Vienna via Lake Constance
- 6 Days
- From £799
- Vienna: Imperial capital city with magnificent architecture, great shopping and delicious local cuisine
- Lindau: a stunning island-town on Lake Constance
- Two scenic journeys, along the Rhine Gorge to Lindau and through the Austrian Alps to reach Vienna
- Overnight travel from Vienna back to Cologne
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- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- Double compartment on the overnight train from Vienna to Cologne
- 4 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotel
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Travel to Brussels by Eurostar and then connect onto the German ICE service which will take you directly into the heart of Cologne. Your hotel for the night is the Mondial am Dom MGallery (or similar), conveniently located close to the station and right in the centre of town.
Enjoy an evening stroll along the Rhine, or head for Cologne’s Old Town, where you’ll find some great choices for dinner or a glass of the beer, Kölsch.
You are in for a treat today as you board the morning train down the Rhine Valley, through Rhineland towns and rolling vineyards towards Lake Constance. Lindau is uniquely situated on a peninsula that juts out onto the lake with breathtaking views across to the snow-capped Swiss Alps. Check into the centrally-situated Hotel Bayerischer Hof (or similar) for an overnight stay.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Make the most of your time at this picture-perfect location and extend your stay to enjoy more of Lindau and Lake Constance. Ask the team for more information.
Take a local train for the 10-minute journey along Lake Constance, changing at the small Austrian town of Bregenz. The superb RailJet train is your home for the next few hours, as you watch the incredible scenery of the Arlberg Pass through the large windows.
After passing through the historic cities of Salzburg and Linz, arrive into Vienna in time for a hearty dinner and a first wander around this amazing imperial city. Your base for the next 2 nights is the Hotel Stefanie (or similar).
With its plethora of museums, galleries, churches and boutique shops, Vienna is a joy to behold. You will have two full days to take in the best it has to offer. Don’t miss a slice of Sachertorte at the famous Sacher Hotel, a tour of the Vienna Opera House, and a stroll through the magnificent parks.
Take in a performance at the Spanish Riding School, the Vienna Boys’ Choir or even at the Opera House itself! We can arrange tickets to any of these events, contact us for more details.
After another action-packed day in Vienna, make your way to the main station in the evening to take the overnight train to Cologne. We would recommend you eat an evening meal before you board, as there are limited catering facilities on the sleeper.
When you arrive at Cologne, transfer onto a comfortable high-speed train to London via Brussels.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Hotel Mondial am Dom Cologne MGallery by Sofitel is located right in the centre of Cologne, close to the famous cathedral and the main station. All of the modern bedrooms feature air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar and satellite TV. The hotel also boasts a restaurant overlooking the cathedral, a sauna, a steam room and a fitness room.
Lindau’s premier hotel located right on the waterfront, this palatial hotel is an ideal getaway on the shores of Lake Constance. It’s also just steps away from the main station. Guests can take a pleasant drink on the terrace or a delicious meal in the hotel’s fantastic restaurant. The Babor Beauty Spa offers beauty treatments along with saunas, a steam room and a caldarium.
The family run Hotel Stefanie dates back to 1600, making it the oldest hotel in Vienna. Recently renovated bedrooms come with free Wi-Fi internet access and individually adjustable air-conditioning. There is also a bar and a traditional restaurant with a terrace, offering Austrian and international dishes. The Hotel Stefanie is located just a few minutes’ walk from St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
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Superbly situated for rail travellers, this American hotel has larger-than-average rooms, a magnificent breakfast and an atmospheric bar. The restaurant, Brasserie Fou, serves a selection of French dishes inspired by Asian cuisine. The famous Dom (cathedral) and old town are a short walk away.
One of Vienna’s historic palace hotels, the Bristol is located opposite the famous State Opera in the heart of the city. Expect personalised service and Viennese flair at this elegant property which boasts antique furnishings, a gourmet restaurant and a fully equipped fitness centre.