Europe in autumn, winter and spring! Liesa Bissett, our Director of Europe Product Development, road tests our autumn, winter and spring itineraries to answer all your questions about off-season travel. Q: Why are the prices lower than summer First Class trips? A: Because Trafalgar can negotiate seasonally adjusted rates from hotels and other suppliers and venues at this time of year. Which means that guests can save up to 17% compared to travelling in the summer months. Q: Will any of the sights and attractions be closed? A: Absolutely not! Museums and most venues are open all year round. What’s more there will be fewer crowds at these attractions to make for a better sightseeing experience. Q: Do the shorter days affect sightseeing? A: It does get dark earlier in winter, but the upside is that clients get to enjoy the fabulous city illuminations earlier in the evening, especially in Paris, Vienna, Venice and Rome. Then there are the Christmas lights. Paris by night is beautiful at any time of year, but Paris in December is magnificent! Q: How do the itineraries in the Europe Autumn, Winter & Spring brochure differ from the Europe summer brochure? A: The itineraries themselves offer the same First Class inclusions and unique authentic Insider Experiences as our summer program. Other than the departure dates being from November through to April - the only real difference is the unique inclusions due to the local festivals and celebrations at this time of year. This includes special festive celebrations for Christmas and New Year. We also have created itineraries that are specifically designed around these local festivals – for example the Christmas markets. Q: What are some quintessential European experiences during winter? A: The Alps – the weather is more reliable with clear blue skies. Snuggling up with a cup of hot chocolate and some apple strudel in Austria, Germany or Switzerland is pure bliss. Exploring the Christmas markets and Paris by night are both not to be missed. Q: What about meals – will restaurants be closed? A: The odd restaurant may close for a holiday or refurbishment, but that’s all. Generally we use the same venues as on our summer trips. Q: Are there any places that are better to travel to in the cooler months? A: Some destinations like Egypt, Israel, Greece and Turkey can be wonderful when the temperatures are milder and the attractions less crowded.