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Austrian Lakes Walk

Austrian Lakes Walk

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  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights
  • Accommodationhotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Call usfor dates and prices
  • Departures
    Every two days from 3 May '19 to 12 Oct '19
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 8 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels
  • All continental breakfasts and 7 evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • City break add-ons in Salzburg
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, couples, high peaks, lake & river routes
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Mrs Niblock says...
Excellent experience with Headwater and good notes to accompany the walks on this holiday. Hotels were all good and the welcome extremely friendly. The ...
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Austrian Lakes Walk

  • Snow-capped peaks, lush green meadows and forest trails
  • Luxury **** hotels throughout
  • Crystal-clear lakes, babbling streams, tranquil shores, secluded bays
  • Picturesque waterfront villages, postcard-pretty castles and cobbled streets crammed with attractive frescoed houses
  • Varied rest day choices: water sports, mountain rail rides, lake cruisers and Mozart's fairytale city of Salzburg

The Salzkammergut area (Austria's Lake District) is one of the most impressive regions in the heart of the country. Boasting 76 lakes and with a beautiful mountain backdrop, it's a perfect place to relax and let the calming atmosphere envelop you.

This 8-night self-guided walking holiday offers a selection of activities, where you'll enjoy a mix of spectacular scenic views, gentle shoreline routes, wooded forest trails and 'chocolate box' villages. There are also some great spots to stop off for a swim or dip your toes after a day's walking. The walks are relaxed, following mainly well-marked routes, and you can extend them on most days.

You'll spend three nights in the wonderful riverside spa town of Bad Ischl - a favourite summer holiday retreat of Emperor Franz Joseph. Although it's almost 100 years since the emperor was last there, his presence is still felt in the region, and you can explore the Kaiservilla, his former holiday home. Other highlights include walking via the UNESCO village of Halstatt for picture-postcard views, the imperial spa, salt mines, ice cave, the Katrin cable car and the Siriuskogl viewing platform.

Stop off at the town of St Wolfgang, renowned for its beautiful C15 church (you can sit in the arched windows and enjoy your lunch al fresco from here), and hop on the antique cog railway up to the summit of the Schafberg for unrivalled Alpine views. Visit St Wolfgang's Pfarrkirche with its outstanding Baroque altar created by Michael Pacher. Then, from St Wolfgang, head to Mondsee for a coffee and apfelstrudel. Not to mention a trip to Salzburg itself.

You stay in unrivalled **** luxury, family-run hotels that are calm and relaxing places to spend time, most with 'feel-good' wellness centres, plus high levels of quality and attention to detail. In Bad Ischl, your hotel has a panoramic terrace overlooking the River Traun and the Hotel Bergrose in Strobl is a quaint, family-run property.



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Day-by-day itinerary



Walking information

These walks are mainly easy and follow well marked routes, however there are some forested sections where the terrain is inclined and loose under foot. Walking boots are recommended.




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Day 1 - Arrive at Bad Ischl

Arrive at your **** hotel in Bad Ischl and relax before dinner in the wellness centre. (Staying at Hotel Goldenes Schiff, Half Board)

Day 2 - Hallstatt walk 11km/7mi/3hr

Today take a bus to the spectacular alpine village of Hallstatt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest village in Austria. Take the panoramic funicular railway up the mountain and visit the historical salt mine. Use the ferry to cross the lake and follow a beautiful walk to Bad Goisern before returning to Bad Ischl by train. (Staying at Hotel Goldenes Schiff, Half Board)

Day 3 At Bad Ischl

There is plenty to do today - explore pretty Bad Ischl itself, with its riverside location. Stroll along the esplanade and have coffee and cake in the world famous Zauner cafe, take in some of the imperial history (visit the Emperor's Villa and gardens) or relax in the EurothermenResort Thermal Baths. A trip to the nearby Dachstein Ice caves and spectacular 5 Finger Lookout is also an option. (Staying at Hotel Goldenes Schiff, Half Board)

Day 4 Bad Ischl to Strobl 16km/10mi/4hr or 20km/12.5mi/6hr

Walk (2km) or take the cable car from Bad Ischl to the summit of Katrin (1,393m). There are fabulous 360°ree; views of Traun and Hallstatt lakes, backed by the impressive Hollengebirge and Dachstein peaks. From here, your route takes you down the forested Katrin Pass. Tiny violet gentian flowers perfume your route as you pass Nussen Lake, a great picnic spot. Continue along the valley following the River Traun until you reach Strobl. (Staying at Hotel Bergrose, Half Board)

