Little Trains of the Spectacular Austrian Tyrol

9 days from £619pp.


Ziller Valley Railway

Visit: Ziller Valley Railway, Austria

Schafberg Train

Visit: Schafberg Train, Austria

St. Wolfgang

Visit: St. Wolfgang, Austria

Innsbruck

Visit: Innsbruck, Austria

Lake Achensee

Visit: Lake Achensee, Austria

Kitzbuhel

Visit: Kitzbuhel, Austria

Enjoy exhilarating rail rides, awesome Alpine scenery and traditional Tyrolean hospitality as you explore the very best of Austria. Join us as we journey thorough the amazing Alps on some of Europe’s most spectacular railways. Experience panoramic views on the Zillertal narrow railway, make an unforgettable rail journey through the mountains on the Pinzgau train and explore the stylish ski town of Kitzbühel. With the opportunity to visit the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck and see the famous sights such as the Golden Roof, as well as being able to ascend the mighty Schafberg Mountain by cog railway, this best-selling holiday, also includes a 12-day 'Extra Leisure' option.

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

Continue south to our 4-star hotel in Niederau, Austria for a six-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Achensee

Lake Achensee

This morning our optional excursion (included on Silver Service & Luxuria) takes us along the scenic Alpenstrasse to the shore of the lovely Lake Achensee, the largest and deepest lake in the Austrian Tyrol. Surrounded by pine-clad slopes, you will have time at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. You may decide to take an optional cruise on the serene waters of the lake, or an optional ride on the rack and pinion railway between Jenbach and Seespitz, which offers amazing views of the area.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Schafberg Railway

Schafberg Railway

Today’s optional excursion takes us to the Salzkammergut, Austria’s beautiful lake district which has developed into one of the most popular destinations in Austria on account of its outstanding natural beauty. Our first stop is the town of St. Gilgen which boasts one of the most attractive town squares in Austria. Famed as the birthplace of Mozart’s mother, you will have free time to stroll along the lakeside, explore the shops or relax in one of the cafes. We then take a boat cruise on St. Wolfgangsee, one of the largest and most famous lakes of the Austrian Lake District and which lies in the heart of the region. We arrive in the resort of St. Wolfgang where we board the cog railway and ascend the Schafberg Mountain for some spectacular views. Be sure to have your camera ready!

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Innsbruck

Innsbruck

After breakfast we leave the hotel and travel to Innsbruck on our optional excursion. The capital of the Tyrol, on the River Inn and at the foot of the Karwendel Alps, Innsbruck is the fifth largest city in Austria. This beautiful city is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and steeped in history. There will be free time for you to discover the old quarter with its charming arcaded streets, the famous Golden Roof, stroll along the Maria Theresien Strasse with its bustling shops or climb the Tower of the City for magnificent views of the city. Alternatively, why not purchase the optional excursion to Innsbruck combined with a trip on board the Nordkettenbahnen. You will be transported from the bustle of the city centre high into the mountain terrain. We travel up to the Hungerburg mountain station where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city of Innsbruck. The panorama is cloud free for an average of 350 days a year! We then take the cable car further up the mountain to the Seegrube restaurant located at an altitude of 1905 meters above sea level. Here we have an included 2-course lunch at the restaurant whilst enjoying the fantastic views of the Middle Inn Valley, the Stubai and Zillertal Valley Alps and the Wipptal Valley over the Italian border. If you wish to venture even higher, you can join the cable car to the Hafelekar, the highest viewpoint at 2256-meters. A truly unforgettable excursion.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Kitzbuhel

Kitzbuhel

Today we visit Kitzbuhel, the renowned resort of the rich and famous. Here you will have free time to explore or perhaps opt to take a cable car ride up the mighty Hahnenkamm Mountain for some spectacular views of the region (extra cost, approximately €20 payable locally). We continue over the Thurn Pass to Mittersill where we board the Pinzgau train. The train journey takes us to the town of Krimml, where there will be further free time before returning to our hotel.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Mayrhofen

Mayrhofen

Sit back and relax as the old locomotive takes you on a historic journey through the panoramic Ziller Valley on our included excursion. We start the day in the famous resort town of Mayrhofen which, nestled at the end of the Ziller Valley, is the 3rd largest community in the Tyrol. We then board the Ziller Valley Railway for our train journey to Fugen. The Zillertal is one of Austria’s most famous narrow railways. It was opened on the last day of 1902 and has been in operation ever since. Nevertheless, the line was almost closed in 1965 as tourism and goods traffic was not enough to keep it open. Thankfully, it was saved by the construction of the Schlegleisspeicher Dam high in the mountains. The building of the Dam required 325,000 tons of cement and ballast, all of which was transported on the Zillertalbahn. On arrival, you will have time at leisure in the picturesque town of Fugen.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

