Scenically stunning, immerse yourself in the beauty of flower-filled meadows, looming mountains and quaint villages dotted around the glimmering lakes and enjoy pleasant walking mixed with culture and places of interest.
Day 1: Arriive at St Wolfgang Arrive at your lakeside hotel in St Wolfgang.
Day 2: Round trip St. Wolfgang St. Gilgen 10km / 3.5hr Take The Pilgrim's Way to the Falkenstein Chapel, built into the cliff face. An idyllic path continues along the lake to take you into St. Gilgen, birthplace of Mozart's mother. Return to St Wolfgang by boat.
Day 3: From Wolfgangsee to Bad Ischl 12km / 4.5hr Today's walk takes you from St. Wolfgang to lake Schwarzensee. The lake cabin of Lore is worth a break with its delicious homemade snacks. Follow the Wirer gorge into the valley and around Burglstein to the lake promenade of Strobl from where you travel by bus to Bad Ischl.
Day 4: At Bad Ischl 4km / 1.5hr Enjoy a leisurely day exploring Bad Ischl. Visit the Imperial Villa, the Hotel Austria, where the engagement of Emperor Franz Josef and Elisabeth of Bavaria once took place, or enjoy a coffee break in the famous Cafe Zauner with delicious cakes and pastries or visit the warm brine swimming pools in the Salzkammergut thermal baths.
Day 5: From Bad Ischl to Hallstatt 11km / 4.5hr From Bad Ischl walk along the riverside promenade into Kaltenbachau, a site of Imperial amusements such as horse races, picnics and rendezvous. Then, follow the oldest brine pipeline of the world to Bad Goisern, the gateway to UNESCO heritage Hallstatt.
Day 6: Round trip Hallstatt 12km / 4.5hr From Hallstatt enjoy a scenic view of the lake and the Dachstein massif. Plan a visit of the salt mine, enjoy the views from the top of Rudolf's tower and visit the excavation sites.
Day 7: From Hallstatt to St Wolfgang 18km / 5.5hr After a train journey to Bad Ischl follow the romantic Sissi-Path to the tiny lake Nussensee. Continue along the river Ischl and through the Blinklingmoos nature reserve along the lake back to St Wolfgang.
Day 8: Departure
Out: British Airways Gatwick to Salzburg 07:25/10:25 then transfer to hotel 45 mins. Return: Transfer to airport 45 mins then British Airways Salzburg to Gatwick 11:25/12:25.
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Hotel Weisses Rossl (4 star) The family-led Hotel Weisses Rossl (White Horse Inn) is a legend, made famous by the operetta of the same name by Ralph Benatzky. Now in the 5th generation of the Peter family it is constantly defining itself anew. It has a lakeside position complete with spa area and heated pool in the lake. Each of the rooms in the hotel is unique and has its own style and there is an award-winning restaurant.
Villa Seilern (4 star) Villa Seilern Vital Resort consists of a classical villa built in 1881 and its modern and stylish annex building and is situated in the scenic spa town of Bad Ischl. The rooms are bright and modern with views of the surrounding mountains.
Hotel Heritage (4 star) Heritage Hotel is located in the historic centre of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hallstatt, with striking natural-stone construction, wrought-iron window grilles and an elegant interior. This historic hotel has been carefully renovated, guests can enjoy superb views of the unique countryside. Rooms are all individually furnished with views of either the town or Lake Hallstatt.
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