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Austrian Alps Adventure


  • Duration 7 days
  • 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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This Austria adventure reveals a land of indescribable beauty. Explore the glacier-carved gorges of Niedernsill, bike through quaint villages, hike above the Salzach Valley, raft past roaring waterfalls, and explore charming Salzburg.

Trip Start: Munich Trip End: Munich


Austria Family Vacation


  • Duration 7 days
  • 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


Step into the pages of a storybook as you bike, hike, and raft your way through incredible scenery on an Austria adventure the whole family will love. Together, you’ll discover why Austria is the perfect playground for all adventurers.

Trip Start: Munich Trip End: Munich

Why Choose Active Adventures

Do It Yourself
With Active Adventures
Hours of research to plan
Expertly planned by professional adventurers
Which accommodations to book?
Premium accommodation booked for you
Which trails to explore? How to book?
Iconic & lesser-known trails booked for you
Which restaurants to suit all?
All meals included: delicious & to suit all
Unguided; reliance on impersonal travel books
Caring guides; passionate about what they do

Discover where postcard-perfect charm meets towering mountain landscapes on our Austria adventure vacations and hiking tours.

As you journey on an Austria adventure vacation and hiking tour like no other, the dramatic Alps are an ever-present reminder of the grandeur of mother nature. It's almost hard to believe so many incredible landscapes can be packed into the Salzburg and Tyrol regions of western Austria. Each morning you'll awaken to breathtaking scenery and spend the day exploring through glacier-carved gorges, biking through quaint villages and rafting near roaring waterfalls. It's here you'll discover that storybook castles do exist and that the hills of Salzburg bring out the inner Sound of Music singer in you. Grab your pack, frolic to the peaceful tunes of mother nature and see for yourself why an Austria adventure vacation and hiking tour is just the thing to refresh your body and rejuvenate your sense of wanderlust.

Reviews From Our Guests in Austria

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Austrian Alps Adventure - August 2023

Austria 2023 Multi Sport trip

"I participated in your August 20-27th, 2023 Austrian Adventure trip with my friend John F.… read more

"I participated in your August 20-27th, 2023 Austrian Adventure trip with my friend John F. In summary, it was a spectacular trip and your fine guides, Ben, Ronny and Peter were a large part in ensuring all us customers had a great time. Besides the strikingly beautiful Austrian countryside, I especially enjoyed the multi-sport element of this trip. I believe this feature sets you apart from some of your competitors, such as backroads and I would encourage you folks to offer more of these type trips. We were never bored with: Biking, Kayaking, Skydiving, White water rafting and hiking activities as well as time for sightseeing. The trip through the Hallstatt salt mine and walking around Salzburg were some other highlights. There was also some free time included in the schedule which was also nice.

We had a smaller group of 7 guests, with 2 active guides with what I thought to be great chemistry. (Luck of the draw). But the guides helped ensure we all jelled. The hotels and meals were very good and appropriate for this type of action trip.

This was my second Active Adventure trip and my 4th adventure travel-type trip and I would not hesitate to recommend you folks, or go on another trip with you. read less

5 Stars (38 reviews)


Austrian Alps Adventure - August 2023

Alps Biking

"We logged ample miles in the saddle but it was the variety of activities that… read more

"We logged ample miles in the saddle but it was the variety of activities that seemed to naturally flow that made the surroundings even more spectacular. Our guides were consistently upbeat and engaging making certain we were ready and well equipped. read less

5 Stars (38 reviews)


Austria Family Vacation - August 2023


"Our family enjoyed the time of our lives on the Austria Family Adventure Trip! Our… read more

"Our family enjoyed the time of our lives on the Austria Family Adventure Trip! Our guides, Peter, Ronnie and Mirjam were amazing, kind and knowledgable. We had a group of 4 families in total and everyone got along so well -- even the kids and teens! The group experience, led by expert guides, made this trip so much more enjoyable than if we were traveling on our own. Will book again for sure! read less

5 Stars (29 reviews)


Austrian Alps Adventure - July 2023

Love it!

