Essence of Austria
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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!
Day 1 Munich – Tegernsee – Zell am See
Well meet with the group in Munich this morning before moving on to Tegernsee where well get acquainted with the picturesque lake on a boat trip. Our next stop will be Zell am See, which is filled with marvellous alpine scenery (and comes complete with another shimmering blue lake). Tonight, well get to know each other a little better over a group dinner.
Day 2 Zell am See
After this mornings breakfast, well roll up our sleeves for an included cookery class where a local expert will demonstrate how to make Austrian delicacies kaspresskndel (cheese dumplings) using fresh farm produce. When weve learnt the tricks of the trade, well try our hand at making the delicious treats ourselves with the chance to taste the fruits of our labour afterwards.
Day 3 Zell am See – Berchtesgaden – Salzburg
Today well head back over the border into Germany for a stop at Berchtesgaden. While were here, well visit Hitlers famous Eagles 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, well travel back down the mountain toward our next stop: Salzburg.
Day 4 Salzburg
Today youll be free to experience Salzburgs fairytale magic and explore its spectacular Baroque sights at your own pace. The birthplace of Mozart, the impressive Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Salzburg Cathedral and St Peters Abbey are all great places to start! This evening, well come together to enjoy a group dinner and Mozart concert at the lofty Salzburg Fortress.
Day 5 Salzburg – SchafbergBahn – Schnitzhof Alm – Tauplitz
Today well 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, its on to Schnitzhof Alm a delightful 400-year-old cottage where traditional cheeses are made. After enjoying a cheese tasting session and included lunch well continue to Tauplitz.
Day 6 Tauplitz – Admont – Amstetten – Durnstein
After a breakfast in idyllic Tauplitz our road will take us to Admont Abbey, where a guided tour awaits. Exploring landmarks is thirsty work so its only fitting that our next stop in Amstetten will be a local distillery! While were here, well gain an insight into the cider-making process, and of course have a chance to taste it for ourselves. Tonight well dine in Drnstein, a photogenic town famous for its vineyards.
Day 7 Durnstein – Spitz – Tulln an der Donau – Vienna
Our final day together will see us travelling to Spitz, a wine-growing village in Lower Austria. After that, well move on to Tulln an der Donau, a historic town teeming with parks and gardens, where youll 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.