Embrace the magic of winter with these unique European experiences

Enjoy a visual feast travelling through Switzerland on a week-long journey.Enjoy a visual feast travelling through Switzerland on a week-long journey.

AS we enter the half year mark and the year-end festive season edges ever closer, the allure of a winter holiday entices holiday makers to plan their year-end European escapes in advance.

Travelling to Europe during winter presents travellers with a captivating blend of charming traditions, festive cheer and breathtaking snowcapped landscapes, as the continent becomes a haven for those seeking magical experiences.

Picture bustling Christmas markets, twinkling lights adorning historic streets and cosy cafes with delectable European delights.

From the ethereal beauty of the Northern Lights in Scandinavia to the timeless appeal of cities like Geneva, Salzburg, Prague and Crete, winter in Europe promises to be a season of enchantment for all.

Winter in Europe

To help you plan your dream winter escape, Insight Vacations offers some of the top holiday destinations and itineraries for the festive season.

> A fairytale winter wonderland

Imagine strolling through Salzburg’s 500-year-old Christmas market, surrounded by the city’s famed Baroque and Gothic architecture, where the scent of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts fills the air – it creates a setting straight out of a storybook.

The charm of Europe takes a whole new meaning during winter, with its historic main squares lit up with twinkling lights and decorative wooden stalls, as you wander the charming streets of Strasbourg, home to France’s oldest Christmas market, or marvel at Munich’s towering Christmas tree.

This is all possible on Insight Vacations’ nine-day Alpine Christmas Markets tour.

The Wrocław Christmas Market in Poland is rated one of the finest in Europe.The Wrocław Christmas Market in Poland is rated one of the finest in Europe.

> Taste traditional winter treats

There are few things more heartwarming than immersing yourself in the Yuletide spirit in Europe, as you soak up the festive cheer mingling with locals and trying out favourite local delicacies.

Whether it be savouring forgotten varieties of gingerbread from the Lower Silesia region in Poland, tasting the centuries-old Christtollen Christmas cake in Germany or warming up over a cup of Gluhwein hot spiced wine in Salzburg and Svarak mulled wine in Prague, these experiences are perfect for those who wish to indulge in the heartwarming flavours of traditional winter treats.

These experiences are available as part of Insight Vacations’ eight-day Christmas Markets of Austria and Bavaria, and eight-day Christmas Markets of Poland, Prague and Germany tours.

> Scenic railway journey through Switzerland

For those yearning for breathtaking snowy landscapes, Insight Vacations’ seven-day Magical Switzerland tour offers an unforgettable ride through the heart of the Swiss Alps aboard the renowned Glacier Express.

This iconic train journey takes you through a winter wonderland of ice-capped mountains, deep gorges and snowy pastures, showcasing the stunning natural beauty of the land of magical landscapes.

Hunt for the dancing Northern Lights of Norway.Hunt for the dancing Northern Lights of Norway.

> Captivating Scandinavian adventure

The allure of the Northern Lights beckons adventurers to the Scandinavian region, especially with Insight Vacations’ 10-day Northern Lights of Scandinavia and seven-day Scenic Iceland and the Northern Lights tours.

You’ll be able to watch the mesmerising Aurora Borealis from cosy cabins in Ivalo’s Aurora Village in Finland and even pay a visit to a Sami reindeer camp in Tromso in Norway, to learn about their traditions and history, offering a unique glimpse into the Sami way of life – Norway’s Indigenous population who have inhabited northern Scandinavia for thousands of years.

> Visit world-famous caves in the Balkans

Insight Vacations’ eight-day Christmas Markets of Croatia, Slovenia and Austria tour takes you on a journey into a subterranean fairyland in the heart of the Balkans.

On this tour, you will visit the Postojna Caves in Slovenia via a mini-train and see the world-famous cave systems, celebrated for its stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Delve into the history of Chania in western Crete, Greece.Delve into the history of Chania in western Crete, Greece.

> Dive into Greek civilisation

For those seeking a blend of history and tranquillity, the 15-day Greece Undiscovered tour is the perfect fit, as it brings you on an adventure to explore the rich heritage of Greece’s largest island – Crete.

You can delve into the Minoan civilisation at the Palace of Knossos and wander the medieval streets of Rethymno and explore the old town of Chania, far from the bustling crowds.

Visit the fortified town of Óbidos during a cool winter getaway in Portugal.Visit the fortified town of Óbidos during a cool winter getaway in Portugal.

> A cool escape on the Iberian Peninsula

The winter climates in Spain and Portugal make them the ideal destinations for a comfortable and cool winter getaway.

With Insight Vacations’ 15-day Best of Spain and Portugal and nine-day Highlights of Spain tours, you’ll be able to visit some of the region’s culturally iconic locations.

Whether it be exploring the whitewashed houses and cobblestone streets of Obidos in Portugal, admiring the architecturally magnificent Mezquita mosque in Cordoba or taking flamenco dance lessons in the Andalusian region in Spain, there is something for every culture buff on the Iberian coasts.

Discover Europe this winter with Insight Vacations’ premium guided tours.

Travel “business class” style exploring the magic of Europe’s winter with Insight Vacations and enjoy an elevated experience with premium services, premium dining, premium experiences and premium tour essentials throughout your journey.

For a limited time only, enjoy savings up to 25% per person plus RM500 Flight Rebates per couple for travel from October 1, 2024 until March 31, 2025. Terms apply.

To book, contact Corporate Information Travel Sdn Bhd (CIT), the appointed Preferred Sales Agent in Malaysia for Insight Vacations. As a premier travel management company in Malaysia, CIT’s vision and aspiration is to create satisfied customers by providing excellent service to each and every customer.

Speak to their expert travel advisors today at 03-2091 9988 or email askme@cit.travel or visit https://cit.travel/insight-vacations/ for further details.

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