Austrian Tyrol and Innsbruck

8 Days - Escorted Tour

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Stunning pink and grey snow-capped mountain peaks; sparklingly clear and torrentially flowing streams; verdant meadows; swathes of densely forested hillsides; shimmering lakes; wooden chalets bedecked with bright flowerboxes; iconic onion-shaped church spires – coupled with a tradition of genuine hospitality, tasty cuisine, excellent local wine, schnapps and great beer, plus an intriguing history stretching back to pre-historic times – all the unmistakable hallmarks of  the astonishingly beautiful Tyrol. We stay in the utterly charming alpine village of Seefeld, a perfect spot from which to explore the many and varied highlights of this mountainous province, bisected by the twisting river Inn.    You will be enchanted by this amazing blend of gorgeous scenery, crisp mountain air, immense glaciers, and sloping chalet-style wooden buildings in perfect harmony with their stunning surroundings and the host of fascinating towns and places of interest at the heart of one of Europe’s most fascinating regions. 

Highlights

  • Return scheduled flights from London Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham or Edinburgh Seven nights four-star superior accommodation with breakfast and dinner Stay in picturesque Seefeld in the heart of the astonishing Austrian Tyrol Experience some of the world’s most breathtaking alpine scenery Sightseeing tour of Innsbruck, Royal City of the Habsburgs Experience the Aachensee cog railway using original 19th century steam locomotives Visit the wonderfully preserved Cistercian Monastery at Stams with its amazingly intricate baroque and gold leaf decoration Tour the Italian Tyrol visiting the stunning town of Bolzano and the spa town of Merano Visit the former silver mining village of Rattenberg, full of beautiful 15th century buildings Tour the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, seat of the Bavarian Kings See the immense Oetz valley glaciers Escorted by our experienced tour manager

Inclusions

  • The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a standard twin room: return flights; seven night’s four-star accommodation with breakfast and dinner; sightseeing guided tour of Innsbruck; entrance and guided tour of Stams Monastery and Neuschwanstein Castle; a journey on the Aachensee Cog Steam Railway; all tours and transport as mentioned; services of a Riviera Tour Manager Please note – opening and closing dates of some mountain passes are dependent on local weather conditions, therefore some of the routes mentioned may be subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1

We fly to Munich then cross the Austrian border to Seefeld one of the Tyrol’s most attractive villages with its chalet-style, wooden buildings bursting with colour from countless window boxes. We stay seven nights with dinner at the four-star Krumers Post hotel, parts of which are 300 years old, perfectly situated on the village square opposite Seefeld’s charming church. Managed by the same caring family for generations, the staff members are what really make the Krumers Post special - many have been here for years, offering friendly, helpful service and continuing the true tradition of Austrian hospitality. It’s ideal for a comfortable stay.

Day 2

After breakfast, we take the short drive along Inn valley to the Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck, for a guided tour of this delightful city. An important trading centre since Celtic times, today your eyes can feast on the historic architecture. There is the famous Golden Roof, the magnificent baroque St Jakob’s cathedral and the former Imperial Palace, once home of Empress Maria Theresa, the Stadtturm belfry tower with its excellent views across the city and Schloss Ambras, the Renaissance castle and palace. Today Innsbruck is delightful - wander its medieval streets, absorb the genteel ambience before we return to Seefeld mid afternoon.

Day 3

The Tyrol is first documented as a Province in 1271. We head south, crossing the Alps via the Brenner Pass - one of the most historically important transalpine trade routes. The scenery is simply stunning here, but for something different, in 1991 an amazingly mummified 5,000 year old man was discovered, nicknamed “Oetzi”.  Now preserved at the Archaeological Museum you can view his fascinating body.     Next we visit opulent Merano, a lovely spa town in which to wander, taking in the glorious Belle Époque buildings, fine gardens and excellent cafes. We take the historic Roman “Via Claudia Augusta” back to Seefeld. 

Day 4

A free day so you can take pleasure in Seefeld’s many attributes as you wish. Perhaps enjoy a round of golf, a horse drawn carriage ride or a gentle stroll around the lake before selecting a café to sample some of those luscious “torte” cakes. There are several chairlifts, cable cars or a funicular railway, enabling you to explore the village’s higher reaches. The tourist office operates guided walks, so whether you choose an easy ramble or a more challenging walk, it’s an excellent way of discovering the hinterland.  Whatever your choice, you’re assured of another splendid meal at the Kumers Post this evening.

Day 5

Today’s drive takes you into nearby Bavaria seeing the might of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze.  Some of our journey will be on the fabled ‘Romantic Road’ and the beautiful ‘Deutsche Alpenstrasse’ – the German Alpine Road, leading to one of Germany’s most famous monuments, the castle of the instantly recognisable, and equally unpronounceable, Neuschwanstein! This is the classic ‘fairytale’ castle, inspiration for so many stories and allegedly the model for Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ that has fascinated children the world over. The architecture inside is equally impressive, with marble everywhere, tapestries and intrinsic art decorate the walls and the standard of workmanship is admirable.  

Day 6

Today we drive up the narrowing Oetztal valley to the high mountain resort of Soelden, enjoying ever more scenic views as we climb. Despite being almost 5000 feet high, this remote village is dwarfed by surrounding giant snow-capped mountains. Our spectacular drive continues up the Oetztaler Glacier Road into the heart of the mountains for stunning views of glaciers and peaks, ice and snow covered throughout the summer. This afternoon we return to the river Inn and a guided tour of the splendid Cistercian monastery at Stams. This is a truly magnificent building justifiably renowned for its murals, ceiling frescoes and breathtaking gold leaf decoration. 

Day 7

Today we head back in time, taking a journey to Jenbach where the unmistakable aroma of steam coal fills the air and a narrow gauge railway winds away into the hills. This is a magical experience on the truly historic Achenseebahn, a metre gauge steam railway climbing from the Inn valley to the beautiful Achensee Lake.   Rejoining your coach, we journey even further back in time to delightfuly medieval Rattenberg. The creation of fine glassware is its major occupation today and you are welcome to enjoy the almost magical spectacle of transformation - raw materials fashioned into exquisite pieces by the skilled craftsmen.

Day 8

Today at the appropriate time you will be returned to the airport for your return flight. 

Accommodation

Krumers Post hotel

The Krumers Hotel has parts of which are 300 years old, perfectly situated on the main village square opposite Seefeld’s charming church. Built in typically Tyrolean style with the classic low sloping roofs and wooden exterior, rooms are generously sized and are very well appointed featuring all the facilities you would expect from such a rating. In addition all rooms have a balcony or terrace with table and chairs where you can relax. Alternatively, the hotel’s terrace on the main square (heated when necessary), serves drinks from the bar and snacks, including an excellent apple strudel. There is also a coffee shop, interior bar with live music three times weekly, and the excellent spa, with indoor pool affords views over the attractive village and the mountains beyond.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities

  • Free Internet / Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and lobby
  • Wellness centre and Spa
  • Indoor Pool

Room Facilities & Amenities

  • Size about 24 sqm
  • Bathroom with shower or bath and toilet
  • 32" flat screen TV with over 100 TV and radio programs
  • Radio
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • nternet Connectivity / WiFi
  • Spa-Basket with bathrobe, towels and slippers
  • Key-Card-System
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