CHRISTMAS MARKETS AND WINTER WONDERLAND - Boutique Journeys for Solo Travellers

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Fully escorted small group tour with a maximum of 12 passengers

Come along with us on a magical journey through Switzerland, Austria, Germany plus Prague, showcasing picture perfect scenery which will make you feel like you are in a fairytale.  Experience Christmas Markets with festive lights and decorations, unique and handmade gifts, crafts, activities and local holiday treats to celebrate the season. Enjoy an enchanting 7 day river cruise from Nuremberg cruising through the wintery landscape of the picturesque Wachau Valley, finishing in Austria's magical capital of Vienna, home to the sounds of Mozart and Strauss, the Vienna Boys' Choir, and the Spanish Riding School.  Enjoy a scenic train journey on the panoramic Golden Pass train through the powdery white snowy mountains of the Swiss Alps and so much more.  This is truly a trip of a lifetime and something everyone should do at least once in their lives.  Our tours are exclusively for solo travellers so come and share the joy of travel with people just like you.

Twin $19,990 per person                                                                 

Single $25,440

Costs include an open-air balcony cabin on the river cruise

Please enquire for Business Class upgrade costs

 

TOUR HOST:  Tracey Burfield-Mills

Tracey has been creating holidays for clients for over 30 years and is now specialising in tours for solo travellers.  She is the owner/operator of World Travellers Remuera and puts together all the itneraries for our tours based on years of travelling experience.  She is a full member of the New Zealand Intitute of Travel and Tourism (MNZITT).   "Solo travellers have been sadly neglected in the past, says Tracey.    We are the first (and currently only) company in New Zealand that offers tours exclusively for solo travellers.  The difference for a solo traveller travelling on one of our tours is huge.  Being part of a small group of solo travellers provides a wonderful intimate experience where it is like travelling with a group of friends.  Everyone is in the same situation which provides a relaxing and comfortable environment.  I also love the fact we all get together prior to departure.  Getting to know each other prior to the tour eases any anxiety about who will be on the tour etc so that by the time we all meet at the airport we are all familiar with each other and can look forward to doing and seeing some amazing things and having fun.  I absolutely love escorting every tour I take away. We see and do great things, stay in lovely hotels, have great meals (and of course great wine) and have sooo much fun! I cannot wait for the next one".

 

Tour inclusions:

Return economy class airfares from Auckland with Emirates

All taxes and levies

6 night Avalon River Cruise on MS Passion

4-5 star hotels in Dubai, Montreux, Grindelwald, Lucerne, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and Fuessen

Sightseeing and transportation as specified

Breakfasts Daily

5 Lunches

8 Dinners

Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the river cruise

Gratuities

Services of a Tour Host

 

 

 

Itinerary

Wednesday 27 November

After checking in at Auckland International Airport enjoy some relaxing time at the Emperors Lounge.  Tonight we depart Auckland at 9.15 pm and fly to Dubai

 

Thursday  28 November

Early this morning we arrive in Dubai and are transferred to our hotel.  Rest of the day at leisure.  One night Taj Dubai Hotel (Luxury Room), conveniently located in the Burj Khalifa precinct, five minutes from the famed Downtown area and Dubai Mall.

 

Friday 29 November

Early this morning we are transferred to the airport for our 8.40 am flight to Geneva.  On arrival in Geneva at 12.45 pm we are transferred to our hotel in Montreux (approx. 1 hour from Geneva), located in the French speaking part of Switzerland on Lake Geneva and at the foot of the Swiss Alps.  Three nights Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic (Deluxe Lakeview Rooms) located in the heart of Montreux.  Later this afternoon enjoy time looking around the Montreux Christmas Markets.

 

Saturday 30 November

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Chillon Castle.   Chillon Castle is located on a rock on the banks of Lake Geneva. The water castle is the most visited historic building in Switzerland. For nearly four centuries Chillon was the residence and profitable toll station of the Counts of Savoy.  This afternoon  we travel up the delightful mountain Rochers-de-Naye, located in the Swiss Alps.  A 55 minute journey that ascends more than 1,600 metres  by charming cog railway travelling through fields, villages and forests and affords  a stunning view out over Lake Geneva and the Vaud, Valais, Bern and even the French Alps and on arrival meet santa in his grotto - truly magical!

 

Sunday 1 December

Today enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Roman cities of Vevey and Lausanne and finish the day with a visit to a Lavaux winery.  We first visit Vevey, the old Roman town of Vibiscum, with the biggest market place in Europe and the home to Charlie Chaplin, Swiss chocolate and Nestlé.  Vevey is a pretty, cultural town with cobbled pedestrian streets and a  lakeside promenade.  Lausanne is another Roman town and the capital of the Vaud county.  It is home to the International Olympic Committee, a  beautiful gothic cathedral, a pedestrian old town, shopping streets and the port of Ouchy.  We finish our day at a Lavaux winery.  At the heart of the vineyard terraces, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Lavaux Vinorama introduces you to the wines of this unique Swiss region. The highlights include over 250 different local wines of which we will sample a few.

