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An Austrian New Year

  • Swarovski Crystal World, Wattens

    Tirol Swarovski Crystal World, Wattens (BVE-NCN)
  • Hotel Tyrol in Pfunds - main entrance

    Hotel Tyrol in Pfunds - main entrance
  • Swarovski Crystal World, Austria

    Swarovski Crystal World, Austria
10 day tour
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Celebrate New Year in Austria including day excursions to Italy and Switzerland

Enjoy the New Year surrounded by splendid snow-capped peaks in the heart of the Austrian Tyrol. Based in the charming town of Pfunds, experience the warmth of Austrian hospitality. Visit the beautiful Alpine city of Innsbruck, with its cobbled streets and colourful facades and the sparkling Swarovski Crystal World. Discover the scenic mountain valleys and towns in Austria, Switzerland and Italy. And perhaps even an unforgettable ride on the Bernina Express! On New Year’s Eve, start the evening’s celebrations in style with a special Gala Dinner, and then as the clocks turn 12, a midnight snack is served.

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Austria

Based in the delightful Austrian village of Pfunds, this tour explores a charming corner of the Alps where three countries converge. Visit Innsbruck, the capital of the Tirol, and stroll past the pretty pastel buildings lining the river.  The streets are full of beautiful buildings from the ornate Hofburg Palace and the iconic 16th-century Goldenes Dachl, the gold-clad roof and balcony, from where the nobility would address the townspeople. Should you wish to view Innsbruck from above, take the funicular to Hungerburg.  At the top, take in the splendid panorama of this beautiful city surrounded by the Alps.  Having hosted the Winter Olympics in 1976, Innsbruck is watching over by the Bergisel Ski Jump which is a prominent landmark in the city’s skyline.  Visitors can access a viewing platform – look out and imagine you are a ski jumper about to jump!

A short excursion to the nearby town of Wattens takes you to the magical cave world of Swarovski.  Here, local and international artists have designed a dazzling array of creations inspired by crystals.  Explore the crystal forest, ‘Eden’, designed to celebrate the magnificence of nature.

Italy & Switzerland

Visit the beautiful spa town of Merano, nestled on the southern side of the Alps in Italy.  Explore the quaint town full of hidden gems. Perhaps also enjoy a ride on the ‘Vinschger Bahn’ wine train.  Furthermore, in Switzerland you can enjoy some retail therapy in the nearby Swiss resort of Samnaun as well as visiting the audaciously affluent town of St. Moritz.  For even more intoxicating natural beauty, visit the Kaunertal Glacier and ascend mountains to overlook the majestic Alps.

Bring in the New Year in unforgettable style and don’t forget your German dictionary as we Prost to  prosperous beginnings and wish our friends a  Gutes Neues Jahr.

Video

See the winter wonderland of Swarovski in the video below:



Dates

28th December 2021


Suggested Itinerary

28th - 29th December

Travel to Austria

Take a short sea crossing to Calais and travel south through France for an overnight stop, perhaps stop off in Reims and enjoy the last day of the Christmas Markets to get some last minute shopping done before travelling to Austria on the 29th.

30th December

Austria – Innsbruck and Swarovski Crystal World

Today we visit the beautiful alpine city of Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol. With a spectacular backdrop of snow-capped mountains, Innsbruck offers a picture-book old town full of historical buildings. There’s an optional walking tour that includes the Imperial Palace and the famous Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), the symbol of the city. There’s also an opportunity to visit the impressive Bergisel Ski Jump, built on the site of the ski jump used in the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. We visit the nearby market town of Wattens, home to the world famous Swarovski Crystal World, for a captivating and glittering experience. Enter into the heart of this crystal empire to be awed by sparkling art.

31st December

New Years Eve

Today, enjoy the last day of 2021 by taking advantage of the hotels facilities. Make use of the indoor swimming pool, the aroma steam bath, the finnish sauna, ice fountain,  drinking fountain and indoor and outdoor relaxation area.

In the evening, enjoy a Gala dinner followed by entertainment as the countdown to midnight begins. At Midnight enjoy a snack to keep the party going.

1st January

New Years Day

As today is the first day of 2022, why not go for a walk through the town to take some of that fresh Alpine air. Or perhaps, you may like to cross the border into Switzerland and join the unforgettable Bernina Express at Chur, take in panoramic scenery before stopping at Pontresina. Afterwards, why not visit the world-famous resort town of St Moritz before heading back to Pfunds.

2nd January

Switzerland – Shopping and Scenery

This morning we cross the border to indulge in a little duty free retail therapy in the nearby Swiss resort of Samnaun. There’s also an opportunity to take a ride in the world’s first double-deck cable car. Admire stunning views from the peak as you relax with a refreshing drink or perhaps enjoy lunch in the mountain-top restaurant.

3rd January

Italy – Merano, Wine Train

Today we travel into Italy over the spectacular Reschen Pass and along the Etsch Valley with its vineyards, orchards and ruined castles. We stop in the lovely spa town of Merano where there’s free time to explore the quaint centre and enjoy its markets. Perhaps also take a ride on the ‘Vinschger Bahn’ wine train.

4th January

Kaunertal Glacier Panoramic Road

Today we take a trip along the scenic Kaunertal Glacier Panoramic Road. Winding roads lead through this stunning landscape alongside perpetual ice. Viewing platforms and historic sites dot the route. Keep your eyes peeled for little marmots and perhaps spot ibex. We will make a photo stop at the Gepatsch Reservoir, the largest in Western Austria.

5-6th January

Return to the UK

It’s time to leave the Alps, make an overnight stop en route before continuing to Calais the following morning to return to the UK.


Featured hotels

Hotel Tyrol, Pfunds ****

Superb family-run hotel in the heart of the village. Standard and superior rooms available. Spacious and comfortable public areas, and excellent swimming pool and wellness facilities. Coach parking nearby.

Posthotel, Pfunds ****

A highly recommended traditional and family-run hotel with indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam bath (free to guests). Restaurant with rustic, cosy dining room and terrace. Coach parking nearby.


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