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Festive Austria - Lakes and Mountains

Overview

Travel by Coach
5 Included Excursions
  • Enjoy a seasonal getaway to scenic Austria, staying in Vocklabruck and Brandenberg
  • Celebrate with a turkey lunch on Christmas Day
  • Explore splendid Salzburg, famous for The Sound of Music
  • Take a boat trip from St Wolfgang to St Gilgen
  • Soak up the scenery with a relaxing carriage ride
  • Spend time in vibrant Innsbruck and visit a local Schnapps Museum
  • Discover Kufstein and visit the fortress

Enjoy the opportunity to celebrate the festive season in style, as we head to Austria for a wonderful holiday. Beginning in Vocklabruck, we discover Austria’s beautiful Lake District region, before continuing to the traditional Tyrolean town of Brandenberg.
Take the time to explore Salzburg, perhaps best known as the setting for The Sound of Music, as well as for being Mozart’s birthplace. During our excursion here, we’ll have time at leisure to see many attractions, such as Mirabell Gardens and the historical Old Town.

On Christmas Day, we’ll celebrate at our hotel with a turkey lunch, with our fellow holidaymakers. On Boxing Day, we’ll discover the incredible Austrian Lakes, with a boat ride from lovely St Wolfgang to captivating St Gilgen. Before we leave, we’ll enjoy a relaxing carriage ride through magnificent Austrian scenery.

From our next base in Brandenberg, we’ll visit Innsbruck. This excellent city is home to a number of fantastic sights, including the Golden Roof building and the Imperial Hofburg. After exploring at leisure, we’ll visit a Schnapps Museum in Pill to find out more about this popular beverage.

We’ll discover festive Kufstein in the afternoon, transformed into a winter wonderland at this time of year. Ride the cable car with us up to the Kufstein Fortress, before returning to the hotel for dinner.

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Itinerary

Day One - UK to Germany
We’ll make our way from the UK to Germany, via Calais, and will spend the night at a comfortable hotel.

Day Two - Germany to Vocklabruck
In the morning, we’ll continue our journey into Austria and to Vocklabruck, where we’ll stay at the Hotel Lindner Vocklabruckerhof for the next five nights. (B,D)

Days Three to Six - Vocklabruck
Discover Vocklabruck and enjoy our included excursions over the next four days. We’ll explore stunning Salzburg, as well as exploring the Austrian Lakes and taking an exciting carriage ride. There will also be Christmas Day celebrations to make the most of, with a turkey lunch on this special day. (B,D)

Day Seven - Vocklabruck to Brandenberg
Time to say goodbye to Vocklabruck today, as we travel onwards to Brandenberg, via Kitzbuhl. Here, we stay at the Hotel Ascherwirt for the next four nights. (B,D)

Days Eight to Ten - Brandenberg
Admire beautiful scenery from our base in Brandenberg, as we take an excursion to Innsbruck and Kufstein, as well as enjoying a four course gala dinner on New Year's Eve. (B,D)

Day Eleven - Brandenberg to Germany
Our holiday draws to a close today - we will travel from Brandenberg to our overnight hotel in Belgium. (B,D)

Day Twelve - Germany to UK
We’ll return to the UK today, travelling from Germany via Calais and then continuing home. (B)

Extras included on this holiday

Mulled wine and cookies

Indulge in a glass of mulled wine and some delicious cookies on one afternoon to celebrate the season!

The Local Area

Included Excursions

Full Day: Salzburg

The city of Salzburg makes for an excellent excursion, the city famous for being home to the Sound of Music. Enjoy the old town with its impressive fortress and cathedral, take time out to visit the house where Mozart was born or relax in the Mirabell Gardens.

There are numerous architectural styles to be found in Salzburg, including Romanesque, gothic, renaissance, baroque and many more modern styles. We’ll be able to admire this architecture throughout our visit, as well as exploring the city itself to see its many attractions.

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Full Day: Austrian Lakes

The Austrian lakes are known for their stunning beauty; with the Salzkammergut region undoubtedly being one of Austria’s finest. Admire breath-taking views as we visit Wolfgang Lake to explore St Wolfgang. We will enjoy a cruise on this stunning lake, travelling from St Wolfgang to St Gilgen, known for its picturesque setting. 

Sit back, relax and soak up the extraordinary surroundings - you’re sure to want to remember your camera for this excursion! 

 

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Full Day: Innsbruck and Schnapps Museum

A charming city and the capital of the Tyrol, Innsbruck is surrounded by the high Alps and is a fantastic place to visit. It has plenty of charm thanks to its impressive architecture, including the splendid Golden Roof landmark, which dates from 1500 and was built for Emperor Maximilian I when he married Bianca Maria Sforza. 

Alongside this, there are also a wide choice of shops and restaurants in the quaint Maria-Theresien Strasse, and other attractions include the Tyrolean State Museum, Innsbruck Cathedral, Ambras Castle and much more.

After our time at leisure in Innsbruck, we’ll take a trip to nearby Pill to visit a Schnapps Museum. Find out more about this drink, learning about its history and how it’s made, before sampling some of the museum’s Schnapps for ourselves!

 

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Half Day: Carriage Ride

Celebrate the festive season in one of the best ways possible - with a wonderful carriage ride! Admire the beautiful Austrian scenery and make the most of this unique experience.

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Half Day: Kufstein

Join us on our visit to charming Kufstein, a village just over the border from Bavaria. This charming destination is dominated by an ancient fortress, first mentioned in 1205. Today it houses the local museum, and the biggest open air organ in the world can be found in the castle tower.

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Optional Excursions

Guided walking tour of Innsbruck

To learn more about Innsbruck, and to take in even more of the splendid sights, we’ll also be able to join an optional guided walking tour of the city. This will give us greater insight into Innsbruck’s history, and will allow us to tour more of the city.

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Guided walking tour of Salzburg

Why not join our interesting guided city tour to make sure you see all the highlights of Salzburg and gain an insight into some of the magnificent buildings, such as the impressive cathedral.

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