Discover the most iconic and picture-perfect settings in Austria, mixing dramatic Bavarian castles with spectacular Tyrolean alpine scenery.
Discover the most iconic and picture-perfect settings in Austria, mixing dramatic Bavarian castles with spectacular Tyrolean alpine scenery. Each year in the Tyrol, over 180,000 cows, horses, sheep and goats spend their summer in the mountains, grazing on new Alpine pastures. In September the cows return home, an occasion celebrated by decorating the cattle with flowers, garlands and bells in recognition of their safe return for the winter months. There is also a traditional Cows Down Festival complete with party atmosphere, music and dancing to celebrate this momentous occasion.
At a glance:
Hotel entertainment one night
Abbey of Ettal
Linderhof Castle and Park guided tour
Cows Down Festival
Fussen Lake cruise
Home pick up
This holiday includes Sapphire Star travel and is operated in conjunction with Woods Travel of Bognor Regis.
Following collection from home, depart East Anglia and travel to Folkestone for the Eurotunnel to Calais. Continue the journey to an overnight hotel in time for dinner.D
After breakfast, continue the journey through Europe to arrive at the Hotel Edelweiss in Lermoos for the five night dinner, bed and breakfast stay.B, D
Today, take a short drive to the Bavarian village of Oberammergau with free time to explore the town made famous by the Passion Play. Journey on to King Ludwig's Linderhof Palace, with its intricately ornate interiors. Finally, visit Ettal Abbey, a stunning Benedictine Monastery whose inhabitants are known for their beer and cheese production skills, both of which can be bought in the adjoining shop.B, D
It's the day of the 'Cows Down' traditional festival today so it's a free day to watch the cattle procession pass through the beautiful Tyrolean village of Lermoos. The herds are dressed in spectacular headdresses and brought down to the valley for the winter. Peruse the market stalls, filled with wonderful produce in honour of the event.B, D
This morning visit King Ludwig's childhood home, Honenschwangau Castle with its richly furnished interiors, exuding a more 'lived in' feel. Spend the rest of the day in Fussen with an included boat cruise on the lake.B, D
After breakfast, travel to Garmisch for free time. Not for the faint hearted is the ascent up the Zugspitze Austrian side via the Ehrwald cable car. It is an optional extra and payable locally at a cost of around £40 to go up and £35 to descend down the German side of the Zugspitze by cable car then on to the cogwheel train to Garmisch.B, D
Say farewell to the Edelweiss Hotel and travel to the overnight hotel in time for dinner.B, D
After breakfast, it's time to head back to Calais for the Eurotunnel to Folkestone. Continue the onward journey back to East Anglia where the door to door home collection service will be waiting to return you home.B
B=Breakfast Included, D=Evening Meal Included
Edelweiss Hotel, Lermoos
The 4 star Edelweiss Hotel in Lermoos is the mainstay hotel for this tour and is surrounded by the mountains of the Tyrolean Zugspitzarena, amid a stunning natural landscape.
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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Ardleigh Crown|| Ardleigh Crown Public House |
|Bramford, Angel PH|| Bramford, Angel Public House |
|Brentwood George & Dragon|| George & Dragon PH, Roman Road, Mountnessing |
(B1002) CM15 0TZ
|Bury St Edmunds Bus Stn|| Bury St Edmunds, Bus Station, Stand 9 |
|Capel St Mary (South)|| Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound |
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
|Chelmsford Services|| Chelmsford Springfield Services |
Lorry Park (Off A12)
|Claydon Crown|| Claydon Crown Public House Lay By |
|Colchester North Rail Stn|| Colchester North Rail Station |
|Combs Bus Shelter|| Combs Bus Shelter, Ipswich Road (Opp. Esso Garage) |
|Copdock - Tescos|| Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop |
|Debenham Angel|| Debenham Angel Public House |
|Diss Bus Station|| Diss Bus Station |
|Eye Town Hall|| Eye Town Hall |
|Felixstowe Coach Park|| Felixstowe Coach Park, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe, |
|Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq|| Felixstowe Great Eastern Square |
|Ipswich, West End Rd|| Ipswich,West End Road Car Park |
|Kelvedon - The Tavern|| Kelvedon The Tavern, High Street/Station Road |
|Long Stratton|| Long Stratton Police Station |
|Mendlesham Kings Head|| Mendlesham, Kings Head Public House, |
|Mendlesham, Denters Hill|| Mendlesham, Denters Hill |
|Needham Market - Swan|| Needham Market, Swan Public House, |
|Norwich - Castle Meadow|| Norwich, Castle Meadow,(Outside Galloway Office) |
|Redenhall/Station Road|| Junction of Redenhall Road & Station Road |
(Where Duke William Public House Used to Be)
|Scole - Scole Engineering|| Outside Scole Engineering Garage, Scole |
|Sproughton|| Sproughton, Wild Man Public House |
|Stowmarket Railway Stn.|| Stowmarket Railway Station. |
|Stowupland Dents Corner|| Stowupland, Dents Corner, |
|Tollgate McDonalds|| Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG |
|Witham Old Post Office|| Witham Old Post Bus Stop - Sorting Office |
(NOT McColls Store)
|Woolpit Church|| Woolpit Church |
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