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Salzburg: Canyoning and Rafting Experience with Lunch

1. Salzburg: Canyoning and Rafting Experience with Lunch

Pack 2 exciting activities into a single day of fun. Explore the stunning Almbach canyon, jumping or abseiling down sheer rock faces and swimming in the fresh waters below. Break for lunch before setting out on the next leg of your adventure, a rafting experience on the Salzach River. Meet your guide at Basecamp Golling to collect your gear and make your way to the starting point, where a day of outdoor fun awaits. First up, a canyoning experience in the Almbach gorge.  Before you set out to explore the canyon, your guide will take you through a full safety briefing. Spend the morning discovering one of the most beautiful and varied gorges in the Salzburg area and learn canyoning techniques from your licensed guide as you traverse breathtaking landscapes. Jump from heights of between 1.5 and 8 meters, zoom down natural slides and swim in the cool canyon waters. And if you're feeling a little uncertain about jumping, you can choose to abseil down the rock face assisted by your experienced guide. Having worked up an appetite, you'll head back to the Torrenerhof Hotel for some traditional Austrian food. Savor a delicious schnitzel or enjoy Kasnockerln (cheese dumplings) for the vegetarian option. After lunch, head to the Salzach River to begin your rafting adventure. Hop into your raft and start drifting down the river, taking this time to familiarize yourself with the onboard commands and the nature of the water. Stay focused as you approach the 'Labyrinth', a blocked rapids section that will demand all your attention. Take a short break from the action as you reach the impressive waterfall of the Gasteiner Ache, where things slow down a bit.  Then, just before your rafting tour comes to an end, make the most of some splashier parts of the river – staying dry will not be an option. End your day with a convenient transfer back to Camp Golling, where you can take advantage of the shower facilities to clean up before heading back to your accommodation.

Salzburg: City and Surroundings Bike Tour

2. Salzburg: City and Surroundings Bike Tour

Begin your journey of discovery of the magical surroundings of Salzburg, in Mozartplatz. From there, ride across Residenzplatz, Domplatz to the Festspielhaus, and further to the Salzach. See one of the most beautiful views of the old town on the Müllner Steg bridge. Then, enjoy the view over the Mirabell Garden to the Festung Hohensalzburg, a well-known but always impressive sight.  After a longer ride along the Salzach River, cross the river to Nonntal and stop to view an 8th-century female convent Nonnberg Abbey. On small side streets and cycle paths, head to Hellbrunner Allee and Hellbrunn Palace. A shady path with old trees goes for 2.8 kilometers past stately homes such as the impressive Schloss Freisaal and Schloss Fronburg. Make a short stop in the park at Hellbrunn Palace to refresh your feet in the Kneipp pool. Marvel at the modern art in the park and enjoy the 400-year-old complex with the beautiful palace and colorful flowers. Continue your ride and pass various residential districts with views of the Untersberg to the Leopoldskron Palace. Overlooking the Untersberg, the path leads to Schloss Leopoldskron. After cycling around a little lake, discover great photograph opportunities. The 200-year-old estate, now known as a Schloss Hotel, has been a film location for different movies and has a long interesting history.  Discover beautiful homes and gardens next to the Almkanal, a little canal with turquoise water from the Königssee. Travel over a small hill back to the city and Mozart Square. Treat yourself to your last look to the Alps, the Untersberg mountain, and find a spectacular view over the old town to Mirabellgarden and Kapuzinerberg. 

Private Tour: Werfen World's Largest Ice Caves

3. Private Tour: Werfen World's Largest Ice Caves

Meet your private guide at your Salzburg hotel and get comfortable in a luxury minivan for a 1-hour drive south through the Salzach Valley and the Alps (Tennengebirge). On your way up to the ice caves you will stop to admire Hohenwerfen Castle, an iconic hilltop castle used as the backdrop in many films. After you got your tickets for the ice caves (own expense) your guide will walk with you for around 20 minutes to the cable car, after a breathtaking 3 minute cable car ride you will walk another 20 minutes enjoying beautiful views of the surrounding mountains to the entrance of the Werfen Ice Caves, a vast underground labyrinth of icy caverns extending more than 26 miles (42 km) through the heart of Hochkogel mountain. As this is a private tour, you can tailor the pace to your needs. After experiencing this breathtaking natural wonder, journey on to Golling where you will stop near the fascinating late Gothic pilgrimage church of St. Nikolaus, to visit the beautiful Golling waterfalls, the falls plunge 75 meters down two giant steps into the valley below. The thunderous Golling falls are one of the provinces most attractive and romantic natural monuments.

Hallstatt: Private, Customized Full-Day Tour

4. Hallstatt: Private, Customized Full-Day Tour

With a professional local guide and a luxury private vehicle, you will be sure to save time and get the maximum out of a full-day private sightseeing tour to Hallstatt. Starting at 10:00AM, choose from many options possible on the way to Hallstatt, together with your local guide. Hallstatt has a lot to offer; the weather situation on the tour date will be probably be a big factor of what to do best. The boat ride and the cable cars are operating in summer only (boats: from May 1st to October 26th, cable car: April 29th to October 29th). The salt mines in Hallstatt are open from April 1st to November 26th. Once in Hallstatt, you will have several more activities to choose from, such as the five-fingers at Krippenstein (cable car and a hike of 30 minutes), a visit to the ice caves (mid station of Krippenstein cable car), a visit to the Salt Mines of Hallstatt or a boat ride out on the Hallstaetter Lake. Since this is a full day private tour, your itinerary can and will be changed if you so desire. After eight hours exploring one of Austria’s best sightseeing regions, your private tour will conclude with drop-off at your Salzburg city hotel.

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What people are saying about Salzburg

It was one of the most wonderful things we have ever done - Walter was amazing - his knowledge - wow. The weather was perfect - the lunch the bus ride and of course the sleigh ride - just like something out of a fairy tale book - it was a winter wonderland at its very very best - 7 stars

Only tour I have done in my life in which I have not felt a sheep following the flock. Correct times. The English of the guide very easy to understand. Blankets are not electric, they are lifelong. The horses can rest, they look well cared for.

This was a fantastic experience, our guide Leopold was absolutely awesome and funny and made us laugh the whole day! The horse drawn sleigh ride is something you must do whilst in Salzburg. It is spectacular and beautiful. Highly recommend!

Pick up very punctually, relaxed drive with interesting travel tips from Michael, great view on the mountain. The ice cave is fascinating and well worth seeing.

Amazing experience!! Beautiful scenery!! Fantastic horses (and drivers)!! Plus plenty of time to explore too!!