Austrian Alps

18th May - 1st June(14 nights)pdfdownload

 





 

Superb scenery and simply stunning driving

Enjoy breath taking scenery as we travel through the very best of the Austrian Alps including driving the stunning Grossglockner High Alpine road, a purpose built Alpine pass with a series of museums for visiting along the way.

As well as exploring the Alpine scenery we have a tour underground to the worlds oldest (around 7,000 years) active salt mine, to Krimml Waterfall (at 380m high Europe’s largest) and enjoy stays with guided visits in two of Austria’s best cities – Innsbruck and Salzburg. And along the way eight quality group meals are included.

The tour is completed off motorway so there is no need for any ‘Go Box’ or ‘Vignette’ motorway tolls. Throughout the tour there are many stunning drives, all very suitable for motorhomes as they are used by full sized coaches, however at times a confident driving approach will be beneficial.

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Day One – Friday 18th May
We meet at our conveniently located campsite on the edge of Innsbruck where our pitches have stunning views to the Austrian Alps. This evening the Tour Directors will host a welcome drinks reception at their motorhome followed by a group dinner in the campsites own restaurant complete with fine views of the Alps.

Day Two – Saturday 19th May
We have a full day in Innsbruck with a guided tour of the city centre. Lunch is included in a traditional Austrian city restaurant.

Day Three – Sunday 20th May
We leave the city and head to the mountains and our campsite in the centre of the Stubaital Valley. Whilst the drive is only short, keeping off the motorways we enjoy stunning scenery. 22 miles

Day Four – Monday 21st May
Today we take the Stubai Glacier cable car as high as possible, maybe we can reach the ‘Top of the Tirol’ where at 3210m the views are both stunning and far reaching. There will be plenty of time for you to take in the experience and should you wish, to have lunch in one of the mountain huts/restaurants.

Day Five – Tuesday 22nd May
A free day. Our campsite is situated in the centre of Neustift village with its shops and restaurants within a few minutes walk. There are also endless opportunities for both mountain walks and cycling, alternatively just relax and enjoy the marvellous scenery all around you, certainly you will not be bored. This evening we stroll to a nearby restaurant for a traditional alpine group dinner.

Day Six – Wednesday 23rd May
Today we temporarily pass into Italy as we travel across its most northern road to arrive at our next Austrian campsite, near to the start of the Grossglockner High Alpine Route. With a relatively short drive why not stop for an Italian ice-cream on route. 135 Miles

Day Seven or Eight – Thursday 24th or Friday 25th May
Built in the 1930’s the Grossglockner High Alpine Route is for many people simply the best driving experience in Europe. At just 30 miles it is not very long but allow all day to pass as it is so much more than just a road. The whole area is a national park and along the way are 12 museums to visit covering the history of building the road, to the efforts required for clearing the snow to open the road on the 1st May each year, to the wildlife and nature that survive and live at this altitude. We will cross the route either today or tomorrow choosing the best day based on the weather at the time. Having crossed the Grossglockner, we arrive at Zell am See and our campsite right on the lake, where we have dinner in the campsites own restaurant. 35 miles. Note the Grossglockner National Park is a toll road and this is payable locally, in 2017 for a motorhome this was €40.

Day Eight and/or Nine – Friday 25th and/or Saturday 26th May
Free time. Our Zell am See campsite is in a great location both for scenery and convenience. From the campsites own jetty lake cruisers can be taken for a tour of the lake or as transport to the city. Alternatively, it’s a pleasant 2km lakeside walk to the city centre.

Day Ten – Sunday 27th May
A short drive this morning to Krimml, home of Europe’s largest waterfall. Dispensing up to 50 cubic metres of water per second from a height of 380m it’s a powerful sight to be seen. We have transport arranged for viewing the waterfall at a number of points going up and you have the option to walk down or be returned by car. This evening we have dinner in the hotel of our overnight parking and just a couple of minutes walk away, in the village fountain park the chance to view the ‘sonne et lumiere’. 35 miles

Day Eleven – Monday 28th May
This morning we have a leisurely start to the day and are treated to breakfast in the hotel. Later we travel the scenic route through the world famous Kitzbuhel ski region to arrive in Salzburg. 90 miles

Day Twelve – Tuesday 29th May
We have a full day in Salzburg where our English speaking guide will help us get to know this city of music. Mozart spent most of his time here and Salzburg is the centre of the ‘Sound of Music’. However, there is a lot more to Salzburg than just music as you’ll discover. Lunch is included today in a city restaurant.

Day Thirteen – Wednesday 30th May
We travel to Hallstatt, where we find the houses are all built of wood including the roofs. They stem back to the days when the town housed only salt mine workers, today the whole area is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a unique location to see. With a short journey and our campsite wonderfully positioned right in town you’ll have plenty of time to explore this fascinating place. 50 miles

Day Fourteen – Thursday 31st May
Today we visit the original and still producing Hallstatt Salt Mine, dating back over 7,000 years makes it the oldest active mine in the world. Not only is it a wonderful experience but also educational, covering the history of the mine and the important role salt has played over the years. Later this evening we have our farewell dinner in a picturesque area of the old town in one of Hallstatt best restaurants, it’s an opportunity to enjoy good food whilst looking back at the many great places we have visited.

Day Fifteen – Friday 1st June
This morning our tour comes to an end.

PRICE

Motorhome with 2 people = £1,249 per person
Motorhome with 1 person = £1,559

DEPOSIT £250

INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • 13 campsite nights with electric hook-up
  • 1 overnight hotel parking with electric hook-up & toilets but no showers
  • Transport as required for all excursions
  • Services of two Tour Directors travelling in their own motorhome
  • Tour information pack with suggested routes & GPS co-ordinates
  • Michelin National Map
  • DK Guidebook

MEALS INCLUDED

  • Dinner in Innsbruck campsite restaurant with wine
  • Lunch in traditional Innsbruck city restaurant
  • Dinner in Stubai Valley restaurant with wine
  • Dinner in Zell am See campsite restaurant
  • Dinner in Krimml Hotel with wine
  • Breakfast in Krimml Hotel
  • Lunch in Salzburg city restaurant
  • Dinner in Hallstatt restaurant with wine

EXCURSIONS & EVENTS INCLUDED

  • City tour of Innsbruck with English speaking guide
  • Stubai Glacier visit including cable car fees
  • Day on Grossglockner High Alpine Route (motorhome toll not included – 2017 €40)
  • Tour and entrance fees to Krimml waterfall
  • Viewing of Krimml village ‘sonne et lumiere’
  • Salzburg city tour with English speaking guide
  • Tour of Hallstatt salt mine including funicular railway & panorama platform

This tour starts at Innsbruck in Austria, but if you would like to travel here from the UK at the same time as the Tour Directors please book the optional tour package so that everything can be arranged on your behalf

OPTIONAL PACKAGE

  • Return Dover/Calais Ferry with 60 day Flexible Ticket + Club Class Lounge
  • 4 additional campsite nights with electric hook-ups starting in Kent on Monday 14th May 2018 then in France & 2 x Germany.
  • Dinner at one of the campsites in Germany
  • Tour information pack with suggested routes & GPS co-ordinates
  • Services of Tour Directors travelling in their own motorhome

OPTIONAL PACKAGE PRICE

Motorhome with 2 people @ £225 per person
Motorhome with 1 person @ £399