Austrian Lakes Cycling

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Explore the Austrian Lake District on our 8 night self-guided tour. With lakeside routes providing plenty of swimming opportunities and lots to discover including St Wolfgang's antique cog railway to the summit of Schafberg, Mozart's museum in St Gilgen, and Mondsee's frescoed high street;

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Out: Lufthansa Heathrow to Salzburg via Frankfurt 07:30/13:55 then transfer to hotel 45 mins. Return: Transfer to airport 45 mins then Lufthansa Salzburg to Heathrow via Frankfurt 14:35/18:40.
Accommodation
Hotel Leitnerbrau (4 star)
The Leitnerbrau Hotel can be found in the very heart of Mondsee, just a stone's throw from the famous church used in 'The Sound of Music' and a 5-minute stroll from the lakeside where there are frequent summer shows and events. A 30-room, family-run property, it is broad, modern and spacious inside whilst retaining the typical Tyrolean architecture outside. Bedrooms are extremely spacious, with queen size beds and traditional wooden furnishings.

Hotel Post (3 star)
The Hotel Post sits on the shores of Attersee, offering panoramic views of Austria's biggest lake as well as a stunning mountain backdrop. The hotel has its own private beach - so you can swim in what is said to be the warmest waters in the Salzkammergut lake district! The hotel is decorated in a traditional Austrian style, and most rooms have lake views and balconies. The hotel also benefits from a lakeside sauna.

Hotel Grunberg (3 star)
The Hotel Grunberg has a great lakeside location directly below Grunberg Mountain, which soars above the town of Gmunden. The hotel is right on the lakeside, with a view over to the lights of Gmunden itself shimmering on the water. It takes about 10 minutes to cycle into the centre of town. Bedrooms are spacious, and the majority have lake views - they are not typically Austrian, but more contemporary in feel.

Goldenes Schiff (4 star)
The Hotel Goldenes Schiff is located at the bank of the River Traun at the heart of Bad Ischl, only a two-minute walk from the thermal baths of the Eurotherme Bad Ischl and five minutes from the train station. You will immediately fall in love with the peace and quiet and the unique view of the picturesque landscape of the Salzkammergut region.

Meals
All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals
Destinations
  • Austria
  • Salzburg
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Cycling
  • Self Guided
Departure Points
  • London Airport
Day 1: Arrive in Mondsee
Arrive at your centrally located hotel in Mondsee, with time to explore before your evening meal.

Day 2: Mondsee to Weissenbach 21km/13mi
Today you follow the shore of Mondsee before joining Attersee at the pretty lakeside town of Unterach and following the lakeside to Weissenbach.

Day 3: Weissenbach to Gmunden 42km/26mi
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.

Day 4: At Gmunden
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 17th century.

Day 5: Gmunden to Bad Ischl 19km/12mi or 37km/23.5mi
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 where you'll spend the next three nights.

Day 6: At Bad Ischl
You're spoilt for choice for things to see and do in Bad Ischl: the imperial spa, the salt mines, the ice cave in Obertraun, thermal salt baths, the Katrin cable car, the Siriuskogl viewing platform, museums and villas. Perhaps take a horse-drawn carriage ride, people-watch on the riverside esplanade, or enjoy coffee and cake in the famous Zauner restaurant.

Day 7: At Bad Ischl
Continue exploring Bad Ischl or take an optional cycle ride from Halstatt.

Day 8: Bad Ischl to Mondsee 43km/27mi
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, your home for the last night.

Day 9: Leave Mondsee
Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in Austria for all customers under 12 yrs. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own. Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.

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Touring with Headwater

In 1985, Richard and Christine Bass made the life-changing decision to turn a passion into a business and thus Headwater was born at their kitchen table.

The first Headwater tours were launched in summer 1986 and modestly comprised three holidays in the Upper Loire Valley in France: a canoeing holiday and two self-guided walking holidays.

Their vision for Headwater was clear, right from the start. Richard and Christine wanted to offer their customers exactly what they loved in a holiday – family-run, friendly hotels, an authentic experience of a region, including culture, cuisine and fine wines, and above all a fantastic level of personal service, with staff on hand in resort to help and guide as required.

After a successful 10 years specialising in France, Headwater launched a new Great Walks in Europe brochure in 1995, offering a selection of hand-picked guided walking holidays in eight countries. As a result of the phenomenal success of this, a year later the first self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Italy were launched.

In 1999, Richard and Christine decided to retire and enjoy the fruits of their labour, and sold Headwater – but not before ensuring it was in the safest of hands to continue their legacy.

Today, they enjoy taking customers (new and loyal) on journeys on foot or by bike throughout 18 countries worldwide. Whilst they have embraced modern technology and changing times since 1985, Richard and Christine’s ethos remains key to all of their holidays and they consider it their mission to ensure that the same detail, knowledge and passion goes into delivering each and every trip.

With more than 32 years’ experience, their collection now includes 59 self-guided and 12 guided walking holidays and 62 cycling holidays. Their canoeing holiday in the Dordogne remains as popular as ever, as well as their choice of winter snow holidays (cross-country skiing and winter walking) that run between December and April in Austria and Norway.

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