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Austrian Treasures: Vienna to the Alps

From the grand treasures of Vienna and Salzburg, to the serene setting of the Alpine Lakes, this unique 10-day tour combines the very best of Austria with a local tradition. The tour is perfectly timed for the end of the summer grazing season, celebrated in the Alps with a grand cattle drive and folk festival in the chocolate-box village of Reith im Alpbachtal.

  • September 13-22, 2024 
  • 10 Days | 16 Meals
  • From $4,400 per person
  • Vienna, Salzburg, Austrian Alps, Innsbruck, Melk Abbey, Day Cruise on the Danube, Authentic Tyrolean Festival, and so much more!

Itinerary

Day 1 | Parkhotel Schönbrunn, Vienna

Arrival and Vienna City Tour

Arrive at Vienna airport, where you will transfer to your centrally located 4-star hotel located next door to the impressive Schönbrunn Palace. Awarded the title of the “World’s Most Livable City”, begin your journey by exploring a mesmerizing blend of exquisite architecture, cultural richness, delectable cuisine, and captivating history. Tonight, delight in a convivial welcome dinner alongside your fellow travelers, setting the stage for an incredible Viennese experience. D

B = Breakfasts D = Dinners

Day 2 | Parkhotel Schönbrunn, Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace and Free Time

Today, enjoy an authentic experience of imperial Austrian heritage with a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace. Explore the private apartments of the imperial couple Franz Joseph & Sisi and the sumptuous rooms from the time of Maria Theresia. Take a ride up the panorama train to the fabulous palace park overlooking the extensive grounds. Enjoy free time on your own to explore more of Vienna before dinner at a winegrowing establishment, where a typical Viennese menu with fresh wine from the city awaits you. B, D

Day 3 | Arcotel Castellani, Salzburg

Dürnstein, Danube Cruise, and Melk Abbey

After breakfast check-out from your hotel in Vienna and discover one of Europe’s gems: the Wachau Valley. The medieval town of Dürnstein is the most popular spot in the Wachau Valley. The blue and white bell tower of the abbey of the Augustinian Canons in Dürnstein can be seen far and wide. The English King Richard the Lionhearted was once imprisoned in the fortress above the town, where only ruins stand today set into a beautiful landscape. This story is inextricably linked with this romantic town. Enjoy a boat trip along the lovely Danube River from Spitz to Melk. See the architectural elegance of the imposing Melk Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage and one of the largest baroque ensembles in Europe. Overnight in Salzburg, the city of Mozart. B

Day 4 | Hotel Kirchenwirt, Reith im Alpbachtal

Salzburg

Take a morning tour through the city of Salzburg; another UNESCO World Heritage Site, home of the Sound of Music, and birthplace of the musical genius Mozart. Your guided tour will show you around one of the most romantic cities in Austria. Visit Salzburg’s historic highlights, famous filming spots, and Mozart’s birthplace. Spend some time at leisure before continuing on to Reith im Alpbachtal, your home in the Austrian Alps for the next 6 nights! B

Day 5 | Hotel Kirchenwirt, Reith im Alpbachtal

Ziller Valley and Glacial Mountain

Today, you will be going on a full day excursion around the Ziller Valley, a popular summer and winter tourist destination known for its lush landscapes, sky-high peaks, green meadows, and mighty glaciers. In the afternoon drive to Hintertux and take the glacial cable car, bringing you to Austria’s only all year-round ski resort with fantastic views over the Kitzbühler Alps. On your way home make a stop in the well-known ski resort of Mayrhofen. Before returning to your hotel for dinner enjoy a “Schnapps” tasting and see how the firewater is locally produced. B, D

Day 6 | Hotel Kirchenwirt, Reith im Alpbachtal

Innsbruck, Bergisel, and Swarovski

Incredible visits are planned for you starting at the Crystal World of Swarovski. Walk around the magnificent grounds and museum, one of the most unique in Europe, and maybe do some “souvenir” shopping there. Then head to Innsbruck, capital city of Tyrol, nestled scenically at the foot of the Northern Chain Mountains. This charming alpine city, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976, prides itself on its friendly welcome. Visit some of the city’s highlights including the Hofkirche or court church, and the iconic Golden Roof. Continue on to the Bergisel, historically important as the location of four freedom battles against Napoleon’s troops in 1809. It is also home to the imposing Bergisel ski jump, redesigned in 2001 by British architect Zaha Hadid, where you can enjoy breath-taking views of the Northern Chain Mountains. Return to your hotel for dinner. B, D

Day 7 | Hotel Kirchenwirt, Reith im Alpbachtal

Farmhouse Breakfast, Alpbach, and Rattenberg

This morning we are having our breakfast in a typical local Tyrolean farmhouse near our village of Reith overlooking the valley. Visit Alpbach, known for its yearly “Forum” and voted as the most beautiful village in Europe. Later, make a stop in the middle-aged town of Rattenberg, Tyrol’s smallest town, where you can watch glass being blown and engraved at the Kisslinger glass fabric. Return to your hotel for dinner. After dinner take in an authentic Tyrolean Show with traditional music and dance. B, D

Day 8 | Hotel Kirchenwirt, Reith im Alpbachtal

Achen Cog Railway, Lake Achen, and Gramai

After breakfast, join the original Achenseebahn cog railway. Dating back to 1889, these are some of the oldest steam engines in the world still to be used for public transport. The train winds its way up to the shores of the largest alpine lake in Tyrol, Lake Achensee. Enjoy a panoramic boat trip on this glittering jewel and marvel at the wildly romantic landscape around the lake, which lies majestically between two mighty mountain ranges. Continue to the beautiful Gramaital. Sit down on the sun terrace of the Almgasthof and enjoy homemade “Kaiserschmarrn” (sweet pancake dish) with Tyrolean hospitality. The view of the surrounding Karwendel Mountains sweetens the moment all the more. B, L

