Emirates Holidays has launnched the 2011-2012 Ski & Winter Holidays Brochure with 18 carefully selected destinations across six countries, offering travellers a tantalizing glimpse of idyllic winter getaways from the snow-capped mountains and chic fashion boutiques of St Moritz, Switzerland to the quaint Christmas markets of Munich, Germany.
The brochure embraces the entire winter experience, whether travellers are looking for the adrenaline rush of powder white ski slopes, the romance of a city break blanketed in snow, or the childlike delight of a Bavarian festive fantasy, this year’s brochure has something for everyone.
Last year, Emirates Holidays experienced an increase of over 50 per cent in winter getaways as more families, groups and couples opted for a memorable white Christmas. “The popularity of the winter getaway has continued to increase in Dubai as more and more travellers seek the traditional winter experience in cities that truly exemplify the winter wonderland concept. With the early advance of Eid which reduced the summer holidays for many, we expect winter bookings to be even more popular this year and will continue to grow our destination and hotel portfolio to cater to this growing demand,” commented Frederic Bardin, Senior Vice President of Emirates Holidays.
The wide range of complete tours and bespoke itinerary options across Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Lebanon, the US and Canada provides options for all budgets and tastes, and in the spirit of the season, Emirates Holidays has developed a series of unique packages to enable guests to make the most of their retreat. In addition, Skywards members booking their winter holiday will receive up to 20 per cent bonus miles when they book hotel accommodation for a minimum of three nights.
Picturesque Kitzbühel, Austria
The fashionable Tyrolean resort of Kitzbühel is well known for its picturesque medieval houses and narrow streets, magnificent scenery and stylish nightlife, as well as some of the best skiing in Europe for beginners and pros alike. Boasting a magnificent alpine backdrop, the elegant Grand Spa Resort A-Rosa also offers a luxurious spa with wellness and beauty treatments from around the world.
Prices start from AED 6,663 per person on twin-sharing basis in an Executive Room and include return economy airfare to Munich from Dubai, three nights’ accommodation on half-board basis and room tax and service charges.
Romantic Innsbruck, Austria
The capital city of Tyrol combines the bright lights of a cosmopolitan city with beautiful alpine landscapes. Rich in culture, the area boasts medieval architecture and lively entertainment with traditional Christmas markets held on cobbled streets and stunning ski resorts. The exclusive Grand Hotel Europa is ideally located near the old town, gondolas and famous Hungerburg & Nordkettenbahn cable car, which offers stunning aerial views of the picture-perfect city.
Prices start from AED 4,795 per person on twin-sharing basis in a Europa Room and include return economy airfare to Munich from Dubai, three nights’ accommodation with breakfast, and room tax and service charges.
Fun-Filled Interlaken, Switzerland
Interlaken is the oldest and most popular tourist destination in Switzerland and boasts a multitude of activities, including the world’s longest sledge run. Cross country skiing, lake cruises and the cog-wheeled railway offer spectacular views of the area with lively markets and festive celebrations taking place throughout the winter season. The traditional Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage offers stunning views of the valley amidst the imposing Swiss mountains, as well as local culinary specialties and Swiss style spa treatments.
Prices start from AED 5,249 per person on twin-sharing basis in a Classic Room and include return economy airfare from Dubai to Zurich, three nights’ accommodation with breakfast, and room tax and service charges.
Sophisticated St Moritz, Switzerland
The world famous resort of St Moritz is the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism, and is known for its beautiful climate which sees the area blessed with 322 days of sunshine a year. This combined with its exclusive restaurants, chic shopping and world class sporting events, have positioned it as one of Europe’s most desirable destinations year round. The stylish Hotel Monopol is situated among the city’s designer shops and exclusive boutiques, providing endless opportunities for outdoor leisure, while the exclusive wellness centre offers a variety of indoor retreats.
Prices start from AED 8,839 per person on twin-sharing basis in a Standard Room and include return economy airfare from Dubai to Zurich, five nights’ accommodation with breakfast, and room tax and service charges.
Cosmopolitan Faraya-Mzaar, Lebanon
Just a short flight away from Dubai, Faraya-Mzaar in Lebanon is a picturesque ski and winter destination. With the beautiful surroundings of Mt Lebanon, Faraya-Mzaar is the newest, best equipped and most popular winter sports resort in Lebanon, and lies just below the actual slopes. Stay at the stunning InterContinental Mountain Resort & Spa, Mzaar, just an hour’s drive from Beirut and is considered the premier ski resort in the Middle East, offering the style and warmth of an Alpine chalet. The resort also offers vast recreational facilities and a world-class spa.
Prices start from AED 4,480 per person on twin-sharing basis for three nights on half-board basis and include return economy airfare Dubai to Beirut, return airport transfers by private car, room tax and service charges.
The above offers are valid from 2nd December 2011 to 31st March 2012, excluding Christmas and New Year. Other Terms & Conditions apply.
For more information on the above offers and for Ski & Winter Holiday bookings please contact Emirates Holidays on 800 5252 or www.emiratesholidays.com/ski or contact your travel agent.