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Charming Austria is home to grand cities and superb natural beauty. Explore the lakes, hills and heritage of Austria with Great Rail Journeys.

Rail Tours in Austria

Holiday Tours through the Land of the Waltz

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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The Alps of the Austrian Tyrol in Winter 2016The Alps of the Austrian Tyrol in Winter 2016

The Alps of the Austrian Tyrol in Winter

The Austrian Tyrol is a real favourite of ours and is even more enthralling under a mantle of snow. From our base in Innsbruck, we explore some of the region's most beautiful attractions, such as the towns of Kufstein and Rattenberg. We also visit delightful Seefeld with a horse-drawn sleigh, and Mayrhofen - which we discover on a narrow-gauge railway.

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2019FebMar

8 days from £1,375 pp

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Five-Star Danube Cruise (Fly & Cruise)

Aboard the state of the art Amadeus Queen, which comes replete with its own swimming pool amongst other cutting-edge facilities, experience the magic of the blue Danube from the elegance of Imperial Vienna, to the twin-cities of Buda and Pest.

Step back in time to the eras of the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of the Habsburgs, all whilst enjoying the surroundings of your ultra modern and comfortable cruise ship. There are also lots of included opportunities to taste specialties of each region you sail through, completing a cruise that is a real treat for the senses.

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2019MayJunSep

8 days from £1,395 pp

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Trains of the Danube Valley

Discover the glorious landscapes of Austria and the Danube Valley from the tracks of its delightful railways. Travel on the Mariazellerbahn, the Salamander Train and the Wachaubahn as you uncover the mountains, cities and cuisine of this remarkable region.

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2018JulAug

8 days from £1,495 pp

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St Vinzenz, HeiligenblutSt Vinzenz, Heiligenblut

Austrian Alps All-Inclusive

Explore the mighty Austrian Alps on this wonderful tour to one of Europe's most scenic and alluring countries. From our base in the enchanting Tyrolean town of St Johann, we discover the majesty of this Alpine wonderland.

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2018JunJulAugSep
2019Aug

10 days from £1,515 pp

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Railways of the Austrian Alps

Discover the beauty of the Austrian Tyrol during this rail holiday based in Seefeld, a historic resort town perfectly placed for exploring the region's mountains, lakes and villages, as well as the fascinating local heritage railways. 

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2018Sep

9 days from £1,665 pp

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Christmas in the TyrolChristmas in the Tyrol

Christmas in the Tyrol

Enjoy the crisp winter scenery on our yuletide adventure into the spectacular Austrian Tyrol. We take a journey on the wonderful Zillertalbahn Railway, visit the chocolate-box towns of Innsbruck, Kufstein and Rattenberg, and visit Innsbruck's Royal Imperial Palace.

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2018Dec

8 days from £1,695 pp

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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.

 

 

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.

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