Adventure Holidays in Austria

Known for its awe-inspiring architecture, beautiful mountain ranges and rich culture, Austria is the perfect place to head on an active adventure. Whether you're keen to hike in the Eastern Alps, cycle around crystal-clear lakes or strap on your skis to go cross-country, our activity holidays in Austria provide endless opportunities for exploring.

Lovers of the great outdoors can revel in discovering the towering peaks, valleys, forests and lakes during adventure tours in Austria. Sweet-toothed visitors will have the opportunity to get stuck into the sumptuous confectionery on offer, while history buffs will be able to learn about the country's impressive past.

Ready to explore? Take a look at our range of carefully crafted outdoor holidays to Austria below.

What activities can I do on your adventure holidays in Austria?

On our adventure tours in Austria, you can enjoy a wide variety of activities. From walking and cycling to skiing and tobogganing, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the fun things you can do during your trip.

Walking

During our walking adventure holidays in Austria, you can take picturesque routes past tiny hamlets of gorgeous, frescoed houses and onion-domed churches, which are set against a dramatic backdrop of rocky mountains. You'll get the chance to follow Alpine paths with magnificent views of the jagged snow-capped peaks and the rich valleys below. Stop to admire crystal-clear lakes, babbling streams and tranquil shores, all before you settle down and relax in our hand-picked hotels at the end of the day.

Cycling

Ideal for both avid and novice cyclists, our cycling adventure holidays in Austria allow you to explore the most breathtaking landscapes from two wheels. These trips offer spectacular views, gentle shoreline routes and lots of swimming opportunities. During your rest days, you can look forward to going out on a boat, riding a cable car and visiting fairytale cities. Whether you'd like to cycle along the Danube or see the highlights of Lake Constance by bike, we have something for everyone.

Cross Country Skiing

Longing to crunch your feet in the snow, glide down mountainsides and get cosy in log cabins? Then our winter snow holidays may be perfect for you! You'll experience the thrill of cross-country skiing on scenic trails before tucking into tasty, traditional dishes. There are runs to suit all abilities on our adventure holidays in Austria, from gentle slopes perfect for practicing to more challenging routes for experienced skiers. And when you want a break from the slopes, you can enjoy tobogganing, ice skating or a spot of shopping in the charming local towns.

Why not make your own discoveries on one of our carefully-crafted adventure holidays in Austria and book your trip today? If you're about to plan your next holiday and have any questions, allow one of our experienced team to help.

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Why choose Headwater?


Cycling from Vienna to Budapest
Austria / Slovakia / Hungary: The Danube

Cycling from Vienna to Budapest

Enjoy meandering rides along the Danube river and through 3 iconic cities - from Vienna in Austria, through Bratislava in Slovakia and on to Budapest in Hungary. The cycling is mostly along the river through small villages and nature reserves but the real highlights are the stunning architecture.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC07VB
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2030per person, tour only

  • 37 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walking in Austria's Lake District
Austria: Salzburg

Walking in Austria's Lake District

A glorious mix of spectacular scenic views, wooded forest trails and picture-perfect 'chocolate box' villages await as you pass crystal-clear lakes, babbling streams and secluded bays.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW07SZ
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2105per person, tour only

  • 11 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • Route notes provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Austrian Lakes Activities
Austria: Salzburg

Austrian Lakes Activities

Stay in a luxury 4-star hotel with a top-of-the-range wellness centre and choose from a host of activities: walking, cycling (route notes for both provided), water sports, boat trips, and ice caves. Complimentary Headwater bikes are included for the duration of your stay.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeM07SZ
  • Holiday typeMulti activity holiday
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2540per person, tour only

  • 67 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Lake Constance Cycling
Austria / Germany / Switzerland: Lake Constance

Lake Constance Cycling

Looking for a holiday where relaxing cycling effortlessly intertwines with nature, culture, delightful cuisine, refreshing swims, and historic sights? Our Lake Constance Cycling trip guides you through picturesque towns, vineyards, and captivating historic sites in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC10LC
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2960per person, tour only

  • 80 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling the Lakes and Rivers of the Salzkammergut
Austria: Salzburg

