Vienna - Salzburg
Morning: Travel Vienna – Wachau Valley - Salzburg
After check out from your hotel, meet with your driver and you will be taken by private transfer to Salzburg via the Wachau Valley and Melk Abbey.
Gently rolling hills, almost completely striped with vineyards, the medieval character of its villages and the picturesque banks of the Danube combine to make the Wachau region the most scenic stretch of the Danube. The mild climate, influenced by the river valley, sunny wine slopes and the special geology mean that excellent wines are produced here, appreciated by wine connoisseurs the world over.
Make a stop at the Castle at Dürnstein where Richard the Lionhearted stayed, and enjoy the scenery of the orchards, vineyards and medieval ruins along the way. Enjoy lunch and local wines at Richard Löwenherz Restaurant.
Melk Abbey Private Tour
Afterwards, enjoy a ferry ride on the Danube from Spitz to Melk and take a privately guided tour of the Melk Abbey. Melk Abbey is the symbol of the Wachau Valley and its steep, terraced vineyards overlooking the Danube. When the rising sun illuminates Melk Abbey, a colossal and wonderfully beautiful monument is brought to life.
Afterwards, continue the drive to Salzburg.
Welcome to Salzburg!
Upon arrival, you will be taken to your hotel for check in.
Afternoon: Salzburg Highlights
Meet with your guide in the lobby of the hotel to enjoy a walking tour of the center Salzburg. Take a stroll along Getreidegasse, the heart of Austria's most beautiful shopping center. Artistic portals, picturesque arcaded courtyards, high, narrow houses tightly nestled together, and enticing shops and wrought iron guild signs line this centuries old street.
Formerly the official apartments of the Salzburg prince archbishops, the Baroque style Residenz is located in the heart of the city and is well worth a visit. The Salzburg Cathedral where Mozart was baptized is probably the city's most significant piece of church architecture and its ecclesiastical center. St. Peter's District is really the oldest part of Salzburg. The first monks, headed by Saint Rupert, settled here. The rest of the city started to spread out slowly around the monastery. Today you can still see catacombs cut in the rock of the Mönchsberg and originating from 215 A.D.
Autograph Vault Exclusive visit
Since the middle of the nineteenth century the Mozarteum Foundation’s most valuable holdings have been letters and documents as well as autograph scores relating to the Mozart family. The library holds more than half of all known documents associated with the family, including around 200 of Mozart’s original letters, around 300 letters written by his father Leopold and more than 100 autograph music manuscripts, most of them sketches and drafts of Mozart’s works in addition to autographs in the hand of Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart. The collection also includes scores, letters and other documents relating to numerous other figures from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.
Make a stop at Fürst Confectionary to sample some original Mozartkugel. In 1890 the Salzburg confectioner Paul Fürst created the “Original Salzburger Mozartkugel” which is known today all over the world. In the 21st century, Martin Fürst, Paul’s great-great grandson, is still producing the sweet and delicious hand-made 'Original Salzburg Mozartkugels' using the same complex procedures and the same recipe, and also offers a large range of chocolates and truffle specialties, delicious sweet pastries and classic coffee creations.
Evening: Exclusive Mozart House Private Tour & Concert
Take a privately guided after hours tour of Mozart’s Birth House on Getreidegasse. The tour lasts about one hour and takes you through original rooms as well as a middle-class apartment reconstructed as authentically as possible. Discover items of everyday life as well as furniture from the 18th century. Then enjoy a private 20-minute concert performed on the Mozart's original piano. Only a handful of people in the world are allowed to play on this instrument.