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Austria Cow's Down Festival & Scenic Trains

Austria Cow's Down Festival & Scenic Trains

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 with music and dance as well as stalls selling local food delicacies and artisan goods and hand-made crafts. 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. Our packed itinerary features a guided tour of Innsbruck, two local train journeys, a boat ride, and a horse drawn carriage ride with music and schnapps.

 

Your Itinerary

Thursday 1st: We set off on our journey to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais and
continue to 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 Vomp where we arrive at the Hotel Vomperhof late afternoon for the next five nights.

Saturday 3rd: Today is the highlight of our tour as we drive through the Zillertal Valley to
Mayrhofen for 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. We start
the day with a steam train journey from Kaltenbach to Mayrhofen where we join the local
festivities.

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
on the mountain railway. We then take 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 glaciers, it
is 133m deep at its deepest point.

Tuesday 6th: This morning we make the short journey along the Inntal Valley to Tratzberg
Castle, located between Jenbach and Schwaz. It has been mentioned for the first time in
the 13th century and is one of the most beautiful castles in the Alpine area, dating back to
the period between Gothic and Renaissance. One of the castles most impressive features
is the square courtyard with stunning Renaissance paintings. We return to Vomp for an
afternoon at leisure.

Wednesday 7th: Regrettably it is time to leave our picturesque surroundings to
commence our homeward journey. We retrace our outward steps travelling north through
Germany to the Aachen region on the German/Belgium border for our overnight
accommodation.

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