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Austria Escorted Tours

Discover the historic cities, traditional villages and scenic beauty of Austria on an escorted tour. With an impressive Imperial legacy and cultural heritage, Austria's magnificent architecture can be explored in the fascinating cities of Vienna, Salzburg and Linz. Mozart and Beethoven created their masterpieces here and it was also the setting for the classic musical ‘The Sound of Music’!

Austria

Discover Austria

Austrian tours are great for just about anyone as the country combines the perfect blend of bustling cities, unspoilt, dramatic landscapes and historic villages. Austria’s beautiful environment features lush forests, snow-capped alpine peaks, cascading waterfalls and serene lakes. The country is also home to the Wachau Valley, a popular tourist hotspot in the South of Austria with a picturesque landscape that is formed by the Danube River.

The countries complex and somewhat dark history can be explored in many of the cities and villages as majestic castles and outstanding cathedrals tell the tale of Austria’s impressive Imperial legacy and Habsburg empire. Austria’s diverse architectural landscape is a wonder in itself and you don’t have to be an architecture expert to appreciate the outstanding beauty of the Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance buildings.

Austria’s fascinating culture is a joy to explore and the country is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As well as being the back drop to the much-loved classic ‘The Sound of Music’, many famous composers such as Mozart, Strauss, Haydn and Beethoven have all created their famous masterpieces here. Austria also features some of the Europe’s most varied museums and has an inspiring collection of contemporary and Fine Arts. Like most of Europe, Austria offers an array of culinary delights and it is no secret that Austria is a dessert-loving country with each region having claimed its own dessert whether it be the famous chocolate cake, Sachertorte, or the jam-topped Linzertorte.

During the summer months, tourists from around the globe flock to Austria to explore the lively cities, immerse themselves in the culture, walk in the footsteps of famous composers and soak up the serene beauty of the great outdoors. Unsurprisingly, the country is just as busy during the winter months when tourists journey to this exceptional country for its world-renowned Christmas Markets and its abundance of winter sports. Finally, Austria is a landlocked country with exceptionally well-connected public transport routes meaning that you have easy access to neighbouring countries such as Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary.


Featured Austria Tours

Lakes & Mountains of Austria

Over 150 years ago, Austria became one of the very first countries to attract visitors travelling for sheer pleasure and when you join us on this tour, you will see the reasons why - it is as near to perfection as you can get! Travellers came for the pristine alpine scenery unavailable at home, crisp clean air, the distinctive fragrance of the pine forests and the mirror-like lakes, their reflections magnificently amplifying the visual effect of these stunning vistas.

2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
From £949pp
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Austrian Tyrol & Innsbruck

A tour experiencing some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery including the Tyrol & Innsbruck, Austria, Bavaria, the Brenner Pass, ancient Roman roads, the Zugspitze and the staggering remains of a Stone Age man

2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct
From £999pp
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A Danube Waltz

This exciting cruise brings together some of the most treasured riverside towns and cities of the Danube. From the comfort of MS Bellejour, travel along Europe’s second-longest river, through beautiful riverscapes including Austria’s stunning UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley, known for its rolling hills, vineyards and fortresses.

2019 - May, Jul, Aug, Oct
From £1299pp
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Classical Music Along the Danube

Many of the world’s most famous, most loved melodies originated from the shores of the Danube. Bratislava, Passau, Linz and Vienna were on the itinerary of the Mozart family, when young Wolfgang was introduced to the courts in 1762.

2019 - Oct
From £1399pp
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Beauty of the Danube

Cobblestone streets and legends of Richard the Lionheart await on this cruise along the Danube. As do grand abbeys decorated with gold, and the great stucco façades of old towns with a plethora of stories to share.

2019 - Jun, Aug
From £1399pp
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Alpine Christmas Markets

The lead up to Christmas in traditional German towns and the snow-frosted Alps, is the stuff of storybooks – twinkling markets full of Yuletide delights and towering Christmas trees. Enter the realm of gingerbread, Glühwein and carol singers.

2019 - Nov, Dec
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From £1495pp
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Tyrolean Magic

Wildflower meadows dotted with pretty, traditional villages against a backdrop of soaring snowy mountains. The landscapes of the Austrian Tyrol feel truly life-affirming.

