Austria - Best Tours & Trips 2019

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Austria -- the land of Mozart, Strauss, the Sound of Music, Alps, the Danube, Salzburg, and Vienna to name a few of the best-known icons -- has given us some of the world's greatest music, scenery, and cities. Once the center of power of a great empire, it's now a small Central European country that continues to enchant with its mountains, lakes, rivers, historic sites, grand Baroque architecture, orchestras, cafes, vineyards, vi ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Switzerland and Austria Summer 2019

Trafalgar
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13 days
$ 279 / day
$ 3,625
From : $ 4,459
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Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Salzburg and Vienna
  • ORIENTATION of Zurich, Innsbruck and Lucerne
  • SEE Melk Abbey and the Wachau Valley
  • VIEW the Golden Roof and Hofburg Palace in Innsbruck, the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), Chillon Castle, Berne, Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne
  • VISIT Vaduz, St. Moritz, Stresa and Zermatt
Visits:
Innsbruck, Lucerne, Salzburg, St. Moritz, Vienna, Zermatt, Zurich, Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
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The Austria - Vienna Untour

7 days
$ 156 / day
$ 1,089
From : $ 1,259
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover Vienna and Graz
  • Experience the stunning view in Wachau
  • Visit Hofburg imperial palace and St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Explore Lake Neusiedl
  • Discover Belvedere Palace museum and Hapsburg summer palace
Visits:
Hofburg Imperial Palace, Vienna, Wachau, Austria
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London to Berlin on a Shoestring
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London to Berlin on a Shoestring

G Adventures
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21 days
$ 153 / day
$ 3,223
From : $ 4,512
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • See the beauty of the swiss alps in person
  • Take in the exciting nightlife of prague and berlin
  • Explore history in vienna and budapest
Visits:
Alps, Berlin, Budapest, Eiffel Tower, Florence, Ljubljana, London, Paris, Prague, Rome, Venice, Vienna, Krakow, Cinque Terre, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Milan, Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, United Kingdom
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11 Day STORY of Austria & Switzerland

STORY Land & Sea
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11 days
$ 534 / day
$ 5,879
From : $ 7,937
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a special luncheon in Liechtenstein
  • Visit to the Salzburg Dome Cathedral and St. Peter's Monastery
  • Enjoy a wonderful immersion tour of Salzburg
  • Explore views of Lake Geneva
  • visit the capital city, Vaduz, and enjoy an immersion walking tour
Visits:
Bavaria, Geneva, Lucerne, Matterhorn, Milan, Mt. Pilatus, Munich, Salzburg, Zermatt, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
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Austria Ski Plus (coach from London) - 2 weeks(Tw ...

Contiki
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16 days
$ 113 / day
$ 1,804
From : $ 2,435
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  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Visits:
    Alps, London, Austria, England, United Kingdom
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    Prague To Vienna Biking

    Butterfield & Robinson
    Preferred
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    6 days
    $ 883 / day
    $ 5,295
    From : $ 5,694
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
    Highlights
    • Enjoy the scenery along the Sazava River
    • Explore rural Czech life with a fascinating adventurous ride through Vysocina highlands
    • Experience cycle the delightfully flat paths along the Danube
    • Discover Austria, bike ride through picturesque Waldviertal region.
    Visits:
    Prague, Vienna, Austria, Czech Republic
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    Country Roads of Bavaria, Switzerland & Austr ...

