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Bob's Special Tours

Salzburg, Austria
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About Bob's Special Tours
Thank you for taking the time to visit our TripAdvisor page. If you are looking for sightseeing or leisure tours in and around the city of Salzburg or anywhere in Austria we can help you turn your travelling ideas into reality. Explore this beautiful part of Austria together with our passionate tour guides - our mini vans take you where the large coaches can't. Our family run business was established in 1976; ever since, we’ve been living up to our image of making individual tours available to our guests. Recommended by Rick Steves, Fodor’s and Frommer’s Travel Guides as “very personal and comfortable tour company”, we will make sure you won’t miss out on the most fascinating given facts and details Salzburg has to offer. Tour with us and… • explore this beautiful part of Austria in a unique way • enjoy your trip in a mini van that takes you to places large coaches can’t get to • let us provide you with an exciting mixture of historical sights, legends, folklore and breathtaking views • see Salzburg through the eyes of our local tour guides, who are passionate about their home
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9 am Sound of Music Tour by minivan

Fans of "The Sound of Music" should not miss this special guided tour. In a small group of no more than eight, you will follow the von Trapp story to several filming locations of the classic film, learning about the real von Trapp family and Austrian culture as you travel.
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4 hours
from $70.50

2 pm Sound of Music Tour by minivan

If you are a fan of the Sound of Music, ensure you don't miss any of the movie locations in Salzburg by joining this special guided tour. In a small group of no more than eight people, follow the Von Trapp story as you head for such locations as Leopoldskroner Weiher and Schloss Hellbrunn.
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4 hours
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Sound of Music / Hallstatt Tour

Let us take you out for an unforgettable day.

Following the Von Trapp story, we want to visit several movie locations of the "Sound of Music". The 16-going-on17-gazebo and of course the wedding church. Your enthusiastic tour guide will give you lots of information about the filming of the Sound of Music, the real of Trapp family and Austrian culture and lifestyle in general.

On this tour, we want to take a tour through the Austrian Lake District to visit the UNESCO world cultural heritage site Hallstatt. You'll learn about the fascinating story of this salt mining town and spend 2 hours exploring this picturesque village on your own.
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8 hours
from $140.99

Private Sound of Music Special Tour

Join this tour for a full day Sound of Music Tour.
Starting with a private walking tour through the old town of Salzburg you will learn a lot about the history of Salzburg. You will also see all the filming locations which are located in the pedestrian area and can not be seen on any other Sound of Music Tour.

At lunchtime, you will join a cooking class and prepare your own apple strudel. While the strudel is baking you will be served goulash soup as lunch and then enjoy your apple strudel as dessert.

