Base your Christmas holiday in the charming Tyrolean village of Stans, the perfect location for a tranquil and relaxing festive break. We include a walking tour of the city of Innsbruck, where we discover treasures such as St Jacob’s Cathedral and the magnificent Hofburg Palace, before visiting the Bergisel Ski Jump for stunning views. We then delve deeper into the Tyrol visiting the elegant ski resorts of Seefeld and Oberammergau, famed for the Passion Play performed here every 10 years. We also enjoy an exciting funicular journey to Seegrube, and a scenic horse-drawn sleigh ride. Christmas is arguably the most important holiday in Austria; and the wonderful combination of festivities, ancient culture, rich history and the spectacular landscape of the Alps create a truly memorable holiday.
6 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for the journey to London Heathrow Airport and your direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Munich. On arrival we transfer into the Tyrol and the Wellness Hotel Schwarzbrunn (4T) in Stans, where we enjoy a welcome drink followed by dinner this evening.
This morning we depart for Innsbruck for a guided walking tour. The city came to prominence during the 14th century under the Habsburg dynasty, when it reached the height of its cultural and political importance. The main street of the old town is the Baroque-lined Herzog-Friedrich Strasse, and close by is the beautiful Baroque Cathedral of St Jacob, built in 1720. Entrance is included to the Hofburg Palace, rebuilt by Empress Maria Theresia in 1777. This stunning building features a Rococo-style hall, ceiling frescoes, valuable pictures and tapestry. We continue to Bergisel Ski Jump, that stands majestically above Innsbruck. An architectural masterpiece designed by Zaha Hadid, the jump offers a magnificent 360 degree panorama of the Inn valley, the Alps and Innsbruck itself. We reach the top by funicular and a lift to the panoramic terrace. Dinner is included this evening.
Today we explore the region of the Wetterstein Mountains visiting Seefeld, an elegant country resort. We continue through the gap town of Mittenwald to Garmisch situated on the edge of the Bavarian Alps. The old parish church stands on the left bank of the Loisach in the picturesque district where chalets have been carefully preserved. The wooded foothills of the Ammergau Alps, from which the Kofel peak rises, surround the attractive little towns of Ettal and Oberammergau with their painted houses. Oberammergau is also famed for its Passion Play, performed by the inhabitants of the village every ten years. We return to our hotel for dinner this evening.
Christmas Eve - Stans - Seegrube
After breakfast, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride across the village and its surroundings. Back at the hotel, attend a tasting of Tyrolean sausages and speck (dried and smoked meat), before a coach takes us to Innsbruck, to board the Hungerburg funicular for the exciting journey to Seegrube. At over 7,000 feet above sea level, the views are magnificent with the snowy Alpine peaks in the background providing a fairytale setting. Visit the famous Christmas markets in Innsbruck before we return to our hotel for a Gala Christmas dinner.
Christmas Day - Stans
This morning the hotel will decorate the Christmas tree and you are free before a traditional Christmas lunch is served. After lunch you can join the pastry chef for the preparation of Christmas biscuits (Kekse) and the famous apple strudel. Following this the cellar master will invite you to a tasting of Austrian wines. Enjoy dinner this evening, followed by an evening of dancing and live music.
Boxing Day - Tyrolean Villages
We set off for a wonderful scenic drive through the Tyrolean countryside. Our first stop is Hall in Tyrol, a delightful medieval town lying in the heart of the Inn Valley, with many fine buildings. From here our journey takes us to the village of Alpbach with its stylish Tyrolean chalets creating an atmosphere all of their own. Later in the day we visit Rattenberg, once a tiny frontier town which has retained its early Renaissance charm and appearance. The town is famed for its handicrafts and engraved glassware and we have a tour of a glass manufacturer. We return to our hotel in time for a delicious lunch.
Day 7 Stans - Munich - London
We transfer to Munich Airport for your direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
Located in the Tyrol in the picturesque village of Stans, and overlooking the Inn Valley, this 4★ hotel offers a lounge, bar and 2 restaurants. En suite guest rooms (most with shower only), have telephone, hairdryer, mini fridge, satellite TV and safe. Most rooms also have a balcony.