Essence of Austria 2022

Essence of Austria 2022

Start: Munich Finish: Vienna

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


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: BEHEAMV-2

Tour operator: Back-Roads Touring

Group size: 10 - 18

Age range: 13-80

Tour operated in: English


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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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Itinerary

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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Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

Ample free time due to low drive days

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes, All guides are English speaking

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

No they are not.

Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

Guests from all over the world could be joining you

Are all entrance fees included in the price?

All Entrance fees listed are included

    Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    A Tour Leader and separate driver will take you on your journey

    What is the tipping policy?

    At the discretion of the guest

    Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

    Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    A Small supplement, but dedicated allocation on every tour

    Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    From the Age of 13

    Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, please request at time of booking

    Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    This will be provided on final documentation

    Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Please see your local governments for rulings on destination Visa's

    Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Yes there is - 20kg and a max dimension of 158cm (W+D+L)

    Are flights included in this tour?

    No they are not.

    What is the maximum group size?

    18 is the maximum on any tour

    What currencies are required for this tour?

    Euro

    What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Hand Picked and Boutique

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Upon final payments, we will distribute E-Documentation to all of our guests. Dont forget we also have our App to download as an added feature.

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.

    What level of mobility do I need?

    You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.

    Who goes on Back-Roads tours?

    The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English. Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.

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