“What can I say about the tour other than “bravo” – job well done!!! By far this was the best planned trip of all 5 (and I’ve been on all 5). The mixture of transportation (boat ride on the sea, 2 Rhine cruises, cable cars, ski lifts, cog-wheel train) wow it was great. And without a doubt, top notch hotels each and every one.
…you should have seen us when we arrived!! We all went running to each other’s rooms to see what treasures their rooms held.
Speaking of incredible, Yvonne outdid herself. Starting with a rose for each one of us when she met us at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam to serenading us on the canals – she was our loyal shepherd every day and every hour of the trip. She certainly spoils us rotten. She is the best, by far, the best.”– KEITH 2010
If you think Lederhosen, alpine villages and the music of Mozart, Strauss, Haydn and Schubert you’re right; but think again, Austria is also ultra-modern with unparalleled opera, art and cuisine. [Read More]
The tours listed below are just a few samples of the type of cultural journeys you can take in Austria – but the possibilities are limitless! We can create a tour around your group’s specific passion and ensure it is enriched by all the unique venues Austria has to offer!
Austria is synonymous with the very best in classical music and famous for its performing arts. Imagine hearing your choir perform in Haydn Hall at Esterhazy Palace, famous for its near perfect acoustics. You can sing evensong in the Sound of Music Wedding Church or perform the music of Schubert and Bruckner in the location it was written for. Follow in the steps of Mozart and Strauss, visiting the locations where the great composers lived and wrote some of their most notable works. There are so many options for performance venues from historic abbeys and baroque pilgrimage churches to alpine village pavilions, joint concerts with local musicians and music festivals. Whatever type of performance you seek, Austria can provide it.
Art and Architecture Tour
From Baroque palaces to modern museums, Austria’s architectural landscape and art scene is as varied as the country itself. The 600 plus year reign of the Hapsburgs was a time of cultural and artistic development in Europe. Their collections are scattered throughout the country in museums and palaces. Beyond the quant streets of Austrian cities are phenomenally designed contemporary buildings and world class art collections. Vienna’s Museum Quarter is one of the 10 largest cultural complexes in the world with more than 60 different institutions. The Lentos Museum of Art in Linz is known for its breathtaking design and exciting exhibits. Baroque Salzburg is a stunning backdrop for the exhibits of modern art at Museum der Moderne. The traditional and the modern blend seamlessly in Austria.
Christmas Market Tour
Snow capped Alps, roasting chestnuts, warm gluhwein and homemade crafts. Austrian Christmas Markets can be found in every major city and town from the last week of November right up to Christmas eve. These enchanting marketplaces offer local handicrafts, exceptional gift ideas and culinary delicacies. Traditional music and dance add to the festive spirit of the season.
The medieval square in front of Innsbruck’s well-known Golden Roof is transformed into traditional Austrian Christmas market. The picturesque old town is the perfect setting for this traditional market with its large and lighted Christmas trees, carved manger with life-sized statues and numerous lovingly decorated stalls. Vienna is host to approximately 25 markets throughout the city. Local guides tell interesting and amusing stories about Christmas from the time of the Habsburg era to the present. Traditional and original handicrafts are sold on narrow cobblestone paved alleyways, niches and courtyards.
This is a great opportunity to discover the history and tradition of Christmas and to bring home beautiful, original gifts for your family and friends.