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Salzburgerland Alps

Why not extend your stay in Austria by combining our Maria Alm holiday with our Bad Hofgastein holiday?

  • Austria

  • 14 nights
  • Half Board
  • Mountains

    Landscape

    Long Distance Paths

  • Jun

    Jul

    Aug

    Sep

Moderate Challenging

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Tour codes: 19690

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Walking grade

Grade 4

Grade 6

This Grade 4 and Grade 6 holiday. Grade 4 includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the Walks & Excursions section for more information.

Grade 6 moderate walks which includes full days with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent with walks in some remote areas. Paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. See the Walks & Excursions section for more information.

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Classic Collection

Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Make use of the local Wanderbus which travels along the valley stopping at all the major walking trails and in all the charming villages.
  • Travel with ease on ski lifts and local buses using the Hochkönig Card, Almorama Card and Gastein Card, all included in the holiday price.
  • A choice of different grades of walking on selected dates.
  • Stay in a centrally located hotel with everything you need on your doorstep.
  • Pass picturesque alpine villages and traditional farms where local cheeses and hams are produced.
  • Follow challenging walks to peaks over 2000m.

This holiday is a combination of our one week holiday in Maria Alm and our one week holiday in Bad Hofgastein.

One of Austria’s best kept secrets, Maria Alm is in the Hochkönig region of Austria, in the Salzburgerland close to the border with Germany. The valley is dominated by the rocky peaks of the Hochkönig Massif which provide the awesome backdrop for much of the walking. There is a wealth of walking, from strolls through flower-filled meadows to more challenging walks to peaks over 2000m. You'll cover much of the 45 miles of the Königsweg long distance trail. Trails throughout the valley will appeal to those interested in butterflies and flowers. You'll use the local Wanderbus which travels along the valley throughout the day and stops at all major walking trails and in all the villages. 

Just an hour south of Salzburg lies the charming spa town of Bad Hofgastein. There is a well marked system of paths both above and below the tree line whilst mountain rail and cable ways, combined with an efficient Post Bus network, enables you to wander up into this mountain region. Bad Hofgastein is located at the confluence of several valleys, so there are many and varied walks. Several of the walks take you along the ‘Salzburger Almenweg’, a long distance trail linking picturesque alpine farms where local cheeses and hams are produced. Peaks well over 2000m, such as the Hüttenkogel, can be reached as well as panorama paths and impossibly picturesque mountain lakes. At the end of the day we return to the spa resort of Bad Hofgastein with its vast spa complex of pools and green areas to relax in.

The rustic mountain huts are one of the area’s particular charms, these are magical places which provide welcome rest stops along the way with beer, coffee and apple strudel.

  • Return flights from London to Salzburg or Munich.
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite hotel accommodation on half board basis.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train/lift pass/cable car/chair lift.
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary.
  • Services of two Classic Tour Leaders.
  • Two walks, two leaders, two grades of walking.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Maria Alm

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Fly to Munich or Salzburg Airport. On arrival travel by private coach to Hotel Niederreiter in Maria Alm. 

Depending on the flight arrival time, there may be an opportunity for a short walking tour of the village with a local guide who will outline the history of the area with particular emphasis on the ancient pilgrimage church. If there is not time on arrival day then your leader will try to reschedule this short orientation walk.

Transfer Time = 3 hours 30 minutes Munich or 2 hour 30 minutes Salzburg

Day 2 to 7

Discover Maria Alm

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

During your time in Maria Alm, you will explore the area through a variety of exciting walks which may include one of more of the following examples. There are five walking days and one free day.

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450m

Maria Alm to Kronreith and Ramseiden (Grade 4): This walk allows you to explore the area directly north from Maria Alm. The paths are well made and some tracks take us through shady forest areas. You can stop for refreshments at Kronreith – probably your first taste of Apfelstrudel and cream!

  • Time

    4.5 or 5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7 or 8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450m

Langegg (Grade 4): A picturesque bus journey and a trip on a chair lift takes you soaring high, up to 1450m before a steady climb to 1850m with surreal views across to the Hundstein and over adjoining valleys. The gradual ascent will allow ample time to see many alpine flowers before pausing for lunch at the Griesbachalm. 

