May 26th 2015

setting off on the snow 16 April 2015. The 2016 program will feature a week in the Austrian Tyrol with snowshoe hikes and optional cross-country skiing, with expert tuition available. The Walk is based at the Hotel Unterlechner in the picturesque village of St Jakob in Haus, combing hiking and/or cross-country skiing in the Pillersee Valley. The Wayfarers founder Michael West said that clients had long been asking for a Walk in the winter months. He added: 'We put this itinerary together to give our Wayfarers the chance to experience the stunning mountain scenery under snow, with the added spice of skiing across country for those with a good level of fitness, or hiking with or without snowshoes. 'The Wayfarers’ take on slow travel fits perfectly with the increasing market for ‘wellness’ travel* which combines a vacation with light physical activity. 'This Walk is enormous fun; it gives us the opportunity to show our Wayfarers the beauties of Austria in the winter season, provides our usual all-inclusive package and the chance to get to know the area on foot – or ski.' Highlights:
  • Choice of cross-country skiing or hiking the trails in the winter wonderland of the Austrian Tyrol
  • Visit the storybook city of Salzburg, have dinner and attend a concert at the world-famous Mozarteum
  • A toboggan ride as night falls over the snowfields
  • Relax with a luxury spa treatment at the hotel
  • Discover Tyrolean tradition, culture and crafts.
Price: $4195, no single supplement.  Trip dates: March 6-12, 2016. *A research report conducted by SRI International for the Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) found that wellness tourism represents a US$439 billion market, or 14 percent of world tourism expenditures and is increasing market share 50 percent faster than regular tourism. For more information on all the Wayfarers Walks contact www.thewayfarers.com Tel: 1-800-249-4620 or email [email protected] The Wayfarers Walking Vacations 2015 brochure is available in various formats here http://bit.ly/1t2wwkr Photo captions:
  1. Snow scene – The Wayfarers Walking Vacations is    offering an Austrian Winter Walk option.
  2. Cross-country skiing in Austria
View our video: you can watch a video of the Wayfarers enjoying this year’s trip by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVpaI2KnoOM For more information on any of our Walks and destination images, please contact Anne King at Watershed PR on 00 44 1308 420785 or email [email protected] NOTE TO EDITORS: www.thewayfarers.com Tel: 1-800-249-4620 Facebook The Wayfarers Walking Vacations; Twitter @wayfarers; Instagram Wayfarerswalks. About The Wayfarers Walking Vacations: Founded more than 30 years ago, The Wayfarers Walking Vacations was named by National Geographic Traveler as purveyor of one of the ‘50 Tours of a Lifetime,’ and by National Geographic Adventure as one of the ‘Best Hiking Companies,’ The Wayfarers offers an eco-sensitive walking vacation of both culture and fitness in 19 countries with 40+ itineraries. Walks cover England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, New Zealand, Patagonia, Alaska, Colorado, Southwest USA, and a barging/walk combination in Burgundy, France. Wayfarers Walks offer exclusive entrees into homes and gardens otherwise closed to the public, graceful accommodations, outstanding cuisine, and meetings with local residents. Walks are from 6-13 days and are rated on a five-level challenge scale. Price per person is all-inclusive from Day One: including all transfers, hotel accommodation, full board plus twice daily snacks, wine with dinner, tips, entrance tickets, maps and postcards. The Wayfarers is a member of Trusted Adventures, www.trustedadventures.com, dedicated to the highest standards of small-group travel and supporting local economies. The Wayfarers Walk Away Guide explains the benefits and practicalities of walking vacations and is guaranteed to inspire new walkers. Available free of charge at http://www.thewayfarers.com/walkawayguide The Wayfarers 2015 Brochure http://bit.ly/1t2wwkr ENDS

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