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Vienna, Salzburg & the Danube

(Tour code: AEC6)An unforgettable Austrian holiday experience

Combining the magnificent cities of Salzburg and Vienna with some of Austria's most scenic railways is the recipe for a truly wonderful tour. Add to this a scenic river cruise through the stunning Danube valley of the Wachau and a "Sound of Music" tour, for an unforgettable Austrian holiday experience.

Tour Highlights
  • Vienna
  • Schönbrunn Palace
  • Melk and Krems
  • Danube river cruise
  • The Semmering Railway
  • Salzburg and ‘The Sound of Music’ tour
  • Hellbrunn Castle Gardens
  • St Gilgen and St Wolfgang
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge
    Total Group Porterage on selected departures

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Eurostar at St Pancras
Day 1

First Class rail to Germany

We meet at our dedicated departure office at St Pancras International, and travel by Eurostar to Brussels on the first leg of our journey to Germany. We travel in Standard Premier Class, enjoying a light meal and drinks served at our seats during the journey. On arrival in the Belgian capital, our journey continues in First Class on the high-speed service to Cologne. Here we stay overnight at a centrally located hotel, situated close to the city's railway station, Old Town and its beautiful Gothic Cathedral.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2

Onwards to Vienna in First Class

Leaving Cologne behind, today we continue by First Class rail to Austria. Our route takes us southwards across Germany and into the state of Bavaria. We continue across the Austrian border and travel to Vienna, its historic Baroque capital city. Our base for four nights is the 4-Star Hotel Mercure Wien City

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Schonbrunn Palace
Day 3

Vienna sightseeing and Schönbrunn Palace

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 built by the Habsburgs over six centuries. Other highlights include the ornate Opera House, the grand Parliament building and the lavish Town Hall. Later today we visit the spectacular Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Imperial family, which is situated on the outskirts of Vienna in its own beautiful landscaped parkland. We enjoy a guided tour of the palace, followed by free time to stroll through its acres of formal gardens

  • Breakfast
Day 4

Danube cruise between Melk and Krems

Today's full-day excursion takes us on a cruise along the picturesque Wachau valley which is famed for its vineyards and castles. We also enjoy some time at leisure in the medieval towns of Melk and Krems. Melk is situated in Austria's wine-growing region and the gateway to the scenic Wachau Valley. Its magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube and town, the prestigious Marble Room and the Abbey Church, generally considered one of the most beautiful baroque churches north of the Alps. Krems is located at the eastern edge of the Wachau Valley, where the Krems and Danube Rivers meet. Krems is a beautiful medieval riverside destination which is known for its wine production. The town has a charming historic centre, where a simple town plan sees neat rows of pretty frescoed houses lining straight roads. There are plenty of wine-tasting opportunities to be had in Krems, with celebrated local wines offered at reduced tariffs. 

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5

A day at leisure discovering Vienna

Your day is free to explore the Austrian capital. Vienna's glorious Gothic Cathedral, the Stephansdom, is located at the very centre of the city. Its ornate interior makes it well worth a visit, and by climbing the 553 steps to the top of the Cathedral you will be rewarded with one of the best views of the city. Alternatively, you could perhaps take a ride on the giant Ferris wheel at the Prater Gardens, as this offers a more laid-back way of taking in the city's wonderful skyline. Further out of Vienna is Lake Neusiedl, situated on the border of Hungary and Austria. This is a lovely area for walking, hiking and bird watching, and makes a change from the city's hustle and bustle .

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Day 6

Scenic Route to Salzburg in First Class

Departing Vienna in a southerly direction, we encounter the spectacular mountain landscape of the Semmering Railway. Built across high mountain terrain during the pioneering era of the railways, the Semmering Railway was the first standard gauge mountain railway and is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Heading into the sunny southern Austrian state of Carinthia, we change at Leoben, travelling northwards through the wonderful mountain landscapes of the Tauern range en route to Salzburg. Our hotel for three nights is in the 4-Star Wyndam Grand Salzburg.

Please note group AEC610 will stay at the NH Hotel Salzburg.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7

A guided sightseeing tour of Salzburg

Known for being the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg is one of Austria's most famous cities, whose centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour. The city's internationally renowned Baroque architecture sits in one of Europe's bestpreserved city centres, which combines with the lovely local scenery to create a unique charm. On completion of the tour, the rest of your day is free to spend on sightseeing at leisure. Salzburg's squares are delightful; and another popular option is the Getreidegasse, which offers retail therapy in the most splendid setting. Otherwise, take a stroll through the beautiful Mirabell Gardens, or visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress, which offers superb views of the city - and the courtyard cafés are a great place to relax with a strudel and a coffee.

  • Breakfast
Day 8

‘The Sound of Music’

Today we enjoy a guided tour of the lakes and mountains around Salzburg. This stunning 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 this 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 lined with lively cafes, shops and frescoed houses. Perhaps you'd like to take the Zwölferhorn Mountain Cable Car for incredible views of Lake Wolfgangsee. At the summit there are sun bathing terraces and two excellent restaurants. Also located at the summit are a collection of huts which offer local delicacies. 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 head back to Salzburg in time for our evening meal.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9

Salzburg to Cologne by First Class rail

We leave Salzburg by train and travel to Munich, from where we take the high speed rail line to Cologne. In Cologne we overnight at a centrally located hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10

Cologne to London by First Class rail

We depart Cologne this morning by high speed train to Brussels, where we connect with the Eurostar service to London.

  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal


Lori Mcclaren
James Eaton
Julie Longfield
Phil Conde

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