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An unforgettable Austrian holiday experience

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20212022
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2021 Tour code: AEC21

About the tour

Experience the best of this corner of Europe. Delve into fascinating musical heritage as we explore 'The Sound of Music' country and enjoy a classical concert at the Mirabell Palace, and soak up scenic natural beauty as we discover the Austrian Lake District and cruise along the Danube River.

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Day 2 - Vienna

Leaving Cologne behind, today we continue by high-speed rail to Austria. Our route takes us southwards across Germany and into the state of Bavaria. We continue across the Austrian border and travel through to Vienna, its ineffably elegant Baroque capital city. Upon arrival, we check into our hotel, the 4-Star Marriott Imperial Riding School Renaissance, where we stay for the next four-nights.

Day 4 - Danube Cruise

Day 4 takes us to Melk, where we visit Melk Abbey. This grand Benedictine Abbey dates back to the 11th century and boasts a stunning peach and white exterior, and arched ceilings and gilded golden walls inside. Next, we take to the waters for a scenic cruise aboard a riverboat, gliding through the picturesque Danube through the Wachau Valley to Krems. Famed for its vineyards and castles, easily visible from the water, keep watch for Dürnstein Castle, once used to imprison Richard the Lionheart.

With free time in both Melk and Krems, you could visit the prestigious Marble Room and Abbey Church in Krems, generally considered one of the most beautiful Baroque churches north of the Alps. With wine-producing popular in the area, you could also enjoy a tasting of local vintages.

Day 6 - Austrian Lake District

On Day 6, we enjoy a guided tour of the lakes and mountains around Salzburg. This stunning area is renowned for its natural beauty, and some of the locations we visit were featured in the classic film 'The Sound of Music.' Our first stop is Hellbrunn Castle Gardens before we continue to St Gilgen, a small town on the shores of Wolfgangsee that exudes traditional charm and romantic lakeside views. Enjoy free time here to explore the picturesque streets lined with lively cafés, shops, and frescoed houses before we continue to Mondsee and St Wolfgang, on the north shore of the lake.

 

Day 7 - Guided tour of Salzburg

Known as the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg is one of Austria's most famous cities. We enjoy a guided tour on Day 7, soaking in the sumptuous Baroque architecture and seeing the churches, squares and alleyways of the city's beautiful Old Town. With free time afterwards, you might like to go shopping on the Getreidegasse, take a stroll through the beautiful Mirabell Gardens, or visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress for superb views across the city. The courtyard café here is a great place to relax with a strudel and a coffee. This evening we make our way to Mirabell Palace to take our seats for a classical music concert, a truly memorable experience. This is the palace where Mozart himself once enchanted crowds with his classical music, and we spend an evening immersed in timeless culture as we watch the skilled musicians perform.

Day 9 - London

On Day 9, we continue by rail to Brussels and board the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

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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.

Mobility information

Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Hotels

Hotel NH Salzburg City

Hotel NH Salzburg City, Salzburg

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Best Western Amedia Wien, Vienna

Best Western Amedia Wien, Vienna

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Trains

Eurostar
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InterCity
Semmering Railway
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Reviews

4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 9 reviews

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Mrs L Whiting

5 stars

Submitted 05 Aug 2018

Good itinerary and helpful your manager

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Mrs R Talbot

5 stars

Submitted 15 Jul 2018

Tony was exceptional tour guide

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Mr T Stone

2 stars

Submitted 09 Oct 2017

Stupid transfer to Munich hotel as ALL OTHER HOTELS IN COLOGNE FULL. Really. Too much handling of luggage ended.

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Mrs E Hedley

4 stars

Submitted 04 Oct 2017

Well organised Manager always available and helpful.

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Mr A Fell

3 stars

Submitted 04 Oct 2017

There was too much carrying of luggage both on and off the trains, some due to unforeseen delays but overall it was an arduous experience.

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David Milne

5 stars

Submitted 02 Oct 2017

Really enjoyed the holiday. It was well organised and well led.

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