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  • Zell am See
  • Lake-view rooms at the Grand Hotel Zell am See
  • Pinzgaubahn Steam Train
  • Krimml Waterfalls
  • The Eagle's Nest
  • Salzburg including a city tour
  • Grossglockner - Austria's highest mountain
  • Day 1 - By train to Cologne in First Class

    Cologne

    We depart St Pancras International to Brussels by Eurostar. As we travel in Standard Premier Class, a light meal and drinks are served at our seats. On arrival in Brussels, we change trains and continue onwards to Germany, arriving in Cologne for an overnight stay at the TRYP by Wyndham Cologne City Centre or the Wyndham Cologne, both ideally located near the city's magnificent cathedral. We dine together in the hotel this evening.

    Eurostar meal, dinner

  • Day 2 - To Zell am See and Lake Zell

    Zell am See

    We leave Cologne early this morning, continuing our journey by rail to Zell am See. From Cologne we travel in First Class to Schwarzach St Veit, where we change to a local train (Standard Class) to Zell am See, arriving in the afternoon. Zell am See is located in the Salzburger Land at the heart of the mountainous Hohe Tauern National Park, close to Grossglockner Mountain, Austria's highest peak. Zell am See is a picturesque little town full of medieval charm, set beside the shimmering, brilliant-blue waters of Lake Zell. It is perfectly located for making some fantastic excursions into this beautiful part of Austria and is a superb base from which to enjoy gentle strolls and more adventurous walking. We stay for seven nights at the Grand Hotel Zell am See, on a small headland jutting into the waters of the lake.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 3 - The Eagle’s Nest

    The Eagle’s Nest

    We travel north by coach across into Germany, for a visit to the Eagle's Nest, perched at the top of a 6,000 foot (1,829m) mountain above the town of Berchtesgaden. The Eagle's Nest was given to Adolf Hitler as his 50th birthday present. The chalet building remained unscathed by the allied bombing during World War II, and was saved from destruction in the aftermath, instead being retained as a historical monument.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 4 - A day at leisure

    Kitzbuehel

    Today is free to spend as you wish, perhaps relaxing at the hotel or enjoying a day in Zell am See. Cruises around the lake are a wonderful option for a leisurely day enjoying the fabulous scenery, and the jetty is located within the hotel grounds. You may choose to visit the famous winter sports resort of Kitzbühel by train. Here you can take a stroll through the pretty cobbled streets of this charming Alpine town and discover the remains of its medieval town wall. Otherwise, you may wish to take a cable car to the summit of Schmittenhöhe, one of the finest viewing points in the Austrian Alps.

    Breakfast

  • Day 5 - Pinzgaubahn and the Krimml Waterfalls

    Krimml Waterfalls

    Today we take a journey by steam train on the narrow-gauge Pinzgau Railway, an archetypal rural railway which runs between Zell am See and the village of Mittersill. The line was built in the late 1890s, with the first train leaving from Zell am See in 1898. The railway has never closed, and now runs regular trains along the foothills of the Pinzgau Mountains, from which the line takes its name. In recent years, a special summer steam service was introduced to the line, which has proved to be immensely popular, allowing passengers to experience the beautiful line winding across barn-dotted meadows whilst reliving the golden age of steam. From Mittersil we ascend to the 'Wonder World of Water' Centre above Krimml, in the Hohe Tauern National Park. The park is the second biggest wildlife preserve in Europe and the biggest in the Alps, extending over a territory of 1,800 square kilometres. A variety of exotic animal and plant species that are endangered can be found in this beautiful, diverse park. From here it is a short walk to the magnificent Krimml Waterfalls themselves. The falls are the highest in Austria and one of Europe's most spectacular natural phenomena.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 6 - A day at leisure

    Innsbruck

    Your day is free to explore Zell am See at your leisure. Perhaps enjoy a relaxing stroll along the picturesque lakeside promenade, or alternatively, visit the historic city of Innsbruck - the capital of the Tyrol region, which is easily reached by train. The delightful city has a beautiful Old Town which is ideal for exploring on foot. Visit the Imperial Palace and the famous 'Golden Roof', with 2,738 dazzling roof tiles.

    Breakfast

  • Day 7 - Historic Salzburg by rail

    Salzburg

    Today we take the regional train (Standard Class) to Salzburg for a full-day excursion. Salzburg is famous for being the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for the film 'The Sound of Music'. The delightful, pedestrianised city centre is a mix of half-timbered taverns, medieval stone houses and grand marble palaces. The original city was designed by architects to create a Baroque version of Rome north of the Alps. During a guided tour of the city we see the Getreidegasse, the Residenz and the magnificent Mirabell Gardens, gaining a fabulous understanding of Salzburg's fascinating history. We have a little free time to explore, perhaps to visit the magnificent Salzburg Cathedral, before we return to Zell am See.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 8 - Excursion to Grossglockner

    Grossglockner

    Today's excursion begins with a coach journey along the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, the famous high Alpine road, which takes us through one of the most spectacular and unspoilt landscapes in the Alps. We travel through the Hohe Tauern National Park, crossing meadows, woods and Alpine pastures, before reaching the icy peak of the Grossglockner at 12,460 feet (3,798m). We make a stop at the wonderful Kaiser-Franz-Josefs Höhe Visitor Centre at 7,700 feet (2,347m), which is located on the edge of the Pasterze Glacier. Here we visit the Grossglockner exhibition, and enjoy some free time. We return to Zell am See through the beautiful eastern Tyrol region, with a short break at the serenely beautiful village of Heiligenblut during our descent.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 9 - Zell am See to Cologne

    Cologne

    Today we leave Zell am See and travel on the local rail service (Standard Class) to Schwarzach-St Veit. Here we join the onward service, travelling in First Class through the heart of Germany to Cologne. We arrive in Cologne during the early evening and spend the final night of our holiday at the TRYP by Wyndham Cologne City Centre or the Wyndham Cologne. 

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 10 - Cologne to London in First Class

    Eurostar

    Our departure by high-speed train to Brussels connects with the Eurostar to London. We enjoy a light meal and drinks at our Standard Premier Class seats before we arrive into St Pancras International.

    Breakfast, Eurostar meal
    These meals, where shown are included in the price of your holiday

  • Please note

    Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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