Vienna, Salzburg & the Danube
Combining the magnificent cities of Salzburg and Vienna with some of Austria's most scenic railways is the recipe for a truly wonderful tour.
Take advantage of our low deposit offer of £99 per person on qualifying 2018 European, UK, Cruise or Worldwide holidays when booked by 31st January 2018.
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.
Highlights and Inclusions
- First Class rail travel (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
- 9 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast each day and 5 dinners
- City tours of Vienna and Salzburg with local guides
- Danube cruise between Melk and Krems
- Scenic journey on the Semmering Railway
- A 'Sound of Music' tour
- The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
- Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated departure office in 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. (L, D)
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. Upon arrival, we check into our hotel, the 4-Star Flemings Deluxe City, where we stay for the next four nights. (B, D)
Day 3 - Vienna Sightseeing & 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. (B)
Day 4 - Danube Cruise Between Melk & 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. (B, D)
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. (B)
Day 6 - Scenic Route to Salzburg in First Class
Departing Vienna in a southerly direction, we encounter the spectacular mountain landscape through which the Semmering Railway passes. 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, a city surrounded by stunning mountains which only became an official part of Austria in the early 19th century. (B, D)
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. (B)
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. (B)
Day 9 - Salzburg to Cologne by Fist 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. (B, D)
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. (B, L)
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotel NH Salzburg City, Salzburg
Situated just 15 minutes' walk away from Salzburg's Old Town and 9 minutes from the Mirabell Gardens, the 4-Star Hotel NH Salzburg City is ideally located for access to this wonderful city. The hotel offers great facilities in an elegant setting and the restaurant offers a blend of local and international favourites as well as a terrace eating area. The light and airy rooms are air-conditioned throughout, and also come with a hairdryer, a minibar, an in room safe, a television, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Fleming’s Deluxe Hotel, Vienna
The 4-Star Fleming's Deluxe Hotel is a modern hotel located in the vibrant Josefstadt quarter of Vienna. Each room is well appointed and fitted with contemporary furnishings, with an airy feel throughout. There is also a charming bar area and a popular restaurant.
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