Alpine Rail Discovery

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3 May 2019 - 13 Oct 2019
Duration: 6 days
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PICTURE PERFECT VIEWS OF MOUNTAIN RAILWAYS AND TRANQUIL LAKES

Discover magnificent alpine vistas and experience nostalgic rail journeys of times gone by, historic cities and towns and delightful local produce as we voyage into four countries on this spectacular tour. Based close to the medieval city of Feldkirch we explore enchanting towns in Austria, captivating scenery in Switzerland, the heart of Liechtenstein and fairytale castles in Germany, combined with trips on the charming Appenzell Railway, the famous Rhaetic Railway and the nostalgic Wälderbähnle Train.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return Eurostar from London to Paris
  • Connecting rail journeys to Feldkirch
  • Five nights’ half board accommodation in Feldkirch
  • Welcome drink
  • Entertainment each evening at the hotel
  • Services of our Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Visit Feldkirch, the medieval city of the Counts of Montfort
  • Discover Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein
  • Take a journey on the Appenzell Railway
  • Enjoy a tasting at an Appenzeller Alpenbitter Liqueur producer
  • Ride on the Rhaetic Railway along the Albula Line to St. Moritz in Switzerland
  • Scenic train ride on the Wälderbähnle through the Bregenzerwald
  • Cheese tasting in the Bregenzerwald
  • Tour of Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

Day 1: London - Feldkirch

We journey aboard Eurostar to Paris, where we join the TGV to Zurich and then the connecting train to Feldkirch, Austria in the Vorarlberg region of Austria where we settle into our hotel, enjoying a welcome drink before dinner is served.

Day 2: Feldkirch, Liechtenstein and Appenzell

Today our excursion by coach begins with a stop in Feldkirch with some free time to explore this Medieval city, with its narrow alleyways and squares. Afterward we travel to Vaduz, the capital of the principality Liechtenstein and a guided tour of the heart of the city or Städtle (“small town”) as it is known locally. Then we continue our route through a beautiful forested road to reach Appenzell, where we enjoy a tasting at the Appenzeller Alpenbitter Liqueur producer before taking a stroll through the town. We round off the day, with a charming trip on the Appenzell Railway down to Altstätten in the Rhine Valley before heading back to the hotel.

Day 3: Tiefencastel, Rhaetic Railway to St. Moritz, Switzerland

Our day starts with a scenic coach journey through the largest canton in Switzerland, Grison which boasts over 150 valleys, then continuing past the oldest city in Switzerland, Chur, before reaching Tiefencastel. Here we board the Rhaetic Railway where we take the famous Albula Line for a spectacular journey to St. Moritz, passing through pristine mountain scenery and towering crags of rock as our train slowly climbs to the clouds. Our coach journey back to our hotel takes us over the Julier Pass via the largest gorge in the eastern alps, Mala.

Day 4: Bregenzerwald, Hochtannberg & Flexen Passes, Austria

Schwarzenberg, is a very small, beautiful village where the famous painter, Angelika Kauffmann, grew up, and her early works can be seen in the local parish church. From here we will ride the nostalgic Wälderbähnle Train, through picturesque landscape of Bregenzerwald to Bezau. Then continuing to Schoppernau where you will taste "Bergkäse" cheese. Our journey then continues through the Hochtannberg Pass and the glamorous ski resorts of Lech and Zurs, before passing the Flexen Pass and returning to Bludenz where the enticing smell of chocolate wafts through the air.

Day 5: Bavaria, Füssen and Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Relax and enjoy the magnificent panorama of alpine lakes and meadows as we journey across the the German Alpenstraße and along the impressive Bavarian Northern Alps before arriving in Füssen where we head to the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein, for our guided tour. This magnificent castle, famed for its views is set atop a rugged hill, surrounded by hills and forests with Hohenschwangau Castle - the seat of the Wittelsbacher in the distance. We later return to Vorarlberg over the Riedbergpass and through the Bregenzerwald.

Day 6: Feldkirch - London

We bid farewell to our hotel this morning and retrace our route to Paris, where the Eurostar connection returns us to London.

TRAIN TIMES

    Outward Journey

      Departs London 07.01
      Arrives Feldkirch 20.09

    Return Journey

      Departs Feldkirch 09.44
      Arrives London 18.30

Hotel Weisses Kreuz, Feldkirch

This 4 star family owned hotel welcomes you, with its friendly hospitality. The hotel has a cosy bar or a flower garden, which invites you to enjoy a relaxing drink after a day of exploring and a buffet breakfast is served daily in the restaurant along with regional dishes for the evening. The bedrooms have a flat screen TV, seating area and a hairdryer. There is free Wi-FI and a sauna.