Austria: Elegant Winter Fun

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Kitzbuhel, Innsbruck, Salzburg, and Lech Zurs am Arlberg 

Sample Itineraries

Depending on availability, these tours can be reserved for any dates.

For more information: Call us at 617-566-1907.


Experience Tyrolian culture at its winter best.  Tyrol is home to world class skiing.  We offer families and friends the choice of skiing or sightseeing.  Skiers enjoy six days of alpine and nordic skiing in Kitzbuhel and Lech-Zurs am Arlberg.   Non-skiers and lovers of Alpine culture enjoy touring: Kitzbuhel, Salzburg, Innsbruck, St. Anton and Lech. In the evening, you catch up on the day’s adventures with skier friends and family at your luxury hotels: Kitzbuhel’s Relais and Chateaux, Hotel Tennerhof, and the cozy Zurs ski lodge, The Edelweiss.

For the skiers, Kitzbuhel offers ninety-nine miles of manicured pistes and deep-snow slopes.  A network of sixty ski lifts and cable ways allows one to ski from the Hahnenkamm World Cup course to Pass Thurn, without having to climb a single foot.  Lech Zurs am Arlberg is known for its pistes and high Alpine deep powder snow runs.  Its “White Ring” ski circuit connects Lech with Zurs, Zug, and Oberlech. Once a year, the White Ring is the site of the longest ski race in the world.

For the tourers, your Alpine sighseeing begins with the charming medieval town of Kitzbuhel.  You spend the next day in the glorious Baroque majesty of Mozart’s birthplace, Salzburg.  The following day, you lunch in the Alps with superb views of Innsbruck, as well as visit her Hofburg, considered one of the three most significant cultural buildings in Austria.  On your final day of touring, you explore Lech and St. Anton, Alpine villages known as the cradle of alpine skiing, complete with horse-drawn carriages, classic mountain cuisine, and lively apres ski atmosphere.

There is so much to do in Kitzbuhel and Zurs. Enjoy winter hiking, tobogganing and horse-drawn sleigh rides.  Find here, too, curling, folklore evenings, ice skating, indoor tennis, squash, swimming, sauna, snowboarding, and snowshoeing and much more.

 

Kitzbuehl in the Snow

Kitzbuhel in the Snow

 

Relaxing at Zurs

Relaxing at Zurs

 

Constellation Travelexperience Tour in the Austrian Tyrol

Sample Itinerary for the Skiers

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Day 1: Arrive at the five star Hotel Tennerhof in Kitzbuhel for 3 nights

Day 2: Skiing in Kitzbuhel

Day 3: Skiing in Kitzbuhel

Day 4: Sightseeing Tour of Innsbruck; Arrive at the Hotel Edelweiss,  Zurs for 3 nights With a private guide, vehicle and driver, you have a sightseeing tour of Innsbruck and lunch (on your own) in the Alps with superb views overlooking the city.  Empress Maria Theresa is responsible for much of the beautiful architecture in Innsbruck.  After lunch, you continue to the Hotel Edelweiss in Zurs.

Day 5: Skiing in Zurs, Lech, and St. Anton

Day 6: Skiing in Zurs, Lech, and St. Anton

Day 7: Fly to the USA  from Zurich Your tour ends today with breakfast at the Hotel Edelweiss.  You may decide to stay longer in Europe or return to your home.  

Sample Itinerary for the Tourers: with your private guide, driver and vehicle

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Day 1: Arrive at the five star Hotel Tennerhof Hotel in Kitzbuhel for 3 nights

Day 2:  Morning Tour and Lunch in Kitzbuhel On the first day of your sightseeing,  you come to know this charming medieval town and world renowned skiing center.  The first known settlers were Illyrians mining copper in the hills around Kitzbuhel between 1100 and 800 BC. With a private guide, you discover the  beautiful churches, built centuries ago, with proceeds from copper and silver mining.  In 1450 began the heyday of copper mining in Kitzbuhel, and silver was found in the 16th century. A highpoint on your tour will be the Church of St. Catherine, designed around 1350 and containing a Gothic winged altar from 1515.  You also see St. Andrew’s Parish Church with its Rococo chapel, the Rosakapelle.  You have lunch (on your own) in one of the gourmet restaurants in Kitzbuhel.