After lunch, you enter one of our minivans to continue the private Sound of Music Tour.
We will show you the back of the movie version of the Von Trapp Villa and bring you to the 16-going-on-17 gazebo. Afterwards, we will drive on a small countryside backroad and show you the real Austria, away from mass tourism.
The final stop of this tour is the picturesque town of Mondsee where we will visit the wedding church before we head back to Salzburg.
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8 hours
from $1,127.88
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Hollie wrote a review Aug 2020
Wels, Austria4 contributions
My husband and I booked a tour very last minute. It's covid time so I didn't think it would be a problem to book only the day before rather than 3+ days ahead. Due to covid, we were the only people on our tour so we got a very lovely private tour. Our guide even gave me quite a bit of interesting info about Salzburg. It was my first time visiting the city and I didn't know much about it other than it being the filming location for The sound of Music. He was also very helpful for giving us tips regarding the rest of our trip to the city such as showing us the location of an interesting lift up to the Mönchsberg and informing us that we could hike from there to the Festung, which was our ultimate destination. Overall extremely helpful! Our guide was quite funny and very knowledgeable about the film and the filming locations. I came prepared with a bunch of questions to ask and he answered them all with ease! Plus he was completely prepared with the soundtrack and not only was he understanding that I wanted to sing along, he said that most people typically do! Our guide drove us through the beautiful countryside and through lots of small dorfs on our way to Wolfgangsee and a quick photo op and to stretch our legs. Then we were on to Mondsee and the Basilika St. Michael. We had a lovely brunch stop in Mondsee. We found a table overlooking the basilica square and had a lovely brunch. Afterward, we were on our way back to Salzburg while singing along with the soundtrack. I would very much recommend this tour as we had a terrific time and our guide was so helpful and knowledgeable! Also of note -- the company required masks to be worn while inside the tour van, which we were already prepared for, but our guide also wore a mask which was very nice to see.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from JonathanK1747, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Bob's Special Tours
Responded Aug 26, 2020
Dear hollieg966! Thank you very much for your wonderful review! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Sound of Music Tour and hope to welcome you again someday! Best regards from Salzburg Jonathan
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JeneneThurecht wrote a review Jun 2020
Sydney, Australia123 contributions25 helpful votes
This tour was just the best. Only 7 people and Jan our wonderful tour guide. There was singing and wonderful information during the course of the tour. Our lunch stop at St Gilgin was fantastic and the views evev better. Would recommend this tour to everyone,
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from JonathanK1747, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Bob's Special Tours
Responded Jun 22, 2020
Dear JeneneThurecht! Thank you very much for your wonderful review! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Sound of Music /Hallstatt Tour and hope to welcome you again someday! Best regards from Salzburg Jonathan
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Jo Ellen M wrote a review Apr 2020
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This was a 19-passenger van tour, which we selected, as we wished to be part of a smaller group rather than with a large busload of people. The tour van had only the two of us & started with the general Salzburg area & some history, & we got to see many of the sites & sights that were part of making the movie “Sound of Music.” Beautiful! We had a 30 min. rest stop break after about 45 minutes, then left the city of Salzburg & drove through the hills & mountains & forests up past Wolfgangsee & on to Mondsee, both large lakes. The scenery was spectacular. The driver/guide Al played music & had some commentary as we rode along. We arrived in Mondsee at the Basilica & were given 1.5 hours to wander through the beautiful Basilica & still have time for apple streudel at a nearby cafe. The driver/guide then drove back along the motorway & dropped us off at the gardens (most parts closed in winter) for the last hour of the tour on our own. So, all in all, our 4 hour guided tour had about 1.5 hours of guided tour which was a surprise to us. Being a group of 2 might have been a factor, but it seemed like this particular driver/guide was much less enthusiastic than usual guides in the tourist industry. Salzburg is a beautiful city & the surrounding area has stunning scenery, but for €50-55 it was pricey & not a great value.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Jon S wrote a review Mar 2020
Boston, Massachusetts, United States12 contributions6 helpful votes
Our family had a great time. We had a range of ages and everyone enjoyed. We liked the tidbits about the movie but we equally enjoyed learning about Austrian life. Of course you can walk around town for those sites, but we found the surrounding mountain scenery beautiful and so much of the movie was filmed outside of the city center. The small bus made it easier to get around, gave us access to the countryside, and less craziness than traveling in a huge group. We were a group of 8, so the private bus was definitely a better choice for our group. They even had 2 booster seats for the kids to use. Tom was especially great. He was easy going and patient with our group. He provided a nice mix of history and personal stories about the Salzburg area. He was an excellent driver and thoughtful to warn about the smaller mountain roads before we got there. While it’s cool to go the actual church, the town of Mondsee was very quiet for us. There were a few nice cafes to have a snack, but there were lots of stores closed on a Thursday in February. They are probably open in the busier months.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from JonathanK1747, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Bob's Special Tours
Responded Mar 9, 2020
Dear Jon S! Thank you very much for your wonderful review! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Sound of Music Tour with Tom and hope to welcome you again someday! Best regards from Salzburg Jonathan
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annmarie00 wrote a review Feb 2020
Dublin, Ireland80 contributions19 helpful votes
This tour was amazing from start to finish.i had contemplated doing the tour with a coach load of people which would have been cheaper but glad I spent the money on this. Rosa Marie was an amazing guide with knowledge you wouldn’t get from anywhere else , she has personal experiences with the trapp family and this highlighted our tour. We were lucky enough to only have to share the minivan with 2 other women so four in total. It was like a private intimate sound of music tour all to ourselves . I would recommend bobs tours whole heartily to get the most of the sound of music experience with added extra knowledge . Such a fabulous day !! Thank you!!
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Dear annmarie00! Thank you very much for your wonderful review! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Sound of Music Tour with Rosa Maria and hope to welcome you again someday! Best regards from Salzburg Jonathan
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