Essence of Austria 2022

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : June - September
Start: Munich, Germany
End: Vienna, Austria

Essence of Austria: 1 nt Munich, 2 nts Zell am See, 2 nts Salzburg, 1 nt Tauplitz, 1 nt Feuersbrunn

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book. 

Fall head over heels for Austria’s deep valleys and sparkling blue lakes on this leisurely sojourn through enchanting alpine villages, charming baroque cities and fascinating castles. If the breathtaking scenery doesn’t capture your heart, the delicious local cuisine certainly will!


Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Participate in a traditional Austrian cookery lesson in Zell am See
– Enjoy a train ride on the SchafbergBahn, a cog railway that has been in operation since 1893
– Indulge in a cider tasting session at a distillery in Amstetten

Pick Up Location & TIme

Awa Munich Hotel (Munich)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA (Vienna) (Google Map)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Austrian cookery class in Zell am See. Mozart concert and dinner at Salzburg Fortress. Scenic SchafbergBahn cog railway ride
  • Cheese tasting session and lunch at Schnitzhof Alm - Cider tasting session at a distillery in Amstetten
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Hitler's Eagle Nest and Admont Abbey


  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.


Day 1Munich

The Bavarian capital of Munich is where we’ll begin our journey through this picturesque and historic country. After meeting our Tour Leader and fellow travellers at the hotel, we’ll clink glasses over a sumptuous welcome dinner. (D)

Accommodation: Awa Munich Hotel (or similar)

Day 2Munich – Tegernsee – Zell am See

After this morning’s breakfast, we’ll move on to the picturesque lakeside town of Tegernsee and get better acquainted with the Alpine lake on a scenic boat trip. Our next stop will be the village of Leeberghof, where we’ll have some free time to admire the beautiful views and enjoy lunch at our leisure. We’ll end our day in Zell am See, which is filled with marvellous alpine landscapes and comes complete with another shimmering blue lake. This evening is free to explore the multiple restaurants in town or relax at your leisure back at the hotel. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Steinerwirt 1493 (or similar)

Day 3Zell am See

Our day will begin by rolling up our sleeves for an included cookery class. A local expert will demonstrate how to make Austrian delicacies kaspressknödel (cheese dumplings) and apple strudel using fresh farm produce. And when we’ve learnt the tricks of the trade, we’ll try our hand at making the delicious treats ourselves – with the chance to taste the fruits of our labour for lunch. Following that, we’ll have the afternoon to delve deeper into Zell am See. We recommend taking the impressive cable car to the summit of Mt Schmittenhöhe or enjoying some boutique shopping in town. The evening is yours to spend at your leisure relaxing at our hotel or dining at a local restaurant to sample the region’s local delicacies. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel Steinerwirt 1493 (or similar)

Day 4Zell am See – Berchtesgaden – Salzburg

Today, we’ll head back over the border into Germany for a stop at Berchtesgaden. While we’re here, we’ll visit Hitler’s famous Eagle’s Nest, which is perched high at the top of a mountain peak overlooking the quaint Bavarian town. After wandering the very rooms where Hitler and other Nazi party officials entertained foreign diplomats and held banquets, we’ll travel back down the mountain towards our next stop: Salzburg. Nestled below steep hills on the banks of the Salzach River – Salzburg is a charming city with many medieval delights to uncover. At your leisure, enjoy the evening exploring the Baroque buildings and array of restaurants within the romantic Altstadt (Old Town). (B)

Accommodation: ACHAT Plaza Zum Hirschen Salzburg (or similar)

Day 5Salzburg

Today you’ll be free to experience the fairytale atmosphere of Salzburg and explore its spectacular Baroque sights at your own pace. The birthplace of Mozart, the impressive Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Salzburg Cathedral and St Peter’s Abbey are all great places to start! This evening, we’ll come together to enjoy a group dinner and Mozart concert at the lofty Salzburg Fortress. (B,D)

Accommodation: ACHAT Plaza Zum Hirschen Salzburg (or similar)

Day 6Salzburg – SchafbergBahn – Tauplitz

Today we’ll board an old-fashioned cogwheel train and take the SchafbergBahn up to the top of the Schafberg mountain – taking in some fantastic views of the Salzkammergut region along the way. Then, it’s on to a quaint local farm – where traditional cheeses are made. After enjoying a cheese tasting session we’ll continue to the picture-perfect ski resort town of Tauplitz. Tonight, we’ll enjoy at our leisure relaxing at the hotel. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Der Seebacherhof (or similar)

Day 7Tauplitz – Admont – Amstetten – Wachau

After our breakfast in idyllic Tauplitz our road will take us to Admont Abbey: the oldest remaining monastery in Styria. We’ll take some time to explore the mesmerising Baroque architecture, art and breathtaking monastic library. Our next stop will be the village of Admont where we’ll have some free time to savour lunch at our leisure. Exploring is thirsty work – so it’s only fitting that our next stop in Amstetten will be a local distillery! While we’re here, we’ll gain an insight into the cider-making process, and – of course – have a chance to taste it for ourselves. Tonight, we’ll dine in the beautiful Wachau Valley for our final dinner together. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Kirchenwirt (or similar)

Day 8Wachau – Tulln an der Donau – Vienna

Our final day together will see us travelling to one of the oldest wine-growing villages in Lower Austria – where we’ll savour a local wine tasting session. After that, we’ll move on to Tulln an der Donau, a historic town teeming with parks and gardens, where you’ll be free to lunch where you choose. Then: our tour will come to a close in buzzing Vienna, with its captivating blend of Baroque architecture, imperial palaces and musical masterpieces. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2022
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: May 17 $3,919 $4,509
2022: June 14 $4,249 $4,889
2022: July 12 $4,249 $4,889
2022: August 9 $4,249 $4,889
2022: September 6, 20 $4,249 $4,889

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departure.



Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

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Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack