Austria | Alps to Salzburg | Family
Castles, cable cars and glacier-carved canyons in the Austrian Alps
7 days / 6 nights
Activity LevelActivity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Whether cycling, hiking, kayaking, riding a chair lift, paragliding from a hilltop, or rafting down a river, this adventure inspires at every turn. The magical regions of Salzburg and Tyrol overflow with majestic waterfalls, fantasy caves, ice sculptures and endless vistas of fortress-topped hills. All of Mother Nature’s bounty embraces you in this land of Mozart and “The Sound of Music.”
With soaring, snow-capped peaks, thundering waterfalls, fortress-topped hills and elaborate cave systems, Austria’s spectacular terrain is the perfect playground for both the youngest and oldest adventurers in your family. During this exclusive, seven-day journey, our expert guides can’t wait to introduce you to the hidden gems and famous landmarks of this gorgeous alpine setting before setting you free to enjoy the amenities of your cozy lodgings and sample some of Austria’s finest cuisine.
- Pedal your way through Niedersil and Zell am See to a backdrop of 14,000-year-old glacier-carved gorges, azure lakes, and the towering Alps
- Take a spin on a toboggan in the hills of Hochkönig
- Hike above the Salzach Valley and – for a true adrenaline rush – opt for a tandem paraglide
- Ride a cable car to the Schmittenhöhe for stunning lake and mountain views
- Watch a live Falconry exhibit at one of Austria’s most stunning castles
- Paddle the rapids of the Salzach River while whitewater rafting through intense Alpine scenery
- Bike along the Salzach River, explore the hilltop Hohensalzburg Fortress and opt for an evening ride through Salzburg on a horse-drawn carriage
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
The home of The Sound of Music! Take in the spectacular views of the landscape where scenes of the famous musical were filmed.
Mozart's birthplace: born and raised in Salzburg, Mozart was quite the musical prodigy. Explore the house he lived in for 17 years, which is now a museum.
The lakes and mountains: enjoy the panoramic views, the ever-changing scenery and historical landmarks of the Lake District.
Munich, Germany MUC
Munich, Germany MUC
Zell am See
We meet in the morning in Munich and are transferred to Niedersil. 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 Kaprun 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 soft sauna, modern fitness-studio, solarium, squash-box, and massages.
Zell am See
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.
Zell am See
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.
A short transfer takes us to Taxenbach, where we embark in rafts to experience the thrill of white water rafting (minimum age: 10) on the Salzach River, flowing past scenic villages, magnificent churches and charming mills. After lunch we ride our bikes 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.
After a tour of the Hohenwefen castle and a possible falconry exhibition, travel to the UNESCO world heritage site of Hallstatt. Kayak through the calm waters of the Hallstätter See, and take in views of the picture perfect village. After a lunch on your own and time to explore the village, or take a swim in what has to be one of Austria’s most scenic lakes.
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 3 generations.
This elegant hotel has a tasteful design, quiet, romantic gardens and a rooftop sun terrace with a marvelous view over the city.
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Salzburg in the morning. Today you’ll have a free afternoon to Explore Salzburg, discover Hohensalzburg Fortress perched on a rocky peak or opt for an easy afternoon bike ride along the Salzach River into Germany or to Hellbrunn Palace. 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
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 Adventures.
Arrival & 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 Niedersil, 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 (two to three hour transfer). Alternatively, depending on your travel plans, you can also be dropped off at the Salzburg train station.
Day 1 bicycle mileage option: 7 / 12
Day 3 bicycle mileage options: 22 / 28 / 49
Day 4 bicycle mileage options: 10 / 18
Day 6 bicycle mileage option: 10 / 16
Day 2 walk mileage options: 3 / 7
Day 5 hike mileage options 2
Day 6 walking tour of Salzburg
Day 5 Kayak 2 hours
Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They take the time to explain the local history and daily sightseeing and route options. Each route has been carefully planned to include options to please each traveler’s interests. Austin Adventures guides are available to help you select the distance that’s right for you and to offer advice and assistance as you desire.
The magical regions of Salzburg and Tyrol overflow with majestic waterfalls, fantasy caves, ice sculptures and endless vistas of hills and mountains. At Schloss Hellbrunn castle, tour the gardens which are full of surprises, such as a mechanical theater with 113 figures set in motion by water to the music of an organ. In Salzburg, visit Mozart’s birth house and also discover many of the hidden spots used as settings in “The Sound of Music”.
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.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
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.
- Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
- Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
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