A magnificent holiday in the spectacular Austrian Tyrol
Delight in the contrasting landscapes of the Austrian Tyrol as you enjoy all-inclusive accommodation from your base in Oberndorf. Discover the joys of Salzburg and take a journey on the Zillertalbahn Railway.
Fly from the UK to Munich. From here, transfer to Oberndorf, Austria, travelling by coach. On arrival, check in to your base for the next six nights, the 4* Kaiserhof Kitzbühler Alpen Hotel.
Today you depart Oberndorf by rail for an excursion to Zell am See. Zell am See is one of the most scenic and well-loved 'lakes and mountains' resorts in Austria. Beautifully located, directly on the shores of Zeller Lake (Lake Zell), it has the added advantage of being close to the Hohe Tauern Mountains and the magnificent Grossglockner Mountains. Enjoy a gentle cruise across the lake, and relax as you soak up the calming atmosphere and picturesque setting.
The lake is the primary attraction for visitors to this area, with its emerald-green waters stretching out over two and a half miles in length and 0.6 miles in width, a boat ride across Lake Zell also provides access to many of the local villages.
This morning, travel by coach to Salzburg. Famously renowned for its musical and cultural heritage, and known internationally as the setting for the classical film 'The Sound of Music', Salzburg is also the birthplace of Mozart, and the city's most famous son is widely celebrated here.
Enjoy a guided walking tour, ahead of some free time in Austria's fourth largest city. You could choose to explore the Old Town, crowned by the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress. Accessible on foot or by funicular railway, the castle is an incredible slice of Austria's past, and its position on a plateau overlooking the town provides exceptional views of the city - a wonderful vantage point for photographs, should you wish to capture the essence of Salzburg on camera. After time to explore, you return to the hotel by coach.
Day 4 is free for you to discover more of the region. Oberndorf is situated on the Salzach River, and has a charming, quiet feel; perhaps take a stroll and soak up the atmosphere of the Tyrol.
Your excursion today takes you across the border and into Germany, where you will visit the Eagle's Nest. Towering at the top of a 6,000ft mountain above the town of Berchtesgaden, the Eagle's Nest (or Kehlsteinhaus, in German), has a dark history; it was constructed as a gift for Adolf Hitler as a 50th birthday present, and remained unscathed by bombing during World War II. The site was saved from post-war destruction despite its murky past, to be preserved as a historical monument. Currently the building is owned by a charitable trust, who allow guided tours as a fascinating insight into the terrible history of Europe.
After time here, you then descend to the town itself, for a scenic boat trip on Lake Königssee. Often considered the most beautiful lake in Germany, this majestic lake is surrounded by Bavarian mountains, for an idyllic backdrop. Your boat journey takes you all the way to St Bartholomä, where you have some free time to explore before being transferred back to the hotel by coach, arriving in good time for dinner.
Today join the Zillertal Railway from Jenbach. This narrow-gauge railway was originally planned in 1863, but did not open until 1902. The line runs for 18 miles between Jenbach and Mayrhofen, and services remained popular for many years, especially among tourists, for the great views of the Tyrol region.
In the mid 1960s, the railway was threatened with closure. However, the owners pulled off the feat of not only managing to stay open, but also of increasing their services. The line has stayed open at its entire original length to the present day. Travelling aboard this wonderfully restored steamhauled* train, you get a real sense of a bygone age on the way to Mayrhofen.
*Steam-hauled where possible.
After breakfast this morning, make your way back to Munich by coach for the flight to the UK.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.
This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
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It was everything I hoped it would be from the information I had been given before booking. I like the smaller traditional hotels in village settings with amazing scenery and local walks. The hotel was clean, modern, friendly and relaxing. The food and drink within the inclusive deal was very good and very plentiful. Excursions were very varied and interesting and well organised. It suited us well to fly then tour as opposed to getting there by rail. We were in a group of 14 people which is perhaps smaller than average but it worked very well as we got to know everyone and enjoyed their company. Austria was so beautiful and litter free! We loved it.
Mostly very good but an additional day or two would have made it more relaxing
Location - Good Hotel - Good and very peaceful Room - Very good - Air conditioning and tea making facilities in the room would have made it even better Excursions - Good Tour Manager - Was very friendly, approachable and dealt with any issues without undue fuss. However, group communication was hampered by a lack of assertiveness. Tendency to instruct those close by with the hope that the information would seep through to others.Never used microphone on coach journeys which made it difficult to hear instructions at the back. No local maps made available prior to arrival at most destinations. Had to find local tourism office to obtain one Having said that it all worked well and cannot recall any late or lost passengers. Weather - We were blessed with fantastic weather in contrast to the forecast which was very gloomy.
A very good and enjoyable holiday
Would have liked more information from the tour manager.
you wouldn't believe that the tour manager had been given this holiday at the last minute. he was fantastic and very good company
Good hotel, excellent tour manager.
The hotel was superb with friendly staff and wonderful views from the room balcony. The itinerary was very good and our tour manager was brilliant, even though he had to take it on in the last minute. The weather was fantastic which made the whole holiday even better. This was our second trip with Rail discoveries and we will travel with them again.
Excellent value for money. The rep AlexanderKnorr was first class..The itinery was good. Hotel and hotel staff.were very good. Even the airline was far above the budget airlines a lot packages use.All in all a very enjoyable holiday.
Thank you for an excellent holiday, the location, hotel, and the excursions were perfect, also the tour manager (Alexander) went out of his way to make sure we were all catered for with suggestions for things to do at each location.
A magnificent holiday in the spectacular Austrian Tyrol