Day 9 | Hotel Kirchenwirt, Reith im Alpbachtal

Tyrolean Alm Festival with Farmers Market

Today is the Marque Event! The famous alpine festival take place every year in autumn in the Tyrolean villages. The cattle, who spent the summer months on the alpine pastures, return to the valley, festively decorated. The healthy return of the farmers and their cattle is celebrated by all the villagers; the local brass band plays, costume groups in traditional lederhosen, and handicrafts and culinary delicacies are offered at the market stalls. At lunchtime the decorated cattle is expected in the village – the highlight of the Alm Festival. Join in the fun and experience this truly festive occasion in Tyrolean style! Enjoy a final farewell dinner with the group reminiscing on this amazing adventure you had together! B, D

Day 10

Auf Wiedersehen

Enjoy a final breakfast as we depart for Munich airport to say ‘auf wiedersehen’ or farewell with new friends and fond memories of Austria! B

Dates and Prices

Tour Dates:
September 13-22, 2024  (land tour)

Pricing: 
Double: $4,400 per person*
Single: $5,000 per person*

Deposit: $250 per person
To reserve your place follow the link below to signup. The tour manager will then contact you to complete your reservation and tour deposit.

What's Included

  • A small group of just 15-20 people
  • 9 nights premium, centrally-located accommodation
  • Full-time services of expert tour host Jack Baumann with over 15 years of travel experience.
  • Private Transportation by luxury motor coach with driver and tour director
  • Personal Guidester travel guide that will help you explore in your free time
  • Airport transfers to and from hotel on arrival and departure
  • 16 meals (9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 5 dinners)
  • Breakfast local farm house
  • 3-course dinner at Heuriger
  • 4-course dinner at Hotel Kirchenwirt
  • Welcome drinks in all hotels
  • Guided city tour of Vienna
  • Entrance and tour of Schönbrunn Palace
  • Visit to Dürnstein
  • Danube boat trip from Spitz to Melk
  • Guided tour of Melk Abbey
  • Guided city tour of Salzburg
  • Ascent and descent to the Tuxer Fernerhaus
  • Entrance and tour of Swarovski Crystal World
  • Visit Innsbruck
  • Entrance to Bergisel Ski Jump
  • Visit Alpbach
  • Visit Rattenberg
  • Entrance to Kisslinger Glass Showrooms
  • Tyrolean dance and music evening
  • Journey on the Achensee Cog Railway from Jenbach to Seespitz
  • Boat trip on Lake Achensee
Schönbrunn Palace

Hotels

All of your premium hotels are included on tour. Hand selected 4-star accommodations are perfectly situated in each destination, and private transfers to and from the airport are included in your tour experience.

Nights 1-2: Parkhotel Schönbrunn, Vienna

The former guesthouse of Emperor Francis Joseph, this 4-star superior hotel is just a 10-minute walk of Schönbrunn Palace and the Vienna Zoo. The hotel offers a private garden and first-class restaurant serving classic Austrian cuisine and Viennese specialties. The spacious an air-conditioned rooms combine modern facilities with a traditional elegant ambiance.

Night 3: Arcotel Castellani, Salzburg

Combining historic substance and modern architecture, the Arcotel Castellani is set in lush green surroundings, just a short walk to the center of Salzburg. The hotel features a large garden including a Baroque chapel and a 400-year old linden tree. The rooms feature elegant wooden furniture, leather armchairs, air conditioning, and a fine-dining restaurant serving high-quality Austrian and international dishes.

Nights 4-9: Hotel Kirchenwirt, Reith im Alpbachtal

Located in the quiet picturesque village of Reith im Alpbachtal, this 4-star superior hotel offers an indoor pool, a spa area, and a fitness room right in the center of town with Reith Cable steps away. Guests of Hotel Kirchenwirt can enjoy international and local cuisine in the traditional restaurant or on the terrace in nice weather. Dance evenings take place 3 times a week.

Flights

Tour members will fly into Vienna (VIE) and out of Munich (MUC). Tour will begin early afternoon of September 13, concluding in the early morning of September 22, 2024. Optional Flights - To allow for maximum flexibility your flight arrangements are not included. Your tour host can assist with booking airfare as requested, shopping out the best rates and flight schedules.

Wachau Valley
Innsbruck
Dürnstein
Reith im Alpbachtal
Rattenberg
Crystal World of Swarovski
Lake Achen
Gramai
Alpbach

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Having taken 3 trips with Jack, I always appreciate the attention to detail and quality that Jack has for the trips he leads. Time is balanced between scheduled, group events and free time to explore the city, using the guide we’re provided before the trip begins. It’s clear that Jack has a love of all things Europe, which he works to impart onto those on the trip.
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Jack provided a very personalized 10 day tour to Italy. It was well thought out from a scheduling perspective and the hotels, restaurants and tours were top-notch. This was easy to say "yes" to and I had to do no planning beyond booking a round-trip flight (and Jack even told me exactly which flights to book). I felt it was value-added is so many ways. Every day was an adventure and a joy and Jack with his calm and friendly nature was right with plenty of guidance. It was a perfect blend of history, culture and just "getting away from it all." I highly recommend Jack and his personalized Guidester tours and look forward to another one in the future.
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