    12 days
    $ 333 / day
    $ 4,025
    From : $ 5,393
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    Travel Style : N/A
    Physical Level : N/A
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  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Vienna: Choose between a selection of Innsbruck’s finest restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner with drinks.
    • Stanserhorn: A spectacular journey by cable car and cogwheel railway takes you to the summit for expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne for your special Celebration Dinner. Fill your glasses with wine, toast to newfound friends and admire the spectacular 360 degree views as the restaurant slowly rotates. Savour delicious local flavours like smoked trout or Alpermagronen, a Swiss Alpine Macaroni and embrace this fantastic wining and dining experience as you celebrate a great trip.
    • Dining Summary:: 11 Breakfasts (B) and 6 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
    • Munich: See Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the English Garden, the Hofbräuhaus, St. Peter's Church and the famous Marienplatz.
    • Neuschwanstein: Explore the fanciful rooms and legends of the Neuschwanstein Castle alongside a Local Expert and take in the amazing views of valleys and verdant mountains.
    • Oberammergau: Explore the town and see the theatre where the Passion Play has been performed since 1634 and the next performance will be in 2020.
    • Salzburg: Join your Local Expert to visit the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace and Residenzplatz. See the cathedral in the Old Town and the house where Mozart was born.
    • Mondsee: View the church featured in ‘The Sound of Music.'
    • Vienna: Enjoy a private tour of Schönbrunn Palace, guided by your Local Expert as you stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a child prodigy.
    • Vienna: During your orientation led by your Travel Director, travel along the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche.
    • Kindberg: During your orientation see the colourful maypole.
    • St. Veit an der Glan: During your orientation learn about this historic town.
    • Innsbruck: See the Old Town with its 14th century houses, Imperial Palace and Golden Roof during your orientation with your Travel Director.
    • St. Moritz: During your orientation of this alpine resort see the spa quarter and glacial lake.
    • Glacier Express: Journey through the heart of the Swiss Alps aboard the world-famous Glacier Express. Once settled into your modern panoramic viewing car, sit back as Mother Nature unveils a scenic symphony of epic grandeur.
    • Lucerne: During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.
    • Scenic Drives: Your journey ventures through the Bavarian Alps, along the German Alpine Road, through the Semmering Pass, passing the Alps, the Tyrol region, Engadine Valley and the Grison Alps.
    Visits:
    Lucerne, Munich, St. Moritz, Vienna, Austria, Germany, Switzerland
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    Headwater - Austrian Lakes Self-Guided Cycling

    Exodus Travels
    Preferred
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    9 days
    $ 255 / day
    $ 2,149
    From : $ 3,104
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Cycle exceptional lakeside routes: swimming opportunities every day
    • Visit fairytale Salzburg: Baroque palaces, historic castles, stunning gardens
    • Enjoy masses of 'rest day' choices: boat trips, watersports, cable car rides
    Visits:
    Austria
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    Austria | Alps to Salzburg

    7 days
    $ 514 / day
    $ 3,598
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Pedal your way through Mittersill and Zell am See to a backdrop of 14,000-year-old glacier-carved gorges, crystal-blue lakes and the colossal Alps
    • Bike from Lake Zell through quaint villages to the market town of Saalfelden
    • Soak up eye-popping panoramic views on a cable car ride to Schmittenhöhe
    • Hike into Salzach Valley and (for a true adrenaline rush) opt for a tandem paraglide
    • Pedal along the enchanting Salzach River past flower-bedecked homes to the 250-foot Gollinger Waterfall and Hellbrunn’s palatial castle
    • Hum a tune from The Sound of Music as you feast on trout strudel and cream cheese lemon mousse at the two-star Michelin rated Obauer restaurant
    Visits:
    Munich, Germany
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    Switzerland and Austria with Oberammergau Summer 2020

    Trafalgar
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    13 days
    $ 340 / day
    $ 4,425
    From : $ 5,443
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • PREMIUM TICKETS for the 2020 Passion Play in Oberammergau
    • CITY TOUR in Salzburg and Vienna
    • ORIENTATION of Zurich, Lucerne
    • VISIT Vaduz the capital of Liechtenstein, the mountain resort of St. Moritz, lakeside Stresa and Zermatt
    • VIEW the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), the castle of Chillon, the city of Berne, Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne
    • SEE Melk Abbey and the Wachau Valley
    Visits:
    Geneva, Lucerne, Salzburg, Vienna, Zermatt, Zurich, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
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    Austrian Lakes Hike & Bike

    UTracks
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    9 days
    $ 144 / day
    $ 1,295
    From : $ 1,813
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • Trek through stunning alpine scenery of the Salzkammergut region of Austria
    • Experience the exhilaration of cycling between picturesque lakeside towns
    • Take in the immense history of the area from pre historic times
    • Enjoying the warm family run hotels
    Visits:
    Hallstatt, Austria
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    Explore Central Europe

