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Austria Abridged

8 Days / 7 Nights

Vienna, Durnstein, Salzburg

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Small country, grand holiday! Yes, you guessed. It's in Austria. We designed a short balanced holiday in the most attractive locales. You'll spend time in Vienna, the Wachau Valley, and Salzburg. During the week, you'll get to delve into local life, taste great wines, visit imperial palaces, concert halls, and sacred monasteries. In Vienna, you will walk in the footprints of the Habsburgs. Durnstein, the most charming jewel town of the Wachau Valley, awaits you next. The area has a rich ecclesiastic heritage, lush nature, and world-class wines. Salzburg, the stage of the world, home of Mozart and the Sound of Music, will captivate you in every manner. An added treat on this week-long holiday is a pearl on its eponymous lake, Hallstatt, which you will visit on a day trip.

Enjoy the services of this all-inclusive holiday. Private transfers guarantee that you won't feel rushed. Various entertaining excursions will leave you more knowledgeable and content. The hotels we suggest are typical to the destinations where you'll stay, and always best-in-class. These components complete your short but grand time in Austria. You could easily extend this itinerary with some time in other Austrian destinations such as Innsbruck, or Munich.

In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.

One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange additional local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon your arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our first-hand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.

Route for Vienna, Durnstein, Salzburg tour

2 Nights in Vienna

2 Nights in Vienna

3 days in Vienna
3 days in Vienna

2 Nights in Vienna

Vienna is a timeless city of high culture, grand cafes, breathtaking architecture and more, all set on the banks of the majestic Danube River. The moment you set foot in the city you’ll see why Vienna’s center is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Often regarded as the world capital of music, Vienna is the place where Beethoven and Mozart made history. Even today a visit to the opera or a classical music performance at one of the city’s sublime concert halls is an unforgettable experience. Stephansplatz, Vienna's main square, is dominated by the impressive eponymous gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral. Inside you’ll find a rich collection of artistic treasures, and the view from the tower is well worth the climb, offering amazing views over the city. But the cathedral is only one of the most visible attractions in Vienna. You won’t want to miss the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace and the imperial Hofburg Palace. Explore the city on foot, in a car, or by bike: the choice is yours. If you’d like to go farther afield you can even take a river cruise to nearby Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, or a bike trip to local wineries. But you don’t have to leave Vienna to have a wonderful time. Simply strolling through the pedestrian zones in the city center and stopping for a coffee and a slice of cake make for a truly enjoyable vacation.

Vienna is a timeless city of high culture, grand cafes, breathtaking architecture and more, all set on the banks of the majestic Danube River. The moment you set foot in the city you’ll see why Vienna’s center is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Often regarded as the world capital of music, Vienna is the place where Beethoven and Mozart made history. Even today a visit to the opera or a classical music performance at one of the city’s sublime concert halls is an unforgettable experience. Stephansplatz, Vienna's main square, is dominated by the impressive eponymous gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral. Inside you’ll find a rich collection of artistic treasures, and the view from the tower is well worth the climb, offering amazing views over the city. But the cathedral is only one of the most visible attractions in Vienna. You won’t want to miss the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace and the imperial Hofburg Palace. Explore the city on foot, in a car, or by bike: the choice is yours. If you’d like to go farther afield you can even take a river cruise to nearby Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, or a bike trip to local wineries. But you don’t have to leave Vienna to have a wonderful time. Simply strolling through the pedestrian zones in the city center and stopping for a coffee and a slice of cake make for a truly enjoyable vacation.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Vienna

Upon arriving at Vienna's airport, we'll have a driver waiting to greet you and transfer you to your accommodation.

Vienna's Wine Taverns

Suggestion to explore on your own

Austrian wines, especially whites, can be a real treat. Wine and food lovers who also like a little historic adventure with your meal should plan a visit to one of Vienna's heurigers. A heuriger is basically a wine tavern which only serves Viennese wines, typically from the attached or nearby vineyards. Not only is the wine really local, it’s also really fresh – by law only wines from the current vintage are on offer, and the time for the sale to end is traditionally November 11, St. Martin’s Day. You can learn more about these lovely wine taverns in this blog post.

