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Journey to the heart of Europe, where the mighty snow-capped alpine peaks tower above lush green pastures, nourished by the crystal-clear melt-water streams, dotted with historic wooden farmhouses with the air, heavy with the sweet scent of Alpine meadows. This is some of the most staggeringly beautiful alpine scenery in the world. As you travel the twisting alpine roads, the views become increasingly impressive with each bend: rising from another verdant, almost manicured pasture, are the striking pink and grey alpine peaks, puncturing the sky above. Studded throughout this staggeringly beautiful scenery are countless picture-postcard villages, crammed with a jumble of traditional iconic wooden houses with their gently sloping roofs and window boxes impossibly full of colourful flowers.
This no-fly tour is also available as an 8-day flight inclusive tour.
– 9 nights in 4-star accommodation
– Return Eurostar, TGV & transfers
– Programme of daily tours & visits
– Expert tour manager
– Checked Luggage
– Selected meals: Daily breakfast and four dinners
– All local accommodation taxes
– Visit Salzburg
– Tour the Austrian Lake District
– Explore the beautiful gardens of Hellbrunn Palace
The signature tour includes everything from the Classic Tour, as well as the following on Day 3:
– Afternoon tea at the iconic Sacher café in Salzburg
– Enjoy a classical concert by the Salzburger Schlosskonzertein in Mirabell Palace
You’ll also travel in a small group of 25 or fewer guests.
For dates and prices, please enquire or call 0800 707 6229.
Day 1: Journey to Frankfurt
Depart the UK on the Eurostar to Brussels. In Brussels, board a high speed train that will take you into Germany, arriving in Frankfurt where you’ll stay for one night.
Day 2: Arrive in Salzburg
Continue on through the Germany countryside, crossing over the Austrian border. You’ll arrive in Salzburg in the afternoon, and check into your hotel for the next three nights.
Day 3: Guided tour of Salzburg
In the morning, take a guided tour of the city, seeing all its main sights before you are free to spend the afternoon exploring at leisure. There are plenty of interesting museums in the city.
Day 4: Salzkammergut
Leave Salzburg and venture into the Austria Lake District. The scenic drive brings you to Mondsee, a charming town on the north side of the lake. Continuing on, you’ll arrive at Lake Traunsee and the fishing village of Traunkirchen. After, head to the spa town of Bad Ischl, followed by St.Wolfgang. Spend the afternoon in this gorgeous village, either relaxing or taking the steam railway to the summit of the Schafberg Mountain for views across the entire Lake District.
Day 5: Hellbrunn Palace
Drive into the High Alps to visit Hellbrunn Palace. Tour the palace, with its rooms decorated in various themes. The gardens are also beautiful, famous for their ‘trick’ fountains and clockwork figures. This evening, transfer to your hotel in the Zell am See region for the last four nights.
Day 6: Krimml Waterfalls
After breakfast, start your exploration of the alpine scenery as you discover the Krimml waterfalls, the highest in Europe. Enjoy some free time to explore the surrounding area before returning to the hotel.
Day 7: Grossglockner
Visit Austria’s highest mountain, travelling along one of Europe’s oldest alpine routes. Witness continually changing vistas, glacier, rugged valleys, and mountains. Pass through the Hochtor Pass to reach the Pasterze Glacier and the ‘Emperor’s Viewpoint’. If you wish, you can take a funicular railway to the glacier and walk on its surface.
Day 8: Free day
Today is at leisure, giving you’re the chance to explore the region at your own pace.
Day 9: Journey to Cologne
Begin your journey home on the high speed train from Zell am see to Cologne.
Day 10: Return home
Continue back to the UK, travelling by TGV and the Eurostar.
Goldenes Theater Hotel, Salzburg – 4*
A warm welcome awaits in this classically styled and comfortable hotel. Located within walking distance from Salzburg’s main attractions, this elegant property provides a convenient base to explore the sensational ‘City of Mozart’.
Unwind after a day’s sightseeing in contemporary fully air-conditioned rooms, stylishly furnished with minibar, safe and free Wifi.
Hotel Latini, Zell am See – 4*
This is a traditional Austrian hotel located in Zell-am-see, this characterful property hotel offers a restaurant, an indoor pool, and the rooms are warmly decorated with plenty of wood panelling so typical of this area.
Time Zone: GMT+1
The first hotel Goldenes Theater is on a B&B basis, the second hotel on the tour is Hotel Latini on HB basis.
UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Austria however must have a valid passport.
We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns.
All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic.
London to Brussels: 2 hours 15 minutes
Brussels to Frankfurt 3 hours
Frankfurt to Salzburg: 6 hours
45min coach transfer from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to hotel
Kufstein to Munich: 1 hour
Munich to Cologne: 3 hours
Cologne to Brussels: 2 hours
Brussels to London: 2 hours 15 minutes
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