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Staying in Austria’s stunning Tyrol, take in the superb scenery and discover centuries-old traditions. Experience one of the celebrated annual festivals, as we watch the cattle procession through a local village. Browse the market stalls, filled with wonderful produce in honour of the event, and visit Tratzberg Castle, set in a picturesque location in the Ziller Valley.
Day One: UK to Belgium
We’ll make our way from the UK to Belgium, via Calais, and will spend the night at a comfortable hotel.
Day Two: Belgium to Angath
In the morning, we’ll continue our journey into Austria and to Angath, where we’ll stay at the Gasthof Kammerhof for the next seven nights. (B,D)
Days Three to Eight: Angath
Join us as we enjoy three included excursions, discovering Tratzberg Castle and Lake Achensee, as well as experiencing the annual Cows Down Parade. We’ll also visit Rattenberg and the Tyrolean Farmhouse Museum and enjoy a traditional folklore evening. (B,D)
Day Nine: Angath to Belgium
Departing Angath we make our way to the Belgium for an overnight stay. (B,D)
Day Ten: Belgium to UK
We’ll return to the UK today, travelling from Belgium via Calais and then continuing home. (B)
Gasthof Kammerhof, Angath
Located in the charming village of Angath, with a beautiful mountain backdrop, this traditional family-run hotel offers a warm welcome to guests.
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Full Day: Rattenberg and Traditional Tyrol
Famous for its glass and crystal making, we visit Rattenberg, the oldest and smallest town in the Tyrol. We continue to the outdoor Tyrolean Farmhouse Museum for a fascinating glimpse into the traditional rural life of this region. After our dinner back at the hotel, we enjoy a short trip to enjoy a traditional local folklore evening.
Full Day: Traditional Cows Down Festival
Watch the cattle procession through one of the beautiful Tyrolean villages. The herds are traditionally dressed in spectacular headdresses and brought down to the valley for the winter. Browse the market stalls, filled with wonderful produce in honour of the event, and enjoy a wonderful excursion.
Full Day: Tratzberg Castle and Lake Achensee Cruise
We visit interesting Tratzberg castle, set in a picturesque location in the Ziller Valley, where we learn of its long and eventful history, before continuing to Aachensee Lake to enjoy a scenic cruise amidst the mountain scenery.
Half Day: Gerlos Pass and Krimml Falls
Sit back and relax as we drive along the wonderful Gerlos Pass, for chance to enjoy the passing scenery in this wonderful part of Austria. We’ll also call at Krimml Falls for chance to admire the waterfalls here.
Innsbruck is a wonderful city and is, in fact, the capital city of Tyrol. Its placement in a valley means it features excellent scenery, with high mountains on all sides. This Alpine scenery makes the city even more mesmerising, but there’s a lot more to see in the city besides its views.
For instance, while at leisure in Innsbruck, you may choose to visit some of the many attractions the city has to offer, such as Ambras Castle, the Rococo-style Helblinghaus and, opposite it, the iconic Goldenes Dachl, which many see as Innsbruck’s symbol. This building features thousands of fire-gilded copper tiles that account for its name, which can be translated as ‘Golden Roof’. It was built for Emperor Maximilian I when he married Bianca Maria Sforza in 1500.
Full Day: Scenic Tyrol Drive
Admire the spectacular scenery as we take a scenic drive through the Tyrol. Marvel at the amazing scenery this region is famous for along the way, and join us as we pay a visit to Kitzbuhel, known for its colourful houses. This medieval town is filled with stunning sights, which we can spend a short while exploring before we return to our coach for our relaxing return journey.