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Czech Republic & Austria Walking & Hiking Tour

Český Krumlov & the Sound of Music – Prague to Salzburg

From $3,799 - $3,949 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$890 for sgl. occ.)

Journey from Prague, where the Czech Republic reveals itself one village at a time. Quiet farmland. Raw beauty. Earnest people eager to share stories. Cross the Danube and encounter Austria's stark jagged peaks. Find joy in the countryside, the culture and the contrasts of these neighboring European countries.

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Czech Republic & Austria

Start Prague / End Salzburg

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Highlights

  • Ramble through quaint villages in the Czech Republic and dramatic alpine landscapes in Austria
  • Marvel at Český Krumlov, a World Heritage site with winding streets and architecture redolent of another time
  • Discover the ins and outs of Czech history with Helena, our longtime friend and expert guide
  • Discover two intriguing countries and cultures, with Prague and Salzburg as fascinating gateway cities
Czech Republic & Austria

Start Prague / End Salzburg

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Itinerary

Day 1 Start your adventure in the Czech Republic with gentle pastoral strolls to picture-perfect villages | After lunch at a secluded farmhouse inn, walk through rolling pastureland, evergreen forests and roads lined with fruit trees in southern Bohemia.

Day 2 A local guide leads us on a visit to enchanting Český Krumlov, an incredible World Heritage site with cobblestone streets, baroque and Renaissance houses, vaulted passageways and hidden squares | Saunter into the hills for sweeping city views | Rendezvous at a popular pub for a tasting of Czech beers.

Days 3-4 Journey to Austria and ascend by cable car from Traunsee Lake to Feuerkogel peak, where a delightful hike with stunning vistas awaits | Taste apfelstrudel, the delicious signature highland dish, mid-trek at a cozy alpine hut | Take a walking tour of the tiny World Heritage town of Hallstatt | Keep your eyes peeled for chamois in the beautiful Dachstein Massif | Schuhplattler dancers treat us to a lively performance.

Days 5-6 Gear up for crystal-clear lakes and a historic pilgrimage trail | Ride a cogwheel train from the storybook village of St. Wolfgang up Schafberg Mountain, the setting for scenes in The Sound of Music | Enjoy a leisurely walk around Fuschl, an idyllic lakeside village.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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  • 10 or more guests: from $3,799 pp dbl occ
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  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,899 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,499 pp dbl occ
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From $3,799 - $3,949 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$890 for sgl. occ.)

Casual & Premiere Hotels*

Hotel Ruze
Hotel Ruze

Český Krumlov (2 nights)

Heritage Hotel Hallstatt
Heritage Hotel Hallstatt

Hallstatt (1 night)

Hotel Schloss Fuschl
Hotel Schloss Fuschl

Fuschl (2 nights)

* Premiere Hotel

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Czech Republic and Austria

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Casual & Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Hotel Ruze

Hotel Ruze

Český Krumlov (2 nights)

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

Heritage Hotel Hallstatt

Heritage Hotel Hallstatt

Hallstatt (1 night)

An exclusive retreat composed of three historic houses overlooking spectacular Lake Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut region.

Hotel Schloss Fuschl

Hotel Schloss Fuschl

Fuschl (2 nights)
* Premiere Hotel

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)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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 (drag to see full )

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 5* 500 7* 900 10* 1600
Schafbergbahn Cogwheel Train Ride (1.5 Hours Round-Trip)
6 3* 200
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes a mix of historic village pathways, forested lanes and rugged trails with some steeper sections in the Austrian Alps.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Accommodations

On this trip we spend two nights at the historic Hotel Ruže, a former Jesuit monastery from the 16th century, where guest rooms are clean and comfortable, but simpler than the typical Backroads standard. We've chosen this property because of its ideal location in the center of the World Heritage site of Český Krumlov.

Why Travel with Backroads in Czech Republic and Austria

More Leaders to Support You

On our Czech Republic and Austria trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Czech Republic and Austria trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Czech Republic and Austria you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Czech Republic and Austria live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Czech Republic and Austria, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

The Best Leaders in Czech Republic and Austria

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Czech Republic and Austria, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Czech Republic and Austria that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

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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.

Accommodations

On this trip we spend two nights at the historic Hotel Ruže, a former Jesuit monastery from the 16th century, where guest rooms are clean and comfortable, but simpler than the typical Backroads standard. We've chosen this property because of its ideal location in the center of the World Heritage site of Český Krumlov.
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