2019 - May, Jun, Aug, Sep
From £1499pp
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Austria and Bavaria Christmas Markets

Journey through the Bavarian Alps with their snow-capped mountains, musical Salzburg, the magical castle in Neuschwanstein, and on to heart-warming Munich.

2019 - Nov, Dec
Included with this holiday
From £1525pp
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The Blue Danube

The majesty of the Danube and the great cities nestled along its route has been the creative trigger for great works of literature, art and music. This enchanting river presents the most romantic and scenic way to travel between central and eastern Europe.

2019 - May, Aug
From £1599pp
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Vienna, Prague and Budapest

Wonderful architecture spanning the centuries, vast imperial palaces, ancient castles and churches and a fascinatingly rich cultural heritage. This trio of fine central European cities is brimming with delights.

2019 - May, Jun, Aug, Sep
From £1599pp
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Essence of Austria

Fall head over heels for Austria's deep valleys and sparkling blue lakes on this leisurely sojourn through enchanting alpine villages, charming baroque cities and fascinating castles.

2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
From £1649pp
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Danube with City of Mozart

Join MS Bellejour on a lovely journey along the Danube, docking in some of the river’s most celebrated ports. From Vienna, discover the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, and vibrant Budapest.

2019 - Jun, Aug
From £1699pp
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The Bohemian

Walk in the footsteps of Prague’s Bohemian Kings and fall under the spell of Český Krumlov. Explore the legacy of the Habsburgs in Vienna and Budapest.

2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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From £1755pp
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Easy Pace Budapest Vienna and Prague

These three capitals, lush with magnificent cathedrals, imperial palaces and majestic castles, stand at the geographical heart of mainland Europe. Their history and culture are majestically intertwined by the powerful Habsburg dynasty.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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From £1845pp
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The Beautiful Danube and Prague

Beginning in the Bavarian city of Passau, this delightful cruise will take you through Austria’s spectacular Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll stop to visit Melk, crowned by a stunning baroque abbey, and Dürnstein, set amongst the lush vineyards that produce some of Austria’s finest riesling and gruner veltliner wine.

2019 - Aug
From £2299pp
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Danube Christmas Markets - Westbound

Germany and Austria celebrate the magic of the season with their traditional Christmas markets... and you're part of it all on Tauck's special December Danube River cruise between Nürnberg and Vienna aboard ms Savor or ms Joy, filled with exclusive Tauck experiences, special yuletide events aboard and ashore, and great holiday cheer!

2019 - Dec
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From £2360pp
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Highlights of Eastern Europe

Delve behind the former ‘Iron Curtain’ to explore these stunning cities of the east. Flourishes from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and a mélange of medieval charm are juxtaposed against more sombre reminders of WWII.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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From £2452pp
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Enchanting Danube

Embark on a scenic, slow-paced sail along the Danube. It’s one of Europe’s prettiest rivers - lush vineyards and an Alpine backdrop give way to regal cities, ancient castles and villages balanced on hilltops.

2019 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
From £2479pp
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Eastern Capitals and Dalmatian Riviera

Embark on a journey to areas of stunning natural beauty and historical significance.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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From £2542pp
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Highlights of Eastern Europe

Explore 'east' and 'west' in the Croatian city of Zagreb, visit the Hungarian Sea and pay homage to those who lost their lives at Auschwitz, a reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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From £2632pp
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Oktoberfest

Discover Bavarian Germany and Imperial Austria on this 11 day tour, departing 22 September 2019

2019 - Sep
From £2825pp
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The Eastern Discovery

This multi-layered journey takes you from the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna to the mighty Parthenon in Athens and on to the shimmering Greek isles with a stopover in Corfu.

2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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From £2835pp
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Holiday Magic: Danube Family River Cruise

RESERVE EARLY - Only 2 Sailings! Make the holidays even more magical for your family aboard our 8-day family river cruise departing December 22, 2019 (westbound, from Vienna) aboard ms Savor... a weeklong celebration filled with European holiday festivities both onboard and ashore, sure to delight both the young and the young at heart.

2019 - Dec
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From £3100pp
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Danube Reflections - Westbound

Experience the scenic, romantic soul of old-world Europe on this idyllic 8-day trip featuring a 7-night Danube river cruise between Vienna and Munich. Wind through dramatic river landscapes to discoveries in Regensburg, Grein, Dürnstein, Bratislava, Passau or Cesky Krumlov, featuring a sumptuous gala evening at a Viennese Palace.

