- Great for families; gentle traffic-free cycling trails, excellent flexibility
- Excellent *** and **** hotels, some with spas and pools; warm, friendly hoteliers; lovely local cuisine
- Exceptional lakeside routes; swimming opportunities every day
- Fairytale city of Salzburg: Baroque palaces, historic castles, stunning gardens
- Two nights in lakeside Strobl
- Option to rent electric bike
The Salzkammergut area (Lake District) is one of the most impressive regions in the heart of Austria - you'll always find hidden isolated areas to enjoy a dip or to just sit and skim stones across the peaceful, glassy waters - and you can combine glorious Alpine panoramas with a range of water activities in lakeside villages, including boat trips and water sports, when you fancy a break from cycling.
Our 10-night cycling holiday in the Austrian Lakes is jam-packed with experiences to suit everyone. As well as all the sights, sounds and adventures enjoyed on the 8-night Austrian Lakes Cycling holiday, on this trip you'll also spend two fantastic nights in lakeside Strobl, where there are water sports, toboggan runs in the summer and an animal park to visit, as well as some fabulous cycle routes. The cycling is rated as a one bike-wheel rating, and you can extend or shorten your routes on most days.
With so many photo opportunities, the pretty flower-filled valleys sitting beside placid blue lakes, giant mountains and castles reflecting in the water, will remind you of the opening scene of The Sound of Music. On one day you'll hop on St Wolfgang's antique cog railway to the summit of Schafberg for unrivaled Alpine views, another you can take time to reflect from the 400-year-old 'floating' castle in Gmunden, visit Mozart's museum in St Gilgen and Mondsee's frescoed high street, and check out Emperor Franz Josef's summer residence in Bad Ischl (he declared war on Serbia here, which led to WW1). Not forgetting taking a trip on the Gisela, the last coal-fired paddle steamer on Lake Traunsee - and even heading to the fairytale city and Baroque jewel that is Salzburg.
The hotels en route are friendly and different, including lakeside Hotel Post on Austria's biggest lake, Hotel Grunberg that sits directly under the Grunberg Mountain and **** hotels: one in Bad Ischl, overlooking the River Traun and the other in Strobl, a traditional building with three floors of Austrian wood panelled luxury. We have included eight evening meals on the holiday, leaving you free to choose from one of Mondsee's inviting restaurants.
Additional Tour Details
||Continental breakfast and 8 evening meals
||Salzburg airport at 13:35, then transfer to hotel 45 mins, provided.
||Return to Salzburg airport at 12:35 (drop off), transfer provided, 45 mins.
||Add $26 per night.
||Room upgrades: Prices from $23 per person, per night, based on 2 sharing. Extra nights: We recommend Bad Ischl or Salzburg. Prices from $104 per person, per night, B&B. E bike rental: Inquire for prices.
||**** (7), *** (3)