Vienna's Wine Taverns

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Vienna

Vienna Private Walking Tour

Classic and Hidden Gems of Vienna

Included in your vacation package price.

There’s so much to see in the center of Vienna! From palaces built by the Habsburgs through music halls and residential buildings - all you see will take you back in time to a really prosperous historical era when Vienna was the most important political and cultural center of Central Europe.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Schonbrunn Palace Self-Guided Grand Tour

Baroque Beauty

Included in your vacation package price.

The Schönbrunn Palace sits atop many people's list of must-see sights within Vienna. Join the self-guided Grand Tour and learn about the lives of the royals who lived within the Schönbrunn's walls with skip-the-line tickets, which come with a 60-minute audio guide tour and entrance to 40 rooms. After the tour we recommend continuing to explore the palace's sprawling grounds on your own. Check out the "Wagenburg," the Imperial Carriage Museum, which features Empress Elisabeth's collection of carriages.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 60 minutes

Day 3

Day 3 - Traveling to Durnstein by Private Transfer

Today a private driver will pick you up from your accommodations and take you straight to your accommodations in Durnstein. Please note that this is a non-guided transfer that takes about an hour.

2 Nights in Durnstein

2 Nights in Durnstein

3 days in Durnstein
3 days in Durnstein

2 Nights in Durnstein

Located between the hilltop Durnstein Castle and the Danube, Durnstein is famous for growing the region's best wines, and its abbey, with its iconic bright blue tower. The 12th century Durnstein ("Dry Stone") Castle was where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned by Leopold V, Duke of Austria, in 1192 due to a dispute between the two Crusaders. The castle itself was reduced to ruins by Swedish Troops during the Thirty Years' War, but still offers rewarding views of the town of Durnstein, and the valley beyond.

Located between the hilltop Durnstein Castle and the Danube, Durnstein is famous for growing the region's best wines, and its abbey, with its iconic bright blue tower. The 12th century Durnstein ("Dry Stone") Castle was where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned by Leopold V, Duke of Austria, in 1192 due to a dispute between the two Crusaders. The castle itself was reduced to ruins by Swedish Troops during the Thirty Years' War, but still offers rewarding views of the town of Durnstein, and the valley beyond.

Day 3

Day 3 - Arrival in Durnstein

Upon your arrival in Durnstein, your driver will bring you to your accommodations.

Amble About the Medieval Town

Suggestion to explore on your own

Durnstein is a wonderful place for a stroll. Narrow cobblestone streets lead to beautiful, historic buildings, but the town is far from overrun with tourists. Expect to see murals and painted signs welcoming you in the area. We recommend following the Danube, for good views of the town, and the ruins of Durnstein Castle high above.

Amble About the Medieval Town

Day 4

Day 4 - Your First Full Day in Durnstein

Wachau Valley World Heritage Trail Private Hike

Wachau Valley World Heritage Trail Private Hike

Included in your vacation package price.

Want to see the fascinating nature of the Wachau Valley from a different perspective? Put on sturdy shoes, and embark on a half-day hike, taking you along the circular World Heritage Trail from lesser known yet still charming Spitz and back. Let the air, breezes, tradition, and heritage touch you, and learn about nature, wine, and history from an expert guide.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Cellar Labyrinth Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

Cellar Labyrinth Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

Included in your vacation package price.

Get ready for a stunning wine and design experience at Loisium Weinwelt. The fascinating underworld in the cellar labyrinth system, the visitors' center, the shockingly creative masterpiece by Steven Hall from NY, the crispy white and orange wines, the balance between tradition and modernity will capture you for a few hours.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 2 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Traveling to Salzburg by Private Transfer

Today a private driver will pick you up from your accommodations at the time of your choosing, and take you straight to your accommodations in Salzburg. This non-guided transfer takes about three hours, but for an additional fee, we can add stops at the village of Hallstatt or city of Linz.

