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The Sound of Music Cycling

The Sound of Music Cycling

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  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration10 nights
  • Accommodationhotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From $2495per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Every two days from 15 May '19 to 12 Oct '19
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 10 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • Continental breakfast and 8 evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality hybrid bikes
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Electric bikes available
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • City break add-ons in Salzburg
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, couples, lake & river routes
      from 2 reviews

Ms Tulloch says...
I have used Headwater many times for holidays and always come back to them. This trip was excellent, great hotels, all different with welcoming staff and ...
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Austria: Salzburg

The Sound of Music Cycling

  • Great for first time cyclists; gentle, mostly 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
  • Masses of 'rest day' choices: boat trips, water sports, mountain rail rides
  • Two nights in lakeside Strobl

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 watersports, 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 watersports, toboggan runs in the summer and an animal park to visit, as well as some fabulous cycle routes. The cycling has a level one 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 unrivalled Alpine views, whilst on 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 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.

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Day-by-day itinerary

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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 1,000m 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 the 17th-century. (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 Goldener Ochs, 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 Goldener Ochs, Half Board)

Day 8 Bad Ischl to Strobl 16km/10mi

Explore the Kaiservilla, Emperor Franz Josef's former holiday home, before setting off along the banks of the River Ischl below the Leonsberg and Bleckwand peaks. Continue on to lakeside Strobl. You could take an optional detour to visit historic St Wolfgang. (Staying at Hotel Bergrose, Half Board)

Day 9 At Strobl

Spend the day in beautiful lakeside Strobl with its watersports, summer toboggan run and animal park. We have additional cycle routes here, or you can walk around the Burglstein on a lakeside path. It is possible to take the local bus (90minutes) to visit the fairytale city of Salzburg, a Baroque jewel with a UNESCO-recognised historic centre. (Staying at Hotel Bergrose, Half Board)

Day 10 Strobl to Mondsee 29km/18mi

Stay close to Wolfgangsee's southern lakeshore, cycling through a tiny nature reserve into lovely St Gilgen. Take the cable car up Zwolferhorn for stunning 360° degree views, or visit the Mozart museum. Continue past idyllic Krottensee, an excellent refreshment stop, and continue down into Mondsee following along the lake with plenty of opportunities for swimming.(Staying at Hotel Leitnerbrau, Breakfast only)

Day 11 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 your 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. 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.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

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

Room upgrades: Deluxe Room.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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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.

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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.

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Hotel Goldener Ochs, Bad Ischl

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The Hotel Goldener Ochs boasts a prime location in Bad Ischl's pedestrianised town centre, and sits on the banks of the Traun River. It features a spa, sauna, swimming pool and sun terraces with mountain panorama.

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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.

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Hotel Bergrose, Strobl

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This is a beautiful 30-room hotel based a 5-minute bike ride from the eastern shore of Wolfgangsee on the outskirts of the village of Strobl. It is a traditional building with wooden balconies and Gothic script on the exterior, and is located on a river bank next to a meadow. It has a lovely secluded garden, three stories of perfect Austrian wood-panelled luxury inside and an indoor pool and spa area.

Rooms here are junior suites with shower or bath - all Headwater rooms have a balcony. The rooms are beautifully decorated with quality pine furniture and comfortable beds. Please note that junior suite twins consist of a double bed and a sofa bed.

Parents of children under 10 years old should be aware that some rooms at the Hotel Bergrose have a balcony with a step up.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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.

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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.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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Villa Carlton, Salzburg

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A 15-minute walk from Getreidegasse shopping street, this upscale hotel is 14 minutes from Mozart's Birthplace. Featuring elegant modern decor, the polished rooms and suites come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and desks. Some upgraded rooms have balconies and/or in-room tubs, while suites have living areas.


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

Please call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com to arrange connecting flights.


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Ms Tulloch, 02/08/2018

I have used Headwater many times for holidays and always come back to them. This trip was excellent, great hotels, all different with welcoming staff and good food.

I thoroughly enjoy the anticipation of cycling onto the next destination, never knowing what we will pass on the way and the sights we will see ( often a delightful surprise).

Knowing our luggage will be there at the other end leaving the panniers with the minimum weight inside is liberating.

This holiday had smaller mileages than we have had previously but we always used the map to detour off at leisure and explored with the bikes on our days off.

The reps Jill and Colin were marvellous, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable coupled with enthusiasm for the area, a winning combination.

The briefing was thorough and clear plus additional texts during the week with updates on weather or route.

Would recommend this trip for the scenery, green meadows, alpine buildings and a sense of the true Austria. Jane Tulloch

Mrs Attard Montalt, 19/07/2018

For my husband and I and our 19 and 20 year old sons, this was our first Headwater holiday. Our group consists of 3 reasonably fit casual cyclists and one extremely fit competitive cyclist, nevertheless it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all. The routes were superb, mostly on country lanes and cycle paths with a few stretches on the road. Hills were infrequent and in the main doable. The scenery was stunning and the wildlife a pleasure to behold (deer, birds, salamander, butterflies etc) the choice and location of hotels was mainly excellent l, especially at Gmunden, Bad Ischal and Wolfgang. The route allowed you lots of time to organize your own sightseeing and additional cycling. In this regard a visit to the salt mine in Hadshtalt and the train trip from Wolfgang (although a bit pricey) were great fun and are highly recommended. Last but by no means least our Headwater agents in Austria were simply superb in all respects. If the opportunity arises we would be very happy to plan another holiday with Headwater.

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Holiday details

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

Every two days from 15th May 2019 to 12th Oct 2019, for 10 nights.

Continental breakfast and 8 evening meals

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £100 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Other details
There are direct flights with British Airways from Gatwick to Salzburg Mondays to Saturdays which we can arrange, 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 1-800-267-3347 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 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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