Outstanding local cuisine, a table on a sun-drenched terrace with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, Tyrolean traditions and charming hosts: winter or summer, lunch at the Gampe Thaya mountain hut is an experience you don’t want to miss.
Mountain huts were traditionally used as shelters for traders crossing the Alps, or as living quarters for herders looking after cattle and sheep grazing on the high-Alpine meadows in summer. Today, these huts are popular stops for hikers and outdoor sports enthusiasts, often serving outstanding traditional food and affording beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. They are also testaments to Alpine traditions and a bygone lifestyle.
One of the best examples is the Gampe Thaya Mountain Hut in Tyrol. High up in the Ötztal Mountains, at 6,560 feet, Daniela and Jakob Prantl are running a hut that caters to skiers in winter and hikers in summer. The spectacular views from the terrace are rivalled by the quality of the traditional cuisine served here. The hut is also popular with locals, who either take the gondola up the mountain or hike up for special festivals and events in summer. Jakob Prantl is determined that only the best local ingredients are used in the kitchen, including milk and cheese from his own dairy, and home-made cured meats. As a farmer, Mr. Prantl is passionate about local traditions and strives to offer guests a truly authentic experience.
An adjacent chalet, built by a local carpenter with wood from the region, can be rented during the winter season. The (nat)UrHuetta, it’s name (a play on the German words for nature, authentic and hut) hinting at the philosophy of the Prantls, exudes typical Tyrolean charm and comfort. During the day, guests enjoy direct access to the ski slopes and the culinary specialties of the restaurant next door. At night, the absolute stillness of the mountain, far away from the busy ski-resorts, is a rare treat and a reminder of how important it is to slow down every once in a while.
Innsbruck all inclusive: enjoy the comprehensive service of the Innsbruck Card! This great value card is your passport to the all important sights in the city, a ride with the Sightseer bus, a guided city walk, up- and downhill rides with seven cable cars, free travel on public transport and much more…
It’s all on one card – explore the town and enjoy the mountains.
The Innsbruck Card includes countless benefits and special offers
If you’re keen on getting to know Innsbruck inside out, pick up the popular Innsbruck Card. The card grants you free admission to 18 museums and attractions such as the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the Tirol Panorama – Innsbruck’s most recent museum and home to the 360° giant panoramic painting depicting the historic Bergisel battle -, the Olympic Ski Jump Tower, the Grassmayr bell foundry and museum, the Alpine zoo, the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Museum (including free shuttle bus) as well as an up- and downhill ride with each of the seven cable cars in our region.
You may, of course, also use your Innsbruck Card for a guided city tour in English, a welcome drink at the famous Innsbruck Casino or rent a free bike for five hours to discover the city.
In addition to all this, card holders can travel free of charge on the ‘Sightseer’, a sightseeing bus which takes you to Innsbruck’s places of interest in all comfort. And those who want to explore the city on their own enjoy free travel on Innsbruck’s public transport network.
The Innsbruck Card also grants interesting discounts on shopping and various sports facilities.
The Innsbruck Card is availabe for 24, 48 and 72 hours, with prices starting from € 33.
Unlike other tours, ExpeditionPlus! rides are all about covering expansive territory while pedaling far off the beaten track across Europe or South America. Expeditions are for folks who want to be among the first, the few, and the special!
The four-week 2015 ride highlights some of the most isolated and ancient regions of Europe. Beginning in Venice, this historically significant route traces the great arc of the Adriatic Sea and moves south along the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro. Continuing into the interior of Albania, this epic ride traverses a corner of Macedonia and several remote regions of Greece before ending in Kalamata, a former Byzantine outpost and modern-day port city on the Peloponnese peninsula.
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Uniworld Extends Significant Savings to Solo Travelers on Most Popular All-Inclusive Europe CruisesJuly 7, 2014 on 10:57 am | In Austria, Belgium, Cruise Boats, Czech, Denmark, Europe, France, Germany, Hungary, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Paris, Russia, Switzerland | Comments Off
Solo travelers can cruise Europe’s legendary waterways with waived or reduced single supplements on a variety of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises ’ most popular itineraries throughout 2014 and 2015. The award-winning all-inclusive river cruise line has waived or reduced the single supplement fee usually charged to guests staying alone in a double accommodation stateroom, so solo travelers can enjoy their own private sanctuary.
Close to 10% of Uniworld’s guests traveled on their own last year and interest in solo travel continues to grow at a steady rate. It is encouraged to book early because waived and reduced single supplements are capacity controlled and do sell out quickly. Solo travelers are attracted by the safety, service, expertise, and genuine camaraderie that Uniworld provides.
