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Duration
9 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle and walk
Accommodation
  • 8 nights hotels & guesthouses
Meals
  • 8 Breakfasts

Price

$1390USD

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Overview

Trip Code: ALH

Trip highlights


  • Trek through stunning alpine scenery of the Salzkammergut region of Austria
  • Experience the exhilaration of cycling between picturesque lakeside towns
  • Take in the immense history of the area from pre historic times
  • Enjoying the warm family run hotels

From the enchanting alpine lakes of the Salzkammergut, along quiet cycle paths and mountain trails, this multi-activity adventure delves into the stunning landscapes to ensure a full appreciation of the Austrian Lakes district. Cycle through pastures and alongside magnificent mountain ringed lakes to the World Heritage town of Hallstatt, the town of Mondsee and the old Kaiser town of Bad Ischl. Explore old castles and ancient salt mines, hike forest trails to view striking glaciers and soak up the warm hospitality of carefully handpicked mountain hotels and guesthouses.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

On arrival at Lake Wolfgangsee make your way to the start hotel where check-in is possible from mid afternoon. The welcome meeting will be at 9am on day 2 so the afternoon and evening are free to walk around the lake or relax at a cafe.

Meals:  Nil

This morning you will meet with our representative who will supply you with your bike and give you an overview of the tour. Beginning with a ferry to St. Wolfgang you start your walk along the Sattel (saddle) walk to Lake Schwarzensee, where Madame Lore of the lake hut waits to treat you with local specialities. The trail continues down into the valley by a gorge and around the Bürglstein to the lake promenade at Strobl. The lakeshore is an excellent place to take a relaxing break and perhaps indulge in an apple strudel before continuing along the lakeside walking trail back to the peninsula of Abersee (or take the boat). Overnight Lake Wolfgangsee. Distance: 15.5 km/9.5mi, 4-5 hours walk, +354m/1162ft and –354m/1162ft

Meals:  B

Spectacular views and breathtaking scenery make this an unforgettable day in the heart of Austria's Lake District. The route takes you along Lake Wolfgangsee to the Mozart Village of St Gilgen. Later you cross over the lake and continue to the town of Mondsee where you may wish to visit the Church in Mondsee where the wedding for the “Sound of Music” was filmed. The last stage of the cycle is along the banks of Lake Mondsee (Moon Lake) to Lake Attersee, which is the largest of the Salzkammergut Lakes. Overnight Attergau. Distance: 40-55km/25-34mi cycle. There will be on ascent for about 2.5km/1.5mi or you can take the local train for about 10 minutes.

Meals:  B

The cycle route today is gently undulating with some moderate climbs and descents. Along the route you will pass little villages with farm houses en route to Lake Traunsee. Enjoy the lovely lakeside city of Gmunden with its water castle. Afterwards follow the cycle trail along the lake until Ebensee where you can take the train to Bad Ischl. If you like you may take the boat from Gmunden to Ebensee. After settling into your hotel in Bad Ischl, take the time to explore this wonderful spa town with its Emperor’s Villa and the delectable Zauner pastry shop. Alternatively if you are staying on Lake Traunsee, take a walk by the lake shore and absorb the beautiful views. Distance: cycle 65km/40mi to Bad Ischl or cycle 45km/28mi + train to Bad Ischl. One steep ascent at the beginning (100m/328ft of altitude) and a small ascent between Lake Attersee and Lake Traunsee. Flat along Lake Traunsee to Bad Ischl.

