We are delighted to offer this Christmas tour staying in the beautiful lakeside town of Zell am See, one of the most scenic and well-loved lake and mountain resorts in Austria. Our centrally located hotel is perfect for strolling around the traditional Medieval town and exploring the crystal-clear waters of Lake Zell. Our programme includes visits to Salzburg, Kitzbühel and Rattenberg, along with traditional Christmas Eve celebrations, Christmas Day turkey lunch, and a fabulous horse and carriage ride.
Day 1 Early morning collection from your home to join our coach for travel to Folkestone and short Eurotunnel crossing to France. We continue through Belgium and into Germany for our overnight stay.
Day 2 We continue our journey into Austria, arriving at our hotel in Zell am See to be greeted with a welcome drink and with time to relax before dinner.
Day 3 We travel to Salzburg, a beautiful city immortalized in the ﬁlm ‘The Sound of Music’. There will be time to soak up the atmosphere of the Christmas Market, which is held in the Cathedral and Residenz Square before making our way back to our hotel.
Day 4 CHRISTMaS EVE: There is nothing quite like a day in the mountains! Our ﬁrst stop this morning is in the fashionable ski resort of Kitzbühel. This afternoon we return to Zell am See. Perhaps take a cable car ride up to the summit of the Schmittenhöhe Mountain oﬀering breathtaking views over the Kitzbüheler Alps (cable car fare not included). This evening we enjoy a festive Christmas Eve dinner – Austrian style.
Day 5 CHRISTMAS DAY: Happy Christmas! A free morning to relax, open presents and breathe the fresh mountain air before sitting down to a Christmas Day turkey lunch. The highlight of the day will be a ride in a horse drawn carriage. This evening, dinner is followed by traditional live music.
Day 6 BOXING DAY: Departing our hotel after breakfast, we follow the spectacular Inn Valley to the village of Rattenberg, a Medieval gem and a perfect place to take morning tea amongst the old cobbled streets. Later we return to Zell am See with some free time to explore the village before enjoying our ﬁnal dinner in Austria.
Day 7 We leave our hosts in Zell am See and return to our overnight hotel.
Day 8 We continue our journey to Calais for a late afternoon Eurotunnel crossing to Folkestone, returning to the local area in the evening.
This four-star standard family run hotel is centrally located on the edge of the pedestrian old town, just a two-minute walk from the lake. This pretty hotel has great historic character retaining many original hunting lodge features. The hotel has two bars, lounge, several terraces and a spacious, award-winning restaurant. A relaxing wellness area with sauna and infrared cabin await after a fantastic day exploring. All bedrooms have TV, radio, telephone, minibar, safe and hairdryer. There is WiFi and there are several steps to access the hotel lift.