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).