Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol

Description

Enjoy a truly traditional Christmas right in the heart of the Austrian Tyrol, with majestic snow-covered mountains all around. The Christmas-card villages and small, picturesque resorts with their wooden gabled houses and onion domed churches are a haven of peace and tranquility where you can relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. All this and more is waiting to captivate you with its charm as you spend an unforgettable holiday in these idyllic surroundings.

Duration
8 days
Price
from £1249
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Included in price
  • Return flights to Salzburg
  • One piece of hold luggage and one piece of hand luggage per person
  • Transfers between Airport and Hotel
  • 7 nights accommodation in twin bedrooms with private bathroom in the Austrian Tyrol
  • Buffet continental breakfast and evening dinner each day
  • 4 course Austrian Dinner on Christmas Eve
  • Traditional Roast Turkey Dinner on Christmas Day
  • Excursion to Salzburg and guided tour
  • Excursion to Innsbruck and guided tour
  • Christmas Day horse drawn Sleigh Ride
  • Winter Wonderland coach tour and visit to Berchtesgaden and lake cruise
  • Services of a Mistral representative in Austria
  • ATOL Protected

Accommodation

Hotel Taxacher, Kirchberg

Kirchberg is a popular winter sports resort and lies within the spectacular Kitzbuhler Alps and the Brixental Valley. It's a charming village in which to relax in-between the activities and excursions we have included in the holiday. The impressive 'Church on the Mountain' in the centre of the resort adds to its wonderful appearence.

The 3 star superior Hotel Taxacherhof in Kirchberg combines modern facilities with traditional charm. The hotel features a cosy lounge bar, a sauna and a steam room. The continental buffet breakfasts and evening dinners are served in the hotel's restaurant. All of the well appointed bedrooms enjoy mountain views and have private bathroom, balcony and satellite TV. From the moment you arrive at the Hotel Taxacherhof you are looked after as a truly welcome guest and you will savour genuine Austrian hospitality at its very best.

Alpen Hotel, Wildschonau

The stunning Wildschonau is a high valley some 14 miles long and is situated in the heart of the Kitzbuhler Alps in the Austrian Tyrol. Wildschonau means wild and beautiful and it is certainly one of the most beautiful valleys in the Tyrol. Oberau is the main village in the valley.

The Hotel Alpen in Oberau is a friendly, family-run 3 star hotel with a typical Tyrolean ambience. Guests can relax in the comfortable lounge or the bar and the hotel also features an indoor pool as well as a sauna. Meals are taken in the hotel’s restaurant, which serves both Austrian and international food. All of the bedrooms in the Alpen Hotel are traditionally furnished and offer views of the surrounding countryside and have a private bathroom and satellite TV.

Hotel Stangl, Thaur

The village of Thaur is located in the Inntal Valley at the foot of the Nordkette mountain chain and is famous for its customs and traditions, particularly at Christmastime. The village dates back to the 9th century and its church is the oldest preserved church building in the Tyrol. Today Thaur is a pleasant holiday resort with rural charm. The village is famous in Austria for the handmade ‘Christmas Cribs of Thaur’ - Oriental mountains, painted backgrounds and well-known figurines are depicted in these cribs.

The 3 star Hotel Stangl is a genteel, country-style hotel well located in Thaur. Meals are taken in the hotel’s refined, wood-paneled restaurant which has an old-world vibe. There’s also a bar and lounge and a spa room which offers a whirlpool tub and saunas. The well appointed bedrooms have traditional, carved wooden furnishings and feature satellite TV and private bathroom.

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Excursions

During our stay we have arranged a programme of included and optional excursions and visits, all taken at a leisurely pace.

Fly to Austria

Your holiday begins with the flight to Salzburg from your chosen UK airport. You will then be transferred to our hotel.

Salzburg

Today we have arranged an included excursion to Salzburg. We’ll have plenty of time for sightseeing in this beautiful city. There is also a very good shopping centre - ideal for that last minute gift! We’ll return to our hotel in time for dinner.

Leisure Day

Today is at leisure. Perhaps take a chairlift or cable car up to the heights, explore the shops, have a drink in one of the cafes and bars or simply relax in the comfortable surroundings of the hotel.

Kitzbuhel

This morning we have a half day excursion to Kitzbuhel. There is a good choice of shops here and a Christmas market - ideal for finding that last minute gift! This afternoon you can relax and unwind in the comfortable surroundings of our hotel, or perhaps make some more discoveries in our Tyrolean village resort. Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate or perhaps a gluhwein in one of the village’s cafes or bars. This evening a traditional Austrian dinner will be served in the hotel. Later this evening, you may wish to join the local congregation for the church service.

Sleigh Ride

Happy Christmas! After a hearty breakfast there will be plenty of time to open your presents. A little later today wrap up wam for an enjoyable horse drawn sleigh ride. This evening in the hotel we have our festive Roast Turkey Christmas Dinner.

Innsbruck

Not to be missed is our excursion to Innsbruck - the Tyrolean Capital. We’ll have a guided walking tour around the trafficfree ‘Old Town’, with its beautiful ornate buildings and the unique Golden Roof. Afterwards there will be time to explore the Christmas markets, browse in the shops along the Maria Theresian Strasse or relax in a friendly café.

Berchtesgarden

Weather permitting, today’s fantastic coach tour takes us past high mountains and through snow covered valleys. We’ll enjoy incredible panoramas and see delightful picture-postcard villages with chalet-style cottages – Christmas time Austria at its very best. We’ll also visit Berchtesgaden which is just over the border in Bavariain Germany, and Lake Konig, or King’s Lake. This lake is famous for the clarity of echos which can be heard up to seven times and we’ll have a cruise on the lake by boat. We’ll return to the hotel with time to relax before our farewell dinner.

Fly Home

Today we leave our hotel at the appropriate time for the transfer to Salzburg airport and the return flight back to the UK.

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