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Czech Republic & Austria Walking & Hiking Tour

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 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.

Hotel Ruze
Hotel Ruže
Český Krumlov
| Casual Hotel

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

Day 3

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.

Heritage Hotel Hallstatt
Heritage Hotel Hallstatt
​Hallstatt

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

Days 4-6

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. 

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

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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
Cesky 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

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 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.

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