"This trip was my second trip with Active Adventures and I love it. The… read more

"This trip was my second trip with Active Adventures and I love it. The scenery was beautiful and we were well taken care of during the entire trip. Ben and Tom worked hard to make sure everyone had a good time and they went above and beyond. Our group was very small, which was a huge plus in my mind and everyone got along great. I don't bike regularly but I highly recommend this biking tour. It was not difficult and offered another way to see Austria's beautiful countryside. read less

5 Stars (38 reviews)

Hui-Chien Sarah,

Austria Family Vacation - July 2023

Fabulous family adventure!

"This is our second three-generation trip with Austin Adventures. We never thought you could surpass… read more

"This is our second three-generation trip with Austin Adventures. We never thought you could surpass the first one in Yellowstone about six years ago, but exceed it you did. Your motto "The toughest part is going home" still rings true. In that sense, we would have liked a couple more days of fun and maybe a bit more of Mozart's world for the older generation. read less

5 Stars (29 reviews)


Austrian Alps Adventure - June 2023

Fabulous adventure

"This was my second trip with Active Adventures and it did not disappoint! Had… read more

"This was my second trip with Active Adventures and it did not disappoint! Had a great trip with our guides Peter, Tom and Marjam. All were well travelled guides with interesting life stories and they took great care of everyone. Everything was well organized, and hotels and restaurants were great. We travelled with a Vegetarian and there was no issue with finding vegetarian meals. Trip is rated as moderate. Our trip mates were all fit and even had two that did extra miles and hill climbs on the bike. Not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if I weren't fit but there is van support the whole way incase someone is having an off day. One item of note for the biking.....the printed directions were very hard to follow while riding. Had to stay as a group with Marjam leading or I would not have made all the correct turns. A suggestion would be having an App or map to follow on a cell phone (We heard there is one in development)!
During our activities, we were greeted by Tom serving delicious fruit and snacks on a silver platter. He was always a welcome site! Beautiful scenery and friendly people the whole trip. My 2 friends and I stayed extra nights in Salzburg and flew back from there which takes you into Frankfurt for connections back to the states. There is a huge distance between terminals in Frankfurt and long lines at customs. Almost missed connecting flights and not all luggage made it home with us. Would not schedule it that way again. Would definitely recommend going back to Munich for return flights. Although we were able to see Mozart Museum, attend a concert, hike in the park and shop during our extra time in Salzberg, there is enough free time to hit the highlights with the group.

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5 Stars (38 reviews)


Austrian Alps Adventure - June 2023

Exceeded expectations!

"Great combination of seeing local sites and the "just right" levels of activity. Loved the… read more

"Great combination of seeing local sites and the "just right" levels of activity. Loved the guided biking between Austrian hotels and the variety of activities. Each one of our guides made sure we were well prepared even through the optional activities. In the unexpected heat spell they provided everyone with sun screen and plenty of water. And what a treat to find rest stops with one of guides holding a try of fresh fruit through all of our activities. It's things like this which made it an above and beyond trip. The guests were also great; we made lots of new friends on this excursion.

This is my second tour and would highly recommend this trip and these guides. read less

5 Stars (38 reviews)


Austrian Alps Adventure - June 2023

Exceeded expectations!

"There was not much not to love about this trip. Phenomenal guides, great guests,… read more

"There was not much not to love about this trip. Phenomenal guides, great guests, and perfect location. Enough activity for even the hardiest of our group with the option to go at your own pace. Lots of surprises such as trays of fresh fruit at rest stops, the guides accompanying us on optional activities, and helping with translations when needed.
The agenda was perfect.

Highly recommend this trip. read less

5 Stars (38 reviews)


Austrian Alps Adventure - September 2022

Active vacation dream come true

"I'm really not sure what I would change to have made our experience any better.… read more

"I'm really not sure what I would change to have made our experience any better. The activities were a lot of fun, the scenery was spectacular, and our guides couldn't have been more helpful, pleasant to be around, and friendly! I looked forward to each days activity and still have a very hard time picking out my favorite. Even though we were on the go the entire trip, I came back refreshed and relaxed. read less

5 Stars (38 reviews)

Joe, United States

Austrian Alps Adventure - September 2022

Amazing Austria

"This trip was amazing—the scenery was stunning and the daily activities provided a great mix… read more

