Austrian Autumn Almabtrieb Festival
8 Day - Tour No AC3017
As summer turns to autumn in the alps locals and visitors enjoy the Almabtrieb Festival when the cows are brought in from their high alpine pastures.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Holiday ItineraryDay 1 Early morning departure for the journey to Dover and the ferry crossing to Calais and on to Forbach (or similar) for an overnight stop.
Day 2 The journey will continue into Austria and to Kirchberg for a five night stay.
Day 3 Today you will visit Lake Achensee, whose tranquil waters provide an emerald green stage for the mountains. Free time in Pertisau before admiring the fascinating landscape during a leisurely boat trip across the lake from Pertisau to Gaisalm. You will re-join the coach and travel to the cheese dairy in Fügen. The life of the dairy farmers, whose farms are high up in the mountains is hard and time-consuming work, but it is the only way to produce milk that is healthy and natural. After an interesting tour through the dairy, you can enjoy the fresh products from the farm shop to take home as souvenirs.
Day 4 Free morning in Kirchberg. After lunch you will travel to Innsbruck. You will start off with a two hour guided city tour through the old town with its ‘Golden Roof’, the Hofburg, former residence of the ruling Habsburgs, and pretty Maria Theresien Street with its stylish shops. After the tour you have free time to explore by yourselves, perhaps stroll along the river side, buy some souvenirs or enjoy a drink in the heart of the historic centre. At approx. 18.45 hours re-join the coach which will take you to the Innsbrucker Hofgarten where you will have a 3 course dinner at 19.00 hours followed by the show at 20.30 hours and the show will finish at 22.00 hours.
NB: It is a long day but you will love the show.
Day 5 After a leisurely breakfast it’s the Tyrolean Alm Festival today. The alpine festivals take place every year in autumn in the Tyrolean villages. The cattle, who have spent the summer months on the alpine pastures, return to the valley, festively decorated. The healthy return of the farmers and their cattle is celebrated. The local brass band plays, costume groups in traditional lederhosen and pretty dirndl clothes perform, and handicrafts and culinary delicacies are offered at the market stalls. At lunchtime the decorated cattle is expected in the village – the highlight of the Alm Festival. Join in the fun and experience this truly festive occasion in Tyrolean style. You will return to your hotel mid- afternoon.
NB: At the time of print we are unable to tell you what village you will visit for the festival.
Day 6 Depart for Oberndorf for a visit to a Tyrolean farm and get to know country life better and sample the regional delicacies. Afterwards you will continue to Kitzbühel, the city of the rich and famous and widely known for the legendary Hahnenkamm ski races on the Streif. The city centre is characterized by stylish, colourful facades and cobblestone streets. Enjoy free time here before travelling to Brixen im Thale and a distillery that produces the Tyrolean ‘firewater’, a tasting will be offered.
Day 7 This morning it is time to depart Austria and travel back into France and to Forbach (or similar) for your overnight stop.
Day 8 After breakfast, depart the hotel and commence the homeward journey.
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Holiday Hotel Hotel Bechlwirt
This historic building was built at the end of the 14th century and located right in the centre of Kirchberg. The village is in the heart of the Brixental valley and only 6km away from the legendary sport town of Kitzbühel. All bedrooms are en-suite with TV, hairdryer and WiFi. Lift, restaurant, bar, summer terrace and wellness area which comprises of a sauna, steam bath and tanning studio.
All bedrooms are en-suite with TV
Single room supplement £137
Holiday insurance £33.00 (70 years and over £56.50)