Experience St Johann, Salzburg and the Austrian Alps on this all-inclusive tour
About the Tour
Set in the heart of the Kitzbüheler Alpen mountain range in Austria lies the beautiful Baroque town of St. Johann. Filled with stunning buildings and charming cafes, and a hub for culture, St. Johann is your home base for this 8-day rail tour through the Austrian Alps. The journey begins as you travel from London to Brussels and Cologne and then on to St. Johann by train. Upon arrival, excitement builds as we visit places such as Hohe Tauern National Park to travel the storied Grossglockner High Alpine Road; Jenbach to ride the Zillertalbahn Railroad through the breathtaking Ziller Valley; Zell am See for a leisurely boat ride and free time to explore the city and Salzburg for a guided tour of the city in which Mozart was born. The scenes and history of this region are spectacular, and the opportunities this tour presents build memories to last a lifetime.
Your vacation start or end can be tailored to meet your travel needs.
- First and Standard Class rail options available (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
- Scenic rail excursion on the Zillertalbahn Railroad
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- 19 meals including a farewell dinner in St Johann
- Excursion on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road
- Excursion to Zell am See
- Cruise on Lake Zell
- Guided tour of Salzburg
- Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
Day 1 - London to Cologne
Meet your group and Tour Manager at our London St Pancras Departure Office, where we board our Eurostar train to Brussels. From Brussels, we continue to Cologne, where we overnight. Overnight Cologne, Germany. (Eurostar meal (First Class only), D)
Day 2 - Cologne to St. Johann
Our journey continues, as we join the direct service to Munich and enjoy the comforts of First Class and Germany's efficient railroad network as the vast and varied landscapes speed by. From Munich, we join the regional service (Standard Class) to Wörgl, where we disembark the train and board a private coach for the last leg of our journey to St. Johann in Tirol. Nestled in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps, the spellbinding scenery takes your breath away. Our base in St. Johann is the welcoming Park Hotel. Take some time to settle in and enjoy the scenery ahead of dinner tonight. Overnight St. Johann. (B, D)
Day 3 - At leisure in St. Johann
Spend the day exploring the beautiful St. Johann in Tirol at leisure. Soak in the pleasant atmosphere and immerse yourself in the quintessential Alpine surroundings. Throughout the village, pretty pastel-colored, traditional Alpine hut buildings are adorned with colorful flower boxes and views of the quaint Maria Himmellfahrt church in the town center adds a special ambiance. Enjoy a peaceful stroll around town, or perhaps visit the museum detailing the history of the region.
Our hotel is also ideally based for sojourns into the mountains and is within walking distance of St. Johann's two cable cars. The ascents alone are incredibly scenic, and from the summit, unparalleled panoramas of the Tyrol leave you in awe. There are also numerous hiking trails in varying degrees of difficulty to explore. Overnight St. Johann. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - Grossglockner Panorama and Heiligenblut
After breakfast this morning, we travel north into nearby Salzkammergut by coach and begin our journey to Hohe Tauern National Park for a true highlight of our tour, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road.
