Kirchberg Flower Parade
Kirchberg in Tirol is a classically pretty Tyrolean village and popular holiday resort nestled in the midst of the picturesque Kitzbuheler Alps, just 6km away from the world-famous winter sports centre of Kitzbuhel. This region is the very essence of everything that Alpine Austria is known for – crystal clear lakes, snowy mountain peaks, chocolate box villages and impossibly cute chalets bedecked with colourful flowers. On 15th August every year the famous Kirchberg Flower Parade takes place. Staying right in the village, you will be able to walk to the pedestrianised centre which comes alive with flowers, fun, music and stalls. The magnificent flower parade with more than 500,000 dahlias, carnations, gerbera and sunflowers is one of the visual highlights of the year!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Your ItineraryDay 1 - After joining your holiday coach, travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Then continue via the auto-routes of France heading to Germany to the overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.
Day 2 - The journey continues through Germany and then as the Alpine scenery unfolds, you cross the border into Austria and your resort hotel in Kirchberg for your 5-night stay. Welcome drink on arrival with dinner, bed & breakfast.
Days 3 - 6 - At leisure in Kirchberg in Tirol with two included excursions plus entrance to the Flower Parade. One optional excursion is also offered. The village of Kirchberg has a compact centre with shops and cafes plus a short walk to is nearby beautiful lake.
Day 3 - Sunday 15th August - Admission to the famous Kirchberg Flower Parade is included today. This friendly village comes alive with flowers and fun when the pedestrianised centre becomes the focal point for live music, entertainment and stalls. The highlight of the day is at approx. 3pm when local businesses, hotels and clubs parade through the village with their 'flower sculptures' of over 500,000 flowers. The festivities carry on into the evening as the Summer night party gets started.
Grossglockner & Zell am See
Almost certainly one of Europe's greatest drives, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is a stupendous feat of 1930's engineering, allowing what was once the domain of mountaineers and alpinists to be accessible to all. The 36 bends and turns on the 48km mountain road make for a one of a kind mountain experience right up to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2369m) where you can enjoy the superlative glacier and mountain views as well as time for refreshments. Head back via the charming lakeside town of Zell am See where the unsurpassed combination of glacier, mountain and lake makes it one of the Alps most popular destinations. It is almost impossible not to fall in love with its crystal blue lake (Zeller See), its compact centre with brightly painted chalets and the snow-capped peaks of the Hohe Tauern.
Achen Lake - Cog Railway & Boat Trip
Scenic drive to Jenbach to board the original Achenseebahn cog railway. Dating back to 1889, these steam engines are some of the oldest in the world still in service for public transport. The train winds its way up above the Inn Valley to its destination, Seespitz, on the largest Alpine lake in the Tyrol, Lake Achen (9km long and 1.3km wide). Your coach awaits to take you up to Achenkirch at the northern end of the lake to join a boat cruise to Pertisau where there is free time to enjoy this lakeside resort with a stroll along the promenade.
Krimml & Kitzbuhel
Take a drive through the Zillertal (Ziller Valley) and enjoy classic, picture book Tyrol - fertile farmland, wooded slopes, snowy peaks and the racing Ziller River. Then head over the panoramic Gerlos Alpine Pass, a spectacular scenic road offers amazing views with superb stopping points to photograph the breath-taking Krimml Falls, the highest waterfalls in Europe (entrance to the Krimml Trail not included - approx €4 pp in 2020). Then it's over the Thurn Pass to finish the day in the world-famous resort of fashionable Kitzbuhel, nestled between the Kitzbuhler Horn and the Hahnenkamm. Its charming medieval pedestrianised centre has a relaxed, take your time atmosphere and offers a wealth of cafes, restaurants and interesting shops, ideal for picking up a few souvenirs.
Day 7 - Farewell to Austria today as you head northwards to the final overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.
Day 8 - After breakfast, travel back through France to Calais for the return to England. Back to top
AccommodationHotel Alexander, Kirchberg in Tirol
The 4* Hotel Alexander is a traditional, chalet-style Tyrolean hotel in the centre of Kirchberg in Tirol and offers panoramic views of the famous Hahnenkamm slope. You can expect a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere and the Alpine style guestrooms all have a balcony as well as TV, hairdryer, safe and WiFi. Twin rooms are traditional Austrian twins (two mattresses on one bed frame). There is a cosy restaurant serving local and international cuisine as well as a bar plus sauna and wellness centre. There is a lift to all floors. Back to top