Three excursions in the Austrian Tyrol by train
The Austrian Tyrol is a real favourite of ours and is even more enthralling under a mantle of snow. From our base in Innsbruck, we explore some of the region's most beautiful attractions, such as the towns of Kufstein and Rattenberg. We also visit delightful Seefeld with a horse-drawn sleigh, and Mayrhofen - which we discover on a narrow-gauge railway.
We meet at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras International and depart by Eurostar to Brussels. Here, we change trains and continue on the high-speed service to Munich, a classic German city with a impressive architecture and colourful streets, where we spend the night. On Day 2, we leave Munich and continue into Austria and on to Innsbruck.
This morning we begin our stay in the Tyrolean capital with a guided sightseeing tour. Innsbruck is known for its wonderful Renaissance and Baroque buildings, and we admire these from the maze of cobbled alleyways in the medieval Old Town. Highlights here include the dazzling Hofburg Imperial Palace and the Golden Roof, built for the Emperor Maximilian I to serve as a royal box from which he could observe the tournaments below. Following the tour, you are free to explore independently. The Old Town is also a perfect place to enjoy a coffee and to try some of the exquisite local cakes. Alternatively, take a scenic excursion into the surrounding mountains on the Stubaitalbahn Railway. Opened in 1904, this 11-mile narrow-gauge railway connects central Innsbruck with the beautiful mountain hamlets surrounding it, climbing past idyllic scenery to more than 3,000ft at the line's peak.
On today's excursion we drive to Seefeld. Set on a plateau amongst Alpine peaks, Seefeld not only enjoys a spectacular backdrop, but has also become one of the Tyrol's premier resorts. Here we enjoy an atmospheric horse-drawn carriage ride through the wintry countryside, followed by time to explore the pretty town centre. Seefeld's Seekirchl, a distinctive onion-domed church, is well worth a visit.
Another popular option is Seefeld's St Oswald Parish church, which dates back to 1263 and sits right in the centre of Seefeld. The church became a popular pilgrimage site in the Tyrol after the 'Miracle of the Host' in 1384. Legend says that Oswald Milser from the nearby garrison at Schlossberg fortress demanded a larger piece of the communion host than the 'common people'. As he received it, the piece turned blood red and the stone he was kneeling on sank into the ground, where the imprint of his hand on the stone can still be seen today. Because of the increased number of pilgrims, the church was extended in 1425. Today the church is considered to be the most attractive Gothic church in the Tyro,l and is well worth exploring.
Today you are at leisure. On Day 6, our excursion takes us along the outstanding Ziller Valley on the Zillertalbahn Railway. We take the train to Jenbach, where we connect with the narrow-gauge line and travel southwards on a diesel service across the broad valley floor. Soon we arrive in Mayrhofen at the head of the valley - a popular tourist destination throughout the year.
You have some time to explore this attractive village of cobbled streets, bustling with skiers and winter sports enthusiasts at this time of year. We then travel by rail to the picturesque town of Kufstein, dominated by its magnificent fortress, for some free time.
We leave Innsbruck this morning and retrace our route back into Germany and northwards to Cologne where we spend the night. This gives you another opportunity to enjoy the ever-changing scenery of Germany's rural environs as you edge closer to Cologne.
Our morning departure sees us travelling on the high-speed service to Brussels where we connect with the Eurostar service for our journey to St Pancras International.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 19 miles from your start and end point.
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An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
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based on 2 verified reviews
It would have been better with a smaller group
Lovely hotel, excellent tour manager , met some lovely people, plenty of snow
Some administration difficulty's i.e.billing for Eurostar premier class by head office and hotel room allocations in Innsbruck. Room listed for us was already taken.
Very enjoyable tour with lots of variety and an excellent tour manager who kept us well informed of any problems
Well organised tour. Excellent hotel.
Good tour - the only comment is that the food in the Innsbruck Hotel was slightly disappointing.
Lack of first class rail travel.
It was a good tour but overpriced, especially the £195 single room supplement for one night out seven in a twin bedded room, the rest of the seven I was in a single room.
Three excursions in the Austrian Tyrol by train