In keeping with The Wayfarers’ hand-crafted approach, the Walk leader is Jane Eberhardt, an accomplished golfer who will share her ‘insider’ knowledge about the courses: Sporthotel Igls in Innsbruck, which recently unveiled Olympia Igls, a beautiful new 9-hole course; Kitzbühel, known as the Alpine Center for golf because it is home to four first-rate courses and hosts 13 tournaments every summer; and the picturesque Maria Alm course in Leogang.
“I doubt there is a better setting for a golf course anywhere,” said Christopher Hague, co-founder of The Wayfarers, one of the world’s premier purveyors of walking adventure vacations. “This journey is a walker’s dream, revealing the country’s beautiful Sound of Music setting with its colorful Tyrolean chalets and churches, Hapsburg palaces, and charming hotels.”
Like the golf courses featured on the itinerary, the hotels on the Innsbruck to Salzburg Walk are quintessential Austrian treasures. In Innsbruck, participants will stay in Sporthotel in the Olympic Village of Igls, on a plateau nearly 3,000 feet above the village. Originally designed and built in 1889 by Max Haas, a prominent local architect, Igls features a host of activities for sports enthusiasts as well as relaxing health and beauty facilities. In medieval Kitzbuhel, Hotel Kaiserhof is set in the Austrian Alps and offers an exceptional wellness center with indoor pool, sauna and steam rooms and solarium. En route to Salzburg, participants spend two nights in Leogang at Kirchenwirt Landhotel, a relaxing retreat featuring some of the inn’s stone walls and vaults which date back more than 600 years.
About The Wayfarers
The Wayfarers, named one of the “Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, marks its 25th season with 39 diverse Walks through 15 countries. All Wayfarers Walks are US dollar guaranteed, so travelers can book with no worries about fluctuating exchange rates. The 2008 schedule includes Walks in South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland and the United States.
Offering an eco-aware walking holiday of culture and fitness, The Wayfarers’ newest Walks/hikes include South Africa and a Girlfriend Getaways (and Mother/Daughter) program with added shopping, museums, spa treatments, and more. Wayfarers’ itineraries afford exclusive entrées into homes and gardens otherwise closed to the public and include graceful accommodations, outstanding cuisine, and meetings with local residents. Walks range from 5-12 days and are rated easy to challenging, covering distances of 4-5, 6-10 or 12-15 miles per day.
The Wayfarers is also a member of Trusted Adventures (http://www.blogger.com/www.trustedadventures.com), a consortium of award-winning travel companies matching active individuals, families and groups on nature and culture adventures walking, rafting, cycling and trekking throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. The alliance offers 350 unique trips to over 85 destinations worldwide. http://www.thewayfarers.com/, 800- 249-4620.
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