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Steam Railways of Austria

8 Days From £679*
Departing 2017
* Price shown: 13 Oct 2017 from London Gatwick - LGW
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Scenic rail journeys

Relax and "let the train take the strain" as you explore a world of green pastures, wooden chalets, forests and distant peaks, as you take a trip along some of Austria's most memorable vintage rail routes. Visit Innsbruck, and enjoy warm Tyrolean hospitality as you stay amid the green valleys of the Zillertal Alps.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A ride on the Zillertal Steam Railway
  • Innsbruck, the imperial Tyrolean capital and Ambras Castle
  • The lovingly maintained vintage trains of the Achensee Cog Railway
  • Optional excursions to Salzburg and the spectacular Krimml Falls
  • Seven nights' half-board accommodation at three-star Hotel Almhof Lackner, Ried im Zillertal
  • Return flights from the UK to Austria
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Munich and transfer to your hotel in Ried im Zillertal, which lies at the heart of the Zillertal Valley, surrounded by green meadows and forested hills.

Day Two

Join today's included excursion on the historic, narrow-gauge Zillertal Steam Railway. Enjoy a glass of warming schnapps as you journey through stunning Tyrolean scenery from Jenbach to the chic ski resort of Mayrhofen, in the shadow of the great Hintertux Glacier. Explore the resort, or perhaps take a cable-car ride (payable locally) and enjoy the panorama from the terrace of a mountain restaurant.

Day Three

Discover Salzburg - the 'Sound of Music' city and birthplace of Mozart - on today's optional excursion. Beneath the imposing Hohensalzburg castle and beside the Salzach river, Salzburg is a treasure-trove of onion-domed churches, elegant squares and cobbled thoroughfares. Don't miss the Castle, which towers 400 feet above the city, and offers predictably wonderful views, or the exquisite Dom cathedral with its frescoes.

Day Four

Today's destination is the imperial city of Innsbruck. We'll enter the city through the triumphal arch built to celebrate Archduke Leopold's marriage, and our guided tour will reveal the old town, elegant Maria-Theresien-Strasse (the main street) and the famous copper-tiled 'Golden Roof' built for Emperor Maximillian I.

Stop for coffee and cake at one of the cafes before we continue to the Olympic ski-jump at Bergisel, and onward to Ambras Castle, in the hills above the city, to see the exquisite portraits and carvings of the Spanish Hall and the bizzare paintings in the Chamber of Art and Curiosities.

Day Five

Rest and relax in Ried im Zillertal today, or join our optional excursion to Tratzberg Castle. Perched high in the woods above Jenbach, the 500-year-old castle's white walls protect a beautifully preserved Renaissance courtyard and the ornate genealogical murals of the Habsburg Hall, and are reached by a 'tourist train' from the castle inn below.

Later, see skilled local craftsmen at work blowing glass, working with crystal and - most important - taste traditionally baked Apfelstrudel on a stop in the Tyrol's smallest town, Rattenberg.

Day Six

On today's included excursion we'll ride the Achenseebahn's narrow-gauge cog railway from Jenbach to Lake Achensee. The lake is the Tyrol's largest body of water and its beach-fringed, wooded shores are popular with local bathers, and you'll have time to relax here, or board a lake-steamer for a cruise turquoise waters (payable locally).

Day Seven

Our final optional excursion includes a ride on the historic Pinzgauer Lokalbahn, beneath the Kitzbuhler Alps and through Hohe Tauern National Park to the Krimml Falls. Walk to the foot of the falls, and follow the path up the Krimmler Ache valley alongside the three-tiered torrent, before we return to Ried im Zillertal for a final dinner at the hotel.

Day Eight

Say goodbye to your Tyrolean hosts, today, as we board the coach and return to the airport to catch your flight home.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Birmingham05 May 2017 £719.00
Birmingham19 May 2017 £735.00
Birmingham02 Jun 2017 £779.00
Birmingham30 Jun 2017 £779.00
Birmingham29 Sep 2017 £769.00
Birmingham13 Oct 2017 £719.00
Bristol12 May 2017 £765.00
Bristol23 Jun 2017 £849.00
Bristol07 Jul 2017 £839.00
Bristol08 Sep 2017 £819.00
Bristol22 Sep 2017 £809.00
Bristol06 Oct 2017 £769.00
Edinburgh12 May 2017 £755.00
Edinburgh23 Jun 2017 £799.00
Edinburgh07 Jul 2017 £809.00
Edinburgh08 Sep 2017 £809.00
Edinburgh22 Sep 2017 £799.00
Edinburgh06 Oct 2017 £759.00
London Gatwick05 May 2017 £699.00
London Gatwick12 May 2017 £715.00
London Gatwick19 May 2017 £715.00
London Gatwick02 Jun 2017 £759.00
London Gatwick23 Jun 2017 £759.00
London Gatwick30 Jun 2017 £759.00
London Gatwick07 Jul 2017 £769.00
London Gatwick08 Sep 2017 £769.00
London Gatwick22 Sep 2017 £759.00
London Gatwick29 Sep 2017 £749.00
London Gatwick06 Oct 2017 £719.00
London Gatwick13 Oct 2017 £679.00
London Heathrow05 May 2017 £719.00
London Heathrow19 May 2017 £735.00
London Heathrow02 Jun 2017 £779.00
London Heathrow30 Jun 2017 £779.00
London Heathrow29 Sep 2017 £769.00
London Heathrow13 Oct 2017 £719.00
London Luton05 May 2017 £699.00
London Luton12 May 2017 £715.00
London Luton19 May 2017 £715.00
London Luton02 Jun 2017 £759.00
London Luton23 Jun 2017 £759.00
London Luton30 Jun 2017 £759.00
London Luton07 Jul 2017 £769.00
London Luton08 Sep 2017 £769.00
London Luton22 Sep 2017 £759.00
London Luton29 Sep 2017 £749.00
London Luton06 Oct 2017 £719.00
London Luton13 Oct 2017 £699.00
London Stansted05 May 2017 £699.00
London Stansted12 May 2017 £715.00
London Stansted19 May 2017 £715.00
London Stansted02 Jun 2017 £759.00
London Stansted23 Jun 2017 £759.00
London Stansted30 Jun 2017 £759.00
London Stansted07 Jul 2017 £769.00
London Stansted08 Sep 2017 £769.00
London Stansted22 Sep 2017 £759.00
London Stansted29 Sep 2017 £749.00
London Stansted06 Oct 2017 £719.00
London Stansted13 Oct 2017 £699.00
Manchester05 May 2017 £749.00
Manchester12 May 2017 £765.00
Manchester19 May 2017 £765.00
Manchester02 Jun 2017 £819.00
Manchester23 Jun 2017 £819.00
Manchester30 Jun 2017 £819.00
Manchester07 Jul 2017 £829.00
Manchester08 Sep 2017 £829.00
Manchester22 Sep 2017 £819.00
Manchester29 Sep 2017 £809.00
Manchester06 Oct 2017 £779.00
Manchester13 Oct 2017 £759.00

Hotel Almhof Lackner

Ried im Zillertal

Set in the broad, sunny Zillertal Valley, at the heart of the beautiful Tyrol, the Hotel Almhof Lackner is a few minutes on foot from the centre of the delightful village, and offers a warm Tyrolean welcome.

Find out more

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours and 30 minutes.

Steam-hauled rail journeys

Please note that there may be occasions where one or more of the train journeys in the itinerary will not be steam-hauled. The train journeys aboard the Pinzgauer Lokalbahn on Day Seven will be steam-hauled between June and September.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

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