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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country Austria
Travel type Fly
Price range From £959
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 7 nights
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Lakes and mountains of Austria

Austria is a largely rural land of snow-capped mountains, tumbling waterfalls and castles.

Take our escorted tour to the lakes and mountains of Austria and visit Salzburg.


Included
The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are available at a supplement of £149. The price includes return flights, three nights at Hotel Stadtkrug in Salzburg and four nights at the Hotel Steigenberger in Kaprun, all four star with dinner bed and breakfast, tour of the Austrian Lake District, guided tour of Salzburg, visit to the Krimml waterfalls, tour to the Grossglockner mountain, all transport as mentioned, services of a Riviera tour manager. Where hotels feature an outdoor swimming pool, this will be open summer months, weather permitting.

  • Return scheduled flights
  • Seven nights four star accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • Tour of the Salzkammergut – the Austrian Lake District
  • Visit to St Wolfgang
  • Stay in Kaprun in the heart of the Austrian Alps
  • Visit to Europe’s highest waterfalls at Krimml
  • Tour of the Alpine Road, taking you to the foot of the Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain
  • Guided tour of Salzburg, city of Mozart
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager
Day one

You should arrive at the airport to take the flight to Munich and on arrival you will be taken just over the Austrian border to Salzburg, staying three nights with dinner at the four star Hotel Stadtkrug situated in the historic centre just below the monastery. This hotel, at 700 years old, is one of the oldest buildings in Salzburg.

Day two

Up until 200 years ago, Salzburg was an independent state ruled by a series of Archbishops who turned it into one of the most sophisticated cities north of the Alps. The old town has architecture dating from the medieval to 18th century, whilst one of Europe’s largest stone fortresses, the Hohensalzburg, perched high on a cliff-top, dominates the skyline. Spread below is a maze of tiny streets lined with shops. Then there is the Hellbrunn Palace with its trick fountains and the natural beauty of the Mirabell gardens are a must for the fan of things horticultural. With its genteel atmosphere of bygone times, surrounded by an Alpine backdrop, Salzburg is a superb spot to relax and explore at your leisure. Salzburg’s most famous citizen was Mozart, one of the greatest musical geniuses to have ever lived. He played the piano at three; could compose rudimentary music at five and wrote his first opera at fourteen. His home has been restored and reminders of him are evident throughout the city. This morning, we have a guided tour seeing all the principal places of interest then you are free to enjoy the afternoon exploring the city at your own pace. There are plenty of museums and hidden gems in the city which have nothing at all to do with Mozart or the ‘Sound of Music’, wich was filmed throughout the city and surrounding area.

Day three

Today we leave the city behind for a display of outstanding natural beauty: the Salzkammergut, the Austrian Lake District. This morning’s drive takes you first to Mondsee, perched on the northern shore of the lake that bears its name and renowned for its church, the set for Maria’s wedding in the film The Sound of Music. As the day progresses the scenery becomes ever-more spectacular. Following routes alongside the lake shores and green hill pastures brings us to the second lake of the day, the Traunsee and the fishing village of Traunkirchen which until the last century could only be reached by boat. Leaving lakes behind for a short while, we pass through the spa town of Bad Ischl. Mountains and forest stretch in all directions as we head for St Wolfgang where there’s time for lunch amidst the scenic surroundings. St Wolfgang, with its maze of 15th century, frescoed buildings is famed for its church altar, one of the high points of Gothic Art. Relax in this lakeside spot this afternoon or perhaps take the steam-hauled rack railway to the summit of the Schafberg mountain high above, for a view across the entire lake district. We then return to the hotel for dinner.

Day four

This morning we drive into the High Alps and firstly visit the 17th century Hellbrunn Palace just outside Salzburg. Commissioned by an archbishop and much visited by emperors, each room is a revelation decorated in a variety of themes from Chinese to those specially shaped with perfect acoustics where talented musicians performed. The gardens are famous for their ‘trick’ fountains, endlessly stopping and starting plus shell-covered grottoes and water-driven clockwork figures. You will stay in the small Alpine village of Kaprun, at the very heart of the Zell am See region. Nestling at the foot of the Kitzsteinhorn and the Grossglockner mountain range, Austria’s highest, you will stay four nights with dinner at the four star Hotel Steigenberger Kaprun.