Return by following maintained forest tracks, either to the chair lift or on a longer steady descent to Maria Alm.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700/400m

Massingsattel (Grade 6): Embark on today's serene walk tracing the peaceful river towards Waldhaus and Rohrmoos. The path steadily climbs through alpine forest until you reach Lechneralm, offering expansive views of the lush valley and Maria Alm below. From the Massingsattel at 1344m, the highest point of the day, follow a pleasant forest path gently downwards to Brimbachalm for a picnic lunch. 

After lunch continue to the Natrun lift station and take the lift down to the hotel. Alternatively, for the more energetic, a scenic path offers a charming route down.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600/1000m

The Klingspitz (Grade 6): This high level walk takes us to one if the highest peaks in the area, the Klingspitz at 1988m. The journey unveils dramatic and impressive views, stretching down the rolling lush valley as far as Saalfelden. A steady climb and many panoramic photo stops, y ou reach the summit just before lunchtime. Descending to a col, indulge in a picnic lunch before continuing towards Reicheralm and onwards, ultimately reaching Dienten for the bus back to Maria Alm. While it's a long day, the rewards are truly satisfying.

There will be a rest day offered during the week for personal exploration. There are so many walking options to be considered, or maybe immerse yourself in culture by visiting other areas of Austria, such as:

  • Visit to Salzburg (2½ hours by bus and train) 
  • Explore Zell Am Zee (20 minutes via Saalfelden)
  • Take a trip to the stunning Weissbach Gorge 
  • Perhaps enjoy a delicious lunch in a local gasthof. 
  • Alternatively, use the included Hochkönig Card to take the bus up to the valley to any of the villages and use the lift to visit the many alms higher up, relax and have some lunch or take a walk.

Day 8

Welcome to Bad Hofgastein

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation

Say goodbye to Maria Alm before travelling to Bad Hofgastein by private transfer, approximately 45 minutes to continue your holiday in the beautiful Gastein Valley. 

You may be unaccompanied by your leader for this transfer, however your leader for your second week in Bad Hofgastein will meet you at the hotel. 

Day 9 to 14

Explore Bad Hofgastein

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond your control.

During your time in Bad Hofgastein, you will explore the area through a variety of exciting walks which may include one of more of the following examples. There are five walking days and one free day.

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    6.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300/490m

The Hüttenkogel (Grade 4): This walk is ideal for a clear day as you make your way to fantastic panoramic views at the Hüttenkogel view point by continuing upwards from the top of the Graukogel chairlift. A perfect photo opportunity to capture the beautiful lush rolling valleys and the dramatic mountainous back drop. Following the trails through the pine forest, you'll eventually descend to the middle station of the chairlift for your return journey to Bad Hofgastein.

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    220/640m

The Naturschauweg and the Naßfeldtal Weg (Grade 4): Embark on a delightful walk that seamlessly connects two remarkable hikes. The journey begins with the Naturschauweg looped trail, adorned with informative boards (in both English and German), narrating the rich natural and human history of the area. After pausing for lunch at Sportgastein, your exploration continues along the Naßfeldtal Weg, a walk descending the historic road along a valley where you can discover the remnants of the area's gold-mining past before returning by bus to Bad Hofgastein.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    420/960m

The Wetterkreuz (Grade 6): The Schuhflicker is one of the few limestone peaks in the area, producing incredible scenery of spectacular cliffs and lush meadows. Use the Fulseck Gondola to reach the dramatic ridge line for impressive views. This picturesque walk leads us up to the foot of the Schuhflicker onto a small peak called the Wetterkreuz, with panoramic views of the dramatic craggy peaks. 

Your return journey takes you back to an old wooden chapel encountered earlier in the day, descending to the rolling valley from the mid-station before making your way back to Bad Hofgastein. Along the route, several cafes beckon for a well-deserved break, treating you to coffee with a view!

