A journey of discovery with the

«Suisse Train Bleu»

to famous cultural treasures in Austria

5 to 13 October 2024

Prices from: CHF 2‘990.-

Journey by special train

Our specially chartered train takes us on a journey of discovery through Austria. We make ourselves at home in the nostalgic 1st-class Suisse Train Bleu coaches dating from the 1960s, in comfortable compartments seating a maximum of four people. The coaches are not air-conditioned, but the windows can be lowered. The bar/lounge car is the perfect place to linger over a coffee or a glass of wine, while a pianist plays in the piano bar. Meals on board are served in the elegant Prestige Continental Express dining car.

The coaches were in service as dining cars with German Federal Railways and were completely refurbished to recreate the style of the legendary Orient Express saloon cars. We experience travel as it was in the Belle Époque. Outside, the views are constantly changing as we take in the scenery and enjoy our fascinating journey.

We visit a variety of places and travel in style through the homeland of Mozart and Princess Sissi. This is a perfect way to admire and explore the many cultural treasures of our neighbouring country and travel by special train, discovering cities from the famous to the less well-known along the way. The sights of Vienna pass by the window of our coach, we take a guided walk in Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg, and stroll through the Alpine city of Innsbruck.

The Semmering Railway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and when we stop in Semmering we find out more about it in the visitor centre. We learn about the fascinating story of Melk Abbey in the Wachau – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and discover Klagenfurt on the famous Wörthersee.

Of course, there is also enough time to pursue your own interests.

Trip Details

Saturday, 5 to Sunday, 13 October 2024

We depart from Olten at around 8.15 a.m. on the Suisse Train Bleu, stopping to pick up more passengers in Aarau, Zurich-Altstetten, Thalwil and Sargans, and then continue on over the Arlberg Pass to Salzburg. A delicious welcome lunch is freshly prepared on board and served in the dining cars. Arrival in Salzburg in the evening.

In the morning, we take a guided tour through the old town. Following in the footsteps of the great composer Mozart, we discover this fascinating city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards there is an optional excursion to the Salzkammergut, visiting the picturesque Wolfgangsee and Bad Ischl. Lunch is included. The Wolfgangsee was named after Saint Wolfgang, and the eponymous town on its shore was a place of pilgrimage. We take a break in Bad Ischl – European Capital of Culture 2024. The imperial court once spent its summers here and brought the cultural life of Vienna into the provinces for a few months.

Today we continue our journey by special train towards Vienna. Lunch is served in the dining car. During a stop in Melk, we visit the world-famous Melk Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visible far and wide, the impressive Benedictine monastery stands on the banks of the Danube and is the most prominent landmark of the Wachau. An important part of the Baroque ensemble is the abbey garden, laid out as a park with its paradise garden, meditation path and 250-year-old linden trees. Afterwards we drive on to Vienna.

In the morning, Vienna’s grandest buildings, including the state opera house, Heldenplatz and art history museum pass by our coach windows as we drive along the boulevards encircling the old town. We then have an optional extension in the form of a trip on the Vienna Heurigen Express train through the idyllic wine-growing regions, stopping off at a traditional Heuriger (wine tavern) for a lunch break with food and drink.

Our special train continues along the Semmering Railway, a section of Austria’s Southern Railway connecting Gloggnitz over the Semmering Pass to Mürzzuschlag which was the first standard-gauge mountain railway in Europe. It was planned by Carl von Ghega and opened in 1854. The route and locomotive construction of the Semmering Railway are considered milestones in railway history. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. We stop in Semmering to visit the information centre and learn more about this engineering masterpiece. Back on board, we make our way to Klagenfurt for lunch. Arrival on the shores of the Wörthersee in the evening.

Klagenfurt am Wörthersee has a lot to offer: wonderful views, romantic courtyards, culture and unmissable delicacies. During our boat trip on Lake Wörthersee to Maria Wörth, we admire the unique natural scenery. The morning is rounded off with a guided city tour through the capital of Carinthia.

Our freshly prepared lunch is served en route to the state of Tyrol. Arrival in Innsbruck during the afternoon.

In the morning, we get to know the attractive city of Innsbruck on a guided tour taking in the old town, Golden Roof, Imperial Hofburg and medieval city tower. There is then time to pursue your own interests. Optional excursion by scheduled trains to the Zillertal and Mayrhofen. Before we return to Innsbruck, we enjoy the time-honoured tradition of coffee and cake.

Servus, pfiadi, baba – today it’s time to say goodbye to Austria. We start our return journey on board our special train and travel via the Arlberg Pass, Sargans, Thalwil, Zurich-Altstetten and Aarau to Olten. A delicious, freshly prepared lunch will again be served in the dining car.

Saturday 5 October 2024

We depart from Olten at around 8.15 a.m. on the Suisse Train Bleu, stopping to pick up more passengers in Aarau, Zurich-Altstetten, Thalwil and Sargans, and then continue on over the Arlberg Pass to Salzburg. A delicious welcome lunch is freshly prepared on board and served in the dining cars. Arrival in Salzburg in the evening.

