Take a taxi from your hotel to the central meeting point in Vienna to meet your driver. Keep your receipt; the fare is reimbursed after your tour! Make yourself comfortable aboard a spacious Mercedes Sprinter Deluxe van that features extra leg room, adjustable seats and Wi-Fi, plus iPads to read information about the tour and any sights. This luxury mode of transport allows you to travel faster than by coach, freeing up more time to visit each of the places on your itinerary.
Admire the breathtaking scenery on the 5-hour journey to Salzburg. Pass Vienna Woods, marvel at Melk Abbey and see the peaks of the Austrian Alps from afar. Stop at a typical Austrian coffee house to fuel up with coffee and strudel (own expense).
Continue traveling through Austria’s renowned lake region, Salzkammergut. This area is home to countless Alpine lakes and quaint villages, one of which served as the summer home for the Habsburg family, who ruled Austria — and much of Europe — for more than 600 years. Stop for photos at the places where larger coach tours just drive by, including Lake Attersee, and hop off to stroll through St Gilgen. The gorgeous Alpine village featured in The Sound of Music.
After arriving in Salzburg, meet your local guide for a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, and enjoy commentary about the city’s past and present. Visit Mozart's Birthplace, Salzburg Cathedral, the cemetery of St Peter’s Abbey, Archbishop’s Palace and the colorful gardens of Mirabell Palace, where The Sound of Music’s 'Do Re Mi' scene was filmed.
When the need for food hits, ask your guide to recommend a local restaurant and enjoy a traditional Austrian lunch (own expense). Spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring at your leisure.
At the prearranged time, meet your driver and relax on the 3-hour journey back to central Vienna (or select hotels in Vienna). Alternatively, if you plan to stay in Salzburg rather than returning to Vienna, simply ask your guide to drop you off at your Salzburg accommodation instead.