Austria tours for seniors

With breathtaking mountain scenery and striking baroque architecture, Austria is a country of majesty. Here, the great outdoors beckon and it is easy to get lost in the gorgeous alpine landscapes framed by bright blue lakes and verdant green valleys, but the country’s sophisticated cities also entice travellers with imperial castles and palaces, fascinating museums and a vibrant restaurant scene. Whether you’re captivated by the compelling history of the Habsburg family and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, yearning to explore the towering Bavarian alps or eager to try authentic Austrian cuisine, you will find what you’re looking in this Central European beauty. Let Odyssey Traveller take you on a journey you will never forget.

Marvel at the grandeur of Vienna with its dazzling opera houses, monumental Ringstrasse palaces and elegant coffee houses. Try the best of Austrian cuisine by digging into Tafelspitz or goulash in one of the city’s rustic restaurants, explore the many museums or stroll through the compact city centre. Salzburg is the stuff of fairy tales with its old town tucked away in the hills, ornate architecture, beautiful parks and history of classical music.

Outside of the cities, you can ski, hike or bike your way through snow-tipped mountains and deep valleys, explore quaint villages along the River Danube and swim in some of the world’s most beautiful alpine lakes.

 

 

 

The need to know

Touring Austria

Getting around

Odyssey travels by coach and occasionally uses local transport, including trains and ferries. Specifics are always outlined in your tour itinerary. Trains, operated by the Austrian Federal Railways, are a fast and efficient option to travel around the country. Buses can be handy in getting you to remote regions and villages, and bus services operate in most cities. Domestic flights are available, though can be a costly option.

Accommodation

In major cities in Austria, Odyssey stays in centrally located 3-4 star hotels, with easy access to public transport. In smaller towns or rural areas, we usually stay in family-run hotels or guesthouses. On our long stay tours, during which you spend the length of the tour in a single location, we use serviced apartments.

Tour Guides

Odyssey always engages local guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and culture of places you visit.

Geography, environment and weather

Austria is a landlocked country, covering 84k square kilometres. The terrain in Austria is highly mountainous with only 32% of the country below 500m. Just over 40% of Austria is covered by forest, while one-fifth of the country is pasture and meadow located at various altitudes.

Austria has a predominantly alpine climate, with cold winters and warm summers. If travelling to Austria in the winter months, be sure to pack some warm clothing.

World Heritage sites

Austria has 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can view the official list of the sites here (https://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/at). While every site is worth a look, here are a few highlights:

  • Wachau cultural landscape, a stretch of the Danube Valley which preserves many architectural and agricultural traces of its historic evolution
  • The Semmering Railway, which spans over 41km of high mountains, and stands as a stunning achievement of civil engineering
  • Beech Forests of the Carpathians

Festivals and events

With its storied history and famous cultural institutions, Austria has many festivals and events each and every year.

The Viennale international film festival has been running annually since 1960, and attacts filmmakers and film buffs from all over the world. Mörbisch Operetta Festival is a festival dedicated to hosting operattas, and takes place at the visually-stunning locale of Lake Neusiedl.

The International Art Fair is hosted annually in Vienna every autumn, and features a dazzling array of artworks and installations by internationally-renowned artists.

Reading list

  • Walking in Austria, by Kev Reynolds
  • The Austrians: A Thousand Year Odyssey, by Gordon Brook-Shepard
  • The World of Yesterday, by Stefan Zweig

Eating and Drinking

Wienerschnitzel is the nation’s most famous culinary export, with each region having their own version on this ubiquitous Austrian dish. Numerous other Austrian dishes centre around meat, including Tafelspitz, Vienna Wurst, and Austrian Goulash, the local take on the famous Central European meat stew. Other savoury offerings include Erdäpfelsalat (potato salad) and spargel (spring asparagus). If you’re in the mood for something sweeter, there is no shortage of mouth-watering deserts, including apple strudels, kaiserschmarrn and sachertorte (Viennese chocolate cake with apricot jam).

