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Austrian Lakes Cycling

Austrian Lakes Cycling

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Austrian Lakes Cycling

  • Great for first time cyclists; 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 Salzburg: Baroque palaces, historic castles, stunning gardens
  • Masses of 'rest day' choices: boat trips, watersports, mountain rail rides
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $1825 per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every two days from 13 May '18 to 20 Sep '18
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Headwater wine service
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels


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Our 8-night cycling holiday in the Austrian Lakes is fantastically varied with something to suit travellers of all ages. It's a wonderful mix of spectacular scenic views, gentle shoreline routes and swimming opportunities galore. The cycling is graded as one bike-wheel rating, but you can extend your routes on all days.

Every stop brings new discoveries such as St Wolfgang's antique cog railway to the summit of Schafberg, 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.

Our hotels are extremely friendly and provide a wonderful contrast throughout your holiday, from the centrally-located Hotel Leitnerbrau to the Hotel Post on the shores of Attersee, and the lakeside retreat in Gmunden. We have included six evening meals on the holiday, leaving you free to choose from one of Mondsee's inviting restaurants.

Read more about this holiday in Retiremove, Shropshire Star and Taylor Hearts Travel.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Mondsee

Arrive at your centrally located hotel in Mondsee, with time to explore before your evening meal. (Staying at Hotel Leitnerbrau, Breakfast only)

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. (Staying at Hotel Post, Half Board)

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. (Staying at Landhotel Grunberg, Half Board)

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 C17. (Staying at Landhotel Grunberg, Half Board)

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. (Staying at Hotel Goldenes Schiff, Half Board)

Day 6-7 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. (Staying at Hotel Goldenes Schiff, Half Board)

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. (Staying at Hotel Leitnerbrau, Breakfast only)

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.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £25 per adult per day and £18 per child per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.

Hotel Leitnerbrau, Mondsee

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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 Tyrol architecture outside. Bedrooms are extremely spacious with queen size beds and traditional wooden furnishings.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Deluxe Room
13/05/2018 - 30/09/2018 £13

All prices shown above are valid from 23/11/2017. Prices are per person per night and based on 2 people sharing a double room.

Dates Double Room Single Room
13/05/2018 - 30/09/2018 £58 £76

All prices shown above are valid from 23/11/2017. Prices are per person per night including breakfast. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Hotel Post , Weissenbach

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Goldenes Schiff, Bad Ischl

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The Hotel Goldenes Schiff boasts a prime location in Bad Ischl's pedestrianised town centre and sits on the banks of the Traun River. Inside, it's modern and comfortable, with first-class facilities including a spa, with sauna and steam room.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Classic Plus Room Deluxe Room
13/05/2018 - 30/09/2018 £7 £24

All prices shown above are valid from 23/11/2017. Prices are per person per night and based on 2 people sharing a double room. Classic plus rooms are larger. Deluxe rooms are larger still with a sitting area. They have either a south facing balcony or a panorama window facing the River Traun.

Dates Double Room Single Room
13/05/2018 - 17/05/2018 £85 £103
18/05/2018 - 20/05/2018 £91 £108
21/05/2018 - 30/05/2018 £85 £103
31/05/2018 - 08/08/2018 £91 £108
09/08/2018 - 18/08/2018 £98 £114
19/08/2018 - 15/09/2018 £91 £108

All prices shown above are valid from 23/11/2017. Prices are per person per night including evening meal. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Hotel Grunberg, Gmunden

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Villa Seilern , Bad Ischl

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The Villa Seilern, with its state-of-the-art spa facilities, is available as an upgrade to the Goldenes Schiff.

It is a perfect blend of the modern and the traditional, featuring a C19 villa along with a modern and stylish accommodation block. The bedrooms are spacious and use a mixture of natural materials and all have a balcony. The spa facilities at the hotel include an indoor pool, whirlpool, Bio and Finnish sauna and steam bath.

Villa Seilern is available at a supplement - please contact us for full details and prices.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Markus Sittikus, Salzburg

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The 4 star Markus Sittikus is a beautifully presented hotel, based in an 18C building with a mustard facade located in a quiet side street not far from the Mirabell palace, just a 15 minute walk from the old city.

