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Popular Austria Vacation Itineraries

Our suggested itineraries in Austria and neighboring countries allow you to enjoy a multi-destination tour with ease. Our comprehensive tailored trip packages make traveling in the Central Europe region hassle-free. We've got Austria vacation ideas that allow you to combine the most popular destinations of Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Hallstatt with lesser-known spots like Graz, the Wachau Valley, or Kufstein. If multi-country trips are more your style, then you will find that Austria combines neatly with Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland, or Hungary.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Austrian vacation packages, based on 80 reviews

Review by Leslie, David & Rhianon Elizabeth
Leslie, David & Rhianon Elizabeth
North Carolina

From the first contact JayWay Travel made us feel like we were special to them and asked what our needs and requests were. This trip was exactly what we wanted thanks to their constant concern.

From the first contact JayWay Travel made us feel like we were special to them and asked what our needs and requests were. This trip was exactly what we wanted thanks to their constant concern.

Year : 2022
Visited : Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Vienna, Salzburg, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2022
Visited : Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Vienna, Salzburg, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Elaine, Kevin, Ron & Catherine
Elaine, Kevin, Ron & Catherine
New York

We just returned Friday from our multi-year postponed trip to Hungary, Austria, and Czech Republic. The four of us traveling were very impressed with all aspects of JayWay Travel team’s efforts from planning to execution. From concern over our well being to the flexibility on the fly to adjust to our missed flights, there was instant response in every case. The guides besides their terrific "care and feeding” of us, all added a dimension that made the trip special. Each in their own way shared the common trait of a willingness to get personal on their lives in their home countries Congratulations on building a great company with terrific staff. Hopefully soon we will start planning our next trip to Greece and then Istanbul!

We just returned Friday from our multi-year postponed trip to Hungary, Austria, and Czech Republic. The four of us traveling were very impressed with all aspects of JayWay Travel team’s efforts from planning to execution. From concern over our well being to the flexibility on the fly to adjust to our missed flights, there was instant response in every case. The guides besides their terrific "care and feeding” of us, all added a dimension that made the trip special. Each in their own way shared the common trait of a willingness to get personal on their lives in their home countries Congratulations on building a great company with terrific staff. Hopefully soon we will start planning our next trip to Greece and then Istanbul!

Year : 2022
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Salzburg, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2022
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Salzburg, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Adam & Julie
Adam & Julie
California

You couldn't ask for a better planned trip, and unwind from having to plan a long distance trip. Especially in this post pandemic era.

You couldn't ask for a better planned trip, and unwind from having to plan a long distance trip. Especially in this post pandemic era.

Year : 2021
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2021
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5

Austria Tours & Vacation Packages

Wherever you travel in Austria, there's no doubt about its imperial heritage. There's solid architecture and decadent cuisine in Vienna and other Austrian cities. Admire the splendor of Vienna's city center while sitting in one of its Habsburg-era grand cafés. Sample Austria's many excellent white wines. The Wachau Valley has some of the best, making for a great day trip from Vienna. A cruise on the Danube also makes for a vacation highlight. And the accommodation options in Vienna and other cities are memorable.

Austria's best destinations

Alpine Austria awaits guests with a great variety of sights and activities. Its opulent heritage is clear almost everywhere. Cultured Vienna is one of the most popular stops in Central Europe. If you prefer a different kind of Austrian city, scenic Salzburg, surrounded by mountains, is worth a stop. We often combine this in a trip plan that will take you from Prague, south to Cesky Krumlov for a night, then on to Salzburg. Prefer to concentrate on just one country? Add some time in Austria's alpine sports capital, Innsbruck. Hallstatt works best as a day trip from Salzburg, but we can certainly give time there as well. For an authentic place to experience everyday life, visit Graz, Austria's second largest city combines a medieval Old Town crowned by a beautiful hilltop with creative modern architecture and culture. Dig even deeper into Austria with a visit to one of the country's most charming towns, Kufstein, the "Pearl of Tyrol" that combines quaint small-town life with great hiking trails a chairlift ride away and a famous glassworks.

Visit Central Europe

Travel to Austria is effortless, whether your final destination is Vienna, Salzburg, or elsewhere. Schengen neighbors form Austria's borders, so there are no passport checks or border checkpoints. Our guests frequently combine Austria with Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary or Slovenia.

