Places Covered: Vienna, Austria, Salzburg
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Tour Cost: € 3,142
We arrive in Vienna mid-day and transfer directly to the first class InterCityHotel Wien in the heart of the Austrian capital. This is our home for eight nights. You are free to relax, explore, and adjust to European time.
Your Tour Director will brief you on restaurants and attractions in the area and provide tips on how to get around.
A buffet breakfast is included at the hotel each morning. While in Vienna you will become acquainted with Vienna on a morning sightseeing tour. Highlights include a walk through Schoenbrunn Palace, the Hofburg, the majestic Ringstrasse buildings, and more. Tour members receive a Vienna Streetcar/Subway Pass for unlimited rides within the city. This will allow you to take optional trips with your Tour Director or explore on your own. Start using your pass this afternoon for a short excursion to the Old Town district with your Tour Director. He will show you sights and instruct you on how to use the metro transit system.
Tonight you'll join your tour members for an included dinner at a local restaurant. (B & D)
This morning you'll walk to the railway station with your Tour Director to take the first of five day excursions into the Austrian countryside. You will have time to explore, shop and purchase lunch before the afternoon return to Vienna. You also have the option of forgoing an excursion and taking a day at leisure in Vienna if you wish.On today's excursion we are off on a Railjet train to picturesque Salzburg. A medieval castle that towers over the old city will greet us on arrival. This is the Sound of Music city. We'll stroll through the gaily-decorated old town. You will be delighted with the narrow, winding streets. Here you will see many quaint shops as well as the building in which Mozart was born and composed his early works. You have free time to explore before our afternoon Railjet train returns us to Vienna. Entertainment and dining options will be available each night in Vienna. You will be able to participate in "on-your-own" evening activities which will be coordinated by your Tour Director. Or strike out on your own depending on your interests.
Options include dinner at a quaint wine cellar, a visit to the city's casino to try your luck, or a local restaurant in the center of town.
Today you are headed to Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Republic aboard the Twin City Liner for a cruise on the Danube, Europe's second longest river. Enjoy the picturesque Austrian countryside as we glide along at water level. Bratislava is where the movie Amadeus was filmed. A local walking tour introduces you to the charm of this historic “old world” city.
There is time for exploring before returning to Vienna aboard the Twin City Liner.
Baden Bei Wien & Grinzing
Join your Tour Director for an excursion to the charming resort community of Baden Bei Wien (Baths by Vienna). You ride the interurban tram through the suburbs of Vienna to reach this interesting city where Beethoven once lived. There will be a short walking tour and time to browse before return to Vienna. This afternoon visit the Prater Park. Here you will see the landmark Giant Ferris Wheel (Das Wiener Riesenrad), featured in the movie, The Third Man.When you have taken a ride on the Riesenrad you are really in Vienna.
This evening the streetcar takes us to the Grinzing District for an included dinner and a taste of its noted new wine. (B & D)
Graz The City of Graz
The Old-Town is the heart and soul of Graz. Encompassing the city mountain with its 13th century landmark clock tower, former fortifications, charming alleyways, medieval building facades as well as extraordinary modern architecture, it is a living museum with a modern twist. Visit the Styrian Armoury, which dates back to 1642. It is the only original armory left in Europe.
You will return to Vienna on the afternoon Railjet train.
Today's Railjet train takes us west into Austrian Alps. Charming Innsbruck in Tyrol is our destination. Enjoy a walk around the city's medieval district where buildings date back to the 15th Century. The famous Golden Roof three-story balcony overlooks the central plaza in Old Town. Just a short distance away is the bridge over the Inn River which gives the city its name.
The Railjet Train brings us back in Vienna this evening.
Vienna A' La Carte
You have a final day for more wonderful experiences in Vienna, the city of the waltz. Free time is available for museums or shopping. You may choose to join your Tour Director to explore the “old town” first district. Here you can stroll on the Karntner Strasse and Graben shopping streets and visit the centerpiece of the city, St. Stephen's Cathedral. Take a break at a historic Viennese Coffee House where you will have an opportunity to sample the famous Viennese Sachertorte and other delicacies.
This evening a special included dinner is featured. (B & D)
Say goodbye to charming Vienna.
This morning transfer to the Vienna Airport on your own to board your flight to continue your onwards journey or back to home.
Highlights and Inclusions
Dates: 27th May 2015 onwards
Prices: EURO 1,875 onwards per person on twin sharing basis. Prices are subject to the availability of the seats.
27th October 2015