• Explore several beautiful historical residences in Italy and Austria, including Schloss Ambras, Schloss Runkelstein and Schloss Churburg
• Soak up the atmosphere and scenery of this naturally stunning region, from the dramatic Dolomites to the lush landscape around Bozen
• Delve into Innsbruck, the former seat of the Holy Roman Empire
lecturer in art history and architecture
Depart London Heathrow 0850 on British Airways, arriving Venice 1205. Continue to Meran for three nights at Hotel Meranerhof via Trento for brief visit to the Duomo (site of the Council of Trent).
Morning: orientation walking tour of Meran and visit to Schloss Tirol. Afternoon: Lana (Schnatterpeck altarpiece).
Whole day excursion to the Vinschgau Valley: St Benedikt Church in Mals, Marienberg Abbey (Romanesque frescoes), Müstair Convent of St John (Carolingian frescoes), pilgrimage church in Taufers and Renaissance Schloss Churburg (some visits time permitting).
Depart for Brixen, the Tyrol’s old ecclesiastical centre, via Bozen (cathedral, Franciscan church, Dominican church with frescoes by pupils of Giotto), Gries parish church (Michael Pacher altarpiece), Schloss Runkelstein and Klausen. Two nights in Brixen at Hotel Goldener Adler.
Morning excursion to Sterzing (Spitalkirche, Multscher Museum). Afternoon: Kloster Neustift (well preserved Augustinian Priory) and Brixen (cathedral and Renaissance Bishop’s Palace).
Whole day excursion to the Pustertal and the Dolomites (scenic drive) for St Sigmund (winged altarpiece), Bruneck (Ursulinenkirche) and Innichen (Romanesque former Benedictine abbey). Dolomite tour via Cortina d’Ampezzo, Sella Pass and Val Gardena. Three nights in Innsbruck at AC Hotel by Marriott Innsbruck.
Morning: Bergisel Monument and Olympic Ski Jump at Bergisel (exterior only, weather permitting). Afternoon in Innsbruck: walking tour including Hofkirche (the tomb of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I) and Baroque Cathedral of St James followed by visit to Hofburg.
Morning: Hall in Tirol (Jesuit Church – subject to confirmation), Volders (Trinity Church). Afternoon: Wilten (Collegiate Church and Basilica) and the Imperial Residence at Schloss Ambras (works by Cranach, Titian and Velazquez).
Morning: optional visit to Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum (Schloss Tirol altarpiece) and optional ascent by Hungerburgbahn (funicular rebuilt in 2007 by Zaha Hadid) for views – time permitting. Depart Innsbruck 1610 on Easyjet, arriving London Gatwick 1705.
16 May — 24 May 2022
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“Alex’s knowledge and enthusiasm as always contributed mightily to the success of the tour”
- ACE customer on a previous tour to the Tyrol with Alex Koller
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour will require a good level of fitness and stamina, as we will be making the most of our stay in the Tyrol to take in many of its sites of historical and artistic interest. Participants must meet ACE’s fitness criteria, as outlined in our Booking Terms & Conditions, and should be prepared for a moderate amount of walking and standing during our visits, as well as three separate hotel stays and scenic coach journeys of up to 2.5 hours. Some sites will require navigating steps, cobbles and uneven ground, but many are over flat ground. There is an option to make an ascent using the Hungerburgbahn (funicular) to enjoy the views but participants can opt out of this if they wish.
Please note that this tour departs from London Heathrow Airport and returns to London Gatwick Airport. For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £170.
Cost of £3595 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single supplement £370.