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4.2 stars(13 reviews)
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An unforgettable Austrian holiday experience

9 days From £2,195 per person

2022 Tour code: AEC22

About the tour

Experience this scenic part of Europe as we explore 'The Sound of Music' country - the Austrian Lake District - and cruise along the Danube River through the beautiful Wachau Valley. Discover the cities of Vienna and Salzburg, with an unforgettable classical music concert at Salzburg's Mirabell Palace.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Cologne

After meeting at London St Pancras, we board the Eurostar to Brussels. Here we change trains, travelling to Cologne for the night.

Includes
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 – Vienna

We transfer to the train station where we catch the high-speed service to Vienna, our base for the next three nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – Discovering Vienna

We enjoy a tour of Vienna's main sights, taking in the Imperial architecture on the famous Ringstrasse and the impressive Hofburg Palace, a vast complex of buildings built by the Hapsburgs over six centuries. Other highlights include the ornate Opera House, the grand Parliament building and the Neo-Gothic 'Rathaus'. After our tour, we visit Schönbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Imperial family. One of the most beautiful rooms here is the Great Gallery, reminiscent of the 'Hall of Mirrors' at Versailles. We enjoy a guided tour followed by a strudel making demonstration, during which we get to taste hand-made pastries made to the authentic recipe. Our day ends in a private capsule aboard the city's famous Ferris wheel - the Wiener Riesenrad. As we admire the Prater Gardens from our unique vantage point, we're treated to a glass of fizz and some Austrian snacks.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 – Melk and a Danube cruise

We transfer to Melk by coach where we visit Melk Abbey, a grand Benedictine Abbey dating back to the 11th century. We have time to admire its stunning peach and white exterior as well as the arched ceilings and gilded golden walls inside. Next, we take to the waters for a scenic cruise to Durnstein along the Danube River, gliding through the picturesque Wachau Valley. Famed for its vineyards and castles, easily visible from the water, keep watch for Dürnstein Castle, once used to imprison Richard the Lionheart.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 – The Semmering Railway to Salzburg

We travel through spectacular landscapes aboard the Semmering Railway en-route to Salzburg today. Running over 25 miles from Gloggnitz to Mürzzuschlag, we're immersed in the verdant beauty of the Semmering Pass, crossing 16 viaducts, 110 bridges and travelling through 14 different tunnels along the way. Rather than disrupt the natural beauty of the valley, the route was designed to work in harmony with its surroundings, meaning the views from our carriage are second to none.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 – The Austrian Lake District

We enjoy a guided tour of the lakes and mountains of the Austrian Lake District. This stunning area is renowned for its natural beauty, and some of the locations we visit were featured in 1965 film version of '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. Enjoy free time here before we continue to Mondsee and St Wolfgang, on the north shore of the lake.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 7 – Exploring Salzburg

We enjoy a guided tour of Salzburg, soaking in the sumptuous Baroque architecture alongside the churches, squares and alleyways of the city's beautiful Old Town. With free time afterwards, you might like to stroll through the Mirabell Gardens or visit Hohensalzburg Fortress. This evening, we make our way to Mirabell Palace for a classical music concert. This is the palace where Mozart himself once enchanted crowds with his music, and we spend an evening immersed in timeless culture as we watch skilled musicians perform.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 – Cologne

We leave Salzburg by high-speed rail, travelling to Cologne for the night.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 – London

We head to the train station this morning for the service to Brussels. From here, we join the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Additional information

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

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Goldenes Theater Hotel, Salzburg

Goldenes Theater Hotel, Salzburg

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Imperial Riding School Renaissance Hotel

Imperial Riding School Renaissance Hotel, Vienna

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Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier, Vienna

Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier, Vienna

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Semmering Railway
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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 13 reviews

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Joyce

3 stars

Submitted 12/Jun

Great experience in Vienna but we needed one day to ourselves to see things we wanted to see. Sorry this wasn't included. A shame the porterage didn't happen. We had to move baggage a total of 30 times, which is not good for 80+ year olds. No alternative was sought. Our tour guide Charles White was excellent, sorting all issues that came up.

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John from Totnes

5 stars

Submitted 6/Jun

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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Anon

4 stars

Submitted 3/Jun

A great holiday - just a couple of the dinners weren’t so good - especially the last evening in Cologne. Very poor effort for a group who had been travelling all day and looking forward to their last meal together.

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Anne

4 stars

Submitted 3/Jun

A lovely holiday with an excellent Tour Manager. We opted out of the Salzburg tour to make a trip to the Eagle's Nest, which might be an option for future tours. Hotels were clean and comfortable and the only downside was that it was a bit tiring with a couple of very early starts and platform changes at the last minute. This is to be expected on a rail journey and Great Rail can't be blamed for that.The extras of the ferris wheel ride (plus champagne) in Vienna, the strudel show and the rooftop restaurant in Salzburg were great touches

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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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