Austria Vacation Packages

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Feel like you stepped into a postcard on an Austria vacation where you'll hike, bike, and explore quaint towns with the soaring Alps as your backdrop.

Austria vacation packages reveal the wonders of Austria – from snow-capped peaks to the “Sound of Music.” Austin Adventures Austrian vacations invite you to explore the country in the open air and at your own pace.

Picture yourself biking along country roads, hiking among picture-perfect mountains, exploring centuries-old castles, and kayaking pristine mountain lakes. The famed setting for “The Sound of Music,” Austria will leave you inspired and refreshed just as it did with so many of its famed composers. Discover the rich history of Salzburg, the beauty of the Salzach River, and the history of Hohenwefen castle on an Austria vacation of a lifetime.

Austria Vacation Packages

Europe

Austrian Alps Adventure

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  • Duration 7 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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Starting and finishing in Munich, your journey takes you into the glacier-carved gorges of Niedernsill, biking through quaint villages of Werfen, hiking above the elegant Salzach Valley and rafting past roaring waterfalls. Spend time wandering the quintessential Austria town of Salzburg and enjoy traditional Austrian cuisine.

Trip Start: Munich, Germany Trip End: Munich, Germany

Europe

Austria Family Vacation

  • Duration 7 days
  • Travel Style
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

    Read more about the Active Range

Trip Start: Munich, Germany Trip End: Munich, Germany
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As members of the Active Adventures family, Austin Adventures offers booking assurance that allows you to secure your spot with a deposit now and pay the rest later. Plus, if your plans change or you can’t travel, you can transfer your booking or request a refund on any additional funds paid (less deposit) up to 90 days from your original trip start date.  

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When is the best time to visit Austria?

Austria has four distinct seasons. As with most European countries, high season is in the summer when the weather is warmest and families are on vacation. Winter is ski season, but it’s also low season because there are fewer tourists. Not a fan of snow sports? Well, winter is also a great time for museum-hopping. The shoulder seasons, spring and fall, are ideal for hiking and other outdoor recreational activities as long as you don’t mind the fact that the lakes aren’t quite warm enough for swimming. Below is some more information about each season, but keep in mind that it depends on where you’re going within the country. For example, the region south of the Alps tends to have more of a Mediterranean climate and it’s usually about 10°F warmer than central and northern Austria.

Spring (March – May)

Late spring is prime time for alpine hiking and other activities that you can enjoy in a moderate climate. Expect average daily highs to be around 58°F with lows around 40°F. Mornings and evenings are definitely cooler. One benefit of visiting Austria in the spring is that you don’t have to share the sights with the summer crowd!

Summer (June – August)

Again, summer is peak tourist season in Austria, and it’s no surprise why. The weather is wonderful, average temperatures are in the high 70°s and there is plenty of daylight for outside enjoyment. Keep in mind that it can get hotter (into the 90°s) and more humid in Vienna. Throughout the country, many hotels don’t have air conditioning, so if staying cool is important to you, ask before you book a room!

Autumn (September – November)

Fall foliage peaks in late September/early October, so plan to visit Austria during this time if you want to see some incredible colors. Average daily highs are around 56°F and lows are around 44°F.

Winter (December – February)

Beginning in December and lasting through February, the alpine regions are popular with skiers. But it can often be overcast and foggy in Austria during the winter, so keep that in mind if you’re after the most majestic views. Average daily highs hover around 37°F and lows can drop down to around 25°F.

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What to Pack for Your Austria Vacation

The secret to truly enjoying any adventure vacation is being well prepared. With a few decades of experience under our boots, we have a few recommendations to ensure you’re prepared and ready for your Austria vacation. Here are a few items we pack for our trips!

1. Electrical Converter

The voltage in Austria is 230 which is much higher than the 120 in the U.S. In addition to packing an outlet adapter (Austria uses the Type F, two-pin plug popular in continental Europe), you may need an electrical converter to convert the voltage. It all depends on what you plan on plugging in. Some devices can handle higher voltage and won’t require a converter. But it’s always wise to read your product manual – especially if it’s for a grooming tool such as a shaver or hair dryer because these tools usually require converters.

