Picture-postcard perfection and wintertime fun in the snow, combined with a visit to the elegant ‘Sound of Music’ city. Join us for a marvellous holiday in the heart of Austria’s stunning Salzkammergut, a land of snow-capped peaks and crystal clear lakes, close to the Sound of Music city of Salzburg. From your base overlooking the shores of lovely Wolfgangsee, in its idyllic setting, enjoy some exciting included excursions and wintertime activities, and take the opportunity, on optional excursions, to discover more of the winter-warming wonders of this idyllic corner of the world.
Stay in beautiful St Wolfgang, in the heart of the Salzkammergut winter-wonderland
Enjoy a guided half-day winter walk in the hills surrounding St Wolfgang
Full-day excursion in Baroque gem Salzburg, with a guided introduction to Mozart’s birthplace
Try snowshoeing through the snow on an included activity
Optional opportunities to join an evening horse-carriage ride and torch-lit walk through scenic St Wolfgang
Discover heart-stopping Hallstatt and Bad Ischl, where Emperor Franz Joseph had his summer residence
Fly to either Salzburg or Munich, meet your tour manager and make the scenic transfer by coach to St Wolfgang and your hotel. Settle into your surroundings, take a stroll through the picture-book streets of the town, or simply rest and relax after the journey, and enjoy dinner and your first evening in wonderful surroundings.
As a delightful introduction to this beautiful corner of Austria, join your tour manager after breakfast for a guided walk through the scenic countryside, hopefully cloaked in its winter raiment. Several walking trails lead around the lake, including the Seeweg, over level terrain, and the Calvary, which leads to the heights above for spectacular views. Wherever your steps take you, you will be rewarded with a warming hot chocolate and cake when you return to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the delights of the village and its surroundings.
A wonderful day awaits, as you journey into nearby Salzburg, the beautiful Sound of Music city and birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Lying huddled beneath the imposing Hohensalzburg Castle, straddling the Salzach River, this Baroque treasure trove will be brought to life through a guided introduction and walking tour, after which you can explore at your own pace. Don’t miss the Castle, which offers predictably wonderful views, nor the exquisite Dom cathedral with its frescoes. Across the river the Schloss Mirabell is a marvellously ornate Baroque palace, from the classical gardens of which Salzburg’s wonderful setting can be appreciated. Connections with Mozart are everywhere – from the Mozartplatz with its famous Glockenspiel clock, which chimes three times a day, to the composer’s birthplace (Geburthaus) and his family home (Wohnhaus), both of which can be visited during the day (all entrances are payable locally). Return to the hotel at the end of a marvellous day.
This morning brings the opportunity, on an included excursion, to try the hugely enjoyable sport of ‘snowshoeing’. This popular winter activity – as energetic as it is fun – sees you donning the footwear to make fresh tracks through the snow, as you head across the pastures and into the hills, where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views. This afternoon is free for you to rest and relax, while this evening brings opportunities to join a horse-drawn carriage ride and torch-lit walk. Snuggle down beneath your blanket as you head out of the town to the lake, then make the return journey on foot by torch-light, and then enjoy a warming gluhwein once you arrive back at the hotel.
Spend your last full day soaking up the atmosphere of St Wolfgang, or complete your visit to the Salzkammergut by joining our optional excursionto iconic, much-photographed Hallstatt, in its peerless lakeside setting. Stop first in the celebrated spa town of Bad Ischl, where the historic Café Zauner, patisserie to the Imperial court, is the perfect spot for coffee and cake. From here, you'll continue to Hallstatt to wander through the narrow streets crammed between the lake and the mountains, and take in the famous views from the shore. Why not catch the ferry to the train station for an even better view of the village, or take a cable car to the heights above? However you choose to spend your day, return to the hotel for a last dinner this evening.
Bid farewell to your Austrian hosts, returning to your chosen airport for the flight back to the UK, after a wonderful wintertime adventure.
Five nights’ carefully chosen dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Hotel Forsterhof, St Wolfgang
Return flights to Austria or Germany
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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