|from $2,900* per person||8 Days||June-September
Exertion level: 5
|Operator: Bredeson Outdoor Adventures
10 people max
Join Bredeson Outdoor Adventures for a magnificent hiking vacation in the European Alps. Two of its most spectacular and beautiful areas are combined on this trip, from the high mountain peaks and traditional huts of the Austrian Tyrol to the fairy tale castles and forested mountains of southwestern Germany's Bavaria.
In Austria we stay in an elegant 4-star hotel in the beautiful Tyrolean village of Neustift, reached only by a narrow road that travels between high mountain peaks. The hotel has extensive spa facilities, the use of which is included in the price. Our hiking vacation takes us through lush meadows filled with wildflowers and to high mountain huts above tree-line, where we can indulge in Apfelstrudel (mit Schlag, with whipped cream, if you please!) while viewing stunning glacial panoramas.
We then journey over the Austrian border into the mountains of Bavaria, to hike and visit several castles and lodges built by the enigmatic Bavarian Monarch Ludwig II. Based in a charming hotel near the historic town of Fuessen in "the King's Corner" of Bavaria we view two of Ludwig's castles: one in which he grew up, and the famous Neuschwanstein, which he spent his lifetime building. We'll hike to Ludwig's private hunting lodge and visit Linderhof, Ludwig's most beautiful castle. Returning to the lovely city of Innsbruck, we explore the medieval heart of this city that is perched in a bowl and is surrounded by the Alps.
This trip also lends itself to a self-guided extension in Innsbruck and to the beautiful Berchtesgaden, Koenigsee, and Salzburg area.
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1 testimonial about this trip
Reviewer: Michelle Mueller
"Where do I begin to tell you how much we enjoyed our Alpine experience!!!!!! We are so so so very very much impressed with the thoroughness of your plans and details. .... Each hotel experience was wonderful.
I again thank you so much for this wonderful experience - we couldn't have done this without you. I will surely spread the word as to your expertise! I am so overwhelmed by the exceptional job you did in creating such a memorable vacation for my son and me. You made what may have been a stressful vacation into an effortless treasure. I never would have been able to come up with such a great itinerary. ....Deborah, thank you again for all your hard work and amazing attention to details. Marc and I will remember this trip forever -- we had a blast!"
Reviewer: Kate Johnson
"Our trip to Cinque Terre was the best trip we have ever taken. The beauty of the location was certainly a factor, but, in retrospect,Deb organized and designed a week that far exceeded our expectations. Once we became part of the trip, we immediately began to receive pertinent information-"walk,bike,lift weights every day"-not quite, but she was getting us in shape for the trip that lay ahead.The detailed list of items that we would need was given to us with plenty of time to acquire them.The itinerary provided us an exact time table from landing in Europe to heading back out. Where and when we would be staying, eating, hiking, railroading,ferrying, having options-nothing was missed. Deb's attention to every detail of the organization and flow was flawless. Beyond that, Deb's knowledge of the area and her sense of humor -we would follow her anywhere. With enormous appreciation." Guided CInque Terre hiking trip
Reviewer: Steve Ruggiero
"Thank you again for your wonderful assistance and guidance before, during and after our trip through the Alps this summer. Your detailed and hands on knowledge of the locales, suitability of the intended hikes for our family and an understanding of our exact requirements were spot on. With two little boys in tow and an ambitious schedule spread out over three areas in two weeks, we needed to have the details in hand with no worries. You gave us not only what we asked for but also suitable alternatives to be able to make decisions on the fly if schedules, enthusiasm or weather changed. Your ability to listen and then tailor an appropriate schedule is the mark of a true professional who enjoys what they do. Your passion for it shows and we would have no hesitation to use your services in the future or happily endorse your services to others." Self-guided family trip in Chamonix, Zermatt and Wengen (French and Swiss Alps)
Reviewer: Mary Pepper
The gals were all absolutely delighted with the trip. I think you just blew their minds with the places you chose and the level of professionalism you displayed as our guide. We would all go anywhere you would like and I am anxious to plan more trips with you...I feel certain other of my friends and friends of all the Leaf Ladies are going to be anxious to join any trip in which you are involved as our guide/friend. I am so thankful I had the good fortune to travel with you and you were willing to take us on. You listened to what I wanted for the group and were so attentive to the needs of all of us. We got to see what the true Vermont is like through the eyes of someone who really loves it. It couldn't have been better. I heard from talking with others at the airports that they felt the same and we all really thank you for it." Guided Vermont hiking trip
- Family oriented trip.
- Self-guided (includes hotels, maps, luggage transfer, etc but no guide).
