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Europe Ski Trip: Austria, Slovenia & Italy

An unforgettable Europe ski trip in 3 different countries 

This 7-day winter adventure will take you through breathtaking alpine areas in Austria, Slovenia, and Italy. In a single week, you can ski or snowboard in four different ski areas across three countries. When you’re not on the slopes, you’ll have time to explore charming alpine villages and castles, take in the incredible scenery, enjoy the local cuisine, and warm up by the fire with a glass of wine.  

Although there is an emphasis on downhill skiing and/or snowboarding, there are a few optional activity days where you can choose between downhill skiing and other winter activities. These include cross-country skiing, ski touring, winter hiking, or enjoying a relaxing spa day at the hotel. 

The standard itinerary starts in Salzburg, Austria, and ends in Venice, Italy. If you’d like more time to experience these fascinating cities, we recommend adding an extra day at the beginning and end of your trip (we’re happy to provide suggestions regarding hotels and things to do).

This trip is entirely customizable for private groups. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly resorts, exciting freeride and off-piste terrain, or runs with a large vertical drop, just let us know and we will modify the itinerary to suit your preferences. There are a large number of ski resorts in a relatively small area, and we can take you to whatever type of resort you’re looking for. From Cortina d’Ampezzo and Alta Badia in the Italian Dolomites, to Kitzbühel and Nassfeld in the Austrian Alps, we can make your dream ski vacation a reality. 

 

DayActivitiesLocationLodgingMeals Included
1Arrival in Salzburg, AustriaSalzburg (Austria)Salzburg (Austria)Dinner
2Skiing, Snowboarding or XC Skiing ObertauernObertauern (Austria)Obertauern (Austria)Breakfast, Dinner
3Exploring Lake BledLake Bled & Bohinj (Slovenia)Lake Bohinj (Slovenia)Breakfast, Dinner
4Skiing/Snowboarding Vogel, XC Skiing, or Spa DayVogel (Slovenia)Kranjska Gora (Slovenia) Breakfast, Dinner
5Skiing/Snowboarding Kranjska Gora, XC Skiing, Ski TouringKranjska Gora (Slovenia)Tarvisio (Italy)Breakfast, Dinner
6Skiing/Snowboarding Sella NeveaSella Nevea (Italy)Tarvisio (Italy)Breakfast, Dinner
7Drop-off in Venice, ItalyVenice (Italy)n/aBreakfast
DAY 1
Arrival in Salzburg, Austria

Our trip begins in Salzburg, Austria’s fourth-largest city. The old baroque town center is incredibly well-preserved, making Salzburg a sought-after destination. Famous as the birthplace of Mozart and the former home of the Sound of Music’s real-life Von Trapp family, Salzburg is packed with historic palaces, castles, and museums. We recommend arriving a day early so you have time to settle in and explore the beautiful city before we meet as a group. 

On Sunday afternoon, we’ll meet for a trip overview and group dinner. In addition to discussing what to expect over the coming week, you’ll also have a chance to get to know the guides and fellow travelers. 

Lodging: Salzburg, Austria. Included meals: Dinner. Included activities: n/a.

DAY 2
Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding, or XC Skiing Obertauern, Austria

Located in the snowiest region of Austria, Obertauern ski resort guarantees snow from November until May. Obertauern is shaped like a bowl, and you can ski on both sides of the town. There are even bridges and ski lifts running over the main road! 

The resort has 19 chair lifts, 1 cable car, and 6 T-bar lifts taking you to over 60 miles (100 km) of marked ski trails. With a wide variety of trails ranging from beginner to expert, Obertauern is a fantastic destination for skiers of all skill levels. 

The ski trails extend from between 1630 meters (5347 ft) and 2313 meters (7588 ft) above sea level, with panoramic views of the Alps at the top. There are also 26 miles of cross-country trails for those who prefer Nordic skiing. 

After a fun day on the slopes, you can enjoy Obertauern’s famous aprés ski scene or relax at the hotel before dinner. 

Lodging: Obertauern, Austria. Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner. Included activities: Choice of downhill skiing/snowboarding and cross-country skiing. 

DAY 3
Exploring Lake Bled, Slovenia

Today we take a break from the slopes and explore one of Europe’s most picturesque lakes – Lake Bled. After breakfast in Obertauern, we have a 2-hour drive to Bled in Slovenia. The area has been known as a paradise for centuries, impressing visitors with its natural beauty, wealth of legend, and alleged powers to restore well-being. 

 

The most beautiful view of Lake Bled and its surrounding alpine peaks is from the hiking paths wrapping around the lake. We will walk one of the loop trails around Lake Bled so that you can experience the beauty of this area. Weather permitting, we’ll also hike up to an overlook where you’ll have an unforgettable view of the lake, Bled Island, and St. Mary’s Church. The walk will take about 3 hours and is an easy level of difficulty. 

