Spend an incredible five days exploring Vienna and Salzburg and soak up Austria’s rich history and architectural masterpieces. With an impressive display of medieval, Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance influence, you’ll see why so many of the cities’ landmarks have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
After arriving at Vienna airport, your included private transfer will take you to your centrally located Vienna hotel. Vienna, the capital of Austria, is a city of culture, music and classical architecture, and is known for being the home of infamous psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud.
You have the rest of the day free to explore the city on your own.
After your buffet breakfast (included), you'll go on a 3.5-hour guided tour of Vienna, which will give you a thorough overview of the city’s most significant historical sights. You'll see the State Opera House, Parliament, City Hall, the Burgtheater, the Votive Church and a few museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts. Schonbrunn Palace is another highlight of your sightseeing tour; it was the residence of Empress Elizabeth, affectionately known as ‘Sisi’ to the Austrians.
After breakfast, make your way to the train station (own expense) to depart Vienna for Salzburg by train (departures every hour). During the 2.5-hour train ride to Salzburg, you'll be enchanted by the beautiful Salzkammergut landscape with its mountains and lakes.
When you arrive in Salzburg, check in to your centrally located hotel, and then take advantage of some free time to explore Salzburg on your own. This beautiful Baroque city is the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and has many historical landmarks to discover.
After a delicious buffet breakfast (included), you will be picked up at your hotel in a comfortable coach for a panoramic and informative 2.5-hour sightseeing tour of Salzburg. See the most important sights of the city, such as Getreidegasse, where Mozart was born and lived; the old Bishop's Seat, including the cathedral ; Festival Hall; and St Peter's Abbey Church with its graveyard that is home to the tomb of Mozart's sister Nannerl.
You will also pass Mirabell Palace gardens with its famous statues. Fans of the movie The Sound of Music will recognize the location as the scene of the song 'Do-Re-Mi'!
In the afternoon, you will enjoy some free time for the rest of the day.
After your included breakfast, head back to Vienna by train. When you arrive at Vienna train station, your included private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight home or elsewhere.