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Steam Railways of Austria

8 days from £679*
Departing: June 2017 - October 2018
* Price shown: 13 October 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.

Steam Railways of Austria Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Innsbruck, the imperial Tyrolean capital and Ambras Castle
  • Travel on the lovingly maintained vintage trains of the Achensee Cog Railway
  • Optional excursions to Salzburg and the spectacular Krimml Falls

What does the price include?

  • Seven nights' half-board accommodation at three-star Hotel Almhof Lackner, Ried im Zillertal
  • A ride on the Zillertal Steam Railway
  • Visits to Innsbruck and Lake Achensee
  • 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

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: Ride the Zillertal Steam Railway to Mayrhofen

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: Optional excursion to Salzburg

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: Visit Innsbruck, the Olympic ski-jump at Bergisel and Ambras Castle

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: Optional excursion to Tratzberg Castle

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: Ride the Achenseebahn's cog railway to Lake Achensee

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: Enjoy a railway journey to the Krimml Falls on an optional excursion

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: Flight home to the UK

Say goodbye to your Tyrolean hosts, today, as we board the coach and return to the airport to catch your flight home.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Birmingham
Birmingham 30 June 2017 £909
Birmingham
Birmingham 15 September 2017 £909
Birmingham
Birmingham 06 October 2017 £719
Birmingham
Birmingham 13 October 2017 £719
Birmingham
Birmingham 04 May 2018 £769
Birmingham
Birmingham 18 May 2018 £799
Birmingham
Birmingham 08 June 2018 £819
Birmingham
Birmingham 29 June 2018 £819
Birmingham
Birmingham 14 September 2018 £849
Birmingham
Birmingham 28 September 2018 £829
Birmingham
Birmingham 12 October 2018 £769
Bristol
Bristol 07 July 2017 £964
Bristol
Bristol 11 May 2018 £805
Bristol
Bristol 01 June 2018 £839
Bristol
Bristol 22 June 2018 £839
Bristol
Bristol 06 July 2018 £869
Bristol
Bristol 07 September 2018 £869
Bristol
Bristol 21 September 2018 £869
Bristol
Bristol 05 October 2018 £819
Cardiff
Cardiff 11 May 2018 £745
Cardiff
Cardiff 01 June 2018 £779
Cardiff
Cardiff 22 June 2018 £779
Cardiff
Cardiff 06 July 2018 £809
Cardiff
Cardiff 07 September 2018 £809
Cardiff
Cardiff 21 September 2018 £809
Cardiff
Cardiff 05 October 2018 £759
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 07 July 2017 £869
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 06 October 2017 £759
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 04 May 2018 £749
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 18 May 2018 £779
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 08 June 2018 £799
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 29 June 2018 £799
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 14 September 2018 £829
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 28 September 2018 £809
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 12 October 2018 £749
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 30 June 2017 £849
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 07 July 2017 £789
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 15 September 2017 £999
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 22 September 2017 £969
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 October 2017 £774
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 13 October 2017 £679
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 04 May 2018 £699
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 11 May 2018 £715
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 18 May 2018 £729
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 01 June 2018 £749
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 08 June 2018 £749
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 22 June 2018 £749
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 29 June 2018 £749
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 July 2018 £779
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 07 September 2018 £779
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 14 September 2018 £779
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 21 September 2018 £779
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 28 September 2018 £759
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 05 October 2018 £729
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 12 October 2018 £699
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 30 June 2017 £799
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 06 October 2017 £679
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 13 October 2017 £719
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 04 May 2018 £729
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 18 May 2018 £759
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 08 June 2018 £779
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 29 June 2018 £779
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 September 2018 £809
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 28 September 2018 £789
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 12 October 2018 £729
London Luton
London Luton 07 July 2017 £789
London Luton
London Luton 15 September 2017 £1009
London Luton
London Luton 06 October 2017 £719
London Luton
London Luton 04 May 2018 £699
London Luton
London Luton 18 May 2018 £729
London Luton
London Luton 08 June 2018 £749
London Luton
London Luton 29 June 2018 £749
London Luton
London Luton 14 September 2018 £779
London Luton
London Luton 28 September 2018 £759
London Luton
London Luton 12 October 2018 £699
London Stansted
London Stansted 30 June 2017 £779
London Stansted
London Stansted 22 September 2017 £829
London Stansted
London Stansted 06 October 2017 £784
London Stansted
London Stansted 13 October 2017 £699
London Stansted
London Stansted 11 May 2018 £715
London Stansted
London Stansted 01 June 2018 £749
London Stansted
London Stansted 22 June 2018 £749
London Stansted
London Stansted 06 July 2018 £779
London Stansted
London Stansted 07 September 2018 £779
London Stansted
London Stansted 21 September 2018 £779
London Stansted
London Stansted 05 October 2018 £729
Manchester
Manchester 30 June 2017 £839
Manchester
Manchester 07 July 2017 £849
Manchester
Manchester 15 September 2017 £899
Manchester
Manchester 22 September 2017 £889
Manchester
Manchester 06 October 2017 £779
Manchester
Manchester 13 October 2017 £759
Manchester
Manchester 11 May 2018 £745
Manchester
Manchester 01 June 2018 £789
Manchester
Manchester 22 June 2018 £789
Manchester
Manchester 06 July 2018 £819
Manchester
Manchester 07 September 2018 £829
Manchester
Manchester 21 September 2018 £829
Manchester
Manchester 05 October 2018 £769

Hotel Almhof Lackner ★★★

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.

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.