- Snow-capped peaks, pine-clad hills, lush green meadows and unspoilt forest trails
- Luxury **** hotels throughout
- Crystal-clear, turquoise lakes, babbling streams, tranquil shores, secluded bays
- Picturesque waterfront villages, postcard-pretty castles and cobbled streets crammed with attractive frescoed houses
- Varied rest day choices: water sports, mountain rail rides, lake cruises and Mozart's fairytale city of Salzburg
The Salzkammergut area (Austria's Lake District) is one of the most impressive regions in the heart of the country. Boasting 76 lakes and with a beautiful mountain backdrop, it's a perfect place to relax and let the calming atmosphere envelop you.
This 8-night self-guided walking holiday offers a selection of activities, where you'll enjoy a mix of spectacular scenic views, gentle shoreline routes, wooded forest trails and 'chocolate' box villages. There are also some great spots to stop off for a swim or dip your toes after a day's walking. The walks are relaxed, following mainly well-marked routes, and you can extend them on most days.
You'll spend three nights in the wonderful riverside spa town of Bad Ischl - a favourite summer holiday retreat of Emperor Franz Joseph. Although it's almost 100 years since the emperor was last there, his presence is still felt in the region, and you can explore the Kaiservilla, his former holiday home. Other highlights include walking via the UNESCO village of Halstatt for picture-postcard views, the imperial spa, salt mines, ice cave, the Katrin cable car and the Siriuskogl viewing platform.
Stop off at the town of St Wolfgang, renowned for its beautiful C15 church (you can sit in the arched windows and enjoy your lunch al fresco from here), and hop on the antique cog railway up to the summit of the Schafberg for unrivalled Alpine views. Visit St Wolfgang's Pfarrkirche with its outstanding Baroque altar created by Michael Pacher and, from St Wolfgang head up to the mountain lake of Schwarzensee before heading down the Burggrabenklamm Gorge ending on Attersee, Austria's biggest lake. Not to mention a trip to Salzburg itself..
You stay in unrivalled **** luxury, family-run hotels that are calm and relaxing places to spend time, with 'feel good' wellness centres, plus high levels of quality and attention to detail. In Bad Ischl, your hotel has a panoramic terrace overlooking the River Traun, the quaint family-run Hotel Bergrose in Strobl and two wonderful lakeside properties.
This tour is rated "1 boot+" indicating that some small sections of the route will be slightly more challenging than an overall grading of "1 boot".
Additional Tour Details
||Continental breakfast and 7 evening meals.
||Salzburg airport (Pick up) at 13:35 and transfer to hotel, 60 mins, provided.
||Salzburg airport (Drop off) at 12:35 pm.
||Add $47 per night.
||Note: twin-bedded rooms in Austrian resorts are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets also known as Austrian Twins. Bus ticket required from St Gilgen to Fuschl and then walk to Mondsee payable locally allow 2.40â‚¬ per person