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Salzburg and Lake Region Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna
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Explore Salzburg on this small-group day trip departing from Vienna. Led by an expert guide, relive your favorite scenes from ‘The Sound of Music’ as you pass iconic locations featured in the film. Discover the best of the lake region of Salzkammergut on a back-roads tour stopping at gorgeous Lake Attersee and St. Gilgen village. See Salzburg’s key sights, including Mirabell Palace and Mozart’s Birthplace on a walking tour of the Old Town. Learn about the city’s rich history from your guide and spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring independently.
  • Small-group day trip to Salzburg from Vienna
  • Travel the scenic back-roads of the Lake Region, visiting Lake Attersee and the “Mozart village” of St. Gilgen
  • Take a walking tour of Salzburg Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit filming locations from 'The Sound of Music' including the gardens of Mirabell Palace
  • Small-group tour limited to eight ensures a more personalized experience
  • Enjoy free time to shop, eat and stroll in Salzburg Old Town
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Professional English-speaking tour guide
Roundtrip transportation in Deluxe Mercedes Sprinter Minibus with extra head and legroom
Free Wifi and cold bottled water on board
Walking Tour in Salzburg
Taxi fare to the meeting point (max. € 12 per person)
Hotel drop-off for central Vienna hotels (postcodes 1010 to 1090)
Food and drinks (optional)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup
Tourist-Info Wien , Albertinapl. 1, 1010 Wien, Austria

Your driver is waiting for you right in front of Tourist-Info Wien. Your taxi ride to the meeting point will be reimbursed when showing a valid receipt (max. 12 euros per person).

7:30 AM
Tourist-Info Wien , Albertinapl. 1, 1010 Wien, Austria

Hotel drop-off is included for central Vienna hotels (postcodes 1010 to 1090).

From your hotel, hop in a cab to your central Vienna meeting spot to join up with your guide and begin your adventure. Be sure to hold on to your receipt so that your taxi cost will be repaid to you at the end of your tour.

Enjoy the stunning landscape along the way, with the Austrian Alps in the distance. Benefit from the intimate group size, allowing your guide to dedicate time to each and every guest. Pass the Vienna Woods, the historic Melk Abbey and stretch your legs at a café to purchase coffee and strudel, if you wish.

Journey through the lake region of Salzkammergut, home to charming villages and Alpine lakes, using the scenic back-roads whenever possible.

Pause to admire crystal-clear Lake Attersee and visit the quaint lakeside village of St.Gilgen, best known for its appearance in 'The Sound of Music.'

Arrive in Salzburg, where you embark on a leisurely walking tour of the city’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, led by a local guide. See the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Mozart’s Birthplace, and the Salzburg Cathedral, and learn the history behind each architectural gem as you go. Spend the afternoon in Salzburg with plenty of free time to purchase lunch and wander Mozart town on your own before making the journey back to Vienna with your driver. Hotel drop-off is included for central Vienna hotels.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Vienna Woods
We'll pass through the Vienna Woods on our way to Salzburg.
Pass By:  
Melk Abbey
Admire Melk Abbey en-route to Salzburg
Stop At:  
Lake Attersee
Enjoy a photo stop at crystal clear Lake Attersee in the Austrian Alps.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St Gilgen
Visit the quaint lakeside village of St. Gilgen, best known for its appearance in The Sound of Music.
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mirabell Palace and Gardens
Retrace the footsteps of Sound of Music's von Trapp family at Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg with a your expert guide.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Getreidegasse
Marvel at century-old buildings in the traditional style on Salzburg's main shopping street.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mozart's Birthplace
See where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born and learn about his life and works from your guide. Visit the museum on your own after the walking tour if you wish.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Salzburg Cathedral
In the heart of Salzburg visit the impressive baroque cathedral and Domplatz square with the column of St. Mary.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Salzburger Altstadt
Spend the afternoon in Salzburg's Unesco-listed Old Town for lunch and shopping before returning to Vienna in the late afternoon.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Guaranteed departure with a minimum of only 2 people.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour is operated exclusively in English language.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Vienna a la carte Reisebuero GmbH
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Salzburg and Lake Region Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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  • "This day trip is long, and you spend a lot of time on the minibus, but that said, it is a good way to see Salzburg if you have limited time in Asutria." See review