3 Nights in Salzburg

3 Nights in Salzburg

4 days in Salzburg
4 days in Salzburg

3 Nights in Salzburg

With its perfectly preserved UNESCO-listed Old Town, Salzburg is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture. Add in the alpine backdrop and you’ve got a city that makes for an unforgettable vacation. The imposing Salzburg Cathedral and Hohensalzburg Fortress dominate the skyline, while in the center you’ll find plenty of grand cafes and fine restaurants. Salzburg’s two biggest claims to fame are that it was the birthplace of Mozart and the stage for the timeless musical The Sound of Music. But there’s more than just history here. Today the city is a vibrant destination for travelers looking for a mix of classic culture and modern flair. Strolling through Salzburg is one of the great pleasures of Europe. The local cuisine is hearty and there are more than enough restaurants, bars, and cafes to keep you busy. Beer lovers shouldn’t miss sampling a stein or two of delicious local brew at the Augustiner brewery. But there is so much to see in the surrounding region that no visit to the city is complete without a day trip or two. You could tour the pristine countryside and visit the stunning Hellbrunn Palace. History buffs will want to venture farther afield to visit Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest perched high in the German Alps in Berchtesgaden.

With its perfectly preserved UNESCO-listed Old Town, Salzburg is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture. Add in the alpine backdrop and you’ve got a city that makes for an unforgettable vacation. The imposing Salzburg Cathedral and Hohensalzburg Fortress dominate the skyline, while in the center you’ll find plenty of grand cafes and fine restaurants. Salzburg’s two biggest claims to fame are that it was the birthplace of Mozart and the stage for the timeless musical The Sound of Music. But there’s more than just history here. Today the city is a vibrant destination for travelers looking for a mix of classic culture and modern flair. Strolling through Salzburg is one of the great pleasures of Europe. The local cuisine is hearty and there are more than enough restaurants, bars, and cafes to keep you busy. Beer lovers shouldn’t miss sampling a stein or two of delicious local brew at the Augustiner brewery. But there is so much to see in the surrounding region that no visit to the city is complete without a day trip or two. You could tour the pristine countryside and visit the stunning Hellbrunn Palace. History buffs will want to venture farther afield to visit Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest perched high in the German Alps in Berchtesgaden.

Day 5

Day 5 - Arrival in Salzburg

When you arrive in Salzburg, you'll be brought directly to your accommodation.

One of Europe's Largest Medieval Castles

Suggestion to explore on your own

Hohensalzburg Fortress is enthroned on Salzburg's Festungsberg, high above the rooftops of the city's Baroque center. The biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe, this emblem of Salzburg draws millions of tourists to the "Mozart City" every year. The fortress is open year-round and can be reached either on foot or by the fortress funicular located in the Festungsgasse. There are several museums worth a visit there, such as the Fortress Museum, the Marionette Museum, the Altes Zeughaus, or the Museum Of The Rainer Regiment, but the fortress' best attraction is its views of Salzburg, and the Alps.

One of Europe's Largest Medieval Castles

Day 6

Day 6 - Your First Full Day in Salzburg

Salzburg Group Walking Tour

Discover the Northern Rome

Included in your vacation package price.

This one and a half tour of Salzburg might just be the quickest way to be charmed by the city. You'll go from the Mirabell Palace past the Mozarteum and Mozart's Residence. After crossing the Staatsbrücke, you'll be in the heart of the baroque Old Town and will explore sights like the Houses of Festival, St. Peter's and the Salzburg Cathedral. This tour's tidbits provide a great way to get oriented.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes

A World of (the Sound of) Music

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Researched by Salzburg University, the Sound of Music World's exhibition goes beyond the famous movie, to give the real-life story of the Trapp family, and 1930s Austria, as well as the Villa Trapp, and facts the musical gets wrong. Naturally, there are also props from the film itself. If you'd like to visit the places with a local expert tour guide, we recommend one of the following tours.

