Day One: Fly to Zurich
Fly to Zurich and transfer to your home away from home in delightful Flirsch am Arlberg. Settle into your surroundings with a welcome drink, and, dependent upon your time of arrival, enjoy your first glimpse of this wonderful place, and a traditional dinner in the hotel.
Day Two: Included tour of St Anton, Lake Constance and Altstadt
On today’s first included tour, you’ll board the coach for the short ride along the valley to famous St Anton, one of Austria’s premier year-round resorts. Wander through the flower-decked streets and perhaps enjoy a morning coffee in one of several delightful cafes, before re-boarding the coach for the journey on into the neighbouring Voralberg region and on to beautiful Lake Constance. Known locally as Bodensee, the lake borders Austria, Switzerland and Germany, and you’ll drive around its shore to popular island-town of Lindau, an idyllic gateway to Bavaria. Here, the improbably beautiful Altstadt is one of southern Germany’s greatest treasures and the busy harbour is watched over by a lighthouse and a Bavarian lion, and is surrounded by grand hotels and cafes. Perhaps enjoy a stroll through the beautiful town, and take lunch on the lake promenade, before returning to Flirsch at the end of a wonderful day.
Day Three: Optional Alps excursion
Today is free to enjoy the delights of Flirsch and its surroundings. Set in a beautiful valley surrounded by the Tyrolean Alps, the village offers all that you could wish for in a mountain resort, with stunning scenery all around. With the emphasis firmly on enjoying the outdoor life, the resort offers numerous hiking trails, tennis courts, bike hire, a swimming pool and quaint bars, pubs and cafes in which to soak up the unique Tyrolean atmosphere. Larger, nearby St Anton, visited briefly on Day Two, offers a wider range of activities, including a public spa and a cable car to the heights above, and is easily reached by bus from Flirsch.
An optional excursion today brings the opportunity to explore the surrounding Alps on a panoramic tour of the mountains and when open, to enjoy the scenic delights of the Silvretta High Alpine Road, with its predictably breath-taking scenery.
Day Four: Included tour of Innsbruck
Today’s included excursion is to Imperial Innsbruck, the elegant Tyrolean capital. Take in the imposing Wilten Monastery and the famous Olympic ski-jump, before passing through the historic triumphal arch to enjoy a guided tour of the city with your tour manager. With its old town, or altstadt, and famous Maria- Theresien-Strasse, Innsbruck is a delight. Highlights include the famous golden roof, the copper-tiled covering above a window, from which the Kaiser Maximilian would look down on the city. Be sure to stop for coffee and cake at one of the countless cafes in the old town, and perhaps take the Hungerburg Funicular (payable locally) from the futuristic base station for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding peaks.
Day Five: Optional excursion to Liechtenstein
An optional excursion today heads to the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein, the world’s last German-speaking monarchy, and a place of tranquil, forested beauty and great tradition, especially in its glorious capital Vaduz. The city is both seat of government and home to the reigning Prince Hans Adam, who lives in the towering, turreted Schloss Vaduz. Stamp-collectors might explore the world-famous Briefmarken museum. After a fascinating few hours, you’ll travel back over the spectacular Arlberg Pass to the wonderful medieval town of Feldkirch. The town boasts its own towers and turrets, and its shops, cafes and restaurants are hidden behind ancient city walls.
Day Six: Included visit to Bavaria
The last included excursion is today’s visit to Bavaria, to view the extraordinary turrets and towers of ‘Mad’ King Ludwig’s famous castle at Neuschwanstein. Built high on a rocky crag, and every bit as fantastical inside as out, with Gothic bedrooms and decorations inspired by Wagnerian opera (entrance payable locally), the castle is a wonder to behold. Don’t miss strolling across the Marienbrucke for the classic view of this more-Disney-than-Disney fantasy, in its stunning setting.
Day Seven: Optional excursion to Seefeld
Spend a last day enjoying the pleasures of Flirsch and its surroundings, or join a final optional excursion to the classic Tyrolean town of Seefeld, with its onion-domed church, elegant shops and array of eateries, both in the town and in the hills above.
However you spend your day, enjoy a last dinner at the hotel, no doubt recalling the highlights of the past wonderful week.
Day Eight: Fly back to the UK
Bid “auf wiedersehen” to your hosts and transfer back to the airport for the return flight to the UK.