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German & Austrian Alps Walking & Hiking Tour

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Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

From $5,999 - $6,149 /person

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

This trip is filling up for 2024! Check out our Czech Republic & Austria Walking & Hiking Tour with new dates just added.

German & Austrian Alps Walking & Hiking Tour

Couples, Friends & Solos

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Jul-Sep 2025: Jun-Sep

From $5,999 - $6,149 /person

Mountains, Lakes & Castles: Salzburg to Munich

Bring a journal and it will soon read like a storybook. Impossibly deep lakes beneath the snowcapped peaks of the Alps. Blankets of wildflowers flowing into the horizon. Majestic fairy-tale palaces. Mountaintop hideaways from world wars. If any pages are left empty, it will only be because sometimes words are simply not enough.

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Highlights

  • Hike past limestone massifs, alpine meadows and glacial lakes in Austria and Germany's legendary Alps
  • Experience world-class hospitality in classic Bavarian beer halls and at luxurious modern spa hotels
  • Explore an ancient kingdom filled with picturesque castles, remote mountain huts and cobblestone villages like Kitzbühel
  • Discover the cultures, landscapes and architecture of Munich and Salzburg, our captivating gateway cities
Germany and Austria Alps Walking & Hiking Tour map

Austria & Germany

Start Salzburg

End Munich

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Itinerary

Day 1

Description

Begin in beautiful Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart • See the hills that inspired Maria's song in The Sound of Music • Walk along the rocky ridgeline that borders Germany and Austria • Cowbells softly clang in nearby pastures as you sample local artisanal cheeses at a mountain farmhouse • Discover the history of this remote mountain region at the Obersalzberg Documentation Centre • Settle into an elegant chalet-style retreat • Toast the journey ahead while tasting exquisite wines from both sides of the border.

Accommodations

Night 1

Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden
Berchtesgaden
Premiere Hotel

Nestled in the Bavarian Alps, an ultramodern property with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. (pool, spa)

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Days 2-3

Description

Boat across glacier-carved Königssee, Germany's deepest and cleanest lake, and cool off in the spray of the country's highest waterfall • Admire expansive vistas from high mountain passes • Gondolas whisk you from the valley floor to the upper reaches of the Tyrolean Alps to reveal world-class hiking trails • Explore medieval Kitzbühel, stopping for a Kaffee in the town's charming pedestrian-friendly center • Alpine elegance meets Relais & Châteaux hospitality at an exquisite family-owned hotel.

Accommodations

Nights 2-3

Hotel Tennerhof
Kitzbühel
Premiere Hotel

This family-owned hotel offers a perfect balance of modern luxury and Tyrolean tradition, with sweeping mountain vistas. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 4-6

Description

Trek through the Isar Valley to cross the Germany-Austria border on foot • Plunge into the subterranean world of Leutasch Gorge, whose rushing waters are hidden by steep mountain walls • Hike to an alpine plateau replete with jewel-like lakes for a view of some of the highest mountains in Austria • Savor the surprising flavors of elevated German fare • Step into a fairy tale when you set sights on iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, famed as the inspiration for Walt Disney's Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty castles • End your trip in welcoming Munich with its green parks and festive biergartens.

Accommodations
Schloss Elmau

(2 nights)

Nights 4-5

Schloss Elmau
Elmau
Premiere Hotel

Relaxation comes easy at this elegant hideaway in the Bavarian Alps. Built in 1916 as an eccentric castle-like manor, with a sleek modern wing added in 2015, the property boasts its own library, bookstore, concert hall and hammam—as well as less tangible bragging rights, such as being the only venue ever to host the G7 Summit twice. A Leading Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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World-Class Hotels

Our hand-selected Premiere hotels offer exceptional hospitality and experiences as special as the regions we explore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Night 1

Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden
Berchtesgaden

Premiere Hotel

Nestled in the Bavarian Alps, an ultramodern property with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. (pool, spa)

Nights 2-3

Hotel Tennerhof
Kitzbühel

Premiere Hotel

This family-owned hotel offers a perfect balance of modern luxury and Tyrolean tradition, with sweeping mountain vistas. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Nights 4-5

Schloss Elmau
Elmau

Premiere Hotel

Relaxation comes easy at this elegant hideaway in the Bavarian Alps. Built in 1916 as an eccentric castle-like manor, with a sleek modern wing added in 2015, the property boasts its own library, bookstore, concert hall and hammam—as well as less tangible bragging rights, such as being the only venue ever to host the G7 Summit twice. A Leading Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)

From $5,999 - $6,149 /person

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