Winter holidays on location

Holidays On Location has just released its new Winter Touring brochure featuring new tours in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Belgium and the opportunity to experience a white Christmas in Europe.

John de Steiger, manager of business development for Holidays On Location says winter travel is becoming more and more popular with Australian travellers, particularly families.

“Winter in Europe is provides an excellent opportunity to avoid the peak season crowds and experience unique winter attractions. Christmas in Europe has a sense of occasion which is embraced by families and Australian travellers can have a rather different Christmas experience.”

Additionally, a range of special interest tours and packages are on offer including deer viewing and feeding in Salzburg, horse drawn sleigh rides, and a Silent Night – Holy Night Christmas Eve tour taking part in the annual memorial service in honour of the creators of the carol at the Silent Night Memorial Chapel in Salzburg.

De Steiger advises agents to book early, and to ask the company for any special requests as they can tailor-make itineraries. He also says that agents should keep in mind the emerging Eastern German destinations like Dresden.

A three-day Christmas at the Schönbrunn Vienna City Package is priced from $239 per person and includes two nights’ accommodation at Hotel Courtyard by Marrriott Schönbrunn, breakfast daily, a Christmas culinary deluxe package and beautiful Schönbrunn Christmas souvenir mug, entrance and guided tours of the palace rooms, and all service charges and taxes. Departures from 22 November – 26 December 2015.

Clients can follow up with a five-day New Year in Salzburg package priced from $1230 per person. Departures from 29 December 2015 – 2 January 2016. A wide range of tours also include the Christmas Markets in Austria and Germany.