LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!
Scenic rail journeys
OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*
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.
Fly to Munich, meet your tour manager and transfer by coach to the welcoming village of Ried im Zillertal in the idyllic Zillertal Valley, checking into your hotel for a welcoming schnapps. Settle into your delightful surroundings, enjoy a reviving swim in the pool, and perhaps take a stroll into the village before dinner.
Enjoy today's first included railway journey, on the historic narrow gauge Zillertal Steam Railway, through a landscape of green pastures, farms and forests, villages and hamlets, all overlooked by distant peaks. As the vintage train makes its way from Jenbach to the chic ski resort of Mayrhofen, at the foot of the great Hintertux Glacier, enjoy folk musicians and a glass of local schnapps! Perhaps take a trip on the Tuxer Fernerhaus gondola (payable locally), which transports you to the dizzy heights of 2660m and the mountain restaurant's spectacular views. Return to the hotel at the end of a wonderful day.
Rest and relax in Ried im Zillertal, perhaps taking to the hills on one of the many marked paths that criss-cross the valley. Alternatively, join the optional excursion to beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and forever associated with the movie 'The Sound of Music'. Enjoy a walking tour of this Baroque treasure trove, after which you can explore the city at your own pace. Connections with the composer are everywhere - from the Mozartplatz with its famous Glockenspiel clock, to his birthplace and family home, both of which can be visited (entrances payable locally).
Today's included excursion brings the opportunity to discover Imperial Innsbruck, the Tyrolean capital, with its historic old town, or Altstadt, and famous Maria-Theresien-Strasse, the elegant main street. Don't miss the famous 'Golden Roof', the copper-tiled covering above the window from which the Kaiser would look down on the royal tournaments, and be sure to stop for 'coffee and cake' at one of the Old Town's countless cafes. The day will also include a visit to the striking Olympic ski-jump at Bergisel.
Enjoy more of the delightful surroundings, or to join today's optional excursion, which takes in 500 year-old Tratzberg Castle, reached by a 'tourist train' from the castle inn. Perched high amongst the woods, Tratzberg is a 16th-century gem, beautiful preserved. This afternoon you'll visit tiny, picturebook, Rattenberg, the Tyrol's smallest town, famed for its glass-blowing and crystal work, as well as its traditional Apfelstrudel. You'll have opportunities to see artisan craftspeople at work and to taste the traditional dessert prepared by master bakers.
A last included excursion sees you journey to Jenbach to board the historic Achenseebahn, a cog railway that climbs through stunning scenery high above the Inn Valley to Lake Achensee, Austria's largest body of water and a popular spot for bathing. Rest and relax, perhaps on one of the beaches that fringe its wooded shores, or take a cruise on a lake steamer (payable locally).
A last day is free to enjoy the delights of Ried im Zillertal, although many will join the final optional excursion, travelling to the Salzach Valley to board the historic Pinzgauer Lokalbahn for the unforgettable train journey beneath the Kitzbuhler Alps and on through the protected Hohe Tauern National Park to the spectacular Krimml Falls, Europe's highest. Walk to the base of the plunging torrent, or follow a trail up the side of the falls for a close-up view. NB June to September train journeys will be steam-hauled.
After a marvellous day you'll return to enjoy a last dinner in the hotel.
Bid "Auf Wiedersehen" to your Tyrolean hosts and make transfer back to the airport for the return flight, at the end of a wonderful 'lakes, mountains and railways' holiday.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours and 30 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
Please note that in the unlikely event of a steam train breaking down and/or being unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute the engine with a diesel locomotive. The train journeys aboard the Pinzgauer Lokalbahn on Day Seven will be steam-hauled between June and September.
Steam-hauled rail journeys
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.
Combining hotel transfers
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.
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.
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.
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.
Changes to your hotels
*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.