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.
1 Start your adventure in the Czech Republic with gentle pastoral strolls to picture-perfect villages After lunch at a secluded farmhouse-turned-inn, walk through rolling pastureland, evergreen forests and roads lined by fruit trees in southern Bohemia.
2 A local guide leads us on a visit of 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.
3-4 Journey to Austria and 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 town of Hallstatt reveals ancient salt-mining roots Keep your eyes peeled for chamois as you explore the beautiful Dachstein Massif and amble among waterfalls Schuhplattler dancers treat us to a lively performance.
5-6 Gear up for crystal-clear lakes and a historic pilgrimage trail Ride a cogwheel train, in operation since 1893, from the storybook village of St. Wolfgang up Schafberg Mountain—you won't want to miss this photo op, the setting for many scenes in The Sound of Music Stretch your legs on a leisurely walk around Fuschl, an idyllic lakeside village set in a nature reserve Pine-clad hills shelter the lake, which offers several secluded bays as well as calm beaches ideal for swimming.