A magnificent holiday in the spectacular Austrian Tyrol
9 daysFrom £1,349 per person
2020 Tour code: 20TAS
About the tour
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
Experience the excellent Zillertal Railway on a steam-hauled journey to Mayrhofen
Visit the Eagle's Nest for commanding views across the mountains below
Take a cruise across the pearly waters of Lake Königssee, set against a backdrop of spectacular mountains
Head to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, for a guided tour of its impressive sights and attractions
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
8 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 8 Dinners
Beers, wines and soft drinks from 12pm to 9pm whilst in Oberndorf
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-2 - London to Oberndorf
Your tour begins today at Rail Discoveries' dedicated St Pancras
Departure Office, where you meet your group and Tour Manager. From
here, take the Eurostar to Brussels, continuing on via Cologne to
Mannheim, where you have dinner this evening before overnighting.
On Day 2, continue to Oberndorf, via Munich and
Wörgl. You are free to settle in and unwind, ahead of dinner this
Day 1 - Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Zell am See
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
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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 4-5 - Salzburg
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
On Day 5 you are at leisure.
Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - The Eagle’s Nest
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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Zillertalbahn
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.
*Certain departures may not be steam-hauled, please call for
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 8-9 - Oberndorf to London
Today, you leave the Austrian Tyrol behind, as you begin your
journey back to the UK. Travel by rail to your overnight hotel in
Cologne, via Wörgl and Munich. On Day 9, continue
your journey home by high-speed rail to Brussels. Here board the
Eurostar back to St Pancras, where your tour concludes on
One of the excursions on this tour is at high altitude. If you
have any medical conditions or concerns that could impact this part
of the tour, we recommend you seek medical advice and talk to us.
We want to make sure that any holiday you book is right for
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.
Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.
Great holiday and guide, all very well planned out
Our tour manager Gareth was the best ever.
Hotel was good but breakfast arrangements were a muddle with ineffectual and sometimes gruff waitresses.
Some of the daytrips were too rushed and not enough time at some locations'
Mrs M Hammond
The tour manager was excellent, the hotel looked beautiful and the rooms were clean but the food served was diabolical, no choice apart from the day before you had to choose either meat or a vegetarian meal. Evening meal was obviously made up of frozen food, no local delicacies were offered, one evening was a thin dried up pork chop with 3 croquette potatoes and frozen cauliflower and broccoli, no gravy or sauce. It was supposed to be all inclusive but it wasn’t, you could have as much beer.or wine as you liked, but if you wanted anything else you had to pay, coffee and tea were never offered after the meal. A pudding offered was 2 slices of very dry Swiss roll, no ice cream or cream offered with it. We even paid on the last night for their al la carte menu thinking we would get a better meal, but no, didn’t get what we ordered , asked to pay before we had even finished eating and no discount even though we had already paid for an evening meal. Service and staff were fine unless you wanted something else.
Mr M Ford
Very good tour guide who had to cope with various mishaps. Wonderful hotel in lovely surroundings and good food
Mr D Sullivan
We had a really good tour manager in John. Very easy to get on with, more like one of us. The hotel was excellent, very friendly and helpful. I believe it was family run and this showed. The tours we were taken on were well organised and made for very enjoyable days.
Mr S Davison
Good itinerary. Excellent accommodation. Well managed tour.