Austria
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 19, 2016
  • From $3,598 / person
  • ($780 single supplement)

The best Austria vacation!

Follow The Sound of Music into the heart of the Alps and discover the majesty of Austria on this action-packed, small group adventure. Saddle up and pedal your way to Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, through endless vistas of hills, mountains and enchanting villages. Hike along blue alpine lakes in emerald-green pastures below snow-clad peaks for breathtaking scenes taken right from the film that made this region so famous. Enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Zeller See or opt to paraglide over pastoral meadows, tour Eisriesenwelt, the world’s largest cave system, or even raft the Salzach River. This exclusive Austria vacation package includes the best in regional accommodations and cuisine (yes – even apple strudel!) and of course Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. Experience the grand history and culture of Austria and get closer to nature on this trip of a lifetime.

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  • Adult Vacations
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

With towering mountains, thundering waterfalls, glacier-carved gorges and charming villages, Austria is the perfect playground for all adventurers. Our expert guides can't wait to introduce you to the wonders of the Alps and the homes of some of Europe's most talented characters. Join us for an intimate, seven-day journey through Austria's splendid West and enjoy the perfect blend of adventure and luxury. Don't be surprised when you start singing "I am 16, going on 17" at every gazebo stop along the way!

  • Pedal your way through Mittersill and Zell am See to a backdrop of 14,000-year-old glacier-carved gorges, crystal-blue lakes and the colossal Alps
  • Bike from Lake Zell through quaint villages to the market town of Saalfelden
  • Soak up eye-popping panoramic views on a cable car ride to Schmittenhöhe
  • Hike into Salzach Valley and (for a true adrenaline rush) opt for a tandem paraglide
  • Pedal along the enchanting Salzach River past flower-bedecked homes to the 250-foot Gollinger Waterfall and Hellbrunn’s palatial castle
  • Hum a tune from The Sound of Music as you feast on trout strudel and cream cheese lemon mousse at the two-star Michelin rated Obauer restaurant
Women biking past the Alps
Photo: Women biking past the Alps

I would rate this trip as one of my best vacations! Our guide was very accommodating & made the experience!

Mike H Floyds Knobs, IN

Wonderful guides, good itinerary, well planned and executed

Charles S Carmel, CA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

Munich, Germany (MUC)

Day 1: Zell am See
Austria Adventure Vacations
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Grand Hotel

We meet in the morning in Munich and are transferred to Neukirchen.

After a briefing and setting up the bikes, cycle through wondrous villages admiring folk art museums and sawmills.

Bike through the wide valley and past 14,000-year-old glacier-carved gorges via Mittersill to Zell am See.

Rest for a while and freshen up before indulging in a tasty meal at the hotel’s dining room.

About the Grand Hotel
Built in the 1890's, Grand Hotel Zell am See is nestled into the mountain landscape at the edge of Lake Zell and provides comfortable, modern rooms, a restaurant featuring hearty Austrian cuisine and a spa.

Take full advantage of Grand Hotel's location on its private beach, relax in the beautiful indoor pool which features a panoramic view of the lake or indulge in all the spa has to offer: Saunaworld with steam bath and softsauna, modern fitness-studio, solarium, squash-box and massages.

Day 2: Zell am See
Austria Hiking Tour
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Grand Hotel

For a change of pace, ride a cable to the Schmittenhöhe, with stunning views of the lakes and mountains.

  • Hike over the hilltops and back to the Schmittenhöhe
  • The option to go paragliding (not included in the trip price) beckons the truly adventurous!

After returning to the hotel, opt to take a short spin or walk along the lake, or enjoy a scenic boat ride on the "Zeller See."

After a delicious meal, retire to your room and rest up for more adventures tomorrow.

Day 3: Zell am See
Group on the Austria Vacation
Meals Included:  B, D
Overnight: Grand Hotel

Bicycle through quaint villages to the pilgrimage village of Maria Alm and the market town of Saalfelden.

Avid cyclists will want to include the side trip up a secluded valley to and beyond Leogang before cycling back to Zell am See.

Tonight, enjoy a wonderful dinner with view over the lake!

Day 4: Werfen
Austria Biking vacation
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Hotel Obauer

A short transfer takes us to Taxenbach, where we embark in rafts to experience the thrill of white water rafting (minimum age: 10), offering you the trip of a lifetime on the Salzach River.

If rafting is not your thing, you can also opt to make this a cycling day, as our bike path along the Salzach links scenic villages, magnificent churches and charming mills.

Take in Grossarler Ache, a rushing mountain stream that winds through the picturesque Liechtensteinklamm. Then on to Bischofshofen, famous for its Four Hills Ski-Jumping event.

