Join us in the heart of the Tyrol. Celebrate the season in a warm and welcoming hotel, surrounded by a landscape of pretty towns and villages set beneath snow-capped peaks. With an included visit to Imperial Innsbruck, and opportunities to join some wonderful optional excursions, this will be a Christmas to remember.
A tour of Innsbruck and time to explore its Christmas Markets
A guided lantern walk around Flirsch
A visit to St Anton on Christmas morning
Gluhwein on Christmas Eve
A festive dinner on Christmas Eve
A turkey lunch on Christmas Day
Fly to Zurich or Innsbruck and head through the countryside to your hotel. Your Tyrolean Christmas will be spent in the little village of Flirsch am Arlberg, in the heart of the Stanzer Valley, about 10 kilometres east of the well-known ski resort of St Anton. Settle in to your room then relax, or perhaps head out for a stroll around the village, until dinner time when your celebrations will begin with a complimentary welcome drink before your meal.
Today we head east to the beautiful city of Innsbruck. See the landmarks of the city's outskirts, the Wilten Monastery and Olympic ski-jump, and then pass through the Triumphal Arch into the city itself. Stroll along the elegant main street, Maria-Theresien-Strasse, and see the Golden Roof - the copper-tiled covering above the Kaiser’s window overlooking the square.Look for unusual gifts among the wooden stalls of the colourful Christmas Market that is held, each year, beneath the Golden Roof, and don't miss the chance to stop for coffee and cake at one of many cafes in the Altstadt.This evening, enjoy a guided pre-dinner festive lantern walk in the company of your hosts.
Today’s optional excursion takes you through the Tyrol's winter-wonderland scenery to Seefeld. One of Austria's most famous ski resorts, this pretty town is classically Tyrolean – with its onion-domed church, elegant shops and stores, and an array of places to eat both in the town and in the hills above. Weather permitting, you'll have the chance to take a sleigh ride through the snow. This evening, begin your celebrations with a traditional Christmas Eve gluhwein and a festive dinner. After the meal, you'll have the chance to join locals and visitors alike at Midnight Mass in the village church.
This morning we'll pay a visit to the nearby resort of St Anton, one of Europe’s premier ski resorts, before a three-course Christmas Day turkey lunch is served back at your hotel. Spend the afternoon relaxing, then enjoy another dinner in the hotel’s cosy restaurant.
Relax in and around your hotel, today, or join our optional excursion to Mad King Ludwig's famous castle at Neuschwanstein. Built high on a rocky crag, and every bit as fantastical inside as out, with Gothic bedrooms and decorations inspired by Wagnerian opera, the castle is a wonder to behold (entrance payable locally). Don’t miss strolling across the Marienbrucke for the classic view of this more-Disney-than-Disney fantasy and its stunning setting before returning to the hotel for a final dinner.
Say goodbye to your Austrian hosts, and transfer back to the airport to catch your flight home at the end of a wonderful Christmas holiday.
Five nights' half-board accommodation at the three-star Hotel Basur, Flirsch am Arlberg
Return flights from the UK to Zurich or Innsbruck
A city tour of Innsbruck
A lantern walk in Flirsch
A visit to St Anton on Christmas morning
A turkey lunch on Christmas Day
Coach travel and transfers throughout
The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager
One piece of hold luggage per person
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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