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Vienna, Salzburg and the Danube

4.2 stars(9 reviews)
Small Group

An unforgettable Austrian holiday experience

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9 days From £2,295 per person

2021 Tour code: AEC21

About the tour

Experience the best of this corner of Europe. Delve into fascinating musical heritage as we explore 'The Sound of Music' country and enjoy a classical concert at the Mirabell Palace, and soak up scenic natural beauty as we discover the Austrian Lake District and cruise along the Danube River.


What’s included


Day 1 - London to Cologne

We board the Eurostar to Brussels after meeting at our Departure Office at London St Pancras. On arrival, our rail journey continues to Cologne, where we stay for the night.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 2 - Vienna

Leaving Cologne behind, today we continue by high-speed rail to Austria. Our route takes us southwards across Germany and into the state of Bavaria. We continue across the Austrian border and travel through to Vienna, its ineffably elegant Baroque capital city. Upon arrival, we check into our hotel, the 4-Star Marriott Imperial Riding School Renaissance, where we stay for the next four-nights.

Day 3 - Tour of Vienna

We enjoy a tour of the Vienna's main sights, taking in the magnificent Imperial architecture on the famous Ringstrasse and impressive Hofburg Palace, a vast complex of buildings built by the Hapsburgs over six centuries. Other highlights include the ornate Opera House, which houses the Vienna Philharmonic, the grand Parliament building overlooking the historical Ringstraße, and the Neo-Gothic 'Rathaus'. After our tour, we visit Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Imperial family, situated on the outskirts of Vienna in its own beautifully landscaped parkland. One of the most beautiful rooms in this honey-coloured palace is the Great Gallery, reminiscent of the 'Hall of Mirrors' at the Palace of Versailles. We enjoy a guided tour followed by free time to stroll through its acres of formal gardens, filled with exquisitely designed gardens and delightfully blooming blossoms.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 4 - Danube Cruise

Day 4 takes us to Melk, where we visit Melk Abbey. This grand Benedictine Abbey dates back to the 11th century and boasts a stunning peach and white exterior, and arched ceilings and gilded golden walls inside. Next, we take to the waters for a scenic cruise aboard a riverboat, gliding through the picturesque Danube through the Wachau Valley to Krems. Famed for its vineyards and castles, easily visible from the water, keep watch for Dürnstein Castle, once used to imprison Richard the Lionheart.

With free time in both Melk and Krems, you could visit the prestigious Marble Room and Abbey Church in Krems, generally considered one of the most beautiful Baroque churches north of the Alps. With wine-producing popular in the area, you could also enjoy a tasting of local vintages.

Day 5 - Salzburg

Taking the train south, we travel through the spectacular mountain landscapes of the Semmering Railway, the very first standard-gauge mountain railway which is now a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Changing in Villach, we continue past the Tauern range en-route to Salzburg, where we stay for the next three nights.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Austrian Lake District

On Day 6, we enjoy a guided tour of the lakes and mountains around Salzburg. This stunning area is renowned for its natural beauty, and some of the locations we visit were featured in the classic film '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 that exudes traditional charm and romantic lakeside views. Enjoy free time here to explore the picturesque streets lined with lively cafés, shops, and frescoed houses before we continue to Mondsee and St Wolfgang, on the north shore of the lake.


Day 7 - Guided tour of Salzburg

Known as the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg is one of Austria's most famous cities. We enjoy a guided tour on Day 7, soaking in the sumptuous Baroque architecture and seeing the churches, squares and alleyways of the city's beautiful Old Town. With free time afterwards, you might like to go shopping on the Getreidegasse, take a stroll through the beautiful Mirabell Gardens, or visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress for superb views across the city. The courtyard café here is a great place to relax with a strudel and a coffee. This evening we make our way to Mirabell Palace to take our seats for a classical music concert, a truly memorable experience. This is the palace where Mozart himself once enchanted crowds with his classical music, and we spend an evening immersed in timeless culture as we watch the skilled musicians perform.

Day 8 - Cologne

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

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal
Day 9 - London

On Day 9, we continue by rail to Brussels and board the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

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Departure times

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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.


Hotel NH Salzburg City

Hotel NH Salzburg City, Salzburg

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Best Western Amedia Wien, Vienna

Best Western Amedia Wien, Vienna

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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 9 reviews

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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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Mr T Stone

2 stars

Submitted 09 Oct 2017

Stupid transfer to Munich hotel as ALL OTHER HOTELS IN COLOGNE FULL. Really. Too much handling of luggage ended.

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Mrs E Hedley

4 stars

Submitted 04 Oct 2017

Well organised Manager always available and helpful.

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Mr A Fell

3 stars

Submitted 04 Oct 2017

There was too much carrying of luggage both on and off the trains, some due to unforeseen delays but overall it was an arduous experience.

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David Milne

5 stars

Submitted 02 Oct 2017

Really enjoyed the holiday. It was well organised and well led.

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