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Austria's Great Cities in Winter

Innsbruck, Salzburg & Vienna 
 
Embark on an enchanting self-guided journey by rail through the Inn and Danube Valleys to discover Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna. Includes intimate and friendly hotels, as well as detailed cultural notes for each city. In December, the Christmas markets add to the allure.
Austria's Great Cities in Winter. 7 nights
Austria's Great Cities in Winter. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday of Austria cities –

Innsbruck, Salzburg & Vienna
Handsome monuments, colourful histories, and streets that take you back in time, combine to give Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna a special allure, particularly in winter. These are, arguably, Austria’s three greatest cities, with much to intrigue and enthral, and our choice of intimate, high-quality hotels only adds to the appeal of this wonderful holiday. With the streets much quieter, you can enjoy these three very different cities in all their splendour, the snow on the rooftops, the Christmas markets in December and the Gemütlichkeit  of the warm and inviting coffee houses adding to the enchantment.
You journey between the cities by rail from west to east so that you start with the smallest and finish in the culturally absorbing capital. With a full day in each to explore (two in the case of Vienna), you can gain a feel for their very different characters. Surrounded by towering peaks which provide a dramatic backdrop to the historic buildings, in Innsbruck there is no escaping the fact that you are in the heart of the Alps. If Innsbruck is dominated by mountains, Salzburg, meanwhile, is dominated by music – the rich culture of this vibrant, cosmopolitan city is inextricably linked with that of its most famous son, Mozart. Last, but by no means least, is graceful Vienna, where an abundance of palaces hark back to the city’s imperial past.
 

Our expert says

“What I like most about this journey is that the three cities you visit are all very different in character. The crisp air, the quieter streets, and the snowy mountains surrounding Innsbruck and Salzburg make for a magical atmosphere.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Innsbruck
    Night 1: at Hotel Maximilian (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Innsbruck
    Explore Innsbruck on our self-guided walking tour. Emperor Maximilian I, who reigned from here in the late 15th century, left his mark on the city in the form of numerous grand monuments, not least the Goldenes Dachl (the 'Golden Roof' is a covered balcony clad in 2,657 gilded copper tiles from which his courtiers could look over the square below) and the Cenotaph (an empty tomb surrounded by 28 impressive statues). Also worth seeking out are the Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum and the City Tower, whose onion-shaped dome affords splendid views over the Old Town.
  • Innsbruck to Salzburg
    Today’s scenic two-hour rail journey takes you north-east through the picturesque Inn Valley and past the dramatic Emperor’s Mountains to reach Salzburg, the mellifluously musical city of Mozart where you spend two nights at the Altstadthotel Wolf-Dietrich. Your hotel is ideally located to make the most of this beautiful city’s enchanting winter atmosphere, made all the more special by the city’s renowned Christmas markets if you are travelling in December.
  • Explore Salzburg
    Salzburg’s Old Town is a place to stroll at leisure, discovering Baroque churches and elegant squares. The main sights include the Residenzplaz – on which stand the magnificent Baroque cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and Glockenspiel, which rings its 35 bells several times daily – and Mozart’s childhood home, which is now a museum. Once you’ve admired the splendid Baroque architecture, make the most of Salzburg’s magnificent mountain setting by walking to the Richterhöhe viewpoint, offering a fabulous panorama of Hohensalzburg Castle, which is also worth a visit.
  • Salzburg to Vienna
    Leaving Salzburg, you head by rail to Linz, from where the train follows the River Danube and passes through the famous Vienna Woods before reaching Austria’s compact and cosmopolitan capital, Vienna, after three-and-a-quarter hours. Here you check in to the Hotel Kaiserhof for your final three nights.
  • Explore Vienna
    Artists, novelists and renowned scholars – as well as the Habsburg dynasty – have all left their mark on this handsome city. You have two full days to explore the Austrian capital and to soak up its unique atmosphere. Palaces seemingly abound – be sure not to miss the Hofburg (described as a ‘city within a city’) with its many works of art and architectural treasures; the vast Baroque Schönbrunn Palace in whose Hall of Mirrors the 6-year-old Mozart astonished the Empress Maria-Theresa with his precocious talents; and the 18th-century Upper and Lower Palaces of the Belvedere, which contain some marvellous works of art, including pieces by members of the Austrian Secession movement. It’s worth visiting the Spanish Riding School, too, before relaxing amid the characteristic charm of a traditional Kaffehaus with a Melange (a Viennese-style cappuccino) and a slice of Sachertorte.
 

