Essence of Austria 2022

Start: Munich Finish: Vienna

Visiting: Munich, Zell am See, Salzburg, Tauplitz, Wachau, Vienna


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Tour Operator: Back-Roads Touring

Group size: 10 - 18

Age range: 13-80

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $3111

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Tour Overview

Fall head over heels for Austria's deep valleys and sparkling blue lakes on this leisurely sojourn through enchanting alpine villages, charming Baroque cities and fascinating castles. If the breathtaking scenery doesn't capture your heart, the delicious local cuisine certainly will!

Highlights

  • iconImmerse yourself in the fairytale charm of Salzburg
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  • iconIndulge in a local cheese tasting session within the majestic Salzkammergut region
  • iconEnjoy a train ride on the SchafbergBahn, a cog railway that has been in operation since 1893
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Places You'll See

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icon Day 1: Munich

Location: Munich

Accommodation: Living Hotel am Deutschen Museum (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

The Bavarian capital of Munich is where we’ll begin our journey through this picturesque and historic country. After meeting our Tour Leader and fellow travellers at the hotel, we’ll clink glasses over a sumptuous welcome dinner.

icon Day 2: Munich – Tegernsee – Zell am See

Location: Zell am See

Accommodation: Hotel Steinerwirt 1493 (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

After this morning’s breakfast, we’ll move on to the picturesque lakeside town of Tegernsee and get better acquainted with the Alpine lake on a scenic boat trip. Our next stop will be the village of Leeberghof, where we’ll have some free time to admire the beautiful views and enjoy lunch at our leisure. We’ll end our day in Zell am See, which is filled with marvellous alpine landscapes and comes complete with another shimmering blue lake. This evening is free to explore the multiple restaurants in town or relax at your leisure back at the hotel.

icon Day 3: Zell am See

Location: Zell am See

Accommodation: Hotel Steinerwirt 1493 (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Our day will begin by rolling up our sleeves for an included cookery class. A local expert will demonstrate how to make Austrian delicacies kaspressknödel (cheese dumplings) and apple strudel using fresh farm produce. And when we’ve learnt the tricks of the trade, we’ll try our hand at making the delicious treats ourselves – with the chance to taste the fruits of our labour for lunch. Following that, we’ll have the afternoon to delve deeper into Zell am See. We recommend taking the impressive cable car to the summit of Mt Schmittenhöhe or enjoying some boutique shopping in town. The evening is yours to spend at your leisure relaxing at our hotel or dining at a local restaurant to sample the region’s local delicacies.

icon Day 4: Zell am See – Berchtesgaden – Salzburg

Location: Salzburg

Accommodation: ACHAT Plaza Zum Hirschen Salzburg (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Today, we’ll head back over the border into Germany for a stop at Berchtesgaden. While we’re here, we’ll visit Hitler’s famous Eagle’s Nest, which is perched high at the top of a mountain peak overlooking the quaint Bavarian town. After wandering the very rooms where Hitler and other Nazi party officials entertained foreign diplomats and held banquets, we’ll travel back down the mountain towards our next stop: Salzburg. Nestled below steep hills on the banks of the Salzach River – Salzburg is a charming city with many medieval delights to uncover. At your leisure, enjoy the evening exploring the Baroque buildings and array of restaurants within the romantic Altstadt (Old Town).

icon Day 5: Salzburg

Location: Salzburg

Accommodation: ACHAT Plaza Zum Hirschen Salzburg (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you’ll be free to experience the fairytale atmosphere of Salzburg and explore its spectacular Baroque sights at your own pace. The birthplace of Mozart, the impressive Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Salzburg Cathedral and St Peter’s Abbey are all great places to start! This evening we’ll come together to enjoy dinner at a restaurant in the refined city centre, followed by a Mozart concert at the lofty Salzburg Fortress.

icon Day 6: Salzburg – SchafbergBahn – Tauplitz

Location: Tauplitz

Accommodation: Hotel Der Seebacherhof (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Today we’ll board an old-fashioned cogwheel train and take the SchafbergBahn up to the top of the Schafberg mountain – taking in some fantastic views of the Salzkammergut region along the way. Then, it’s on to a quaint local farm – where traditional cheeses are made. After enjoying a cheese tasting session we’ll continue to the picture-perfect ski resort town of Tauplitz. Tonight, we’ll enjoy at our leisure relaxing at the hotel.

icon Day 7: Tauplitz – Admont – Amstetten – Wachau

Location: Wachau

Accommodation: Hotel Kirchenwirt (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After our breakfast in idyllic Tauplitz our road will take us to Admont Abbey: the oldest remaining monastery in Styria. We’ll take some time to explore the mesmerising Baroque architecture, art and breathtaking monastic library. Our next stop will be the village of Admont where we’ll have some free time to savour lunch at our leisure. Exploring is thirsty work – so it’s only fitting that our next stop in Amstetten will be a local distillery! While we’re here, we’ll gain an insight into the cider-making process, and – of course – have a chance to taste it for ourselves. Tonight, we’ll dine in the beautiful Wachau Valley for our final dinner together.

icon Day 8: Wachau – Tulln an der Donau – Vienna

Location: Vienna

Meals: Breakfast

Our final day together will see us travelling to Tulln an der Donau, a historic town teeming with parks and gardens, where you’ll be free to lunch where you choose. Then: our tour will come to a close in buzzing Vienna, with its captivating blend of Baroque architecture, imperial palaces and musical masterpieces.

What's Included

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    Guide

    Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver

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    Entrance Fees

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    Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

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    Fully Guided

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    Accommodation

What's Not Included

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    International Travel

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    Low Deposit

    Back-Roads Touring requires a deposit of 150 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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