"This trip was amazing—the scenery was stunning and the daily activities provided a great mix of touring the scenic outdoors and beautiful towns, all while staying active. It was an incredible experience that I would love to have again someday. read less

5 Stars (38 reviews)

Jade, United States

Austrian Alps Adventure - August 2022

Adventure for the young at heart

"Our trip with Peter and Ronnie was great from the very start. The ease of… read more

"Our trip with Peter and Ronnie was great from the very start. The ease of the trip details were seamless. Our only effort was in the true adventure of the trip. Hiking, biking, and kayaking. I was amazed at the genuine attention they gave us. Nothing was ever brushed aside, whether it was the right kind of band aid or advice on technical maneuvering on the bike. We were lucky that our group all got along wonderfully and this spirit carried us through the
entire adventure. The accommodations, the meals, the Michelin Star breakfast ( twice) were all first class. Also, when there was a glitch they worked through it with such grace and professionalism. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone that wants to experience Austria in a unique and healthy way. read less

5 Stars (38 reviews)

Paula, United States

Austrian Alps Adventure - August 2022


"I have nothing but great things to say about my hiking, biking, rafting, and kayaking… read more

"I have nothing but great things to say about my hiking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures in Austria under the superb leadership of my guides, Peter and Ronnie. These gentlemen are true professionals: it was clear throughout the trip that their only concerns rested in the enjoyment and safety of their clients. Their attention to detail and genuine concern for us was unsurpassed. When I had problems handling my e-bike, Peter made a special trip, after a long day, to Salzburg to get me a new bike. Meanwhile, Ronnie went out of his way to take me to a pharmacy to obtain bandages and antiseptic. I was, and remain, extremely impressed by their concern and kindness. I would definitely seek them out in future trips, and I definitely recommend them to anyone seeking pleasurable and fulfilling adventures. Thanks, Peter. Thanks, Ronnie. You made this trip so special for me, for my wife, and for all the others in our group! read less

5 Stars (38 reviews)

George, United States

Austrian Alps Adventure - August 2022

Austria is Amazing & So Were Our Guides!

"Our family took this vacation to experience the Alps and be outdoors as much as… read more

"Our family took this vacation to experience the Alps and be outdoors as much as possible. Active Adventures and our two tour guides delivered just that. Peter and Ronnie were spectacular tour guides and entertaining, attentive hosts. They tailored activities to meet each of our needs, with more challenges for those that wanted it. We cycled over 60 miles between villages, hiked up and down a mountain, rafted the Salzach river, and kayaked in the beautiful Hallstatt lake. We can't even choose what our favorite highlight was, as we all agree there are too many. I can't recommend this tour or these two guides enough—you won't forget this amazing experience. read less

5 Stars (38 reviews)

Sonia, United States

Austrian Alps Adventure - August 2022

Wonderful trip!

"Our guides made this trip most enjoyable, they adapted and accommodated the needs of the… read more

"Our guides made this trip most enjoyable, they adapted and accommodated the needs of the participants. The accommodations, restaurant choices and activities were all fantastic. read less

5 Stars (38 reviews)

Grace, United States

Austrian Alps Adventure - August 2022

Austria Alps & Salzburg with Peter and Ronnie

"What an unbelievable trip! We were recommended to book this trip by some friends… read more

"What an unbelievable trip! We were recommended to book this trip by some friends and we couldn't be more pleased that we did. We loved everything about this trip. The activity level was excellent, the accommodations were top notch and the meals were more than we expected.

The added bonus to all this were our guides, Peter and Ronnie. They worked to accommodate any special request and adapted the trip based on the needs of the group (it was super hot one day so instead of a bike ride we spent the day at a lake). There is no doubt that our trip experience was made even better by having Peter and Ronnie there. read less

5 Stars (38 reviews)

David, United States

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FAQs About Visiting Austria

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?

It is your responsibility to stay up to date on the latest visa and entry requirements for your destination. Please use the CIBT entry tracker on our website as a guideline or visit the relevant immigration webpage for more information regarding this.

Do I need vaccinations to visit 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?

Our preferred Travel Partner Fuzion Travel can assist with you with flights and other travel arrangements. 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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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