim

    Rüdesheim

    We start today with a leisurely cruise from Andernach to Oberwesel. This afternoon, join our included excursion by coach to Rudesheim. Spend time discovering the delights of the Drosselgasse, a pretty sloping street full of traditional German bars and shops. We re-join our ship in Koblenz and then this evening enjoy our gala dinner party night before the spectacular fireworks on land at midnight.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Moselle Valley & Wine Tasting

    Moselle Valley & Wine Tasting

    Following brunch why not join our optional excursion by coach through the beautiful Moselle Valley. The Moselle River is the longest and most well-known tributary river of the Rhine. It presents a unique and most serene picture as the river gently meanders between the hills of the Hunsrucks and the Eifels. We visit the quiet village of Alken for winetasting in the cellar of Anton Hammes. The Hammes family have been vintners here for some 300 years, and you will be given a tour through the old cellars, where you will see some fine vintages. We enjoy a wine-tasting, with the different varieties offered, before having the chance to purchase your favourites to bring home with you! We return to our ship this afternoon and continue our sailing to Bonn for an overnight berthing.

    • Included meals: Dinner

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Innsbruck & Rattenburg
    • Kitzbühel
    • Mayrhofen
    • Salzburg
    • Cologne
    • Rüdesheim
    • Koblenz

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Salzburg Sightseeing
    • Ziller Valley Railway
    • Vienna Guided tour
    • Moselle Valley & Wine Tasting

    Notes

    Cabin Upgrades (per person) 

     Middle Deck Cabin£30 
     Upper Deck Cabin£40 

     


     

    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 Gasthof Ascherwirt in Brandenberg. You will then stay for two nights in Vienna at the 4-star Mercure Wien Westbahnhof Hotel. 

    Overnight stay in Belgium is in a city-style hotel. 

    You will spend four nights aboard the 3-star standard ‘M.S. Rhine Princess’, which has been exclusively chartered by Leger Holidays. The ship's onboard facilities are located over four decks and include a large lounge bar with a small dance floor around which the daily entertainment takes place. There is also an outside sun deck, ideal for viewing the passing scenery, and a small quiet lounge. The ship also has a restaurant and shop with small gifts, souvenirs, postcards and Rhine river maps for sale. Cabins are located on three decks and all have twin beds, T.V., telephone and air-conditioning.


     

    Austria

    Gasthof Ascherwirt

    Gasthof Ascherwirt

    River Cruises

    MS Rhine Princess

    Rhine Princess - Rhine Cruise

    Austria

    Austria Trend Hotel Ananas

    Austria Trend Hotel Ananas

    Gasthof Ascherwirt


    Popular with Leger guests for several years, the Ascherwirt provides a warm welcome, excellent hospitality and service. The hotel enjoys an idyllic mountain setting, situated in the heart of the village of Brandenberg. Comprising two buildings, which are connected by an internal walkway, the hotel has been owned by the Ascher family since 1808, and Heidi and Armin along with other family member, ensure your stay is a memorable one, leaving a lasting impression of Tyrolean hospitality. Your hosts pride themselves on the excellent food served in the restaurant. All bedrooms have T.V., radio, wifi and balcony.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer

    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

    Austria Trend Hotel Ananas


    The 4 star Austria Trend Hotel Ananas is located near the famous Viennese Naschmarkt market which has been around since the 16th century offering foods, drinks and antiques. The hotels facilities include currency exchange, restaurant, lift, Wi-Fi/Internet access and bar. All bedrooms feature a flat screen T.V, hairdryer, telephone, safe, Wi-Fi/Internet access and en-suite bathroom.

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

    Belgium

    Globales Post Hotel & Wellness Liege

    Globales Post Hotel & Wellness Liege

    Austria Trend Hotel Ananas


    The 4 star Austria Trend Hotel Ananas is located near the famous Viennese Naschmarkt market which has been around since the 16th century offering foods, drinks and antiques. The hotels facilities include currency exchange, restaurant, lift, Wi-Fi/Internet access and bar. All bedrooms feature a flat screen T.V, hairdryer, telephone, safe, Wi-Fi/Internet access and en-suite bathroom.

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

    Globales Post Hotel & Wellness Liege


    The Globales Post Hotel & Wellness Liege is located near to the highway links and has beautiful views on the Meuse Valley. The hotels facilities include 24hrs reception, lounge, Currency Exchange, gym, swimming pool*, sauna, Jacuzzi, a bar, a restaurant and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature flat screen T.V with major channels, mini fridge, safe, hairdryer, telephone, air conditioning and Wi-Fi/Internet access. *The swimming pool can close without prior notice.

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