2019 - May, Jul, Aug, Sep
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From £3470pp
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Jewels of Europe

Starting from the banks of elegant Budapest, you’ll journey along the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers enjoying an eclectic mix of influential culture and timeless tradition. Breathe in opulence and luxury in the majestic city of Vienna.

2019 - Sep
From £5849pp
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Highlights of Austria

  • Vienna

    With spectacular attractions, world-class events and fascinating street markets, Austria’s capital is a city that charms tourists and makes them want to come back for more. Vienna is a powerhouse of art, music and culture with its array of Baroque palaces, grand boulevards, impressive galleries and numerous opera houses. The remarkable St. Stephen’s Cathedral is one of the most popular attractions along with Schoenbrunn Palace; the imperial castle which was once the summer residence of the Hadsburgs.

  • Salzburg

    The city of Salzburg is dominated by it’s historic centre; the fairy-tale like Old Town that boasts beautiful Baroque architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not only is this captivating city the birthplace and hometown of world-famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but it is also the back drop to the much-loved musical – The Sound of Music. High above the historical city centre sits the striking Hohensalzburg Fortress, the biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe.

  • Innsbruck

    The popular city of Innsbruck perfectly combines city life with breath-taking nature. Nestled in the heart of the Alps, Innsbruck boasts world-famous sights that tell the tale of its intriguing history as well as contemporary architecture. The late-medieval Altstadt (Old Town) is truly magnificent and features the Hofburg, a 16th-century Imperial Palace. In a place where the mountains meet the valley, exploring the surrounding mountains couldn’t be easier! The wonderful alpine region offers an array of leisure activities and stunning views.

  • Melk

    This small town that sits on the banks of the Danube River is known for its marvellous architecture and world-famous Melk Abbey. The 11th-Centurty Melk Abbey is perched above the town and happens to be one of Europe’s biggest and most beautiful Baroque ensembles. This UNESCO World Heritage site has a fascinating history dating back to 1089 and is an unmissable attraction when exploring Austria.

  • Salzkammergut

    Known as Austria’s Lake District, the Salzkammergut is a place of outstanding natural beauty with sparkling lakes, rolling hills, scenic valleys and rugged mountain ranges. As well as it’s astounding landscape, the Salzkammergut also has a unique history and is home to the oldest salt mine in the world. Walking or cycling through this remarkable lake district is the perfect wait to soak up the serene atmosphere.

  • Graz

    The charming city of Graz boasts an abundance of architectural styles from Gothic and medieval Renaissance to Baroque and contemporary. The city’s history is also something to explore, as Graz was once threatened by the Ottoman Empire from the East and Napoleon from the West whose forces eventually demolished the city’s hilltop castle. The legacy of the Habsburg rulers is also something that lives on through the city’s main attractions.

  • Linz

    Featuring a vibrant music and arts scene and a thriving technology industry, the city of Linz is extraordinarily diverse. For example, witnessing the interactive art in the virtual worlds of the Ars Electronica Centre is a fantastic visual experience unique to this city. The UNESCO City of Media Arts also has a jam-packed cultural calendar, an impressive shopping district and a delightful Old Town with past centuries-old architecture.

Austria Tour Offers

  • Highlights of Eastern Europe

    16 days Vienna and Back
    From £2632pp

    Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.

  • Easy Pace Budapest Vienna and Prague

    9 days Budapest to Prague
    From £1845pp

    Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.

  • Highlights of Eastern Europe

    13 days Budapest and Back
    From £2452pp

    Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.

  • Eastern Capitals and Dalmatian Riviera

    13 days Vienna to Dubrovnik
    From £2542pp

    Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.

  • The Eastern Discovery

    13 days Vienna to Athens
    From £2835pp

    Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.

  • The Bohemian

    8 days Vienna and Back
    From £1755pp

    Save upto 10% on selected departures. T&Cs apply.

  • Danube Christmas Markets - Westbound

    7 days Vienna, Austria to Nürnberg, Germany
    From £2360pp

    Book between now and the 31st December 2019 for travel in 2018/2019/2020 and receive an additional hotel night free pre or post tour!

  • Danube Reflections - Westbound

    7 days Vienna, Austria to Prague, Czech Republic
    From £3470pp

    Book between now and the 31st December 2019 for travel in 2018/2019/2020 and receive an additional hotel night free pre or post tour!