Alpine perfection, home of 'The Sound of Music'
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
Monday Overnight: Sporthotel Igls
Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Kaiserhof
Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Kaiserhof
Thursday Overnight: Landhotel Erlhof
Friday Overnight: Landhotel Erlhof
(Single Supplement $565.00)
Hotels - Where we stay
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.
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.
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.