Highlights of Austria

9 Days
  • Vienna: Vienna, Austria’s capital, boasts imperial architecture, including Schönbrunn and Hofburg Palaces. Its rich cultural scene, coffeehouse culture, and delicious pastries make it a delight for history and food enthusiasts alike.
  • Salzburg: Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace and the “Sound of Music” setting, features charming Old Town, Hohensalzburg Fortress, and Mirabell Palace. With a musical heritage and stunning Alpine surroundings, Salzburg offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.
  • Innsbruck: Innsbruck, nestled in the Alps, combines urban life with mountain landscapes. The Old Town, with the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace, contrasts with the city’s role as a winter sports hub. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy skiing, hiking, and mountaineering in the surrounding Alpine beauty.
  • Hallstatt: Hallstatt, a picturesque lakeside village surrounded by the Dachstein Alps, is renowned for its beauty. With pastel-colored houses reflecting in Hallstätter See, ancient salt mines, and the Hallstatt Ossuary, it offers a captivating blend of history and stunning scenery, earning its UNESCO World Heritage status.

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Vienna

Arrival to Vienna Airport, private transfer to Vienna, check-in at the hotel and at leisure.

City Danube River Cruise: See the modern and historic sights of Vienna on a city river cruise along the Danube Canal. One of Europe’s great rivers, the Danube wends from Germany to the Black Sea, passing through four capital cities: Budapest in Hungary, Bratislava in Slovakia, Belgrade in Serbia, and Vienna in Austria.

Duration of cruise: 75 min

Tips of the day – optionally:

Top fine dining restaurant suggestions in Vienna: *Loca: Unique concept with low carb, low fat, and traditional Austrian cuisine.

*Veranda: Gourmet restaurant emphasizing passion, organic, local, and seasonal produce for natural dishes.

*Steirereck Restaurant: Formal Austrian dining with refined creative cuisine, closed on SAT and SUN.

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Day 2 :
Viena

Vienna City Highlights Tour: Our guide will pick you up at the reception desk in your hotel and take you for a tour of all main cultural and historical attractions along the famous Ringstrasse to see the Vienna Rathaus, Vienna’s historical centre, St Stephen’s Cathedral any many more.

The Capital of Austria is home to nearly one third of the country’s inhabitants and is its primary city. Ranked as one of the best liveable cities in the world enjoying a high quality of life, Vienna is a heaven in central Europe and remains a popular tourist destination. Duration: 3 hours

Tips of the day – optionally:

  • Danube Tower: The Danube Tower is a Viennese landmark and an engineering It now stands resplendent in a stylish reinterpretation of the 1960s. The express lift will take you to a viewing terrace 150 metres up in the air, with an unforgettable 360° panorama. That is what makes the Danube Tower a popular destination – and the perfect starting point for all those who want to discover the city. / 2-3h
  • The Albertina Museum: Vienna’s Albertina art gallery boasts a vast print room, covering photography, modern graphic art, and A must-visit for Monet, Cézanne, Klimt, and Picasso enthusiasts. / 2h
  • Vienner steak: Savor the authentic Viennese steak at Figlmuller, where the iconic Wiener Schnitzel was “born.” Premium veal fried golden brown in lard – a true Viennese delight.
  • Hofburg, the Imperial Palace: Discover Vienna’s Hofburg, once the Habsburg dynasty’s imperial palace, now the President of Austria’s residence. Choose a regular tour or an exclusive private one, including Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments, Silver Collection, and State banquets history. / 1-2h
  • Visit Belvedere Palaces: Built in the 18th century by architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt, the Belvedere palaces served as Prince Eugene of Savoy’s summer residence. This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes Upper and Lower Belvedere, along with expansive gardens, making it one of Europe’s remarkable Baroque landmarks. / 2-3h
  • Vienna Opera tour: Uncover the secrets of the world’s largest repertoire theatre with a 40-minute guided tour. Learn about its history, architecture, and the inner workings of an opera house. / 1h
  • Vienna Food Tour: Explore Vienna’s vibrant food scene with a local Visit trendy neighborhoods, legendary markets, and historic coffeehouses. Discover sweet and savory delights, including the famous dessert debate. / 4h

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Day 3 :
Vienna

Visit Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens – highly recommended: Play royalty for a day in Vienna by visiting the summer residence of the Habsburgs, with its elegant gardens, fountains, fake Roman ruins, a hilltop café, and Europe’s oldest zoo. This surely is a must-see attraction for all first-time visitors!

We will provide Grand Tour tickets: Forty rooms and forty fascinating stories spanning three centuries in one hour of visit.