Inside the hotel the decor is attractive and individual, with bold colours like mustard yellow and red tartan in the comfortable bar area, and some colourful murals painted on the walls throughout the building. Public rooms have period furniture and the upbeat interior, combined with the personal attention you receive from the friendly staff, make a stay here particularly memorable.

The hotel has 39 rooms though it feels smaller, with television (CNN/BBC), direct dial phones and hairdryers. Each one is individually decorated with attractive colour combinations and solid wooden furniture, in keeping with the age and status of the building.

It is also one of the few hotels in Salzburg to have a garden to relax in, if you are looking for some respite after doing the sights.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double Room Single Room
13/05/2018 - 19/07/2018 £62 £80
20/07/2018 - 31/08/2018 £79 £94
01/09/2018 - 30/09/2018 £62 £80
01/10/2018 - 31/10/2018 £47 £62

All prices shown above are valid from 08/12/2017. Prices are per person per night including breakfast. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Travel

Transfers included from Salzburg airport at 13:35, and back to Salzburg airport at 11:30.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mrs Houseman
08/08/2017

The Austrian Lakes Cycling Holiday met our full expectations, the scenery and the hospitality was superb and the small hills very forgiving to inexperienced cyclists! The majority of the tracks were on very quiet cycle paths through beautiful meadows and villages. However we did find the first hour after leaving the Hotel Post in Weissenbach quite daunting , this may have been because it was a Saturday in high season. So pleased that Jill and Colin suggested that we visit Hallstatt when we w... read moreere in Bad Ischl , the village and visit to the Salzwelten were most interesting and the scenery breath-taking.


Mrs Hebblethwaite
21/07/2017

We had a wonderful holiday; the route was varied and interesting with plenty of time for stops, picnics and swimming on most days. It is exactly as suggested a relaxed activity holiday with fabulous scenery. There are enough hills to make the route interesting but not so many to be off-putting; in general I'd say there were more fun down-hills than tiring up-hills with lots of flat in-between. We had standard bikes but were surprised by the number of cyclists in Austria using electric bikes, so... read more if you take this option you will blend in well! We were amazed at the courtesy shown to bikes on the road; we were given space and other road users were really respectful; we could learn from that back home.



As always in the mountains we had varied weather; some really hot days and some very soggy days ... just as you'd expect. We were lucky that we were at the Villa Seilern in Bad Ischl when the weather was really wet so were able to make use of the hotel's pool and spa which are great. The pool is stunning!



The hotels were mostly very good (although the beginning and end at The Post were not the best) and were organised for Headwater guests. In the evenings, food was plentiful and hot, if not always varied but breakfasts were good with lots of choice to fortify for the day ahead. Rooms were lovely and clean.



The bikes were well maintained and modern.... if the weather looks as if it might be wet, take your own lights as there are none provided! Bike storage was no problem; everywhere was expecting us and had good bike facilities. Security of bikes doesn't seem to be such an issue in Austria; many people left bikes unlocked outside shops etc ... we always locked them securely and they were safe.



We had easy access to shops along the way for getting picnic lunches. Eating out in Mondsee was easy and varied.



We used Ride with GPS which is new to Headwater but also had the printed route instructions and maps; if you have the option do both ... there were times when the printed instructions were invaluable (giving more reassuring details) but also times when the GPS was useful as it showed us where we were if we diverted off the route for a reason!) Embrace both and you're covered!



Throughout the holiday we were thrilled with the kindliness and helpfulness of our reps Jill and Colin. The pre holiday postcard was a lovely touch, their were organised, welcoming and very genuine in their desire to help in any way they could. You are in very safe hands with them.



This was our first trip with Headwater and we were very impressed with the organisation of the holiday. We met a couple who were on their 11th holiday with Headwater which we think speaks volumes. We would certainly book with Headwater again.

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Holiday details

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures
Every two days from 13th May 2018 to 20th Sep 2018, for 8 nights.

Meals
All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals included

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £50 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. Please call us for further details.

Other details
For departures on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays direct flights with British Airways from Gatwick to Salzburg can be arranged, please call for details.
Twin-bedded rooms in Austrian resorts are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. These are also known as 'Austrian Twins' and are regarded as two beds. Separate twin beds are rare and cannot be guaranteed as available.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Salzburg airport at 13:35, and back to Salzburg airport at 11:30.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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