Day five

Today we commence our exploration of some of the world’s finest alpine scenery. After breakfast, we take the road amongst woodland and peaceful pastures and through the valley, discovering one of Europe’s great natural wonders, the Krimml waterfalls. The highest in Europe and the fifth highest in the world, this series of waterfalls tumbles 1,200 feet from icy glaciers, with huge clouds of spray suspended over the lush green forests below, accompanied by the roar of enormous volumes of cascading water. We have time to explore the park, taking the dedicated path where alpine flora and fauna abound, before returning to our hotel.

Day six

Today we have another journey into this alpine wonderland, visiting Austria’s highest mountain – the Grossglockner, as we drive along one of Europe’s oldest and most celebrated alpine routes. On leaving Zell, the scenery gradually changes from lush green meadow, through dark pine forests, then above the tree line a landscape of snow and ice reveals itself. Bronze Age knives, ancient gold jewellery and Roman statues found here prove traders have passed this way for at least 3,000 years. The route evolved into a 17th century pack road and the present Grossglockner High Alpine Road, opened less than 100 years ago. It offers a show of continually changing vistas, glaciers, rugged valleys and mountains, each a postcard in itself, leading from the carpet-like pastures of the Salzach valley to the Hochtor pass at 2,505 metres – one of Europe’s highest. We continue twisting up the rugged valley to reach the Pasterze glacier and the ‘Emperor’s Viewpoint’. You can hear the eerie whistling cry of the marmots, the rather endearing rodents found only in the high mountains – and keep a look out for the ibex whilst eagles soar above. Should you wish, you can take the funicular railway ride to the Pasterze glacier and walk on the surface – there are few places in the world you can do this. Please note this trip is subject to weather conditions.

We return to the hotel for dinner.

Day seven

Today you have a completely free day. Perhaps take the cable car to almost the summit of the Kitzsteinhorn, one of the largest glaciers in the Alps for views across some of the finest mountain scenery on earth. Take a stroll around the village, catch up on some reading or perhaps visit nearby Zell for a boat trip on the lake. Zell am See has a delightful centre and lakeside promenade and unlike many resorts, it has some fine traditional buildings too, some of which house small museums including one dedicated to the history of the region and its people, with the 11th century parish church also worth a look. You could take a lake steamer, study the teeming bird life, explore the villages on the opposite bank or perhaps take a leisurely stroll on the lakeside path. For those with a head for heights, take the cable car to the summit of Zell am See’s own mountain, the Schmittenhöhe, for a 360 degree panorama of the snow-capped Alps. For the more energetic there are many superb alpine walking trails suitable for all abilities.

Day eight

Today a coach will return us to the airport at the appropriate time.
Salzburg - Hotel Stadtkrug - four star

Situated in the historic centre just below the monastery. This hotel is one of the oldest buildings in the city and was an inn during medieval times. It has been owned by the same family for three generations. It is full of antiques and has a charm and character unobtainable in any modern hotel. It has a restaurant serving traditional menus with much of the produce coming from their own organic farm. There is a roof terrace with views of the city and the rooms are modern, having benefited from extensive recent investment but still retaining the hotel's medieval charm.

Kaprun - Hotel Steigenberger - four star rated

This stylish hotel benefits from mountain views with every room having a balcony from where you can truly appreciate the views. There is a good quality restaurant, lobby bar and terrace, further cosy lounge bar, spa and wellness centre with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. All the modern, comfortable rooms are well-appointed with minibar, safe and all the facilities you would expect in a hotel of this standard.

Please note: Where hotels feature an outdoor swimming pool, this will be open summer months, weather permitting.
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