- Picture-book Zell am See
Lakeside Austria - Magical Zell am See
- VIP door to door
Spend a week in the Austrian Alps
Mountain high, river deep. Austria’s natural beauty is captivating and astounding in equal measure.
From undulating summits and deep valleys, to pristine lakes, roaring rivers and lush pastures, nature is at its best here. Move inwards, and uncover a culturally rich heritage full of music, baroque facades, Gothic palaces and historic wonder.
On this Austria tour, based in the beautiful lakeside town of Zell am See, discover the source of the country's endearing charm through its spectacular terrain, hearty cuisine and warm hospitality.
7 nights in hotel
14 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 7 dinners (days 1-7)
- Tea and coffee after dinner
- International flights†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- Half-day tour of Salzburg
- Excursion on Grossglockner High Alpine Road
- Visit to Krimml Waterfalls, Kitzbühel farm for a tasting of local ham and cheese
- Tour to the Hochkönig, coffee and cake in Maria Alm
†Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
Portable audio headset system on excursions
Day 1 UK to Munich to Zell am See
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Munich.
On arrival we transfer to cosmopolitan Zell am See and our hotel, where we’ll have a welcome drink.
Day 2 Salzburg
We’ll spend the day exploring magical Salzburg. Gaze upon the Alpine backdrop of enchanting city steeped in rich cultural heritage - perfect for art and music aficionados. We take a guided tour of the city - known as Mozart’s birthplace - that rises majestically from the banks of the Salzach River. There’s a heady mix of baroque domes and spires, as well as the imposing clifftop Hohensalzburg Fortress - one of the oldest medieval castles in Europe. We take a walk around the Old Town with grandiose architecture and the UNESCO-listed historical centre.
We’ll also see some of the filming locations for ‘The Sound of Music’, as well as learn more about composer Mozart’s life and work. The afternoon is free for more exploring. Perhaps you’ll head to the stunning gardens of Mirabellgarten and admire the baroque splendour of a city planned by the ruling prince-archbishops. Or maybe you might want to grab a beer and Wiener schnitzel and just soak in the atmosphere in the Old Town.
Day 3 Zell am See
Today is a free day. Or join an optional excursion into Germany to Berchtesgaden and Königssee Lake.
Framed by six mountain ranges, the Berchtesgaden National Park is a unique and biodiverse area and perhaps Bavaria’s most famous spot. Expect jaw-dropping views, Alpine mountains and turquoise blue lakes.
Wander Berchtesgaden’s Old Town and its bustling Market Square and then make your way to the mountain-top Eagle’s Nest, chosen by Hitler for his chalet. Then descend to spectacular Königssee Lake to feel the gentle breeze as you make your way across the lake by electric-powered boat.
Day 4 Grossglockner High Alpine Road
Journey to Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner. We’ll travel around 36 hairpin turns, passing waterfalls, lakes, colourful meadows, green pastures and peaks. A feat of 1930s engineering and through the toil of over 4,000 workers, the Alpine Road stretches like a ribbon across 48km of the mountains to Austria’s largest National Park - Tauren.
We’ll stop at the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe viewpoint over the glacier, where the Habsburg emperor once stood, and discover some fascinating history. There’ll be time too for photographs at the fairytale setting of Fuscher Lake. We’ll return via picturesque Heiligenblut and Lienz.
Day 5 Zell am See
Today is at leisure. If you don’t fancy travelling far there’s much to enjoy at our base in Zell am See.
From the hotel you could stroll towards the shores of the magnificent Zeller See, a bluer-than-blue lake. Potter on the lakeside promenade, take a boat trip or ride the cable car right to the top of Schmittenhöhe Mountain.
Or explore the chocolate-box town and its colourful chalets full of shops and restaurants. Make sure you sample some Zwiebelrostbraten - beef and baby dumplings, finish off your meal with a delightfully light and fluffy Sachertorte (chocolate cake).
Day 6 Krimml Waterfalls to Kitzbühel
We travel to the phenomenal Krimml Waterfalls.
Shrouded by mist and viridescent pine forests, there are several viewpoints to enjoy the thundering spectacle of Europe’s highest falls. We’ll immerse ourselves in the gorgeous natural surroundings of ancient forests and visit a traditional farm in Kitzbühel.
While there we’ll tuck into some traditional Austrian Bretteljause or Marend - platters groaning under the weight of delicious hams and cheeses including Tiroler Speck and Alpkäse.
The afternoon is free.
Day 7 Hochkönig to Maria Alm
In the morning, we’ll follow the Salzach River and head towards Mühlbach am Hochkönig, a former copper-mining town.
We’ll discover why the area is so popular with skiers and hikers, with an abundance of gorgeous mountain views, including The Hochkönig range - the highest in the Berchtesgaden Alps.
Afterwards, we’ll make our way to the quaint village of Dienten, with a ruggedly romantic ambience. We’ll learn fascinating folklore and the legend of ‘devil holes’.
We’ll finish off our half-day tour with a slice of cake and coffee in the fairytale town of Maria Alm set in the foothills of the Steineres Meer mountains, and peek at the pretty pilgrimage church.
After returning to Zell am See, the afternoon is free for more exploring or relaxing.
Day 8 Zell am See to Munich to UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.