A memorable mid-summer coach break from Kent to St Anton in the Western Tyrol region of Austria, with a superb programme of visits balanced by time to simply relax and absorb the majestic scenery and clear mountain air.
Picture-postcard towns and villages act as tranquil havens set amidst the dramatic scenery of the Austrian Tyrol. Our base is the village of St Anton which became the first truly international ski destination when the Orient Express added it to its timetable and ferried the rich and famous to its sparkling winter wonderland. But did you know that the summer months are even more beautiful in St Anton?
Take time to unwind and relax in stunning mountain scenery around St Anton with lots of easy walking routes or join us on any of our included excursions. We schedule visits to the Austrian Capital Innsbruck, stunning Lake Constance, plus we enjoy a scenic journey over a beautiful Alpine pass.
The temptation always with exciting trips to faraway places is to cram the programme with a bewildering succession of local excursions, but with this holiday we aim to achieve a bit more balance by recognising that a lot of the attraction rests in just being there.
A warm welcome and traditional Austrian hospitality awaits!
Following our Eurotunnel crossing, we follow the French Autoroute via Reims to our overnight stop on the outskirts of Metz with a 3 course set dinner.D
After a buffet breakfast on Monday morning, we make the onward journey with comfort stops on the way to arrive in Austria early evening. We check in to the welcoming 4-star Hotel Arlberg in St Anton where we will have a welcome drink before a relaxing dinner in the traditional restaurant which for our first evening is a 3-course set menu.B, D
We leave the first full day in the Tyrol free for you to relax and take in the sights at your own pace.
St Anton has plenty to offer its many visitors. It might be best known as one of Europe's premier ski resorts but it also has a very special summer ambience and we have the fortune to be there through the longest days of the year. So we can enjoy the scenery - not forgetting the lovely gardens and window boxes - to the full. St Anton remains an attractive, authentic Tyrolean mountain village at heart. The pedestrianised Dorfstrasse cuts through the centre of the village, with hotels, restaurants and bars dotted along it, several of which are still housed in centuries- old timber and stone farmhouses. The town's onion-domed church, which dates back to the 17th century, still takes pride of place, dwarfed by the mountains that rise steeply above St Anton on both sides. You can also discover 300km of walking trails in the local area.
We should also mention the rail station, which is just a 10 to 15 minute walk from our hotel on the opposite side of the river. If anyone would prefer to spend an in-resort day going their own way by train, lovely medieval city of Feldkirch might be a good spot to aim for - it's a direct main-line connection along a scenic route taking around 50 minutes. You could also change at Feldkirch for the short onward journey into Liechtenstein.
For those who wish to do so, we include a ride on a cable car to enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains, which are simply breathtaking and illustrate the village's immense popularity in the winter with skiers.
We make the easy journey eastwards along the Alberg Pass into the Austrian Capital, Innsbruck, where we schedule a full day. No visit to the Western Tyrol would be complete without visiting Innsbruck. The city is in many ways Austria in microcosm: its late-medieval Altstadt is picture-book stuff, presided over by a grand Habsburg palace and baroque cathedral, while its Olympic ski jump and mountain backdrop make a spectacular leap between the urban and the outdoors.B, D
We make our way to Bregenz, framed by impressive mountain chains and nestled by Lake Constance. There is time to enjoy and explore the medieval centre of the city and see the landmark, baroque onion spire of St.Martin's tower before continuing a short distance around the shores of Lake Constance to the lovely lakeside town of Lindau. This historic town is actually a small island at the eastern end of the lake, connected to the lakeshore by bridge. Brimming with Medieval and half-timbered buildings it is a delightful place to visit and offers some great views of the lake and its boat traffic from the harbour, and as one of Southern Germany's most popular tourist spots it has a great range of gardens, heritage buildings and shops. Music boxes and of course cuckoo clocks are a local passion.B, D
For Friday we make a journey over one of the most beautiful Alpine passes, the Silvretta Pass, which travels round more than 30 hairpin bends. We ascend to the Silvretta Reservoir, from where we can view Piz Buin, the highest mountain in Vorarlberg. The scenery on this high road is simply unforgettable and a real highlight of the holiday.B, D
It is sadly time to bid farewell to our hosts in Austria and begin our journey home once again via our overnight hotelB, D
On our final day the plan will be to route so that we can pause for lunch in Reims before continuing our journey back to Calais. In Sunday traffic conditions we expect a delay-free journey but to be on the safe side we will schedule a mid-evening return Tunnel crossing.B
B=Breakfast Included, D =Dinner Included
Luxury Coach travel
Scheduled Eurotunnel Crossings
Stopovers with 3-course fixed menu dinner, bed & breakfast
5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at the 4* Hotel Alrberg in St Anton
Porterage at the main hotel in Austria
Tea/coffee after dinner
3-course Farmer's Buffet on one evening in Austria
Free day in St Anton with cable car ride plus train and walking options
Free use of the hotels swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi
Visits to Innsbruck and Lake Constance
Scenic mountain drive over the Silvretta Pass
Nights 1 and 7 will be at an overnight hotel, situated conveniently along our route. We suggest you may wish to take a suitable small overnight bag with you in addition to your main luggage.
The 4 star Hotel Arlberg is centrally located in St. Anton. The hotel is beautifully decorated throughout, in-keeping with local Tyrolean traditions. The large bar and lounge is comfortably furnished and offers a warm atmosphere. The stylish and traditional restaurant is bright and airy, serving home cooked food and providing great service. Many of the 75 bedrooms have a balcony; all are a good size, traditionally furnished and equipped with hairdryer and TV. The hotels leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, Turkish steam bath and sauna (steam bath and sauna open twice a week). Please note there are 6 steps to enter the hotel.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Ashford|| Park Street Bus Stop A, Ashford |
|Canterbury|| St George's Lane, between bus station and Fenwicks |
|Deal|| South Street, Deal |
|Dover|| Market Square, Dover |
|Folkestone|| Bus Station Bay D, Folkestone |
|Hawkinge|| Haven Drive, bus stop outside Lidl, Hawkinge |
|Herne Bay|| Bus garage High Street, Herne Bay |
|Hythe North Bound|| Red Lion Square next to pub, Hythe |
|M2 Medway North Bound|| M2 Medway Services, North Bound |
|Maidstone|| Bus stop outside Vinters Road Car Park, |
Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone
|Sandgate|| Outside Royal Norfolk Pub, Sandgate |
|Stop 24|| Stop 24 Services Junction 11, M20 |
|Walmer|| Thompson Bell pub, Walmer |
|Whitstable|| Bus layby outside Tesco Extra, Whitstable |
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