Steam Railways Of Austria
7 nights. September 2018. From £839.00.
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Join us in the scenic Austrian Tyrol, where in addition to a stay in a wonderful Alpine paradise, you'll enjoy journeys on some delightful vintage railways, and a visit to Imperial Innsbruck, the glorious Tyrolean capital. Enjoy all the delights of a welcoming, traditional hotel, and in addition to the included tours, join some wonderful optional excursions.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
Spend a week in the idyllic Austrian Tyrol
Journey on the nostalgic Zillertal Steam Railway
Explore glorious Innsbruck, the Imperial Tyrolean capital
Some of the world's oldest steam engines serve the Achensee Cog Railway
Discover 'Sound of Music' city Salzburg and the spectacular Krimml Falls on wonderful optional excursions
Seven nights' half-board accommodation in the three-star Hotel Gerloserhof, Gerlos
Return flights to Munich
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Fly to Munich, meet your Tour Manager and transfer by coach to your hotel in Gerlos. Settle into your delightful surroundings, enjoy a reviving swim in the pool, and perhaps take a stroll into the village before dinner.
Enjoy today's first included railway journey, on the historic narrow gauge Zillertal Steam Railway, through a landscape of green pastures, farms and forests, villages and hamlets, 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, enjoy folk musicians and a glass of local schnapps! Perhaps take a trip on the Tuxer Fernerhaus gondola (payable locally), which transports you to the dizzy heights of 2660m and the mountain restaurant's spectacular views. Return to the hotel at the end of a wonderful day.
Rest and relax in Ried im Zillertal, perhaps taking to the hills on one of the many marked paths that criss-cross the valley. Alternatively, join the optional excursion to beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and forever associated with the movie 'The Sound of Music'. Enjoy a walking tour of this Baroque treasure trove, after which you can explore the city at your own pace. Connections with the composer are everywhere - from the Mozartplatz with its famous Glockenspiel clock, to his birthplace and family home, both of which can be visited (entrances payable locally).
Today's included excursion brings the opportunity to discover Imperial Innsbruck, the Tyrolean capital, with its historic old town, or Altstadt, and famous Maria-Theresien-Strasse, the elegant main street. Don't miss the famous 'Golden Roof', the copper-tiled covering above the window from which the Kaiser would look down on the royal tournaments, and be sure to stop for 'coffee and cake' at one of the Old Town's countless cafes. The day will also include a visit to the striking Olympic ski-jump at Bergisel.
Enjoy more of the delightful surroundings, or to join today's optional excursion, which takes in 500 year-old Tratzberg Castle, reached by a 'tourist train' from the castle inn. Perched high amongst the woods, Tratzberg is a 16th-century gem, beautiful preserved. This afternoon you'll visit tiny, picturebook, Rattenberg, the Tyrol's smallest town, famed for its glass-blowing and crystal work, as well as its traditional Apfelstrudel. You'll have opportunities to see artisan craftspeople at work and to taste the traditional dessert prepared by master bakers.
A last included excursion sees you journey to Jenbach to board the historic Achenseebahn, a cog railway that climbs through stunning scenery high above the Inn Valley to Lake Achensee, Austria's largest body of water and a popular spot for bathing. Rest and relax, perhaps on one of the beaches that fringe its wooded shores, or take a cruise on a lake steamer (payable locally).
A last day is free to enjoy the delights of Ried im Zillertal, although many will join the final optional excursion, travelling to the Salzach Valley to board the historic Pinzgauer Lokalbahn for the unforgettable train journey beneath the Kitzbuhler Alps and on through the protected Hohe Tauern National Park to the spectacular Krimml Falls, Europe's highest. Walk to the base of the plunging torrent, or follow a trail up the side of the falls for a close-up view. NB June to September train journeys will be steam-hauled.
After a marvellous day you'll return to enjoy a last dinner in the hotel.
Bid "Auf Wiedersehen" to your Tyrolean hosts and make transfer back to the airport for the return flight, at the end of a wonderful 'lakes, mountains and railways' holiday.Back to top
This family-run hotel is centrally located in the village of Gerlos, in the pretty Zillertal Valley - the heart of the beautiful Tyrol. The Isskogelbahn cable car station is situated 300 metres from the hotel. From here, you can ascend 1900 metres above sea level to enjoy the views or take a walk amongst the surrounding mountains.
The hotel has a cosy restaurant and bar, a sun terrace and a wellness area with a fitness room, sauna and steam room.
Bedrooms have balconies, TV, hairdryers, telephones, safes and Wi-Fi.Back to top
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours and 45 minutes.
Steam-hauled rail journeys
Please note that in the unlikely event of a steam train breaking down and/or being unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute the engine with a diesel locomotive. The train journeys aboard the Pinzgauer Lokalbahn on Day Seven will be steam-hauled between June and September.
Combining hotel transfers
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.
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.
Changes to your hotels
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.
Foreign Office Travel Advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
**This offer is valid from 6th April and applies to new bookings departing on 29th June & 6th July 2018 only. Offer is valid from all airports offering the date. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (LATE3) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.Back to top