Free Day: There will be a rest day offered during the week for personal exploration. There are so many walking options to be considered, or maybe immerse yourself in culture by visiting other areas of Austria, such as:

  • Visit Salzburg (1 hours 18 minutes by train)
  • Take a trip to the stunning Weissbach Gorge 
  • Perhaps enjoy a delicious lunch in a local gasthof. 
  • Use the Almorama Card to receive free journeys on lifts in Gastein to discover more walking! 
  • Use the Gastein card for discounted bus rides around the local area to explore new places!

Day 15

Farewell

Meals

Breakfast

Bid farewell to Austria and transfer by road to Munich Airport or Salzburg Airport for your return flight to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

23rd Jun 2024 - 7th Jul 2024 (14 Nights)

7th Jul 2024 - 21st Jul 2024 (14 Nights)

11th Aug 2024 - 25th Aug 2024 (14 Nights)

1st Sep 2024 - 15th Sep 2024 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Salzburg or Munich
  • Airport transfers by road c.2hrs 45mins
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Niederreiter

Maria Alm is a traditional resort located in the middle of the mountains of the Steinernes Meer, the Hochkönig and the Pinzagu grass mountains. The village is dominated by its church with its 76m needle-like-steeple, the tallest in the Salzburgerland and one of the pointiest in Austria! Maria Alm is a very traditional alpine picture perfect village and is an ideal place to experience nature as its location is perfect for hiking, climbing and cycling!  The village band perform a live concert every Sunday and Tuesday evening (weather permitted) which is definitely worth a visit after an early dinner. The village includes a variety of facilities such as a small supermarket, sport shops, cafe's, bakeries, a post office, a doctor, a bank and a tourist information centre.

You'll stay in the family run three-star superior Hotel Niederreiter in the centre of beautiful Maria Alm. Renovated in 2017, the hotel is designed with a mixture of traditional and contemporary furnishings, and its exterior is decorated with wood panels and colourful flower boxes. From December 2022 onwards, the hotel has a newly renovated wellness area with two sauna's, a steam bath, whirl pool, two relaxation rooms, a tea bar, massage treatments (treatments at an additional price) and a small natural outdoor pool. It has its own ‘Konditorei’ or cake shop, serving their homemade cakes, tarts and their own ice cream based on an original Italian recipe. They're delicious, make sure to try some homemade delicacies!

You'll stay in comfortable ensuite rooms. The bedrooms have Austrian style double beds which can be separated to make singles. All single rooms are double for sole use. Rooms usually have beautiful mountain and village views. Facilities include:

  • En suite facilities with showers
  • Telephone
  • Safe
  • TV 
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WIFI
  • Most rooms have balconies

There are no coffee/tea making facilities or mini fridges in rooms.

Hotel Alte Post

Bad Hofgastein is a charming spa and market village located at the confluence of several valleys with access to 2000m of walking paths in the area. The village hosts many concerts and events throughout the year, especially in the busy months of August and September. There are a variety of facilities such as a bus station, cafes, bars, restaurants, bakers, and the supermarkets are a 10 minute stroll away. There is also a tourist office, doctors and a bank with ATM machines. The train station is not in the village, but a bus service goes frequently along the 3km/2mile route.

You'll stay at the four star family run Hotel Alte Post in Bad Hofgastein. The hotel is selected for its perfect location, surrounded by extraordinary mountains and located in the pedestrianised town centre and within walking distance to the cable car station. Built in 1421, this traditional hotel is welcoming and decorated with typical alpine and Austrian furnishings, bright décor and window boxes filled with colourful flowers. 

Sit back and relax in the highly rated wellness area. Try the gym, sauna, steam bath or the silent relaxation room. Body and massage treatments are available to book at an additional price. Take a dip in the warm jacuzzi and outdoor thermal pool, at an all year round 33 degrees with an indoor entrance. 

You'll stay in comfortable twin and single bedrooms. Rooms are comfortable with traditional alpine décor and furnishings. Twin bedded rooms usually contain typical ‘Austrian type beds’ which consist of one bed frame fitted with two single mattresses and bed-packs with individual duvets. Single rooms are usually small double for sole use rooms.

