Escorted Tours Through Austria

Austria is a mountainous delight full of spectacular Baroque-era cities – perfect for inclusion on any tours of Europe. The cities featured on our Austria tours are elegant and inspiring, with the Vienna coffeehouses and traditional bistro pubs as highly regarded as the impressive churches, cathedrals and abbeys.

You’ll travel through deep, forested valleys, around scenic lakes, and along winding roads cut right into the mountain’s side as you progress on your Austria tour. Many holidaymakers find the stunning natural beauty of this alpine wonderland is just as enthralling as the historic cities.
 

Austria Tours

Black Forest, Bavaria & the Tyrol
Tour

15 days only $6,399 pp twin share

Discover Ludwig's fairytale castles, see Hitler's Eagles Nest, explore baroque Salzburg, enjoy a cable car ride to Tegelberg, admire the Krimmler Waterfalls, plus more! 

  • Leisurely 3 and 4 night stays
  • Small group tours, maximum 28
  • $1,500 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

New Year with the Sound of
Music Tour

7 days only $3,289 pp twin share

Celebrate the New Year at the 'The Sound of Music' Palace, visiting Mondsee, Salzburg, Lake Konigssee and enjoy an adventurous ride down the old Berchtesgaden Salt Mines.

  • 5 nights in the historic Meierhof
  • NYE Gala dinner and fireworks
  • $700 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfasts and dinners included

German & Austria Christmas
Markets Tour

10 days only $3,329 pp twin share

Savour the fabulous Christmas markets in Frankfurt, Rothenburg, Nurnberg, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich, ride the cable car to the summit of Zugspitze, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2 and 3 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,000 included extras, no optionals
  • Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castles

Bohemia & Christmas in the
Tyrol Tour

16 days only $5,879 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas over 5 nights in the Austrian Tyrol exploring Christmas markets in Vienna, Rothenburg, Nurnberg, Prague, Salzburg, Schonbrunn Palace, plus more!
  • Leisurely 2, 3 and 5 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,600 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

Austrian Christmas
Holiday

8 days only $2,829 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in a first class chalet style hotel in the enchanting Austrian Tyrol, visiting Christmas markets, Salzburg, take a steam train up the Ziller Valley, plus more!

  • 7 nights in the Austrian Tyrol
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $800 included extras, no optionals
  • All breakfasts and dinners included

Austrian Lakes Christmas
Holiday

8 days only $3,489 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in the delightful White Horse Inn beside Lake Wolfgangsee, exploring Lake Chiemsee, Hallstatt, Christmas markets, the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine, plus more! 

  • 7 nights at Lake Wolfgangsee
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $800 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfasts and dinners included

Austrian White Christmas
Tour

10 days only $4,589 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in an 800 year old coaching Inn in Leogang, enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride and Christmas markets, and visit Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, plus more!

  • Leisurely 3 and 4 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,000 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

German Fairytale Christmas
Tour

10 days only $4,829 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in Bavaria, savour Christmas markets,take the cable car up to Tegelberg, visit Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2 and 5 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,000 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfast daily and 8 dinners

Bavarian Fairytale Christmas
Tour

10 days only $3,939 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau, visiting Christmas markets, Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, a cable car ride up the Zugspitze, plus more!

  • 6 relaxing nights in Oberammergau
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,100 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfast daily and 8 dinners

Christmas in an Italian Castle
Tour

11 days only $3,979 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in an Italian Castle, visiting Christmas markets in Salzburg and Innsbruck, Neuschwanstein Castle, Bolzano, Venice, Lake Garda  plus more!
  • Leisurely 2 and 4 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,100 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

New Year in an Italian Castle
Tour

7 days only $3,189 pp twin share

Celebrate New Year's Eve in a stunning Italian Castle set in the foothills of the Italian Dolomites. Visit Luzern, Innsbruck, Bolzano, Sirmione, Venice plus more!
  • 3 nights in an Italian Castle
  • New Year's Eve Gala dinner
  • $700 included extras, no optionals
  • Enjoy a day in Venice 

German White Christmas
Tour

10 days only $3,989 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in Bavarian village of Oberammergau, visiting Christmas markets, Neuschwanstein Castle, the massive Zugspitze Mountain, Linderhof Palace, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2 and 5 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,000 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfast daily and 9 dinners

