Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 -  21st December : Fly to Austria

Your Christmas holiday begins with the flight to Salzburg from your chosen UK airport. You will then be transferred to your chosen hotel.

Day 2 -22nd December : Lake Wolfgang’s Three Christmas Markets and Lake Cruise 

The Lake Wolfgang Christmas Markets are held each year in the three lakeside villages of St. Gilgen, Strobl
and St. Wolfgang. Candles, torches and warming braziers lend a cosy atmosphere to the market in St. Wolfgang, where the rustically decorated market stalls weave a path from the Postplatz Square down to the
lake shore. And make sure to visit the famous “White Horse Inn”, which was built in 1474. The idyllic village
of Strobl is transformed into something very special at Christmastime with colourful displays in the shops
and cafes as well as the Christmas Market. Meanwhile, in the Mozart village of St. Gilgen, there is a baroque
backdrop to the Advent scene with its old frescoed houses. We’ve also arranged a boat cruise on the lake sailing past the ‘Floating Lantern’. This excursion really is a perfect introduction to our Christmas holiday!

Day 3 - 23rd December : Salzburg – The “Sound of Music” City

We spend the day in Salzburg and have included a 90 minute walking tour through the ‘Old Town’. We see Mozart’s birthplace on the Getreidegasse, which is the city’s main shopping street. Many of the scenes from the Sound of Music were filmed in Salzburg, and you’re sure to recognise the imposing Cathedral and the Hohensalzburg Fortress which towers over the city. The ‘Old Town’ is traffic free, so it really is easy to wander and explore.

Day 4 - Christmas Eve : King Ludwig’s Castle in Bavaria – Austrian Dinner

Today we cross the nearby border into Germany and on to Lake Chiemsee, which lies in Bavaria and take a boat trip to Herreninsel, the largest island in the lake. Mostly covered by forest, the island was bought in 1873 by King Ludwig II, who saw it as the perfect location for his new castle, the stunning “Herrenchiemsee”. The Bavarian Monarch revered King Louis XIV of France and hence built the castle as an amazing replica of the Palace of Versailles. This evening a traditional Austrian Dinner will be served in our hotel. Later this evening you may wish to join the local congregation for the church service.

Day 5 - Christmas Day : Sleigh Ride – Festive Christmas Dinner

Happy Christmas! After a hearty breakfast there will be plenty of time to open your presents. A little later
today wrap up warm for an enjoyable horse drawn sleigh ride. This evening in the hotel we have our festive roast turkey dinner.

Day 6 - Boxing Day : At leisure

Today is at leisure. Perhaps take a chair lift or cable car up to the heights, explore the shops, have a drink
in one of the cafes or bars or simply relax in the comfortable surroundings of the hotel.

Day 7 - 27th December : Winter Wonderland tour to Hallstatt and Bad Ischl

After breakfast we make our way along Alpine valleys, driving through a winter wonderland of snow covered
mountains to visit Hallstatt, one of Austria’s most exquisite villages and a trademark scene of this beautiful country. Its 16th-century Alpine houses and alleyways are home to cafes and shops. After free time in the village we make our way to the delightful spa town of Bad Ischl. The town rose to fame in the late 1800’s when the Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph l established his summer residence here. You can visit the Kaiservilla, which is preserved almost exactly as it was in Franz Joseph’s time and perhaps enjoy a coffee and cake in one of Bad Ischl’s splendid coffee houses.

Day 8 - 28th December

Today we leave the Salzkammergut at the appropriate time for the transfer to Salzburg airport and the return flight to the UK.

Departure dates and prices 2019 : 7 nights return flights to Salzburg

Mistral Holidays brochure prices from £1449

Travel 55 discount prices from  £1348*

Tel Mistral Holidays reservations on 01352 756 864 and quote Travel 55 code T55

*Price based on flights from Bristol - Travel 55 discount of 7% will apply on all holidays, whichever airport and date

Departure dates from Belfast : Birmingham : Bristol : Dublin : East Midlands : Edinburgh : Gatwick : Heathrow  Leeds/Bradford : Liverpool : Luton : Manchester : Stansted 

21 December

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Mistral Holidays
Christmas in Austria’s Lake District

Holidays by air 8 Days - 7% Discount

Prices from only £1348

Austria’s beautiful ‘Lake District’ is in the Salzkammergut region, a relaxing world of magnificent scenery which stretches eastwards from Salzburg city to the Dachstein Mountains. In this uncrowded paradise, time seems to have slowed down. Every way you turn there are stunning winter wonderland landscapes with crystal clear lakes, snow covered mountains and picture postcard villages.