Today's destination is Werfen, brimming with historical churches.

A night on your own will give you plenty of time to explore the many wonders of this town and test out one of the great restaurants.

About Hotel Obauer
Located in an authentic, postcard-perfect Austrian village, Hotel Obauer is set in a 13th century building which has been renovated to offer contemporary accommodations. Its surrounding meadow and fortress have been featured in films including “The Sound of Music” and “Where Eagles Dare.”

Enjoy superb food at the hotel’s world-class restaurant, visit the nearby ice caves or just relax and take in the breathtaking views. Your stay at the Hotel Obauer is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Day 5: Salzburg
Castle on the Austria Tour
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Hotel Auersperg

Opt to tour Eisriesenwelt, the world's largest cave system and a miracle of nature!

  • Ride along the Salzach River, past flower-decked houses and the Gollinger Waterfall
  • Cycle to Hellbrunn with a castle that houses a Venetian-style water garden
  • Meander along the tree-lined trails, eventually arriving in Salzburg

Enjoy another night on your own to relax and unwind or stroll the streets of Salzburg.

About Hotel Auersperg
A green oasis in the heart of the town, Hotel Auersperg with the adjacent Villa Auersperg has been under the same ownership for three generations.

This elegant hotel has a tasteful design, quiet, romantic gardens and a rooftop sun terrace with a marvelous view over the city.

Day 6: Salzburg
Biking in Austria
Meals Included:  B, D
Overnight: Hotel Auersperg

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Salzburg in the morning.

Visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress perched on a rocky peak or opt for an easy afternoon bike ride along the Salzach River into Germany.

Optional bus tours to surrounding areas carry you to the lake district, Bavarian Mountains, Eagle's Nest, or the stunning hills of "The Sound of Music."

End your amazing day with a delightful farewell dinner.

Day 7: Salzburg
Austria Biking Vacations
Meals Included:  B

On the final day, bid "Auf Wiedersehen" to the Magical land of Salzburg.

You will be dropped off at the Salzburg train station or airport, or the hotel of your choice if you would like to spend more time in this fascinating city.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin-Lehman Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Stop daydreaming and start planning your adventure today. Confirmed departure dates and rates are listed below. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 19, 2016
  • From $3,598 / person
  • ($780 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 19, 2016
  • Jul 17, 2016
  • Aug 21, 2016
  • Sep 4, 2016

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Prior to the trip, arrive at your own convenience in Munich.
  • On Day 1, we will meet you in the lobby of Hotel Excelsior in Munich at 8:30 a.m. After a transfer to Zell am See, lunch, a briefing and bike fitting, the activities begin.
  • After breakfast on Day 7, we take you to the airport, train station, or the hotel of your choice in Munich (2 - 3 hour transfer). Alternatively, depending on your travel plans, you can also be dropped off at the Salzburg train station.
Activities

Cycling:

  • Day 1 bicycle mileage option: 7 / 14
  • Day 2 bicycle mileage options: 33 / 41
  • Day 3 bicycle mileage options: 22 / 28 / 49
  • Day 4 bicycle mileage options: 32 / 38 / 40
  • Day 5 bicycle mileage options: 30 / 36
  • Day 6 bicycle mileage option: 26 /39

Walking/Hiking:

  • Day 1 walk mileage options: 3 / 7
  • Day 3 hike mileage options: 5 / 7
  • Day 6 walking tour of Salzburg
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All breakfasts. Lunches and dinners as listed by day. Snacks along the route.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures t-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local guide and expert gratuities.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Austin went out of their way to make this trip very exceptional from guides, to the accommodations, to great meals. etc.

Ralph R, Katonah, NY

Area beautiful. Excellent blend on Zell am Zee area - valleys, hike trails, gourmet dining.

Frances B, Glendale, CA

I would rate this trip as one of my best vacations! Our guide was very accommodating & made the experience!

Mike H, Floyds Knobs, IN

Great trip. Wonderful guides.

Nell C, Sugar Land, TX
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The views: Be inspired as you cycle past snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes and 14,000 year-old, glacier-carved gorges.
  • 2. Werfen Ice Cave: Werfen is a scenic village filled with historic churches, monuments and the imposing Hohenwerfen Castle, featured in the film "Where Eagles Dare."
  • 3. The Salzburg Fortress: Almost a thousand years old, this medieval, iconic fortress towers over Mozart’s city and is the largest fortress of its kind in Europe to have survived wholly intact.
  • 4. Mirabell Palace and Gardens: Built in 1606, this former palace now houses government offices. Besides a splendid assortment of staircases, these gardens are where the von Trapp children sang "Do-Re-Mi" in The Sound of Music.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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