Private family self-drive trip through 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.

Overview

Duration: 8 nights / 9 days
No. of persons: 1 pax.
Meals included: breakfast daily and tastings (food tours) as per itinerary
Entrace fees:  as per itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Vienna

Arrival to Vienna Airport, private transfer to the hotel. Check-in an at leisure after a long flight.

Breakfast
Hotel
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 of guiding: 3 hours

More options on this day:
  • The Albertina Museum: One of Vienna’s most impressive art galleries houses one of the largest print rooms in the world and covers most works of art from photography through modern graphic and impressionism. If you are a fan of Monet, Cézanne, Klimt and Picasso then the Albertina is one to / 2h
  • Vienna Opera tour: Take a glimpse behind the scenes of the world’s largest repertoire theatre and discover many things that remain hidden from the evening On this approximately 40- minute shared tour, you will hear many interesting facts about the building’s history, its architecture and how an opera house is run. / 1h
  • Visit Belvedere Palaces: The two Belvedere palaces were built in the early eighteenth century by the famous Baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt to be used as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736). One of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks, this ensemble – comprising the Upper and Lower Belvedere and an extensive garden – is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage / 2-3h
  • Danube Tower: The Danube Tower is aViennese landmark and an engineering masterpiece. 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
  • 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

Breakfast
Hotel
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.

Tip of the day
  • Hofburg, the Imperial Palace: Explore one of main highlights of Vienna: The Hofburg is the former principal Imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers and today serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Tour can be as the regular tour or you can book with us the Exclusive private tour where you can see: Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments (approx. 60 minutes), Highlights of the Silver Collection (approx. 50 minutes), State banquets past and present (Silver Collection, approx. 50 minutes). / 1-2h
  • Imperial Treasury Vienna: Imperial Treasury Vienna: The most important treasury in the world, in Vienna’s Imperial Palace, is home to two imperial crowns as well as the Burgundian treasure and the treasure of the Order of the Golden
  • Spanish Riding School Tour: The Spanish Riding School in Vienna with its famous Lipizzaner ballet can be experienced live in the baroque ambiance of the Imperial Palace. You can choose between guided tour, morning exercise or special / 1-2h
  • Vienna Food Tour: Get a thorough introduction to Vienna’s dynamic food and drink scene with a local showing you the best places to stop for all manner of sweet versus Walk through the trendiest neighborhoods and discover the legendary markets of this extraordinary city. Find out where to sip the best coffee in a city filled to the brim with historic coffeehouses and hear about the legendary debate over who invented the most famous dessert in Vienna. / 4h

Breakfast
Hotel

In the morning pick up your rental car (basic insurance included) and drive towards Salzburg. En-route stop in UNESCO’s Hallstatt.

Explore on your own: There was a Hallstatt before there was a Rome, and you will love every minute you spend strolling through this quaint 7,000-year-old Alpine village! In 1997 most of the historic, cultural landscape was listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site – characterized by breath- taking views, mighty peaks and spectacular caves.
Ride on Hallstatt Lake with historical boats: Take an extraordinary boat ride on Lake Hallstatt with Zille, the historical boat type with a flat bottom. You are invited to enjoy Lake Hallstatt’s unparalleled scenery and special charm aboard one of our Zillen, which are accurate reproductions of the historical boats. Your ride will give you the opportunity to see and feel the lake, the mountains and Hallstatt from a very special perspective.

EXCLUSIVELY WE CAN ORGANIZE Wine-And-Cheese Cruise on Hallstatt Lake.

In the afternoon continue driving to Salzburg. Rest of the day at leisure.
Tip of the day

  • Hallstatt Skywalk: These are just some of the gushing adjectives used to describe the Hallstatt Skywalk. But the truth is, you’ll be at an absolute loss for words when you stand at the far point of this free-floating structure 360 meters above the ground, gazing out at the mountains, lake and town below. The recipient of no fewer superlatives is the Hallstatt high valley with its famous burial fields. Quite understandable when you consider that an entire epoch of human history owes its name to the archaeological finds unearthed here. Join us – for a short walk through the Hallstatt high valley! / 1-3 hrs / 30 per person
  • Museum Hallstatt: THE MUSEUM HALLSTATT was opened in 1888 in order to showcase the special archaeological finds of Hallstatt, which were discovered in the preceding Visitors can learn everything about the history of this beautiful place in the museum, starting with the Stone Age and traveling through thousands of years of history right up to the present. Exhibited here are the discoveries from the local salt mines (the oldest in the world), and the Iron Age burial grounds and cemeteries nearby.

Breakfast
Hotel
Day 5 :
Salzburg

Guided walking 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

Tip of the day

  • Sound of Music Tour: The life of the von Trapp Family is inseparably linked to the city of Salzburg. Every year nearly 300,000 people visit the Trapp Family homes and film locations. The 1965 film became an international box office success. Join us on a wonderful ride with breath- taking views of opening scenes of the movie The Sound of Music were filmed with local guide. / 3- 4h
  • Castle with fortress above Salzburg: Ascend and descend by Fortress funicular, entrance to fortress precincts, guided tour with audio guide in eleven languages (salt storeroom, torture chamber, look-out tower, ‘Salzburg Bull’ – mechanical organ), Fortress Museum, Rainer Regiment Museum, Marionette Museum, Alm Besides, visit of unique Princes’ Apartments in the main castle and the Mechanical Theatre. / 2h
  • Discover Salzburg on bike: Salzburg is one of the most cyclist-friendly cities in A perfect network of bike paths and outstanding infrastructure excite you with the prospect of exploring the City of Mozart and its countless green spaces by bicycle. You can rent a bike and explore on your own or you can join a guided bike tour. / 3-4h
  • Apple Strudel Cooking Class: Rustle up an Austrian apple strudel during a cooking class in In a small group of no more than 15 people, you’ll prepare the pastry and marinate the apples to create one of the country’s iconic desserts. Learn from the chef and hear tips to make your own strudel back at home. The experience is available with a choice of two start times when you book. / 90m

Breakfast
Hotel

After breakfast drive to Innsbruck, with en- route stop in Kitzbuhel.                        