Day 5 At Strobl

There's lots to see and do in the village of Strobl, including a summer toboggan run and a wide range of water sports; you can also join one of the many hop on, hop off lake cruisers, visit the natural beach for sunbathing or take the bus (90 minutes) to beautiful Salzburg, with its Renaissance gardens, Baroque palaces and the oldest open air theatre in Europe. (Staying at Hotel Bergrose, Half Board)

Day 6 Strobl to St Gilgen 14km/8.5mi/4hrs

Today's route takes you along the north shore of Lake Wolfgang, a stunning expanse of vivid turquoise waters, popular with yacht owners, kite surfers and fellow walkers. Enjoy lunch in pretty St Wolfgang, renowned for its beautiful C15 church and frescoed houses, before continuing along the pilgrims' path past the Falkenstein Chapel, curiously built into the cliff face. (Staying at Gasthof Zur Post, Half Board)

Day 7 At St Gilgen

A thriving lace-making centre in the 1700s, today St Gilgen is a delightful village with a busy waterfront, lined with restaurants. Mozart's mother was born here and you can visit her house, which now includes a small museum. Or follow the official Mozartsteig hiking trail to Fuschl, passing between the Ellmautall and Eibenberg mountains. Heading through the heart of the nature reserve along forested paths you'll see many multi-coloured butterflies until you catch a breathtaking view of tranquil Fuschlsee - the smallest of the Salzkammergut lakes, but without doubt one of the prettiest. (Staying at Gasthof Zur Post, Half Board)

Day 8 St Gilgen (Fuschl) to Mondsee 11km/7mi/3hrs or 15km/9.5mi/4hr

From Fuschl, head up on a gentle wooded trail to the remains of Wartenfels Castle, from where you catch fantastic aerial views of Fuschlsee, Irrsee and Mondsee. Take the optional walk to the summit of the Schober, at 1,320m you can gaze over to Lake Wolfgang and the Schafberg peaks. Treat yourself to a well-earned Viennese coffee and apfelstrudel in Mondsee's central square looking out over St Michael's Basilica, which was famously used in 'The Sound of Music' wedding scene. (Staying at Hotel Leitnerbrau, Breakfast Only)

Day 9 Leave Mondsee

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Hotel Goldenes Schiff, Bad Ischl

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The Hotel Goldenes Schiff boasts a prime location in Bad Ischl's pedestrianised town centre and sits on the banks of the Traun River. Inside, it's modern and comfortable, with first-class facilities including a spa, with sauna and steam room.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

DatesClassic Plus RoomDeluxe Room
13/05/2018 - 30/09/2018£7£24

All prices shown above are valid from 23/11/2017. Prices are per person per night and based on 2 people sharing a double room. Classic plus rooms are larger. Deluxe rooms are larger still with a sitting area. They have either a south facing balcony or a panorama window facing the River Traun.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Villa Seilern , Bad Ischl

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The Villa Seilern, with its state-of-the-art spa facilities, is available as an upgrade to the Goldenes Schiff.

It is a perfect blend of the modern and the traditional, featuring a C19 villa along with a modern and stylish accommodation block. The bedrooms are spacious and use a mixture of natural materials and all have a balcony. The spa facilities at the hotel include an indoor pool, whirlpool, Bio and Finnish sauna and steam bath.

Villa Seilern is available at a supplement - please contact us for full details and prices.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Bergrose, Strobl

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This is a beautiful 30-room hotel based a 5-minute bike ride from the eastern shore of Wolfgangsee on the outskirts of the village of Strobl. It is a traditional building with wooden balconies and Gothic script on the exterior, and is located on a river bank next to a meadow. It has a lovely secluded garden, three stories of perfect Austrian wood-panelled luxury inside and an indoor pool and spa area.

Rooms here are junior suites with shower or bath - all Headwater rooms have a balcony. The rooms are beautifully decorated with quality pine furniture and comfortable beds. Please note that junior suite twins consist of a double bed and a sofa bed.

Parents of children under 10 years old should be aware that some rooms at the Hotel Bergrose have a balcony with a step up.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Gasthof Zur Post, St Gilgen

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Literally follow in the footsteps of travellers from the past as the Family Leitner welcome you to the Gasthof Zur Post. The building dates back over 600 years and was at one time a stage coach stop off before becoming a hotel. Inside you have a wonderful blend of history and tradition.

Centrally located and just a few minutes' walk from Wolfgangsee, the Hotel Zur Post makes an ideal base from which to explore the local area, visit the Music and Mozart Museums, hike up Zwolferhorn or be pampered in the sauna and steam spa.