To Belgium for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

At a Glance

Tour Includes

  • 8 or 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 6 or 9 evening meals
  • Covenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service or Luxuria

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Ziller Valley Railway & Mayrhofen - Lovely Alpine train journey
  • Pinzgau Train & Kitzbühel - Nostalgic rail journey and famous historic town
  • Lake Achensee (optional on executive coach departures)
  • Almabtrieb Festival (12-day tour 18 Sep 2017 & 17 Sep 2018 departures)
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber (12-day tour only)

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • St. Wolfgang & the Schafberg Railway - Breathtaking lakeland scenery and cog railway
  • Innsbruck - Spectacular Alpine capital
  • Nordkettenbahnen - Mountain railway and cable car
  • Lake Achensee Cruise - Fine lakeside scenery
  • Rack & Pinion Railway - Picturesque rail ride (Jenbach to Seespitz)
  • Salzburg & Guided Walking tour (12-day tour only)
  • River Rhine Cruise ( 12-day tour)

Notes

The 12-day tour departing 18 September 2017 will coincide with Almabtrieb Festival in Alpbachtal, to which we will include an excursion. The Almabtrieb Festival celebrates the cows returning from the summer pastures and is a spectacular event where hundreds of cows are driven through the valleys, with their horns decorated with garlands. Local villages put together events such as fairs, perhaps a farmers' market, food and drink and lots of music. The party goes on long after the cows have come home! 

Single Room Supplement from £119.00 (9 days), £149.00 (12 days).

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

Continue south to our 4-star hotel in Niederau, Austria for a eight-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Ziller Valley

Ziller Valley

Sit back and relax as the old locomotive takes you on a historic journey through the panoramic Ziller Valley on our included excursion. We start the day in the famous resort town of Mayrhofen which, nestled at the end of the Ziller Valley, is the 3rd largest community in the Tyrol. We then board the Ziller Valley Railway for our train journey to Fugen. The Zillertal is one of Austria’s most famous narrow railways. It was opened on the last day of 1902 and has been in operation ever since. Nevertheless, the line was almost closed in 1965 as tourism and goods traffic was not enough to keep it open. Thankfully, it was saved by the construction of the Schlegleisspeicher Dam high in the mountains. The building of the Dam required 325,000 tons of cement and ballast, all of which was transported on the Zillertalbahn. On arrival, you will have time at leisure in the picturesque town of Fugen.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Kitzbuhel

Kitzbuhel

Today we visit Kitzbuhel, the renowned resort of the rich and famous. Here you will have free time to explore or perhaps opt to take a cable car ride up the mighty Hahnenkamm Mountain for some spectacular views of the region (extra cost, approximately €20 payable locally). We continue over the Thurn Pass to Mittersill where we board the Pinzgau train. The train journey takes us to the town of Krimml, where there will be further free time before returning to our hotel.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Innsbruck

Innsbruck

After breakfast we leave the hotel and travel to Innsbruck on our optional excursion. The capital of the Tyrol, on the River Inn and at the foot of the Karwendel Alps, Innsbruck is the fifth largest city in Austria. There will be free time for you to discover the old quarter with its charming arcaded streets, the famous Golden Roof, stroll along the Maria Theresien Strasse with its bustling shops or climb the Tower of the City for magnificent views. Alternatively, why not purchase the optional excursion to Innsbruck combined with a trip on board the Nordkettenbahnen? You will be transported from the bustle of the city centre high into the mountain terrain. We travel up to the Hungerburg mountain station where you can enjoy a breathtaking view Innsbruck. The panorama is cloud free for an average of 350 days a year! We then take the cable car further up the mountain to the Seegrube restaurant located at an altitude of 1905 meters above sea level. Here we have an included 2-course lunch at the restaurant whilst enjoying the fantastic views of the Middle Inn Valley, the Stubai and Zillertal Valley Alps and the Wipptal Valley over the Italian border. If you wish to venture even higher, you can join the cable car to the Hafelekar, the highest viewpoint at 2256-meters. A truly unforgettable excursion.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Schafberg

Schafberg

Today’s optional excursion takes us to the Salzkammergut, Austria’s beautiful lake district which has developed into one of the most popular destinations in Austria on account of its outstanding natural beauty. Our first stop is the town of St. Gilgen, which boasts one of the most attractive town squares in Austria. Famed as the birthplace of Mozart’s mother, you will have free time to stroll along the lakeside, explore the shops or relax in one of the cafes. We then take a boat cruise on St. Wolfgangsee, one of the largest and most famous lakes of the Austrian Lake District, which lies in the heart of the region. We arrive in the resort of St. Wolfgang where we board the cog railway and ascend the Schafberg Mountain for some spectacular views. Be sure to have your camera ready!

