Day 1 Early morning departure for the journey to Dover and the crossing to Calais. Continuing on to the Saarbrücken area for an overnight stop.
Day 2 Travelling into the Austrian Voralberg region and to the medieval city of Feldkirch for a stay of five nights. Enjoy a hot winter punch to warm your spirits on arrival.
Day 3 Your first outing will be to the snowy Bregenzerwald to visit the Bentel Brothers, who produce honey, and schnapps the traditional Austrian drink. Sample and find your favourite. You will then travel to Schwarzenberg, a beautiful area where the famous painter, Angelika Kauffman spent her childhood before moving to London and then to Rome. Her early artwork can be viewed in the parish church. On the return journey you will enjoy a view of Lake Constance whilst driving over the Bödele. From here continue back to Feldkirch and the Christmas Market. The medieval city provides a lovely setting for the beautifully decorated stalls, enjoy a mulled wine as you warm up and visit the quiet and secret alleyways in this old Montfort city.
Day 4 Today you will travel to the highest Swiss mountains. Arriving in Chur, the capital of the Grisons with over 150 valleys. Chur is also the oldest city in Switzerland. Here you will board the Rhaetic Railway train which will take you deep into the magnificent mountains to the famous ski resort of Arosa. Time to explore the area and stroll round the lake before returning to Chur where you can explore the old town and perhaps visit the cathedral.
Day 5 CHRISTMAS DAY – Enjoy a leisurely day to explore Feldkirch. You will enjoy a traditional turkey Christmas lunch and later a Christmas dinner with music in the evening.
Day 6 Travelling through the Walgau up to the Flexen Pass and the famous ski resorts of Zürs and Lech, where many famous families have spent their winter holidays, including the royal families of the Netherlands, Jordan and Morocco as well as Princess Diana. You will enjoy a sleigh ride from Lech to Zug (or similar) and afterwards the coach will take you to St Anton, another famous ski resort in the Arlberg.
Day 7 Sadly it is time to depart for the return journey to Saarbrücken and the overnight stop.
Day 8 After breakfast, depart the hotel and commence the homeward journey.
Hotel Weisses Kreuz This hotel is located in Feldkirch and is an ideal base for touring the area. All bedrooms are ensuite with TV, telephone, hairdryer, WiFi and safe. Lift, restaurant, lounge, steam room and garden terrace. NB Overnight hotels All bedrooms are en-suite with TV.
Single room supplement £158
Holiday insurance £26
(70 years and over £44.50)