Discover Austria on your own by rental car
- Ideal combination of city/rural tourism.
- Means you can visit the most interesting places in the country.
- Circular trip, meaning you won’t travel the same road or see the same landscape twice.
- Relaxing: you’ll be spending 4 nights in an Alpine paradise.
- Make your own way around at your own speed, stopping off at the places you want to see.
- 9 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Return flights (tax included)
- 7 days car rental
Day 1Flight to Vienna.
At the stated time, scheduled flight to Vienna, the capital of Austria. Upon arrival, make your way to your chosen hotel in the city. Enjoy the rest of your first day to get a first impression of is stunning imperial capital. Night in Vienna.
Day 2Discover Vienna.
You’ll have the whole day to wander around and visit the city. First and foremost, Vienna is an old imperial capital and conserves its glorious past in the form of amazing palaces and historic buildings. All you have to do to see most of them is walk around the Ringstraße, but make sure you don’t miss the enchanting old quarter around St. Stephen’s Cathedral. And a visit to Vienna isn’t complete without seeing Hofburg and Schönbrunn Palaces. But in addition to all that, Vienna is also a great, modern European capital and you won’t be disappointed by its vitality. Night in Vienna.
Day 3The Danube Valley.
Enjoy breakfast and then pick up your hire car that you’ll be using for the next week. On your way to Salzburg, why not stop off in the Danube Valley and visit the stunning wine-growing region known as Wachau. You might fancy a trip on a boat along the river, or you might like to visit the historic towns of Dürnstein and Krems or see the famous Melk Abbey. Arrive in good time to Salzburg so you can unwind in the bright city. Night in Salzburg. 300 km.
Spend the day discovering Mozart’s home town, undoubtedly one of Europe’s most stunning. The city is known as the “Rome of the north” thanks to its history and magnificent baroque architecture. But Salzburg has everything: an impressive fortress, charming streets, magical squares, palaces, gardens and, of course, Mozart’s birthplace which you can visit. Mid-afternoon, set off towards the Alps where you’ll be spending the next 4 nights in a rural hotel in the town of Mittersill. 105 km.
Day 5Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol.
Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol, is located just 120 km from Mittersill. We suggest starting with the new funicular railway leading to Nordpark, the spectacular work of Zaha Zahid, and enjoy the breath-taking views. In the old town, you have typical streets, the “Golden Roof”, the Court Church, Hofburg Imperial Palace and the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, plus much more. Round off the day at the Olympic ski jumping hill located in Bergisel. Night in Mittersill.
Day 6Mediaeval Tyrol.
Very close to Mittersill lies Kitzbühel, famous for its skiing and mediaeval town centre with coloured houses. Rattenberg is another town in the same style which is famous for its glass-making and is the gateway to Alpbach, the prettiest mountain village in Tyrol. Close by lies the gothic church in Schwaz and the village of Hall in Tyrol with its walled old town and the Mint Tower. Cross through the Zillertal valley to see one of the National Park’s absolute gems: the Krimml Waterfalls - the highest in Western Europe. Night in Mittersill. Total of approx. 250 km.
Day 7Salzkammergut, lake resort area.
If you want to take a round trip of approx. 300 km, you can visit all the highlights of Salzkammergut - the stunning lake resort area. Stop off first at Gosau at the foot of the glaciers, then move onto Hallstatt - one of Austria’s most charming villages - and Bad Ischl where you’ll find Sisi’s Imperial summer residence. In the evening, visit St. Wolfgang and St. Gilgen on the Wolfgangsee, which you can cross by boat. Night in Mittersill.
Day 8Grossglockner High Alpine Road.
On your way to Graz we recommend the spectacular Grossglockner High Alpine Road which crosses all the way through the Hohe Tauern National Park. From Fusch, the road passes through mountain landscapes up to the Franz Josef Höhe with views of the largest glacier in the eastern Alps. Passing through the state of Carinthia, famed for its lakes, you’ll reach Graz where you’ll be spending the night. 380 km.
Day 9Discover Graz.
Spend the day discovering this stunning city with the largest of all the old towns in German culture. Just enjoy walking around discovering the numerous points of interest the city offers: the Hauptplatz, Landhaus, the Clocktower, the Arsenal with its collection of weaponry, the Stadtpark, the Cathedral, etc. Return to Vienna at the end of the day where you’ll spend the night. 200 km.
Day 10Return from Vienna.
If you have a bit of spare time (depending on your flight time), take one last walk around Vienna before returning your hire car at the airport. At the stated time, take your flight back to your airport of departure. Arrival and end of the trip.
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