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8 Day Austrian Alpine Walking Tour tour
Hallstatt Salzburg 8 Day Austrian Alpine Walking Tour Trip

8 Day Austrian Alpine Walking Tour

Gate 1 Travel
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Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
8 days
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Overview

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  • 2 Easy Days | up to 4 hours of walking a day, easy walking on mostly flat terrain, accessible to all travelers in good health
  • 3 Moderate Days | 4-6 hours of walking a day, hilly with some steep or uneven terrain, travelers should be physically fit and prepared for several hours of activity
 

Short Description

2 Strobl, 2 Bad Ischl, 2 Gmunden

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See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
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Attractions & Cities Visited

Hallstatt Salzburg

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Itinerary

This itinerary requires a high level of physical fitness with up to 5 hours of walking per day. The route and activities are subject to change. Please see the "Is This Trip Right for You?" section and the Trip Preparation tab for more information.

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Austria
Depart for Austria

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Salzburg, Transfer to Strobl on Lake Wolfgangsee
Arrive in Salzburg, and transfer to your hotel in Strobl, an alpine village on the shores of Lake Wolfgangsee. Balance of the day is at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a light dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Strobl
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Hike to Gschwendt, Cogwheel Train to Schafberg Mountain, St. Wolfgang
Starting in Strobl, hike towards Gschwendt, through the Blinklingmoos Nature Reserve, following the former railway track from Bad Ischl to Salzburg. Upon arrival in Gschwendt, cross the lake via ferry to get to the lower station of the famous cogwheel train, that will take you to the top of Schafberg Mountain. Here, savor lunch at the restaurant, offering stunning views of the surrounding area. Later, hike down to the middle station and board the cogwheel train to descend to the base. Then, spend free time to discover the charming town of St. Wolfgang, known for its pilgrimage church with a carved gothic winged altar. Conclude the day with a boat ride back to Strobl
Overnight: Strobl
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Activity Level: Moderate, 6 miles, 4 hours

DAY 4, Tuesday - Hallstatt, Visit Salt Mines, Hike to Waldbachstrub Waterfall
This morning, travel to the town of Hallstatt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nestled amidst steep mountains and Hallstatt Lake. On arrival, board the cable car up Mount Salzberg to visit the salt mines*, dating back to 5,000 B.C. Take a guided tour through the mines and learn how salt was formed and how the miners extracted it. Following the tour, stop at the Hallstatt Skywalk viewing platform, offering panoramic views of the town and the surrounding area, before your descent with the cable car. Later in the day, hike through the Echerntal Valley to the Waldbachstrub Waterfall. The path is known as the painter's path, because many painters of the 19th century were inspired by its natural beauty. Continue to Bad Ischl
*Visit to the salt mines is not recommended for people with claustrophobia
Overnight: Bad Ischl
Meals: Breakfast
Activity Level: Easy, 5.3 miles, 3.5 hours

DAY 5, Wednesday - Brine Pipeline Trail to Bad Goisern, Annamax Mustard Factory
Begin your scenic hike along the historical Brine Pipeline Trail to Bad Goisern. The path takes you through the Inner Salzkammergut region surrounded by majestic mountains and picturesque little villages. Arrive at the town of Bad Goisern, and visit the Annamax Mustard Factory. Immerse yourself in the world of mustard, learn about the cultivation of the mustard plant, its healing properties and its history. Afterward, walk to Steeg to board the train back to Bad Ischl train station and return to your hotel
Overnight: Bad Ischl
Meals: Breakfast
Activity Level: Moderate, 8 miles, 4.5 hours

DAY 6, Thursday - Hike Around Langbathsee Lakes, Travel to Gmunden, Cooking Class
Depart Bad Ischl and travel to the market town of Ebensee. Begin your hike around the picturesque Langbathseen lakes. During your hike, admire the breathtaking mountain scenery and crystal-clear water. Afterward, proceed to the town of Gmunden on Lake Traunsee and check into the hotel. Later, attend a cooking class, led by a professional Austrian chef. Learn how to make traditional Austrian dishes and well-known pastries, including Apple Strudel and Salzburger Nockerl. Taste your own creations and savor a three-course meal
Overnight: Gmunden
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Activity Level: Easy, 4.6 miles, 3 hours

DAY 7, Friday - Gruenberg Mountain, Hike to Laudachsee Lake
Begin the day with a short walk to the Gruenberg cable car station. Board the cable car that will take you up to the peak of Gruenberg Mountain. From here, walk along the Salzkammergut treetop trail, offering breathtaking views over the Salzkammergut area. Afterward, embark on a trek that takes you to the beautiful Laudachsee Lake. Hike around the lake and take in the stunning scenery, before heading back to the cable car station for your descent. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Gmunden
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity Level: Moderate, 6.1 miles, 3.5 hours

DAY 8, Saturday - Depart Austria
Transfer to the airport in Salzburg for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

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Not Included: Optional tours and gratuities.
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