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The Salzkammergut Lakes (classic version)

€610 per person

This is the classic self-guided hiking tour around the lakes of the Salzkammergut region in Austria.An area filled with as many as 76 lakes and also the most famous historic salt-extraction place in the world. Experience a landscape so deeply treasured by the locals that it has become an iconic part of traditional folklore. The Hallstatt region has also received global recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the most idyllic locations in the area can only be reached on foot. This makes this walking tour a true must for the enthusiastic hiking experience collector.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Tour Difficulty: 1/2 (of 5)
  • What is included
    7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included; Luggage transfer; Cruise fare Wolfgangsee; ferry fare Wolfgangsee, Hallstättersee; Valley cable car fare Salzbergbahn Hallstatt ; Train fare from Hallstatt to Bad Goisern, from Bad Goisern to Bad Ischl; Salzkammergut Erlebnis Card (reductions for cable cars, thermal bath Bad Ischl, salt mine Hallstatt, Boat rides etc.); Carefully elaborated route description; Detailed travel and tour documents (1x per room); GPS track available; Service hotline
  • What is not included
    Bus ride Strobl to Bad Ischl (appr. 4 Euro/person), flight tickets; transfers not as per itinerary; alcohol drinks; personal expenses; visitors'/tourist taxes (payable localy if any).
  • Best period
    May, June, July, August, September
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Day 1. Individual arrival at Wolfgangsee.
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Day 2: Round trip St. Wolfgang & St. Gilgen (10 km, 3,30hrs,+250 m/- 250m)
On the first day of your independent hiking tour, you take a peaceful boat ride to St. Wolfgang to start your walking route. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake from the Falkenstein rock wall. A serene path alongside the lake shores takes you to the village of St. Gilgen. The return journey is once again by boat.
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Day 3: From Wolfgangsee to Bad Ischl (12km, 4,30hrs, +300m/-300m)
Today you will have a pleasant walk to lake Schwarzensee. We highly recommend you take a break at the lake cabin of Lore for some delicious homemade snacks and mesmerizing views. After a nice rest, you will continue walking deeper into the valley and around Bürglstein to the lake promenade of Strobl. You will finish the foreseen activities of the day with a bus ride to the old Imperial summer residence Bad Ischl.
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Day 4: Day off in Bad Ischl
You have a rest day in Bad Ischl. Seize the opportunity to explore the many highlights such as Emperor Franz Josef’s summer residence, the Salzkammergut thermal SPA or enjoy some sweet delicacies in the famous Café Zauner.
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Day 5: From Bad Ischl to Bad Goisern (11km, 3 to 5hrs, +50m/-50 m)
Today’s independent walking trail will help you understand just how big is the part that salt and salt mining plays in the Salzkammergut. You will trace the oldest brine pipeline in the world from Bad Ischl back to Bad Goisern, the entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hallstatt. If your feet are itching for a longer walk, you can continue hiking along the stunning mountain trail of the “Eternal Wall”.
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Day 6: Round trip Hallstatt (12km, 4,30hrs, +400m/-100m)
Today you continue on a self-guided walk along the brine pipeline trail to Hallstatt itself. The salt mines in the mountain date all the way back to the Iron Age. Here you can relax and appreciate the fascinating views of the lake and the Dachstein massif. We highly recommend you listen to the voice of the explorer inside you and pay a visit to the salt mine and the excavation sites. You will then return to Bad Goisern via boat.
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Day 7: From Bad Goisern to Wolfgangsee (18km, 5,30hrs, +300m/-200m)
You will reach the starting point of today’s self-guided hiking trail, Bad Ischl, by train. Enjoy the iconic Sissi path all the way to the charming little Nussensee lake. Then continue following the Ischl river back to the Wolfgangsee lake. You will have the great opportunity of passing through the beautiful Blinklingmoos natural reserve along the way.
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Day 8. Individual departure or extension.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
610 Euros/person in twin/dbl room (+ 35 Euro/person for all July and August arrivals)
Single room supplement
140 Euros
Group size
Min. 2 persons
Tips
Best travel time: May-September. Easiest arrival to starting point through Salzburg and Linz airports. By train to Salzburg, by bus to Wolfgangsee (approx. 1 hour). Or by train to Bad Ischl and by bus to Wolfgangsee (approx. 30 min). Pick up service from the bus stop by the hotel. Parking: mostly free hotel car park available, partly public car park, approx. EUR 30 per week. No reservation required.
Accommodation & luggage transportation
Family-run pensions and hotels 3*** with en-suite facilities on bed & breakfast (supplement for dinner is extra); Luggage is transferred from location to location as per program.
Halfboard supplement (min 3-course dinner)
155 Euro (7x dinners, sometimes outside the property)

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