    G Adventures
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    9 days
    $ 218 / day
    $ 1,959
    From : $ 2,410
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Explore sections of the berlin wall
    • Explore prague's old town
    • Taste the world-famous sacher torte in vienna
    • Visit the bustling market with a foodie-guide
    Visits:
    Berlin, Berlin Wall, Budapest, Prague, Vienna, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
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    London to Budapest on a Shoestring
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    London to Budapest on a Shoestring

    G Adventures
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    15 days
    $ 160 / day
    $ 2,399
    From : $ 3,359
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • Relax with a picnic in paris
    • Share a photo op at the leaning tower of pisa
    • Marvel at the grandeur of venice
    • Explore glaciers in interlaken
    Visits:
    Budapest, Eiffel Tower, Florence, Ljubljana, London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Vienna, Cinque Terre, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Alps, Bath, Milan, Austria, France, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom
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    The Best of Austria & Switzerland with Romant ...

    18 days
    $ 383 / day
    $ 6,889
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Welcome to Austria
    • Guided sightseeing, see the Ringstrasse, Heldenplatz, and visit Schönbrunn Palace
    • Danube cruise and visit to The Sound of Music Parish Church in Mondsee; guided walking tour and dinner at a local restaurant in Salzburg
    • Day at leisure
    • Walk through the Old Town, see the Golden Roof in Innsbruck; travel to St. Moritz
    • Panoramic trip onboard of the Glacier Express train to Zermatt
    • Day at leisure
    • Visit Chillon Castle; travel to Berne
    • Guided walking tour in Berne, see the Bear Park and enjoy the panoramic view from the Rose Garden; travel to Lucerne
    • Morning walking tour, see the Lion Monument and the Chapel Bridge; private boat cruise and farewell dinner at a local restaurant
    • Travel to Basel; onboard welcome reception
    • Choice of excursion to Black Forest, or guided tour in Colmar
    • Guided sightseeing, visit La Petite France district and the gothic cathedral
    • Guided tour of Heidelberg Castle, see the Great Vat; visit the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
    • Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rüdesheim; special treat; scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge; guided walk in Koblenz
    • Choice of “Cologne Highlights” walking tour, or Jewish Heritage walking tour
    • Canal cruise
    • This amazing vacation offers the best of both worlds: a land tour of Austria and Switzerland—two of Europe's most scenic countries—and a river cruise on the legendary Rhine River with stops in France, Germany, and Holland!

      If you're a fan of palaces and castles, you'll enjoy a visit to Vienna, Austria’s Schönbrunn Palace, once the home of the Habsburg family
    • Stand in awe as you hear the stories of this royal family's home
    Visits:
    Amsterdam, Basel, Cologne, Innsbruck, Koblenz, Lucerne, Rudesheim, Salzburg, Strasbourg, Vienna, Zermatt, Zurich, St. Moritz, Heidelberg, Heidelberg Castle, Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands
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    Great Cities of Eastern Europe

    SmarTours
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    15 days
    $ 213 / day
    $ 3,199
    From : $ 4,319
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz, now a museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust
    • See the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church and the Citadel on Mount Gellert.
    • See historical sights including the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
    • Voyage to the charming artist’s town of Szentendre
    • Enjoy a panoramic tour taking you along the Ring Boulevard, past Emperor Franz Josef’s Hofburg Palace and the ornate State Opera to a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Cathedral of St. Stephen’s
    • Visit the quaint towns of Duernstein and Telc en route to Prague
    • See the 14th-century Charles Bridge and explore the charming Old Town in Prague
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    • Danube Bend
    Visits:
    Auschwitz, Budapest, Helsinki, Krakow, Matthias Church, Prague, Vienna, Warsaw, Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Poland
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    Top Austria Experiences and Attractions

    Top Austria Experiences

    Strolling along the Ringstrasse, the promenade that follows the curved outline of the old city walls of Vienna which encircles its compact historic center.

    Joining locals who flock to the ubiquitous cafes in mid-afternoon to socialize, chat and savor kaffe und kuchen (coffee and cake).

    Sing in the Sound of Music in Salzburg and take in the city’s unique culture

    Listening to music by some of the greatest composers of all time at a church, one of a number of venues other than concert halls where tickets are less expensive.

