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Austrian Christmas and Italian New Year

Small Group

Combine Austria and Italy in one on this festive break

13 days From £2,795 per person

2020 Tour code: IGX21

About the tour

Enjoy the festive period in two of Europe's most spectacular settings on this truly memorable rail holiday. Innsbruck at Christmas is enchanting, and Lake Garda is the perfect place to enjoy a fantastic New Year.


What’s included


Days 1-3 - Innsbruck and Christmas Eve

We meet at our Departure Office at London St Pancras, departing by Eurostar for Brussels where we board another train bound for Cologne. On Day 2, we travel by rail to Innsbruck. On the morning of Day 3, which is Christmas Eve, we enjoy a guided walking tour of Innsbruck. Our afternoon is at leisure ahead of a special Christmas Eve dinner.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 4-7 - Christmas Day, The Zillertalbahn, and Lake Garda

On Christmas Day we journey on the Stubaitalbahn, that takes us past icy forests and Alpine meadows laden with snow. This evening, we enjoy a festive dinner together. Day 5 is spent at leisure. On Day 6, we travel by train (Standard Class) to Jenbach, where we embark on a fantastic rail journey aboard the Zillertalbahn, travelling along the dramatic Inn Valley to Mayrhofen. Here, you are free to explore before our return journey. On Day 7, we rail (Standard Class) to Verona, where we enjoy a guided tour before continuing by coach to Desenzano, on the shores of Lake Garda.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 8-9 - A winery and Venice

Today we travel to the 'Floating City' of Venice, where we enjoy a guided tour of its many famous sights. On Day 9, you are at leisure in Desenzano ahead of our afternoon excursion to the Franciacorta wine region this afternoon. Here, we enjoy a visit to a local winery enjoying a tasting of some local vintages.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 10-13 - New Year Celebrations and London

On New Year's Eve we visit Sirmione where there's free time to explore. You can visit Rocca Scaligera, a beautiful 13th-century castle, and Grotte di Catullo, which is one of the largest Roman villas in Italy. This evening, we enjoy a gala dinner and celebrations at the hotel - a great way to welcome the New Year. Day 11 is New Year's Day, and you are free to celebrate it your way. On Day 12, we travel to Turin, where we have time to explore. On Day 13, we travel by rail to Paris. Here, we transfer to the Eurostar for our return journey to London.

  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11- Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 13 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Hotel Desenzano, Desenzano

Hotel Desenzano, Desenzano

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Hotel Innsbruck, Innsbruck

Hotel Innsbruck, Innsbruck

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Combine Austria and Italy in one on this festive break


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