Meals:  B

A rest from your bike today as you take a walk along the brine pipeline trail to the salt mountain in Altaussee. You will follow the mountain road deep into the Rettenbach valley and afterwards ascend alpine pastures to Altaussee. From here you take the bus to Bad Aussee for your overnight stay. Distance: 18km/11mi, 5-6 hours walk, +450m/1476ft and –200m/656ft

Meals:  B

Today you will cycle through the romantic city of Bad Aussee with its rich history of salt and artistry to the little village of Altaussee next to the lake. A gentle downhill cycle will bring you to Lake Grundlsee with a wonderful panorama. Afterwards cycle through the Koppen Valley which is a nature reserve with the option to stop at a cave along the trail. Along Hallstatt Lake you continue to the World Heritage town of Hallstatt. Overnight Hallstatt (or Bad Goisern if necessary). It is highly recommended that you visit the salt mine/ museum located above the town. Distance: cycle 30- 42km/18.5-26mi

Meals:  B

Discover Mount Krippenstein with its fascinating ice cave and superb alpine walking trails on the plateau. Depending on your fitness you may choose from an easy round trip tour of 3 hours, up to a more demanding 8 hour hike. With the constant backdrop of Mt Dachstein, the highest in the region, the wonderful alpine vistas and viewpoints over the lakes far below are exhilarating. Overnight Hallstatt. Distance: 5-15km/3-9mi, 3-8 hours walk, +250m-1500m/820ft-4921ft and -250- 1500m/820ft-4921ft. Choose from easy walking to alpine climbing!

Meals:  B

With the ferry you cross Lake Hallstatt and continue along a dedicated cycle trail via the lakeshore and river to Bad Goisern, a charming alpine village set in the valley. Following the brine pipeline trail you come again to Bad Ischl where you take the former Roman road to Lake Wolfgangsee. Enjoy the last kilometres along the lake with wonderful views to St. Wolfgang and the mountain. Overnight Lake Wolfgangsee. Distance: 35-45km/22-28mi cycle

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 8 breakfasts – Continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, meats, cheeses, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 8 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels and guesthouses (gasthof) on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room - route book for cycling and walking tour book per room
  • Arrival/welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Rental bike - 11 speed bike (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) with pannier, handlebar bag, lock, pump and repair kit. Helmet rental is included.
  • Ferry on Lake Hallstatt including bike
  • Mt Krippenstein all inclusive ticket (3 x cable car, guided tour in the ice cave and mammoth cave)
  • Ferry from Abersee to St Wolfgang
  • Salzkammergut Card (discounts for over 100 attractions)
  • Emergency hotline
  • Bike transfer on walking days

  • Travel to and from St Wolfgangsee. We can assist with transfers on request - please ask for our rates (vary by hotel)
  • Drinks, lunch and dinner daily (it is possible to pay a supplement to include 8 dinners that are all set menus - please ask our consultants)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees & cable cars except as specified as being included
  • Storage of luggage
  • Transfers – optional trips on bus/ferry/train to shorten hikes except as specified as included
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided walking and cycling trip
  • Travel insurance

Grading

moderate  

This is a self guided cycle and walk with daily walks between 3-8 hours and 30-55km/18.5-34mi per day cycling. WALKING - While the paths are well defined and the gradient is not too difficult, the terrain is undulating. The route is well marked except as noted in the directions provided – the map should be used in conjunction with the directions provided. CYCLING – undulating cycle route on mainly dedicated cycle paths. A good level of fitness is also required, although most stages may be shortened through the use of public transport. As with all of our trips it is important that you are well prepared. We suggest that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, and jogging, two to three times a week for three months prior to your departure. At any time during summer, weather conditions may be variable and you should be prepared for all conditions including snow, ice, strong sun and extreme winds.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 May to 16 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season is 27 Jun to 28 Aug - supplement applies.
DN2
This trip is not suitable for solo travellers. Please contact our team for alternative tour suggestions.
DN3
Option to upgrade to a 4 star hotel in Bad Aussee is available - supplement applies. Option to rent a GPS device - supplement applies.

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Total Priceper person from

$1390USD

Options & Supplements*
  • GPS rental device (per unit)USD$43
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$150
  • Single SupplementUSD$200
  • Optional Dinner Supplement (8 dinners)USD$230
*Prices listed are per person

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