Grand Scenic Austria


Lake Wolfgang

Visit: Lake Wolfgang, Austria

Salzkammergut

Visit: Salzkammergut, Austria

Melk Abbey

Visit: Melk Abbey, Austria

Vienna

Visit: Vienna, Austria

Graz

Visit: Graz, Austria

Innsbruck

Visit: Innsbruck, Austria

About the Tour

By incorporating the country’s most celebrated cities with its stunning scenery, we have created the ultimate Austrian holiday. Join us as we travel from Salzkammergut to Kitzbühel, visiting an abundance of beautiful destinations along the way. From Wachau wine country to Innsbuck and the famous Golden roof, there is something for everyone on this tour. Walk along Salzburg’s medieval streets, relish in Vienna’s regal architecture, witness sparkling lakes, bellowing hills, the Krimml Falls and the chic ski town of Kitzbühel. With plenty more wonders to witness along the way, you’ll leave Austria vowing to return. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Tour Includes


  • 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 9 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria
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Your Itinerary

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to our overnight hotel in Belgium.

    Head through Germany to our hotel in Austria’s Salzburgerland region for a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Salzkammergut

    Salzkammergut

    Our included excursion takes us into the old salt mining region of the Salzkammergut Lakes, which has developed into one of the most popular destinations in Austria on account of its outstanding natural beauty. We visit the crystal clear Lake Mondsee, one of the largest lakes in the region and also one of the warmest. We spend time in the delightful and principle resort of Mondsee, located on the banks of the lake. Mondsee is home to the Basilica of St. Michael. This gothic former monastery is just as striking today as ever with its two towers stretching 52 meters high. The basilica reached international fame when the wedding scene, from the film ‘Sound of Music’ with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, was filmed inside. This is the reason why more than 200,000 people visit the church every year and make it one of the most photographed churches in the world. Almost every day a wedding takes places at the church, so don’t forget to applaud if the newlyweds emerge from the church whilst you’re there! We continue to St Gilgen, birthplace of Mozart’s mother and home to one of the most attractive town squares in Austria. Here you can stroll along the lakeside, explore the shops or relax in one of the cafes. We then take an included boat cruise on St. Wolfgangsee, one of the largest and most famous lakes of the Austrian Lake District, which lies in the heart of the region.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Melk Abbey

    Melk Abbey

    We leave our hotel this morning and head east into the Wachau region, which straddles the banks of the Danube. We visit the town of Melk, where we include a guided tour of the magnificent Melk Abbey. From here we continue to Krems, one of the oldest cities in the area with history dating back more than a thousand years. The historical centre of Krems is one of the most beautiful in Europe. After free time we continue to Vienna and our hotel for a two night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Vienna

    Vienna

    Spend a full day in the Imperial City of Vienna, which is without question, one of Europe’s great cities. As the home of the former Habsburg monarchy and the present day capital of Austria it has much to charm the visitor. There is a lot of walking involved to see all the sights, so why not let us introduce you to Vienna on our optional guided sightseeing tour. Our guided tour will begin by coach, where we will be taken along the Imperial Boulevard known as the Ringstrasse. Here you will see the Hofburg Palace, the Parliament building, the Opera House, National Theatre and City Hall. During our tour we will also see the majestic Danube River, and later as we pass by the Prater amusement park a chance to view the famous “Giant Wheel” built over 100 years ago, and today one of the most well-known landmarks of the city. There will be frequent stops during the drive, where you will have photo opportunities and the chance to admire Vienna at its very best. Our guide will provide commentary throughout, revealing the history; culture and stories of without question one of Europe’s most fascinating cities. Following the tour you will have time at leisure to visit many of the city’s famous landmarks, or you may decide to sit back and relax with a traditional Viennese coffee and a slice of the local “Sachertorte” chocolate cake in one of the cities tempting street cafes – the choice is yours! This evening we include a traditional meal in a 'Heuriger' (wine tavern).

