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Austrian Rail & Sail

Travel in First Class over some of Europe's most scenic rail routes to the delightful riverside town of Steyr in Austria. Discover historic towns, enjoy a relaxing cruise along the picturesque Danube, ride behind steam past beautiful country villages, journey into the mountains on the longest narrow-gauge railway, and stroll through the monastery town of Melk on this exclusive, small group tour.

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8 days from £2499



Tuesday 13 August 2024



  • Admire the scenic Rhine Valley route

  • Experience the Railjet service through the Arlberg

  • Stay in the picturesque town of Steyr

  • Visit the monastery town of Melk

  • Cruise along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Danube

  • Ride behind steam through small, romantic villages

  • Journey high into the mountains on the narrow-gauge Mariazellerbahn


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 7 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal plus 4 lunches

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • First Class rail from your home station, where available

  • Standard Premier on Eurostar plus First Class rail in Europe, where available


Journey in First Class from your home station to London for an afternoon departure on the Eurostar, travelling in Standard Premier with a light lunch included via Brussels, before travelling First Class to Cologne. Arriving at the Hilton Hotel for our overnight stay, we enjoy our first evening meal together.

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After breakfast this morning, we will depart Cologne taking the Euro City train in First Class along the scenic Rhine Valley route to Basel. We enjoy time at leisure to explore the attractive town hall and old part of the city with a local transport pass (included) before our overnight stay in the GAIA Hotel by the station. We enjoy an authentic evening meal together in a local restaurant.

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Today we travel to Zurich changing to the comfortable Railjet service through the Arlberg and Tirol areas of Austria before taking a local train to Steyr arriving late afternoon. Arriving at the historic Minichmayr Hotel situated on the river in the heart of this lovely town, we will enjoy our evening meal in their award-winning restaurant.

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After breakfast today we will take the train via St. Valentin to Melk. A gentle stroll through this picturesque town, past the impressive monastery, leads us to the river for a five-hour relaxing cruise along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Danube. We will sail past scenic villages such as Spitz and Durnstein to Krems and return enjoying a two-course lunch served on board.

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This morning we enjoy time at leisure to explore the riverside town of Steyr boasting a stunning variety of architecture before we experience a narrow-gauge steam train ride on the oldest railway in Austria having been on the tracks for over 140 years. We journey through small, romantic villages to Grünburg before returning to our hotel for our evening meal.

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After our breakfast today we travel by rail via St. Valentin to St. Pölten for the mid-morning train over the narrow-gauge Mariazellerbahn, the longest narrow-gauge railway in Austria, climbing high into the mountains over viaducts and through tunnels to reach the pilgrimage town of Mariazell. We enjoy our lunch in a local restaurant before returning to St. Pölten connecting onwards to Steyr.

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We depart, after breakfast, by First Class rail to Linz followed by the direct ICE to Cologne via the beautiful Rhine Valley route, arriving late afternoon. We will stay overnight at the Hilton Hotel enjoying a farewell evening meal in the old town area in an authentic bierkeller of Cologne.

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We begin our homeward journey travelling in First Class to Brussels followed by Standard Premier on the Eurostar to London with a light lunch included and arriving in time for your onward trains to your home station.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


Hilton Hotel, Cologne

The Hilton Hotel, located close to the railway station, offers a culinary and social hub at the Pigeon Post Bar and Eatery providing lunch, dinner, and unique cocktails. The stylish air-conditioned rooms provide an en-suite bath or shower, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, and Wi-Fi.


GAIA Hotel, Basel

This hotel is ideally located next to the train station and within walking distance of Basel’s attractions. The elegant bedrooms are equipped with TV, kettle and/or coffee machine, minibar with organic drinks, safe, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel serves an organic buffet breakfast in the listed historic hall. Bars and restaurants are located within walking distance of the hotel.


Hotel Minichmayr, Steyr

This charming and stylish hotel is located in an historic building occupying a beautiful and enviable position overlooking the confluence of the Enns and Steyr Rivers. The panorama restaurant offers unique views and award-winning cuisine plus access to the Wellness Oasis is included. The comfortable rooms provide a bathroom, desk and/or sitting area, flat screen TV, and free Wi-Fi.



From Your Home Station:

First Class rail travel to/from Austria, including Standard Premier Eurostar


Join & Leave at Cologne


Single Traveller Supplement


7 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal plus 4 lunches

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station (First Class), where available

Eurostar and rail travel to and from Austria including Standard Premier Eurostar upgrade

Rail travel in First Class in Europe, where available

All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


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