Insight Vacations has announced the launch of its 2015/16 Autumn, Winter & Spring Europe programme including the Eastern Mediterranean and Christmas Markets. The new brochure includes 40 premium class holidays, with prices up to 24% lower than in summer. It also features three new Christmas Markets itineraries in Poland, Austria and Italy, plus three new Insight Gold Luxury journeys in Egypt.
Joost Timmer, Managing Director, Insight Vacations said, “Christmas Markets were extremely popular among our guests last year so along with perennial favourites like Alpine Christmas Markets and Winter Wonderland we are very excited to be adding three new itineraries to our European winter programme that visit some of the lesser known Christmas Markets in Poland and Italy. With 2015 marking our Signature Year, all of Insight’s itineraries weave in the magic of Europe’s winter with unique Signature Experiences like meeting a local stallholder at the Vienna Christmas Markets and sampling the delightful Austrian delicacy Linzer Torte or taking a horse-drawn carriage through the snow-capped mountains in the Tyrolean Capital of Innsbruck.”
Signature Experiences on other itineraries include a paella cooking demonstration in Valencia with a master chef and a spectacular journey by cable car and cogwheel railway in Switzerland to a mountain summit for stunning views over Lake Lucerne. Signature Hotels include the sumptuous Le Berbère Palace in Ouarzazate, the Gran Melia Fenix in Madrid, Lisbon’s Altis Grand and the Swissotel Dresden.
“With the changing seasons of autumn, winter and spring bringing cooler, more comfortable temperatures and fewer crowds, the guest experience travelling in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean is ideal. It’s the perfect time of year to catch springtime blossoms in Spain or visit Morocco and Greece and escape the summer heat. The value of travelling during low season is also considerable as prices can be more than 20% less than summer,” says Timmer.
The new 2015/16 winter programme also re-introduces Insight Vacations’ Egypt itineraries, with three new Gold Luxury journeys. The ultimate in luxury, each of these trips incorporate cruising on-board the elegant all-suite River Tosca, the finest ship on the Nile.
New Christmas Markets itineraries include:
- 7-Day Christmas Markets of Germany, Austria & Italy travelling from Munich to Venice, visiting five Christmas Markets at a leisurely pace. Includes a visit to Italy’s largest Christmas Market in Bolzano, where guests have the chance to meet a stall holder and enjoy a mug of steaming mulled wine and a piece of the local Zelten Christmas Cake. A festive horse and carriage ride in the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck is also an unforgettable Signature Experience. Priced from $2,565 per person, twin-share (Single supplement $620). Departures available 29 November to 15 December, 2015.
- 8-Day Christmas Markets of Poland, Prague & Germany brings together two of Poland’s favourite destinations Kraków and Wroclaw which are alive with Christmas spirit. Optional experiences to Auschwitz and the Salt Mines of Wieliczka complete the stay in Poland before heading to three more popular Christmas Market destinations of Prague, Dresden and Berlin. Priced from $1,950 per person, twin-share (Single supplement $490). Departures available 29 November to 15 December, 2015.
- 8-Day Christmas Markets of Austria & Bavaria explores four of the most famous Christmas Market destinations of Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Munich. In Innsbruck, guests enjoy time in the Tyrolean village of Hall-in-Tirol to taste the local Krapfen and Kiachli before a Signature Evening of a medieval banquet in a 700-year-old inn. Priced from $2,235 per person, twin-share (Single supplement $470). Departures available from 29 November to 15 December, 2015.
Departures for the new programme commence in October 2015 and run until April 2016. Insight Vacations is offering guests an Early Payment Discount of up to 7.5% off selected 2015/16 Winter Europe tours when they book and pay in full by 31 August, 2015.
For more information visit www.insightvacations.com, call 1300 727 767 or (02) 9512 0767 (Sydney Metro) or contact your local Sales Manager.