2. German Phrasebook

Did you know that German is the first language for 90% of Austrians? English is spoken throughout the country, and you can usually get by without knowing much German. On our Austria vacations, you’ll have an English-speaking guide to help you out – but having a phrasebook or translation app handy will allow you to expand your language skills in a fun way!

3. Comfortable Shoes

While we highly recommend comfortable, supportive, and well-broken in boots if you’re hiking the Austrian Alps, we also recommend a comfortable pair of everyday shoes that are ideal for exploring cities like Vienna and Salzburg. Some of the best hidden gems can only be accessed by walking! 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Austria famous for?

Austria is famous for its castles, palaces and buildings, among other architectural works. Some of Austria's most famous castles include Festung Hohensalzburg, Burg Hohenwerfen, Castle Liechtenstein, and the Schloß Artstetten. Many of Austria's castles were created during the Habsburg reign.

How many days in Austria is enough?

At a minimum, 5 days are enough to explore the main cities – 2 days in Vienna, a day trip, and 2 days in Salzburg. With 7 days in Austria, you can explore more of the country and visit destinations like Hallstatt and Innsbruck. That's plenty of time to join our Alps & Salzburg trip!

What month is the best time to visit Austria?

The best time to visit Austria is during their summer, between June and August. There are more crowds than in other seasons, however far less than those you'll find in destinations like France or Italy.

Do I need a visa to visit Austria?

If you're a citizen of USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand - you will be issued a 90-day tourist visa upon entry into Austria. Citizens from the UK and other EU countries obviously need not worry about this. If you’re a citizen of another country please check with your nearest embassies about entry requirements. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.

What about vaccinations in Austria?

You don't need any vaccinations for Austria. Easy!

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Active Adventures traveller, It’s essential you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of personal injury, medical expenses, trip cancellation for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Insurance page for more in-depth information and insurance provider options. It’s also important to check your insurance covers all the activities you’ll be partaking in, in case you’re travelling to altitude or looking at extreme sports.

Can you help me find international flights to Austria?

We recommend booking your flights through our preferred travel partner – Fuzion Travel. They’re our experienced hand-picked experts in travel, passionate about what they do, and will tailor-make your flight itinerary to match your Active Adventures tour. Get in touch with them directly by email – [email protected] fuziontravel.co.nz or on +1-833-244-5886. Let them know your preferred travel plans, including any stopovers or extra nights’ accommodation, and they’ll put everything in place for you. They offer a total travel solution and five star service that you’ll want to tell your friends about!

What's included on your Austria trips?

Accommodation
On your Austria trip you'll stay in a variety of places depending on the destination and activities. You'll stay in a 1890’s Grand Hotel nestled into the mountain landscape, 13th-century Hotel located in an authentic, postcard-perfect Austrian village known for being featured in films, and a 4-star family run hotel, centrally located, offering a charming mix of family flair and noble ambience.

Transport
Your transport will be a mixture of private vehicle, bike, kayak and your very own two feet on our trips in Austria. All your transport is included from the start of your trip and we'll drop you at the airport at the end. The details are all listed in the trip specific itineraries.

Meals
All your meals are included as described in the itinerary except for two dinners and one lunch. We have found that people enjoy checking out what is on offer by themselves sometimes, so you can go and see what's out there! On every other day and especially after any long hikes, we've chosen places to eat that can cater for our hearty appetites, work well with our small groups (they know we are coming) and provide us with an authentic destination specific culinary experience. There are always options for you, so you can either be brave or choose something more familiar. You can be assured that on all our trips we will make sure you are very well fed, and Europe's vast array of cuisine won't disappoint you!

Trip leaders
Our trips are all led by an experienced Trip Leader alongside a local specialist guide. Our Trip Leaders are very proud to work with Active Adventures and often lead our trips for many years, for which we are very lucky and very grateful, as it means we're able to consistently offer a fantastic level of service. They work closely with our local specialist guides to provide you with a seamless, fun, exciting and memorable trip. They will happily share with you as much or as little as you want to know about the history, culture, social aspects and lifestyle of the country you are visiting.