    Viewing and visiting the Imperial Palace, ornate cathedrals and other architectural reminders in Vienna of the grandeur of the Habsburg rule.

    Skiing in Seefeld, Tyrol a cross- country skiing center. Another famous ski resort for the brave heart is the St Anton resort.

    Savoring the characteristics of Austria’s pleasant wines. The country’s location, parallel with parts of France and Germany, and mountainous terrain are well-suited to producing both red and white wines that are far superior to the mass-produced sweet beverage with which it was associated decades ago.

    Walking the streets of Innsbruck Asltadt, a city surrounded by mountains and; houses that dates back to Roman Emperor.

    Driving the panoramic Grossglockner Alpine Road that takes you to a center from which you can view Austria’s highest mountain, The Grossglockner.

    Savor the flavors of wines made in the vineyards of Wachau Valley

    Visiting a famous monastery, Melk Abbey, a Benedictine abbey.

    Take a trek or a stroll through the majestic mountains of Innsbruck.

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    Austria Trip Reviews

    1,304 Austria Tour Reviews - Summary 96% Recommend

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    Activities
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    Transportation
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    Meals
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    Eastern Europe top trip with great company!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 4.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Did a long break trip (or fall break) with Euroadventures on their "Best of the East" adventure. I had always wanted to travel to the destinations (especially Prague, Krakow & Budapest) and the trip and organization did not disappoint. Everything really was top notch from the itinerary and pace of the trip to the accommodations to the trip leader. By the end of the trip our group went from strangers (there were some traveling together as groups of friends) to all great friends. Highly recommend this trip, especially for those looking for something slightly off the beaten path (especially Krakow) and this company.

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    Amazing Europe Trip

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    There are so many great things to say about my European trip of a lifetime. The people that made it was my fellow topdeckers and of course the Fab Tour guide Matt Stewart. This is a trip that I will never forget, so many lovely memories I will cherish forever. We was very lucky with Matt because he really took time to talk to us and make us all feel relaxed with each other and asked us what we wanted to do. He was so knowledgable about all the places we went to, I remember thinking to myself this guy is pretty cool the fact he knows so well about the history and culture of each place especially the amount of cities we travelled to. Matt made the trip fun, interesting, exciting and I hope that if I was to ever do a top deck again one day he would be the tour guide or I think I would be disappointed. Have recommended top deck to so many people, memories I will have for a lifetime.

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    i had a wonderful time

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    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
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    In May of 2016 we did the Heart of Europe Grand Tour which started in Amsterdam and ended in London. Both my husband and i had a wonderful time and saw sites we may have never seen before(we have been to Europe before but only to Germany and Amsterdam) Our Tour Guide was Ron Lazet and he was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Would recommend these tours for anyone. I hope to be able to do another tour in the near future

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    Danube River Cruise with Dracular's castle

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    • Value 5.0
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    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    We thought the trip was excellent. The river boat was good and the people on the boat were VERY gracious. I loved the size of the river boat. Our TD, Dusan J, was excellent. Would have loved for him to stay with us the whole trip. He left after the cruise and we had another one for mountain portion of the trip. He was OK but I can't remember his name. He was very knowledgeable about the area. It would be better if you kept same one for all of the trip. I will take another river cruise with smarTours.

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    Prague Vienna and Budapest

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    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
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    every city was thoroughly toured, every meal delicious each country culture so different and delightful

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    Highlights of Central Europe

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    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    We picked this trip to pack the best of five countries we had never previously visited into two weeks, and were not disappointed. The tour gave us a taste of everything from grand palaces and capital cities to pretty market towns and high mountains. Our guide and driver were excellent, as were the hotels, and most of the food too. It was a hectic schedule with so much to see, but very enjoyable, and highly recommended if you appreciate discovering history and architecture.
    Highlights for us were the excellent and entertaining concert in Vienna, the hugely impressive Schonbrunn Palace, and our visit to the High Tatras National Park (helped by the beautiful weather).

    Our group leader was very knowledgeable, friendly and extremely dedicated to making the tour the best it could be for all of the group, some of whom often wanted to do their own thing. He tried hard to accommodate the different personal interests and attitudes within the group.