Room facilities include

  • Ensuite facilities 
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WIFI

Trip Information

All the details you need

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport and Passes

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

The local Hochkönig Card is included in the cost of the holiday. This provides you free use of the local cable cars and buses in the Hochkönig area during your stay in Maria Alm. The outdoor swimming pool in Maria Alm is also included. 

The local 6 day Almorama Card and Gastein Card are also included in the cost of the holiday. These will be used during your week in Bad Hofgastein. The 6 day Almorama Card provides discounted rates on cable cars and lifts in Gastein. The Gastein Card provides you with free of charge or discounted rates on local transport and services in the local area. 

The passes provide travel on all the local buses and cable cars used in the proposed itinerary.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Austria

The currency in Austria is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Return flights are from London to Munich Airport or Salzburg Airport . Regional flights are available on some dates. Please be aware that there may be a wait at the airport as the transfers for all flights are combined on arrival and departure.  Please be aware that there may be a wait at the airport as the transfers for all flights are combined on arrival and departure.

The arrival transfer to Maria Alm is by private coach. The journey takes approximately 3 hours from Munich airport or 1 hour 15 minutes from Salzburg airport. The transfer between Maria Alm and Bad Hofgastein on day 8 is by private coach and will take approximately 45 minutes. The departure transfer from Bad Hofgastein is by private coach and will take approximately 3 hours 30 minutes to Munich airport and 1 hour 30 minutes to Salzburg airport. During the holiday we'll travel on foot, by bus and by cable car.

Please be aware that your leader may be leading both weeks of the two week holiday, so may require to leave on the morning of day 8 to return to the airport to bid farewell to our departing Maria Alm 1 week group and greet our arriving Bad Hofgastein 1 week group. This may mean that you require to travel by private coach from Maria Alm to Bad Hofgastein unaccompanied. Please ask your leader for details.

If you intend joining the party in Maria Alm and leaving in Bad Hofgastein, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet the party at the hotel in Maria Alm and leave them in the hotel in Bad Hofgastein. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfast and dinners are included in the holiday and are taken at the hotel restaurants. Breakfast at both hotels are delicious buffets with a selection of organic and local products including yoghurt, fruit, cheese, meat, eggs, sausages, rolls and bread.

Dinners at the Hotel Niederreiter are four-course meals featuring international and traditional Austrian style cuisine. They typically start with a salad or soup buffet, a selection of three main courses to choose from, including 1 vegetarian option, and finish with delicious desserts. Dinners at the Hotel Alte Post are three courses and feature international and traditional Austrian cuisine, and dishes are usually created using locally sourced fresh ingredients. Dishes are a variety of international and local delicacies and usually created using locally sourced fresh ingredients. In Hotel Niederreiter in Maria Alm, once a week there is a buffet evening with traditional Austrian music. 

Lunches are not included but can be taken in local cafe's or as a picnic.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Austria

In Austria the electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ 

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK. 

Maria Alm local tourist office provides pictures and videos of the area. 

The Hochkoenig website provides information about hiking in the area. There is also a link from this website to several live webcams.

The Gastein local tourist office website has pictures and information on the area and also information about the other areas in the Gastein Valley. This also includes some information on activities and hiking in the area.

Cicerone guide to Alpine Flowers. We like this pocket-sized book on the 230 Alpine flowers  you are most likely to come across on a holiday in the Alps. There’s a really interesting introduction to the properties flowers need to survive life at altitude and good clear photos with short descriptions arranged according to the predominant colour of the flower. Order it from Cicerone directly and quote code RAMBWH for a 25% discount.

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Austria

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Austria. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. You may wish to consider immunisations against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis

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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Austria

  • Capital

    Vienna

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    German

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    -3°C

    Avg. Rain: 54mm

  • February

    -1°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • March

    3°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • April

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • May

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 92mm

  • June

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 122mm

  • July

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 132mm

  • August

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 114mm

  • September

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • October

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 72mm

  • November

    2°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

  • December

    -2°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

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