Cycling the Lakes and Rivers of the Salzkammergut

Explore Austria's Salzkammergut on a cycling adventure through crystal clear lakes, alpine villages, and lush meadows. Explore the historic depth of Bad Ischl and the charming town of Gmunden, surrounded by majestic Alpine peaks. Savour local culinary treasures and immerse yourself in the captivating natural beauty and rich history of the region.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC06SK
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1820per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • Breakfasts daily (HB compulsory between 26 Jun & 3 Sep inclusive)
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling along the Danube from Passau to Vienna
Austria: The Danube

Cycling along the Danube from Passau to Vienna

Follow the curves and bends of the Danube as it flows through steep-sided valleys and wide riverside woods towards beautiful Vienna. You will pass many delightful castles, ruins and abbeys whilst visiting historic towns such as Linz, Melk and Krems. The final destination of Vienna is the perfect place to explore.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC07LA
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1925per person, tour only

  • 15 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walking the Wachau Heritage Trail
Austria: Carinthia

Walking the Wachau Heritage Trail

Embark on a delightful walking holiday in Austria’s scenic Wachau region along the Danube River. Explore beautiful vineyards and picturesque villages, including the majestic Melk Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through Krems' historic streets, and savour exquisite local wines through delightful wine tastings.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW07WV
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1940per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Self guided cross-country skiing at Leutasch
Austria: The Tyrol

Self guided cross-country skiing at Leutasch

Escape to the picturesque Austrian Alps for a cross-country skiing adventure in Leutasch. Explore a winter wonderland filled with enchanting activities like horse-drawn sleigh rides, tobogganing, and serene winter walks. Immerse yourself in a world of serene landscapes, mouthwatering cuisine, and thrilling skiing experiences. Your perfect winter holiday begins here.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeK07LE
  • Holiday typeWinter snow holiday
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1985per person, tour only

  • 8 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • Buffet breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening meals
  • Route notes provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Alpine Walks in the Stubai Valley
Austria: The Tyrol

Alpine Walks in the Stubai Valley

Step into a world where Alpine charm meets culinary delights and nature's tranquillity. Our Tyrolean adventure is a symphony of picturesque villages, namely Neustift im Stubaital, framed by majestic alpine landscapes. With gentle, moderate, and challenging walks on offer, discover your love for the Stubai Alps.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW07NE
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$1985per person, tour only

  • 6 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts & dinners
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Salzkammergut Lakes Walk - Short Stay
Austria: Salzburg

Salzkammergut Lakes Walk - Short Stay

This tour combines pleasant walking with culture and places of interest. Discover the UNESCO region of Hallstatt, the riverside spa town of Bad Ischl and lakeside St Wolfgang.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW04SK
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration4 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2060per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • Breakfasts daily
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walking the Tyrolean Mountains
Austria: The Tyrol

Walking the Tyrolean Mountains

Calling all mountain lovers, food, and culture enthusiasts! Immerse yourself in the Alpine beauty, savour local cuisine, and engage in vibrant cultural experiences. Plus, relax in style at a luxurious 4* spa hotel. Discover the wonders of Kitzbuhel on this perfect adventure tailored just for you.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW06KZ
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration6 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2060per person, tour only

  • 1 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Highlights of Lake Constance by bike
Austria / Germany / Switzerland: Lake Constance

Highlights of Lake Constance by bike

Explore Lake Constance by bike on gentle cycling trails, stopping for lunches at waterfront restaurants and discovering some of the cultural and historic highlights of this region, staying in Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC07LC
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2180per person, tour only

  • 19 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Passau to Vienna Cycling
Austria: Carinthia

Passau to Vienna Cycling

This is a gentle linear route following the course of the River Danube. Some of the highlights of this 10-night holiday include Passau 'City of Three Rivers', medieval Linz, the UNESCO Wachau Valley, and Benedictine Melk.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC10PA
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2900per person, tour only

  • 74 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Salzkammergut Lakes Walk
Austria: Salzburg

Salzkammergut Lakes Walk

Scenically stunning, immerse yourself in the beauty of flower-filled meadows, looming mountains and quaint villages dotted around the glimmering lakes and enjoy pleasant walking mixed with culture and places of interest.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW07SK
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2900per person, tour only

  • 3 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • Breakfasts daily
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Five Lakes Cycling
Austria: Salzburg

Five Lakes Cycling

Experience the enchanting Austrian lakes district on this cycling holiday through Salzkammergut. Roam idyllic alpine villages, serene blue lakes, and immerse yourself in the rich history. Stay in carefully selected unique 4-star hotels, where luxury seamlessly blends with Austrian traditions.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC07SL
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From US$2960per person, tour only

  • 3 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Navigation app provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

Frequently asked questions

How do I plan a trip to Austria?

