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The Sound of Music from Prague to Salzburg

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*

FROM: $4,099 pp dbl occ
($900 for sgl occ)

Czech Republic & Austria

Start Prague / End Salzburg

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

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 
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual & Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Start your adventure in the Czech Republic with gentle pastoral strolls to picture-perfect villages | After a picnic lunch at a hospoda (traditional country pub) located at the edge of a nature reserve, walk up Mount Klet' through rolling pastureland, evergreen forests and roads lined with fruit trees in southern Bohemia | Find panoramic views stretching from the town of České Budějovice to the snowy peaks of the Austrian Alps | Visit enchanting Český Krumlov, an incredible World Heritage site with cobblestone streets, baroque and Renaissance houses, vaulted passageways and hidden squares | Krumlov Hrad, the second-largest castle in the Czech Republic, dominates the skyline | Hike into the hills for sweeping city views | At a popular pub, enjoy a tasting of Czech beers | Meet up with our friend and local historian for an informal Q&A on her country's history and culture.

Old Inn
Hotel OLDINN
Český Krumlov
| Casual Hotel

Comprised of three historic buildings, this lovely inn is ideally located on the town's main square.

Days 3-6

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 | Schuhplattler dancers treat us to a lively performance | Ride a cogwheel train from the storybook village of St. Wolfgang up Schafberg Mountain, the setting for scenes in The Sound of Music | Embark on a glorious hike in the valley below the breathtaking Dachstein Massif | On forested trails and roads, make your way around Vorderer Gosausee, one of Austria's clearest lakes | On our final morning, take a leisurely walk around the idyllic lakeside village of Fuschl. 

Hotel Schloss Fuschl
Hotel Schloss Fuschl
Fuschl
| *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) 

Dates & Prices

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

SMALL GROUP? TRY RENDEZVOUS | An extra leader and van for even more flexibility | Call us to book your Rendezvous.

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

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Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles* | 1600 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 7 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 9 miles | 800 ft. gain
Other
Český Krumlov Guided Walk (45 minutes)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Level 3 | 8 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Other
Hallstatt Guided Walk (1 hour)
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles* | 1600 ft. gain
Other
Schafbergbahn Cogwheel Train Ride (1.5 hours Round-Trip)
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 200 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

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.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 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

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