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St Johann, Salzburg and the Austrian Alps

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20212022
9 days From £1,695 per person

2022 Tour code: AIS22

About the tour

Explore the mighty Austrian Alps on this wonderful all-inclusive holiday. From the enchanting Tyrolean town of St Johann, we soak up local traditions with authentic strudel making, a tour of Salzburg, a cruise across Lake Zell and a journey on the Zillertalbahn through the grand scenery of the Ziller Valley.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Cologne

After meeting at London St Pancras, we board the Eurostar to Brussels. Here we change trains, travelling to Cologne for the night.

Includes
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal (First Class only)
Day 2 – St Johann

We board the train to Wörgl, travelling via Munich before transferring by coach to St Johann in Tirol, nestled in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps. Home to traditional Alpine buildings, adorned with colourful flower boxes and the quaint Maria Himmellfahrt church, as well as a local museum detailing the history of the region, this is a peaceful base for our Alpine adventure.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – St Johann

Today is filled with gastronomic treats, starting with an al fresco breakfast amid the fresh air of the mountains. Later, we make our way to a nearby café to meet with a local chef adept at creating one of Austria's most beloved dishes, apfelstrudel. We'll get hints and tips on how to create this delicious sweet pastry during an interactive demonstration. Afterwards, we savour the delights of our labours with a hearty slice accompanied by tea or coffee.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 – The Grossglockner High Alpine Road

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 to nearby Salzkammergut, we're greeted with fantastic views of plunging ravines, glacial lakes, vibrant meadows and rugged peaks including Austria's highest mountain and glacier of the same name, the Grossglockner. Reaching the enchanting village of Heiligenblut, there's free time to look around. You might like to wander over to the Gothic St Vinzenz pilgrimage church or learn more about Heiligenblut's history as the site of the only gold-digging settlement in the Alps.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 – The Zillertalbahn Railway

Our day 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 as we enjoy 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 on 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 – Zell am See

Catching the train to Zell am See, a beautiful town set between Lake Zell and Hohe Tauern National Park, we take to the water on arrival for a relaxing boat trip across the sapphire-blue lake, 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. You could visit Zell am See's historic centre, relax in one of the many bistros or take a cable car up the Schmittenhöhe Mountain and admire the wonderful views from the summit.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 – Salzburg

We transfer by coach to Salzburg, one of Austria's most popular 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, home to the impressive Hohensalzburg Fortress. This part of the city is also where you'll find the ancestral home of Salzburg's most famous son, Mozart, as well as the refreshing beer-brewing museum where you can see learn about Austria's proud brewing history before settling down with a refreshing stein.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 – Cologne

Departing the Tyrolean Alps, we catch the train to Wörgl, continuing to Cologne via Munich for an overnight stay.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 – London

We head to the train station this morning for the service to Brussels. From here, we join the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • 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.

Hotel

Hotel Park

Hotel Park, St. Johann

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Trains

Eurostar
ICE Train
InterCity
Thalys
Zillertalbahn

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Reviews

4.6 stars4.6 / 5 · 27 reviews

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Mr D Thomas

5 stars

Submitted Oct 16 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,

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Mr J Davies

4 stars

Submitted Oct 09 2019

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

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Mr K Carr

4 stars

Submitted Aug 28 2019

We generally enjoyed the holiday but there were too many dull times, we always seemed to be hanging around waiting for trains or going for toilet and coffee breaks. The tour manager was good, the hotel was all you wanted it to be. Beware, although the holiday is inclusive breakfast and lunch are the same repetitive food, though they are very generous with drinks at dinner. The excursions are long and the time spent at the destinations is fairly short in comparison.

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Mr T Staker

5 stars

Submitted Sep 29 2018

Well organised travel, helpful and knowledgeable tour manager. Good and comfortable hotel.

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Mrs M Dixon

5 stars

Submitted Sep 26 2018

Well led by our tour manager. All good hotels. All good excursions, even good weather.

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Mrs A Mackay

4 stars

Submitted Sep 26 2018

A good holiday, well organised in a nice hotel

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