Summer ACTIVITY news from the Austrian Tirol

Hike in Tirol

Saab Harakiri Mountain Run – Mayrhofen 31 July
The top of the Penken mountain is a 10 minute cable car ride. For participants of the Harakiri Mountain Run, the challenge is the 1.170 m altitude difference, 10.4km and at its steepest, a 71% incline. This mountain running event, taking place for the 3rd time this summer attracts world class runners. The fastest man has run up the mountain in 50.39 minutes and the fastest woman, 1.02 hrs. For further information visit www.mayrhofen-harakiri.com .

Holiday in Mayrhofen: stay 7 nights at 3* Chalet Tirol in Mayrhofen, half board, flights Gatwick to Innsbruck and transfers, £344 (save £155). Departs 20 August. Crystal Summer www.crystalsummer.co.uk 0871 230 8180

Karwendel Hike – 28 August 2011
The legendary Karwendel hike from Seefeld to Pertisau at Lake Achensee – hike, run or nordic walk 52 km through the protected area of the Karwendel region. The event’s overall aim is to raise participants’ awareness of the beauty and of area and to raise awareness about protecting the environment. Walkers, runners and hikers climb over 2200m difference in altitude through this stunning preserved area.For further information visit www.karwendelmarsch.info

Holiday in Seefeld: stay 7 nights at the 3* Hotel Kinserhof in Seefeld, half board, flights Gatwick to Innsbruck and transfers, £454 (save £125). Departs 20 August.Thomson Lakes & Mountains www.thomsonlakes.co.uk 0871 230 8181

Hiking holidays
On Tirol’s NEW walking website for independent travellers, WIN one of six hiking holidays at www.tyrol.com/offers. Find holidays to suit all levels of walking ability here.

Cycle in Tirol:

Ironbike Ischgl 6 August 2011
Each summer the mountain bike scene meets up in Ischgl for the Iron bike marathon. Attracting European and World Champions, the winner of one of the hardest mountain bike races across the Alps will be looking at € 20.000 price money. Approx 900 pros and amateurs race side by side over three different challenging rounds.
For further information visit www.ischgl.com.

Holiday in Ischgl: stay 7 nights at the 3* Gradiva apartments in Ischgl, self catering, flights Gatwick to Innsbruck and transfers for £494 per person (save £125). Departs 17 August. Crystal Summer www.crystalsummer.co.uk 0871 230 8180

Ötztaler Radmarathon Sölden 28 August 2011
This bike marathon covers 238 km across Italy and the Austrian Tirol and over 5500 vertical metres altitude –it is one of the toughest road bike races in the world with approx. 4000 participants. Cyclists will ride the highest mountain roads in this challege.

www.oetztaler-radmarathon.com and www.solden.com

Cultural Cattle Drives

Cattle drives throughout September and early October accross Tirol
In Autumn, the cow and sheep herds are brought down from the high summer pastures to their stables in the valley where they spend most of winter. Accompanying this movement are colorful celebrations with locals in traditional costumes, cattle dressed in beautiful headdresses and rural villages full of market stalls selling local produce. http://www.tirol.at/xxl/en/772094/_id/995751/_archive/1/_season/at1/index.html. Book a great value holiday in Tirol to coincide with these festivals in late summer.
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