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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.
Join us as we explore the spectacular Wachau Valley located midway between the towns of Melk and Krems. The Valley was added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in 2000 as recognition of its architectural and agricultural history.
During our tour we visit the historical centre of Krems, one of the most beautiful in Europe with its historic squares, old monasteries, churches and impressive town houses. We also visit the charming town of Durnstein, situated in the heart of the valley, here we enjoy breath-taking scenery, traditional architecture, and places of historic interest including Kuenringer Castle were English King Richard the Lionheart was once held prisoner.
We then head to the picturesque town of Spitz, with its cobbled streets amidst vineyards, offering spectacular views before calling at the wine-producing village of Weissenkirchen.
Perhaps most famous for its castle, the small town of Cesky Krumlov is a beautiful location. Its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, along with Cesky Krumlov Castle, the town’s narrow streets, churches and attractive architecture are a must-see.
Linz was the Capital of Culture in 2009 and is the third largest city in Austria and is often referred to as the gateway to the Danube. The city has a rich culture with its historic buildings, museums and many exhibitions and festivals.
During our guiding walking tour we head to the Altstadt (Old Town), we see the Old Town Hall, which is still the seat of the Mayor and the city council, the Main Square (Hauptplatz) - which dates back to the 13th century and is one of the largest squares in Europe. On the Main Square is one of Linz’s most famous landmarks - Trinity Column, the column is 20 metres high and made of white marble and erected in respect of those who had survived a variety of disasters. It is said that the column will protect the citizens of Linz from war, fire and plague. We also see and the Old Cathedral constructed between 1669 and 1683, the famous Landhaus, a magnificent renaissance building from the 16th century, the Cathedral of St Mary – known locally as the New Cathedral. So join us as we explore this fascinating city.
Stift Melk (Melk Abbey) is a Baroque-era masterpiece, located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube. Part palace, part monastery and part opera set, Melk is a magnificent vision thanks greatly to its upward-reaching twin towers. Capped with baroque helmets and cradling a 208-foot-high dome, this abbey is a true Baroque masterpiece.
Our tour of the abbey includes the Imperial rooms, Marble Hall, and the balcony, which offers fine views of the river. It’s likely that Napoleon probably used this room as a lookout when his headquarters were based in Melk for his campaign against Austria.
We also see the magnificent library, with more than 100,000 books, nearly 2,000 manuscripts, and a superb ceiling fresco by the master Paul Troger; the Marmorsaal, whose windows on both sides enhance the ceiling frescoes; and the glorious Stiftskirche (abbey church) of Saints Peter and Paul, an exquisite example of the Baroque style.
Following the tour you can enjoy some free time to wander around the abbey’s park with its impressive Baroque garden, the recently restored northern bastion. Or you may just wish to sit and relax in the abbey’s restaurant with a coffee and admire the beautiful views.
Vienna is undoubtedly Europe’s musical capital, and this excursion will give us the opportunity to enjoy the music of two of Austria’s favourite sons. Sit back and relax as we listen to the music of Johann Strauss, the Waltz King, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the infant prodigy.
We make the short journey by coach to the concert hall for an evening full of Viennese charm, with the lilting sound of waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concerto melodies. Accompanied by excellent opera vocalists and our enchanting ballet soloists, Vienna's classical music reveals itself as a living firework display for all the senses taking us back to the days of old Vienna for a truly unforgettable evening.
For over 50 years, the hills have been alive with the sound of music, so join us as we head to Salzburg where the most famous musical film of all time was shot! With our expert guide we explore and discover the famous sights that made this film so popular.
We see The Sound of Music Pavilion, one of the most famous and romantic scenes was filmed here 'I am 16 going on 17', Leopoldskron Palace with its facade facing the lake that was used as the residence of the Von Trapp family, Nonnberg Abbey were the nuns sang 'Maria'. We then continue to Mirabell Gardens and Mirabell Palace were Maria and the children sang 'Do-Re-Mi', Residenz Square and Residenz Fountain where Maria crossed the square in a bus on her way back from Nonnberg Convent to the Von Trapp family Villa singing “I have confidence in me”, before arriving at the ‘Riding School’, the scene of the farewell concert as the Von Trapp Family performed the song ‘Edelweiss’.
Our panoramic tour gives us a wonderful overview of Vienna. We drive along the famous Ringstrasse, which encompasses the city centre.
Along the way we see a host of sights including the State Opera House, Johann Strauss House, where he had composed the famous waltz, Museum of Fine Arts, Natural History Museum, Parliament, City Hall, Votiv Church, University, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), the Volksgarten and the Court Theatre. We then continue onto the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Hapsburgs.
We take a guided tour of the state rooms. Highlights include the long Great Gallery, the Round and Oval Chinese Rooms, the Millions Room, so named because Maria Teresa allegedly paid over a million silver florins to have it decorated. We also have time to see the beautiful formal gardens.