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Austria Classic: Vienna, Salzburg & Innsbruck by Rail tour

Austria Classic: Vienna, Salzburg & Innsbruck by Rail

Great Value Vacations
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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: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 2,008 $ 287 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Begin in Vienna, the cultural capital of Europe and former residence of Mozart, Brahms, Strauss, and Beethoven.
  • Revel in the sumptuous interiors and beautiful formal gardens of Schonbrunn Palace, the summer palace of the Hasburg Empire!
  • Hop on the train from Vienna to Salzburg, the baroque city that was the setting for the 1965 film "The Sound of Music."
  • Explore Festung Hohensalzburg, Central Europe’s largest intact fortress with incredible views of Salzburg.
  • Breathe in the crisp alpine air in Innsbruck, known as the capital of the Alps.

Short Description

The land of Mozart and Freud awaits on this 6-night vacation. Travel by train across Austria's gems: musical Vienna, storybook Salzburg, and mountaintop Innsbruck. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, transfers, and tours in each city!

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Vienna
End City Austria

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Vienna (VIE), out of Innsbruck (INN)
  • All airport and rail station transfers
  • 2 nights in Vienna at the Novum Hotel Prinz Eugen, or similar
  • Historical Vienna City Tour with Schonbrunn Palace (3.5 hours)
  • Standard-class train ticket from Vienna to Salzburg
  • 2 nights in Salzburg at Hotel Europa Salzburg, or similar
  • Salzburg Hop-on/Hop-off Sightseeing Tour (24-hour ticket)
  • Standard-class train ticket from Salzburg to Innsbruck
  • 2 nights in Innsbruck at the Hotel Innsbruck, or similar
  • 24-hour Innsbruck Card
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Vienna!

Accommodation: Novum Hotel Prinz Eugen

Welcome to Vienna, "The Imperial City" that was once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your accommodation to get settled, then you can start exploring!

Celebrate your fist night in Vienna with schnitzel, breaded and fried meat (usually veal) that can be as big as a plate. Wash it down with Austrian beer.

Transfer to Vienna hotel

Day 2: Vienna

In the morning, enjoy a 3.5-hour tour through Vienna's historical center and Schonbrunn Palace, the opulent summer palace of the Hasburg Empire.

Vienna is known for art and music, so you'll want to soak up some local culture today. Consider stopping by the Belvedere, home to the world's greatest collection of Austrian art, including Gustav Klimt's famous painting "The Kiss."

You could also follow the footsteps of Mozart at the Mozarthaus, Mozart's only surviving Viennese residence, now home to a museum.

Historical Vienna City Tour with Schonbrunn Palace (3.5 hours)

Embark on a tour via coach that will bring you through some of the most important and beautiful destinations in Vienna! This sightseeing tour starts at the Südtiroler Platz and takes you to the Ringstrasse boulevard, where you will pass many popular tourist attractions.

First, take a look at the impressive Vienna State Opera home of the annual "Opera Ball." Not far from the Opera is the grand Hofburg Palace, the former winter residence of the imperial family. Next you will see the monumental buildings of the Museum of Art History and the Museum of Natural History. Further sights on the tour are the neoclassical Parliament, the acclaimed Burgtheater, and the striking City Hall, where the legendary Life Ball takes place.

On arrival at Schönbrunn Palace, enjoy a guided at Austria’s most popular tourist attraction. Visit the historic state-rooms where Empress Sissi and Emperor Franz Josef once called home. Afterwards, you'll have time to take a stroll through the palace gardens or enjoy a cup of original Viennese coffee and a piece of delicious apple strudel.

Day 3: Vienna – Salzburg

Accommodation: Hotel Europa Salzburg               

Bid adieu to Vienna as your transferred to Vienna rail station for your approx. 3-hour train to baroque Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Check in, then take a stroll through the picturesque old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Salzburg is also inseparably linked with The Trapp family and "The Sound of Music." Follow Maria's footsteps and explore the many locations in the city found in the famous film.

Transfer to Vienna train station

Train to Salzburg!

Transfer to Salzburg hotel

Day 4: Salzburg

Activate your 24-hour hop-on/hop-off bus pass and see Salzburg with ease. Stop off at Salzburg's dominating landmark, Festung Hohensalzburg, Central Europe’s largest intact fortress with fantastic views of the city.

See Mozart's Geburtshaus, the place where the composer was born on January 27, 1756. The house is located in Getreidegasse, Salzburg’s popular shopping street.

End the day with a meal at St Peter Stiftskulinarium, Europe's oldest restaurant in the heart of Salzburg!

Salzburg Hop-on/Hop-off Sightseeing Tour (24 hour ticket)

Discover all of Salzburg's key attractions with this hop-on/hop-off bus pass. Your ticket lasts for 24 hours and you can board any of the hop on buses during this time. See Mirabell Square, Old City, and Festival District, as well as Schloss Leopoldskron and Schloss Hellbrunn in the south of Salzburg.

Day 5: Salzburg – Innsbruck

Accommodation: Hotel Innsbruck

Leave Salzburg today for your approx. 2-hour train to the capital of the Alps, Innsbruck! Renowned for its winter sports, Innsbruck hosted the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976.

Upon arrival, take a gondola ride up Seegrube from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Inn valley and the surrounding mountains!

Transfer to Salzburg train station

Train to Innsbruck!

Transfer to Innsbruck hotel

Day 6: Innsbruck

Take advantage of the benefits of your 24-hour Innsbruck Card. Begin your exploration at Herzog Friedrich Street in the center of Innsbruck. Admire Innsbruck’s famous shining landmark, the Golden Roof.

Continue through the arch by the Imperial Palace to one of Innsbruck’s urban green spaces, The Imperial Gardens. With a giant chess board and diverse plants and trees, the gardens are a wonderful place for a stroll.

Explore the opulent interiors of the Imperial Palace, completed in the year 1500 under Emperor Maximilian I. End the day looking out over the rooftops of Innsbruck at the City Tower, which dates back to the medieval era.

24-hour Innsbruck Card

Sightsee in Innsbruck with help from your Innsbruck Card, including free entry to museums and visitor attractions, a hop-on/hop-off bus, guided city walk and more!

Card Includes:

Free entry to all museums and other visitor attractions in the Innsbruck region

1 return trip on lifts and cable cars in the Innsbruck region

Free transportation on the Sightseer hop-on hop-off bus

Crystal Worlds Shuttle including the Kristallwelten

1 x guided city walk (available daily)

Free city bike rental for 3 hours (rental shop: Die Borse, Leopoldstrasse 4)

Casino Innsbruck: discount on the welcome pack and 1 welcome drink

Numerous discounts for: Tyrolean evenings, Tratzberg Castle (Jenbach), Schubert city tours, Pedicab

Day 7: Depart Austria

Your Austrian rail vacation ends today. At the appropriate time, you'll be transferred to Innsbruck airport for your flight home. Say "Auf Wiedersehen" to Austria then start planning your next adventure!

Transfer to Innsbruck airport (INN)

Fly home!

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