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2019 Inntravel Journeys Mark Anniversaries Of The First European Coffee Craze & The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

January 30, 2019 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

Slow Holiday specialist Inntravel encourages travelers to enjoy a change of pace in 2019 with the help of its latest Journeys program which offers an array of self-guided adventures amid the most scenic corners of Europe – both on and off the beaten track.  New are a trail along Central Europe’s 300-year-old coffee trading route and a discovery of Spain’s ‘Sherry Triangle’ by rail. Also worthy of note in 2019 is a journey by train behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ in what is the 30th anniversary year of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

By resisting the temptation to whizz by in a blur, travelers get the chance to make some remarkable discoveries entirely at their own pace. In this way, landscapes, traditions and cultural nuances come more sharply into focus. The 30 self-guided journeys, whether by train, self-drive or by boat, all bear the familiar hallmarks of an Inntravel vacation such as authentic hotels, charming villages and unspoiled landscapes, and a set of fascinating cultural route notes.

*** NEW FOR 2019 *** On the Trail of the Habsburgs – 300th Anniversary of the First European Coffee Craze
300 years ago the Habsburg Empire was in the grip of Europe’s first coffee craze. Coffee houses were springing up in Vienna, Graz, Ljubljana and Trieste and in 1719 Trieste was announced as a free port to meet demand. On this fascinating self-guided rail journey in Central Europe, guests follow the coffee trading route through the Habsburg heartlands, stopping in each of these Imperial cities. Notes for self-guided city walking tours are included and, in addition to coffee and slices of sachertorte, guests will relish the magnificent architecture and art, from Vienna’s Hofburg Palace to the wonderfully preserved Old Town in Graz. Price: from £995pp sharing, including 8 nights’ B&B, rail travel Vienna-Graz-Ljubljana-Trieste and city walking tour notes. Available 1 April to 31 Oct 2019.

*** NEW FOR 2019 *** Fino & Flamenco: Seville, Jerez and Cádiz
This leisurely and superb value exploration of Andalucía by rail takes guests to three of Spain’s most beguiling cities. Explore Spain’s famous ‘Sherry Triangle’ and tuck into great tapas, fish and seafood. The journey begins in Seville, the lively Andalusian capital, and once the treasury of the Spanish Kings. Explore its winding, whitewashed streets and wonder at the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. After a two-night stay, guests journey onto Jerez, in Spain’s ‘Sherry Triangle’, to visit its famous bodegas and traditional tabancos, where sherry is dispensed right from the cask. The final stop is anarchic Cádiz, a jumble of narrow streets almost entirely encircled by the sea, with a spectacular golden domed cathedral and mouth-watering restaurants. Price: from £525pp sharing, including 6 nights’ B&B, rail travel and transfers. Available 2 Jan-30 June & 1 Sept-21 Dec 2019.

Beyond the Iron Curtain
2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany. Trace the timeline of an historical revolution on this self-guided rail trail, exploring the fluctuating fortunes of New Germany. Journey by rail between the iconic cities of Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden to discover how they emerged from the cloak of the Iron Curtain. Stay two nights in each, using Inntravel’s walking notes and city cards to marvel at their enduring cultural treasures. In Berlin, follow a route that traces its chequered history, taking in the magnificently restored Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and the Wall, before venturing beyond the city limits to Potsdam. Continue to Leipzig, best known for music, but where on 9 October 1989 locals staged the largest protest demonstration in East German history. Last is Dresden which has risen from the ashes and been restored to its former glory. Price: from £775pp sharing, including 6 nights’ B&B, rail travel between Berlin-Leipzig-Dresden, city walking tour notes and City Cards. Option to extend the trail to Prague. Available 5 Jan to 15 Dec 2019.

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