with Kate Matthew
17 Day Accommodated Tour
Vienna - Innsbruck
(max. 16 participants)
Highlights: Vienna, Wachau World Heritage Trail, Mieminger Mountains, Innsbruck.
Austria is a tiny country, but it’s full of diverse, breathtaking landscapes and ornate, historic buildings. Join us to discover Austria’s natural beauty, explore its fascinating history and meet its friendly people. Your tour begins in the capital, Vienna, with all the splendour of its great buildings and monuments. Vienna is the largest city in Austria and is its cultural, economic and political centre. The city is host to many major international organisations, including the United Nations and OPEC. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Vienna was once home to groundbreaking psychologist Sigmund Freud, and hence is often called “The City of Dreams”. Vienna’s roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural highlights, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as late 19th century Ringstrasse (circular road), lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.
Your tour will then continue to the Wachau region of the Danube Valley. The area’s picturesque landscape includes vineyards and apricot orchards on terraced hillsides; riverside villages and charming towns. The area also boats the architectural elegance of ancient monasteries, castles and ruins. The Wachau was inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in 2000, in recognition of its architectural and agricultural history. There are more than 5000 historical monuments in the Wachau valley. You’ll spend six nights based at a hotel in Spitz, travelling from there each day for hikes around the region’s highlights. You’ll also meet the friendly locals and enjoy delicious local food and wine.
An Austrian tour would not be complete without a visit to the alpine region. You’ll head westwards to Austria’s most mountainous state, Tyrol. Dominated by two main mountain chains, the Northern Limestone Mountains and the Central Alps, its landscape is in the main rugged and imposing, with charming green valleys and cosy villages. During our week here we’ll follow a program organised by the Alpinschule Innsbruck, spending five nights at a hotel in the village of Obsteig and one night in a mountain refuge.
We’ll complete our Austrian tour in Tyrol’s capital - the beautiful, historic city of Innsbruck.
Not available in 2013