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Vienna, Salzburg & Munich

4.6 stars(8 reviews)

See the best of Austria and Bavaria in one great vacation.

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2023 Tour code: AV-VSMW-23

About the tour

Starting in Austria's capital of Vienna, visit popular sights pertaining to art, history and music that tell the city's story. Continue by train to the charming city of Salzburg, known as the birthplace of Mozart and home of "The Sound of Music." Your journey concludes with a rail journey to Bavaria's capital, Munich, where your stay highlights the city's welcoming town squares and fairytale castles.


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Day 1 - Arrive in Vienna

Arrive in Vienna and check in to your centrally-located hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to begin to explore this imperial city. Prepare to see a multi-faceted city as you encounter old and new Vienna in its galleries, museums, stylish shops and bistros. Overnight Vienna.

Day 2 - Vienna Sightseeing

Embark on a city tour this morning to the city's historic sights including the Ringstrasse, the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Natural History, the Hofburg, Parliament, City Hall, the Burgtheater, the University, and Votive Church. A true highlight of this half-day tour is a visit to Schonbrunn Palace. This afternoon is at your leisure to soak up the city's history and culture. Overnight Vienna.

  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Vienna at Your Leisure

Your last full day in Vienna is free for you to do as you please. You may wish to revisit some of the sights you saw on yesterday's city tour or venture out to discover other aspects of this historic city. Consider taking an optional excursion to see another side of Vienna, like the Vienna Woods Mayerling Seegrotte tour to the Vienna Woods, the Roman City of Baden, the Mayerling hunting lodge, past the Holdrichsmuhle where Franz Schubert composed "The Linden Tree" to Seegrotte for a boat ride on Europe's largest subterranean lake with a return to Vienna by way of Liechtenstein Castle. Enjoy traditional Austrian specialties over a three-course dinner at a local restaurant this evening. Overnight Vienna.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Train to Salzburg

After breakfast, travel to the rail station where you will board your train to Salzburg. Sit back, relax and admire the passing scenery during the four-hour train journey to the birthplace of Mozart. Upon arrival, make your way to your centrally-located hotel, with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Salzburg.

  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Explore Salzburg

After breakfast, enjoy a private walking tour throughout the city of Salzburg. In the afternoon, explore "The Sound of Music" city at your leisure. There is plenty to see and experience including the cable-car Untersberg, the Catacombs of St. Peter, Hellbrunn Palace, Mozart's Residence, the Museum of Modern Art, or, enjoy a cruise aboard the Amadeus Salzburg (April through October). This evening, delight in some of the very best Austrian and international cuisine over a three-course dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Salzburg.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Salzburg at Your Leisure

You have another full day free to see and do what you like in this charming city. Or, you may wish to embark on an optional tour to the Eagles Nest, the salt mines or through the sights seen in "The Sound of Music." Overnight Salzburg.

  • Breakfast
Day 7 - Train to Munich

After breakfast, head to the train station where you will begin your rail journey into Germany. Upon arrival in Munich, make your way to your centrally-located hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Munich.

  • Breakfast
Day 8 - Munich Sightseeing

Spend the day exploring Munich with a Hop-On, Hop-Off tour. Enjoy your orientation of Munich aboard a double-decker bus, hopping off when you come across a stop you'd like to explore at greater length. Stops include the Karlsplatz, Marienplatz, Opera and Odeonsplatz. Delight in traditional German cuisine tonight at a local restaurant. Overnight Munich.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Munich at Your Leisure

The day is yours to explore Munich as you like. Consider taking an optional excursion to see the sights outside of the city. One of the most popular visits is Neuschwanstein Castle, built by King Ludwig II. This fairytale castle was the inspiration for Disney World's Cinderella Castle. Overnight Munich.

  • Breakfast
Day 10 - Auf Wiedersehen, Munich

Your vacation through Austria and Germany comes to an end after breakfast today.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Hotel Accommodations

Enjoy centrally-located, well-appointed properties in each city. Accommodations are available in three, four, or five-star properties. Speak with a rail specialist for additional details.

Please note

Three-course dinners do not include beverages or gratuities.

Rail pricing is subject to change until paid in full and ticketed. Seat assignments are not guaranteed and subject to change.

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Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.



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4.6 stars4.6 / 5 · 8 reviews

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5 stars

Submitted 14 Nov 2022

THE TRIP WAS WONDERFUL! I wish to compliment the Piaristenkeller in Vienna. Owner Erick E. personally gave us historical tour of his restaurant and the mini museum it houses. Wow! Karen, our guide, for Salzburg walking tour was excellent! The private transfers were quality and our even our final trip to airport ended with another detailed historical explanation of passing architecture and the rulers responsible. My journal records our experiences. It is over 45 pages long. I am happy to recommend Agent Hilary! We will travel again on Vacations By Rail for sure!

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3 stars

Submitted 07 Sep 2022

The trip itself was absolutely amazing! However, working with Vacations by Rail wasn't easy and I wouldn't book through them again. Lots of unanswered emails/phone calls and I feel like I had to do a lot of babysitting to get our trip. We also feel like we paid for things weren't able to use (even after informing Vacations by Rail with ample time).

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5 stars

Submitted 26 Aug 2019

Best trip ever! Stress free and top of the line hotels and guides!

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Maureen G, Evergreen Park, IL

5 stars

Submitted 12 Nov 2018

We were very happy with all the arrangements. Everything went off without a hitch - no problems, no mix-ups, everything was just as expected. It was terrific!

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Timothy B, Livonia, MI

4 stars

Submitted 17 Feb 2018

Everything was more than expected and we are already planning next years trip.

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Grant C., Sacramento, CA

5 stars

Submitted 17 Feb 2018

The trip was very enjoyable due to Vacations by Rail setting up good hotels and activities along the way. Connections, such as being picked up at the airport and train stations was very helpful; they definitely made the trip enjoyable.

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