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Achensee

Lake Achensee

This morning our included excursion takes us along the scenic Alpenstrasse to the shore of the lovely Lake Achensee, the largest and deepest lake in the Austrian Tyrol. Surrounded by pine-clad slopes, you will have time at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. You may decide to take an optional cruise on the serene waters of the lake, or an optional ride on the rack and pinion railway between Jenbach and Seespitz, which offers amazing views of the area.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Salzburg

Salzburg

Today our optional excursion takes us Salzburg, one of the most beautiful cities in Austria. To make the most of your visit, why not join our optional guided walking tour accompanied by our local English-speaking guide. This walking tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and takes in the many sights and attractions of this famous alpine city. Admire the baroque splendour of the churches and cathedral, the might of the Hohensalzburg fortress and also the quaint Getriedegasse, which with its wrought iron signs that overhang the doors, is one of the most beautiful shopping streets of Austria. Salzburg is also known as the ‘Sound of Music’ city and during our tour you will see many sights featured in the film including Mirabell Gardens where Maria and the children sang ‘Do-Re-Mi’. A visit to Salzburg would not be complete without a mention of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and before the tour is over we see his former birthhouse and also the square that is named after and dedicated to the famous composer. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure for you to explore independently.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

A free day for you to relax and explore at your leisure.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Rothenburg ob de Tauber

Rothenburg ob de Tauber

We leave the Austrian Tyrol and head north into Germany, with a stop made on the Romantic Road in the pretty town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Continue to our overnight hotel in central Germany.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We depart our overnight hotel and commence our journey north to our overnight hotel in Belgium. En route we pause in the Rhine Valley, with the opportunity to join our optional cruise on the Rhine. A cruise through the Rhine gorge, famous for its ancient castles, picturesque villages and vine clad slopes is a perfect way to view the splendour of the Rhine. The cruise will last for approximately 2½ hours during which time you will be served a lunch on board.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

At a Glance

Tour Includes

  • 8 or 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 6 or 9 evening meals
  • Covenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service or Luxuria

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Ziller Valley Railway & Mayrhofen - Lovely Alpine train journey
  • Pinzgau Train & Kitzbühel - Nostalgic rail journey and famous historic town
  • Lake Achensee (optional on executive coach departures)
  • Almabtrieb Festival (12-day tour 18 Sep 2017 & 17 Sep 2018 departures)
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber (12-day tour only)

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • St. Wolfgang & the Schafberg Railway - Breathtaking lakeland scenery and cog railway
  • Innsbruck - Spectacular Alpine capital
  • Nordkettenbahnen - Mountain railway and cable car
  • Lake Achensee Cruise - Fine lakeside scenery
  • Rack & Pinion Railway - Picturesque rail ride (Jenbach to Seespitz)
  • Salzburg & Guided Walking tour (12-day tour only)
  • River Rhine Cruise ( 12-day tour)

Notes

The 12-day tour departing 18 September 2017 will coincide with Almabtrieb Festival in Alpbachtal, to which we will include an excursion. The Almabtrieb Festival celebrates the cows returning from the summer pastures and is a spectacular event where hundreds of cows are driven through the valleys, with their horns decorated with garlands. Local villages put together events such as fairs, perhaps a farmers' market, food and drink and lots of music. The party goes on long after the cows have come home! 

Single Room Supplement from £119.00 (9 days), £149.00 (12 days).

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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Accommodation

You will stay for six or eight nights at the 4-star Hotel Sonnschein in Niederau.

Overnight stays in Belgium and central Germany (12-day tour only) will be in city-style hotels.

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Hotel Sonnschein

Sonnschein

Sonnschein


A warm welcome awaits you at the family run Hotel Sonnschein. Situated in its own gardens and parkland, the hotel is located on the edge of the quiet village of Niederau in the Wildschonau Valley. Gill Thaler provides a typically Tyrolean welcome – even though your hostess is actually originally from Birmingham! All bedrooms are beautifully furnished with en-suite facilities, television, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer. The spacious restaurant, bar and sun terrace provide the ideal meeting place to relax. Leisure facilities include both indoor and outdoor swimming pools (subject to season), table tennis, mini-golf (small charge), sauna, steam bath and whirlpool.

  • Swimming Pool
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Bureau de Change
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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Travel Information

Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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