Coach holidays to Austria from £679
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Austria - an Introduction
At the very heart of Austria tours you will find beautiful Viennese palaces and of course the stunning locations featured in smash hit film 'The Sound of Music' but aside from all this, you will find a country that is loved by many which is why so many people choose to take their holidays here.
Austria is literally brimming over with history and heritage from Vienna's palaces to the sheer baroque splendour of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart. Those interested in culture should head to Austria's historic spa towns such as Bad Ischl. This is the stop off point for visitors wanting to see the region's stunning lakes.
Whilst enjoying coach holidays to Austria, visit the Krimml Falls, the highest waterfalls in Europe located in the Hohe Tauern National Park, Salzburg. For something a little more sedate, visit Hallstatt with its pastel-coloured houses, crystal clear waters and stunning mountainous backdrops vying for your attention.
Austria certainly packs a punch when it comes to scenery and there are so many towns and villages offering picture-postcard backdrops to enjoy. No visit to Austria would be complete without exploring the nation's capital, Innsbruck. This diverse city combines the past with the present offering a little something for everyone from beautiful medieval cobbled streets and spectacular Habsburg palaces to skyscrapers sweeping the skyline and modern lounge bars!
Tour packages for Austria typically include; return coach travel or flights, hotel accommodation in a good standard hotel, meals and a variety of included or optional excursions so you can really see the best of the resort you're visiting. You will have the opportunity to sample local Austrian delicacies during your holiday as the board basis tends to be Bed and Breakfast or Half Board.
For more information about visiting Austria you can visit their official tourism website at austria.info
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Things to do
Austria is such a beautiful country with plenty to see and explore that it can sometimes be overwhelming as to what to visit first. Hopefully this will help:
The historical capital city of Austria is home to a wealth of over 150 beautiful palaces and more than 27 castles and numerous fascinating museums. Visit one of the many coffee houses, try the delicious local delicacies and marvel at the out of this world architecture. This city of music offers a variety of concerts from the more traditional Beethoven to the modern Electronic sounds. Home to the Spanish Riding School, appreciate the skills of both the horses and riders in one of their gala performances.
The famous Austrian city of Salzburg, with its backdrop of mountain scenery, is known not only for its beauty but also for being the home of Mozart. In the historical centre, you will find the birthplace of this famous composer, which has since been turned into a fascinating museum. Some main attractions in this wonderful city include: Salzburg Cathedral, the Hohensalzburg fortress and Mirabel Gardens.
This area of Austria is one of the main tourist destinations to visit and offers you everything you'd expect from a visit to this scenic country – lakes, mountains and chocolate box villages! The city of Innsbruck, home to the Golden Roof, is the main city to visit with various museums and other attractions. You are spoilt for choice for places to visit in The Tyrol with the natural Krimml Waterfalls, the glistening Swarovski crystal world or a journey on the infamous Zillertal Railway.
Tips & Advice
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Austria, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
You should apply for a free UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) before leaving the UK when you are visiting Austria. Please note this card is not a substitute for travel insurance or medical cover, however, you will be entitled to state provided medical treatment at a reduced cost or sometimes for free if this is required during your stay in Austria.
Should you require emergency medical assistance during your visit, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. In the event you are referred to a medical facility for treatment, you must contact your insurance company or your medical assistance provider immediately.
Local Laws and Customs
It is a requirement of Austrian Law that you have your passport with you at all times and that the UK driving licence is not an acceptable form of identification.
If you are planning to visit Austria, you must meet the following passport requirements.
Your passport must be:
- Issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
- Valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)
Please note: If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. These extra months do not count towards your passport validity.
You can travel to Austria for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa.
Please note that any previous visits you have made to the Schengen countries within the last 180 days will count towards your 90-day limit.
Your passport will be stamped if you enter or exit the Schengen area through Austria as a visitor. These passport stamps are used to check you’re complying with the 90-day visa-free limit in the Schengen area.
Any other nationality looking to holiday in Austria must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.