It is no coincidence that some of the resplendent buildings of the old days have taken up a new role in shaping the future and history of Austria and, ultimately, Europe – it was at Baroque Belvedere Palace where Austria’s State Treaty was signed; Schonbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Habsburgs, has sometimes served as background for international state receptions, such as the historic meeting between Kennedy and Khrushchev; some of the most venerable palaces and mansions now house government offices; and recently, the Imperial Palace hosted a grand summit meeting of all members of the European Union where decisive steps for Europe’s future were taken.
All over Austria there are exciting and appealing museums that make memorable excursions for the whole family, for instance museums devoted to such subjects as teddy bears, dolls and toys.
Day 1 – 2 — Arrive in Vienna, where there will be a representative to welcome you and then take you to your hotel. Check in. The evening is spent at your leisure. Overnight in Vienna.
Day 2 – 3 — After breakfast there will be a morning city tour of Vienna. In the afternoon, travel to Schonbrunn Castle. There you are able to have a guided tour of the castle and then back to the hotel with an evening of leisure. Overnight in Vienna.
Church of St. Charles
Sculpture at Melk Abbey Day 3 – 4 — Then it is off to the Wachau were you are invited to have a guided tour through Melk Abbey. You will travel by boat up the Danube. The first stop is Duernstein to visit the famous Baroque Church and, if your legs allow, climb up to the castle ruin where Richard the Lionhearted was held captive. Then on to Melk and its newly restored Baroque Benedictine Abbey, a 17-year project, which you will tour and also visit the wine cellars. You will arrive back to the hotel for another night in Vienna
Day 4 – 5 — This morning is at leisure on your own for sightseeing or shopping. If you choose to be more adventurous, after breakfast at the hotel, there is a departure via motor coach for more of the great combinations of Wine and Art to the Kamptal (Northwest) and visit the “VINUM & ARS.” In the afternoon you could even go and hear a concert of the Vienna Boy’s Choir, if that is your choice.
Day 5 – 6 — Today you will be traveling to Salzburg for a full day trip. The main attraction is the Mirabell Garden at Mirabell Castle, one of the most splendid sights in the world. The evening is spent at leisure. Overnight in Salzburg. Mirabell Castle and Gardens
lipizzaner at the Spanish Riding School Day 6 – 8 — Back to Vienna. These last few days are for your leisure to do as you please and explore the country on your own. The evening of the last day, there will be a farewell dinner in Heurigen Bach Hengl. Overnight in Vienna.
Day 8 — Transfer to Airport for your departure home.