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Austria Cow's Down Festival

Austria Cow's Down Festival

As summer comes to an end in the picturesque mountains of the Austrian Tyrol traditional festivals take place in towns and villages throughout the region as the cattle are walked back down to the valley after a summer of grazing in the high Alpine meadows. Elaborately and colourfully decorated, their return home is accompanied by lively traditional festivities celebrated by locals and tourists alike. We visit the Cows Down, or 'Almabtrieb' as it is known, in the beautiful Tyrolean town of Mayrhofen in the Zillertal Valley one of Austria's main ski resorts but popular with holidaymakers all year round.

Your Itinerary

Thursday 1st: We set off on our journey for the short sea crossing to Calais and our overnight in the Aachen region on the German/Belgium border.

Friday 2nd: Our journey continues as we follow the River Rhine south towards Austria and on to Fügen at the start of the Zillertal Valley where we arrive at the Hotel Malerhaus late afternoon for the next five nights.

Saturday 3rd: We begin our day at our base of Fügen so witness the ‘Almabtrieh’ festival – a colourful event to celebrate bringing the cows, sheep and goats down from the mountains to shelter from the onset of autumn. In the afternoon we take the short journey to Rattenburg where we visit the museum of arts and crafts. Installed in some former blacksmiths houses – the “Nagelschmiedhäuser” dates from the 12th century and carved into the rock. We also visit the spice shop which covers more than 120 m².

Sunday 4th: Today we head to Innsbruck, the capital of the Austrian Tyrol, which has many attractions including the old quarter with its cobbled streets where you can stroll round the charming shops and cafes. We begin with a guided morning tour of Innsbruck including views like the Wilten, Basilica, Golden Roof and the Hofburg Palace. After time for lunch we head for Götzens and Brigitz for a horse carriage ride in the great Olympic region of Axams, with music and Schnaps.

Monday 5th: Our full day excursion today begins with a Train trip from Jenbach to Seespitz followed by a boat ride on the beautiful Achensee from Pertisau to Achenkirch. At an altitude of 930 metres is Achensee Tyrol’s biggest natural lake, nestled in a valley separating the superb Karwendel massif and the Rofan. Created by glasiers, it is 133m deep at its deepest point.

Tuesday 6th: On our final half day excursion along the Zillertal Valley to Mayrhofen where there are plenty of things to do in this beautiful and lively resort including shops and cable cars. We return to Fügen for free time.

Wednesday 7th: Regrettably it is time to take our leave of the Malerhaus Hotel and the village of Fügen. Our journey will take us to our overnight in the Aachen region on the German/Belgium border.

Thursday 8th: The final part of the homeward journey will take us into France for the short Channel crossing back to Dover from where we head for home.

(Please note; to enjoy the full benefit of this beautiful region some days are best suited to good weather conditions, and as a result these excursions may be swapped around to alternative days with better weather prospects, this will be left to the drivers discretion).

Hotel Vomperhof, Vomp, Schwaz ★★★

The Hotel Vomperhof in the area of Schwaz has been run by the same family since 1958. The house is ideally situated at the heart of Tyrol - alongside the River Inn and just 25km from Innsbruck. Featuring wooden furnishings, the comfortable, modern rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. The cosy wood-panelled dining room serves wholesome regional dishes and there is a sun terrace and bar area to relax in the evenings.

Your Tour Includes

  • All Travel by Owen's Select Executive Coach
  • Return Channel Crossings 
  • 2 Overnight Stops with Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
  • 5 Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at the Hotel Vomperhof
  • Excursions as Detailed
  • Guided Morning Tour of Innsbruck
  • Horse Carriage Ride With Music and Schnaps
  • Train Ride from Jenbach to Seespitz
  • Steam Train Ride Kaltenbach to Seepitz
  • Boat Ride on the Beautiful Achensee
  • Porterage at Resort
Departure DateHotelDaysAvailablePrice (Adult)Pick Up Points 
01 Oct 2020HOTEL VOMPERHOF 8 days 10+ £740.00 View Locations Book Now