We understand that planning a great holiday can be tricky, especially if you've never been to the destination before. You may be overwhelmed wondering how to plan a trip to Austria that packs in everything you want to see and do. That's where we come in - to help you organise the holiday of a lifetime.

Our team of experts have been crafting incredible itineraries for over 35 years, hand-picking where you go and what you see using our own experiences as inspiration.
We make all the arrangements for your trip personally, from your accommodation to route notes, ensuring that every detail is taken care of. The hotels you stay in are all chosen based on their amazing locations, quality of service and unique charm.

All you need to do is browse our holidays, find the right trip for you, choose a date and click 'book now'. It's that simple! And if you want to tweak one of our outdoor holidays in Austria, that's not a problem. Simply get in touch with us and we'll do whatever we can to create a trip that suits you.

How many days in Austria is enough?

This depends on how much you want to explore! We offer a range of outdoor holidays in Austria - all varying in duration - so you can find a trip that's the right length for you.

If you're keen to enjoy a short break, we offer some fantastic four-to-six-night holidays that take you to see the highlights of this incredible country. If you'd like to stay a little longer, then our seven or 10-night holidays may be ideal for you.

What is the best month to travel in Austria?

This is ultimately down to personal preference, as each month offers something unique. However, you can get an idea of the best time to jet off on certain holidays by looking at the months they depart.

Some adventure tours to Austria, like those walking or cycling around the lakes, are typically best suited to the spring and summer months. Our winter snow holidays are, of course, most enjoyable during January, February and March, when you can take advantage of the best snow.

If you'd like some advice on when to visit, please don't hesitate to chat with our friendly team.

What's the most beautiful part of Austria?

There are many incredibly beautiful areas across Austria, from the peaks of the Alps to the charming streets of Vienna. Which part is the most striking comes down to personal opinion but some of the most popular areas include Salzkammergut, Tyrol and Wachau. We pride ourselves on crafting incredible adventure tours in Austria that take you to see the most spectacular landscapes on offer.

How much is a trip to Austria?

As you browse our activity holidays in Austria, you'll see a starting price for each trip. When you click 'View Holiday' and then 'Dates & Prices', you can find more details, such as the tour-only price and the cost of optional flights.

We pride ourselves on offering honest prices that include all the standard requirements for your trip, such as route information, bikes and other equipment (where applicable), transport and/or transfers, and support from a local agent. Please do check each holiday page to find out what's included and any extras you'd like to take advantage of.

To find out more about our price promise, take a look at our full explanation of what's included in the price of your holiday.

What should I wear during my activity holiday in Austria?

What to wear will depend on the type of activity holiday in Austria you choose. If you're heading on a walking tour, then we recommend wearing a pair of sturdy boots that give your feet the support they need.

In terms of clothing, consider the weather and the time of year you're visiting. Will it be warm and sunny? Then breathable, lightweight clothing may be best. You should bring a sunhat with you as well as sun cream. If you're heading to the slopes in the winter, plenty of thick, warm layers are essential – as well as a waterproof coat!

If you're planning to explore by bike, then we advise wearing appropriate footwear and clothing such as padded cycling shorts. We also strongly recommend you wear a helmet throughout your trip. They are mandatory in Austria for children under the age of 12, so bear that in mind if you're planning a family trip!

Why choose Headwater for outdoor holidays in Austria?

Our experts love hand-crafting a wide range of unforgettable journeys for you to enjoy. Here are just some of the reasons you should book activity holidays in Austria with us.
  • Satisfied customers: We're delighted to have earned a rating of 4.6 on Feefo from our customers, reflecting the work that goes into delivering unforgettable holidays.

  • ABTA and ATOL protection: Our adventure tours in Austria are ABTA and ATOL-protected, giving you peace of mind when you book with us. Find out more about your key rights when travelling with Headwater.

  • Our awards: We're proud to create award-winning adventures for our customers. We were recognised by the British Travel Awards with three prizes, including Best Travel Company to Central/Western Europe.

  • Sustainability: Headwater are committed to sustainable travel, which is why we put together our People, Places and Planet plan. We're taking steps to halve our carbon footprint by 2030.

  • Making a difference: The Exodus Travels Foundation supports projects in communities across the world, with the aim of making a positive impact wherever our tours take us.
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