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Austrian Alps All-Inclusive AIS20

Resort:Austrian Alps All-Inclusive AIS20
Operator: Great Rail Journeys
Destination: Austria
Price From: £1795.00

Overview

Explore the mighty Austrian Alps on this wonderful holiday to
one of Europe’s most scenic and alluring countries. From our base
in the enchanting Tyrolean town of St Johann, we discover the
majesty of this Alpine wonderland.

Highlights

  • St Johann
  • Grossglockner High Alpine Road
  • Heiligenblut
  • Zillertalbahn Railway
  • Mayrhofen
  • Zell am See
  • Cruise on Lake Zell
  • Salzburg including a guided tour
  • Stunning 4-Star Accommodation

whats Included

  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
  • Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
  • NEW Inclusive Luggage Transfer
  • 8 nights’ hotel accommodation including 1 outbound overnight stay in Cologne
  • 6 nights at the 4-Star Park Hotel in St Johann
  • 1 inbound overnight stay in Cologne
  • Inclusive luggage transfers throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room (size and weight may vary)
  • To arrange for a second suitcase up to 25kg (size and weight may vary) – prices start from £65 per bag. Just let us know at time of booking.
  • Cruise on Lake Zell
  • First Class rail travel unless otherwise described and (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
  • Journey on the Zillertalbahn Railway
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • All rail and coach transfers

Itinerary

Days 1-2 – London to St Johann

From our St Pancras Departure Office, we board the Eurostar to
Brussels, before continuing on to Cologne, where we overnight. On
Day 2, continuing our journey to Austria, today we
join the direct service to Munich, enjoying the comforts of First
Class and Germany’s efficient railway network as the vast and
varied landscapes speed by. From Munich, we join the regional
service (Standard Class) to Wrgl, where we disembark the train and
board a private coach to take us the rest of the way to St Johann
in Tirol. Nestled in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps, the
spellbinding scenery will take your breath away. Our base in St
Johann is the welcoming Park Hotel.

Day 3 – At leisure in St Johann

Today you are free to explore beautiful St Johann in Tirol at
leisure, and to soak up the pleasant atmosphere in our truly
marvellous surroundings. With a quintessentially Alpine-village
feel, St Johann in Tirol is comprised of pretty pastel-coloured,
traditional Alpine hut buildings, adorned with colourful flower
boxes, all dominated by the quaint Maria Himmellfahrt church in the
town centre. You could enjoy a peaceful stroll around town, and
perhaps visit the museum detailing history of the region.

Our hotel is also ideally based for sojourns into the mountains,
and is within walking distance of St Johann’s two cable cars. The
ascents alone are incredibly scenic, and from the summit you can
enjoy unparalleled panoramas of the Tyrol. There are also numerous
hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty you might like to
explore.

Please Note: For departure AIS2001 Day’s 3 and
6 have swapped around.

Day 4 – Grossglockner Panorama and Heiligenblut

Today we embark on a journey to the Hohe Tauern National Park
for one of the highlights of our tour, the superb Grossglockner
High Alpine Road. After breakfast this morning, we travel north
into nearby Salzkammergut by coach, where our journey begins.

First opened in 1935, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road has
progressed from a convenient mountain pass and impressive feat of
engineering to one of Austria’s premier tourist destinations- and
it is easy to see why. Plunging ravines, glacial lakes, vibrant
meadows and rugged peaks are in abundance as we traverse the
snaking road, crowned by Austria’s highest mountain and glacier of
the same name, the majestic Grossglockner. The route is dotted with
stopping points, so there will be plenty of unrestricted photo
opportunities. At the end of the road is the enchanting village of
Heiligenblut.

Although its most distinctive feature is probably the Gothic St
Vinzenz pilgrimage church, it is also the historical sight of the
only gold-digging settlement in the Alps. There will be some time
at leisure to explore here before we return to St Johann.

Day 5 – The Zillertalbahn Railway to Mayrhofen

Today’s full day excursion takes us firstly by coach to Jenbach,
where we join the narrow-gauge Zillertalbahn Railway, which opened
in 1902. Travelling in beautifully restored four-wheeled carriages,
we enjoy a 19-mile (31 kilometre) steam-hauled* journey through the
dramatic Ziller Valley. Our route takes us past lush green pastures
and charming remote villages of half-timbered houses and
traditional chalets, as we make our way to picturesque Mayrhofen at
the head of the valley. Here you are free to explore its cobbled
streets lined with pretty pavement cafs and unique shops.
Alternatively, take a cable car higher into the mountains and enjoy
the panoramic vistas from the summit before making the return
journey.

*Steam-hauled where possible, train may run by
Diesel

Day 6 – Zell am See

On today’s excursion we travel to Zell am See by rail (Standard
Class), a beautiful town set in an idyllic location between Lake
Zell and Hohe Tauern National Park. Here we enjoy a leisurely boat
trip across the sapphire-blue waters, a great way to admire the
stunning scenery, from the lush forests to the undulating hills and
towering mountains beyond. The rest of the day is free to explore
picturesque Zell am See. Take the time to visit its historic
centre, stroll along the attractive lakefront promenade, relax in
one of the many pavement cafs, or perhaps take a cable car up
Schmittenhhe Mountain, which towers over Lake Zell, and admire the
wonderful views from the summit.

Please Note: For
departure AIS2001 Day’s 6 and 3 have
swapped around.

Day 7 – St Johann and Salzburg

Today we take a coach to Salzburg, one of Austria’s best-loved
cities, Salzburg is perhaps most famous internationally as the
birthplace of Mozart and as the setting for ‘The Sound of Music.’
Upon arrival we enjoy a guided tour, seeing the iconic
Getreidegasse, the Residenz and the magnificent Mirabell Gardens,
gaining a fascinating insight into Salzburg’s vivid history. The
rest of your time is then at leisure.

The remarkably preserved Old Town is truly a joy to discover. Be
sure not to miss Salzburg’s crowning glory, the brooding
Hohensalzburg Fortress. Accessible both on foot and by funicular,
the Fortress is an enduring emblem of Salzburg and its past, and
the plateau on which it is perched offers a superb vantage point
for looking out over this glorious city, the turquoise Salzach
River and the verdant hills beyond. Alternatively you may like to
visit the ultra-modern Hangar-7 and view its collection of aircraft
and Formula One race cars.

Another popular destination is the Stiegel- Brauwelt, here
discover the fascinating world of beer brewing and learn the
history and the process of creation for this famous beverage.
Afterwards, why not try some of the local produce in the museum’s
on site restaurant and bar area?

Afterwards, you could stroll through the Old Town and visit the
ancestral home of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; both his
birthplace and his former home can be found in the city and are now
interesting museums showcasing the life, works and mind of this
fantastic musical genius, whilst his statue, the Mozartplatz, can
be found close to the Slazach River. Tonight we enjoy a farewell
dinner at the hotel.

Days 8-9 – Homeward Bound

We travel to Wrgl (Standard Class) before continuing via Munich
to Cologne. The following day, we continue on to Brussels,
transferring for the Eurostar to London.

– Travel Options

We offer a Standard Class and First Class rail options for
departures on this tour. You can find out which class each
departure is by clicking on the information button in the pricing
grid.