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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.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual & Premiere Hotels*
Start Prague / End Salzburg
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
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 | 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.
A former Jesuit monastery from the 16th century, with a perfect location in the town's center. (pool, spa)
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.
An exclusive retreat composed of three historic houses overlooking spectacular Lake Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut region.
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 | 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.
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)
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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. LEARN MORE.
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.
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.
On this trip we spend two nights at the historic Hotel Ruze, 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.