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Lakes, Mountains & Winter Fun

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.

What does this price include?

  • 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

Your Itinerary

  • 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 glühwein 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.

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Hotel Forsterhof, St Wolfgang

Located in a quiet position on the outskirts of St Wolfgang, Hotel Forsterhof is ideally positioned, just 500 metres from the lake and a 10-minute walk from the town centre.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour from Salzburg and two hours 30 minutes from Munich.

  • Please note, the horse-drawn carriage optional excursion may take place before or after dinner. Winter activities are of course weather and snow-dependant. We reserve the right to provide substitute activities/transfers to alternate venues should weather conditions necessitate this.

    Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

  • Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

  • Please make sure that your travel insurance has adequate cover for any activities you may wish to participate in while on holiday.

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