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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Say goodbye to your Tyrolean hosts, today, as we board the coach and return to the airport to catch your flight home.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours and 30 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
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.
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