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star-5
Trip to salzburg
Georgios_V
, Dec 2019
Very nice trip,our driver Julio was very good and very professional.Lake district is wonderful and Salzburg a place that we will never forget.Thank you for everything.
star-5
Great trip!
Emily_K
, Sep 2019
Markus was a great driver and guide on this small group tour. We had plenty of stops along the way to Salzburg! The views along the way were incredible, our stop in the towns allowed us to stretch our legs and get some gorgeous pictures in the lake region. Once we got to Salzburg we had a guided walking tour of the old town which allowed us to learn some history and see the important landmarks. Afterwards we had plenty of free time in the town before heading back to Vienna. Highly recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hi Explorer295684, thank you for taking the time to review your experience! It's great to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Markus and that you were happy with the itinerary! The landscapes on the way to Salzburg are indeed incredible :) Let us know if you ever return to Vienna! Marlies & the Vienna à la carte team
star-5
Fun day to get out of the cities
skiatty2019
, Sep 2019
Great to see the lake region and then Salzburg. Small group, accommodating driver and guide. Breath of fresh air. Fun watching Sound of Music on the way from standing in the sites!
star-4
Had a Great Time
Daniel N
, Sep 2019
Our tour guide was very accommodating and knowledgeable. I think this tour had about the right amount of guided and free time.
star-5
Wonderful, well planned and filled with many insights and great information
PATRICK_B
, Sep 2019
I truly enjoyed my visit with Marcus and Naomi. The trip provided information on points of interest from Vienna to Salzburg, from bits of history, local opinions, Mozart and the Sound of Music. This went past my expectations and the smaller group was extremely fun to experience as a private tour. Truly one of the gems of my trip to Austria! Thank you Marcus and Naomi. Patrick
star-5
small group day-trip from Vienna to Salzburg and Lake Region on Aug.8 2019
Marianna_R
, Aug 2019
It was wonderful trip beyond my highest expectations. Our guide tell us very interesting stories about Vienna , Austria, and places we were driving by. I'd like to thank him again for this beautiful day.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Dear FarAway741380, thank you so much for this nice review! We'll gladly forward your thanks to your guide! We hope to see you back in Vienna in the future! Marlies & the Vienna à la carte team
star-5
Excellent Trip
Scott_A
, Mar 2019
Excellent trip booked through Viator. The local touring company that took us was Vienna a la Carte. They are a small touring company in Vienna. We were very unsure of where to meet as the local tourist information center hadn’t heard of them. However, nonetheless we were picked up right where they said they would be, right in front of the tourist information center. The Mercedes van was extremely comfortable and our guide Marcos was phenomenal! The lake region was beautiful. We made 3-4 stops along the way for pictures and shopping. This is a must do tour. Salzburg was beautiful! On your free time you should visit the nunnery and go up the tram to the top of the castle for spectacular views. My only hesitation was again about where to be picked up. However, everything was great and they were right where they said they would be. Also, Marcos dropped us off at our hotels on the way back! What a blessing!
star-5
Great day with Marcus and Peter
James_C
, Mar 2019
Had a beautiful drive to Salzburg with stops in the lake region while getting lots of history and info from our druver, Markus. Once in Salzburg, we met up with our walking tour guide, Peter, who had a wonderful personality and made the tour very enjoyable with history and stories. Salzburg itself was beautiful and we enjoyed exploring for a few hours on our own after the guided walking tour.
star-4
Way to add Salzburg to your Vienna trip
MaryAnne_K
, Oct 2018
This day trip is long, and you spend a lot of time on the minibus, but that said, it is a good way to see Salzburg if you have limited time in Asutria. Ben our driver was great and tried hard and successfully to make it interesting despite the fog which limited the sights he would normally have pointed out on the way, and was kind and helpful. Despite the long car time (at least it was a really comfortable minibus, with iPads and wifi and preloaded with the Sound of Music) it did enable us to see some of th beautiful countryside and lake areas. Karen our guide in Salzburg, also knowledgeable, but took us through rather too speedily for me. Worth it with our limited time, but perhaps make time to,actually start in Salzburg?
star-5
Postcard Perfect
Sarah_S
, Oct 2018
Wonderful trip. Lake Region looks exactly like a postcard or tour book picture and shouldn’t be missed. Salzburg’s a lovely city and it was fun to see locations where the Sound of Music was filmed. Ben, our driver, picked us up promptly and was very knowledgeable and informative on the trip to and from—ask for him for your trip. And our guide in Salzburg (Karina?) also was knowledgeable and did an excellent job pointing out important sites and passing on pertinent historical information. Overall a great trip which I’d recommend.
star-3
Ton our guide was a good, albeit...
James_T
, Jun 2018
