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Austrian Winter Wonderland

  • Salzburg in winter © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

    Austria, Salzburg, winter, christmas markets, festive break, group travel © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH
  • Salzburg Christmas Market © Oesterreich Werbung, Photographer Bryan Reinhart

    Salzburg, Austria - Christmas Market © Oesterreich Werbung, Photographer Bryan Reinhart
  • Salzburg Christmas Market © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

    Salzburg, Austria - Christmas Market (61299) © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH
  • Metz Christmas Markets © Philippe Gisselbrecht-Office de Tourisme de Metz

    Metz Christmas Markets (c) Philippe Gisselbrecht-Office de Tourisme de Metz
  • Hallstatt in winter ©Osterreich Werbung-Photographen Popp Hackner

    Austria, Hallstatt, winter wonderland, group travel, ©Osterreich Werbung-Photographen Popp Hackner
8 day tour
From £545 per person - minimum 25 passengers

Walk in an Austrian Winter Wonderland: Begin the festive season with a little sparkle!

Why not build festive cheer by heading to an Austrian winter wonderland? Based in the picturesque village of St Johann im Pongau, discover the Salzburgerland region, just 50 miles south of the charming city of Salzburg.

Head to Salzburg, a city of rambling streets, shops with traditional metal signs and beautiful buildings. Breathtaking at any time of year, Salzburg is especially beautiful during the Christmas period. Explore the Christmas markets and shop for local gifts or get cosy with hot chocolate and delicious pastries in traditional cafes. Also located nearby is the beautiful lakeside town of Halstatt. When winter comes to Hallstatt, one of Austria’s oldest and most photographed villages, it takes on a fairytale quality. Perhaps take a cruise across the lake and soak in the iconic scenery featured on many Christmas cards. Another wonderful excursion takes you to the famous Zell am See lake and the nearby colourful town of Kitzbühel. And relax in St Johann, a town that boasts shops, bars and cafes, all within walking distance of the hotel in the heart of the village centre. The mountain scenery will give the break a festive feel with many snow covered peaks visible from the hotel.

With Austria’s awe-inspiring scenery and a host of magical European Christmas markets, this tour is truly special.  Embrace the festive season and welcome festive cheer on this winter wonderland tour to Austria. Also, en route to this stunning winter wonderland, you have the opportunity to visit one of Europe’s best Christmas markets. From your overnight hotel in Metz, you can explore this charming French town’s atmospheric Christmas markets.


Dates

December 2022


Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1-2

Travel to Metz

Depart from your local area in the UK and make your way to Dover for a ferry crossing.  After arriving in Calais, head to Metz, where you can relax in the hotel or wander around Metz Christmas markets and soak up the festive atmosphere of France’s second largest markets. The next day, travel to to beautiful Austria. Check into the Hotel Brückenwirt in St Johann im Pongau and enjoy a 3 course dinner.

Day 3

Excursion to Hallstatt

Embark on a half-day excursion to the quaint village of Hallstatt. Nestled between the edge of Hallstätter Lake and the towering Dachstein mountains, Austria’s oldest and possibly most photographed village is something like a mirage in the Salzkammergut Lake Region.

The best way to experience the magnitude of this beautiful village is with a ferry ride across the lake (subject to weather conditions in winter). As the arresting scenery of a tiny village tucked between mountains and water comes into view, you will immediately want to know more about this destination. Take a short walk from the market square to take your very own snapshot and capture the delightful houses built into the mountain, the glass-like lake, and the amazing mountains in the background.

Day 4

At Leisure

Wrap up warm and stroll around the traditional village of St Johann im Pongau. In the afternoon, why not relax and make use of the hotel’s excellent swimming pool and spa facilities? With a heated outdoor pool open all year round, you don’t have to get wrapped up to soak in the scenery.

Day 5

Christmas Shopping in Salzburg

Explore Salzburg today with a guided walking tour, then spend time at leisure to further enjoy the romantic fairy-tale city and birthplace of Mozart. It offers a combination of history, art, culture and architecture surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery.

Stroll around the Salzburg Christmas markets. With its traditional flair and special atmosphere, the markets are the perfect setting to get into the Christmas mood. The beautiful Cathedral Square, the traditional stalls and the quality of products sold charm visitors year after year. The streets are filled with unmistakable smells of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, potato pancakes, mulled wine and much more.

Day 6

Zell am See & Kitzbühel

The busy town of Zell am See has long been a favourite with visitors from the UK. Sitting on the banks of Lake Zell, and with the Hohe Tauern mountains behind, the setting is often described as one of Austria’s most beautiful.

We will continue to medieval Kitzbühel, where there’s time to explore this town of colourful buildings and quaint churches.  Enjoy the town’s charming Christmas markets or perhaps head to the picturesque lake, known to freeze over in winter.

Day 7-8

Depart Austria

The time has come to bid farewell to Austria. Depart early in order to reach Metz for your overnight stay. If time permits, enjoy some last minute Christmas shopping or just take in the festive atmosphere. The next day, depart Metz and head to Calais for you return ferry crossing back to the UK, then continue your journey home.


Featured hotel

Hotel Brückenwirt in St Johann im Pongau ****

Popular centrally located family-run hotel.  All bedrooms with balcony and seating area. The hotel has a lift to all floors, restaurant with menu choice for dinner, café and heated outdoor pool. Free entrance to wellness area and sauna. Live music and dancing (seasonal). Free coach parking available at the hotel.


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Date Hotel Half Twin Single supplement
December 2022 Hotel Brückenwirt  From £545.00 per person From £149.00 per person
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