Christmas in the Slovenian Alps
Tour

11 days only $4,089 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas over 4 nights at Lake Bled. Enjoy Christmas markets, Neuschwanstein Castle, stay 2 nights in an Italian Castle, visit Bolzano, Venice, Salzburg, plus more!
  • Leisurely 2 and 4 night stays
  • Breakfast daily and 9 dinners
  • $1,100 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

A Swiss Christmas in Zermatt
Tour

11 days only $5,399 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in the snow-clad Swiss mountains. Savour Christmas markets, visit Salzburg, enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride, take the cog railway to Zermatt, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2 and 4 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,100 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations
     
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A Medieval Bohemian Christmas
Tour

12 days only $4,549 pp twin share

Celebrate Christmas in medieval Cesky Krumlov, visiting Christmas markets, Rothenburg, Prague, Schonbrunn Palace, Melk Monastery, Cesky Budejovice, plus more!
  • Leisurely 2 and 3 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,200 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol
Tour

10 days only $3,479 pp twin share

  • Leisurely 2 and 5 night stays
  • Visit festive Christmas Markets
  • $1,000 included extras, no optionals
  • Character hotels in superb locations

A Swiss Winter
Wonderland

12 days only $4,789 pp twin share

Enjoy a Swiss winter wonderland with a 4 night stay in the Swiss Alps, wander the streets of Salzburg and take a romantic horse drawn carriage ride, plus more!

  • Leisurely 2, 3 & 4 night stays
  • See the mighty Matterhorn Mountain
  • $1,200 included extras, no optionals
  • Breakfast daily and 7 dinners

Through Bohemia & Saxony
Tour

15 days from $6,599 per person

See Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie, Potsdam’s Palaces and ‘Bridge of Spies’, Prague’s medieval Hradcany Castle. Stand on the Bastei Bridge and giant Königstein’s ramparts. Relax in the magnificent Saxon Switzerland National Park, float on a punt through Spreewald’s marshes and glide down the Vltava in Cesky Krumlov, and more!
  • Leisurely 2 and 3 night stays...

Austria Tour Destinations

Tyrol

  • Innsbruck – Capital of the federal state of Tyrol (also spelt Tirol), Innsbruck is a breathtaking alpine destination that has twice hosted the Winter Olympics. There are a number of renowned ski resorts outside the city centre, many favoured by young people due to the city’s role in popularising snowboarding in the 1990s.
  • Kitzbühel – An internationally renowned skiing destination, the town of Kitzbühel is located 100 kilometres east of Innsbruck. Originally a silver and copper mining town, Kitzbühel is now one of Austria’s chicest winter sports locations. The medieval streets are filled with high-end restaurants and fashionable boutiques, a reflection of the town’s popularity with the rich and famous.
  • Kirchberg – While overshadowed to some degree by neighbouring Kitzbühel, Kirchberg is also an excellent ski resort that is equally deserving as a destination for those on Austria tours. The surrounding nature is as beautiful as the winters sports are exhilarating.
  • Mayrhofen and Jenbach – A historical steam locomotive runs between these two towns and provides visitors with a very special experience indeed. Gliding along the Ziller Valley, passengers can enjoy spectacular scenery, including conifer forests and meadows laced with snow.
  • Rattenberg – The quirky medieval village of Rattenberg makes an ideal spot for a quick and relaxing stop during a tour of Austria. Stroll along the cobblestone streets and enjoy a light snack at one of the cute cafés.
     

Innsbruck, Austria


Land Salzburg

  • Salzburg – A guided walking tour of this charming baroque city will have you flashing back to favourite scenes from The Sound of Music. Take time to also visit the magnificent Fortress Hohensalzburg, which has watched protectively over the city since the 11th century and presents visitors with stunning views.
  • Krimml – Krimml is home to Austria’s highest waterfalls. The valley walkway here and its scenic vistas ensure this destination is a highlight of many Austria tours.
  • Filzmoos – The ski resort of Filzmoos is a veritable winter wonderland. The most idyllic way to explore the landscape is perhaps via horse-drawn carriage, which allows you to take in the area’s beauty at a peaceful pace.
  • Oberndorf – Silent night. Holy night. All is calm. All is bright. It was here in the village of Oberndorf that this iconic Christmas carol was first sung. Visit the enchanting Silent Night Chapel, a replacement of and monument to the St Nicholas Church, which was the first building to be graced with this ever-popular hymn’s original German lyrics.
  • Bad Hofgastein – This resort town is situated by the fantastic Hohe Tauern National Park. Treat your stomach and eyes at a mountaintop restaurant or treat your body and mind at the Alpentherme Spa Resort of Kurpark.
  • Zell-am-See – This resort built by Lake Zell is open all year round – such is the popularity of this scenic location. Take an unforgettable cable car journey to the top of the Smittenhöhe to enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the Alps you’ll ever see.
  • Leogang – A favourite for sports enthusiasts in both summer and winter, Leogang is an exciting place to stay during a tour in Austria. This picturesque place and its charming countryside provide an ideal background for a leisurely horse-and-carriage ride.
     