But this festive Christmas holiday offers much more than just the views - we have arranged a fabulous programme of included excursions and visits, ensuring you get the very most from this very special holiday.

Your first excursion, to Lake Wolfgang’s three Christmas Markets towns, is the perfect introduction to our festive holiday. We visit St Gilgen, Strobl and St Wolfgang itself and also have a boat cruise on the lake. No holiday to the Salzkammergut would be complete without a visit to Salzburg. We have a guided walking tour of the Old Town followed by plenty of free time for shopping and sightseeing.

On Christmas Eve we travel into nearby Germany and visit King Ludwig’s amazing castle which is a replica of the Palace of Versailles. On Christmas Day we have a horse drawn sleigh ride in the surrounding countryside and to complete our holiday we have a Winter Wonderland excursion to picturesque Hallstatt and the Imperial town of Bad Ischl.

Book direct with Mistral on 01352 756 864, quote the Travel 55 discount code T55 and receive the Travel 55 money saving offer of 7% discount on all Mistral holidays.

Mistral Holidays - ABTA V0669 & ATOL 6900

To book or to check availability, call Mistral Holidays direct on 01352 756 864 and quote T55 for the Travel 55 discounted price. 

Included in the price

  • 7 nights accommodation in Austrian twin bedrooms with private bathroom in the Salzkammergut region
  • Buffet continental breakfast and 3 course evening dinner each day
  • 4 course Austrian dinner on Christmas Eve
  • Roast turkey dinner on Christmas Day
  • Excursion to the Lake Wolfgang Christmas Markets and lake cruise
  • Excursion to Salzburg and guided tour
  • Excursion to King Ludwig’s castle in Bavaria
  • Christmas Day horse drawn Sleigh Ride
  • Winter Wonderland visit to Hallstatt and Bad Ischl
  • Return flights to Salzburg
  • One piece of hold luggage and one piece of hand luggage per person
  • Transfers between Salzburg airport and hotel
  • Services of a Mistral Representative in Austria


Panorama Hotel Traunstein in Altmunster

Altmunster is a delightful village perched on the western shore of the dramatic Lake Traunsee, which is the largest lake in the Salzkammergut. With a backdrop of the snowcovered Alpine foothills and a lovely lakeside promenade, together with a good selection of cafes and shops, Altmunster is a perfect choice for our festive holiday. The friendly service provided by Christian and Aleksandra Pumberger and their team make the 3 star Panorama Hotel Traunstein a very welcoming hotel. Quiet yet conveniently located, within a 10-minute walk you can reach the centre of Altmunster and the lakeside promenade. 

The continental buffet breakfasts and evening dinners are served in the hotel’s restaurant and there is also a cosy bar lounge. The Austrian twin bedrooms are modern in style and have a private bathroom with a shower and Satellite TV. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

Hotel Der Abtenauer in Abtenau

Enchanting Abtenau is a winter sports resort situated in the picturesque Lammertal Valley in the Salzkammergut and is noted for its crystal clear air and the amazing views of the Austrian Alps which surround the resort. Being the main resort in the valley, you will find quite a good selection of cafes, bars, restaurants and souvenir shops in the village. Perfectly located right on the market square of Abtenau, the family owned 3 star Hotel Der Abtenauer retains a traditional character with a layout and decor that make for a homely feel.

The buffet continental breakfasts and evening dinners are served in the hotel’s dining room. Facilities include
a cosy bar lounge and a superb spa area featuring a sauna, a steam bath and an aromatic steam bath. Both
the modern and the traditionally furnished bedrooms have cable TV, radio, a safe and a bathroom with hairdryer. Wifi is available in the public areas of the hotel.

Hotel details will be sent to you with your travel tickets, approximately seven days before departure. 


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