The rooms here have been very recently renovated, and contain all the mod-cons you would expect from a **** hotel. Most rooms have a balcony too; please request this at the time of booking.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

DatesNannerl room
13/05/2018 - 30/09/2018£10

All prices shown above are valid from 04/12/2017. Prices are per person per night based on 2 adults sharing. The Nannerl room is a corner room offering more space as well as a view over St Gilgen on one side and the Wolferhorn mountain on the other.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Leitnerbrau, Mondsee

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The Leitnerbrau Hotel can be found in the very heart of Mondsee, just a stone's throw from the famous church used in 'The Sound of Music' and a 5-minute stroll from the lakeside where there are frequent summer shows and events.

A 30-room, family-run property, it is broad, modern and spacious inside whilst retaining the typical Tyrol architecture outside. Bedrooms are extremely spacious with queen size beds and traditional wooden furnishings.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

DatesDeluxe Room
13/05/2018 - 30/09/2018£13

All prices shown above are valid from 23/11/2017. Prices are per person per night and based on 2 people sharing a double room.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Markus Sittikus, Salzburg

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The 4 star Markus Sittikus is a beautifully presented hotel, based in an 18C building with a mustard facade located in a quiet side street not far from the Mirabell palace, just a 15 minute walk from the old city.

Inside the hotel the decor is attractive and individual, with bold colours like mustard yellow and red tartan in the comfortable bar area, and some colourful murals painted on the walls throughout the building. Public rooms have period furniture and the upbeat interior, combined with the personal attention you receive from the friendly staff, make a stay here particularly memorable.

The hotel has 39 rooms though it feels smaller, with television (CNN/BBC), direct dial phones and hairdryers. Each one is individually decorated with attractive colour combinations and solid wooden furniture, in keeping with the age and status of the building.

It is also one of the few hotels in Salzburg to have a garden to relax in, if you are looking for some respite after doing the sights.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Villa Carlton, Salzburg

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A 15-minute walk from Getreidegasse shopping street, this upscale hotel is 14 minutes from Mozart's Birthplace. Featuring elegant modern decor, the polished rooms and suites come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and desks. Some upgraded rooms have balconies and/or in-room tubs, while suites have living areas.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Travel

Transfers included from Salzburg airport at 13:35, and back to Salzburg airport at 11:45.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com to arrange connecting flights.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mrs Niblock, 17/08/2018

Excellent experience with Headwater and good notes to accompany the walks on this holiday. Hotels were all good and the welcome extremely friendly. The resorts were very pretty, clean and the people hospitable. The scenery on the walks was stunning. The rooms at each hotel were large and well furnished and the food at all hotels very good. I did not eat meat so fish was offered without asking at all but Hotel Gasthof Zur Post.


Mr Birney, 14/08/2018

Any doubts I had about this kind of holiday being suitable for us proved unfounded. From the first contact with Headwater My travelling companion and I were helped to understand the nature of the holiday and received every encouragement and assistance at every stage. The hotels were excellent as were the members of Headwater's staff who were In attendance when required. Thank you for a memorable experience.


Ms Clarkson, 22/07/2018

Excellent holiday - great walking. Quite challenging in parts but scenery worth it. Food and hospitality great. reps very supportive and shared lots of data


Mrs Spencer, 24/06/2018

The landscape was beautiful, the villages were picturesque all the hotels were comfortable and welcoming. Colin and Jill were excellent reps who gave a very informative briefing and ongoing advice which helped us to make the most of our holiday.


Mrs Heath, 10/06/2018

Our independent walking holiday to the Lakes south of Salzburg was all we could have hoped for - we were a group of 5 oldies, relatively but not super-fit. We dound the walking to be most suitable because of the FLEXIBILITY of options. We could walk, use buses or trains , or ferries, to reach our destinations, and to add variety. We could gain height by the cog-railway or chairlifts - and walk around contours up high, so gaining the views and different flowers - which, in May, were superb. Paths were good, and well marked.


Mr Hughes, 05/06/2018

Just like it says in the brochure ! A beautiful area and the holiday fully met our expectations. A visit to this region is enhanced by the very impressive local transport system.


Mr Anderson, 20/07/2017

What made this holiday for me was the briefing provided by the reps on arrival at the first hotel. Information about routes, local buses (and bus stops), trains and ferries helped enormously to make me feel at home in the holiday region. The daily updates by text were extremely helpful too. Well done to Colin and Jill



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday. Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

  • Sep
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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures

Meals
All continental breakfasts and 7 evening meals

Other details
Twin-bedded rooms in Austrian resorts are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. These are also known as 'Austrian Twins' and are regarded as two beds. Separate twin beds are rare and cannot be guaranteed as available.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Salzburg airport at 13:35, and back to Salzburg airport at 11:45.

How to book

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