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Zell am See

From crystal lakes to mighty glaciers…easy alpine hiking at its best

From£1,329

  • Austria

  • 7 nights
  • Breakfast & Dinner
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  • Guided Adagio Plus Holidays

Tour codes: 53150

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Guided Adagio Plus Holidays

Our Adagio Plus holidays are great for those seeking a more active holiday experience, with a slightly more challenging terrain, but in keeping with our easy going Adagio pace.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Travel with ease using the local Zell am See Kaprun Summer Card, included in the cost of the holiday
  • Follow an impressive trail to the incredible Schmittenhohe summit (1965m) for superb panoramic views of 3000m peaks
  • Relax after a day’s exploration in a beautiful 4 star alpine hotel in the fairytale village of Zell am See, home to the summer evening laser light show on its crystal clear lake
  • An enchanting wooden walkway leads us through the impressive Sigmund Thun gorge and along the emerald green Klammsee
  • Explore two magnificent high altitude reservoirs, Stausee Mooserboden and Stausee Wasserfallboden, located in the middle of the spectacular Hohe Tauern Mountains

Gaze at the snow-capped peaks of the dramatic Austrian mountains, your backdrop for the week. Lay back and feel the luscious green valley grass surround you. Take a deep breath, breathe in the pure alpine mountain air. Close your eyes and listen to the not so distant sounds of wildlife rustling in the woods. Keep them closed, smile and listen to the sound of water lapping against the lakeside shore. Now you're relaxed...open your eyes and capture the fairy tale village of Zell am See.

The medieval Austrian village of Zell am See offers more than top class skiing, it is a summer hiking paradise in the Kitzbuhel Alps. Stroll around a crystal-clear lake one day and hike at 2000m above it the next. Big mountains, panoramic views and easy walks, this is easy alpine hiking at its best and this is the holiday for you. Local buses, cable cars and chairlifts whisk us from the village to walks along clear turquoise lakes and dramatic alpine mountains. With such reliable transport available to open up this incredible area in summer, we have picked the best trails to include and have considered options to give the daily walking programme flexibility. Every day will bring a new vista and memorable adventure.

  • Return flights from London to Salzburg
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board en suite accommodation
  • All local transport costs
  • Zell am See Kaprun Summer Card for free and unlimited use of local transport, facilities and activities.
  • Personal Expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary Tips
  • Optional Excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

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. All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping to local providers are included in the cost of your holiday. 

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Zell am See

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly to Salzburg and travel by coach to our base for the week, the medieval town of Zell am See.

Transfer Time = 1 hour 40 minutes

Day 2

Circuit of Zeller See

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent

    50m

We leave the hotel and make our way on foot to the sea promenade around the tranquil Zell am lake side. We pass the alpine villages of Thumersbach and Schuttdorf, enjoying magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. There will be the option of taking a boat back to the village across the crystal clear lake or catching the local bus if you decide you do not wish to complete the full circuit.

Day 3

Schmittenhohe Summit

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Today we hike in the footsteps of Empress Sisi, the Bavarian princess, Elizabeth of Austria. We catch a local bus to the lift station where we are whisked by cable car and chair lift to the Sonnkogel. We follow the impressive trail to the incredible Schmittenhohe summit (1965m), where a panoramic view opens to reveal lakes sparkling below and the dramatic Kitzbuhel Alps stretching in the distance. A perfect picnic stop high in the mountains before following a trail back down to Zell am See.

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent

    220m

We have the option of walking to the hotel or catching the local bus back to the hotel.

Day 4

Sigmund Thun Klamm and Kitzsteinhorn Peak

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    2.5 miles

  • Ascent

    160m

A day full of dramatic mountain scenery, get your camera’s ready! This morning we take the local bus past Kaprun where we follow a picturesque wooden stepped walkway through the enchanting Sigmund Thun gorge and along the emerald green Klamsee. The river will thunder below us as we are surrounded by the steep rocky gorge and vivid green foliage. We continue along by the river until we reach the cable car to ascend to the glacial Wonderland at the Kitzsteinhorn (3000m) on the border of the Hohe Tauern National Park. We have time to explore the viewpoints before returning by cable car and bus to the hotel.

Day 5

Free Day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is a free day to explore the area more independently. You can use your Zell am See Kaprun Summer Card to discover the surrounding area. Maybe explore more trails using the lifts or take a cruise on the lake.

Maybe visit the highest waterfall in Europe, Krimml (380m) or explore Salzburg, the city of Mozart. Explore more of Zell am See’s café’s and try the sweetened traditional Austrian style pancake, Kaiserschmarrn. Or even sit back, relax, and enjoy the spa facilities in the hotel.

Your leader will be able to advise you about the many options for this day.

Day 6

High Altitude Reservoirs

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    4.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    160/400m

We head back into the mountains today to explore two manficient high altitude reservoirs, Stausee Mooserboden and Stausee Wasserfallboden, located in the middle of the spectacular Hohe Tauern Mountains.

Using local transport, including a unique inclined elevator, we arrive at the hydroelectric dam area where we spend time capturing the astounding surrounding manmade and natural landscape. We follow a delightful trail passing flower filled meadows and farming pastures. We may be tempted by the delicious the Kaiserschmarrn (sweetened traditional Austrian pancake) and other delights at the Alm, before venturing back to Zell am See.