“Uniworld is known for having an especially warm and welcoming family-like atmosphere,” says Guy Young, President of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. “Our intimate ships, open seating dining, and small group excursions foster a close-knit onboard community, so it’s easy to make new friends with fellow guests.”
Uniworld’s all-inclusive Europe cruises provide even more value with everything included in the fare—all meals and unlimited beverages onboard, all gratuities onboard and onshore, all scheduled arrival and departure day transfers, and a broad menu of fully hosted shore excursions, many of which are exclusive to Uniworld guests.
A partial list of 2014 and 2015 itineraries and departure dates with waived single supplement fees includes:
Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux (Bordeaux to Bordeaux, 8 Days)
2014: August 3 & 10, November 2 & 9
2015: March 15 & 22, August 16
Burgundy & Provence (Avignon to Lyon, 8 Days)
2014: August 3
2015: March 22 & 29, April 12, July 26, August 9
Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy (Venice to Venice, 8 Days)
2014: August 3, November 2 & 9
2015: April 5 & 12, June 14, July 5, August 2
Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley (Porto to Porto, 8 Days)
2014: November 2, 9, & 16
2015: March 26, July 16, August 13
Classic Christmas Markets (Nuremberg to Frankfurt, 8 Days)
2014: December 21
2015: December 13
Castles along the Rhine (Basel to Amsterdam, 8 Days)
2015: March 15 & 22, April 1 & 15, July 8 & 15, August 19
For more details, please visit uniworld.com. Join Uniworld’s social media community at facebook.com/uniworldrivercruises or twitter.com/uniworldcruises.
About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Award-winning Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection—the world’s only authentic boutique river cruise line™—features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests and the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, as well as included shore excursions, gourmet cuisine, and unsurpassed hospitality. Based in Los Angeles, California, Uniworld offers voyages on 15 rivers in 20 countries throughout Europe, Russia, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Uniworld is a member of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and is highly regarded by discerning travelers, media, and cruise industry experts:
Listed among the “World’s Best River Cruises” by Travel + Leisure, and recognized for the “World’s Best Service” in the ‘River Cruise’ category
Seven ships listed among Travel + Leisure’s “Top 20 River Ships,” with River Countess rated highest of all cruise ships (river & ocean)
Distinguished as a Condé Nast Traveler “Platinum Circle Member” an honor bestowed for being on the prestigious Gold List every year for seven years (2008 – 2014)
Top three ranking on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 10” list of cruise lines (river & ocean)
Named “Best Luxury River Cruise Line” by Cruise International (2012 & 2013)
About The TreadRight Foundation
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is part of a joint initiative with The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation to encourage sustainable tourism within our own family of brands and in the places we visit. To date, TreadRight has donated more than US $2 million to sustainable tourism projects around the world. To find out more about our work with TreadRight visit: www.TreadRight.org
Austrian Airlines launched a new route to the U.S. when Flight OS 089 departed Vienna at 10:15 a.m. local time. The Boeing 767 is scheduled to land at Newark Liberty International Airport at 1:35 p.m. local time, where the aircraft will be greeted by a celebratory water arch before taxiing to Terminal B. The return flight, OS 90, was scheduled to depart Newark at 5:55 p.m. and arrive in Vienna at 8:35 a.m. tomorrow.
Austrian Airlines will operate the new service five times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With an aircraft configuration of 36 Business Class and 178 Economy Class seats, the flights complement the airline’s established daily route from Vienna to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Similar to the existing service to Vienna, passengers on the new Vienna-Newark service will be able to enjoy a plethora of services offered in order to make their flight as comfortable as possible. Included among these services is an on-board chef that will prepare fresh meals for premium passengers.
Austrian Airlines made the decision to increase its North American flight offers in 2013 with the announcement of the new Vienna-Newark service, as well as increased service to existing routes. “Our flights are very popular, which is why we are increasing their frequency,” said Karsten Benz, CCO of Austrian Airlines. “We are growing on long-haul routes, strengthening our flight service to the U.S. and expect more than 100,000 additional passengers in 2014.”
“I congratulate Austrian Airlines on the opening of a second regular flight from Vienna to the New York area. Economic ties between Austria and the US are continuously growing in strength and so it is significant and timely that, with the Newark flight, a new artery of exchange is established,” said Georg Heindl, Austrian Consul General.
At Newark Liberty, Austrian’s premium passengers have access to the new Lufthansa lounge, which features a Senator Lounge and Business Lounge encompassing nearly 4,000 square feet. Amenities include a quiet zone, charging station, work area and media center with televisions and periodicals in a variety of languages. The bistro area offers hot and cold selections from FLIK, a New York-based caterer.