Day 3: Day Trip to Salzburg Glorious Salzburg has everything,  beauty, tradition and history.  Salzburg’s many fine Baroque buildings are nestled along the Salzach River.  There are stunning Alpine peaks nearby.  An important aspect of Salzburg’s history is that Mozart was born here. You have a delightful walking tour in Salzburg’s Old City with a guide.  You also find elegant shops offering clothing and beautiful articles for your home.  On your walking tour, you visit Mozart’s birthplace and the majestic Fortress Hohensalzburg high on a mountain overlooking Salzburg.  You have lunch (on your own) before returning to Kitzbuhel and the Hotel Tennerhof in the afternoon.

Day 4: Tour of Innsbruck; Arrive at the boutique Hotel Edelweiss,  Zurs for 3 nights You have a sightseeing tour of Innsbruck with a private guide and lunch (on your own) in the Alps with superb views overlooking the city.  Empress Maria Theresa is responsible for much of the beautiful architecture in Innsbruck.  The city’s Hofburg is considered one of the three most significant cultural buildings in Austria, along with the Hofburg Palace and Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.  In the afternoon, you continue to Zurs and the Hotel Edelweiss.

Day 5: Lech and St. Anton This morning, you visit Lech and St. Anton.  Lech  has managed to retain its traditional village feel, complete with horse-drawn carriages and classic mountain cuisine. Lech also is a village with a lively après ski and evening life.  You then go to St. Anton to learn about its renown skiing history at the St. Anton am Arlberg Museum. Among the first people to settle in the mountains and valleys were the Valasian Mountain peasants.  Their traditions are kept up through music, clothing, architectural design, and arts and crafts.  A fine example of their architecture is Lech’s St. Nicolas parish church dating back to the 1500s.  To learn more about the Valasian peasants and the Arlberg’s history, you visit the Walsermuseum Lech-Tannberg.

Day 6:  Free Day

Day 7: Fly to the USA from Zurich Your tour ends today with breakfast at the Hotel Edelweiss.  You may decide to stay longer in Europe or return to your home.  

Discover Kitzbuhel

This jewel of a town has an international reputation that has helped define winter sports and the entire ski industry. Kitzbuhel has been home to the famed Hahnenkamm race for more than 70 years on a course that sets the standard for the World Cup downhill.  The most famous slope on the Hahnenkamm is the classic downhill course, the Streif (streak, or stripe), which is regarded as the most demanding race course on the World Cup circuit. Kitzbuhel is legendary with ninety-nine miles of manicured pistes, 60 lifts, deep-snow slopes, and mountains perfect for ski tours. The town is famous not only for sports but also for its hospitality. Enjoy Kitzbuhel’s culinary excellence, après-ski excitement, and its nightlife. What also makes Kitzbuhel famous is the Ski Safari.  The ski safari is a carefully planned combination of lifts, cable railways, and runs that lets you ski for more than 145 km (91 miles) without having to climb a single foot.  Thus, the ski safari enables you to discover the entire skiing area from the Hahnenkamm to Pass Thurn.  With the opening of the new tri-cable, continuous loop cable-way service, you can do the complete tour in both directions without ever taking your skis off. In addition, there are 500 kilometers of groomed cross-country skiing tracks.  

Enjoy the elegant Hotel Tennerhof

Your Relais and Chateaux hotel, the Tennerhof,  is an elegant old country estate house, on a quiet hillside outside of town.  Free bus service connects you to the ski areas nearby.  The family-owned Tennerhof has a superb restaurant,  honored with two toques by Gault Milau.  Emphasis here at the hotel is on family with babysitters available and a playschool nearby. The charming bedrooms are done in Tyrolean country furnishings, all different, some with ceramic stoves.  

