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Headwater - Self-Guided Austrian Lakes Walk - Premium

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highlights
  • Snow-capped peaks, pine-clad hills, lush green meadows and unspoilt forest trails 
  • 4-star hotels throughout; swimming opportunities every day 
  • Crystal-clear lakes, babbling streams, tranquil shore and secluded bays 
  • Picturesque waterfront villages, pretty castles and cobbled streets crammed with attractive frescoed houses 
The Headwater - Self-Guided Austrian Lakes Walk - Premium tour starts and ends in Bad Ischl. The Headwater - Self-Guided Austrian Lakes Walk - Premium is a Trekking tour that takes 9 days taking you through Bad Ischl, Austria and other destinations in Austria.

The Austrian Lakes area offers a glorious mix of spectacular views, forest trails, picture-perfect villages and swimming opportunities galore! The walks are relaxed, following mainly well-marked routes, with stunning lake views every day. Every stop brings new discoveries such as St Wolfgang's antique cog railway, the summit of Schafberg and Mozart's museum in St. Gilgen.
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4.7 - Excellent Based on 4251 reviews
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5 - Excellent
“I am new to organized group travel and this was far more than I hoped for. The hikes were outstanding! Our guide and hosts were lovely people who did their jobs with knowledge and care, while being friendly and fun to be around. We lucked out with a fantastic travel group and near perfect weather. I am not ashamed to say that I cried when it was time to go. It was a beautiful trip and it was hard to see it end.”
Review for another Exodus tour
2 - Poor
“The trip did not get off to a good start as contrary to the joining instructions, there was no one to meet us at Madrid airport. (Flights had been booked through Exodus). Eventually we had to telephone the Exodus office in the UK and the guide who had been waiting at a different terminal did meet us.
Covarrubias is a pretty medieval town which was unfortunately mostly closed as the season appeared over. The hotel was pleasant, the staff very friendly and the evening meals very good. The packed lunches were at best average. The first two days walks were disappointing and returned early afternoon. The last three days walks were much better, covering a variety of terrain and offering lovely views. The guide was enthusiastic but it was the first time she had led this trip. The 2+ hour return trip by bus to the airport was not accompanied by an Exodus representative (or English and Spanish speaker) but fortunately no problems were encountered.”
Review for another Exodus tour
5 - Excellent
“Exceptional. This is the first time that we have used this company and we found the experience wonderful. The group size was perfect, great itinerary, activities better than expected, all enhanced by the enthusiastic group leader as well as the local guides.”
Arrive at your 4-star hotel in Bad Ischl and relax before dinner in the wellness centre.*Premium Hotel*
Today take a bus to the spectacular alpine village of Hallstatt, a UNESCO world heritage site and the oldest village in Austria. Take the panoramic funicular railway up the mountain and visit the historical salt mine. Use the ferry to cross the lake and follow a beautiful walk to Bad Goisern before returning to Bad Ischl by train.Optional walk: 3hr, distance 11km/7mi.*Premium Hotel*
There is plenty to do today - explore pretty Bad Ischl itself, with its riverside location. Stroll along the esplanade and have coffee and cake in the world famous Zauner cafe, take in some of the imperial history (visit the Emperor's Villa and gardens), relax in the Eurothermen Resort Thermal Baths or simply pamper yourself in the hotel's spa. A trip to the nearby Dachstein Ice caves and spectacular 5 Finger Lookout is also an option.

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Walk (2km) or take the cable car from Bad Ischl to the summit of Katrin (1393m). There are fabulous 360° views of Traun and Hallstatt lakes, backed by the impressive Hollengebirge and Dachstein peaks. From here, your route takes you down the forested Katrin Pass. Tiny violet gentian flowers perfume your route as you pass Nussen Lake, a great picnic spot. Continue along the valley following the River Traun until you reach Strobl. Here you'll stay at the elegant 4-star Hotel Bergrose.Walking time 4hr, distance 17km/11mi or 6hr 19km/16mi.*Premium Hotel*
There's lots to see and do in the village of Strobl, including a summer toboggan run and a wide range of water sports; you can also join one of the many hop on, hop off lake cruisers, visit the natural beach for sunbathing or take the bus (80 mins) to beautiful Salzburg, with its Renaissance gardens, Baroque palaces and the oldest open air theatre in Europe.*Premium Hotel*
Today’s route takes you along the north shore of Lake Wolfgang, a stunning expanse of vivid turquoise waters, popular with yacht owners, kite surfers and fellow walkers. Enjoy lunch in pretty St Wolfgang, renowned for its beautiful C15 church and frescoed houses, before continuing along the pilgrim’s path where you will come across the Falkenstein Chapel, curiously built into the cliff face.

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Discover the delights of St Gilgen with its busy waterfront. Alternatively, follow the Mozartsteg to Fuschl, passing between the Ellmautall and Eibenberg mountains. Continue on to tranquil Fuschlsee, before getting the bus back to St Gilgen. 

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From Fuschl, head up to the remains of Wartenfels Castle - from here the aerial views of Fuschlsee, Irrsee and Mondsee are fantastic. Climb the Schober (1,320m) for marvellous views to Lake Wolfgang and the Schafberg peaks. 

Walking time 3.5hr, distance 13km/8mi or 4.5hr 16km/10mi.*Premium Hotel*
Your trip ends in Mondsee. Standard transfers are provided specific times. Anyone arriving at different times would incur a non-standard transfer supplement.*Premium Hotel*
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 8 nights in 4-star hotels, all rooms en suite , All accommodation
Meals
  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners
Transport
  • All baggage transport
Others
  • 3 days move on walks with luggage transfers; 4 free days (route notes with 2 optional walks)
  • Low altitude and well-marked paths 
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 12 yrs  
  • Route notes and maps
  • Arrival & departure transfers
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Bad Ischl are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Headwater - Self-Guided Austrian Lakes Walk - Premium tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 9 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 6 participants
Minimum Participants 2 people
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Bad Ischl, Austria/ Bad Ischl, Austria
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Payment

A deposit of 177 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 56 days before departure. For any departures within 19 August 2018 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Headwater - Self-Guided Austrian Lakes Walk - Premium tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Headwater - Self-Guided Austrian Lakes Walk - Premium tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Headwater - Self-Guided Austrian Lakes Walk - Premium tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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