Sound of Music Bicycle Group Tour

Sound of Music Bicycle Group Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Follow Maria's path in an active way, from the saddle of your own bike. Cruise through the Old Town to see sights from the famous movie before heading towards the surrounding hills. Sing along with your fellow travelers when reaching beautiful viewpoints. Your experienced guide will answer all your questions and you'll have fun cruising on two wheels in and around Salzburg.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Sound of Music Private Driving Tour

Sound of Music Private Driving Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Visit the land of the Sound of Music, and let the scenes and premises leave the screen and become real. You'll walk the same streets Maria did with the Captain's children, enter palaces, see the infamous lake Maria and the kids fell into, travel to the Salzkammergut Lake District, and visit the Church of Mondsee, the setting for the film's most cathartic moment. Your guide will tell you about historical and behind-the-scenes details of the Sound of Music and the land it features. Breathtaking architecture and nature will embrace you, and if you listen carefully, you might just hear the sound of music.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Your Second Full Day in Salzburg

Hallstatt Group Tour

Hallstatt Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Hallstatt... One of the world's most captivating lakeside villages. The views you'll enjoy as you pass through the picturesque Salzkammergut Lake District alone will make this trip worthwhile. Hear interesting and fun stories from your knowledgeable tour guide during the coach ride and dive into discovering Hallstatt for yourself, whether visiting the village's museum, the Mühlbach Waterfalls, or enjoying a discounted funicular ride up to the "World Heritage View."


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 5 hours 30 minutes

The City of Music

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Above all, Salzburg is a city of music. There are dozens of venues for classical music and opera throughout the city. Mozart's ouvre is obviously the most popular, but far from the only choice. In August you’ll find the Salzburg Festival, with more than 200 opera and classical music performances taking place in various concert halls. If you visit Salzburg in a different month, we can also offer tickets to regular concerts at the Mirabell Palace, St. Peters's Monastery and above all, at Hohensalzburg Fortress. These small, historic concert halls offer an exceptional, very personal experience.

Concert in the Mirabell Palace

Concert in the Mirabell Palace

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Enjoy a true musical treat during your stay in Salzburg. The Mirabell Palace's grandiose Baroque-style Marble Hall awaits connoisseurs and enthusiasts of classical music almost daily. Apart from Mozart, you'll hear pieces from other greats, such as Schubert, Vivaldi, and Beethoven. Experience the talent of soloists and ensembles dedicated to sharing Salzburg's musical spirit and heritage.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes

Exclusive Mozart Concert and Dinner

Exclusive Mozart Concert and Dinner

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This will be an unforgettable evening and perhaps the highlight of your visit to Salzburg. It's an evening of fine dining and world-class music as you enjoy fantastic entertainment at your own private table in the fabulous Baroque hall of Saint Peter's Monastery, making for a great way to sample the high culture of this musical city. This popular possibility sells out fast.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 3 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Departure Day

Today we will have a driver to pick you up at your accommodation and take you directly to the airport in Munich for your departing flight. The transfer takes around 1 hour 40 minutes, therefore we suggest a pick-up time 5 hours prior to your flight departure.

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Vienna

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Vienna Airport Transfer
Schonbrunn Palace Self-Guided Grand Tour
Vienna Private Walking Tour
Vienna - Durnstein Private Transfer

Durnstein

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Wachau Valley World Heritage Trail Private Hike
Cellar Labyrinth Guided Tour with Wine Tasting
Durnstein - Salzburg Private Transfer

Salzburg

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Salzburg Group Walking Tour
Hallstatt Group Tour
Salzburg - Munich Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

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David & Elizabeth

Massachusetts

JayWay Travel is a great way to enjoy a structured tour with enough flexibility to make it your own. JayWay Travel made our trip seamless and stress free.

JayWay Travel is a great way to enjoy a structured tour with enough flexibility to make it your own. JayWay Travel made our trip seamless and stress free.

Year : 2021
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Germany
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2021
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Germany
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich
Rating :
5 / 5
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Xiaohui Ho

Easy and professional to work with, with a focus on the individual client's needs and interests.

Easy and professional to work with, with a focus on the individual client's needs and interests.

Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Germany
Itinerary : Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Germany
Itinerary : Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich
Rating :
4.8 / 5
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Maria & Norman

Ontario

Excellent service!! Highly recommended. In fact we have already recommended JayWay Travel to our friends who are planning to travel.

Excellent service!! Highly recommended. In fact we have already recommended JayWay Travel to our friends who are planning to travel.

Year : 2019
Visited : Austria
Itinerary : Vienna, Salzburg, Vienna
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Austria
Itinerary : Vienna, Salzburg, Vienna
Rating :
5 / 5
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