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The Almabtrieb is one of the main highlights of the Tyrolean festival calendar. This is when the cows come back down to the valleys from their high mountain pastures, in all of their finery. On this tour we also have included a journey on the Arosa Bahn giving you the chance to enjoy some of the unspoilt nature and mountainous ranges that Switzerland has to offer.
Wednesday – After being collected from your home to meet your tour coach we will begin the journey to our overnight in Saarbrücken where there will be a welcome drink on arrival before dinner.
Thursday – Following breakfast we will leave Saarbrücken and continue our journey onwards to Austria and St. Anton, where we will be greeted with a welcome drink on arrival and time to settle in before dinner.
Friday – After breakfast we make our way to Bregenz, framed by impressive mountain chains and nestled by Lake Constance. There is time to enjoy and explore the medieval centre of the city and to see the landmark baroque onion spire of St. Martins tower before we journey a short distance around the shores of Lake Constance to the town of Lindau. This historic town is actually an island brimming with medieval and half-timbered buildings.
Saturday – Today spend a day at leisure for the annual Alm Festival. The fair begins with the Almabtrieb, or closing of the mountain fields. The farmers’ herds, after spending the summer in the high mountain pastures, are decorated with spectacular head-dresses and bought down to the valley for the winter months. Festivities continue with the local brass band and dancing troupe in traditional dress of Lederhosen and pretty Dirndl dresses. Market stalls display and sell local wares and specialities. Join in the fun and experience this truly festive occasion, Tyrolean style.
Sunday – Today we make a journey over one of the most beautiful Alpine passes, the Silvretta Pass, which travels round more than 30 hairpin bends. We ascend to the Silvretta Reservoir, from where we can view Piz Buin, the highest mountain in Vorarlberg. The scenery on this high road is simply unforgettable and a real highlight of the holiday.
Monday – We head westwards to one of the smallest countries in Europe today, Liechtenstein. We stop in the capital Vaduz, where there will be the opportunity to have some free time here. You could decide to visit the Liechtenstein National Museum, which will give you an insight into the history of this little country. We continue our journey to Chur, where we join the Arosa Bahn. This lovely mountain railway takes us from the bustling town of Chur to Arosa, climbing a thousand metres in just 26km around tight curves and steep inclines.
Tuesday – After a final breakfast in St. Anton we will journey back to our overnight in Saarbrücken where you will have a welcome drink on arrival and then dinner.
Wednesday – This morning we depart Saarbrücken and travel to Calais for our Channel crossing, following this we then continue to Westbury having suitable comfort stops on route.
Hotel Arlberg, St. Anton
The 4 star Hotel Arlberg is centrally located in St Anton. The bedrooms are en-suite and many have a balcony and are all of a good size with traditional furnishings and equipped with a TV and hairdryer. The large bar and lounge is comfortably furnished and offers a warm atmosphere. The stylish and traditional restaurant is bright and airy, serves home cooked food and provides great service. The hotel’s leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Turkish steam bath and sauna.
- 7 nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
- Platinum coach travel with extra leg room
- Hostess service
- Home pick-up
- Welcome drinks on arrival
- Use of leisure facilities in the hotel
- Journey on the Arosa Bahn