DAY BY DAY ITINERARY - WHERE YOU STAY
Hotel Goldenes Schiff ****
Bad Ischl (Days 1-3)
The 4* Hotel Goldenes Schiff boasts a prime location in Bad Ischl's pedestrianiszd town centre and sits on the banks of the Traun River. Inside, it's modern and comfortable, with first class facilities including a spa, with sauna and steam room.
Dining at the Hotel Goldenes Schiff is particularly memorable; in fine weather dinner is served on the panoramic terrace overlooking the River Traun.
Find out more on the hotel website.
Villa Seilern is available as an upgrade to the Goldenese Schiff with upgrade supplement of $75 per person, per night based on 2 people sharing a double room, HalfBoard. Add $143 per night for a single room.
Villa Seilern ****
Bad Ischl Days 1-3
Villa Seilern is a perfect blend of the modern and the traditional, featuring a 19C villa along with a modern and stylish accommodation block.
The bedrooms are spacious and use a mixture of natural materials and all have a balcony.
The spa facilities at the hotel include an indoor pool, whirlpool, Bio and Finnish sauna and steam bath. s.
Further details on the hotel website.
Day 1 - Arrive in Bad Ischl
Arrive at your 4-star hotel in Bad Ischl and relax before dinner in the first-class spa. (Staying at Hotel Goldenes Schiff, Half Board)
Day 2- At Bad Ischl - Hallstatt Walk 11km/7mi/3hrs
Today take a bus to the spectacular alpine village of Hallstatt, a UNESCO world heritage site and the oldest village in Austria. Take the panorama funicular railway up the mountain and visit the historical salt mine. Use the ferry to cross the lake and follow a beautiful walk to Bad Goisern before returning to Bad Ischl by train. (Staying at Hotel Goldenes Schiff, Half Board)
Day 3 At Bad Ischl
There is plenty to do today - explore pretty Bad Ischl itself, with its riverside location. Stroll along the esplanade and have coffee and cake in the world famous Zauner cafe, take in some of the imperial history (visit the Emperor's Villa and gardens) or relax in the EurothermenResort Thermal Baths. A trip to the nearby Dachstein Ice caves and spectacular 5 Finger Lookout is also an option. (Staying at Hotel Goldenes Schiff, Half Board)
Walk (2km/1.2mi) or cable car from Bad Ischl to the summit of Katrin (1393m) - fabulous circular views of Traun and Hallstatter Lakes, backed by the impressive Hollengebirge and snow-capped Dachstein peaks. From here, your route takes you down the forested Katrin Pass. Tiny violet gentian flowers perfume your route as you pass Nussen Lake, a great picnic spot. You then continue along the valley following the River Traun until you reach Strobl. Here you'll stay as guests of Frau Zopf and family at the elegant **** Bergrose Hotel.(Staying at Hotel Bergrose, Half Board)
Hotel Bergrose ****
Strobl Days 4+5
This a beautiful 30 room hotel based a 5 minute bike ride from the eastern shore of Lake Wolfgangsee on the outskirts of the village of Strobl.
It is a traditional building with wooden balconies and Gothic script on the exterior, and is located on a riverbank next to a meadow. It has a lovely secluded garden, and three floors of perfect Austrian wood panelled luxury inside.
Rooms here are suites - all Breakaway rooms have a balcony - with shower or bath, direct dial phones, satellite television (CNN and BBC), hairdryers. All the rooms are luxuriously decorated with quality pine furniture and comfortable beds.
Please note that junior suite twins consist of a double bed and a sofa bed.
Parents of under 10 year olds should be aware that some rooms at the Hotel Bergrose have a balcony with a step up.
Further details on the hotel website.
There's lots to see and do in the village of Strobl, including a summer toboggan run and a wide range of water sports; you can also join one of the many hop on, hop off lake cruisers or visit the natural beach for sunbathing. Alternatively, take the local bus (90 mins) to Mozart's city of Salzburg and explore its Baroque palaces, Renaissance gardens and the oldest open air theater in Europe. (Staying at Hotel Bergrose, Half Board)
Day 6 - Strobl to St Gilgen 14km/8.5mi/4hrs
Today's route takes you along the north shore of Lake Wolfgang, a stunning expanse of vivid turquoise waters, popular with yacht owners, kite surfers and fellow walkers. Enjoy lunch in pretty St Wolfgang, renowned for its beautiful C15 church and frescoed houses, before continuing along the pilgrims' path past the Falkenstein Chapel, curiously built into the cliff face. (Staying at Gasthof Zur Post, Half Board)
Gasthof Zur Post ****
St Gilgen Days 6+7
Literally follow in the footsteps of travelers from the past as the Family Leitner welcome you to The Gasthof Zur Post, the building dates back over 600 years at one time a Stage Coaching stop before becoming a hotel. Inside you have a wonderful blend of history and tradition.
Centrally located and just a few minutes' walk from Wolfgangsee lake the Zur Post makes an ideal base from which to explore the local area, the Music and Mozart Museums or hike up Zwolferhorn or be pampered in the Sauna and Steam spa.
The rooms here have been very recently renovated, and contain all the mod-conveniences you would expect from a 4 star hotel- hairdryer, telephone, safe, TV and mini bar. Most rooms have a balcony too, please request this at the time of booking.
Further details on the hotel website.Day 7 - At St Gilgen
A thriving lace-making centre in the 1700s, today St Gilgen is a delightful village with a busy waterfront, lined with restaurants. Mozart's mother was born here and you can visit her house, which now includes a small museum. Or follow the official Mozartsteig hiking trail to Fuschl, passing between the Ellmautall and Eibenberg mountains. Heading through the heart of the nature reserve along forested paths you'll see many multi-coloured butterflies until you catch a breathtaking view of tranquil Fuschlsee - the smallest of the Salzkammergut lakes, but without doubt one of the prettiest. (Staying at Gasthof Zur Post, Half Board)
From Fuschl, head up on a gentle wooded trail to the remains of Wartenfels Castle, from where you catch fantastic aerial views of Fuschlsee, Irrsee and Mondsee. Take the optional walk to the summit of the Schober, at 1,320m you can gaze over to Lake Wolfgang and the Schafberg peaks. Treat yourself to a well-earned Viennese coffee and apfelstrudel in Mondsee's central square looking out over St Michael's Basilica, which was famously used in 'The Sound of Music' wedding scene. (Staying at Hotel Leitnerbrau, Breakfast Only)
Hotel Leitnerbraeu ****
Mondsee Day 8
The Leitnerbraeu Hotel, our base hotel for the cycling holiday, is one of the historic central hotels in the Mondsee High Street, right opposite the church used in 'The Sound of Music'. It could not be more central and is a 5 minute stroll from the lakeside where there are frequent summer shows and events.
A 30 room family run property, it is broad, modern and spacious inside while retaining the typical Tyrol architecture outside. Bedrooms upstairs are extremely spacious with queen size beds and pine furnishings. All rooms have modern bathrooms, direct dial phones, cable television (CNN, BBC).
Further details on the hotel website.Day 11 - Leave Mondsee
After breakfast, we take you (45mins) to Salzburg airport - spend extra nights in the city, or catch your flight home.
The walks mainly follow easy well-marked routes, however, there are some forested sections where the terrain is inclined and loose underfoot. Walking boots are recommended.