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Graz

    Graz

    Today, we leave Vienna and visit the picturesque city of Graz before continuing into the land of green hills and sparkling lakes, Carinthia, where we spend two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Klagenfurt

    Klagenfurt

    A day at leisure or why not join our optional excursion to Lake Woerthersee. We start with a visit to the town of Velden on the shores of the Lake. Lake Woerthersee is considered to be Austria's best destination for bathing and swimming, with water temperatures averaging 21-23°C. It is apparently clean and safe enough to drink, at least in early June, before the thousands of swimmers arrive in the high season! The town of Velden has a long tradition as a relaxation and bathing resort. From here we cruise across the lake to Klagenfurt, the capital and cultural centre of Carinthia. The main attractions lie in the Neuer Platz, around the dragon-like Lindwurm Statue. The lindwurm is the town's landmark and according to a legend, an evil dragon infested the region where Klagenfurt is located today.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Salzburg

    Salzburg

    We leave Carinthia and head north to Salzburg, one of the most beautiful cities in Austria. Why not join our optional guided walking tour accompanied by our local English-speaking guide. This walking tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and takes in the many sights and attractions of this famous alpine city. Admire the baroque splendour of the churches and cathedral, the might of the Hohensalzburg fortress and also the quaint Getriedegasse, which with its wrought iron signs that overhang the doors, is one of the most beautiful shopping streets of Austria. Salzburg is also known as the ‘Sound of Music’ city and during our tour you will see many sights featured in the film. A visit to Salzburg would not be complete without a mention of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and before the tour is over we see his former birth house and also the square that is named after and dedicated to the famous composer. We continue to our hotel in the breath taking Tyrol for a three-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Innsbruck

    Innsbruck

    After breakfast we travel to Innsbruck on our included excursion. Innsbruck is the capital of the Tyrol, located on the River Inn and at the foot of the Karwendel Alps. It is the fifth largest city in Austria and is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and steeped in history. To introduce you to the sights why not join our included sightseeing tour. Innsbruck was on two occasions the venue for the Winter Olympic Games and during our tour we see the Berg Isel Ski jump. We pause to admire the Rococo architecture of the Wilten Basilica, said to be the most beautiful church of its kind in the Tyrol before we continue to the city centre where a short tour on foot will show us the Hofburg Palace, St James Cathedral and the famous Golden Roof building. A wonderful opportunity to marvel at the sights of the Tyrolean capital. Afterwards there will be free time for you to discover the old quarter with its charming arcaded streets, the famous Golden Roof, stroll along the Maria Theresien Strasse with its bustling shops or climb the Tower of the City for magnificent views of the city. To end the day we visit the lovely town of Hall in Tyrol.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Krimml Falls

    Krimml Falls

    Our optional excursion takes us over the scenic Gerlos Pass to Krimml Falls. These magnificent falls are widely regarded as some of the best in Europe. At 380 metres, the cascading waterfalls of Krimml create the longest free fall of water in Europe and the fifth highest in the world. There will be time at leisure to walk alongside the lower falls. Don’t forget your brolly, as even on the sunniest days there can be quite a lot of spray! Afterwards, we continue to the internationally renowned resort of the rich and famous, Kitzbühel. The heyday of mining began here in 1450 but it wasn’t until the 16th century that silver was found. The city’s landscape is a consequence of that wealth. The town is nestled between the mountains of Kitzbühel Horn and the Hahnenkamm. In 1893 Franz Reisch became the first man to ski down from the Kitzbühel Horn after which, the first ski race was held in Kitzbühel. You will have free time to explore the walled Old Town or you may wish to take a cable car ride up the mighty Hahnenkamm Mountain for some spectacular views of the region (at extra cost, payable locally). We return to the hotel later this afternoon in time for our evening meal.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We leave Austria and travel to our hotel in Belgium.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Salzkammergut - Austrian Lake District
    • Wolfgangsee Cruise - Scenic cruise
    • Krems & Melk - Scenic Danube
    • Vienna - City of the waltz
    • Graz - Capital of Styria and Austria's second-largest city
    • Salzburg - Mozart's city
    • Innsbruck - Scenic capital of the Tyrol
    • Innsbruck Guided Sightseeing - See the famous sights

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Vienna Guided Sightseeing - See the highlights
    • Klagenfurt & Worthersee - Carinthia scenery
    • Salzburg Guided Sightseeing - The best way to see the city
    • Gerlos Pass, Krimml Falls & Kitzbuhel - A feast of Tyrolean delights

    Notes


    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for two nights at the 4-star Ferienhotel Kristall in Rauris, or similar. In Vienna you will stay for two nights at the 4-star Park Hotel Ananas, or similar. You will then stay for two nights at the 3-star Seelacherhof in St. Kanzian am Klopeinersee in Carinthia. In the Tyrol you will stay for three nights at the 4-star Kirchbergerhof or Alexander in Kirchberg.

    Overnight stays in Belgium will be in city-style hotels. 

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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