Austrian Mountains Discovery Tour
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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.
- Mountain railway to Innsbruck
- Seefeld and the Mosern Peace Bell
- Garmisch Partenkirchen and the Zugspitze
- Leutasch Gorge
- Small, sociable groups of up to 15 guests
- Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
- Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader
- Full day excursions with all essential transport in resort
- ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
The superb 4-star Hotel Kristall 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.
|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 bedroom have en-suite bathrooms with bath or shower, telephone, satellite TV, safe, refrigerator and internet access.
The balconies offer a lovely view across the village and mountains.
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.
Our holidays at Hotel Kristall are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
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.
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.
Complimentary homemade cakes are served every afternoon.
The hotel has a bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
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.
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.
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.
The Seefeld Plateau
Seefeld, the Wildsee and the Mosern Peace Bell
Today we discover and explore the natural beauty of the Seefeld plateau with a walk around the Wildsee and a visit to the Mosern Peace Bell.
A scenic mountain railway to the capital of the Tyrol region, with its charming Old Town and Golden Roof
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 labyrinth of alleyways.
Garmisch Partenkirchen and the Zugspitze
Enjoy a cable car ride up Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze
A short train journey from Seefeld takes us across the border into Germany to Garmisch Partenkirchen. If weather permits we can enjoy an optional cable car ride to the top of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain.
The spectacular 'Fjord of the Alps'
An unforgettable day trip begins with a ride on a steam-operated rack and pinion railway to the Achensee lake followed by a lake cruise.
Leutasch Gorge and Mittenwald
Austrian valleys and German towns
Today we enjoy a gentle walk along the Leutasch valley following the course of the river to view the impressive Leutasch Gorge. We’ll also visit the small Bavarian town of Mittenwald.
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.
Weidach and the Leutasch Valley
Weidach is a small village, in an amazing area. The village has a large swimming complex ‘Alpenbad’, which has indoor and outdoor pools, and a sunbathing area. Fishing is available on Weidachsee, and cycle hire is also available in the village. Weidach is on the edge of the Leutasch Valley, which is a 16 kilometre long, high sided valley. The Leutasch Valley is well known for its traditional handicraft wall-painting method called ‘Lüftlmalerei’, a style originally from Bavaria.
Seefeld was founded as a farming village, northwest of Innsbruck, and on a trading route between Venice and Ausburg. The area is oil rich, and shale oil has been extracted since the 14th Century. Only 15 minutes drive from the border with Germany, Seefeld is situated on the Seefeld Plateau, a popular Walking skiing destination.
There are some lovely shops, restaurants, bars in Seefeld, and this is an ideal place to buy souvenirs and gifts. The funicular will also transport you up the mountain to visit a one of the many mountain huts, with cable cars, which can take you to the top of the mountains.
Mittenwald is an excellent place to visit. A typical Bavarian town with pretty house paintings (frescoes), a famous Violin Museum, a single chairlift and a cable car (Karwendelbahn). You can travel there direct from Weidach by public bus.
Innsbruck is an attractive Austrian city, which has a wide selection of museums, churches, cafes and shops to explore. The city can be taken in by train, as the railway service is outstanding with incredible views. There are several English speaking guides in the city, who can explain the vast history of the city, which has evidence of habitation from the stone age.
Did you know?
Seefeld is at an altitude of 1200m.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow and Manchester flights to Munich airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 2 hours 30 minutes to the Hotel Kristall.
Please note guests travelling to Mayrhofen, Neustift and Tegernsee will also fly in to Munich. Leaders will be available at the airport to direct guests to the correct transfer coach.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, we can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Munich airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £35.00. Please note guests travelling to Mayrhofen, Neustift and Tegernsee will also fly in to Munich. Leaders will be available at the airport to direct guests to the correct transfer coach.
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
Jim is a professional horticulturist with more than 35 years' experience working in local authority parks departments and commercial nurseries, in Britain and abroad. For more than 15 years he was a lecturer in plant production and landscape management. He has also run his own nursery and landscape design business. Jim combines visiting gardens and plant spotting with hiking and sightseeing in various countries. Jim leads Walking, Discovery and Garden Tours in Europe, and Garden Tours in the UK.
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Dates & Prices
|7 Jul 2018||
ATLEL - Discovery Tour Seefeld
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
|7 Jul 2018||ATLEL - Discovery Tour Seefeld - Without Flights||7||£1,009.00||Book Now|
|14 Jul 2018||
ATLEL - Discovery Tour Seefeld
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
|14 Jul 2018||ATLEL - Discovery Tour Seefeld - Without Flights||7||£1,009.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Single room: no supplement
- Allow approximately €50 for entrances
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person