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Austria
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 21, 2015
  • From $3,598 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

The best luxury Austria Vacations

Cycle your way from the Alps to Salzburg on our Austria vacation package. Discover the endless vistas of hills and mountains while on your way to Mozart’s birth house. See if you can identify many of the settings used in The Sound of Music. Take a scenic boat ride on the Zeller See or opt to paraglide over pastoral meadows or tour Eisriesenwelt, the world’s largest cave system. Experience the grand history and culture of Austria and get closer to nature on our Austria vacation.

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

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

With soaring, snow-capped peaks, thundering waterfalls, glacier-carved gorges and scenic villages, Austria is the perfect playground for the adventurous at heart.

  • Pedal your way through Mittersill and Zell am See to a backdrop of 14,000-year-old glacier-carved gorges, crystal blue lakes and 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-decked 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 loved the small group, the flexibility, the wonderful inns and the helpfulness of the coordinators.

Cindy Pomeroy Asheville, NC

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

Munich, Germany (MUC)

Day 1: Zell am See
Zell am See
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
Zell am See
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 along the lake, or choose to walk, 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
Zell am See
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
Werfen
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 life time 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
Salzburg
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 will allow you 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
Salzburg
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
Salzburg
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

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 21, 2015
  • From $3,598 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Departure Dates

  • Jun 21, 2015
  • Jul 19, 2015
  • Aug 16, 2015
  • Sep 06, 2015

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 and 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-Lehman 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-Lehman 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-Lehman 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.
Photos

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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The views: Become inspired as you cycle past snowcapped 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 intact in its entirety.
  • 4. Mirabell Palace and Gardens: Built in 1606, this former palace with magnificent staircases and gardens now houses government offices. The gardens are where the von Trapp children sang "Do-Re-Mi" in The Sound of Music. The Marble Hall, formerly the prince archbishop's banquet hall, is where Mozart's father Leopold and his children Wolfgang and Nannerl once played their instruments.
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