The Glorious Austrian Tyrol
7 nights. September 2019 - October 2020. From £599.20.
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Savour the delights of a holiday in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps, enjoying the pristine air, green pastures and snow-capped peaks of a very special corner of the world. Rest and relax in a quaint village, where you’ll experience traditional, warm Tyrolean hospitality, and head out to take in some of the region’s most sparkling jewels, including famed resort St Anton, historic Innsbruck, neighbouring Germany’s beautiful Lake Constance and Bavaria’s fabled Neuschwanstein Castle.
What's IncludedSeven nights' half-board accommodation at the Hotel Basur, Flirsch
Return flights to Zurich
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Holiday HighlightsStay in a delightful hotel in a Tyrolean village
Visit internationally renowned resort St Anton
Explore idyllic Lake Constance and island-town Lindau
Discover Tyrolean capital Innsbruck
See 'Mad' Ludwig's fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle
Unwind in stunning Alpine surroundings
Rest and relax, hike or cycle at your leisure
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly 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 2On 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 3Today you're free to enjoy the delights of Flirsch and its surroundings. Set in a beautiful valley surrounded by the Tyrolean Alps, the village is a welcoming mountain resort, with stunning scenery all around. With the emphasis firmly on enjoying the outdoor life, the resort offers numerous hiking trails should you wish to explore out from the hotel on foot. 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 4Today’s included excursion takes you to Imperial Innsbruck, the elegant Tyrolean capital. See the imposing Wilten Monaster, the famous Olympic ski-jump and the historic triumphal arch, before beginning 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 5An 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 continue 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 6Your last included excursion is today’s visit to Bavaria, where you'll see 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 7Spend 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 8Say a fond goodbye to your hosts, and transfer back to the airport to check in for your flight home.
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Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximatelytwo and a half hours.
Combining hotel transfersWe 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.
Hotel room taxSome regions of Austria have a tourist tax of between two and three € per person per night, which is payable directly to the hotel by the guest on check-out.
Special requirementsIf 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.
Disabled accessThe 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.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, 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.
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