Day 1 : Neustift - Trip Orientation and Welcome Dinner
We greet you at 11:00 a.m. at the Innsbruck Airport and transfer to Neustift by private van.
Our first hike begins in Neustift where we ride the Elfer Chairlift to access its 5,886’ top station. We take a trail to Autenalm, through the forest where we are treated to many wildflowers. We’ll stop for lunch, or Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake), or both, at a convivial Austrian hut. We'll hike back to town in time to enjoy our lovely 4-star hotel’s spa facilities. We’ll begin to get to know each other over a welcome drink and a gourmet dinner in the hotel.
Day 2 : Jochdohle – Bsuchalm – Nurnberger Hut
After our morning coffee, a hearty breakfast, and a discussion of today’s adventures, we travel by van to the end of the Stubai Valley. It the weather allows, we enjoy a gondola ride up to the top of the glacier at Jochdohle --the “Top of Tyrol” -- at over 9,000 feet. We’ll feel like we have been transported forward to winter, minus the cold weather, as skiers zoom by. Depending upon conditions, we may venture onto the glacier for a short walk before riding the lift back down.
After lunch, we transfer to the hamlet of Fulpmes and the hike up to the Bsuchalm, another in the seemingly endless series of beautifully-sited restaurants and cafés. There is an option to extend with a hike to the rustic Nurnberger Hut.
Day 3 : Oberberg Valley – Franz Senn Hut
We travel up the wonderfully remote Oberberg Valley to the start of our hike at the Oberriss Hut, driving at a sedate pace so as to avoid the cows that also share the road at times. We hike up to the classic Franz Senn Hut. Those who wish to can then spend the afternoon exploring a number of trails from the Franz Senn Hut, perhaps hiking up to the Rinnen Lake and back. Alternatively, some may wish to spend the afternoon enjoying the view, writing post cards, and eating pastry. We’ll hike back to the Oberriss Hut for the return to the hotel.
After relaxing in the hotel's spa facilities and pool, and enjoying the hotel's gourmet spread, we venture out to a Gasthof that is a favorite of locals and features zither music.
Day 4: Ettal – Linderhof – Wieskirche - Hohenschwangau
We board our van for a drive through the mountains on the Deutsche Alpenstrasse (German Alpine Road) to Bavaria via the violin-making town of Mittenwald to Linderhof Castle. Linderhof is arguably Ludwig’s most beautiful castle and we’ll have a chance to tour it before continuing by van to Hohenschwangau via the Wieskirche (church), an 18th century Rococo Church that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll then check in to our 4-star hotel with views of both Neuschwannstein and Hohenschwangau Castles and go for a walk around the idyllic Alpsee.
Day 5 : Tegelberg – Bleckenau - Neuschwannstein
Today is a high point of a trip that is full of high points. We’ll have views of mountain peaks and castles for much of the day, and, just to top it off, we’ll hike through a beautiful gorge. Our hike today starts with a cable car ride to the top of Tegelberg, a hike through Pollat Gorge and then a tour of Neuschwannstein, Ludwig II’s most fanciful castle, an 19th century knight’s fortress based on German sagas and Ludwig’s obsession with the music of Richard Wagner. We’ll stop for a break during the hike at the Bleckenau, a former hunting lodge of Bavarian royalty. Dinner tonight will be on your own, giving you the opportunity to explore the medieval town of neighboring Fuessen, with its Benedictine Abbey, the Lech River cascading down through town, and its own high castle.
Day 6: Schachen
We’ll depart from Hohenschwangau and drive through Garmisch-Partenkirchen, site of the fourth winter Olympics, to Elmau for our hike to Ludwig’s little known hunting lodge Schachen, first checking into our cozy and historic farmhouse hotel. It was at Schachen that Ludwig got away from it all in a both geographic and historical sense. Hidden on the second story of this typically timber-framed Alpine house is a secret Turkish room where Ludwig’s servants would wait on him in Oriental attire. Our hike will take us through the woods at first, after which we’ll emerge to a view of the lodge beneath the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. We’ll tour the lodge, and perhaps, as time permits, visit the nearby Alpine garden.
Day 7: Innsbruck
Today we’ll leave Bavaria and return to Innsbruck in Tyrol where we’ll have the afternoon free to explore the Altstadt (Old Town) of this beautiful city on foot. For the diehard walkers in the group we’ll offer an optional hike in the hills surrounding Innsbruck. Our farewell dinner tonight will be in the roof top restaurant of our charming 4 star hotel.
Day 8: Farewell to Austria and Bavaria
After breakfast we transfer to the Innsbruck airport by 9:00 for departure to the U.S. or other destinations.
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