Discovery Tour of the Austrian Mountains

Seefeld Plateau

Code: ATLEL

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Comfort
  • High Mountains
  • History
From £919.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

From our base in the peaceful hamlet of Weidach we enjoy marvellous Alpine scenery, flower filled meadows and pretty hamlets on this Austrian Mountain Discovery Tour.

Holiday Highlights:

  • Mountain railway to Innsbruck
  • Seefeld and the Mosern Peace Bell
  • Garmisch Partenkirchen and the Zugspitze
  • Leutasch Gorge

Great Reasons to Join Us:

  • Great value: all prices include en-suite Half Board accommodation, plus five full days sightseeing with plenty of stops at places of interest and short walks of up to 2½ miles
  • Expert leader: explore the beautiful alpine meadows and mountain lakes with our knowledgeable leader
  • Accommodation: enjoy superb 4 star accommodation at the family-run Hotel Kristall
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays - explore together, eat together, relax together

Accommodation

Hotel Kritstall is a superb 4-star hotel located close to the centre of the quiet hamlet of Weidach in the Leutasch Valley. The hotel is run by the Pfeffel family who are proud to share its special Tirolean ambience with our guests.

This accommodation is branded 'Character and Comfort' as the hotel is considered to offer a warm welcome at the small friendly family-run hotel which offers a more personal and friendly service.

 

Bedrooms

Hotel Kristall has 40 comfortable bedrooms, most of which have balconies. As is usual in Austria, twin beds may be arranged in one large frame with separate mattresses and bedding.

All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with bath or shower, telephone, satellite TV, radio, safe, refrigerator and internet access.

The balconies offer a lovely view across the village and mountains.

 

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Facilities

The public rooms include an attractive lounge with open fire, sun terrace, public bar, games room, free internet access and ski/boot room.

There is also a large luxurious wellness centre, two indoor swimming pools, spa pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath, tepidarium, adventure and wellness showers and infrared sauna.

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Food

Our holidays at Hotel Kristall are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast

The buffet-style breakfast has an extensive selection of breads and jams, fresh fruit, cheese, cold meats, cereals, pastries and cakes, smoked salmon and champagne (on Sundays). Tea and coffee are also available.

Evening meal

Hotel Kristall provides either a five course meal or a theme evening buffet. Particularly popular is the Tirolean feast, prepared with traditional recipes. All ingredients are sourced locally and are free range and organic where possible. Vegetarians and special diets can usually be catered for if requested in advance of the holiday. The hotel also offers an aperitif evening once a week in front of the open fire.

Afternoon tea

Complimentary homemade cakes are served every afternoon.

Lunch (payable locally) 

Ingredients for a picnic lunch can be bought from local shops or you may choose to eat at a mountain hut – your leaders will advise you of the options.

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Evening

The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities. The focus of your evening will be a leisurely meal. Your leader will also be checking out for any local events going on nearby or you may like to relax in the bar, with a drink and chat with your fellow guests.

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Itinerary

During your Discovery Tour you will have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places of interest. this is the proposed programme, but our HF Holidays' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather or local opening times or the wishes of the group.

Seefeld & the Mosern Peace Bell
Today we discover the beauty of the Seefeld plateau, with a walk around the Wildsee and a visit to the Mosern Peace Bell.

Innsbruck
We take the scenic mountain railway, with breathtaking views, to Innsbruck. Here we will visit the charming Old Town with its famous Golden Roof and have plenty of time for strolling around its labyrith of alleyways.

Garmisch Partenkirchen and the Zugspitze
A short train journey from Seefeld takes us across the border into Germany to Garmisch Partenkirchen. If weather permits we’ll take an optional cable car ride to the top of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain.

Achensee
An unforgettable day trip starting off on a steam-operated rack and pinion railway to the Achensee lake followed by a lake cruise.

Leutasch Gorge
A gentle walk along the Leutasch valley following the river to view the impressive Leutasch Gorge. We’ll also visit the small Bavarian town of Mittenwald.


Holiday information

All essential transport is included in the price of your holiday, but for flexibility we do not include entrances, or optional cable car rides (allow €45-50 per person).

Discovery holidays involve active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet. Optional short walks of approximately 2½ miles allow you to stretch your legs and see the best of the local scenery.

Free day – on our 7 night holidays we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore independently.

Local area

An introduction to the area

Set in verdant and gentle countryside, Weidach is a typical Tirolean village and one of the 24 hamlets in the 16km long Leutasch Valley. On many days we can walk straight from the hotel along the walking trails that explore the plateau.  

There are 150km of well-groomed walking trails criss-crossing the plateau. With its many restaurants and leisure faculties, you are ensured a warm welcome at every turn.

Local Highlights

Seefeld  - If you would like to stay close to Weidach you may like to head to the village of Seefeld (short bus journey).Take time to wander around the many shops, restaurants and bars. An ideal place to buy souvenirs and gifts.From Seefeld you could take the funicular ride up the mountain to Rosshutte or a horse and carriage ride to local attractions. Also at Seefeld, there is the large indoor and open-air (heated) pool and leisure complex, tennis courts and the Wildmoos Plateau Golf Course.

Weidach - In Weidach the Alpenbad is a short walk away with its modern leisure pool facilities. You can use the free mountain bikes from the hotel or have a Nordic Walking lesson from the hotel.

Mittenwald – this is an excellent place to visit with shops and cafés and a cable car to the mountain top. Known for house paintings and its violin museum. You can get a direct bus from Weidach with an additional €1.90 to the bus pass.

