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Journeys : Dec2011 Jan2012
Exploring Austria by rail W hen the subject of European railways comes up, most people sigh wistfully and conjure up images of Swiss trains majestically weaving through mountain passes and meadows; or the French TGV thunder ing its frenzied way to various European destinations. But ask anyone about Austria’s rail network and you’ll probably be met with a look of bewilderment. Does such a thing exist? It certainly does! The first train ser vice started operating between Vienna and Wagram in 1837 (a distance of just 15 kilometres) and since then the Austrian Federal Railways (ÕBB – Õsterreich Bundesbahnen) has continued to grow and service the people of Austria and the tourists who continue to discover the many charms not only of Austria but also its magnificent rail service. The ÕBB operates some 5700 route kilometres and carries well over 200 million people each year. It also has a national bus service transporting 240 million people over 52 million kilometres annually. Statistics aside, it’s the service, facilities and people that make for a great travel experience and here the ÕBB has plenty of all these elements to spare. The three major services are the InterCity trains operating between major Austrian cities; the EuroCity trains connecting European centres; and the recently-introduced fast train service, the Rail Jet, which is capable of connecting selected Austrian and European destinations at 230 km/h. On-board facilities depend on the service and the cabin class. The R ail Jet premium class offers airline-type reclining leather seats and in-seat meal services. Other services offer dining cars, snacks and drinks trolley ser vice. When you travel the Austrian Rail Adventure visiting Vienna, Graz and Salzburg, you can enjoy the original Sacher Torte, the world’s most famous chocolate cake – the recipe has been a well-kept secret since 1832. You’ll v isit Graz, which has a long tradition as a student city – its six universities have over 44000 students. Graz’s old town is one of the best preserved city centres in central Europe. Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. The city is noted for its alpine setting. It is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozar t and the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music. And they’re just some of the highlights of an Austrian rail adventure! For ever ything you need to know about Austrian rail travel, call RACT Travelworld on 1300 368 111 or visit your local branch. December 2011 / January 2012 65 H o li day destinations for tHe individual traveller Lic.No. TAS025 Austrian Rail Adventure Prices From Hotels 3Jan-31Mar 12, 1Nov-23Dec 12 979 1176 948 1Apr-30 Jun 12, 16Aug-31Oct 12 1102 1344 1042 1Jul-15Aug 12 1134 1346 1082 Hotels 3Jan-31Mar 12, 1Nov-23Dec 12 1155 1452 1077 1Apr-30 Jun 12, 16Aug-31Oct 12 1279 1668 1221 1Jul-15Aug 12 1382 1911 1326 Excludes Advent Weekends: 1-2Dec, 8-9, 16-17, 22-23 Dec 12 Additional Nights, Child and Seniors rates on application. Prices are per perso n in Australian Dollars and are subject to currency fluctuation. The price shown is for a cash payment – Credit card fees of up to 2% will apply. For any additional travel arrangements outside this offer se rvice fees may apply. Please ask at the time of the booking . Price Includes: • Accommodation in your choice of3or4starhotel,inaroom with private facilities and breakfast daily, 2 nights Vienna, 1 night Graz, 2 nights Salzb urg • Austrian Rail Pass with 3 first class rail transfers (Vienna - Graz, Graz - Salzburg, Salzburg - Vienna) • One 3-cou rse traditional Austrian dinner with a 1⁄4 litre of house wine and a bottle of mineral water, at Vienna’s historic Griechenbeisl Inn • Coffee and Cake at famous Café Sacher, Salzburg • Mozart Dinner Concert at Stiftskeller St. Peter Restaurant in Salzburg • Salzb urg City Coach Tour • 24-hour Salzburg Card • Ser vice charges, taxes & VAT AustriAn rAil Adventure 6 Days / 5 Nights Enjoying the Austrian culture Day 1 Vienna Transfer by own arrangements from Vienna Airport or Railway Station to your hotel. In the evening dine at the historic Griechenbeisl Inn. Overnight in Vienna. Day 2 Vienna - Graz After breakfast, travel by rail to Graz and spend the afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Graz. Day 3 Graz - Salzburg Today, travel by rail to Salzburg, the city of Mozart and Music. In the afternoon, enjoy coffee and cake at Cafe Sacher and in the evening, attend the Mozart Dinner Concert. Overnight in Salzburg. Day 4 Salzburg The day is yours to explore the city. Join the Grand Salzburg City Tour which includ es H ellbrunn Palace and a 24-hour Salzburg Card, offering free admissi on to all major Salzburg sights. Overnight in Salzburg. Day 5 Salzburg - Vienna After breakfast, take time to enjoy more of Salzburg. Perhaps the optional day tour ‘Original Sound of Music’ may be of interest (4 hours , departs 9:30am). Make your way to Salzburg railway station for your rail journey to Vienna. On arrival in Vienna, trans fer to your hotel by own arrangement s. Overnight in Vienna. Day 6 Vienna Your Austrian Rail Adventure ends this morning. Consider spending more time in Vienna to further explore this metropolis and its imperial past. 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