Austrian Lakes Self-Guided Cycling

Austrian Lakes Self-Guided Cycling
Austrian Lakes Self-Guided Cycling
Austrian Lakes Self-Guided Cycling
Austrian Lakes Self-Guided Cycling
Austrian Lakes Self-Guided Cycling
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Self-guided cycling around the beautiful Austrian Lakes.

Every stop brings new discoveries such as Mozart's museum in St Gilgen, and Mondsee's frescoed high street; the church here was the location of the famous wedding in 'The Sound of Music'! When you fancy a change from cycling, local buses and boats shuttle between delightful lakeside villages making exploration easy. Regional highlights include Emperor Franz Josef's summer residence in Bad Ischl (he declared war on Serbia here, which led to WW1), Gmunden's 'floating' castle, Seeschloss Ort, and its porcelain town hall bells, and an unforgettable paddle steamer on Lake Traun below spectacular mountain peaks, not to mention a trip to Salzburg itself.

Highlights
* Cycle exceptional lakeside routes: swimming opportunities every day * Visit fairytale Salzburg: Baroque palaces, historic castles, stunning gardens * Enjoy masses of 'rest day' choices: boat trips, watersports, cable car rides
Food

All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals are included. Austria is renowned for wholesome, robust food. The cuisine is a reflection of the culinary exchange that went on during the time of empires - French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Croatian cuisine have all contributed to the flavours, to name just a few. You will be set up for the day with a breakfast of cold meats and cheeses, traditional bread, jam and coffee. Austrians tend to eat heartily at lunch time and less in the evenings, but you will be well catered for at dinner. Local specialities include the ever present 'Wiener Schnitzel' (breaded veal cutlet) and various stews of beef and pork. Dumplings, potatoes or noodles are all regular accompaniments along with vegetables. Of course the fresh fish found in the lakes like rainbow trout, brown trout and whitefish will be a feature of many menus, often grilled with butter and herbs, or stuffed with local mushrooms.

Destinations
  • Europe
  • Austria
Tour Types
  • Cycling
  • Walking
  • Adventure
  • Active
  • Singles
Day 1 : Arrive in Mondsee

Arrive at your hotel in Mondsee. There’s time to explore before dinner (pay locally). *Comfortable hotel*

Day 2 : Mondsee to Weissenbach

Today you follow the shore of Mondsee before joining Attersee at the pretty lakeside town of Unterach and following the lakeside to Weissenbach. 

Meals: breakfast,dinner

Day 3 : Weissenbach to Gmunden 

Follow a route on the eastern side of the lake through Steinbach and the scenic Weyregg, before passing through Schorfling where you can visit the Gustav Klimt museum. The backdrop of 1000m peaks loom over the lake and are mirrored in the water. As you head towards Gmunden and Traunsee you will pass fields of wheat fringed by poppies and cornflowers.  *Comfortable hotel*

Meals: breakfast,dinner

Day 4 : Gmunden to Bad Ischl

Today, take a trip on Gisela, the last coal-fired paddle steamer, once used by Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The cable car at the top of the Grunberg (944m) offers wonderful views at the summit, where you look down on Gmunden's esplanade and the romantic Seeschloss Ort, a 'floating' castle on the lake dating from the 17th Century. *Comfortable hotel*

Meals: breakfast,dinner

Day 5 : Gmunden to Bad Ischl 

Taking the boat across to Ebensee, you'll stop off at Traunkirchen to visit the church with its famous fisherman's pulpit. Alternatively, you could cycle from Gmunden along the western shore of Traunsee to Ebensee, and enjoy the spectacular fjord-type scenery. From Ebensee, cycling a beautiful riverside route, you'll criss-cross the River Traun to Bad Ischl.  Two options: 19 km / 12 miles or 37 km /23 miles *Comfortable hotel*

Meals: breakfast,

Day 6-7

You're spoilt for choice for things to see and do in Bad Ischl so we’ve included 3 nights here: The imperial spa, the salt mines, the ice cave in Obertraun, the Katrin cable car, the Siriuskogl viewing platform, museums and villas are all worth a visit. Perhaps take a horse-drawn carriage ride, people-watch on the riverside esplanade, or enjoy coffee and cake in the famous Zauner restaurant. 

Meals: breakfast,

Day 8

Today's route takes you west along the river through country villages and meadows, with the opportunity to stop at the waterfront in Strobl before heading past the shimmering Wolfgangsee. Going either north or south of the lake, you'll pass beautiful St Gilgen at the top of the lake before heading onto Mondsee for your final night.  *Comfortable hotel*

Meals: breakfast,

Day 9 : Bad Ischl to Mondsee 

If you have pre-booked a transfer, we take you to the airport in time for your flight home.

Meals: breakfast,

Included

High quality bikes (optional e-bikes available for a supplement)

Perfect active family holiday.

While this holiday is designed for adults, it is in fact perfect for active families. I'd choose this type of trip again over a Mark Warner style watersports and beach club trip. We loved moving on every 2 days, having a day to explore our surroundings by bike or on foot, followed by a day moving on using the excellent GPS system. Such an unspoilt area, while being so beautiful. Everything was clean, efficient and friendly.

Rating: 5



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You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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