 

Monday 2 December

This morning admire the breathtaking scenery of the Swiss Alps, travelling in first class on the panoramic Golden Pass train via Zweismmen and Interlaken to Grindelwald, a charming village located in the Jungfrau region of the Bernese Alps.  Two nights at Kreutz and Post Hotel (Superior Southfacing Rooms), located in the centre of Grindelwald.  Afternoon free to enjoy the charming small town of Grindelwald.  Tonight, dinner is included at the hotel.

 

Tuesday 3 December

Today we travel by cogwheel train up to UNESCO listed Jungfraujoch –  a mountain  known as the “Top of Europe”.  The railway station is the highest in Europe, located 3,454 metres above sea level offering magestic views of ice, snow and rock. From the Sphinx Observatory, look out over Aletsch Glacier and past the snow-capped Alpine peaks toward France and Italy.  Tonight, dinner is included at the hotel.

 

Wednesday 4 December

This morning continue our train journey on the scenic Golden Pass train via Interlaken to Lucerne, a beautiful lakeside city in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.  Three nights Hotel Des Balance (Riverview Rooms), located in the heart of the old town and directly on the river Reuss. Afternoon  free to enjoy Lucerne.

 

Thursday  5 December

This morning enjoy a 3 hour walking tour of Lucerne.  Walk across the famous Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) - built in the 14th century it’s Europe’s oldest covered wooden bridge and the oldest surviving truss bridge in the world.  On one side of the bridge you’ll see the Water Tower, a site that served as a dungeon during the Middle Ages.  Learn about Switzerland’s Jesuit and Protestant religious heritage at historical Jesuit Church, and then witness the pristine acoustics in the concert hall of the Culture and Congress Centre (known simply as the KKL).   Our route also includes a sight of the imposing Musegg Wall, that marks the remains of Lucerne’s medieval ramparts.  After the tour spend time looking around the Christmas Markets.  This afternoon enjoy a one hour cruise on Lake Lucerne on MS Saphir.

 

Friday 6 December

Today we take a short taxi ride to to Kriens from where we take the panoramic gondolas to Mt Pilatus, enjoying 30 minutes of  jaw dropping views out of the panoramic windows, especially designed to give the feeling of flying. At the peak of Mount Pilatus (2132m) a mystical, white winter paradise awaits you.  Travel the same way back to Kriens and Lucerne.

 

Saturday 7 December

This morning we travel to Zurich for our flight to Prague, departing Zurich at 12.45 pm.

On arrival in Prague at 2.05 pm we will be transferred to our hotel.  Two nights Hilton Prague Old Town (Standard Rooms) centrally located in Pragues Old Town.

 

Sunday 8 December

This morning enjoy a guided city wal to see the grounds of Hradcany Castle, St Vitus Cathedral and Old Towns Astronomical Clock.  This afternoon enjoy time looking around the Prague Christmas Markets.

 

Monday 9 December

This morning depart Prague and travel to Nuremberg where we board our ship Avalon Passion.  Overnight Nuremberg.

 

Tuesday 10 December

Today chose a guided tour of Nuremberg's medieval architecture, gilded fountain, Gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle OR of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds, used by the Third Reich.  This afternoon enjoy time to look around the Nuremberg Christmas Markets. - sample favourite Bavarian fare-from dozens of bratwurst varieties, gingerbread, mulled blueberry wine, and countless other culinary delights of the Christkindlmarkt. This evening we sail to Regensburg.

 

Wednesday 11 December

This morning enjoy a Christmas Traditions Lecture on board while sailing.  Then join a guided city walk and see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria-entrance to the Castra Regina fortress built in 179AD. Take time to browse Regensburg's sparkling Christmas markets. Enjoy hot-mulled wine, candied almonds, gingerbread, or bratwurst. Later, indulge in an onboard Beer Tasting to sample regional German brews. Tonight enjoy live entertainment as we sail to Passau.

 

Thursday 12 December

This morning join a guided city walk of Passau to learn more about this beautiful "City of Three Rivers." This afternoon enjoy Passau’s Christmas Markets near magnificent St. Stephen's Cathedral. Take a brief evening cruise to Linz, and go out for music and dancing or late-night dessert before sailing to Melk.

 

Friday 13 December

This morning take a guided tour of Melk's magnificent Benedictine Abbey to marvel at its frescoed ceilings then this afternoon enjoy an Austrian Cookie Tasting while sailing through the splendid Wachau Valley to Vienna.  This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. Overnight Vienna.

 

Saturday 14 December

This morning enjoy a guided culinary tour of Vienna's magical Christmas Advent Markets to sample Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel.  Free time in Vienna this afternoon.  Overnight Vienna

 

Sunday 15 December

This morning we say goodbye to our wonderful Avalon crew and travel to Schönbrunn Palace.  A former Imperial summer residence, the 1,441-room baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country.  The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, reflecting the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.   Enjoy a tour through the authentically furnished residential and representational rooms of the Imperial family in the Palace and then wander the maze and the labyrinth in the garden.

