Alpine perfection, home of 'The Sound of Music'

  • Classic Alpine walking
  • Stay in former hunting lodge of the von Trapp family
  • Tyrolean musical entertainment
  • Feast on hearty Alpine specialities
  • Shopping in fashionable resort towns
  • Experience the essence of the Alps with this colorful trip through Austria, exploring some of Europe's most panoramic landscapes.

    Starting with the famous sporting sights of Innsbruck, we journey through alpine forests and traditional villages, across flower-strewn meadows with views of snowy mountain peaks. We travel in cable cars and on mountain railways; we hear Tyrolean music and sample the hearty local cooking, explore magnificent palaces and walk the shores of the dramatic Schwarzsee, or Black Lake.

    A popular highlight is our two-night stay in the former summer lodge of the Von Trapp family (of "The Sound of Music" fame) in Thumersbach bei Zell am See.

    Sunday Overnight: Sporthotel Igls

    We rendezvous in Innsbruck, home to the Winter Olympic Games of 1964 and 1976, for a guided walk through the old part of this alpine city. We see Maximilian of Habsburg's Little Golden Roof and the Empress Maria Theresa's Imperial Palace and take Tram No. 6 up to the mountain resort of Igls. We enjoy an aperitif on the terrace before an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.

    Monday Overnight: Sporthotel Igls

    After breakfast, we set off for the little village of Patsch, for our morning walk on the open slopes with far-reaching views amid the resonant scents of the fields. We lunch at St Peter's and return along the St John's Way (Johannesweg), passing the fourteen Stations of the Cross. We return to Igls for our dinner.

    Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Kaiserhof

    Today we walk at a lower level with sweeping panoramas over Innsbruck, the Inn valley and the mountains beyond. On high alpine pastures, we pass centuries' old mountain huts where we may quench our thirst and hear the history of the Speckbacher path as we walk along. We stop at the Gasthof Post in Rinn for a typical Tyrolean lunch on the terrace; try the Tyrolean Dumplings or noodle soup, as stimulating as the breathtaking view. We end our walking at Judenstein with the tale of the martyr-child Andreas, and transfer to renowned Kitzbuhel by road.

    Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Kaiserhof

    We visit the Frauenkirche, with its massive square tower, and set off for the 'Schwarzsee', the Black Lake, with its incredible back drop of the Wilder Kaiser. A moderate walk takes us to the Hasenberg pond for surprise lunch in a traditional setting, before returning to medieval Kitzbuhel, with time to wander the busy, traffic-free streets of the Old Town and to enjoy an Apfelstrudel with Afternoon Tea. A special Tyrolean evening awaits us.

    Thursday Overnight: Landhotel Erlhof

    We walk the peaceful heights of the Kitzbuhel Alps along the old Roman Way. We pause in the pretty market town of St Johann in Tirol and admire the large inns decorated with wall-paintings. There is time to browse the shops and enjoy an irresistible pastry before continuing our journey by train to Zell am See, passing the lake en route. A boat takes us across the lake and drops us on Tummersbach shore. From here we walk to our hotel, the former hunting lodge of the Trapp family - where you can still feel "the Sound of Music" - to have dinner overlooking the lake with time to explore the pretty garden before we dine.

    Friday Overnight: Landhotel Erlhof

    After a hearty breakfast, we spend the morning walking in the hills of the impressive Steinernen Meer mountain range circling the northern side of the Zeller lake. We stop for lunch along the way and then descend to the lovely resort town of Zell for shopping and afternoon tea. We return to our hotel for our delicious Farewell Dinner.

    Saturday

    After breakfast, we say "Auf Wiedersehen" at the rail station in Zell am See.
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    TRIP DETAILS

    6 nights from
    $3,995.00
    Double occupancy
    (Single Supplement $565.00)
    Our Wayfarers friends Price is $3,895.00

    Dates

    From Sep 22 to Sep 28 (more dates)
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    Arrival: Innsbruck Rail Station Departure: Zell am See Rail Station

    Activities

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    Hotels - Where we stay

    Sporthotel

    Sporthotel

    The Sporthotel was originally designed and built in 1889 by Max Haas, a well-known architect of many buildings in the area. Situated in the Olympic village of Igls, on a sunny plateau 900 metres above Innsbruck, the hotel and its surrounding complex offers a host of activities to the sports enthusiast alongside relaxing health and beauty facilities.

    All rooms are very comfortably furnished in Austrian style with ensuite bath/shower, radio, cable TV, phone, minibar, safe and WiFi. The complex includes a large 20 metre indoor swimming pool, spacious sun lounge area with pool bar, and sauna complex with large sauna cabin, steam bath, diving area, Kneipp bath and jacuzzi. Massages, solariums and numerous beauty treatments are also available.

    The hotel lounge features a large open fireplace and stylish décor. The retaurant combines elegance with tradition and has won many awards over the years for its high quality Austrian & International cuisine, including a prestigious Gault Millau award.

    Hotel Kaiserhof

    Hotel Kaiserhof

    Nestled within the Austrian Alps, this lovely hotel has been completely rennovated over the last year by the family who have owned and run it for the last 30 years. It now combines fresh, comtemporary-designed rooms with the traditional style of the area and a very friendly atmosphere.

    All rooms offer ensuite bath/shower, phone, cable TV, hairdryer, radio, safe and broadband internet access. The charming restaurant offers both local and international cuisine, always using fresh ingredients. Guests can indulge in the hotel's superb Wellness centre which offers an indoor pool surrounded by comfortable deck chairs, a fitness area, relaxing sauna & steam rooms, the stimulating light of a Sanarium, massages and a solarium.

    The location has an added bonus for golfers as there are several excellent golf courses nearby, including the 18 hole championship Urslautal course on a high plateau with unique mountain scenery.

    Landhotel Erlof

    Landhotel Erlof

    Nestled in an alpine forest and hugging the southern shore of Lake Zell am See, the Landhotel Erlhof provides a peaceful and natural setting in which to relax. The Erlhof was originally built around the year 1050 and it is located in one of oldest settlements on Lake Zell am See.

    After extensive renovation, the building is now a traditional country hotel with modern facilities and an aim to provide modern day excellence in a traditional environment. The comfortable bedrooms are all equipped with bath, WC, telephone, mini bar, TV, radio, internet connection and a balcony to enjoy the stunning views.

    Guests can enjoy the hearty yet refined local dishes prepared from fresh regional produce which combine Italian and Austrian cuisines. For golfers, there is one of Austria’s most scenic golf courses just minutes away (36 holes). Guests of the Hotel can enjoy reduced green-fee rates since they are a founding member of the course.

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    What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation - Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager - A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage - Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List - Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, cutlure, peoples, flora and fauna - Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites - All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.) - Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip - First-class accommodations with culural and historical interest - All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!) - Wine with dinner - On-trail snacks and refreshments - All gratuities at hotels and restaurants