Tips of the day – optionally:

  • Mozart & Strauss concerts with dinner in the Kursalon: Enjoy the musical delights of the concert in the Lanner Hall of the Kursalon with an Austrian dinner in the stylish surroundings of the Restaurant Johann. / 4-5h
  • Vienna Carriage Ride : Horse drawn carriages called “Fiaker” belong to Vienna’s favourite sights. There is almost no cozier way to explore Vienna’s attractions. / 30-60m
  • Spanish Riding School Tour: Experience Vienna’s Spanish Riding School and the renowned Lipizzaner ballet live in the Imperial Palace’s baroque setting. Options include guided tours, morning exercises, and special / 1-2h
  • Wine tasting in Wachau Valley: Explore Austrian wine regions with visits to FX Pichler and Domain Wachau In Domain Wachau, sample wines from the region. Combine this with a trip to Durnstein and end the day at Göttweig Abbey’s restaurant for lunch with a breathtaking Wachau Valley view. / 6-7h
  • The Kunsthistorisches Museum: Emperor Franz Joseph’s Vienna houses treasures spanning five millennia, from ancient Egypt to the late 18th Marvel at masterpieces like Dürer, Raphael’s “Madonna in the Meadow,” Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian, Velázquez, and Vermeer. / 2h

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Private Guided walking (or biking) tour of Salzburg: Our guide will pick you up at the reception desk in your hotel and take you to a tour of all main cultural and historical attractions. This picturesque city stretches along both banks of the River Salzach, as it emerges from the Salzburg Alps into lower land dominated by the 1,853-meter Untersberg. The romantic Old Town is a compact neighbourhood of narrow medieval streets and arcaded courtyards that are fun to explore, as are the spacious squares of the residential area between the Neutor and the Neugebäude districts. Salzburg enjoys a special fame in the world of music as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, reflected in attractions such as the museum in his family home, various festivals showcasing his music, and even the melodies that ring out daily on the glockenspiel. Duration: up to 2 hours

OR Private Original “Sound of Music” Tour: The life of the von Trapp Family is inseparably linked to the city of Salzburg. The 1965 film about the moving life of the novice, Maria von Trapp and her singing family with Julie Andrews in the leading role, became an international box office success. Join us on a wonderful ride with breath- taking views! Tour the picturesque World Heritage City of Salzburg as well as the beautiful landscapes where the opening scenes of the movie The Sound of Music were filmed with private guide!

Duration: 4 hours

Tips of the day – optionally:

  • Mozart’s Birthplace: Mozart’s Birthplace, at 9 Getreidegasse, Salzburg, where he was born in 1756. A top attraction for Mozart fans and history enthusiasts worldwide. / 1-2h
  • Augustiner Brewery – Following the footsteps of Malt & Hops: Explore the brewery’s “Path of Beer” on a behind-the-scenes tour led by our beer brewer. Discover the brewing process and visit the bottling cellar. Ideal for beer enthusiasts! / 3h
  • Classic Concert in Salzburg with dinner: Experience a 1790s-style evening in a candlelit Baroque Hall. Savor historical recipes, Mozart’s music by musicians in authentic / 3h
  • Castle with fortress above Salzburg: Enjoy Fortress funicular, explore the fortress with audio guide, visit museums (Salt storeroom, torture chamber, Rainer Regiment, Marionette), Princes’ Apartments, Mechanical Theatre, and Alm / 2h
  • Top fine dining restaurant suggestions in Salzburg: *DAS RESTAURANT WASSERFALL: Mediterranean specialties, especially Italian, in a wonderful

*RESTAURANT BRUNNAUER: Culinary

delights of Salzburg with traditional regional dishes by a leading Austrian chef.

*IMLAUER SKY – BAR & RESTAURANT:

Located on the 6th floor of Hotel IMLAUER, offers city views for a delightful lunch or romantic dinner.

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Private day trip to Hallstatt: Start your journey travelling through the famous UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Region Salzkammergut (Lake Area) passing many picturesque villages en route until you arrive at Hallstatt the ‘Pearl of the Salzkammergut’.

Spending about 2 hours in Hallstatt, it is hard to know where to start. You may explore the old town visiting the world-famous Bone House behind the Catholic Church or turn back time at the local museum. Take a leisurely lakeside walk seeing houses above you cling onto the mountainside, pass by the Mühlbach waterfalls or experience the magnificent “World Heritage View”, 360 meters above town, on the Hallstatt sky walk! Guided tour for a supplement.

Tips of the day:

  • Hallstatt Skywalk: Hallstatt Skywalk: Astonishing views from a 360m high free-floating structure. Marvel at mountains, lake, and town below. Explore famous burial fields in Hallstatt high valley. Unforgettable experience! / 1-3 hrs / 30 per person
  • Ride on Hallstatt Lake with historical boats: Hallstatt Lake Historical Boat Ride: Experience Lake Hallstatt’s charm on Zille boats. Stunning scenery from a unique perspective. Exclusive Wine-and-Cheese Cruise available. / 1 hr / 30 per person
  • Bad Ischl: Explore the historic spa town, once the summer residence of Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth “Sisi.” Stroll through the town center, visit the Spa Center, Glockenspiel, Lehar Theatre, local museum, and iconic coffee houses like Café Zauner for a delightful / 5h

Hallstatt is a destination of most unique historical and cultural significance, be sure not to miss this hidden gem.

