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Czech Republic to Austria Family Walking & Hiking Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Prague to Salzburg & Austria's Peaks

  • Ramble through quaint villages in the Czech Republic and dramatic alpine treks 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
  • Find two intriguing countries and cultures, with Prague and Salzburg as fascinating gateway cities

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.

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Itinerary

Day 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.

Day 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.

Days 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.

Days 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.

Wonderful scenery and rich culture greet your family at every turn on this Family Breakaway adventure. You'll walk the gentle contours of the Bohemian landscape and encounter magical places like Ceský Krumlov, with its medieval castle and cobblestone streets. Then head into Austria, where stunning alpine views await. You'll even visit the lovely resort town where many scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed. Ready for new discoveries in the Old World? Join us!
Mark Selcon - Regional Manager - Europe

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. Read the Straight Talk

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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.

Service Standards

The Czech Republic is a welcoming and fascinating country in the process of exciting change. While not a priority during the country's communist years, service is improving, though you may not always experience the level of convenience or service typically found on Backroads trips. Know that your Backroads leaders are there to smooth out the edges and make you as comfortable as possible.
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Prague, Czech Republic/Salzburg, Austria

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All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners included


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Casual & Premiere Hotels*

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Hotel Ruze

Hotel Ruže

Český Krumlov (2 nights)

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

Heritage Hotel Hallstatt

Heritage Hotel Hallstatt

Hallstatt (1 night)

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

Hotel Schloss Fuschl

Hotel Schloss Fuschl

* Premiere Hotel
Fuschl (2 nights)

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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Wonderful scenery and rich culture greet your family at every turn on this Family Breakaway adventure. You'll walk the gentle contours of the Bohemian landscape and encounter magical places like Ceský Krumlov, with its medieval castle and cobblestone streets. Then head into Austria, where stunning alpine views await. You'll even visit the lovely resort town where many scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed. Ready for new discoveries in the Old World? Join us!

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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.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 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.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4* 1000 8* 1600
6* 1000
2 4* 700 7 800 9 800
Cesky Krumlov Guided Walk (45 Minutes)
3 4 700 5 1400 7 2200
4 3* 0 8* 800
Hallstatt Guided Walk (1 Hour)
5 5* 500 7* 900 10* 1600
Cogwheel Train Ride (1.5 Hours)
6 3* 200
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes a mix of historic village pathways and forested lanes in the Czech countryside, and mountain trails that involve rugged terrain and some steeper sections in the Austrian Alps.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Czech Republic and Austria

Experiences That Aren't on the Menu

Close by the spectacular UNESCO-protected castle of Český Krumlov, you descend a set of stone steps into U Dobraka, a traditional Czech restaurant that was a retreat for free-thinkers during the Communist era and remains a well-kept secret. Our local friendships also lead us to the farm of Dagmar Havlova, sister-in-law of late Czech president Vaclav Havel, for an exclusive farm-to-table dinner that’s more authentic than any you’ll find in the local restaurant guide.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Czech Republic and Austria trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Czech Republic and Austria trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Czech Republic and Austria you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Czech Republic and Austria designed for families with older teens and 20-somethings. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

The Value of Casual Inn Trips

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this Casual Inns trip includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Czech Republic and Austria live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Czech Republic and Austria, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

The Best Leaders in Czech Republic and Austria

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Czech Republic and Austria, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,598 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,098 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,598 pp dbl occ

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