City sights and stunning countryside combine in perfect fashion in Austria. The architectural splendour of Vienna is as enticing as the snow-capped mountain peaks and crystal-clear lakes that you'll find when off the beaten track. With Insight, you can see the best of both worlds.
Austria's Imperial past is pervasive throughout the splendour of the Baroque palaces and bejewelled concert halls of Vienna. You can take in the grand Schonbrunn Palace and formal gardens, Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral, and 'golden' Art Nouveau. And you'll find that Innsbruck is a feast for the eyes – spectacularly encircled by Alpine peaks and lush, green landscapes. As you enjoy the country's natural beauty, you can compare the rich vastness of the Pannonian plain with the lush Danube Valley with the clinking cowbells of Alpine pastures.
This journey is perfect for those who want to experience the best of Europe. Explore quaint Germanic towns, appreciate the splendour of the quiet Italian Lakes and marvel at the most impressive cities on the Continent.
Explore the imperial riches of Vienna and journey into the story-book landscapes of Switzerland aboard the Glacier Express. Taste seasonal cuisine, see breathtaking vistas from the summit of Mount Stanserhorn and shop at the glamorous boutiques of St. Moritz.
The lead up to Christmas in traditional German towns and the snow-frosted Alps, is the stuff of storybooks – twinkling markets full of Yuletide delights and towering Christmas trees. Enter the realm of gingerbread, Glühwein and carol singers.
Music to your ears
In Salzburg, you can stroll through the narrow lanes and see Getreidegasse, the birthplace of Mozart. Wander through the Old City, shop in quaint boutiques or perhaps find a quiet spot to admire the view from the banks of the Salzach River. And of course there's the chance to enjoy the scenery and history of the setting for The Sound Of Music.