Sunday 6 October 2024

In the morning, we take a guided tour through the old town. Following in the footsteps of the great composer Mozart, we discover this fascinating city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards there is an optional excursion to the Salzkammergut, visiting the picturesque Wolfgangsee and Bad Ischl. Lunch is included. The Wolfgangsee was named after Saint Wolfgang, and the eponymous town on its shore was a place of pilgrimage. We take a break in Bad Ischl – European Capital of Culture 2024. The imperial court once spent its summers here and brought the cultural life of Vienna into the provinces for a few months.

Monday 7 October 2024

Today we continue our journey by special train towards Vienna. Lunch is served in the dining car. During a stop in Melk, we visit the world-famous Melk Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visible far and wide, the impressive Benedictine monastery stands on the banks of the Danube and is the most prominent landmark of the Wachau. An important part of the Baroque ensemble is the abbey garden, laid out as a park with its paradise garden, meditation path and 250-year-old linden trees. Afterwards we drive on to Vienna.

Tuesday 8 October 2024

In the morning, Vienna’s grandest buildings, including the state opera house, Heldenplatz and art history museum pass by our coach windows as we drive along the boulevards encircling the old town. We then have an optional extension in the form of a trip on the Vienna Heurigen Express train through the idyllic wine-growing regions, stopping off at a traditional Heuriger (wine tavern) for a lunch break with food and drink.

Wednesday 9 October 2024

Our special train continues along the Semmering Railway, a section of Austria’s Southern Railway connecting Gloggnitz over the Semmering Pass to Mürzzuschlag which was the first standard-gauge mountain railway in Europe. It was planned by Carl von Ghega and opened in 1854. The route and locomotive construction of the Semmering Railway are considered milestones in railway history. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. We stop in Semmering to visit the information centre and learn more about this engineering masterpiece. Back on board, we make our way to Klagenfurt for lunch. Arrival on the shores of the Wörthersee in the evening.

Thursday 10 October 2024

Klagenfurt am Wörthersee has a lot to offer: wonderful views, romantic courtyards, culture and unmissable delicacies. During our boat trip on Lake Wörthersee to Maria Wörth, we admire the unique natural scenery. The morning is rounded off with a guided city tour through the capital of Carinthia.

Friday 11 October 2024

Our freshly prepared lunch is served en route to the state of Tyrol. Arrival in Innsbruck during the afternoon.

Saturday 12 October 2024

In the morning, we get to know the attractive city of Innsbruck on a guided tour taking in the old town, Golden Roof, Imperial Hofburg and medieval city tower. There is then time to pursue your own interests. Optional excursion by scheduled trains to the Zillertal and Mayrhofen. Before we return to Innsbruck, we enjoy the time-honoured tradition of coffee and cake.

Sunday 13 October 2024

Servus, pfiadi, baba – today it’s time to say goodbye to Austria. We start our return journey on board our special train and travel via the Arlberg Pass, Sargans, Thalwil, Zurich-Altstetten and Aarau to Olten. A delicious, freshly prepared lunch will again be served in the dining car.

Hotels

Mid-range-hotels close to the railway stations

Double Room (large bed): CHF 2’990.- | Single Room: CHF 3’590.-

Motel One,
Salzburg Mirabell

Motel One,
Wien Westbahnhof

Ibis Styles,
Klagenfurt

Motel One,
Innsbruck

First-class-hotels in the city centre

Double Room: CHF 3’245.- | Single Room: CHF 3’765.-

Hotel am Mirabellplatz,
Salzburg

Lindner Hotel,
Wien am Belvedere

Hotel Sandwirth,
Klagenfurt

Hotel Das,
Innsbruck

Booking

Prices per person (VAT in­cluded)
plus 0.25% risk con­tri­bu­tion for the guar­an­tee fund

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Mid-range-hotels close to the railway stations:

Motel One Salzburg Mirabell, Motel One Vienna Westbahnhof, Ibis Styles Klagenfurt, Motel One Innsbruck

ab CHF 2'990.-

First-class-hotels in the city centre:

Hotel am Mirabellplatz Salzburg, Lindner Hotel Wien am Belvedere, Hotel Sandwirth Klagenfurt, Hotel Das Innsbruck

ab CHF 3'245.-

Hotels

Included:
Travel in the Suisse Train Bleu train as described, reserved seats in a 1st-class coach and for meals in the dining car, eight nights’ accommodation in the selected hotels listed including breakfast and hotel tax, five lunches on board, city tours in Salzburg, Melk, Innsbruck, sightseeing tour in Vienna, combined visit/boat tour in Klagenfurt, visit to the Semmering information centre, all transfers where needed, documentation, tour guides.

Optional excursions:
Salzkammergut with Wolfgangsee and Bad Ischl including lunch with drinks: CHF 95. Special trip by Vienna Heurigen Express through the wine-growing region of Vienna including lunch stop with food and drinks: CHF 95. Travel by scheduled trains in 2nd class from/to Innsbruck main station to Zillertal, coffee and cake in Mayrhofen: CHF 50.

Programme, routes and rail traction subject to change. The organiser’s general information and conditions of travel apply. A minimum number of travellers is required for the trip to take place.