Top Austria Attractions

Hofburg Imperial Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

St. Stephen's Cathedral

Danube River

Salzkammergut

Wachau Valley

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Visit Historic Sites

Biking Tours

Hiking Tours

River Cruise

Travel by Rail

Wine Tasting 

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Classic Austria Itineraries

Austria in 1 Week, Highlights

One week in Austria is enough time to get a taste for this diverse and interesting country. You can spend time bopping from one attraction to the next, taking in cultural, historical and natural landmarks.

This itinerary utilizes two major cities as the base for your explorations, as you can delve deeply into both the fascinating cultural meccas and the countryside from each.

Days 1-2, ViennaYour first day in Vienna will be mostly about taking in the city’s attractions through either a walking tour or a hop on and off bus tour. Some of the major sights include St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg museum, Schonbrunn Palace and the Belvedere Palace. If you need a pick-me-up, try the Viennese coffee.

Day 3, Wachau ValleyTake a daytrip from Vienna on a day long river cruise through the Danube River and the Wachau Valley. Stop and savor the local wines and cuisines along the way. Or meander through the valley’s beautiful countryside.

Days 4-5 ,SalzburgA visit to the beautiful Old Town of Salzburg will leave your imagination full of history and culture. Additionally, visit the High Castle that looks down upon the town. Let’s not forget that Salzburg is known as the filming location for the Sound of Music and is the birthplace of Mozart, so those looking to dive into the arts and history will enjoy this stay in Salzburg.

Days 6-7, Day Trips from SalzburgThere are many interesting day trips you can take from Salzburg including a visit to the beer-loving city of Munich, the mountainous and adventurous Berchtesgaden or the stunning castle of Werfen. All are within 1.5 hours of Salzburg and can make for adventurous days.

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2 weeks in Austria and Budapest

Many visitors to this part of Europe for 2 weeks like to combine their trip with other neighboring countries such as including a visit to Prague or Budapest, or exploring Germany.

That being said, each country has a lot to discover from staying in the place and really diving into its cities, culture and history. Austria has lots to explore on an extended trip. This particular itinerary balances both desires by diving deeper into Austria over 10 days and adding a visit to Budapest, Hungary.

Days 1-3, BudapestA visit to the fantastic city of Budapest is sure to be very relaxing and interesting. A city known as the city of spas, Budapest is home to a plethora of thermal baths including the Széchenyi baths where you can bathe surrounded by Neo-Baroque and Neo-Renaissance architecture.

That being said, a visit to Budapest is well-spent visiting the architectural and cultural gems of Fisherman’s Bastion, the Buda Castle or the Hungarian Parliament.

You can additionally enjoy craft beverages and ruins in one of the local ruin bars such as Szimpla Kert, one known for its quirky decorations. Take your time getting to know this unique city!

Days 4-10, Follow the 1 week itinerary above, starting in Vienna

Days 11-14, Tirol and Innsbruck Mountains: Enjoy the last days of your trip soaking in the majestic mountain ranges that make Austria famous. Whether you are an avid hiker or would like to take in the views from a relaxing patio, a visit to these mountain ranges is sure to be impressive. Consider departing from Munich or make your way back to Vienna or Budapest for your trip home.

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1 Week Culinary Itinerary of Austria

Austria is a country with many sides of its own culture and story. Many travelers particularly delight in exploring the expansive landscapes such as the Alps or the lakes through biking or walking.

Others are intrigued by the history of the nation, specifically those who enjoy Baroque architecture and extravagant palaces. This itinerary showcases local cuisines for all the foodie travelers. This itinerary will surely help fuel your exploration of Austria’s history and culture.

Days 1-3, ViennaAs a world-class city, Vienna hosts a diversity of national restaurants ranging from local mom and pop places to fine dining establishments. It has a wide-variety of chefs who take unique twists on local favorites such as Schnitzel, pork roast or Sacher Torte or creating completely innovative dishes.

Don’t forget that local wines can be tasted along with your meals. Taking a local tour can give you a personalized experience touring the food and culture of Vienna. This can be paired with visiting the more traditional attractions!

Days 4-5, Wachau ValleyEnjoy Wachau Valley, just outside of Vienna, where you can meet local chefs and winemakers. Indulge in the local wines, farm-to-table cuisines such as the local Danube Char, called Saibling or the wild mushroom ravioli. Additionally, explore the beautiful landscapes on a day boat trip on the Danube, a walk through the quaint towns or a hike in the valley.

Days 6-7, Salzburg: A trip to Salzburg, which is already a cultural and sightseeing gem, can be enhanced with adding in foodie tours and delights. In particular, the town offers regional cuisines pumpkin seed sausages, mozartkugel (local chocolate), and secret dumplings.

You can taste these and other sweets, drinks and Austrian delicacies at Artisanal markets or lovely restaurants. Take a tour or ask a local and your stay will include a journey for your taste buds.

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Austria & Beyond Danube River Cruises, Highlights

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Incredible experience August 2015

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Grand European Tour

Incredible experience sailing on the Grand European tour from Amsterdam to Budapest! Just wonderful! The tours were interesting, and most allowed for adequate free time to explore the areas visited. But the staff! Beyond compare. Read more

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I loved our ACIS trip May 2019

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ACIS Company reviews

I loved our ACIS trip. The biggest complaint was the economy seating on the long over night flight. Adults didn't have the availability to upgrade due to the type of seats that were purchased. We also got our seat info. fairly close to the date of departure (30 days) which made it difficult to choose seats. The airline representative said that we should have received our flight info. earlier. Everything else about our trip was exceptional. My only hesitation in booking another trip is not having a guarantee that adults could choose to pay to have seats out of economy. Read more

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Enjoyed our stay October 2017

4.0

The Austria - Salzburg Untour

We enjoyed the beautiful scenery. The roads were in excellent condition and well marked. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We loved driving through the countryside on the smaller roads to see the little towns and farms. The scenery was beautiful! Read more

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Very well planned March 2017

4.0

The Best of Central Europe

We would like to thank you once more for your assist in planning this trip.  Arrived home Tuesday evening.  Very well planned and conducted including tour guides, sightseeing, transportation and the hotels were all excellent!
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Prague Vienna and Budapest November 2016

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Prague Vienna and Budapest Summer 2018

Some optional tours could have been included as standard. Local guides were making too many political statements.

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Highlights of Central Europe August 2016

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Highlights of Central Europe

A great tour around really interesting capital cities and some lesser-known parts of the countries.
Prague, Budapest and Vienna in particular were really lovely, especially the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, cruising down the Danube and going to a classical concert in Vienna. Cesky Krumlow in Czech Republic is also beautiful, as is the Znojemska Rotunda Chapel and Szentendre in Hungary. You see a lot of castles!!

Peter was a really good leader, helping us out with activities on our free afternoons and making sure a restaurant was always booked for dinner, for those who wanted to go. He obviously has so much knowledge about all the countries that he wanted to share with us, although this sometimes made his explanations a little convoluted!

Temperatures varied (July) from really hot in Prague to raining in Bratislava, so take the right clothing! You can change money to the different currencies as you go along; I took Czech koruna and Euro, then changed the leftover Czech money into forint and that into Euro again. In Hungary most places advertised that you could pay in Euro although they would give change in forint. It might be worth getting some zloty in advance as you don't get to Poland until the evening of day 12 and banks are closed.

Really interesting trip, do go.

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Operator Exodus Travels

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