Duration: 5 hours

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Day 6 :
Salzburg

Spend a day exploring Salzburg area with following options:

  •  Salt Mine Hallein: Explore the world’s oldest mine, tracing the ancient miners’ tunnels for kilometers. The Celts mined “White Gold” over 2500 years ago, and you can now experience it yourself. / 4h
  • Zell Am See: Zell am See, Austria, by Lake Zell, boasts St. Hippolyte Church with a unique 15th- century tower. Explore Schmittenhöhe slopes, and enjoy panoramic views from Kitzsteinhorn’s Gipfelwelt 3000 platform of Hohe Tauern National Park and Grossglockner / 5-6h
  • Krimml Waterfalls: Experience Austria’s highest waterfalls in Krimml. Hike through three stages for breathtaking views and photo opportunities. / 7-8h
  • Eagle’s Nest – former residence of Hitler: Visit Eagle’s Nest, once Hitler’s home, via Kehlstein road and brass elevator. Stunning views, historic architecture, and great cuisine in an Alpine setting. / 4-5h
  • Visit Chiemsee Lake: Visit Herrenchiemsee Island, King Ludwig II’s fairy-tale palace modeled after Versailles on Lake Chiemsee. Then, explore Fraueninsel with an 8th-century Benedictine convent, culinary delights, craft shops, and charming Bavarian / 8-9h

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Hotel

Train transfer to Innsbruck (approx. 2h). Check- in at the hotel.

Guided private walking tour of Innsbruck: Innsbruck lies in the wide Inn Valley at the intersection of two important traffic routes between Germany and Italy and between Vienna and Switzerland. One of Austria’s most popular year- round vacation destinations, Innsbruck has retained its medieval Old Town with its narrow, twisting streets and tall houses in Late Gothic style. Most of its popular attractions are clustered close to the Old Town, whose charming narrow streets provide tourists plenty of things to see and do.

Duration: 2 hours

Discover the Swarovski Crystal World, located on the outskirts of Innsbruck, with 800,000 hand- mounted crystals twinkling in the light. Head into the Chambers of Wonder, where the magic of crystal comes to life! Admire unique art installations in the Garden of the Giant.

Tips of the day – optionally:

  • Tyrolean Folk Show in Innsbruck: Innsbruck Tyrolean music and folk dancing show at Enjoy Schuhplattler dance and traditional performances by the Gundolf family. Upgrade for a 3-course Austrian meal. / 3 hrs / from 80 EUR per person
  • Visit Grassmayr bell foundry: Visit Austria’s oldest family business since 1599: GRASSMAYR Bell Foundry. Explore the art of bronze bells, the Bell Museum, and Sound Studio on a guided tour.
  • Nordkette cable car: Nordkette: Innsbruck’s heart, part of Karwendel Nature Park. Quick access via Hungerburg funicular. Stops at Alpine Zoo. Hafelekar at 2,334m for breathtaking views. Easy city-to-mountain connection.
  • Top of Salzburg: Experience the Top of Salzburg at Kitzsteinhorn summit. Ticket includes cable cars, lifts, Cinema 3000, Ice Area, and stunning panoramic views of the Eastern Alps and Hohe Tauern National Park. / 6h

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Private Trip to Neuschwanstein Castle: Today one of the most popular of all the places and castles in Europe. The setting of the castle could not be more idyllic. With its snow-white limestone facade and fanciful turrets peeking out from the forest mountain tops of Hohenschwangau valley. Neuschwanstein Castle is also known as Disney’s Castle, because the castle was actually the inspiration for the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ castle at Disneyland.

Other options around Innsbruck:

  • Top of Tyrol:
    – at an altitude of 3,210 metres
    – breath-taking view over the Stubai Alps to the Dolomites with 109 3,000m-peaks
    – juts out beyond the rocks by 9 metres
    – 20 tons of steal
    – incomparable panoramic view
  • Ice Q Restaurant – Sölden: Ice Q Restaurant, Sölden: Austria’s highest gourmet restaurant amid stunning 3,000-meter mountains. James Bond Spectre movie location. Awarded 2 toques by Gault Millau in A sensory experience!
  • Top of Innsbruck (Cable Car Roundtrip): Experience stunning Austrian mountain vistas with a round-trip cable car ride from Innsbruck city center to Nordkette. Visit Zaha Hadid- designed station, reach Seegrube, see steep ski slopes, and Karwendel climbers. Explore at your own pace. Enjoy the return trip to Innsbruck. / 2 hrs / 60 EUR per person

Hotel
Day 9 :
Innsbruck

Private transfer to Innsbruck airport and flight back home.

* optionally flight from Munich airport (supplement).

Phone: +386 40 170 876 (EU)
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