    Be ready to pay most of your food and entrance fees in cash - and take some of each of the four currencies. Four wallets would be a good idea for this tour. Also take shoes that are comfortable as there is lots of walking.

    This was our second very successful trip with Exodus. There is so much to see around the world, but all the best of central Europe in one trip is good going by anyone's standards.

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    Austria Tours and Travel Guide

    Austria Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    Austria --  the land of Mozart, Strauss, the Sound of Music, Alps, the Danube, Salzburg, and Vienna to name a few of the best-known icons -- has given us some of the world's greatest music, scenery, and cities. Once the center of power of a great empire, it's now a small Central European country that continues to enchant with its mountains, lakes, rivers, historic sites, grand Baroque architecture, orchestras, cafes, vineyards, villages, and Viennese cosmopolitanism. Whether you tour it by river cruise ship, mountain bike, or bus, Austria is one of Europe's essential stops. 

    If Austria had no cities at all, it still would attract more than its share of visitors from around the world, and with good reason. Despite its size, smaller than the state of Maine, Austria may well be more varied in geography than any other country in Europe.

    Two-thirds of the compact nation is mountainous, providing some of the most spectacular high altitude views, and best variety of year-round activities, anywhere. The peaks of soaring mountains are reflected in tranquil lakes, and provide but one of a variety of equally inviting reasons to visit Austria. Skiers flock to world-famous resorts in winter.

    After the snow melts they are followed by an influx of people drawn by hiking along sweeping hillsides that are blanketed in a rainbow of colorful wild flowers, mountain bikers and others interested in exploring the country’s historic heritage, rich culture, architectural treasures and other appeals.

    Top tour activities in Austria

    Many travelers to Austria are outdoors enthusiasts because of the fantastic natural landscape of Austria, including its mountains, valleys and lake regions.

    Other visitors really enjoy the cultural and historical elements of visiting Austria including seeing sites from World Wars, Austrian history, famous art and musical artifacts and diving into the unique culinary scene of Austria’s cities.

    Austria is a country that offers activities for every type of traveler. Be sure to look over the itinerary for your chosen tour to ensure that it aligns with your interests and passions. This small country has it all!

    Historical sites in Austria

    Austria is known as a place of castles, fortresses and folklore, so many of the historical sites to see fall within those categories. Many of the top historical sites are covered in the top 10 attractions below, so be sure to take a look there.

    Austria is also a place where a visit to an art museum may uncover the genius of famous arts or you may stumble upon the sights that inspired famous classical musicians.

    If you are a world history aficionado, there are numerous sites that will paint the picture for various time periods including World War I and II. A visit to Austria will definitely give you a greater picture of history.

    The Classical City of Vienna 

    Vienna ranks high on many a traveler’s ‘must see” list. People visiting the most outstanding capitals of Europe often include Vienna on their itinerary, and they are not disappointed.

    Present-day Austria, along with most of continental Europe, was ruled by members of the Habsburg (also spelled Hapsburg) dynasty for more than six centuries, and influences of their monarchy are very much alive today in the country’s largest city.

    Examples of the imperial grandeur left as a legacy by the ruling family are everywhere. Opulent palaces vie with baroque mansions in their beauty, soaring cathedrals stand near museum buildings that are as impressive as the art inside them. Adding to the appeal is the fact that many major attractions are located in the compact historical center, within walking distance of each other.

    Vienna is considered cornerstone to any visit to Austria and for great reasons. It is a cosmopolitan and unique city that showcases both traditional and new Austrian culture. There are fantastic museums, arts, a delectable culinary scene and historical architecture. A visit to Vienna is sure to delight all of your senses.

    In particular, don't miss these top 3 destinations in Vienna

    1. Schonbrunn palace and gardens - you will both learn about the history of the place and be taken away by the beauty of its architecture and grounds

    2. Belvedere Museum - this museum houses the most important and iconic art masterpieces in Austria.

    3. Naschmarkt - this is a historical and foodie’s heaven, where you can wander through a flea market and savor the diverse and distinct flavors of Austrian cuisine.

    Top Cities in Austria

    Beyond Vienna, Austria has many other interesting cities that will show you another side of this wonderful country.

    Here are 5 other wonderful cities/areas to visit.

