Tradition and culture are highly respected in the Tyrol with many festivals a highlight of the local villages each year. None more so than the end of grazing season festivals when the farmers bring the cattle down from the high pastures and hold a colourful parade. Our tour includes the large event at Hopfgarten and another annual event, the Church and music festival in Kramsach, all you have to do is join in the fun and festivities. Our base is the village of Kirchberg and the welcoming Hotel Zentral where we have included lunch each day and an ‘All Inclusive’ drinks package each day until 8.30pm.
The family run 4 star Zentral is located in the centre of Kirchberg as its name suggests. Built in a traditional chalet style, the hotel is renowned for its warm welcome and comfort. Each of the en-suite bedrooms is equipped with a telephone, satellite TV, a safety-box and a hair dryer. Most of the rooms have a balcony and many have views of the surrounding mountains. Other facilities at the hotel include a sun terrace, restaurant, bar, games room and a comprehensive wellness area. The hotel is served by two lifts.
Wednesday Our door to door service takes you to the waiting coach for the drive to Folkestone during which a light breakfast is served. Boarding the mid-morning train a glass of prosecco and snacks sets the holiday mood. On through Belgium to Germany and our overnight hotel.
Thursday A fine buffet breakfast before departing for Austria. Travelling through Germany we cross the Rhine at Karlsruhe and pass Stuttgart and Munich. Ahead, we see the Alps and after crossing the border near the Wild Kaiser Mountains, we reach Kirchberg and our holiday hotel in time for dinner.
Friday A restful day in our resort to make use of the hotels excellent leisure facilities and the inclusive drinks arrangements. Perhaps take a ride on the nearby cable car.
Saturday This morning we drive along the valley to the delightful village of Hopfgarten for one of the largest and most impressive Almabtrieb festivals in the region. A colourful programme with several music groups, farmers market, old world craftsmanship and delicacies are set up throughout the town. Hundreds of beautifully adorned cows walk through the village on their way down from the alpine pastures to their farms. Under bad weather conditions the programme may be modified.
Sunday We drive to the village of Kramsach and the ‘Museum of Tyrolean Farming’ for the Church Day and music festival. In this open air museum we are able to visit 14 typical Tyrolean farmhouses and experience a parade of local bands dressed in local costume, presentations of local crafts and taste various typical local specialities. After the day for exploration, we make our way back to the hotel with time to relax before dinner.
Monday The scenic highlight of our tour, as we take the spectacular Grossglockner road. This magnificently engineered highway runs from nearby Bruck to Heiligenblut and offers us views over mountain peaks and glaciers. A truly memorable journey, climbing to a height of over 8,000 feet where we reach the base of Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner at 12,460ft.The awesome Pasterze glacier spreads out before us.
Tuesday After breakfast we drive to the year round resort of Kitzbuhel with its narrow streets and picturesque old world town, nestling between the Kitzbuheler Horn and the Hahnenkamm. With a wealth of cafes and shops, it’s the perfect place for those last minute souvenir purchases. We return to the hotel for an included lunch and relaxing afternoon.
Wednesday We leave Kirchberg for our homeward journey. Through Bavaria to make a stop in the fairytale town of Rothenburg, built on the banks of the River Tauber. Then by way of wine producing city of Wurzburg to reach our overnight hotel in the Rhineland.
Thursday After a fine buffet breakfast we depart for Brussels then Calais for the midafternoon shuttle to Folkestone. We return to our home area and waiting taxis arriving early evening.
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