8 days from £671.25pp
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Enjoy the pleasures of a wonderful lakes and mountains rail holiday, and take in the stunning scenery on some unforgettable train rides.
Join us in the holiday paradise of the scenic Austrian Tyrol, a land of green pastures, towering mountains and flower-decked villages. Here, in addition to your stay amid wonderful Alpine scenery, you’ll enjoy journeys on some delightful vintage railways. Take the train through breath-taking Austrian countryside, and visit Imperial Innsbruck, the glorious Tyrolean capital. Savour the delights of your welcoming, traditional hotel, and in addition to the included tours, perhaps join our tour manager on some wonderful optional excursions.
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On your arrival in Munich you'll be transferred by coach into Austria, and to your hotel in the Zillertal Valley. Check in to your hotel and enjoy a welcoming schnapps, then settle in to your delightful surroundings before dinner is served.
Enjoy your first included railway journey, today, travelling on the historic narrow gauge Zillertal Steam Railway, through a beautiful landscape of green pastures, farms and forests, of villages and hamlets of wooden chalets festooned with colourful window boxes, 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, the pleasures of your journey will be enhanced by performances by folk musicians (and a glass of local schnapps!) Once in Mayrhofen you'll be able to explore its cafés and shops, and perhaps take a trip on the Tuxer Fernerhaus gondola (payable locally), which transports you to the dizzy heights of 2660m where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Zillertal Alps, and the snow-capped peaks beyond, from the sun terrace of a mountain restaurant.
Rest and relax in the village, today, perhaps taking to the hills on one of the many marked paths that criss-cross the Zillertal Valley. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to beautiful Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and forever associated with the movie The Sound of Music. Enjoy a walking tour of this treasure trove of Baroque architecture that and shelters beneath imposing Hohensalzburg Castle, and then explore the city at your own pace. Connections with Mozart are everywhere – from the Mozartplatz and its famous Glockenspiel clock to his birthplace and family home, both of which you can visit during the day (entrance fees payable locally).
Today’s included excursion brings the opportunity to discover Imperial Innsbruck, the Tyrolean capital. See its historic old town (altstadt) and its elegant main street, Maria-Theresien-Strasse. Don’t miss the famous Golden Roof, the copper-tiled covering above the window from which Emperor Maximillian I would look down on the royal tournaments, and be sure to stop for coffee and cake at one of the city's cafés.
The day will also include a visit to the Olympic ski-jump at Bergisel.
Enjoy the delights of your village and its surroundings, or join today’s optional tour to Tratzberg Castle. Perched high amid the woods, and accessed by ‘tourist train’ from the castle inn, Tratzberg is a 16th-century gem, beautiful preserved, with an ornate Renaissance courtyard and stunningly painted Habsburg Hall.
The excursion will also take you to tiny, picture-book, Rattenberg. The Tyrol’s smallest town is famous for its glass-blowing and crystal work, and for its traditional Apfelstrudel. You’ll have opportunities to see artisan craftspeople at work, and taste the traditional dessert as prepared by the town's master bakers.
Your last included excursion takes you to Jenbach to board the historic Achenseebahn, a narrow-gauge cog railway that climbs through stunning scenery high above the Inn Valley to Lake Achensee. Austria’s largest body of water is a popular spot for bathing and you'll be able to rest and relax, perhaps on one of the beaches that fringe its wooded shores, or to take a cruise on a lake steamer (payable locally) and enjoying snacks and refreshments on board as you take in the views.
You're free to spend your final day enjoying the delights of your village once more, though many will want to join our final optional excursion and travel to the Salzach Valley to board the historic Pinzgauer Lokalbahn. This unforgettable train journey will take you beneath the Kitzbühler Alps and on through Hohe Tauern National Park to spectacular Krimml Falls. Walk to the base of the plunging torrent of what is Europe's highest waterfall, or follow a trail up the side of the Falls for a close-up view. It's a sight that draws visitors from across the globe.
After a marvellous day you’ll return to your hotel and enjoy a last dinner.
Bid "Auf Wiedersehen" to your Tyrolean hosts, this morning, and make the scenic journey back to the airport to board your flight back home at the end of a marvellous holiday.
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This family-run hotel is located in the village of Uderns in the pretty Zillertal Valley, at the heart of the beautiful Tyrol.
This family-run three-star hotel is centrally located in the village of Gerlos, in the beautiful Zillertal Valley and heart of the beautiful Tyrol.
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.
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