    1. Salzburg - Known as the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg is a delightful city that has ties to the sights of Sound of Music. As such, it is a unique cultural gem.

    2. Graz - Graz is a university city, with a host of art museums and international cuisines. It has a well-preserved old town that reflects Balkan and Italian culture.

    3. Salzkammergut - This is a beautiful resort area starting from Salzburg and extending to the land of lakes. Those looking to relax and pamper themselves will enjoy this area.

    4. Innsbruck - This is a great destination for skiers as it hosted the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976. It is a great all season destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

    5. Wachau Valley - A short trip from Vienna, the Wachau Valley is filled with culinary and cultural attractions, including vineyards and over 500 historic monuments.

    The Austrian Outdoors

    Given the varied landscape, it’s no surprise that Austria provides a setting for an equal variety of outdoor activities throughout the year. Skiing is the national sport, and some of the world’s most outstanding ski resorts are sprinkled among the Alps.

    When the snow melts, outdoor-minded Austrians and visitors turn to a long list of warm-weather alternatives. These include mountain and road biking, river rafting and canoeing, and hiking. A popular pastime is to ride a ski lift up a mountain, take in the spectacular view and perhaps a bit of refreshment at a restaurant, then walk down the mountainside through fields of wildflowers.

    Nature and Wildlife in Austria

    Austria is known as an excellent destination for those looking to immerse themselves in high mountainous terrain, luscious valleys and exquisites lake country.

    The influence of the well-preserved and beautiful landscapes on Austrian culture and leisure are unparalleled. Whether you are looking for an active or a relaxing trip, the setting of Austria is sure to complement your experience.

    Since most of Austria is covered in forests, lakes, mountains and valleys, there are many opportunities to see wildlife while visiting Austria. For example, much of Austria has the central European fauna: deer, rabbit, stag, pheasant, fox and badger. The alpine areas also have the eagle and mountain jackdaw. So a visit to a natural area could offer you the delight of viewing these creatures!

    Food for Thought - Austrian Cuisine

    Enjoying the local food and drink of a destination is part of the immersion in its culture, and visitors to Austria are in for a treat. Make that multiple treats.

    Warning to vegetarians: While fresh veggies and fruit are available and delicious, other artery-clogging national dishes are likely to challenge your willpower, and waistline. Think veal or pork schnitzel fried in butter, or a selection of sausages.

    Mention Austria to any epicurean and images of that country’s deservedly world-famous pastries are likely to come to mind. Cakes and cream puffs, fruit tarts and Sachertorte layered chocolate sponge cake are among numerous treats that transform imbibing succulent sweets into a national ritual.

    If, as some travelers insist, it’s possible to taste countries, the best-known flavor of Austria contains ample supplies of sugar, whipped cream and other mouth-watering, hard-to-resist flavors.

    Top foods to try in Austria

    1. Wiener Schnitzel - this wouldn’t be a complete list without including this famous sausage, as it is on many travelers bucket lists.

    2. Apple Strudel - Strudel also means whirlwind and this is a delicious whirlwind of apples, sugar and flakey butter pastry.

    3. Pumpkin soup - think savory meets sweet and add a dollop of fresh cream.

    4. Knodel - bread dumplings, known as Christmas delicacies, but are popular year round.

    5. Kaiserschmarrn - pancakes topped with fresh berries and berry jam.

    The Sound of Music in Austria

    The story of Austrian Captain Georg von Trapp, his second wife Maria and the 10 children from his two marriages is known around the world because of the Broadway musical and subsequent movie which, with some hyperbole, recounted it.

    The film was released in 1965 and showcases many beloved locations and scenery from Austria. Many visitors to Austria are aficionados of the film and like to visit the many sites in Salzburg and the surrounding area where the film was filmed. There are many specialized tours within Salzburg that highlight this iconic film.

    That being said, Austrians encourage visitors to see the other side of Salzburg and Austria as well. The movie was decidedly popular in the United States, but actually not well-received in Austria because of various historical and cultural inaccuracies in the film. In addition to enjoying the sights of the film, be sure to explore more about this other side of The Sound of Music on a trip to Salzburg.

    Classical Music in Austria

    Centuries before that World War II story, Austria and Vienna had taken their place at the top of the classical music scene because of the long list of great composers and musicians who were born, or lived and worked there.

