Throughout the Nineteenth Century, the mountainous regions of the Alps were the premier holiday destination for English upper classes. Alpine meadows, crystal blue waters and clean crisp air combine to create perfect conditions for relaxing body and mind, invigorating the senses and stimulating a sense of well-being.
Day 1 Ferry crossing from Dover to Calais before travelling through France and into Belgium for an overnight stay at the Best Western Hotel Arlux *** Arlon.
Day 2 As miles melt away, relax and enjoy the unfolding scenery as our SwanTourer heads east, continuing through Germany to Austria and the beautiful Schützenhof Hotel*** Fuschl Am See, where we spend the next five nights.
Day 3 Wake up to a range of tantalising options. First theres a breakfast that you might like to take overlooking the tranquil lake thats on our doorstep. Then, perhaps its time for a walk through some of the surrounding alpine meadows, or a more challenging hike to a higher vantage point overlooking this wonderland. Of course, theres always a relaxing lounger near the waters edge to tempt you on a day that promises refreshment and relaxation.
Day 4 We travel to the city of contrasts, Salzburg, where rolling plains stretch out to the north, and mountain peaks are only a few short kilometres from the city centre. Literally meaning Salt Castle this Austrian capital nestles on the banks of the Salzach River, and the mighty Hohensalzburg Fortress and picturesque spire dominate the skyline. Famous for its cathedral, churches, castle and garden, this birthplace of Mozart is filled with harmonious features,
including horse-drawn carriage rides that canter through its square.
Day 5 The picturesque village of St Gilgen is the first port of call for a boat ride across Lake Fuschl to Schafbergbahn where the steepest steam cog railway in Austria is ready to haul up the mighty slopes of Schafberg Mountain. From the summit, views extend over the glittering lakes of Salzkammergut as far as the eye can see, in a setting straight from the Chronicles of Narnia.
Day 6 Innsbruck is familiar to many as a venue for the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976. Archduke Ferdinand II became its ruler in 1564, and during his reign he turned the existing medieval fortress into a Renaissance castle fit for habitation. Castle Ambras is now one of Europes oldest museums, containing an historic art collection of masterpieces housed within its opulent interior.
Day 7 Its time to say goodbye to our wonderful hosts at the Schützenhof Hotel and head towards Belgium as we return to the Best Western Hotel Arlux ***, Arlon.
Day 8 Return ferry to Dover and coach home to the West Country and surrounding area.
Whats included in this Diamond Tour
Return ferry crossings.
Boat ride on Lake Fuschl.
Ride on the Schafberg Mountain Railway.
Day at leisure in Fuschl Am See.
Excursions as detailed.
7 nights hotel stay on half board, see our full brochure for more details.
Door-to-door travel, see our full brochure for
Fully escorted throughout by a SwanTours representative.
Directly on the shores of Lake Fuschl, embedded in an enchanting valley, this hotel is an ideal getaway from everyday reality.
From its picturesque chalet design and restaurant lakeside sunset views to friendly and welcoming staff, a haven of tranquillity is in store. The hotel has a lift.
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