How many people are there on each of your Austria trips?

We generally take up to 18 people per trip, although this can vary, and all our trips have at least two of our guides to look after you (apart from the occasions we have a small group). We have found that our trips tend to attract a particular kind of person and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes or sneakers should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

What is the food like in Austria?

Austrian cuisine is most often associated with Viennese cuisine, with plenty of beef, pork, chicken, turkey and goose. The prominent Wiener Schnitzel, a thin, breaded and deep fried meat dish, is traditionally made of veal.
Breakfast in Austria usually consists of Semmel (a type of round bread roll) with butter, muesli, cold cuts of ham, smoked bacon (Speck), cut sausages, and a boiled egg. This usually comes with various cakes and pastries, jams, and coffee, tea, or fruit juice. The midday meal was traditionally the main meal of the day, though Austrians now work longer hours further from home therefore he main meal is now often taken in the evening. Tafelspitz is generally considered to be the national dish of Austria - a boiled beef broth which is served with horseradish, root vegetables, spices and minced apples.

What if I need a special diet?

We are accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in our pre-trip questionnaire. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online questionnaire.

What is the currency in Austria?

The currency in Austria is the Euro €.

How much spending money should I bring?

Our trips include all transportation, guiding, meals and activities (except where indicated on the itinerary). The only things you will definitely need cash for are drinks other than water (drinking water is fine to drink from the tap on all our trips), souvenirs and tips. 

Usually the easiest thing to do is use your credit or debit card to withdraw money directly from your home account, in local currency. There are plenty of ATM's and banks in larger towns in Austria, and ATM's will accept all major credit cards and many debit cards. Cash advances are the most convenient way to get cash.

Is tipping expected in Austria?

Tipping is not expected in Austria however you might want to tip a little extra if you feel someone gave really fantastic service, but it's not really necessary. Many of our people also choose to tip their Active Adventures Europe trip leaders and local guides at the end of an awesome trip and US$120 per person per Trip Leader seems to be the norm, however less, more or not at all is also fine too.

What is the time zone in Austria?

For the majority of the summer season Austria is in the Central European (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

What type of plugs and voltage do you use in Austria?

Austria operate on a 220V AC system with Plug Type C which consists of two round parallel pins while the wall plug has two holes where it is connected.

Will I have access to internet/WiFi?

WiFi is available almost everywhere in cities and easy enough to find in most towns/villages so you can rely on having regularly access during your trip. If you have data roaming switched on, then you'll be able to use the internet on your smartphone, but beware of the fees! WiFi is available at most of the accommodations that you'll be staying at, sometimes for a small cost so check this out at each location when you arrive.

What is the weather like in Austria?

Weather conditions vary only slightly across Austria, with the lowland regions in the north and east having more continental influenced conditions with colder winters and hotter summers with moderate precipitation throughout the year. The southeastern areas of Austria have longer and warmer, almost Mediterranean-like summers. The winter snow cover lasts from late December through March in the valleys, with the coldest month being January sitting at an average of 10C (50F). Summer days can be hot, with temperatures reaching 30C (86F) though summer evenings are usually cool.

Is there a number to call in an emergency? How can my family, friends or colleagues contact me

Please contact our New Zealand office using the details below. If the office is unattended (outside of New Zealand business hours), please leave a message so we can pick it up and respond as soon as we can.
Free phone 1 800 661 9073 (USA, Canada & Australia)
Free phone 0808 234 7780 (UK)
Free phone 0800 234 726 (New Zealand)
Worldwide +64 3 450 0414, ext 1
Email: service@activeadventures.com

If I book a trip with my children, will I be sharing a room with them?

Active Adventures & Austin Adventures family vacations are naturally about spending time with family and as such, most families opt to share rooms on our trips. At time of booking, families consisting of four guests with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at the guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, are experts in motivation, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

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