    The list is a virtual Who’s Who of outstanding musical talent during the 18th and 19th centuries. It includes Beethoven, Brahms and Bach; Schubert and Johann Strauss (both father and son); Haydn and Handel; Mozart and other renowned leaders in the musical world.

    Given this history, it’s hardly surprising that hardly a day goes by without at least one exceptional concert, opera or recital taking place in Vienna. For those with a different taste in music, the city also offers a choice of clubs where jazz and other popular sounds are the fare.

    Austrian Souvenirs

    There are many uniquely Austrian souvenirs to bring home from your adventure. Imagine bringing home the classic chocolate treat known as Mozart Balls (yes, after the famous composer) or anything that was made by the famous artist Klimt (think of the iconic painting The Kiss).

    Here are 5 other great souvenirs from Austria

    1. Cuddly bear or other animal wearing the traditional outfit, Lederhosen. You could also get some for yourself to wear.

    2. Manner wafers, which are another classic treat, are a delicious hazelnut wafer.

    3. Snowglobe depicting the expansive and gorgeous landscapes of Austria

    4. Austrian beer glass, so you can remember your trip and the delicious beer of Austria when you’re enjoying beer at home.

    5. Austrian wine after visiting the wonderful vineyards on your trip.


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    Things to Know Before You Go

    Common countries also visited on Austria tours

    When it comes to traveling in Europe, an exciting part of planning a trip is the relative proximity of countries to one another. There is an extensive amount of diversity in lifestyle, culture and attractions within Europe and combining countries in a single trip gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in this diversity. Travelers can easily combine 2 or more countries in a single trip on a European tour, even one as short as 7-10 days.

    With regards to Austria, the most common country that tour operators pair with Austria is Switzerland. The reasoning behind this is the draw of the expansive landscapes, intriguing cultures and the proximity of these two countries.

    Additionally, Austria tours offer itineraries that include visits to surrounding countries such as Czech Republic, Hungry, Italy or Germany amongst others. Many tours that include some of these countries often visit the iconic cities of Budapest, Prague, Venice or Berlin.

    Every tour is unique and there is certainly a tour that can fulfill your interests and desired experiences within Austria and one or more of the surrounding countries. Take the time to research one that fits your travel goals because a trip to this area of the world will enrich your life.

    What is the weather like in Austria?

    Austria is a country with varied geography including delightful mountain ranges and valleys. As such, it is a country that has a variable climate that changes throughout the seasons and location.

    The summers in Austria can be quite pleasant and sunny, with temperatures ranging up to 90 degrees fahrenheit. Expect the winters to include more precipitation including rain and snow (depending on the location).

    Fall and spring in Austria is in between winter and summer and can be more brisk and at times have some precipitation.

    In general, the best time to visit Austria for a walking or biking tour or to visit a major city is April through October because it is more of a temperate, warm and at times dry time of year. For those looking to enjoy a winter vacation in the mountains, the months of December-March are advisable.

    Who will enjoy visiting Austria?

    Austria is a great destination for many different types of travelers. It is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, who enjoy skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, relaxing and enjoying the natural environment.

    It is a lovely destination for foodies as it has a delectable food and wine scene, both within the major cities and in the countryside. For those that enjoy diving into history and culture, Austria boasts significant landmarks, museums and performances in Vienna and Salzburg. There’s something for everyone in Austria!

    Top Austria travel tips

    Below are a few travel tips for ensuring that your trip to Austria is unforgettable.

    1. Most Austrians speak a fair amount of English but as always, it’s a great idea to learn some of the local language (German) to connect with the locals more.

    2. In general, the prices include taxes and fees. That being said, at restaurants, there is an expected 5-10% tip on top of your bill.

    3. The water in Austria is extremely clean and delicious, so you can enjoy the local water. That being said, the wine and beer is also enjoyable too.

    4. Sundays are generally a day of rest, so many businesses will be closed on that day. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy some recreation and relaxation on your trip as well.

    5. Thoroughly research the season and location that your visiting and pack accordingly. For example, if you are going to visit the Alps in the winter, bring warm jackets and layers and/or ski gear. It’s best to pack things that are practical and necessary.

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