Austrian Alps Adventure

  • 7 Days
  • 18 People Max

    14 people max

  • Activity 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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  • Trip Start: Munich, Germany
  • Trip End: Munich, Germany
austria adventure tour

Hike, bike, raft and cruise your way through breathtaking 'Sound of Music' landscapes on our Austrian Alps Adventure.

There's no one way to explore the beauty of Austria. Instead, discover the best of these mighty landscapes through hand-picked activities on our 7-day Austria Alps to Salzburg adventure tour. 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. Pack only your outdoor gear and your sense of adventure, and let two expert local guides showcase the best of their backyard on our Austrian Alps Adventure.

Austrian Alps Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Munich, Germany Trip End: Munich, Germany
  • Day 1Arrive to Munich, cycle to Zell am See

  • Day 2Ride a cable to Schmittenhöhe and hike over the hilltops

  • Day 3Raft the Salzach River, cycle past Bischofshofen

  • Day 4Explore the UNESCO world heritage site of Hallstatt, kayak the Hallstätter See

  • Day 5Tour the Hohenwefen castle, cycle along the Salzach River

  • Day 6Walk the streets of Salzburg, visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress or ride to the Hellbrunn palace

  • Day 7Bid “Auf Wiedersehen” to Salzburg, depart home

  • Day 1

    Arrive to Munich, cycle to Zell am See

    We meet in the morning in Munich and are transferred to Niedernsill. After a briefing and setting up the bikes, cycle through wondrous villages surrounded by the towering Alps. Bike through the wide valley and past 14,000-year-old glacier-carved gorges via Kaprun to Zell am See. Decide to take an alpine sled down the mountain, jump into the brisk lake, or freshen up before indulging in a tasty meal at the hotel’s dining room.

    Grand Hotel, Zell am See (Lunch, dinner)

    Niedernsill to Zell am See Biking Distance: 
    11.2 to 22.5 kilometres (7 to 14 miles), easy

  • Day 2

    Ride a cable to Schmittenhöhe and hike over the hilltops

    For a change of pace, ride a cable to the Schmittenhöhe, with stunning views of the lakes and mountains. Hike over the hilltops and back to the Schmittenhöhe. The option to go paragliding (not included in the trip price and weather dependent) beckons the truly adventurous! After returning to the hotel, opt to take a short spin along the lake, or choose to walk or enjoy a scenic boat ride on the “Zeller See”. After a delicious meal, retire to your room and rest up for more adventures tomorrow.

    Grand Hotel, Zell am See (All meals)

    Schmittenhöhe Hilltops Hiking Distance: 
    4.8 or 11.2 kilometres (3 or 7 miles), easy or moderate

  • Day 3

    Raft the Salzach River, cycle past Bischofshofen

    A short transfer takes us to Taxenbach, where we embark on rafts to experience the thrill of white water rafting (minimum age: 10) on the Salzach River, flowing past scenic villages, magnificent churches, and charming mills. After rafting, we’ll have lunch and then set off by bike past Bischofshofen, famous for its Four Hills Ski-Jumping event. Today’s destination is Werfen, a quaint village nestled in a gorgeous valley complete with a storybook castle. A night on your own will give you plenty of time to explore the many wonders of this town and potentially try a Michelin star restaurant.

    Hotel Obauer, Werfen (Breakfast, lunch)

    Salzach River Rafting:
    Class II & III rapids, 2.5 hours, easy

    Bischofshofen to Werfen Biking Distance: 12.8 or 24 kilometres (8 or 15 miles), mostly flat

  • Day 4

    Explore the UNESCO world heritage site of Hallstatt, kayak the Hallstätter See

    After an unforgettable breakfast, travel to the UNESCO world heritage site of Hallstatt to discover the historical salt mines while sliding down wooded slides like miners once did. Kayak through the calm waters of the Hallstätter See, and take in views of the picture-perfect village. Afterwards, we’ll stop at a traditional Austrian restaurant for Schnitzel and noodles.

    Hotel Obauer, Werfen (All meals)

    Hallstatter See Kayak:
    1.5 hours, easy

  • Day 5

    Tour the Hohenwefen castle, cycle along the Salzach River

    After a tour of the Hohenwefen castle and a possible falconry exhibition, ride along the Salzach River, past flower-decked houses and the Gollinger Waterfall. Meander along the tree-lined trails, eventually arriving in Salzburg. A night on your own will allow you to relax and unwind or stroll the magical streets of Salzburg.

    Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg (Breakfast)

    Werfen to Salzburg Biking Distance: 
    Up to 46.4 kilometres (Up to 28 miles), mostly flat along river

  • Day 6

    Walk the streets of Salzburg, visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress or ride to the Hellbrunn palace

    Enjoy a guided walking tour of Salzburg in the morning. You’ll have a free afternoon to visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress perched on a rocky peak or opt for an easy bike ride along the Salzach River to the Hellbrunn palace with its “trick” fountains and Gazebo from The Sound of Music. Optional bus tours to surrounding areas carry you to the lake district, Bavarian Mountains, Eagle’s Nest, or the stunning hills of The Sound of Music. End your amazing day with a delightful farewell dinner.

    Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg (Breakfast, dinner)

    Salzburg to Hellbrun Palace Loop Biking Distance:
    Up to 67 kilometres (up to 39 miles)

  • Day 7

    Bid “Auf Wiedersehen” to Salzburg, depart home

    Bid “Auf Wiedersehen” to the magical land of Salzburg. We transfer two to three hours for drop-offs at the airport or your hotel in Munich. Alternatively, you may choose to be dropped off at the Salzburg train station, airport, or the hotel of your choice if you would like to spend more time in this fascinating city.


Austrian Alps Adventure Departure Dates

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USD $4599/pp
11 Jun 2023
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If your plans change or you decide to travel to another destination, you can change your trip to any of our departures in any destination or request a refund (less deposit) up to 90 days out from your original trip start date.


Useful Info

What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 18 guests plus two experienced guides.

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip we'll pick-up you up at the Hotel Excelsior at 8:30am.  You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Munich for your pre-night, but you must get to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated time.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off to either the Munich International Airport or a hotel of your choice in Salzburg around 12pm. Alternatively, depending on your travel plans, we can also drop you at the Salzburg train station.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Munich at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the host city prior to your trip start.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Munich after 2pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

Is tipping expected in Europe?

Tipping is not expected in Europe 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 EURO€100 ~ US$120 per person per Trip Leader seems to be the norm, however less, more or not at all is also fine too.

Why Travel With Us

benefit group size

Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

benefit guides

Award-winning guides lead the way

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!

benefit inclusive

You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. Every detail is handled; all you need to do is show up!

benefit safety

Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

benefit family

Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

benefit wow

"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience. If we’ve done our job, they’ll have you saying “wow!”

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Austrian Alps Adventure