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Christmas in Vienna & Salzburg

(Tour code: AEX17)Enjoy the festive delights of charming Salzburg

This twin centre Christmas rail holiday gives you the opportunity to experience the festive delights of charming Salzburg in a classical 5-Star hotel, as well as enjoying the musical and cultural delights of elegant Vienna.

Tour Highlights
  • Vienna including a guided tour
  • Salzburg including a guided tour
  • Christmas stories and a live brass band on Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day "Sound of Music" tour
  • Traditional 3-course Christmas dinner
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4-5* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage
    Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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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.

Cologne Night
Day 1

To Cologne by Eurostar and First Class rail

We depart St Pancras International by Eurostar to Brussels in Standard Premier Class, with a light meal and drinks served on board. After crossing into Belgium, we change trains in Brussels and continue our journey to Cologne in First Class. We spend the night in Cologne - a fantastic city dominated by its impressive Gothic cathedral. 

  • Eurostar Meal, Dinner
Vienna Graben
Day 2

First Class rail to Vienna

This morning we continue our journey to Austria, travelling in First Class on a direct rail service to Vienna. We arrive in the Austrian capital and transfer to our base for three nights, the elegant Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier, conveniently located close to the city centre. Vienna is Austria's capital and largest city, and is one of the leading cultural and artistic centres of the German-speaking world. It is home to a vast number of superb museums, concert halls and opera houses, as well as the famous Spanish Riding School. 

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Johann Strauss, Vienna
Day 3

Guided city tour of Vienna

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 constructed by the Habsburgs over six centuries. Other highlights include the ornate Opera House, the grand Parliament building and the lavish Town Hall. Following our tour, your afternoon is free for you to perhaps try a Viennese coffee in one of the many traditional coffee houses. Alternatively visit the Danube Tower, affectionately known as the "concrete needle", which offers spectacular views over the city.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Schönbrunn Palace
Day 4

A day at leisure

Today you are free, to further explore the sights of Vienna at leisure. You could visit the Prater Gardens for a ride on the giant Ferris wheel. Built in 1897, this is a Viennese landmark and not to be missed. Why not visit Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Imperial Family? Situated on the outskirts of Vienna in its own beautiful landscaped parkland, the spectacular palace is one of Austria's greatest buildings and enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status. 

  • Breakfast
Day 5

Christmas Eve in Salzburg

Day 5 - To Salzburg We travel by rail to Salzburg on Christmas Eve for three nights at the elegant 5-Star Hotel Bristol. After checking in, we begin to discover Salzburg, whose centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site, on a guided sightseeing tour. It is traditional for Christmas to be celebrated on Christmas Eve in Austria, and back at the hotel we enjoy Christmas stories, a live performance from a brass band, and Christmas dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Champagne Glasses
Day 6

Christmas Day

On Christmas Day we enjoy a guided tour of the lakes and mountains around Salzburg. The 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 the 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 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 return to the hotel in the late afternoon, where we settle down to a traditional three-course Christmas dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Salzburg Christmas Market
Day 7

Salzburg and its Christmas Market

Enjoy a leisurely Boxing Day to continue exploring Salzburg. Be sure to admire the enchanting Christmas Market, which is located by the city's impressive cathedral. 

  • Breakfast, Dinner
St Aposteln Church, Cologne
Day 8

Salzburg to Cologne

We leave Salzburg this morning as we begin our journey home. We make our way back to Cologne, travelling by First Class rail across the border into Germany. We change trains in Munich, continuing in First Class to Cologne, where we spend the final night of the holiday.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Eurostar Winter
Day 9

Eurostar to London

We leave Cologne this morning and continue our journey home. We travel to Brussels in First Class, where we connect with Eurostar to St Pancras International, travelling in Standard Premier Class, with a light meal and drinks served on board.

  • Breakfast, Eurostar Meal

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.


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