Get your customized Austrian trip plan

We provide Austria travel services to Vienna, Salzburg, Hallstatt, Kufstein, Innsbruck, and Graz, and places in their vicinity. Find out more about our Austrian destinations by clicking on the dots with city names in the interactive map below. We also offer travel destinations throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Contact us for a free travel consultation and we will prepare an Austrian vacation package just for you.

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Austria

Can I book cultural performances, such as operas, ballets, or performances at the Spanish Riding School with you, or should I book them myself? When should these be booked?
We recommend booking most cultural performances on your own. We do offer tickets to certain frequent concerts, such as in Salzburg’s Mirabell Palace and St. Peter's Baroque Hall, or in a Kursalon in Vienna, and these are listed alongside tours and excursions in proposals. However, as many cultural performances sell out well in advance, and cultural venues, especially in Vienna, often have many different price categories, it’s best to compare different seats and offers yourself. However, we are happy to provide links and advice, which you will find in your Guest Page once your trip is booked. We can also arrange tickets for events for a small handling fee.
When is the best time to visit Austria?
Unless you’re in Austria to ski in and around Innsbruck, or to see the country’s charming Christmas markets, we recommend visiting between late March and mid-October. As May and September are peak season, we recommend visiting before or after these months. Winters are relatively dry, but quite cold, while summers are relatively cool, with highs generally in the mid 70s to mid 80s in Vienna and a bit cooler elsewhere, although air conditioning is uncommon, especially in 3-star hotels.
Is Austria safe?
Austria is considered one of the world's safest countries, although travelers should keep an eye out for pickpockets in touristy areas.
What is Austrian cuisine like?

Austrian cuisine alternates between heavy and sweet. Austria’s Imperial heritage is clear in its food, with its influences ranging from the Balkans and Bohemia, to Italy and Hungary. Food tends to be hearty, such as Leberkas: finely ground meats cooked in a bread pan; Gemusecremesuppen: creamy vegetable soups; Frittatensuppe: strips of omelette in broth; Wiener Schnitzel: veal or pork slices coated in breadcrumbs; Wiener Gulasch: beef stew garnished with lard, onions and paprika; and Tafelspitz: stewed beef with a radish, apple, and spring onion sauce. Austria is especially known for its cakes and pastries, such as Sachertorte which is a chocolate cake filled with apricot jam. Other specialities include Kipferl cakes filled with jam and custard, strudel served with cream or custard, Salzburger Nockerl (a sweet souffle), and Kaiserschmarrn, a sweet shredded pancake. Recent years have seen a renaissance in Austrian gastronomy, with local and organic produce and regional specialties coming to the fore, so expect to be pleasantly surprised as chefs go beyond the old classics in their pursuit of modern Austrian cuisine.

It’s not just the cuisine that is much improved, as Austrian wine is fast developing its own stellar reputation. Austria is mostly a country of white wines, which you can explore via several of our excursions, especially to the Wachau Valley upstream from Vienna. As well as producing a surprising volume of wine, Austria is also known for brewing some excellent beers, which like its cuisine, are linked to its imperial past. There are a few distinct styles of beer you’ll find in the country, some of which are based on Bavarian and Czech traditions. Austrians are fond of schnapps (brandy made from a wide variety of fruits) as well as Stroh, a powerful rum made from sugarcane and often used in punch and hot drinks. Austrian tap water is some of the purest in the world, and often comes straight from mountain springs, even in Vienna.

What is transportation like in Austria?
Transportation in Austria is high quality, and trains are an effective way to get between cities. There are regular high-speed trains between Vienna, Graz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, and some neighboring countries. As local car rental agencies tend to charge steep fees for drivers picking up a car in one country and leaving it in another, and Austrian city centers are rarely designed for traffic, we recommend against renting a car in Austria. Although visitors rarely need to use public transport to get around Innsbruck, Kufstein, Graz, or Salzburg, Vienna’s “U-Bahn” subway system can be used to get to the Schönbrunn Palace.
Can I pay by card?
While credit cards are widely used, it's best to have some cash on hand. We recommend having about 20 EUR/person per day on hand, just in case (especially if you visit Germany). It's best to use an ATM in the entrance to a bank, but you can also change US dollars at any exchange office.
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