Ton our guide was a good, albeit very eccentric. He is very knowledgeable and informative as well as personable. I only wish he would not tell us about his journey into mysticism and an indepth history of his dysfunctional famly... totally inappropriate for a tour of this type. The local Salzburg guide was knowledgeable but was cold and aloof.
star-5
This was an amazing tour. My...
Roxanne D
, Nov 2017
This was an amazing tour. My husband and I as well as a couple of friends were the only participants. We loved being taken to Salzburg and seeing the fabulous sights of the old town. We would recommend it to any small group. Our guide was quite knowledgeable and sensitive to our needs and desires. Definitely put this tour on your list!!
star-5
The only thing that wasn't perfect...
Alexander P
, Oct 2017
The only thing that wasn't perfect was the weather! Ben Aussie was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and shared much of this knowledge with us as we drove from point to point. In Salzburg, our tour guide for the walking tour was Yulia local who told us all about what makes Salzburg special not just Sound of Music, Mozart and Doppler. The old town of Salzburg is gorgeous and the view from the fortress is just sensational. The van was comfortable and clean. iPads are mounted on the seat so we could watch the Sound of Music on the way home.
star-4
A most enjoyable trip with the guide...
NigelJL_B
, Oct 2017
A most enjoyable trip with the guide Marcus. The detours on the way to Salzburg via Mondsee and other villages were quite picturesque. Salzburg was an interesting town with a variety of optical treats. Due to reduced mobility, it was not possible to follow the whole walking tour our choice and NOT Imposed on us but we enjoyed our extra free time wandering at our own pace.
star-5
the trip was awesome. The drive is...
WanI_C
, Sep 2017
the trip was awesome. The drive is so .......nice and arranged the schedule so well. The tour guide at Salzburg was excellent . He explained the history and provide the best recommendation to everyone. The 12 hr trip was definitely my highlight in Vienna, Highly recommend to every one.
star-4
My only complaint would be that I could...
DrKevin_H
, Sep 2017
My only complaint would be that I could have happily spent more time in Salzburg.
star-5
Really enjoyed this tour, and highly...
Paul G
, Sep 2017
Really enjoyed this tour, and highly recommend it. Excellent guides on the drive up and in Salzburg, in particular our driver Tom he was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and informative to just the right degree, never overbearing. If we had one day to see Salzburg from Vienna this was the way to do it however since inevitably there could only be several hours in the town during which we saw plenty, it made us realize that a multi-day visit, had it been possible on our schedule, might really have been necessary to fully appreciate Salzburg and the other locations visited. Our decision had been whether to take this small-group luxury trip, or a less expensive large bus tour. What made this work within our budget was the youth discount for our college-age children, which most tour organizations do not offer, which kept the total price into a range we could handle, and we were so glad that was the case. Besides the personalization and flexibility and extra efficiency of the small group tour, we were super impressed with many high quality touches, i.e., the Mercedes van, very comfortable captain seats, I-Pads, wi-fi, excellent headphones, etc. Water was available, and umbrellas in case we were concerned by a chance of rain in the forecast. The stops on the way up were quite worthwhile on their own. Between the stops, the I-Pads, and Toms excellent narration, the travel time did not seem burdensome at all. Just one glitch to mention: Toms dialog was through a hand-held microphone, and there were parts of the trip on high-speed highways or busy city traffic. With all other aspects of the trip being so modern and high-quality, Id wonder why a hands-free mike could not have been used nothing ever felt particularly dangerous, but its the principle. But certainly we were fully satisfied with this tour.
star-5
My friends and I a group of three...
Jennifer C
, Aug 2017
My friends and I a group of three booked this trip as tour transportation - an interesting and efficient way to get from Vienna, where we'd been staying for a few days, to Salzburg, where we were departing for our trip home. The small van, which ended up only having the three of us and the driver, was PERFECT for providing relaxing travel while hearing about the country and seeing great views. Ben, our driver, and Phillip, our Salzburg walking tour guide, were excellent! Both provided lots of history and info, as well as suggestions for things to come back and see, places to eat, and tips and tricks for navigating Austria. I would definitely book this same trip, and will look for other opportunities to book through Viator in other cities. Excellent experience!!!
star-5
Tom was our driver for the bus...
Pamela L
, Jul 2017
Tom was our driver for the bus portion of the tour and Peter was the walking tour guide in Salzburg. They were both great guides - very entertaining and so knowledgable! We loved every minute of this tour and would absolutely recommend it to all!
star-5
Comfortable ride and lot of good...
yban
, Jul 2017
Comfortable ride and lot of good information as well. Expensive but it is a 6-hour round trip and the Mercedes vans are comfortable.

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