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2016 Travel Resolution Inspiration

July 10, 2015

Europe’s 10 Best Winter Vacations

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Europe in the winter is a magical place, filled with almost everything you could want on a vacation: sights, scenes, locals … and not many crowds! Plus, everything looks a little different in Europe during the winter, including the prices. Tis the season for a great value.  If you want to make the most out of your holiday, here’s a list of ten vacations we suggest for your winter wonderland adventure:

SIX COUNTRIES, VENICE & PARIS

Experience the Christmas Market in Frankfurt, Germany

Experience the Christmas Market in Frankfurt, Germany

Originally a trade route during the Middle Ages, Germany’s Romantic Road takes travelers through the country’s charming villages and scenic countryside. Prepare to fall equally in love with the cities, mountains, and lakes of France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Belgium, and England as you cross Western Europe’s intriguing avenues and waterways. Dozens of experiences await in a half-dozen countries on this 10-day journey.

 

A TASTE OF EUROPE

You might see fireworks in London, England.

You might see fireworks in London, England.

Bubbles and squeak and bubbly fondue aren’t the only new things you’ll sample on this 10-day European getaway. You’ll also burst with joy as you get a taste of the history of England, the energy of Holland, the beer of Germany, the mountains of Switzerland, and the romance of France.

 

EUROPEAN JEWELS

Visit canals in Amsterdam this winter.

Visit canals in Amsterdam this winter.

Bright cities, clear lakes, and romantic canals are a traveler’s best friend. We’ve mined the greatest experiences on land and water throughout Europe on this 12-day scenic vacation. Cross the English Channel. Enjoy canal cruises in Amsterdam and Venice. Stroll the ancient streets of London, Munich, and Paris. With additional visits to Austria and Switzerland, you’ll see how Europe shimmers.

 

WONDERS OF EUROPE

Watch the sunset in Florence, Italy.

Watch the sunset in Florence, Italy.

Michelangelo named the gilded bronze doors to Florence’s Baptistry of St. John the Gate of Paradise—an apt name for this 14-day journey through England, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Italy, and France. The doors, bridges, and windows of eight countries—and eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites—open as you travel back several centuries.

 

EUROPE’S HIGHLIGHTS

Enjoy picturesque Paris with a loved one.

Enjoy picturesque Paris with a loved one.

If we tallied up the most popular push pins on every traveler’s dream map, it would look like this itinerary—England, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France. With your camera in one hand and a pen in the other, you can cross off your “must-sees” and “must-dos” in one fabulous 15-day European vacation.

 

IMPERIAL CAPITALS

See the Chain Bridge like you've never seen it before.

See the Chain Bridge like you’ve never seen it before.

Rivals for supremacy quite naturally attempt to outdo one another. This one-upmanship is to your advantage as you visit the lands of the former Prussian and Austro-Hungarian Empires. As you make your way through Central and Eastern Europe on this 16-day journey, monumental architecture awaits, from Brussels to Salzburg, Budapest to Bratislava, and Prague to Berlin. History and tradition abound as well, including the Christmas markets of this fascinating region.

 

BRITISH PANORAMA

Festive scenes in London, England.

Festive scenes in London, England.

It’s been said that accents noticeably change every 25 miles throughout Great Britain. You know what else changes? The scenery, the cuisine, the architecture, and the history. They may be close in proximity, but England, Scotland and Wales are three distinct countries with countless diverse experiences. See what makes Great Britain so great on this 9-day vacation.

 

PRAGUE, VIENNA & BUDAPEST

Get your Christmas presents here, in Prague.

Get your Christmas presents here, in Prague.

The mountains. The music. The marzipan. The makings for a magical getaway are all right here on this 9-day, festive journey that starts in Munich. Taste plum dumplings in Prague. Enjoy the sweet sounds of Vienna. Savor the even sweeter views on a scenic drive along the Danube River. Visits to the Christmas markets of Nuremberg, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, and Salzburg put the bow on this European vacation.

 

CENTRAL EUROPE

Christmas in Berlin!

Christmas in Berlin!

They say you can’t stop time. Prague’s famous Astronomical Clock, striking every hour for the past 600 years, is testament to this sentiment. Yet when you travel through the elegant cities and fairytale villages of Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic on this 15-day tour, in many ways, you’ll feel like time is indeed standing still.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF GERMANY

A German vacation isn't complete with a stop in Heidelberg.

A German vacation isn’t complete with a stop in Heidelberg.

What’s more festive than beer, brats, and lederhosen? This 12-day journey through Germany will get you in the holiday spirit with visits to all the jewels of the country—Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Munich, the Black Forest, plus the gem of the Bavarian Alps: King Ludwig’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle. Snowcapped mountains, foam-topped pilsners, and other precious nuggets await.

Have we convinced you to visit Europe this winter?

Are you ready to book your tour, pack your bags and spend the holidays abroad? Mention code WINTER5 to save 5% on 2015 Europe Fall and Winter departures.* Act now, this exclusive deal can’t be found on our website, plus it ends on August 31, 2015.

Check out our Wintertime Wonders brochure or explore our tours online.

*Book and deposit a 2015 Cosmos Europe Winter departure vacation to save 5% per person on the land-only portion of the core tour not including extra night accommodations, hotel upgrades, extensions, taxes, fees, tips or supplements. Booking must be made and under deposit between June 24 and August 31, 2015 for travel between August 1 and December 31, 2015. Must mention ask and receive code WINTER5. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Not combinable with any other promotion except the Journeys Club Repeat Traveler benefit and current air promo. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on TBA space. Applies to new 2015 bookings only. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn any time. DSCDQ