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.
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 evening.
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.
On Day 5 you are at leisure.
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.
*Certain departures may not be steam-hauled, please call for details
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 arrival.
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 you.
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.
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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'
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.
Very good tour guide who had to cope with various mishaps. Wonderful hotel in lovely surroundings and good food
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.
Good itinerary. Excellent accommodation. Well managed tour.
Well organised, efficient tour manager, very comfortable hotels and enjoyable excursions
Overall a good holiday but spoilt by German trains which were just awful, late and overcrowded.
Tomany train changes also group to large
Very enjoyable holiday and value for money. Time was a little short on some of the visits.
A magnificent holiday in the spectacular Austrian Tyrol