Leogang, Austria


Salzkammergut (Austrian Lake District)

  • Hallstatt – Widely considered Europe’s oldest inhabited village, Hallstatt is also one of the most beautiful. It sits upon a rocky terrace perched against a dark-watered lake with glorious mountains looming over it. Some of your trip’s most stunning photographs are sure to be taken here.
  • Mondsee – This quaint village on the gorgeous, crescent-shaped Mondsee Lake is a popular spot for foreign visitors and local holidaymakers alike. Its major claim to fame is the beautiful Basilica St Michael, the setting for The Sound of Music’s wedding scene.
  • St Wolfgang – Lake Wolfgang is one of the most picturesque destinations you can experience on an Austria tour, and the village of St Wolfgang is certainly one of the best spots from which to enjoy it. Whether you’re strolling through the charming streets or along the lovely lakeshore, there’s something undeniably magical about spending time in this area.
  • St Gilgen – Just as St Wolfgang presents you with the lake’s central beauty, St Gilgen helps you discover its northern wonders. The adventurous traveller can enjoy unparalleled views of the lake and surrounds by riding a cable car to the top of the Zwölferhorn Mountain.
     

Hallstatt, Austria


Other Destinations in Austria

  • Vienna – An elegant, liveable metropolis, Vienna is the capital and largest city in Austria. The city pulses with classical culture – from the music of Bach and Händel that is performed in historic churches to the Lipizzan stallions with their haute école of classical dressage. There’s also a contemporary side to the city, with chic restaurants, modern art galleries and postmodern architecture interspersed between the imperial grandeur.
  • Melk – Situated next to the Wachau Valley along the Danube River, Melk is a small town full of historic buildings and charming vistas. The city is possibly best known for Melk Abbey, a massive 900-year-old baroque monastery that perches on a rocky bluff over the Danube.
  • Villach – The wonderful, old town of Villach is always a lovely inclusion for travellers who get to stop here. Hauptplatz, the main square, is particularly picturesque with its surrounding buildings dating back to the 16th century.
     

Vienna Town Hall Market, Austria


Touring Austria via Coach

Austria is one of Europe’s most wonderful holiday destinations – any time here is sure to leave an indelible imprint on you. However, to really get the most of your time in this stunning country, an Austria tour with Albatross is the best way to go. Because we stay in cities longer and travel with smaller numbers than most groups, we ensure your holiday here is a more personal and leisurely experience.

Our experienced tour guides have created itineraries that capture all the best highlights and secret delights that Austria has to offer. On top of this, their advice can help you make the best decisions when choosing how to spend the free time you may have in the country’s various cities and towns.

As English isn’t as widespread in Austria as it is in some other European countries, having a tour guide to overcome the language barrier is an invaluable asset. It’s also wonderfully convenient to have your journey and bookings prearranged for you; self-guided holidays are too often tainted by these frustrating tasks.

Yet perhaps the best thing about touring Austria with Albatross is the people you will meet: likeminded travellers who are just as keen to explore this country’s wonders as you are. We regularly witness lifelong friendships forging between our customers as they bond over discovering new sights and experiencing Austrian culture as part of the same group.
 

Albatross Travellers in Austria


When to Visit Austria

The summer months traditionally see the largest number of Austria tours passing through the country. Days between May and October are reliably warm, with temperatures climbing as high as 35°C during the season’s peak in August. Various regions experience different climates depending on their location related to the Alps, so wise travellers will pack an extra layer or two even if visiting in summertime.

While the winters of Austria are as chilly and windy as you would expect from such a mountainous country, this shouldn’t deter you from considering a December/January tour. There’s something incomparably magical about touring Austria around Christmas time; the markets, the festivities, the joyous atmosphere… it all makes braving the colder climate completely worth it. Needless to say, winter sports enthusiasts should also lean towards visiting around this time.


