Sample group arrangement of 7 days:
WAY OF ST. JAMES AUSTRIA 2016
This journey is a mix of walking and coaching. A wealth of visits is combined with carefully selected walks along Way of St. James as it traverses Austria. A week full of highlights in an itinerary which is not overcrowded and a mix of walking and coaching that most people will be able to manage with ease.
Arrival at VIENNA AP (early afternoon)
Meet and greet service with our Austrian tour guide (who is with the group throughout their stay) and our local Vienna guide.
We are taking a short city tour of Vienna before we leave to our first destination – the lovely Wachau valley along the river Danube (approx 1,5hrs drive from Vienna)
Arrival at hotel in the Wachau area including dinner
After breakfast we board our coach to drive to the famous castle ruin of Aggstein where we start our first walk on the Way of St. James in the charming countryside of the Dunkelsteinerwald to the pilgrimage church and abbey Maria Langegg.
Time to explore the church, the abbey as well as the interesting surroundings before lunch at the Klosterstüberl, a pilgrimage inn.
We continue by coach to the Benedictine Monastery of Stift Göttweig for a guided tour of the monastery. On the way to our next destination Linz/Upper Austria we have a stop en route visiting a Winegrower running a typical Wine-tavern called „Heuriger“ for a wine tasting including a small snack. After 1 hour drive we arrive at the city of Linz for dinner and overnight
After breakfast we spend the morning on a combined bus- and walking tour of Linz with a local guide, lunchbreak in a typical restaurant in Linz before we continue to the little village of Dörnbach were we start our 2nd walk on the Way of St. James to Wilhering. Arriving in Wilhering we will visit the monastery and learn about the history.
Late afternoon we drive to the area nearby the city of Salzburg, dinner and overnight
After breakfast we start the day with a drive to the village of Mondsee learn about the history of Mondsee and visit the local parish church famous as the Wedding church in the film Sound of Music. Short drive to Oberhofen on Lake Irrsee to start our 3rd walk on the way of St. James. Along open fields, woods and farmhouses we follow the way of St. James to Lengroid – visiting on the way the little chapel „Hagerkapelle“. Our walking today ends at the Mostheuriger Eisl, a farmhouse where local specialiaties – all homemade – will be served for lunch.
After lunch we drive to the Basilica of Maria Plain, considered as the traditional church of pilgrimage in the area of Salzburg City from where you have a stunning view over Salzburg and the Alps.
Time for a coffee break in the pilgrimage Inn of Maria Plain, before we drive back to our hotel for dinner and a little time to relax.
After breakfast drive to the city of Salzburg where we meet our local Salzburg guide for a walking tour of the old town. Afterwards we board our bus and drive to the lovely alpine village of Unken (about 1 hour drive). We stop for a lunch break here and then start our 4th walk on the way of St. James along the river Saalach to Reith (some say it´s one of the most beautiful sections). Arriving in Reith we board our bus and drive 20 minutes to the pilgrimage church of Maria Kirchenthal – the alpine dome as the locals say – set in a beautiful quiet location in the mountains.
Possibilty for a coffee break in Maria Kirchenthal, before we drive to our next destination for a 2 nights stay – to Tyrol / city of Innsbruck area
Dinner at hotel, overnight
After breakfast drive to the city of Innsbruck where we meet our local guide for a walking tour of the city. Afterwards we drive to Karres a little village in the Inntal valley for a lunch break in a pilgrimage inn.
After lunch we make our final walk on the way of St. James from Karres to Roppen and enjoy spectacular views of the Tyrolean peaks. Before we drive back to the hotel we visit the pilgrimage church of Maria Locherboden, overlooking the Inntal valley.
Time to relax and to prepare for our final dinner in the hotel
After breakfast we spent our last morning in the village of Oberammergau in Bavaria, where we visit the theatre and have a guided tour of the village including the museum. Lunchbreak in Oberammergau before we leave for MUNICH AP and our return flight home.
Services included :
- Accommodation in selected 4-star hotels****
- including buffet breakfast, dinner (3-course menu) and porterage in/out
- 1 night in the Wachau area (Lower Austria)
- 1 night in the Linz area (Upper Austria)
- 2 nights in the area around the city of Salzburg (Salzburg province)
- 2 nights in the area around the city of Innsbruck (Tyrol)
- Modern, comfortable AC bus, parking expenses, toll fees during the tour, drivers expenses (overnight/half board for the driver)
- Experienced tour director throughout the whole tour
- Local guide for the city tours in Vienna, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck
- Entrance fee and guided tour of Stift Göttweig
- Entrance fee and guided tour of Stift Wilhering
- Wine-Tasting at the Wachau/Danube region including a small snack
- Guided tour of Oberammergau (incl Passionplay theatre, Museum & Village)
Not included : Lunch breaks and drinks with the half board dinners at hotel
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