Salute to Vienna

Vienna, Austria

Inspired by the PBS Broadcast, this limited edition trip celebrates Austria's art, culture and musical history – with just six dates, it’s first come, first seated. Take in the sights and sweet treats of Vienna and Salzburg – from the classical music to the decadent cafés.

Departure Dates: 19 April, 24 May, 28 June, 12 July, 30 August, 13 September 2014 

Trip Summary: Includes: 6 nights’ accommodation (2 hotels). 7 breakfasts. 3 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Regional Meal and Be My Guest Farewell Dinner). All transport shown. All transfers shown. All our featured inclusions (including a Travel Director, all hotel tips, charges and local taxes, meal tips and sightseeing). 

It’s insider moments like… tasting flaky pastries at the famous Hofzuckerbäckerei Demel café in Vienna, seeing how authentic Apfulstrudel is made and taking a real Viennese waltz lesson with an Austrian dance champion. It’s exploring Austria’s elegant cities with locals who live there – and know Austria's secrets. And it’s mixing Austria’s classical music at an evening concert, and seeing Mozart’s birthplace, with visits to sights made famous by The Sound of Music. 

It’s iconic places: City tours of Vienna and Salzburg. Orientation of Vienna. Visit St Stephen’s Cathedral, Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, House of Music museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Spanish Riding School, Hofzuckerbäckerei Demel, St Michael’s Basilica in Mondsee. See Vienna Opera House, The Imperial Boulevards, Hofburg Palace, the Parliament, Melk Abbey, Getreidegasse, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace. Scenic drive through Wachau Valley and the Salzkammergut.

It's travel beyond the expected:

DAY 1 - Saturday

Fly to Vienna

Today you take your overnight flight to Vienna.

DAY 2 - Sunday

Arrive Vienna (4 nights)

Arriving in Vienna, Austria’s capital, you check into your hotel, before having free time to relax or explore. You could even head to one of the city’s famous cafés for a little Viennese treat. In the evening you join us for a drive around the city, taking in views of the famous Opera House, before you enjoy dinner and drinks while getting to know your Travel Director and fellow guests at our Welcome Reception. (WR)

Hotel: Hilton Vienna Danube | Austria Trend Hotel Ananas Wien

DAY 3 - Monday

Vienna sightseeing and concert

Seeing the city through the eyes our key Local Expert, who lives there, the sights and secrets of Vienna are revealed this morning. Your Local Expert takes you to see the Hofburg Palace and Parliament, and views of the Opera House from the Imperial Boulevards, before you visit St Stephen’s Cathedral and take a stroll through the oldest parts of the city, near Am Hof. After a free afternoon, with complementary tickets to the House of Music museum to enjoy at your leisure, everyone meets for a typical Viennese dinner and classical music concert. (BB, RM)

DAY 4 - Tuesday

Vienna sightseeing and free time

With VIP entry into the magnificent Museum of Fine Arts, before it’s open to the general public, we are taken inside to discover the treasures assembled by the Habsburgs – and the equally beautiful architecture that houses them, with a private tour by one of the curators. Then we head to the famous Spanish Riding School, for a key Unique Insight to see into the balletic horses, behind the secenes in their stables, and learn of the school’s 440 year history. This afternoon, we visit one of the most famous cafés in Vienna, Hofzuckerbäckerei Demel – which once made pastries and chocolate for the imperial and royal court of Austria-Hungary. Sampling pastries is just one key Local Speciality you experience today – as you also have a Viennese Waltzing lesson with an Austrian champion dancer and star of the country’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’. You have a free evening to visit one of the city’s fine restaurants – and perhaps try traditional schnitzel. (BB)

DAY 5 - Wednesday

Schönbrunn Palace and free time

This morning explore the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, with a key Local Expert taking you beyond its Rococo architecture and sculpted gardens for an in-depth look into the Habsburg dynasty's former summer residence. In the palace bakery you'll see how authentic Apfelstrudel is made, before tasting this key Local Speciality. Your final afternoon and evening in Vienna are free - so you can shop, visit the museums and galleries or just relax in the cafes. (BB)

DAY 6 - Thursday

Wachau Valley and Salzburg (2 nights)

Leaving Vienna, we head to Salzburg, travelling along the stunning Wachau Valley, seeing the famous monastic Melk Abbey, and crossing the Salzkammergut – a picturesque region of mountains and lakes whose salt deposits brought wealth to the region. Stopping in Mondsee, we visit St Michael’s Basilica, where Captain Von Trapp and Maria married in the film, The Sound of Music. Then we make our way to enchanting Salzburg. (BB)  Hotel: Wyndham Grand | Castellani Park | Sheraton3

DAY 7 - Friday

Salzburg sightseeing

Meeting a key Local Expert in Salzburg, he shares sights like the Getreidegasse, Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace and many locations used in the film, The Sound of Music. This evening, we’ve arranged an unforgettable Farewell Dinner – joining a local Austrian family for dinner at their Gasthof, tasting regional dishes, hearing local stories and saying goodbye to your newfound friends. (BB, BMG)

DAY 8 - Saturday

Depart Munich (transfer from Salzburg)

Your insider’s journey in Austria comes to an end, with a complimentary transfer (conditions apply) to Munich Airport for your flight home. (BB)

KEY: key Insider Experience WR Welcome Reception BB Buffet Breakfast RM Regional Meal BMG Be My Guest

Trip Notes

Airport transfers: In Vienna, transfers are on Day 2 and leave the airport at 9am, 12.30pm and 3pm. In Salzburg, our transfers to Munich Airport are at 8am and 11.30am. If you are travelling at other times, you will need to make your own way to the hotel  or airport (you can purchase our private transfers for Vienna, but these are not available for Munich).

To find out more or book, contact your local travel agent or contact us.

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