The Foods You’ll Eat in Austria

No tour of Austria is complete without sampling plenty of the country’s delicious dishes. Whether you prefer sweet or savoury, you will have numerous opportunities to satisfy your tastebuds here.

The culinary highlights of Austria include:

  • Wiener Schnitzel – Also known as veal schnitzel, this classic dish is a hallmark of Austrian dining. While it is an icon of Vienna in particular, you can find excellent wiener schnitzel just about anywhere throughout the nation. Squeeze a little lemon juice onto the crisp coating to really accentuate the delicious flavour.
  • Vanillekipferl – Made of ground almonds or hazels and covered with vanilla sugar, these crescent-shaped delights are some the sweetest biscuits you’ll ever taste. They were first made in Vienna and can now be found in just about any coffeehouse in Austria.
  • Potato Salad – If there’s one thing that absolutely every budding Austrian chef needs to master, it is potato salad. Often made with red onion, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper – along with other ingredients for added nuances – this delish dish makes the perfect sidekick for almost any main meal.
  • Tirolean Schnapps – Whether plum, pear or apple is your schnapps flavour of choice, the wonderful spirit distilleries of Tyrol ensure you will have no trouble finding the perfect beverage to drink. For those who are unfamiliar with schnapps, be warned: these alcoholic drinks are strong. The right amount could certainly elevate your time in Austria, but a bit too much might turn some of your holiday into a blur!
  • Kaiserschmarrn – These shredded, fluffy pancakes are typically filled with fruit compotes – often apple, strawberry and plum. Alternatively, some cafés and restaurants will serve Kaiserschmarrn with a hot plum or apple sauce. Either way, the sweet and satisfying taste and texture of this dessert is sure to leave you smiling.
     

Austrian Schnapps at Christmas Markets


Things You Should Know About Austrian Culture

Every country in Europe has its own cultural differences. While an in-depth knowledge of the local traditions certainly isn’t needed to enjoy your Austria tour, understanding some of the basics can be helpful.

Here are some aspects of Austrian culture to keep in mind as you travel:

  • Language – Austria’s official language is German, and this is the first language of almost all the country’s citizens. While not necessary for enjoying your visit, teaching yourself a couple of handy German phrases could be a nice way to strike up a conversation with a friendly local or quickly locate the nearest bathroom in a time of need. Note that there are several dialects used in different regions, so don’t be too disheartened if a waitress struggles to understand your drink order in German.
  • Tidiness – People in Austria generally place a lot of value on cleanliness and neatness. This extends from the home to public places and is a reflection of the pristine countryside. While the ‘littering tourist’ is a bad look in any country, you should take extra caution in Austria to make sure you don’t disrespect the locals and the environment; dispose of all rubbish appropriately so other visitors can share in the beauty of Austria’s towns, cities, and natural wonders.
  • Coffeehouse Culture – Quaint cafés are a trademark of daily life in Austria and a seemingly integral part of every city’s infrastructure. During leisure times on your tour, be sure to seek out a coffeehouse every now and then to simply sit back, sip some hot beverages, and imagine yourself living in this beautiful, quirky country.
     

Austrian Coffee House

The Money You’ll Use in Austria

As Austria is part of the European Union, its currency is the euro (€); any cash purchases you make during your tour in Austria will need to be done in euros. Coins come in 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2 denominations, while banknotes come in values of €5, €10, €50, €100, €200 and €500. Larger establishments will typically accept credit cards, but you may need some cash for transactions at small shops or market stalls. Fortunately, ATMs are plentiful throughout Austria. Leaving a tip of around 10% is customary for restaurants, bars and taxis.
 

Blog Posts About Austria

A Wonderous Christmas in the Austrian Alps

After many years sweltering through the festive season in Australia, my family and I decided to treat ourselves to a traditional European Christmas last year. After researching all the options, as a family we decided on the Albatross Tours Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol tour. We thoroughly loved the ten days touring through the snow-kissed mountains and charming alpine villages of Germany and Austria, and this blog is a wonderful opportunity to relive my winter wonderland experience. Read more
 

Neustift, Austria


The Hills Were Alive at New Years

A really good New Year is not just about where you are and what you are drinking as the clock strikes midnight, but rather about the whole event, the location, the ambience, the emotion and of course the people you are sharing it with. My story starts a few days beforehand beside a small, frozen lake just outside of Salzburg, Austria. Read more

Schloss Leopoldskron, Austria