Insight Vacations has launched its 2015/16 Autumn, Winter & Spring Europe programme including the Eastern Mediterranean and Christmas Markets.

The new brochure includes 40 premium class and luxury holidays, with prices up to 28% lower than the summer programme. It also features three new Christmas Markets itineraries in Poland, Austria and Italy, plus three new Insight Gold Luxury journeys in Egypt.

Paul Melinis, the operator's head of sales, said: "Along with perennial favourites like Alpine Christmas Markets and Winter Wonderland we are very excited to be adding three new itineraries that visit some of the lesser known Christmas Markets in Poland, Austria and Italy. All of our itineraries offer unique Signature Experiences like meeting a local stallholder at the Vienna Christmas Markets and sampling the Austrian delicacy of Linzer Torte or taking a horse-drawn carriage through the Tyrolean Capital of Innsbruck.”

Signature Experiences on other itineraries include a paella cooking demonstration in Valencia with a master chef and a journey by cable car and cogwheel railway in Switzerland to a mountain summit for views over Lake Lucerne.

The new 2015/16 winter programme also re-introduces the company's Egypt itineraries, with three new Gold Luxury journeys, each of which incorporate cruising on the all-suite River Tosca on the Nile.

As an example of prices, a seven-day Christmas Markets of Germany, Austria & Italy leads in at £1,675 per person and travels from Munich to Venice, visiting five Christmas Markets at a leisurely pace. It Includes a visit to Italy’s largest Christmas Market in Bolzano, where guests have the chance to meet a stall holder and enjoy a mug of steaming mulled wine and a piece of the local Zelten Christmas Cake. A festive horse and carriage ride in the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck is also an unforgettable Signature Experience. Departures are available from November 29 to December 15.

The company is offering guests an early payment discount of up to 7.5% off selected 2015/16 Winter Europe tours when they book and pay in full by August 31.

For more information visit www.insightvacations.com or call 0800-206 1468.

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