This afternoon enjoy a tour of the Imperial Palace, the impressive centre of power of the Habsburg family.  See the Sisi Museum, residential apartments and state rooms used by Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth. Two nights The Ring Hotel, centrally located between the Vienna State Opera and the Musikverein concert hall.



Monday 16 December

This morning enjoy a unique and informative walking tour of Vienna, offering a complete overview of Vienna`s historical Old Town. See Heroes’ Square where Hitler made his infamous “Anschluss” speech to the Austrians in 1938.  Visit the hidden Minoriten Church with its remarkable mosaic copy of Leonardo da Vinci ́s “The Last Supper,” and of course St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the unchallenged gothic masterpiece in the very heart of the city.   We visit the Spanish Riding School, where we get to see the morning exercise of the horses, which offers an insight into the training of the riders and their Lipizzans.  Our guide will offer a wide range of stories spanning from Vienna`s medieval, renaissance, WWII, and modern day Vienna.    This afternoon enjoy a tour of the Vienna State Opera House.  Take a glimpse behind the scenes of the world’s largest repertoire theatre and discover many things that remain hidden from the evening audience. On this approximately 40-minute tour, you will hear many interesting facts about the building’s history, its architecture and how an opera house is run. From the foyer, we take the grand staircase to the state rooms (Tea Salon, Marble Hall, Schwind Foyer, Gustav Mahler Hall) before we reach the auditorium (catching a look at the stage). 

 

Tuesday 17 December

This morning we leave Vienna and head to Salzburg.  On the way, stop at the extraordinary small village of  Hallstatt which is Austria’s oldest and possibly most photographed village and which has been described as “the most beautiful lake town in the world”.  After exploring this amazing town we continue our journey to Salzburg, nestled in the eastern Alps on the banks of the Salzach river.  This historic city was ranked one of most inspiring cities to visit in the world and looks much like it did when Mozart lived there 250 years ago.  Three nights Hotel Sacher Salzburg (Superior Rooms), located on the banks of the Salzach River in the heart of Mozart's city, with an amazing view of the old town.

 

Wednesday 18 December

Today we enjoy seeing film locations from “The Sound of Music” and places from Maria Von Trapp’s real life.  Passing Mirabell Castle our first stop will be Mirabell Gardens (where Maria and the children sang “Do-Re-Mi”).  From there we will drive to Residenz Square (“I have confidence in me”) and Felsenreitschule (“Edelweiss”) in the old city of Salzburg.   The next stop will be Leopoldskron Castle and Leopoldskron Lake (where the children fell into the water) and then further on to Hellbrunn Castle, (“I am 16 going on 17”).  We then leave Salzburg city heading for Salzkammergut/Lake District, driving through country villages along

Lake Fuschi to St Gilgen (also famous for the Mozart family) with breathtaking views over Lake Wolfgang.  Enjoy wandering around the St Gilgen Christmas Markets.  Finally we take the Romantic Road toward Mondsee (village and lake) where in the Mondsee Basilica (wedding church) you can follow Maria and Baron von Trapp’s footsteps to the wedding altar.

 

Thursday 19 December

Today is free to enjoy Salzburg at your own pace.  You may like to wander the Christmas Markets, visit Salzburg Fortress or spend time shopping.

 

Friday 20 December

This morning we travel to Hohenschwangau and view the stunning fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein. The fairytale look of the castle inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom and was his model for the Sleeping Beauty Castle.  The castle was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as the “Fairytale King”.  It remained  unfinished at the time of his death in 1886 and was opened to the public seven weeks later.  The bewitching nature of the castle has made it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. This castle is best viewed from outside so we will do this and view from inside the beautiful Hohenschwangau Castle which was King Ludwig II’s father’s castle.  One night Hotel Sonne,  (Classic Rooms) located in the heart of Füssen.

 

Saturday  21 December

This morning we travel to Munich Airport for our flight to Dubai.  Depart Munich at 2.30 pm and arrive Dubai at 11.25 pm.  Overnight at the Dubai International Hotel located inside the terminal building.

 

Sunday 22 December

Depart Dubai this morning at 10.05 am for Auckland.

 

Monday 23 December

Arrive Auckland at 11.20 am

 

 

All prices are in New Zealand dollars.  Prices are  based on payment by cash, eftpos, cheque or direct deposit only.  A surcharge of 2% applies for payment by Visa or Mastercard.  If you would prefer to share a room we will endeavour to match you up with someone of the same gender.  If we cannot, you would be required to pay the single price.  A non-refundable deposit of $3,500 per person is due at time of booking.  Balance due 27 August 2019.  Costs are based on a group of 12 passengers.  If the group falls below this number World Travellers Remuera reserves the right to cancel the tour in which case a full refund would be given.  This would be known at least 3 months prior to departure.  Once paid the full amount is non-refundable.

Please note:  A good level of fitness is required for this tour.

 

More Information?

For more information please phone Tracey on 09 520 5600 or 021 1398539.

Alternatively you can email remuera@worldtravellers.co.nz

Travel Dates

27 November 2019 - 23 December 2019

Priced From

$19,990

Sale Ends

02 September 2019

Free Space

12 spaces available

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