Austria is the opera you’ve waited your entire life to experience, where ethereal sounds aren’t just in the music but within the incredible snowcapped mountains and colorfully clad villages. Palaces grace the countryside and cathedrals flourish within the cities. The sound of music echoes through the hills, building to a climax that brings an uproarious applause.
The small country of Austria is a jewel at the heart of Central Europe. In only a few days you can experience culture, history, true Austrian tradition and stunningly beautiful countryside. Book this package and you will easily discover for yourself just some of the highlights!
Turkey revels in its role as continental uniter, defying traditional fault lines as it blends the very best netteler of Europe and Asia. While iconic East and West captivation is an omnipresent undercurrent, Turkey has always exuded a distinct identity. Whether experiencing its ancient architectural riches, beguiling traditions, or mystifying landscapes, few countries offer such inimitability.
Trip at a glance
The morning sees you landing in the capital city of Vienna. Upon arrival check in to your hotel. The day is free for you to relax and explore the city on your own. See the famous Ringstrasse and include a visit to the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, the former imperial residence.
Overnight in Vienna.
See Vienna in a completely new and relaxing way on this Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour. Set your own pace, get on and off at any of the 15 stops, as often as you wish. Choose from four different routes, shop, see sights, have fun and create your own tour. On the Ring route (red route) you see a selection of the most important sights of Vienna, such as the State Opera, the Hofburg, the City Hall and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The Donau route (blue route) will take you to the Danube and the Prater amusement park with the Giant Ferris Wheel. On the Schoenbrunn route (yellow route) you get the chance to visit Schoenbrunn palace, one of Vienna’s major attractions. Last but not least on the NEW Schloss Hof & Carnuntum route (grey route) Walk in the footsteps of the Romans in the Open-Air Museum Petronell-Carnuntum or in the Museum Carnuntinum of the Archaeological Park Carnuntum and visit the Palace Schloss Hof, Austria’s largest country palace complex. Your ticket is valid 24 hours from the time you first use it. Use all four routes as often as you wish within the operating times. As a special service we provide free WIFI on board. Enjoy your sightseeing in Vienna!
Overnight in Vienna.
Your day trip will begin with pickup from your hotel in Vienna. Hop aboard a cozy coach and journey east through the Austrian countryside toward Bratislava. As you go, soak up the stunning landscape as you cross the border into Slovakia. Meet your local guide in Bratislava, making your way to the city’s Old Town for a walking tour. Learn the rich history behind the city as you pass top attractions and architectural gems. See Bratislava Castle, dating back to the Stone Age, and Michael’s Gate, the only remaining structure of the city’s medieval fortification. Continue to the Rococo-style Grassalkovich Palace, an 18th-century social spot for Hungarian aristocracy. Then admire the Primate’s Palace, considered one of the most stunning buildings in the city. Afterward, refuel with lunch (not included) and enjoy some time to explore independently, perusing the Slovak National Theatre or popping into local shops and cafes. Your day trip will conclude with a smooth drive back to central Vienna. Alternatively, upgrade your ticket to return to Vienna on a river cruise. Hop aboard a high-speed catamaran and enjoy the scenery of the Danube River along the way. Travel through the Danube wetlands and the Donau-Auen National Park before arriving in Vienna.
Overnight in Vienna.
After breakfast you‘ll set out for the discovery of the fascinating city of Salzburg, one of Europe‘s loveliest cities that has been declared a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site in 1997. Visit Mozart‘s birth house and residence and get immersed by the artistic footprint the famous artist had on his hometown. Stroll through the historic old city center acclaimed as one of the loveliest town centres in all of Europe, or rise to imposing Hohensalzburg fortress, towering over the city.
Sound of Music Tour – The Sound of Music Tour is probably Salzburg‘s most popular tour. A true must for everybody who grew up watching the Sound of Music film – still regularly amongst the Top 10 of all time movie favorites! In the comfort of a bus you will be visiting many of the scenic locations where the movie was filmed, from the Trapp family home to the wedding church at Mondsee Cathedral. On your way you will not only be listening to the movie‘s original sound track but also get to see the scenic highlights of Salzburg and its surroundings.
Leaving Salzburg passing by Hellbrunn we cross the German border. Driving past the Salt mines our first stop will be at the King’s Lake , Konigssee, known as ‘The prettiest lake in Germany’ and part of the Berchtesgaden National Park. Enjoy this short break to marvel at the scenery, the Bavarian mountains towering above you and proving a magnificent backdrop to the lake. We then drive to the town of Berchtesgaden, nestled in the foothills of the surrounding mountains. Enjoy your free time strolling around the centre, historical buildings, churches and perhaps a local speciality or two! Returning back to the centre of Salzburg in the late afternoon. Evening is free to explore the city on your own.
Overnight in Salzburg.
Istanbul is a city that has brought together the cultures and flavors of Europe and Asia for thousands of years. The mixture of culture continues. In conservative neighborhoods you can find men of Muslim faith sporting beards and wearing skullcaps. However, you can also find young men in designer jeans and converse walking down Independence Street. High-rise office buildings create a second skyline away from the rising minarets and looming domes of the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque in the historic district. You can feel the mixture of cultures that create the streets and the city’s energy.
The day is deliberately left free so you can explore Istanbul at your own pace that holds hundreds of treasures. Dotted across the city you’ll find historic baths, places with 500 years of cleansing history. Men and women enter different sections and deep layers of dirt are scrubbed away in therapeutic sessions revealing spa therapy exactly how it was many centuries ago. Benches fill the wide public squares, places to rest and reenergize with a cup of sugary tea from the wandering chai traders. Or perhaps try some coffee, a thick cup of beans served in the indigenous way. Maybe you will try some Turkish delight, the sweet shops lining narrow roads and propelling whiffs of sugar that mingle with the spice emporiums nearby. With glorious architectural odes all around and the intermittent call to prayer reminding everyone of the time, Istanbul deserves this extra free day in the itinerary.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Firstly we visit the magnificent Byzantine church of St Sophia, one of the finest architectural works in the world, this church has been nominated as the 8th wonder of the world by many historians. Then continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Istanbul. Dating back to the 17th century, this is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul and is also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. We will also visit the Hippodrome, the former centre of sporting and political activities in Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II. Our final visit of the morning is to the Grand Bazaar, which in addition to its historical importance, is a bazaar that will tempt you with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs. During your tour you will also visit a leather or carpet shop.
After lunch depart for the airport to catch your flight back home.