Austria is credited with introducing coffee to Europe in the form of its coffee houses, and coffee remains an integral part of Austrian social life. Beer is popularly consumed throughout the country, while schnapps are sometimes served at the end of a meal.

Health and Safety

Generally Austria is safe to travel around in, though always exercise common sense while travelling.

Electrical supply

Whenever you travel overseas, it’s always wise to take an appropriate travel adapter. Austria operates on a 230 supply voltage and 50Hz. Austria uses both the Type C and Type F plug, so be sure you have an adapter handy as needed.

Hand crafted tours for mature World Travellers

Austria Tours

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The Oberammergau passion play is part of this  small group escorted tours for 21 days that travel across central Europe from Vienna  to Budapest with points in between. The group spends 2 nights in the town of Oberammergau for the play.

The program follows the Habsburg dynasty was influential in Central Europe from the 10th century. As Holy Roman Emperors they controlled an Empire which at its medieval zenith covered huge tracts of Europe stretching from Spain and the Netherlands to the Black Sea.

21 days
Europe
Level 2 - Moderate

From the mediaeval jewel of Cesky Krumlow to the grandeur of the Habsburg’s summer palace in Vienna, we embark on a 21 night journey to learn about these vibrant and artistically rich cities. We delve into the history of the famous artists, musicians, writers, architects and composers from Austria, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.

22 days
Europe
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate

FAQs

Articles relating to Austria published by Odyssey Traveller

For all the articles Odyssey Traveller has published for mature aged and senior travellers, click through on this link.

External articles to assist you on your visit to Austria

Responsible travel tips for Austria

  • Learn at least the local greetings to break the ice. Although many locals speak English, the more you know of the native language, the greater your experience of the country will be.
  • Carry a business card in your wallet or purse from your local hotel, to assist you with the return journey if you do become lost.
  • Always ensure that you are covered by travel insurance. If you need advice on this feel free to contact Odyssey and we’ll be able to help.
  • When travelling independently, make sure you check the opening hours of shops and museums so that you don’t miss out! Museums and galleries are often closed on Mondays. Also be certain to check whether your trip coincides with any public holidays, so you can plan accordingly.
  • Consider contacting your bank to inform them that you may be making purchases overseas. Otherwise, they may flag any activity on your account as suspicious. Also, check which ATMs and banks are compatible with your cards, to ensure you can withdraw cash with minimal fees.
  • Before departing, make sure you have a number of euros in a range of denominations. You don’t want to be carrying around enormous amounts of cash, but take enough to make it easy to pay in locations that might not accept credit card. It will also help you avoid card transaction fees, and it makes tipping a breeze.

About Odyssey Traveller

We specialise in educational small group tours for seniors, typically groups between six to 12 people from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada  and Britain. Our maximum number of people on a tour is 18 mature aged travellers.We have some 150 tours and offer 300 scheduled departures on offer each year. Odyssey has been offering this style of adventure and educational programs since 1983.

Odyssey Traveller is committed to charitable activities that support the environment and cultural development of Australian and New Zealand communities.

Odyssey Traveller scholarship for Australia & New Zealand University students.

We are also pleased to announce that since 2012, Odyssey has been awarding $10,000 Equity & Merit Cash Scholarships each year. We award scholarships on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated financial need. We award at least one scholarship per year. We’re supported through our educational travel programs, and your participation helps Odyssey achieve its goals. Students can apply for the scholarship by clicking on this link to find out more details. 

Join our loyalty program when you join an international small group tour.

Every International small group tour taken typically contributes to your membership level in our Loyalty Program for regular travellers. Membership of the alumni starts when you choose to take your first international small group tour with Odyssey Traveller, discounts in tour pricing for direct bookings accrue from your third tour with Odyssey Traveller. To see the discounts and benefits of being a Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond alumni member with us, please see this page.

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