Most scenic railways operate and offer a unique perspective of the land in its winter coating – all viewed from a well-heated train carriage whilst enjoying good food and beverages. Who could resist a horse-drawn sleigh ride or a visit to the original Silent Night Chapel? There is a host of affordable and memorable tours to suit most budgets.
The classic group coach tours do not operate during the winter season, however independent rail tours more than make up for the deficit. For a taste of the Imperial past, the 7-day Imperial Cities in Winter program including Prague, Vienna and Budapest is a wonderful immersion into their past glory and the transition to the 21st century. Modern buildings nestle by the centuries-old and grand epicurean traditions are still very much alive in the many fine restaurants and coffee shops in these cities.
And talking about Christmas Markets… the Central European Christmas Markets are famed throughout the world and are very well patronised by travellers from all parts of the globe. These markets are usually open from end November to early January, but dates can vary from country to country and even city by city. An example of this would be in Austria, where markets can be open from mid-November to early January.
The markets are not just about Christmas baubles. Some markets feature themes based on fairy tales, regional traditions and cuisines, and exotic destinations. You may find yourself at a Christmas Market featuring a tropical island theme, cuisine and traditions. Of course, the markets are all family-friendly, with something to appeal to even the most discerning of young travellers. For a taste of luxury, Germany’s Most Famous Christmas Markets’ 7-day private car with driver/guide visiting the Christmas Markets of Frankfurt, Rothenberg, Nuremburg, Dresden and Berlin is just the early Christmas present that everyone deserves.
For the ‘Powderhounds’ consider these statistics:
Austria has 436 ski resorts and 7,198 km of ski slopes, served by 2,537 ski lifts.
Switzerland has 336 ski resorts and 7073 km of ski slopes, served by 1820 ski lifts.
Accommodation ranges from 5-star resort hotels to dormitories.
Whether you are an avid skier, a family group or just someone who wants to plonk themselves on top of a mountain (or at the bottom of a valley) and indulge in gentle walks and good food, you are sure to find this a most memorable holiday.
For a very special treat, visit Santa’s home at Rovaniemi, Finland and stay at the Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge. Go hunting for the Northern Lights by snowmobile and husky safari. There are many great adventures for all the family, including a visit to Santa Claus Village and a reindeer ride. Definitely an experience that will not be forgotten.
With over 40 years as a tour operator, call on our expertise to plan the perfect winter holiday.
Call 1300 65 10 65 or visit: http://www.holidaysonlocation.com/Brochures.html to download our Winter 2019-20 brochure.
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