First opened in 1935, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road has progressed from a convenient mountain pass and impressive feat of engineering to one of Austria's premier tourist destinations - and it is easy to see why. Plunging ravines, glacial lakes,- vibrant meadows and rugged peaks are in abundance as we traverse the snaking road, which is crowned by Austria's highest mountain and glacier of the same name, the Grossglockner. Our excursion is dotted with scenic viewing points, all of which allow unrestricted photo opportunities. At the end of the road is the enchanting village of Heiligenblut. Although its most distinctive feature is the Gothic St Vinzenz pilgrimage church, it is actually the historical site of the only gold-digging settlement in the Alps. Enjoy time to explore the village on your own before we return to our hotel. Overnight St. Johann. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - The Zillertalbahn Railroad to Mayrhofen
A full day of adventure lies ahead as we make our way to Jenbach by coach and then board the narrow-gauge Zillertalbahn Railroad. This railway, which opened in 1902, follows a 19-mile (31-kilometer) route through the dramatic Ziller Valley. We travel in beautifully restored four-wheeled carriages and enjoy panoramas of lush green pastures and charming remote villages filled with half-timbered houses and traditional chalets as we make our way to Mayrhofen at the head of the valley. We disembark the train here and enjoy leisure time to meander through the village’s cobbled streets in search of pretty pavement cafés and unique shops. Alternatively, take a cable car higher into the mountains, and enjoy the panoramic vistas from the summit. Overnight St. Johann. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Zell am See
This morning, we travel to Zell am See by rail (Standard Class). This beautiful town has an idyllic location between Lake Zell and Hohe Tauern National Park and offers a juxtaposition of history and modern conveniences. Here, we enjoy a leisurely boat ride across the sapphire-blue waters of Lake Zell, all the way, admiring the stunning scenery. Gaze upon lush forests and undulating hills, and marvel at the towering mountains beyond the treeline. The remainder of the day is yours to explore picturesque Zell am See independently. Perhaps visit the town’s historic center or stroll along the attractive lakefront promenade. Quaint cafés dot the sidewalks, and the town’s fountains enhances the local charm. You may wish to take a cable car up Schmittenhöhe Mountain, which towers over Lake Zell, to admire the wonderful views from the summit. Overnight St. Johann. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Salzburg
Our day is highlighted by a visit to one of Austria’s most beloved cities, Salzburg. This city is famous internationally as the birthplace of Mozart and as the setting for “The Sound of Music”; however, there is much more to discover. Upon arrival, a guided tour of the city takes us to the iconic Getreidegasse, the Residenz and the magnificent Mirabell Gardens.
Following the tour, spend your afternoon is at leisure to discover this dynamic destination. Old Town is truly a joy to discover, with its beautifully preserved buildings and rich history. There is also the Hohensalzburg Fortress, which offers a superb vantage point for looking out over Salzberg, the turquoise Salzach River and the verdant hills beyond. You may also like to visit the ultra-modern Hangar-7 and view its collection of aircraft and Formula One race cars. There are breweries, museums and markets to explore and a vibrant art scene that caters to modern and traditional artists.
Tonight, we return to St. Johann to enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel. Overnight St. Johann. (B, L, D)
Days 8 – Homeward Bound
After breakfast this morning, we travel to Wörgl (Standard Class) before continuing on to Munich. As you disembark the train in Munich, you are free to make your way to the airport for your flight home (flights should be scheduled after 5 p.m.). (B)
Hotel Park, St. Johann
Surrounded by alpine trees and awe-inspiring mountain scenes, the welcoming Park Hotel is situated just a short stroll from the heart of St. Johann. This hotel boasts a 4-star rating and includes a number of great amenities including a bar, a Tyrolean restaurant, a small fitness room, a sauna, free bicycle hire and access to the local swimming pools. Guests have the option to enjoy all-inclusive stays with breakfast, lunch and dinner included daily, as well as selected soft drinks, wine and beer included at dinner. All en-suite rooms have a telephone, cable television, radio and a safe. Select rooms also feature private balconies.
The high-speed Eurostar trains link St. Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France, as well as Brussels in Belgium. The train travels through the Channel Tunnel and can reach speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h).
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In these carriages, there is a less dense seat configuration with more spacious seats and ample space to relax. Further, Standard Premier passengers enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
One of Europe's finest high-speed trains, the jewel in German Rail's crown is the InterCityExpress or ICE. Linking all of Germany's major cities and selected destinations outside Germany, the ICE trains offer comfortable and well-designed accommodations.
Named after the famous British express service, InterCity trains are long-distance services operating in a variety of different countries, such as Germany, Switzerland and Austria. InterCity trains are distinct from InterCity Express (ICE) and EuroCity services in that they operate on domestic routes within country borders.
Thalys runs rail services linking Paris and Brussels with Amsterdam or Cologne. The trains are similar in design to French TGVs and can reach up to 190 mph (305 km/h) when traveling on dedicated high-speed lines.
Comfort 1 (First Class) passengers benefit from spacious seating and are served complimentary light refreshments onboard. Both Comfort 1 and Comfort 2 (Standard Class) passengers have access to the Thalys Bar, which serves a selection of snacks, meals and hot and cold drinks during most journeys.
The heritage Zillertalbahn (or the Ziller Valley Railroad) dates back to 1902 and takes passengers on a nostalgic journey from Jenbach through the grandiose mountain scenery to Mayrhofen at the other end of the valley. Along the way, beautiful scenes of the Ziller Valley surround. The 19-mile route takes just under an hour to complete.
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