In the afternoon, you’ll have some free time for lunch and an optional visit to Bled Castle. Before dark, we’ll reconvene and drive about 40 minutes to a stunning alpine lake located within Triglav National Park – Lake Bohinj. After settling into the hotel, we’ll meet for a group dinner. 

Lodging: Lake Bohinj, Slovenia. Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner. Included activities: Guided walk around Lake Bled. 

DAY 4
Choice of Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding Vogel, XC Skiing, or Spa Day

After breakfast at our hotel next to the lake, you’ll have your choice of three different activities: 

  1. Skiing/Snowboarding Vogel Ski Area: Getting to the Vogel ski area is an adventure in and of itself. We’ll take a cable car from the lake’s shores that quickly reaches dizzying heights of 1000 meters (3280 feet) above the lake. In addition to stunning views of Lake Bohinj, you can take in the views of Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain, and its surrounding peaks. Vogel has nine different lifts that take you to ski trails ranging from easy to intermediate levels of difficulty. 
  2. Cross-country Skiing Bohinj: The Bohinj area has over 43 miles (70 km) of maintained cross-country trails. We recommend skiing in the Upper and Lower Bohinj Valley, which has mostly flat and circular trails. Alternatively, you can take the gondola up with the group and ski at Vogel, where you’ll find shorter trails with breathtaking mountain views. 
  3. Spa Day: If you’d like to unwind at the hotel wellness center, you’ll have access to Finnish and Turkish saunas and an outdoor thermal pool with mountain views. Entrance to the spa area is included in the trip price. Any additional treatments or massages are available to purchase extra at the hotel. 

After the day’s activity we’ll meet back up as a group and drive about one hour to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, where we’ll have dinner and spend the night. 

Lodging: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner. Included activities: Choice of downhill skiing/snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and spa day.

DAY 5
Choice of Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding Kranjska Gora, XC Skiing, or Ski Touring

Since our hotel is situated at the base of the ski slopes, you’ll be able to head out on today’s adventure practically from our doorstep. You can choose from the following three activities: 

  1. Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding Kranjska Gora: Slovenia’s oldest ski resort offers 18 trails ranging from 800 m to 1215 m (2625 to 3990 feet) above sea level. There are trails suitable for beginners as well as advanced skiers. 
  2. Cross-country Skiing: The valley stretching from Kranjska Gora to Mojstrana features a groomed, easy cross-country ski trail with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains. 
  3. Ski Touring: Head off-piste with a guide to explore some of the more remote areas surrounding Kranjska Gora. 

On request, we can also arrange a winter hike in a local nature reserve. After the day’s activity, we’ll meet back up as as group and drive about 30 minutes to Tarvisio, Italy. We’ll settle into our hotel for the next two nights and have dinner as a group.  

Lodging: Tarvisio, Italy. Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner. Included activities: Choice of downhill skiing/snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and ski touring. 

DAY 6
Skiing or Snowboarding Kanin-Sella Nevea

Today you’ll enjoy the unique experience of skiing back and forth between two countries! In the morning we’ll drive to Sella Nevea and take a gondola up to the ski slopes at Kanin-Sella Nevea Ski Resort, split between Italy and Slovenia. 

Kanin is the highest ski resort in Slovenia and reaches an altitude of 2300 meters (7546 feet). Known as a free-ride paradise, the resort is a popular spot for advanced skiers and snowboarders to venture off-piste. 

While the resort is small, it makes up for it in views. Around almost every turn you’ll have a new and breathtaking view of the Julian Alps and Soča Valley down below. On a clear day, you can even spot the Adriatic Sea sparkling in the distance. 

There are two restaurants at the resort – one on the Slovenian side and one on the Italian side. You can take your pick between sauerkraut and sausage at one restaurant, and pasta dishes followed by tiramisu at the other. Don’t forget to warm up at the end of the day with Bombardino, an Italian winter specialty. 

We’ll spend one more night in Tarvisio and have our final dinner there together as a group. 

Lodging: Tarvisio, Italy. Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner. Included activities: Downhill skiing/snowboarding. 

DAY 7
Departure & Drop-off in Venice, Italy

Our journey comes to an end today. After breakfast, we’ll start our drive towards Venice. The drive should take about 3 hours. We can drop you off either in the city of Venice or at the Marco Polo airport. 

We recommend adding a day to explore the city of Venice and its mesmerizing canals on your own. If you select our departure from January 28 to February 3, you’ll even be there for the famous Venice Carnival celebrations. 

Lodging: n/a. Included meals: Breakfast. Included activities: transfer to Venice.

7-Day Tour
Per person (double room occupancy)€4490
Per person (single room)€4990

 

All prices are per person, with a minimum of 4 people per group. We can do the tour for groups of fewer than 4, but the price for each person will be higher. Private tours and custom itineraries are also available – contact us for more details.

