The Austrian Tyrol in summer has a certain majesty and magic. Awe-inspiring landscapes of snow-draped mountains, glassy lakes, picturesque farmsteads and wildflower meadows abound, reminiscent of cinema classic The Sound of Music. Visit a host of charming, traditional towns and villages of the Tyrol, including Oberammergau, home of the famous Passion Play. Enjoy journeys by coach, steam train and local boat from your peaceful base in Stans. The Tyrolean region will undoubtedly impress and leave you well rested.
7 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways or Lufthansa flight to Munich. On arrival we transfer to Salzburg and the Hotel Scherer (4T), Hotel Mirabellplatz (4T) or Austria Trend Hotel Europa Wien (4T), where we will have a welcome drink followed by dinner this evening.
Day 2 Salzburg
Salzburg, meaning ‘Salt Fortress’, is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps, noted for its attractive setting and scenic Alpine backdrop. After breakfast, we take a guided walking tour of Old Salzburg. The Old Town has world-renowned Baroque architecture, including the cathedral built between 1614 and 1655, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music. Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthplace and house are museums of his life and works. This afternoon is free for further exploration of this interesting and attractive city.
Day 3 Salzburg - Salzkammergut
The Salzkammergut region stretches eastwards from Salzburg to the peaks of the Dachstein Mountains. The main river of the region is the Traun - a tributary of the Danube. The name means ‘Estate of the Salt Chamber’ and derives from the Imperial Salt Chamber, the authority that ran the salt mines of the Habsburg Monarchy. The waters in this salt-mining region are rich in minerals, and are believed to have medicinal value. The Salzkammergut offers stunning and picture-perfect landscapes with its numerous lakes and mountains.
Today, we take a tour of this region. Following the shores of Lake Mondsee, we arrive at the historic town of Mondsee. The impressive Basilica of St Michael was once a Benedictine monastery and was famously used for the wedding scene in the Sound of Music film.
After a journey on the Schafberg Cog Railway, we have time in the pretty lakeside village and market town of St Wolfgang, which has been a place of pilgrimage since the 12th century. We later cross the Wolfgang Lake by boat to St Gilgen. This afternoon is free for further exploration - why not try some of the culinary specialities of the Salzkammergut including Kaiserschmarrn (cut-up and sugared pancake with raisins), Krapfen (similar to doughnuts) and Lebkuchen (gingerbread). Later, we enjoy a welcome drink and dinner at the charming, family run, Wellness Hotel Schwarzbrunn (4T) in the scenic holiday resort of Stans, at the foot of the Karwendel mountain range.
Day 4 Tyrol - Lake Achensee
We set off for a wonderful scenic drive through the Tyrolean countryside today. We follow the River Inn to the market town of Jenbach, where we make the steep climb by cog and steam railway to Seespitz. Situated between the Inn and the Isar rivers, Lake Achensee is the largest in Tyrol. We board a boat for a cruise on the lake, and experience its breathtaking scenery.
Day 5 Innsbruck
This morning we make the short drive to Innsbruck, the Tyrolean capital, located in the Inn Valley. Here, we have a guided walking tour. The main street of the Old Town is the Herzog-Friedrich Strasse and close by is the beautiful 18th century Innsbruck Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of St James. Spend the afternoon at leisure to further explore Innsbruck independently.
Day 6 Fügen - Mayrhofen - Krimml
After breakfast, we travel to Fügen, from where we enjoy a scenic journey by steam or diesel train through the beautiful Zillertal Valley (which takes its name from the Ziller River that flows through it) to Mayrhofen, at the foot of the mountains, where we disembark for lunch. Our day continues to pine-covered Hohe Tauern National Park for spectacular views of Krimml Waterfalls - the highest waterfalls in Europe.
Day 7 Tyrolean Villages
Today, we explore the region of the Wetterstein Mountains visiting Seefeld, an elegant country resort, which has hosted the Winter Olympics on two occasions. We continue through the quaint border town of Mittenwald to Garmisch, situated on the edge of the Bavarian Alps. The old parish church stands on the left bank of the Loisach river, in a picturesque district where chalets have been carefully preserved. We pass through the attractive town of Oberammergau, famed for its Passion Play, which has been performed since 1634 as a tradition by the citizens of this Bavarian village. The play is a staging of Jesus' passion, covering the short final period of his life from his visit to Jerusalem and leading to his execution by crucifixion, and the text is a composite of four distinct manuscripts dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. We then return to our hotel in Stans for our final night.
Day 8 Stans - Munich - London
Today, we transfer to Munich Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways or Lufthansa flight to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.