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Enjoy the festive delights of charming Salzburg

This twin centre Christmas rail holiday gives you the opportunity to experience the festive delights of charming Salzburg in a classical 5-Star hotel, as well as enjoying the musical and cultural delights of elegant Vienna.

  • Vienna including a guided tour
  • Salzburg including a guided tour
  • Christmas stories and a live brass band on Christmas Eve
  • Free time in St Gilgen
  • Traditional 3-course Christmas dinner
  • Salzburg Christmas Market
What’s Included
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Selected Porterage

Christmas in Vienna & Salzburg 2017Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Cologne Night
Cologne Night

London to Cologne and Vienna

We take the Eurostar to Brussels after meeting at our St Pancras Departure Office, travelling on to Cologne for an overnight stay. On Day 2 we continue to the Hotel Falkensteiner Wien Margareten in Vienna.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Johann Strauss, Vienna
Johann Strauss, Vienna

Guided city tour of Vienna

We begin our stay in Vienna with a tour of the city's main sights, taking in the magnificent Imperial architecture on the famous Ringstrasse - a wide avenue that encircles the Old City of Vienna. We see many of Vienna's finest buildings including the impressive Hofburg Palace, a vast complex of buildings constructed by the Habsburgs over six centuries. Other highlights include the ornate Opera House, the grand Parliament building and the lavish Town Hall. Following our tour, your afternoon is free for you to perhaps try a Viennese coffee in one of the many traditional coffee houses. Alternatively visit the Danube Tower, affectionately known as the "concrete needle", which offers spectacular views over the city.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace

A day at leisure

Today you are free, to further explore the sights of Vienna at leisure. You could visit the Prater Gardens for a ride on the giant Ferris wheel. Built in 1897, this is a Viennese landmark and not to be missed. Why not visit Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Imperial Family? Situated on the outskirts of Vienna in its own beautiful landscaped parkland, the spectacular palace is one of Austria's greatest buildings and enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status. 

  • Breakfast
Days 5-6 Salzburg

Christmas in Salzburg

We travel by rail to Salzburg on Christmas Eve. After checking in, we begin to discover this musical city on a guided sightseeing tour. Back at the hotel tonight we enjoy Christmas stories, a live performance from a brass band, and a 5 course gala Christmas dinner.

Day 6 is Christmas Day and we enjoy a guided tour of the lakes and mountains around Salzburg, beginning this morning with some of the beautiful region's most popular sights. We also enjoy visits to St Gilgen and Mondsee. You have some free time in St Gilgen before we continue to St Wolfgang, a pretty little town on the northern shore of the lake. After taking in the delights of the area, we return to the hotel in the late afternoon, where we settle down to a traditional three-course Christmas dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Salzburg Christmas Market
Salzburg Christmas Market

Salzburg and its Christmas Market

Enjoy a leisurely Boxing Day to continue exploring Salzburg. Be sure to admire the enchanting Christmas Market, which is located by the city's impressive cathedral. 

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 St Aposteln Church, Cologne
St Aposteln Church, Cologne

Salzburg to Cologne

We leave Salzburg this morning as we begin our journey home. We make our way back to Cologne, travelling by First Class rail across the border into Germany. We change trains in Munich, continuing in First Class to Cologne, where we spend the final night of the holiday.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 Eurostar Winter
Eurostar Winter

Eurostar to London

We leave Cologne this morning and continue our journey home. We travel to Brussels in First Class, where we connect with Eurostar to St Pancras International, travelling in Standard Premier Class, with a light meal and drinks served on board.

  • Breakfast, Eurostar Meal
Please note

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel as described (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar)

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 8 nights' hotel accommodation

Delicious meals included

  • 14 meals including 8 breakfasts and 6 dinners, including a traditional 3-course Christmas dinner

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Guided tour of Salzburg
  • Christmas stories, and a live brass band on Christmas Eve
  • 'The Sound of Music' tour of the lakes and mountains around Salzburg
  • At leisure in Vienna
  • Free time in Salzburg
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Christmas in Vienna & Salzburg

Enjoy the festive delights of charming Salzburg


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