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Golden October Austrian Steam Adventure

Golden October Austrian Steam Adventure

Following great 2019 feedback our Golden October Austria Steam Adventure is back and it's a big one! Including the Dampflokfest steam festival at Lokpark Ampflwang, rare steam excursion on the Mariazellerbahn Railway (first class!), Zillertalbahn, Ahornbahn, Innsbruck's Nordkettenbahn, Gmunden Tramway, Traunseebahn, scenic lake trip and a brewery tour. If you fancy a 'Golden October' in Austria, book early as this is a limited edition tour with only 16 rooms at our family run hotel in Timelkam.

12 Days From £2175

 

DEPARTS

Friday 2 October 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • A day at the Dampflokfest at Ampflwang

  • Night photo steam shoot at Ampflwang

  • Special rare steam excursion on the Mariazellerbahn Railway first class

  • Ride on the Mariazell Steam Tramway

  • Journey on the Zillertalbahn

  • Travel up the Ahorn mountain by cable car

  • Innsbruck’s astounding Nordkettenbahn

  • The German National Railway Museum in Nuremberg

  • The Gmunden Tramway

  • Boat trip on the pristine waters of Lake Traunsee

  • Heritage journey on the Traunseebahn

  • Brewery Visit at Schloss Eggenberg

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 11 nights bed, breakfast, 11 evening meals and 1 lunch

  • Standard Class rail travel to Austria and return

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

DAYS 1

We depart London St Pancras by Eurostar to Brussels. We continue through Germany by high-speed train to Nuremberg for a night at the InterCity Hotel.

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DAY 2

After a morning visit to the German National Railway Museum, we continue into Austria and Timelkam, where we stay for three nights at the Hotel Sonnenhof. Tonight, we have arranged a night photo shoot at Ampflwang Lokpark.

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DAY 3

Today is spent at Ampflwang Lokpark's Steam Gala. The Lokpark is the base of the Austrian Society for Railway History and its collection, having taken over the standard gauge freight line between Ampflwang and Timelkam following the closure of the local mine. Expect at least three locos in steam, with visiting engines, the possibility of footplate rides and lots of photo opportunities in the roundhouse.

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DAYS 4

A mixture of new and nostalgic today as we travel first to Gmunden. Here we descend from Gmunden station on the 'Traunseetram', which has replaced the town's heritage vehicles on Austria's oldest tramway and one of Europe's steepest. Alighting on the shores of Lake Traunsee, we enjoy an hour's boat trip on the lake's gentle waters before re-joining the 'Traunseetram' along its newly opened link to the 'Traunseebahn' line. Hopping off first for lunch at a local Gasthaus, then again at Schloss Eggenberg Brewery for a tasting, we end the day on one of the route's surviving heritage electric vehicles on the Vorchdorferbahn, before returning to Timelkam.

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DAYS 5

This morning we travel westwards to Jenbach for a four-night stay at the Hotel Jenbacherhof, situated in the centre of the town and surrounded by the breathtaking Tyrolean Alps.

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DAYS 6

We travel from our base in Jenbach to Mayrhofen on the Zillertalbahn which takes us through the stunning scenery of the Zillertal valley. When in Mayrhofen we take a trip on the Ahornbahn cable car up to the Zillertal Alps Nature Park and enjoy fantastic views of the untouched landscape. We then have free time to explore Mayrhofen and enjoy lunch at one of the many bars and restaurants in this stylish ski resort before we take the return journey back to Jenbach.

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DAY 7

Today is a free day to explore the local area using our Austrian Railpass. Our experienced tour manager can advise on the many options available including a day discovering stunning Salzburg or he will lead the group up the Brenner Pass to the Italian border and then travel on a tram that climbs to 3,000 feet passing through Natters and Mutters. The journey offers excellent scenery as most of the route overlooks the Brenner Pass.

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DAY 8

This morning we visit Innsbruck, the capital city of the Tyrol. After viewing the Golden Roof and cityscape shrouded in the stunning backdrop of the Austrian Alps, we include a return trip on the Nordkettenbahn, an extraordinary rail adventure leading from city centre to high mountain.

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DAY 9

We venture eastwards today through Austria to St Pölten for two night stay at the Hotel Metropol located close to the city centre.

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DAY 10

Today we enjoy a steam adventure on a rare steam-hauled excursion on the Mariazellerbahn and we travel in first class! This narrow-gauge line travels through one of Austria's most remote regions through the Pielach Valley, which gets ever narrower as we continue our ascent, using horseshoe curves, bridges, tunnels and viaducts to climb to Mariazell, a pilgrimage destination dominated by its basilica. In Mariazell we also include a ride on the Mariazell Steam Tramway.

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DAY 11

Our journey home begins with a scenic trip into Bavaria. Changing in Munich onto the high-speed line, we arrive in Cologne for a final night at the Wyndham Hotel Cologne. We enjoy our farewell dinner in a popular and homely Cologne Brewery Taverns.

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DAY 12

Bidding farewell to beautiful Cologne we return via Brussels where we join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTELS

InterCity Hotel, Nuremburg

The 4-star InterCity is ideally situated next to the train station, in the city centre with the castle and old town only a short stroll away. The hotel has bar and restaurant serving a buffet breakfast with regional and international specialties. The modern en-suite bedrooms have Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and TV.

 

Hotel Sonnenhof, Timelkam

The 4-star Hotel Sonnenhof is a small, family-run hotel on the edge of Timelkam in charming, beautiful green surroundings. The hotel offers bar, restaurant and Wi-Fi. Please note the hotel only has 16 bedrooms so space on this tour will be strictly limited.

 

Hotel Jenbacherhof, Jenbach

The traditional 4-star Jenbacherhof Hotel is in the centre of Jenbach, approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the station. The en-suite bedrooms have TV, Wi-Fi, safe and hairdryer. The hotel has a bar, restaurant and small spa with indoor swimming pool.

 

Metropol Hotel, St Pölten

A modern 4-star hotel on the edge of St Pölten’s Old Town and pedestrian area. The hotel has bar and restaurant serving a buffet breakfast. All bedrooms offer Wi-Fi, TV, telephone and safe.

 

Wyndham Hotel, Cologne

Situated in the heart of Cologne, the 4-star Wyndham is ideally located opposite Cologne Cathedral and close to Cologne Central Station. The hotel has a cosy bar with terrace called "Le Perron" meaning "train platform", it perfectly reflects the location near the station. The en-suite bedrooms have Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and TV.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel

to / from Austria, including

Standard Eurostar

£2175

First Class rail travel to / from

Austria, including

Standard Premier Eurostar

£2475

Join in Timelkam & leave in St Pölten

£1755

Single Traveller Supplement

£195

 

11 nights bed, breakfast, 11 evening meals, 1 lunch

Rail travel in the class of your choice to & from Austria

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

GUARANTEED FARE

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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