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  • Vienna
  • Schönbrunn Palace
  • Danube Cruise
  • Bratislava
  • The Semmering Railway
  • Salzburg
  • 'The Sound of Music' tour
  • Hellbrunn Castle Gardens
  • Mondsee
  • St Gilgen and St Wolfgang
  • Day 1 - First Class rail to Germany

    Eurostar at St Pancras

    We set off from St Pancras International, and travel by Eurostar to Brussels on the first leg of our journey to Germany. We travel in Standard Premier Class, enjoying a light meal and drinks served at our seats during the journey. On arrival in the Belgian capital, our journey continues in First Class on the high-speed service to Cologne. Here we stay overnight at the Grand City Hotel, situated close to the city's railway station, Old Town and its beautiful Gothic Cathedral.

    Eurostar meal, dinner

  • Day 2 - Onwards to Vienna in First Class

    Belvedere Palace

    Leaving Cologne behind, today we continue by First Class rail to Austria. Our route takes us southwards across Germany and into the state of Bavaria. We continue across the Austrian border and travel to Vienna, its historic Baroque capital city. Our base for four nights is the Hotel Park Royal Palace.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 3 - Vienna sightseeing and Schönbrunn Palace

    Schonbrunn Palace

    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 built by the Habsburgs over six centuries. Other highlights include the ornate Opera House, the grand Parliament building and the lavish Town Hall. Later today we visit the spectacular Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Imperial family, which is situated on the outskirts of Vienna in its own beautiful landscaped parkland. We enjoy a guided tour of the palace, followed by free time to stroll through its acres of formal gardens.


  • Day 4 - A day at leisure discovering Vienna


    Your day is free to explore the Austrian capital. Vienna's glorious Gothic Cathedral, the Stephansdom, is located at the very centre of the city. Its ornate interior makes it well worth a visit, and by climbing the 553 steps to the top of the Cathedral you will be rewarded with one of the best views of the city. Alternatively, you could perhaps take a ride on the giant Ferris wheel at the Prater Gardens, as this offers a more laid-back way of taking in the city's wonderful skyline. Otherwise you may wish to retrace yesterday's tour to visit your own highlights of Vienna's imperial past, or try a famous Viennese coffee in one of the many traditional coffee houses. Further out of Vienna is Lake Neusiedl, situated on the border of Hungary and Austria. This is a lovely area for walking, hiking and bird watching, and makes a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the city.


  • Day 5 - Danube cruise to Bratislava

    Bratislava Castle

    Our full-day excursion today takes us on a fantastic cruise along the Danube River. Breakfast is served on board as we leave Vienna, cruising to the wonderful city of Bratislava. Home to several universities and a wealth of museums and galleries, Bratislava's historic centre features delightful cobble-stoned roads, pedestrian plazas, pastel 18th century rococo buildings and street cafés galore. You are free to explore the city at leisure and to enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants or cafés before we re-board our cruise boat for the relaxing return journey to Vienna. Dinner is served on board during our journey home.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 6 - Scenic Route to Salzburg in First Class


    Departing Vienna in a southerly direction, we encounter the spectacular mountain landscape of the Semmering Railway. Built across high mountain terrain during the pioneering era of the railways, the Semmering Railway was the first standard gauge mountain railway and is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Heading into the sunny southern Austrian state of Carinthia, we change at Villach, travelling northwards through the wonderful mountain landscapes of the Tauern range en route to Salzburg. Our hotel for three nights is the Park Hotel Castellani.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 7 - A guided sightseeing tour of Salzburg

    Salzburg Fortress

    Known for being the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg is one of Austria's most famous cities, whose centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour. The city's internationally renowned Baroque architecture sits in one of Europe's best-preserved city centres, which combines with the lovely local scenery to create a unique charm. On completion of the tour, the rest of your day is free to spend on individual sightseeing. Salzburg's squares are delightful; and another popular option is the Getreidegasse, which offers retail therapy in the most splendid setting. Otherwise, take a stroll through the beautiful Mirabell Gardens, or visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress, which offers superb views of the city - and the courtyard cafés are a great place to relax with a strudel and a coffee.


  • Day 8 - ‘The Sound of Music’

    Hellbrunn Palace

    Today we enjoy a guided tour of the lakes and mountains around Salzburg. This stunning area is renowned for its beauty, and some of the locations we visit today were featured in the classic film 'The Sound of Music'. This morning we enjoy a tour taking in some of this beautiful region's most popular sights, including Hellbrunn Castle Gardens. We also enjoy visits to St Gilgen, a small town on the shores of Lake Wolfgangsee, and Mondsee, another lakeside town that is home to the church used in the wedding scenes of the musical. You have some free time in St Gilgen, the birthplace of Mozart's mother, to explore its picturesque streets lined with lively cafes, shops and frescoed houses. Perhaps take a stroll along the lakeside promenade to admire the view towards the majestic Schafberg mountain. From here we continue to St Wolfgang, a pretty little town on the north shores of the lake. After taking in the delights of the area, we head back to Salzburg in time for our evening meal.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 9 - Salzburg to Cologne by First Class rail

    Cologne at night

    We leave Salzburg by train and travel to Munich, from where we journey across Germany on a route that takes us along the scenic Rhine Gorge. In Cologne we spend a night at the TRYP by Wyndham Cologne City Centre or the Wyndham Cologne.

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 10 - Cologne to London by First Class rail


    We depart Cologne this morning by Thalys or ICE to Brussels, where we connect with the Eurostar service to London. We enjoy a light meal and drinks on board before our arrival into St Pancras International.

    Breakfast, Eurostar meal
    These meals, where shown are included in the price of your holiday

  • Please note

    Please note that whilst every departure of Vienna, Salzburg & the Danube will feature the same excursions, the order of the itinerary may differ from that given above.

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