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The romance of steam, combined with many years of history, make this tour a must see! Experience theAchensee Cog Railway, the nostalgic Ziller Valley Steam Train and the Pinzgauer Narrow Gauge Railway, which trundles through the Salzach Valley to the Krimml Waterfalls.
Sunday We collect you from home to join your tour coach and travel to Folkestone for our Eurotunnel crossing to Calais and onward journey through France and into Germany and check into your hotel for your overnight stay. Dinner on arrival.
Monday We depart after breakfast and continue our journey through Germany and into Austria and check in to the Hotel Jenbacherhof in Jenbach and enjoy a welcome drink before dinner.
Tuesday Lake Achen, the Achensee Cog Railway and Rattenberg After a morning at leisure, we travel down the Inn Valley to Jenbach and join the original Achenseebahn cog railway, which dates back to 1889. These are some of the oldest steam engines in the world still to be used for public transport. The train winds its way up above the Inn Valley to the shores of the largest alpine lake in the Tyrol, Lake Achen. Perhaps take a boat cruise, or enjoy a stroll by the lake. En route back to your hotel we make a stop at Rattenberg, the oldest and smallest town in the Tyrol, known today as the Tyrolean home of glass and crystal. Visit one of the showrooms and see the artisans at work.
Wednesday Nostalgic Ziller Valley Steam Train and the Ziller Gold Mine. On July 31st, 1902 this wonderful narrow gauge steam train made its first journey from Jenbach to Mayrhofen. The line almost closed in 1965 to make way for a new road which was being constructed. Fortunately saved, it still operates along the Ziller Valley to this day. Ride on this nostalgic train from Fügen to Mayrhofen, and enjoy a little schnapps and some folk music along the way. Afterwards continue to a gold mine in Zell am Ziller. Learn about the 350 year old history of this nearly forgotten trade. Get a glimpse of the working conditions underground and learn about the lifestyle of the miners. You will learn about the political conflicts between Salzburg and Tyrol provinces, the economic background to the industry and the strong influence of the Church.
Thursday The Pinzgauer Narrow Gauge Railway. For more than 100 years this narrow gauge railway has been winding along the picturesque Salzach Valley to the Hohe Tauern National Park and the Krimml Waterfalls. These falls are the highest in Europe and the 5th highest in the world. Walk down to the base of the falls or follow the trail up the side for a close-up experience of this breath-taking spectacle. This is a must for photographers and nature lovers.
Friday Today we enjoy a day at leisure in Jenbach.
Saturday Today we head over to the capital of the province of the Tyrol, Innsbruck. We have arranged a guided walking tour to take you round all the main sights of this city, which has twice hosted the Olympic Games in 1964 and 1976. Visit the pedestrianized Old Town and the iconic Golden Roof before heading over to nearby Wattens and the impressive Swarovski crystal world.
Sunday After breakfast we bid farewell to the beautiful Tyrol and continue to Germany for our overnight stay. Dinner on arrival.
Monday We depart after breakfast and return to Calais for our return Eurotunnel crossing and onward journey home.
Hotel Jenbacherhof, Jenbach
This hotel in the centre of Jenbach offers an indoor pool and a spa. Spa facilities include a steam bath, a sauna, a solarium, and an infrared cabin. Free Wi-Fi is available.The elegantly furnished rooms at the Jenbacherhof feature a flatscreen cable television, a safe, and a bathroom with hairdryer. Jenbach is the starting point of the Zillertal Railway. Lake Achen and the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens are only a short drive away.
8 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Platinum Class travel with extra leg room
Excursions and visits as stated