Innsbruck - A little further afield, Innsbruck is an attractive, compact city with its famous ‘Golden Roof’ and beautiful, historic buildings. It offers excellent shopping and a wide selection of restaurants. The excellent railway service from Seefeld provides a cheap and efficient means to visit the Innsbruck, the ‘Capital of the Alps’ and the historic capital of Tirol. The views from the train are breath-taking. Places to visit include the Imperial Palace, the Royal Gardens, the cathedral and various churches of particular interest. Guided coach tours are available, whilst the old town is an attractive area for strolling and sightseeing.

Shops & Facilities:

Weidach is situated on the main bus route that links the five villages of the Seefeld Plateau and the hotel is within minutes of one of the chair lifts we will use during the week.  The village has a good range of facilities for its size including a tourist office, a bank with ATM, souvenir shops, sport shops, a mini-market, bars and cafés, all within walking distance of the hotel.

Travel

‘With flight’ holidays

For flight times and prices please see the Dates and Prices tab.

We offer flights from Heathrow and Manchester (regional flight supplement: £45) to Munich.

If you book a ‘with flight’ holiday with us, we automatically include transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer to Seefeld takes 2½ hours.

Independent travellers 

All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the hotel is not included.

HF Holidays can help you to reach the hotel by joining our transfer coach from Munich airport. These are timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights (provisional HF Holidays’ flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or call 020 8732 1220). Cost per single journey is £35. Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance.

Leaders

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is a university academic, specialising in geology and environmental sciences, and has written books on these topics. She is particularly interested in the origins of landscape, both natural and human-made. She leads HF Holidays’ Walking and Leisure Activities holidays in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

 

 

 

Heather Lounds

Heather has a background in heritage conservation from both a professional and personal perspective. She has a passion for historic places and likes to find the unusual and extraordinary facts that will help to bring a visit alive. She enjoys sharing her love of historic places and her respect for contemporary architecture and always tries to cater for everyone by including a variety of places, spaces and building types to enrich the experience. She has a good knowledge of architecture and social history and a great enthusiasm for the setting of buildings.

Reviews

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16 Jul 2016, 9:09 p.m.

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Easy to navigate website, helpful staff, good choice of holidays.

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Excellent leader (Sandy Smith), good hotel and good food. Hotel staff was wonderful.
15 Jul 2016, 9:04 a.m.

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Brilliant organisation with wonderful ideas for interesting holidays.

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I have been on ten HF holidays, they have all been very good indeed but this discovery holliday was the best, It was excellently run and really full of interest. I would reccomend it to anyone who wants a bit of walking but much much more.
13 Jul 2016, 11:37 a.m.

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Always confident that HF gets it right

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Lovely hotel with superb food.Programme on holiday varied and great fun.
12 Jul 2016, 8:36 p.m.

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Well balanced and varied holiday. Walking a bit steep for a Discovery tour but after the first day not too much.
12 Jul 2016, 2 p.m.

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Always well organised and in enjoyable company

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Hotel Krisall accommodation and food was first class. Our Discovery
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12 Jul 2016, 8:36 a.m.

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Discovery Holidays
Well organised, interesting visits, comfortable hotels

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Wonderful family run hotel, delicious food, some fun entertainment.
An excellent programs of visits.
12 Jul 2016, 7:37 a.m.

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Great holiday. Visits diverse and interesting.

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Lovely Hotel. Excellent food. Friendly staff and efficient manager.
18 Jul 2015, 3:59 p.m.

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Consistently enjoyable

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Excellent hotel, good programme, very well led despite some difficulty with having to rely on local transport. Overall very enjoyable, thank you.
16 Jul 2015, 7:59 a.m.

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I enjoy the discovery holidays very much. I can no longer manage the guided walking ones, so this means that we can still go as a couple.

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Going to most places by public transport made this quite interesting, although it didn't always work, and we did loose out on time at the attractions sometimes which was a pity.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
3 Jun 2017 ATLEL - Discovery Tour Seefeld
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

LUFTHANSA

  • Depart: 3 Jun 2017, 10:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Jun 2017, 1:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Muenchen Franz Josef Strauss

Flight - Return

LUFTHANSA

  • Depart: 10 Jun 2017, 3:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Jun 2017, 4:40 p.m.
  • Depart from: Muenchen Franz Josef Strauss
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,159.00 Book Now
3 Jun 2017 ATLEL - Discovery Tour Seefeld
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

LUFTHANSA

  • Depart: 3 Jun 2017, 10:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Jun 2017, 1:40 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Muenchen Franz Josef Strauss

Flight - Return

LUFTHANSA

  • Depart: 10 Jun 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Jun 2017, 5:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Muenchen Franz Josef Strauss
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,159.00 Book Now
3 Jun 2017 ATLEL - Discovery Tour Seefeld 7 £919.00 Book Now
2 Sep 2017 ATLEL - Discovery Tour Seefeld
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

LUFTHANSA

  • Depart: 2 Sep 2017, 10:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Sep 2017, 1:40 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Muenchen Franz Josef Strauss

Flight - Return

LUFTHANSA

  • Depart: 9 Sep 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Sep 2017, 5:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Muenchen Franz Josef Strauss
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,159.00 Book Now
2 Sep 2017 ATLEL - Discovery Tour Seefeld
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

LUFTHANSA

  • Depart: 2 Sep 2017, 10:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Sep 2017, 1:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Muenchen Franz Josef Strauss

Flight - Return

LUFTHANSA

  • Depart: 9 Sep 2017, 3:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Sep 2017, 4:40 p.m.
  • Depart from: Muenchen Franz Josef Strauss
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,159.00 Book Now
2 Sep 2017 ATLEL - Discovery Tour Seefeld 7 £919.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: no supplement
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person