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At an altitude of 1456m in the peaceful Pillersee Valley in the Austrian Tirol, a brand new structure is being sculpted into the landscape and will become an extraordinary symbolic attraction. At the end of July, the Jakobskreuz, a 29m cross at the summit of the Buchsteinwand will open to visitors with five viewing platforms in all directions. The valley itself leads through the famous ‘Way of St James’, which is already popular in attracting pilgrims every year and this new symbol will become an integral part of this spiritual journey. The philosophy of the Jakobskreuz rests on four pillars: it is both a tourist destination with breath-taking views of the mountains as well as a special place to recharge your batteries, it serves as a pilgrimage site and a place for contemplation, it works as a “think tank ” where innovative seminars and workshops can take place and it is a unique venue where visitors can experience exhibitions and lectures in and around the cross. The Pillerseetal is located in the easternmost part of the Austrian Tirol region surrounded by the Kitzbüheler Alps and is home to Hochfilzen, Fieberbrunn, St Jakob in Huas, Waidring and St Ulrich am Pillersee. www.pillerseetal.at
“Golf Alpin Partner”: New Kitzbühel Alps-Westendorf Golf Club
In total there are 18 golf clubs located in the most beautiful parts of the Tirol region, 14 of which are assigned as a “Golf Alpin Partner”. The Golf Alliance brings Tirol, the province of Salzburg and the Salzkammergut area under a united golf umbrella brand. In May 2014 the brand new Kitzbühel Alps-Westendorf Golf Club opened and become a Golf Alpin partner: the 18-hole golf course is set on a sunny plateau and covers a length of almost 6 kilometers in total. The golf practice area, equipped with a driving range and a chipping area, adds to the appeal for both beginners and experts alike. www.gc-kitzbueheler-alpen.at
Zillertal’s First Golf Course
The first golf course in the Zillertal will open in Uderns on 1st July 2014, covering an area of 65 acres and at 550m above sea level allows for a long golf season from March to November. The golf complex will boast an 18-hole championship course (Par 71), a spacious practice area with covered tees and a short-game area, PGA golf school and a clubhouse. An adjoining new 4-star superior hotel will open in the Autumn. www.golf-zillertal.at
On 5th July 2014 the new “For Friends Hotel” will open in Mösern near Seefeld, only 20 kilometers from Innsbruck. Tirol’s latest hotel addition blends together the ultimate in architecture, design, culinary and wellness with some of the most breath-taking panoramic views over the valley of the River Inn. The Mountain Spa promotes a philosphy concentrating on the individual’s needs, offering classic treatments and more unusal therapies such as ‚Körperschall Therapie’. Essentially a sound therapy it allows you to experience music through the largest ear in the world: your body and results in you feeling recharged and emotionally strengthened. One of the highlights is the stunning infinity pool, with mesmerising views of the River Inn winding through the valley below.
Prices start from €170 per person on B&B in a double room with south facing balcony. The For Friends Roof Top Suite starts from €590 per person per night. The small village of Mösern is located in the Olympiaregion Seefeld and is one of Tirol’s most loved summer areas. Every summer mountain activity imaginable is on offer and its close proximity to Innsbruck means it serves as a great base to venture out on day trips. www.for-friends-hotel.at ; www.olympiaregionseefeld.com
Zenith Holidays (020 3137 7678, www.zenithholidays.co.uk ) has introduced the resorts in the Oetztal for Summer 2014, including Sölden, Obergurgl and AREA47, the unique outdoor adventure centre www.area47.com.
Inghams (01483 371100, www.inghams.co.uk) has introduced new ‘Experience More’ activities, including a new Learn to Yodel hiking trail from Mayrhofen in the Zillertal and Apfel Strudl making in Seefeld and St Anton.
Undertaking challenging altitude gains with steep climbs is not the appeal for all mountain bikers, especially when they can see a mountain lift heading in the same direction! For 2014 a newly designed mountain bike route will run across Tirol, utilising the existing mountain lifts and an expanded network of trails. The route will go from Nauders in the west to Kössen in the east, with 15 stages to complete over a distance of 650km and 24,500 vertical metres, of which 12,000m can now be undertaken by a newtork of 18 mountain lifts. A new multi-day lift ticket (3- or 6- day) will be available so mountain bikers can use it with all the participating mountian lift companies. The idea to utilise the mountain cable cars was initiated in the mid-1990s and finally in 2014 it has become a reality, after the various tourism regions have worked closely together to create a mountain bike network, using the existing lift infrastructure. All information about Tirol Mountain Bike Safari, free GPS data available for download as well as valuable tips on accommodation and where to stay http://www.tyrol.com/bikesafari.
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