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Austrian Alps All-Inclusive

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St Johann, Salzburg and the Austrian Alps

9 days From £1,595 per person
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Book your 2021 holiday before 31st October and you can transfer your holiday for free - no questions asked. T&C's apply

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2021 Tour code: AIS21

About the tour

Explore the mighty Austrian Alps on this wonderful all-inclusive holiday to one of Europe's most scenic countries. From the enchanting Tyrolean town of St Johann, we tour Salzburg, cruise Lake Zell and take in the grand scenery of the Ziller Valley with a journey on the Zillertalbahn.


What’s included


Days 1-3 - London, Cologne and St Johann

After meeting at London St Pancras, we board the Eurostar to Brussels. Here we change trains, travelling to Cologne where we stay overnight. On Day 2, we join the direct service to Munich, before we change trains for Wörgl. We transfer by coach to St Johann in Tirol, nestled in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps.

Day 3 is free to settle in. You might like to start exploring beautiful St Johann in Tirol. Wander past traditional Alpine buildings, adorned with colourful flower boxes and congregated around the quaint Maria Himmellfahrt church. You could also visit the local museum detailing the history of the region.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal (First Class only), Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
St Johann
Days 4-5 - The High Alpine Road and Zillertalbahn Railway

We drive to Hohe Tauern National Park for one of the highlights of our holiday, a journey along the superb Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Travelling north into nearby Salzkammergut by coach, we're greeted with fantastic views of plunging ravines, glacial lakes, vibrant meadows and rugged peaks as we traverse the snaking road, crowned by Austria's highest mountain and glacier of the same name, the majestic Grossglockner. The route is dotted with stopping points, so there will be plenty of time to admire the views. At the end of the road is the enchanting village of Heiligenblut, where we have free time. Home to the Gothic St Vinzenz pilgrimage church, Heiligenblut is also the site of the only gold-digging settlement in the Alps.

Day 5 begins with a coach transfer to Jenbach, where we join the narrow-gauge Zillertalbahn Railway. First opened in 1902, we travel in beautifully restored carriages, enjoying a 19-mile steam-hauled* journey through the dramatic Ziller Valley. Our route takes us past lush green pastures and remote villages of half-timbered houses and traditional chalets, as we make our way to picturesque Mayrhofen, at the head of the valley. Here you're free to explore the charming streets lined with pretty pavement cafés and unique shops. Alternatively, take a cable car higher into the mountains and enjoy the panoramic vistas from the summit before we return to St Johann.

*Steam-hauled where possible.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Zillertalbahn Railway
Days 6-7 - Lake Zell and Salzburg

We catch the train to Zell am See, a beautiful town set in an idyllic location between Lake Zell and Hohe Tauern National Park. We take to the water with a relaxing boat trip across the sapphire-blue waters, a great way to admire the lush forests, undulating hills, and towering mountains beyond. Back on dry land, the rest of your day is free to explore. Perhaps visit the historic centre, relax in one of the many pavement cafés, or take a cable car up the Schmittenhöhe Mountain and admire the wonderful views from the summit.

Day 7 takes us to Salzburg, one of Austria's best-loved cities. On arrival, we enjoy a guided tour, seeing the iconic Getreidegasse, the Residenz, and the magnificent Mirabell Gardens.

With the rest of the day free, you could explore the Old Town. Here you'll find Hohensalzburg Fortress, accessible both on foot and by funicular. This part of the city is also home to the ancestral home of Salzburg's most famous son, Mozart, as well as the refreshing beer-brewing museum.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Zell am See
Days 8-9 - Cologne and London

We return to Wörgl and travel by rail to Munich, continuing to Cologne. We stay overnight in Cologne before catching the train to Brussels on Day 9. From here, we take the Eurostar back to London St Pancras.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal (First Class only)

Additional information

- Travel Options

We offer a Standard Class and First Class rail options for departures on this tour. You can find out which class each departure is by clicking on the information button in the pricing grid.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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Submitted 23/10/2019

The holiday was very well organised. The hotels were extremely good and rail travel and coach travel was very comfortable.

Mr D Thomas

Submitted 16/10/2019

Great Rail Journeys were faultless throughout, however, on the journey from Brussels to Austria the German railway system was abysmal. Both legs of the trip (Brussels to Cologne, and then Cologne to Munich ) were plagued with delays and two major engine failure on the locomotive. When we arrived in Austria everything was brilliant, great hotel, excellent food, friendly staff and a well organised and enjoyable itinerary. The GRJ tour manager Steven was amazing,

Mr J Davies

Submitted 09/10/2019

Return journey to Mayrhofen too long. Saltzburg fell below expectations. Train journey from Brussels to Cologne 2nd class and too long.


Submitted 04/10/2019

1. The train from Brussels to Cologne was a lengthy journey - 3hrs 43mins (Due to engineering work). The made for a late evening meal at the Hotel. 2. Our room was overlooking the Atrium and we were kept awake by loud music. I understand Yvonne Cox complained to the Hotel resulting in a reduction in the volume round about midnight. We did have a quiet room for our stay on the return journey. 3. On the way back from the Alpine Road the hour long stop at Heiligenblut was too long. Personally we would rather have got back to the Park Hotel an hour earlier to negate the need to rush for dinner. 4. These are the only negative comments we have about the holiday. The rest of the holiday was excellent which we would rate as 5 Star.


Submitted 01/09/2019

Marked down by one star because the 'free' national rail travel did not meet our expectation. HS1 use was excluded. Nothing mentioned in terms and conditions. Despite returning the tickets that were provided and buying HS1 tickets we were refused any contribution towards the cost.


Submitted 30/08/2019

Excellent guided tour and such a beautiful country

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St Johann, Salzburg and the Austrian Alps


Luke Simpson
Helen Laverack
Lynne Broadley