Accommodation

The three hotels in which you stay are all very well located for visiting each city’s main sights. 

Please note: most beds in Austrian hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
 
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  • 7 nights: 07 December 2019 - 27 December 2019 & 07 January 2020 - 31 March 2020

    Start any day except Wed | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    07 Dec - 12 Dec 2019 £1095
    13 Dec - 17 Dec 2019 #:§ £1195
    18 Dec - 20 Dec 2019 £1275
    07 Jan - 11 Feb 2020 £995
    12 Feb - 24 Mar 2020 #:† £1045

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    # Add £35pppn (£40pn in a single) if staying in Vienna 13-14 Dec, 12-14 Feb & 10-14 Mar
    § Add £35pppn (£47pn in a single) if staying in Salzburg 13-14 Dec
    † Flight supplements apply on 15 & 16 Feb; please contact us for details

    Single room: add between £270 and £305 - please contact us for details

    Included travel: British Airways out Heathrow-Innsbruck (2h) (hold luggage included; timings vary, please call for details), rail to Salzburg (2h), rail to Vienna (2h30), British Airways home Vienna-Heathrow (2h30) (hold luggage included; timings vary, please call for details)

    Upgrade to 1st-class rail from Innsbruck to Vienna: add £88pp
     

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Kaiserhof, Vienna
    Junior suite: 07 Dec - 31 Mar 2020 £76

    Extra nights

    Altstadthotel Wolf-Dietrich , Salzburg (B&B) Double room Single room
    07 Dec - 18 Dec 2019 # £70 £75
    19 Dec - 27 Dec 2019 £100 £115
    07 Jan - 30 Mar 2020 £56 £62
    31 Mar - 31 Mar 2020 £70 £75
    # Add £35pppn (£47pn in a single) if staying in Salzburg 13-14 Dec
    Hotel Kaiserhof, Vienna (B&B) Double room Single room
    07 Dec - 27 Dec 2019 # £120 £170
    07 Jan - 29 Feb 2020 # £85 £130
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2020 # £115 £157
    # Add £35pppn (£40pn in a single) if staying in Vienna 13-14 Dec, 12-14 Feb & 10-14 Mar
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Fly to Innsbruck, return from Vienna (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)
    ALTERNATIVE AIRPORT(S):
    Munich on outward journey (latest flight arrival time 1600); add £58pp (includes rail Munich-Innsbruck)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Munich or Vienna.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Munich Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Birmingham Eurowings 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Innsbruck easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Bristol easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Munich Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Gatwick) British Airways 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Heathrow) British Airways 
    Edinburgh - Munich easyJet,  Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Edinburgh easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Munich Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Glasgow (via Heathrow) British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Munich British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Innsbruck British Airways,  easyJet,  Thomas Cook 
    Gatwick - Munich easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Gatwick British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Innsbruck British Airways 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Vienna) Austrian Airlines 
    Heathrow - Munich British Airways,  Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Heathrow Austrian Airlines,  British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Innsbruck easyJet 
    Luton - Munich easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Luton easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Munich easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Stansted Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Innsbruck easyJet,  Thomas Cook 
    Manchester - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich easyJet,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Manchester Austrian Airlines,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Düsseldorf) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Munich Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Munich or Vienna.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
  • city maps and notes for walking tours
  • detailed cultural information
  • rail travel Innsbruck-Salzburg-Vienna
  • flights from Heathrow
 
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FAQs

  • They are two mattresses (each with separate bedding) on one large base. They are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Austria, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Austrian) German is the most commonly spoken language. The currency is the Euro. Austrian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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