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 with 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 Lake to Feuerkogel peak, where a heavenly 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.
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.