As one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Austria is undoubtedly a very special place with immense scenic beauty, best highlighted in the famous movie The Sound of Music. Start your tour in Vienna, the Imperial capital of the Habsburg Empire, with vivid images of a time long ago, complete with Habsburg palaces, trotting white horses, old ladies in fur coats and the famous Ringstrasse. Once you are in Vienna, Schonnbrunn tour is an absolute must. Explore Austria and follow the life of Mozart by enjoying a concert at the Mozart Residence, where the famous composer used to perform concerts.
Continue your tour in Salzburg, also known as "Mozart Town" where you will receive insight into the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque aspects of the city as Mozart saw it. After the car tour, you will visit the newly reopened Mozart Residence, on Makart Square. Once you have arrived in the city, you will love the mountainous landscape and the fresh air that only Salzburg can offer.
In this trip you can experience the breathtaking beauty of one of Austria's most beautiful regions - the Lake District - just beyond the gates of Salzburg. With a view down to Salzburg, we begin our excursion to the scenic and historical landmarks of the region's surroundings.
A transfer between the Airport and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided. For your added comfort, your English speaking driver will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Hotel Imperial (5*) is centrally situated in the heart of the city, within walking distance of such renowned sites as the Vienna State Opera: the oldest theatrical institution in the German-speaking world, the Musikverein: one of the top three concert halls in the world, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, consecrated in 1147. The majestic Hotel Imperial and its sumptuous surroundings were originally created in 1863 as the Prince of Württemberg’s Viennese residence. Overlooking the historic Ring Boulevard in central Vienna, the building was transformed into a hotel to accommodate discerning visitors of the 1873 World’s Fair. Tastefully furnished with precious, authentic antiques, walls cocooned in jewel-toned silk, and bathrooms made of marble, the 76 rooms and 62 suites blend the timeless elegance of 19th Century Vienna with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities.
Spend an enjoyable 4 hours exploring the city of Vienna on a private tour, which will provide an overall impression of the most significant sights of Vienna. Along the Ringstrasse admire numerous magnificent buildings, such as the MAK, the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum, the cultural district, the Museumsquartier, Parliament, City Hall, and the Burgtheater. The highlight of the tour will be a visit of the showrooms of Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburg family. On the way back to the opera pass by the Belvedere Palace, the former summer residence of Prince Eugene. Entrance fees to Schonbrunn Palace are included.
Enjoy an opera or orchestra performance in Vienna (not included in the tour price). Transfers to and from the concert can be arranged on request.
On this excursion, you discover the charm of a world renowned cultural landscape. Experience the baroque display of power and glory to be found in the monasteries of Göttweig and Melk, which stand as guardians at either end of the Danube Valley. Enjoy Dürnstein with its mix of medieval flair and baroque fashion of Hieronymus Uebelbacher. Follow us on to Weissenkirchen, where an ancient fortified church awaits you. Experience romantic Schwallenbach, before going back in time to the origins of man in Willendorf, where a hand-sized Venus, the world wide acknowledged symbol of fertility, was found. Entrance fees to Gottweig Monastery, Melk Monastery, Danube Cruise from Melk to Krems and a wine tasting during the cruise are included.
Enjoy a private transfer from Vienna to Salzburg.
Discover Salzburg, known as the town of Mozart's, and its historical buildings that feature interesting architectural attributes. This city was once Mozart’s home town and some say you can still hear the tones of the musical ‘The Magic Flute’ and other famous compositions sounding from Salzburg’s alleyways and historic walls. Your private guide will provide with insight into the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque aspects of the city as Mozart saw it. You will end the tour with a visit to the newly reopened Mozart Residence on Makart Square. The lodging, also referred to as “the dancing master’s house” (Tanzmeisterhause) was first inhabited by a dancing master that educated youngsters, taught them how to dance and behave, before Mozart moved in.
The Bristol Hotel (5*) is situated in the heart of the Mozart City, at the entrance to the Mirabell Gardens, opposite Mozart's Residence, next to the Landestheater and just 5 minutes walk from the Congress Centre. Just a few minutes walk through the Mirabell Gardens and you come to the famous Paracelsus Spa. The Bristol is a hotel with tradition and style, features 60 rooms, each room is individually and lovingly decorated and reflects a theme from a bygone age. Antiques, works of art, glittering crystal chandeliers and many loving details tell the story of days gone by. Whether you choose afternoon tea in the lounge, a drink in the Sketch Bar or gala dinner in the restaurant, you will enjoy your days in Salzburg in a stylish and elegant ambience - relaxed and cozy.
In the Bavarian Alps above the Obersalzberg stands the former mountain residence of Hitler. It offers magnificent views across the snowcapped peaks of the surrounding mountains. Passing the Castle Hellbrunn, through Anif you will arrive at the German border. Driving along the Königseeache, through the lovely valley and picturesque farmland to Unterau we start our ascent to the Obersalzberg. Journey continues down the Königsee or Echo Lake. On the way back stop in Berchtesgaden. Please note if you wish to visit the Eagle's Nest then please ask to include this as part of the full day 8 hour tour.
Experience the breathtaking beauty of one of Austria's most beautiful regions, the lake district just beyond the gates of Salzburg. Admire the impressive hunting Castle Fuschl, today a luxury hotel, where the Prince Archbishops spent many seasons. Visit the famous winged Gothic in St. Wolfgang. Continue by boat to St. Gilgen on the other side of Lake St. Wolfgang. Visit St. Gilgen, where Mozart's mother was born. Passing Castle Hüttenstein we continue our tour along the Mondsee.
Enjoy a private transfer from the airport to your hotel with a vehicle and driver in Salzburg.
Depart from the international airport-End of the itinerary.
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