Day 7

Pinzgauer Spaziergang

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    5.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    440m

Today we enjoy an wonderful high altitude walk, described as one of the most beautiful trails in the eastern Alps. We follow a delightful trail at over 1800m altitude. A cable car whisks us to the top of the Schmittenhohe where we follow an alpine track with panoramic views down to the picturesque verdant Salzach valley below. We walk alongside a network of streams before enjoying a delightful picnic lunch with scenic mountain views. We may even have time to have a delightful drink in the family run Alm en route. We descend gracefully by lift to Zell am See where we have some time for a bit of last minute souvenir shopping and exploration.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

After a memorable week in scenic Zell am See, the time has come to bid farewell. A coach transfer takes us to Salzburg Airport for our return flight home.

From (GBP)£1,329

Departure dates for your selected tour

12th Jun 2021 - 19th Jun 2021 (7 Nights)

19th Jun 2021 - 26th Jun 2021 (7 Nights)

24th Jul 2021 - 31st Jul 2021 (7 Nights)

6th Aug 2021 - 13th Aug 2021 (7 Nights)

13th Aug 2021 - 20th Aug 2021 (7 Nights)

4th Sep 2021 - 11th Sep 2021 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

We fly from London to Salzburg and return. The flight takes approximately 2 hours.

Our transfer from Salzburg Airport to Zell am See is by private coach and will take around 1 hour 40 minutes.   During the week we’ll travel on foot, by local bus, by boat, by cable car and by chairlift. 

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is a summary of 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.

Romantik Hotel

The medieval Austrian village of Zell am See offers more than just top class skiing, it is a summer hiking paradise in the Kitzbuhel Alps. Set against the backdrop of the tranquil Lake Zell and snow-capped mountains, it’s a picture perfect setting. The village is the ideal blend of history and contemporary, with modern bars and restaurants set within medieval buildings and narrow cobbled winding streets. You can find a variety of family run shops, cafes, bakeries, a tourist office, mini supermarkets, pharmacy and banks with ATMs. As the summer sun sets and the day draws to a close, a magical laser lake show takes place on the crystal clear Lake Zell. It occurs throughout the week between May and October after 9pm and is definitely worth a watch! Your leader will be able to provide you with more information. 

We stay at the four star Hotel Romantik, centrally situated in the centre of Zell am See. This pretty hotel is full of alpine charm, decorated with traditional wooden furnishings, and colourful window shutters with flower filled window boxes, it really is a gem. There is a tasteful restaurant and a spa area with an indoor pool, relaxation area, sauna, steam bath, infrared cabins, Jacuzzi and spa treatments (additional price). This really is a hotel to unwind in after a day exploring the alps. 

We stay in en suite rooms, each individually decorated with unique furnishings and décor. Rooms include:

  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Hairdryer
  • Cofee/tea making facilities
  • Safe

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

On an Adagio Plus holiday, there is more emphasis on getting out into the countryside with days having more of an active content, although the walks will be on unchallenging trails and at an undemanding pace. You will need to be able to walk for longer periods than on a standard Adagio holiday. Adagio Plus holidays, in general, have less sightseeing days and are more about being out in the open countryside.

The highest we will be walking is at the Schmittenhohe summit at 1965m but we also go to the Kitzsteinhorn by cable car, reaching 3000m where we stop for the view. Please make sure you are insured for up to 3000m.

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Local transport costs and Zell am See Kaprun Summer Card

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, local buses, cable cars, chairlifts and ferries depending on the itinerary.

We include the Zell am See Kaprun Summer Card in the cost of the holiday. This provides free and discounted use of local transport, local facilities and local activities. This provides travel on all the local buses, boats, cable cars and chairlifts used in our proposed itinerary.

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

We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers.  If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.

Your Group

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Your Leader

An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights.  They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people.  They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

We fly from London to Salzburg and return. The flight takes approximately 2 hours.

Our transfer from Salzburg Airport to Zell am See is by private coach and will take around 1 hour 40 minutes. During the week we’ll travel on foot, by local bus, by boat, by cable car and by chairlift. 

Details of your baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. 

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Zell am See, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at our hotel. 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 wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

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

Meals

We include breakfasts and dinners at the hotel’s magnificent restaurant, serving delicious traditional and regional dishes made from locally sourced produce and fresh ingredients. Dietary requirements are well catered for so please advise us at the time of booking.

Lunches are not included in the holiday price and can be taken as picnics. You can purchase your lunch from local supermarkets, bakeries or cafes. You can create your own picnic from the breakfast buffet for €5 per person per day. Please speak to reception or a member of staff at the restaurant for more information.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers. 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
  • A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
  • Sun cream. 
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
  • A water bottle.  (see Water-to-Go below)
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
  • A simple basic first aid kit.
  • A daypack to hold all the above.
  • Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information 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 currency
  • 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 Power Plug Sockets.

Maps & Guidebooks

Ideal Maps & Guidebooks

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: [email protected]

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.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

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

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

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

Travel Insurance

Please make sure you are insured for guided walking. It is important that you bring your travel insurance documents with you on holiday, including your policy number and 24-hour assistance telephone number.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. 

In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

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. 

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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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