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Austria is a destination of sublime beauty and elegance all year round, the grandeur and spectacle of its mountainous landscapes rivalled only by the richness of its cultural and musical heritage. An escorted rail tour of Austria with Great Rail Journeys allows guests to enjoy the very best of both of these worlds.

Austria's modern railway network spans the entire country making even remote and rural areas accessible by fast, efficient and regular trains. This means that a rail holiday in Austria can easily encompass visits to both historic and cultural cities including Vienna and Salzburg with scenic regions such as Austria's Alps and Lake District.

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Grand Imperial Cities
Small Group
4.5 stars(46 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
13 days from
£2,295 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Zell am See
Small Group
4.4 stars(50 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
2023Jul
9 days from
£1,545 pp
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  • DestinationAustria
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Amadeus Queen
4.4 stars(16 reviews)
2022AugSep
2023JunJulAugSep
9 days from
£2,195 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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13 days from
£2,895
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  • DestinationAustria, Italy
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Schonbrunn Palace Gardens, Vienna
2022AugSep
2023JunJulAugSep
8 days from
£1,795 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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Neuschwanstein Castle
2.9 stars(7 reviews)
2022AugSep
2023JunJulAugSep
12 days from
£2,795 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Grand Alpine Explorer
4.5 stars(8 reviews)
2022AugSep
14 days from
£3,895 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Veliko Turnovo
4.6 stars(7 reviews)
2022Aug
2023Aug
16 days from
£3,695 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow / St Pancras International, London Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Cruise
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16 days from
£3,495
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  • DestinationAustria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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Budapest Parliament Building
4.3 stars(7 reviews)
2022AugSep
2023JunJulAugSep
13 days from
£3,095 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Vineyards In Lavaux
2022AugSep
2023JunJulAugSep
13 days from
£3,195 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Vienna, Salzburg & the Danube
Small Group
4.0 stars(15 reviews)
2022Sep
9 days from
£2,395 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Our customers love our Austria tours
Grand Alpine Explorer
11/Aug
D Harriman
5 stars
“Excellent. A very good tour, with good hotels and a helpful tour guide. Perhaps Guides could be reminded that when planning the time needed to walk to or from Railway Stations, they should take into account the time required to do the distances by the older members of the party. The above comment is, however, no reflection on our own Guide who, although possibly a little optimistic of the walking speeds that we older members of the party could achieve, was very helpful towards those of us who were not as agile as the rest of the party.
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Delights of the Danube (Rail and Cruise)
23/Jul
R Tweed
5 stars
“great journey
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Fairytale Bavaria and Danube Cruise
15/Jul
Richard Newton
5 stars
“Great guides and couriers, wonderful locations and first class accommodation on board the ship.
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Vienna, Salzburg and the Danube
6/Jun
John from Totnes
5 stars
“We really enjoyed our holiday in Austria, fantastic scenery, the highlight our holiday was the day we did the Sound of Music and the Austrian Lake District, the local guide, Trudy was so good, we had music from the film played in the coach and many of us sung along.
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The Alps of the Austrian Tyrol in Winter
18 Apr 2019
Mrs C Maskell
5 stars
“Lovely hotel, excellent tour manager , met some lovely people, plenty of snow
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Grand Imperial Cities
6/Aug
Pauline Wilson
4 stars
“Really good holiday experience with excellent local tour guides and GRJ tour manager
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Austrian Alps All-Inclusive
31/Jul
A Coy
4 stars
“A good holiday apart from a rather unpleasant hiccup with a train in Germany - and it was really good that our group was only 14 including the Tour Manager.
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Oberammergau and Austrian Alps
14/Jul
Mr Michael Langley
4 stars
“A well organised trip with Angie, our tour manager, ensuring the group were always in the right place at the right time for the next train.
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Imperial Cities and Danube Cruise
12/Jul
J Red
4 stars
“The Danube cruise was 5 star. However can only give 4 stars due to the poor evening meals at the hotels during the Imperial cities part of the holiday prior to joining the cruise.
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Touring Austria with Great Rail Journeys

Whether you join us to visit some of Austria's magical Christmas markets, journey by train through the magnificent Alps or for an unforgettable cultural experience at Vienna's annual Johann Strauss Ball, Great Rail Journeys promises you an outstanding trip and unbeatable value for money.

We offer a varied selection of escorted rail tours in Austria to suit everybody, and the price of each includes all rail and other travel, an itinerary of destinations, excursions and activities designed to showcase some of Austria's best historic, natural and cultural attractions, quality overnight accommodation and a selection of meals.

Vienna City

We arrange everything for you and place you in the care of an experienced and friendly Tour Manager who is happy to assist whenever needed and will answer any questions guests may have. Possessing local knowledge of the places we visit, our Tour Managers can also provide useful information and even make recommendations regarding places to eat or things to see and do.

We'll also make sure that you enjoy comfortable accommodation in hotels chosen for their convenient location, guest facilities, high standards of service and value. The quality, family-run hotels we prefer offer our guests a more personal service and an informal atmosphere in which to relax.

Austria Traveller's Guide

Although compact in size, the landlocked and mostly mountainous Republic of Austria in south central Europe is one of the world's most financially prosperous countries and has an accordingly high standard of living. For visitors, however, Austria's riches lie in its beautiful landscapes, its Alpine resorts and its cultural legacy, particularly in respect of classical composers. Austria is the country which gave us Mozart, Strauss, Schubert, Mahler and Haydn.

Austria's historic towns and cities also boast a wealth of remarkable and beautiful architecture ranging from Gothic churches to Baroque and Neoclassical palaces and fortresses and even remarkable contemporary architecture as demonstrated by Salzburg's Museum der Moderne gallery.

Austria enjoys a temperate climate, although as a mountainous country temperature decreases as altitude increases. Although rainfall occurs throughout the year, heavy rains may accompany thunderstorms in July and August, whilst November and April are typically the wettest months. Austria's southerly position means that summers can be hot and sunny with daytime temperatures rising to 30°C but cooling in the evening. In the Austrian Alps, snow cover at higher altitudes, if not permanent, lasts from November until May.

Robust, hearty meals form the basis of Austrian cuisine, although many flavours and dishes have been influenced by neighbouring countries. Beef, pork and chicken are popular, and bacon features in a number of traditional recipes. Schnitzels - breaded escalope of pork or veal, beef broths, savoury or sweet dumplings and boiled beef are all specialities, and no visitor to Austria should resist the opportunity to try the world's greatest chocolate cake; the Sacher Torte.

Guests visiting Austria on holiday tours should be aware that the Austrian way of telling a waiter to keep the change is to hand over payment and say thank you or 'danke' (pronounced dank-uh). If you expect change wait until you receive it before thanking your waiter.

Austrians greet each other with a hand shake. While you may see some Austrian men bowing to kiss the hand of a lady this is considered ostentatious and is not expected from guests visiting Austria on holiday.

Austrian Trains

Discover the fantastic railways of Austria. It should come as no surprise that we love railways and we know many of you do too! That's why our tours feature some of the most iconic railways and trains on the continent.

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