Savor Innsbruck, Tyrol’s cultural treasure and home of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics

En route to Zurs and the Hotel Edelweiss, you have a short visit in Innsbruck.  You have a walking tour with a guide of this beautiful old world capital and then have lunch (on your own) in the  mountains with spectacular views.  The Alps rise from the edge of the city as an impressive backdrop for the green domes and red roofs of the baroque town tucked below.  Innsbruck has been at an important crossroads for centuries with Italy, Germany, and Switzerland.  

Marvel at Lech Zurs am Arlberg

The Arlberg offers you superb skiing with a total of 94 cable cars and lifts, 340 kilometers of pistes and 180 kilometers of high Alpine deep powder snow runs.   At your hotel, the Edelweiss, you are only 100 meters from the cable cars so you can ski in/ski out.  The hotel has ski equipment rental facilities in house for you.  The ski school is nearby. For centuries the Arlberg has been known as the “birthplace of Alpine skiing”. Arlberg  is the home of the legendary skiing master, Hannes Schneider(1890-1955), an unknown ski instructor with innovative ideas, who set up a ski school to teach his new technique.  He took the Norwegian art of cross country skiing and adapted it to down hill running.  This Arlberg ski school method, developed by Schneider in the 20s and 30s, laid down the basic principles followed by all skiing courses the world over. 

In the decades that followed a succession of great skiers made the Arlberg a household word for the best in skiing. Here in the Arlberg, The White Ring”, a unique ski circuit in the Alps between Lech, Zurs, Zug and Oberlech, is celebrating over 50 years of skiing.  The “White Ring” was developed by daring pioneers of skiing, which, with its cable cars and lifts, now guarantees an almost limitless skiing experience in the Arlberg. In 2005-2006, on the 50th anniversary of the traditional “White Ring” ski circuit, the first “The White Ring – the race” event came into being, the longest ski  race in the world. The route runs round Lech Zurs am Arlberg.

 

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Hotel Tennerhof, Kitzbuhel

 

This ancient land, the Tyrol, was settled around 12,000 BC.  The discovery of Otzi, the Neolithic Iceman on the Similaun glacier in 1991, proved man had already crossed the highest Alpine passes 5000 years ago.

 

Hotel Tennerhof, Kitzbuhel

Hotel Tennerhof, Kitzbuhel

 

Skiing is a family sport in the Tyrol.  There are ski schools in Kitzbuhel and Zurs for young and old, plus babysitting services for children.

Hotel Edelweiss, Zurs

Hotel Edelweiss, Zurs

 

Delight in the Hotel Edelweiss Built in the 19th century, our boutique hotel in Zurs is charming.  Skiing or not skiing, you enjoy winter walks, going up the mountains on the lifts, curling, and much more.   The hotel’s restaurant, Chesa has a Gault Millaut togue.  We have chosen the Edelweiss Hotel because it has the most apres ski activity.  You will largely hear German spoken, but the atmosphere is authentic for Austria.  Relax with sauna, Turkish steam bath, and massage.  You ski in and ski out to the slopes. While parents enjoy Zurs, there is a popular children’s program at the Hotel Edelweiss.  The cozy childen’s room is fully equipped with toys and is supervised between 9:00 AM and 6:30 PM.  Babysitting is also nearby.  

 

Apres Ski in the Tyrol

Apres Ski in the Tyrol

 

Dining, Hotel Edelweiss, Zurs

Dining, Hotel Edelweiss, Zurs

 

Space is limited.  Reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The price per person for the seven day program: includes 3 nights at the five star Hotel Tennerhof in Kitzbuhel and 3 nights at the boutique Hotel Edelweiss in Zurs; transportation between Kitzbuhel and Zurs with a visit to Innsbruck en route; 6 breakfasts and 3 dinners.  We also have a number of single accommodations.

For the Touring Program: The price per person for the Constellation tour is additional with entrance fees, private guides, and transportation.  For Children:  Special children’s rates are available. To reserve your place please send a deposit of $1,000 per person, payable to: Constellation Systems, Inc., and send to Constellation Systems, Inc., 33 Pond Avenue, Suite 411, Brookline, Massachusetts 02445.

Final Payment is due 90 days before departure.

Airfare is not included.

Ski School, Kitzbuhel

Ski School, Kitzbuhel

   

 

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