Austria provides a wonderful backdrop for a Winter escape! Explore the beautiful cities of Vienna and Salzburg, both rich in heritage and culture. View the spectacle that is the famous white Lipizzaner stallions perform their finely executed dressage manoeuvres to Viennese classical music, discover the city's gems on a private guided tour, and finish off your days in Vienna with a wonderful concert of Mozart's music. Continue on to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, and a wonderful example of baroque architecture - indeed, it is one of the best preserved in the German speaking world. Take in some fun Winter activities such as tobagganing and a Winter sleigh ride. Picture the scene - an idyllic landscape covered with snow as you huddle under warm blakets and sip on a glass of mulled wine as you relax on your private sleigh ride through the countryside. What could be better?!
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.
Spend an enjoyable 4 hours exploring the city of Vienna today 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 Museums Quartier, the former Habsburg winter residence, the Hofburg, the Parliament, the 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.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Enjoy Vienna from its best side, for it seems as if the Ringstrasse was built purely as a theatrical backdrop to the imperial splendour. Your guide will take you past the beautiful illuminated buildings to the Vienna Prater with the famous Giant Ferris Wheel. Afterwards, enjoy the fascination of the illuminated city from above on the Kahlenberg hill. Finish the evening at a wine tavern in Grinzing, where you can be assured of the very best of traditional Viennese hospitality.
A transfer between the train station and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Enjoy a transfer by train 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.
Spend part of today tobogganing in Abtenau and enjoy some pure Winter pleasure! The sled equipment can be rented directly from the mountain station from where you hop on the cabintrain to the station at the top of the mountain where there is a nice retreat in the Karkogel hut. The toboggan run was built especifically for sledding and therefore is always an ideal slope. The toboggan course is illuminated at night, so evening activity is also possible. The toboggan course ends at the mountain station's outdoor bar where you can relax and enjoy the vistas and the ambiance of the ski hill. (includes transportation to and from Salzburg).
A unique opportunity to experience the Winter Wonderland in Salzburg is taking a half day excursion to the enchanting village of Faistenau. From here, let a sleigh glide you through a Winter paradise. Snuggle up under warm blankets and marvel at the picturesque scenery. After the sleigh ride (approx. 1hr) stop for a warm drink at a local bar. Warm clothing, gloves, and warm shoes are essenial for this tour.
Enjoy a private transfer from the airport to your hotel with a vehicle and driver in Salzburg.
The K+K Palais Hotel (4*) is a historic urban palace dating from the time of Emperor Francis Joseph. The hotel unites a rich history with typical Viennese charm. The imperial architecture contrasts harmoniously with the elegant, contemporary interior design. The location is as central as it gets; the K+K Palais Hotel is right in the heart of Vienna, surrounded by the city’s tourist attractions, theaters, and popular shopping boulevards. Vienna’s most famous landmark – St. Stephen’s Cathedral – is just a few minutes walk away.
Goldener Hirsch Hotel (5*) is situated on the renowned Getreidegasse road and introduces guests to the city’s captivating character. Hotel Goldener Hirsch is directly opposite the Festival Hall and only a few steps away from Mozart’s Birthplace. The cathedral, Hohensalzburg Fortress, and all major sights of Salzburg are only a short walk away. Hotel occupies a historic building from the 15th century, has 65 rooms and four suites furnished in a classic Austrian style and equipped with many antiques and handmade furniture. Their two authentic Austrian restaurants and renowned bar are Salzburg’s top pre and post-theater haunts, paying homage to the city’s rich bohemian heritage. Their historical "Die Bibliothek", meanwhile, offers a glimpse at the hotel’s scholarly past.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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