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Austria Escorted Rail Holidays

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 Alpine Explorer
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Austrian Christmas & Italian New Year
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2024Dec
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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.

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Grand Imperial Cities
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Zell am See
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Salzburg
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Budapest
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  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Grand Alpine Explorer
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Danube Bend
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Neuschwanstein Castle
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Austrian Christmas & Italian New Year
4.2 stars(11 reviews)
2024Dec
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  • DestinationAustria, Italy
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Italian Christmas & Austrian New Year
18/Jan
Rowena Wolfe
5 stars
“Excellent food and hotels. Very well planned and, above all a great tour leader.
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Grand Imperial Cities
28 Oct 2023
Joanne Hulbert
5 stars
“All round great experience. Tour Manager (Kevin) was great, organised and prepared. The cities were great, just the right split between guided and free time. Have already recommended to others.
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Austrian Alps All-Inclusive
28 Oct 2023
Alan Bowles
5 stars
“We very much enjoyed this mini adventure, The hotel was typically Austrian - good food and comfortable. We liked the tour manager and delighted in the wonderful hotels in Mannheim and Cologne on the journeys. We think that it was a very busy holiday; we realised this I’m advance but good to know.
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The Classic Blue Danube
27 Sep 2023
J W Smail
5 stars
“Wonderful cruise from start to finish. Extremely comfortable ship (Amadeus Riva). Delightful crew who provided first class service throughout - nothing was too much trouble. Menu choice and all meals incredibly high standard for a relatively small ship. All excursions interesting and well organised by cruise directors. Would highly recommend to others.
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Imperial Cities & Delights of the Danube
27 Sep 2023
Gill Cox
5 stars
“Excellent from start to finish
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Delights of the Danube
26 Sep 2023
A Barton
5 stars
“It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The staff and crew were all excellent and very attentive. Everything was well organized and there was always something going on. The food was delicious with plenty of choice.
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The Classic Blue Danube
25 Sep 2023
stella lewis
5 stars
“The Amadeus crew looked after us extremely well and the ship was in pristine condition
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Fairytale Bavaria & Delights of the Danube
23 Sep 2023
J Jones
5 stars
“We had a great holiday and the scenery was fantastic. The first 4 days were done with trains, 1st day stop Stuttgart with castles to see, next 3 at Fussen and mountain's to see all great. The rest of the holiday was on ship on the Danube, terrific service and views.
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Grand Alpine Explorer
05 Oct 2023
Roger Wicker
4 stars
“Stunning scenery, excellent excursions, overall good holiday
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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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