Vienna, Salzburg & The Wachau Valley
5 Nights / 6 Days
- Privately guided exploration of Vienna’s cultural and historical sights, on foot and by car
- Be taught the delicacies of the local food scene during a cookery class, sourcing your ingredients on a walking tour of local food markets
- Explore the Danube’s Wachau Valley with a local guide, including a boat ride on the river and sampling local wines as you go
- Take a guided walk through historic Salzburg
DAY 1: Arrive into Vienna where a chauffeur will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall to transfer you by private vehicle to the Hotel Steigenberger Herrenhof for check-in. After settling in, enjoy a privately guided 2 hour walking tour of Vienna’s Old Town to acclimatise. This interesting city walk introduces you to the most beautiful and elegant streets, passing by the most famous sights of the city. It focuses on the Hofburg Palace, residence of the Habsburgs for nearly 650 years, and the St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the landmark of Vienna. Learn all about the Habsburgs, marriage and burial rites, and the history of the Sachertorte and Viennese coffee houses. Return to the hotel for the rest of the day and evening at leisure.
DAY 2: In the morning today enjoy discovering Vienna in a little more depth with a half-day privately guided tour including private car. View the major historical sites along the Ringstrasse, including the State Opera, the National Museums, the Imperial Palace, the Parliament, the City Hall, the Burgtheater and the University. Then head to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Habsburg family. The highlight of this tour will be a guided visit of the majestic rooms of the Schönbrunn Palace, before returning to your hotel or the city centre.
After lunch at your leisure, in the afternoon indulge your passion for fine local food with a Vienna Food Tour and Cooking Class (approx. 4.5 hours) with a private English speaking local food expert. Start with a short walking food tour & grocery shopping at local food markets and unique Viennese food producers. By tasting the food, you can find out more about Austrian life and food culture. The highlight of this afternoon is the cooking event afterwards: in a cosy, centrally located cooking studio you will prepare a lovely 2-course menu and enjoy a selection of Austrian wines and drinks – all guided by your cooking expert. As a memento, take some delicious recipes and an apron home with you. Return to the hotel for the rest of the day and evening at leisure.
DAY 3: Today, possibly the highlight of the trip, a full day in the stunning surrounds of the Wachau Valley with an English speaking guide and private car at your disposal. Head west of Vienna, to the beautiful part of the Danube Valley known as the Wachau. The full day’s journey includes a visit to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk, one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Austria. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Danube, taking you through the impressive and romantic scenery – think steep vineyards, apricot orchards and ruined castles. The picturesque village of Dürnstein is definitely worth a visit as well – here King Richard the Lionheart of England was held prisoner until he was rescued by his faithful minstrel Blondel. Sample some of the local wines from the region, then at the end of the tour stop in the former merchants’ town of Krems, with plenty of interesting sights and spots. Your guide will recommend a restaurant for lunch. Return to Vienna for the evening at leisure.
DAY 4: A day at leisure for you to stroll the neighbourhoods of Vienna at your own pace, or simply enjoy the facilities of your hotel. OPTIONAL – Half day private visit of the Vienna Woods (4 hours), touring with your private guide and vehicle some of the most beautiful sights within the surrounding area of Vienna, including the thermal spa resort of Baden, with its magnificent Biedermeier architecture; the former hunting lodge at Mayerling (today a Convent), where Crown Prince Rudolf is said to have committed suicide with Baroness Vetsera; and the impressive Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, that has become very famous for its Choir during recent years.
OPTIONAL – In the early evening, why not experience Vienna with all your senses, enjoying a blend of local delicacies and the ambience of the city centre with a nostalgic horse-carriage ride in a traditional Viennese “Fiaker”. A specially onstructed table is installed into your Fiaker, enabling a lovely opportunity to relish the city and to spoil your palate during the tour. At stops along the way, including some of the most traditional restaurants in Vienna such as the “Zum Schwarzen Kameel” or the “Café Landtmann”, your private butler will serve exquisite food and beverages directly into your horse carriage (three courses served as small fingerfood-bites, with sparkling wine and water).
DAY 5: Today, explore the historic and beautiful city of Salzburg with a private English speaking guide on a full day tour. On the way, discover the beauty of the Salzkammergut (Salzburg Lake District), with its clear lakes and majestic mountains. Once in the city, meet your private local guide for an exploratory walk through the historic centre, showing you the Getreidegasse, the Mirabell Castle, Mozart’s birthplace, the Horse Fountain, the St Peters Abbey, the Salzburg Cathedral and the Festival Hall. Fans of the “Sound of Music” will recognise several film settings such as Lake Wolfgang, Mirabell Gardens. Your guide will recommend a nice restaurant for a lunch stop. Return to Vienna for the evening and overnight
DAY 6: Private transfer to Vienna airport for your flight back home.
OUR SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION:
The Steigenberger Herrenhof, Vienna: Behind the neoclassical façade of the former Herrenhof coffee house is a modern hotel for quality-conscious guests. Built in 1913, the hotel blends with the surrounding old town, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The 186 rooms are very comfortably furnished with 21st century interpretations of various styles, from Baroque to Art Deco. All are equipped with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, minibar and integrated coffee and tea bar. The highly regarded Restaurant Herrenhof offers modern Viennese cuisine; The Café Herrenhof is set under a glass dome, offers light international dishes, cakes and pastry confections and by evening transforms into a piano bar. The hotel also offers an elegant spa of 250m² over two floors.