Self-Guided Austrian Lakes Walk - Premium

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Trip code: 
W08SZ
Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Adventures, Premium Adventures
Activity:
Self-Guided
Min age:
12
Group size:
2–6

Enjoy well-marked routes with stunning lake views every day

The Austrian Lakes area offers a glorious mix of spectacular views, forest trails, picture-perfect villages and swimming opportunities galore! The walks are relaxed, following mainly well-marked routes, with stunning lake views every day. Every stop brings new discoveries such as St Wolfgang's antique cog railway, the summit of Schafberg and Mozart's museum in St. Gilgen.

Highlights

  • Snow-capped peaks, pine-clad hills, lush green meadows and unspoilt forest trails 
  • 4-star hotels throughout; swimming opportunities every day 
  • Crystal-clear lakes, babbling streams, tranquil shore and secluded bays 
  • Picturesque waterfront villages, pretty castles and cobbled streets crammed with attractive frescoed houses 
  • Varied rest day choices: watersports, mountain rail rides, lake cruisers and Mozart's fairytale city of Salzburg

Key information

  • 8 nights in 4-star hotels, all rooms en suite
  • 3 days move on walks with luggage transfers; 4 free days (route notes with 2 optional walks)
  • Low altitude and well-marked paths 
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 12 yrs

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • Route notes and maps
  • All baggage transport
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) - compulsory single supplement
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

3 days move on walks (route notes with 2 optional walks)

Pace:

Approximately 2-5 hours walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; some short steep sections

Day by day breakdown
Day 211.0km/7.0miles
Day 419.0km/12.0miles
Day 614.0km/9.0miles
Day 816.0km/10.0miles

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Itinerary

Bad Ischl
to
Mondsee
  • Day 1

    Arrive at Bad Ischl

    Arrive at your 4-star hotel in Bad Ischl and relax before dinner in the wellness centre.
    Premium Hotel

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    At Bad Ischl Hallstatt walk

    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.

    Optional walk: 3hr, distance 11km/7mi.
    Premium Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Free day in 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), relax in the Eurothermen Resort Thermal Baths or simply pamper yourself in the hotel's spa. A trip to the nearby Dachstein Ice caves and spectacular 5 Finger Lookout is also an option.

    Premium Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Bad Ischl to Strobl

    Walk (2km) or take the cable car from Bad Ischl to the summit of Katrin (1393m). There are fabulous 360° 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. Here you'll stay at the elegant 4-star Hotel Bergrose.

    Walking time 4hr, distance 17km/11mi or 6hr 19km/16mi.
    Premium Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day in 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 (80 mins) to beautiful Salzburg, with its Renaissance gardens, Baroque palaces and the oldest open air theatre in Europe.
    Premium Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Strobl to St Gilgen

    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 pilgrim’s path where you will come across the Falkenstein Chapel, curiously built into the cliff face.

    Premium Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Free day in St Gilgen

    Discover the delights of St Gilgen with its busy waterfront. Alternatively, follow the Mozartsteg to Fuschl, passing between the Ellmautall and Eibenberg mountains. Continue on to tranquil Fuschlsee, before getting the bus back to St Gilgen. 

    Premium Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    St Gilgen (Fuschl) to Mondsee

    From Fuschl, head up to the remains of Wartenfels Castle - from here the aerial views of Fuschlsee, Irrsee and Mondsee are fantastic. Climb the Schober (1,320m) for marvellous views to Lake Wolfgang and the Schafberg peaks. 

    Walking time 3.5hr, distance 13km/8mi or 4.5hr 16km/10mi.
    Premium Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 9

    Leave Mondsee

    Your trip ends in Mondsee. Standard transfers are provided specific times. Anyone arriving at different times would incur a non-standard transfer supplement.
    Premium Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Austria

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 7 evening meals are included.

Austria is renowned for wholesome, robust food. The cuisine is a reflection of the culinary exchange that went on during the time of empires - French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Croatian cuisine have all contributed to the flavours, to name just a few. You will be set up for the day with a breakfast of cold meats and cheeses, traditional bread, jam and coffee. Austrians tend to eat heartily at lunch time and less in the evenings, but you will be well catered for at dinner. Local specialities include the ever present 'Wiener Schnitzel' (breaded veal cutlet) and various stews of beef and pork. Dumplings, potatoes or noodles are all regular accompaniments along with vegetables. Of course, the fresh fish found in the lakes like rainbow trout, brown trout and whitefish will be a feature of many menus, often grilled with butter and herbs, or stuffed with local mushrooms.

Desserts are often fruit based - such as 'apfelstrudel' or cream pastries. 'Rehrucken' is a traditional chocolate and almond cream cake. 'Linzertorte' is a flaky cake lined with currant or raspberry jam, encased and covered by a lattice of cake dough. Mozart's home town's speciality is 'Salzburger Nockerln', which is a very light dessert souffle dusted with vanilla sugar and sometimes served with strawberries on the side.

Plum brandy is a popular post dinner drink, or you could try one of the various types of schnapps. Austrian wine tends to be white and fairly sweet in the manner of German Mosel wines. Beer is a better known product of the country and you will find a wide variety of local brews. The best known are Gosser and Augustiner Brau and come in light or dark forms.

Weather

Salzburg and the surrounding area is at the Northern edge of the Austrian Alps and as such has a typical Central European climate with hot summers and cold winters. However, Salzburg actually experiences relatively moderate weather making it a good year round destination. Being in the mountains, it can rain at any time in this area so be prepared for this at any point!

Is this trip for you?

Grade 2: Leisurely/Moderate
The relaxed walking for this trip follows mainly well-marked routes with opportunities to extend each day. The walks are generally classed as easy but there are some forested sections where the terrain is inclined and loose underfoot. The altitude is low throughout and does not exceed 1500m. The walking is point-to-point and your luggage is transferred between hotels for you. The walking is suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit and healthy, enjoys the occasional weekend walk and can walk 2-5 hours per day.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. You are provided with route notes for each day, which begin with an overview of the walk and advice on lunch, followed by detailed instructions. The route notes contain a 24 hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

 

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

You stay in unrivalled 4-star 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, the quaint family run Hotel Bergrose in Strobl a wonderful lakeside property and a 600 year old former stagecoach stop off.

Room Upgrades: Room upgrades may be available on request for a supplement; prices start from an additional £7 per person per night (based on 2 people sharing). Please inquire at the time of booking for further details, availability and prices

Single supplement

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement of for a single room for the tour duration please call for latest availability and prices. Please note all transfers prices are based on 2 people travelling therefore for single travellers supplements may apply.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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