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Czech Republic & Austria Walking & Hiking Tour
Czech Republic & Austria Walking & Hiking Tour

Start with Prague, a true gem of Eastern Europe, with bustling culture and dramatic architecture that inspires at every turn. Head south and the Czech Republic reveals itself one peaceful village at a time. Hearty meals. Earnest people eager to share stories. Stretches of quiet road. Simple farmland. Raw beauty. Cross the Danube and speed through time. You'll encounter Austria's stark, jagged peaks. And a joy in the countryside, in the people and in the culture. It's amazing the contrast of these neighboring European countries.


Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Service Standards

The Czech Republic is a welcoming and fascinating country in the process of exciting change. While not a priority during the country's communist years, service is improving, though you may not always experience the level of convenience or service typically found on Backroads trips. Know that your Backroads leaders are there to smooth out the edges and make you as comfortable as possible throughout.

Day 1 Gentle pastoral strolls to picture-perfect villages in the Czech Republic  After lunch at a secluded farmhouse-turned-inn, stride through rolling pastureland, evergreen forests and roads lined by fruit trees in southern Bohemia.

Day 2 Historian-led visit of enchanting Česk√Ĺ Krumlov, an incredible World Heritage site with cobblestone streets, Baroque and Renaissance houses, vaulted passageways and hidden squares  The town's ornately painted Krumlov Hrad is one of the largest castles in the Czech Republic Hike into the hills for sweeping city views.

Days 3-4 Journey to Austria and discover a World Heritage site  Ascend by cable car from Traunsee (one of Austria's deepest lakes) to Feuerkogel peak, where a heavenly hike with stunning vistas awaits When better to taste apfelstrudel, the delicious signature highland dish, than mid-trek at a cozy alpine hut A walking tour of the tiny, World Heritage site town of Hallstatt reveals ancient salt-mining roots  Keep your eyes peeled for a chamois and discover the beauty of the Dachstein massif  Amble among cascading waterfalls Schuhplattler dancers treat us to a lively performance.

Days 5-6 Dramatic alpine treks to castles with glacier views Ride a cog train from the storybook village of St. Wolfgang up Schafberg Mountain - you won't want to miss this photo op!  Hike to the lovely resort town St. Gilgen, the birthplace of Mozart's mother and the setting for many scenes in The Sound of Music  Stretch your legs on a leisurely walk around Fuschlsee, a beautiful lake sheltered by pine-clad hills.


Trip Highlights
  • Discover two intriguing countries and cultures
  • Gentle pastoral strolls in the Czech Republic and dramatic alpine treks in Austria
  • A guided visit in Český Krumlov, an incredible World Heritage site
  • Hike glorious glacier-carved valleys to castles and picture-perfect villages
  • Trace Czech history with Helena, our friend and historian
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Casual & Premiere Inns

Hotel Ruze (2 nights): A former Jesuit monastery from the 16th century, with a perfect location in the town's center. (pool, spa)

Heritage Hotel Hallstatt (1 night): An exclusive retreat composed of three historic houses overlooking spectacular Lake Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut region.

Hotel Schloss Fuschl (2 nights): Set on a wooded promontory on Lake Fuschl, this castle was built as the country residence of the archbishops of Salzburg in 1450. (pool, spa, golf)


Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4* 1000 8* 1600
6* 1000
2 4* 700 7 800 9 800
Cesky Krumlov Guided Walk (45 Minutes)
3 4 700 5 1400 7 2200
4 3* 0 8* 800
Hallstatt Guided Walk (1 Hour)
5 1 0 6* 1000 8* 1300
5* 200
Cog Train Ride (1.5 Hours)
6 3* 200
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 9/7-12 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $940 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/14-19 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $940 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 5/17-22 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/28-7/3 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/19-24 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/9-14 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/30-9/4 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/6-11 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/13-18 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/20-25 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/27-10/2 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

2 - 3 guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.

2015

2 - 3 guests from $5,898 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

I loved this trip! This was a whole new part of the world for me, and to see the countryside in both places rather than just the big cities (which I also loved) was fantastic. I definitely felt that I got the flavor of each country more so because of the places we hiked and stayed. I know you can't control the weather, but you certainly made that perfect as well! The hikes were again varied from one day to the next - small villages, forests, lakes, mountains - you name it, we hiked there. It was really a magical experience, made even better by our leaders.
Geraldine Monahan - Greenwich, CT

I am a very seasoned traveler. I have been to every continent and most places in the world, and would never have considered doing an organized trip like this one in the past. Most of my trips have been on my own or with friends. But Backoads has done such a spectacular job that you have changed my way of thinking when it comes to travel.
Beth Robbins - Steamboat Springs, CO

I thoroughly enjoyed traveling with Backroads through the Czech Republic and Austria. The local guide in Cesky Krumlov was outstanding, drawing on her wealth of experience and her total command of the English language. All in all, a great adventure!
Linda Pohlman - Camarillo, CA