Self-guided tour of Kitzbuhel: The name Kitzbühel is shaped by the extensive landscape paired with the majestic mountain backdrop of the Wilder Kaiser, Kitzbüheler Horn and Hahnenkamm and has always represented two main things – sport and lifestyle. These two represent everything we love about Kitzbühel: a town with self-confidence and prominence. A town which keeps up with the times. Kitzbühel both motivates and captivates its guests with a unique historical old town influenced by Alfons Walde.

More options in Kitzbuhel (not included):

  • Adventure Parks: There are adventure parks in the area, like Hornpark Kletterwald and Waidring Adventure Park, where you can challenge yourselves on treetop courses and zip lines.
  • Museums: Visit the Kitzbühel Museum or the Bergbahn Museum, which are both informative and engaging for the whole family.

Continue driving to Innsbruck. Check-in at the hotel and at leisure.

Breakfast
Hotel
Day 7 :
Innsbruck

On your own discover Innsbruck: Start in the very center of Innsbruck at the “Golden roof” building – the emblem of the old town, which was Completed in 1500. Close by you will find the biggest and first Swarovski crystal shop. Continue to Innsbruck cathedral, also the Imperial Palace of Innsbruck which is a great picture stop. Next you can have a coffee in legendary Sacher coffee house where you can enjoy the world’s known Sacher cake.
Afterwards, continue along the Inn river to the cable car station, which will take you up to the local hill “Hungerburg” for a scenic stop with stunning views to the city of Innsbruck and the surrounding mountains.

More options on this day:

  • Nordkette cable car: The mountain at the heart of Innsbruck. The Nordkette is part of Austria’s largest nature park, the Karwendel Nature Park, and can be reached directly from Innsbruck city centre in just a few minutes! The Hungerburg funicular enables visitors to reach the Hungerburg in just 8 minutes. There are several stops along the way including the Alpine Zoo, which is a favorite among families. After reaching the Hungerburg station, a short walk across Hermann Buhl Square. Lying at an impressive 2,334 m (7,401 ft), the Hafelekar offers the most spectacular viewing experience. Thanks to a direct connection from the city, everybody can enjoy this unique experience within minutes.
  • Swarovski Crystal World: SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL WORLD in Wattens (approx. 2 h): Themed around one of Austria’s best-known exports, Swarovski Crystal Worlds is a dazzling attraction devoted to sparkling crystals. Twinkling exhibitions created by contemporary artists and designers, together with a playground, play tower, and hand-shaped hedge maze, make for a family- friendly day
  • 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
  • Innsbruck Food Tour: The tour offers you a unique opportunity to taste the fantastic Tyrolean cuisine, to enjoy local dishes, and to hear the interesting stories behind them. You will learn how Tyroleans hosts their guests, what we mean when we say “Neinerle “, or what a “Marend” is. During a four hour tour we will walk through Innsbruck, with various culinary stops. If you prefer instead of food tour classic you can enjoy in sweets & coffee tour! / 4 hrs

Breakfast
Hotel
Day 8 :
Innsbruck

In the morning drive towards Neuschwanstein castle: Nestled on the Bavarian Alps, the dreamy cliff-side castle boasts a majestic Romanesque architecture set against an idyllic landscape. From drop off point you can reach the castle only by walking, carriage ride or public bus (payable on the spot). The castle tour is guided by official guides and takes approx. 1 hour in total.

Tip of the day

  • Zugspitze – highest peak of Germany: ZUGSPITZE – HIGHEST PEAK OF GERMANY (full-day): At precisely 2,962-metres above sea level, the Zugspitze is the highest mountain in the country and home to three glaciers and Germany’s highest ski resort. Right at the top, an impressive 360° panorama opens up to reveal extensive views over 400 mountain peaks in four countries.
  • Visit Ambras Castle: VISIT AMBRAS CASTLE (approx. 2-3 h): This fine Renaissance castle is one of the most popular attractions in the area around Innsbruck and was home to the important historical figure Archduke Ferdinand II. The castle and grounds stand in the southern part of Innsbruck of the borders of the town and can be reached by both tram and bus. Aside from that the castle also has a brilliant display of arms, armoury and artwork and a tranquil courtyard to admire.
  • Tyrolean Folk Show in Innsbruck: Soak up Tyrolean music and folk dancing during this show in Innsbruck. Settle into your seat at Alpensaal“ show venue in the city center and watch the Gundolf family perform the Schuhplattler, a fastpaced dance, along with other traditional steps that have been passed down through many generations. To treat your taste buds to a hearty helping of Austrian cuisine, upgrade to include a 3-course meal, including delicious regional specialties. / 3 hrs / from 80 EUR per person

Hotel
Day 9 :
Innsbruck

Drive to Innsbruck Airport, return your rental car. Flight back home.

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