This 7-day trip typically runs from Sunday to Saturday. Below are our scheduled 2024 departure dates:

  • February 11-17 – sold out 
  • March 3-9available 
  • March 10-16 – available 

2025 departure dates:

  • January 5-11available 
  • January 12-18available 
  • January 19-25 – available 
  • January 26-February 1available 
  • February 2-8 available 
  • February 9-15 available 
  • March 2-8 available 
  • March 9-15 available 

What’s included:

  • 6 nights of accommodation in mid-range to upscale hotels near ski resorts
  • Daily ski pass at up to 4 different ski resorts
  • Ski or snowboard rental package
  • Additional “optional day” activities and equipment, including cross-country skiing, ski touring, and winter hiking 
  • Private transportation during the tour 
  • 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners 
  • Drop-off in Venice or at Marco Polo Airport on Day 7 (we will schedule one group drop-off time in the morning)
  • Basic insurance covering injury while skiing or partaking in any of the other planned activities  
  • Local taxes and fees

Not included: 

  • Airfare to/from the starting and ending points 
  • Ski lessons (whether you’re a beginner or an experienced skier looking to improve your skills, we can help you arrange private lessons with a ski instructor)
  • Meals and beverages not stated in the itinerary
  • Airport pickup in Salzburg (we can help you arrange this) 
  • Gratuities for your guide(s) 
  • Souvenirs and other personal expenses 
  • Travel insurance

Payment:

A non-refundable deposit of 300 euros is due at the time of booking to reserve your spot on the trip. The remaining balance is to be paid no later than 120 days before the departure date. We accept payment via bank transfer or PayPal – details will be provided to you upon booking.

All prices are in euros (EUR). If you are paying in another currency, such as US Dollars, please check the current exchange rate with your bank to ensure the final amount delivered corresponds to the correct amount in EUR.

Cancellation policy:

If you decide to cancel your trip for any reason, the following cancellation policy will apply:

  • Cancellation more than 120 days before the departure date: cancellation fee is 300 euros (equal to the non-refundable deposit paid at the time of reservation). 
  • Cancellation 60-119 days before the departure date: cancellation fee is 30% of the tour price. We will refund the remaining 70% paid. 
  • Cancellation 30-59 days before the departure date: cancellation fee is 50% of the tour price. We will refund the remaining 50% paid. 
  • Cancellation within 30 days of departure date: cancellation fee is 100% of the tour price. No refunds will be issued.

We recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment from unforeseen circumstances.

Custom and private itineraries may have different cancellation, deposit, and refund policies than those listed above. You will be sent the terms and conditions prior to confirming your booking. 

Trip confirmation for small-group departures:

We reserve the right to cancel trips with an insufficient number of participants (minimum 4 people, unless otherwise stated). In that case, all money paid to Terra Magica Adventures will be refunded, minus the cost of any fees charged by your bank. 

Do not book any non-refundable air travel until you receive notification that your trip is confirmed. The latest we will confirm a ski trip is 3 months before the departure date. 

How to book: please email us at info@terramagicacroatia.com or call +385 91 764 1300

This 7-day trip typically runs from Sunday to Saturday. Below are our scheduled 2024 departure dates:

  • February 11-17 – sold out 
  • March 3-9available 
  • March 10-16 – available 

2025 departure dates:

  • January 5-11available 
  • January 12-18available 
  • January 19-25 – available 
  • January 26-February 1available 
  • February 2-8 available 
  • February 9-15 available 
  • March 2-8 available 
  • March 9-15 available 

Minimum age: 12 years if accompanied by parent(s).

Single-use rooms are available upon request for a surcharge of 600 euros. Sharing a twin room with another person is possible.

Activities: Downhill skiing/snowboarding, winter hiking, cross-country skiing (optional), ski touring (optional)

Activity level: Easy to moderate

Accommodation: 4-star hotels, including some that are ski-in/ski-out. Option to upgrade to 5-star hotels for private groups, with some slight modifications to the itinerary.

Meals and dietary requirements: All arrangements regarding dietary requirements and food allergies can be made upon request. We can provide vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals. Breakfasts and dinners are included, but lunch will be on your own. You will be able to buy lunch and snacks from local shops and restaurants, mountain huts, and lodges on the ski slopes.

Arrival and departure transfers:  Transfers to the meeting point in Salzburg, Austria are not included in the price, but we can help you with travel arrangements.  You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time. There will be one group drop-off at the Venice airport sometime in the morning on Day 7, so keep this in mind when booking your flights. If you choose to stay longer in Venice or a nearby destination, our guides will provide you with all the information needed to continue your adventure – that includes recommendations regarding places to visit, things to do, hotels and restaurants. We will be happy to help you enjoy the rest of your journey.

Closest airports: We recommend flying into Salzburg, Austria (SZG) and flying out of Venice, Italy (VCE).

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