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

Price

$1650USD

 
 

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

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Traveller Rating

 

On arrival at Lake Wolfgangsee make your way to the joining hotel where check-in is possible from mid afternoon. We use a few different hotels in towns at the lake, subject to availability, from St Gilgen to Strobl. The afternoon and evening are free to walk around the lake or relax at a cafe.

Meals:  Nil

This morning you will have an arrival briefing at 9am before setting out. First take a ferry to St Wolfgang then set out on foot along the Sattel (saddle) walk to Lake Schwarzensee, where Madame Lore of the lake hut waits to treat you with local specialities. Continue down into the valley by a gorge and around the Bürglstein to the lake promenade at Strobl. The lakeshore is perfect for a relaxing break and perhaps a strudel. Afterwards, follow the lakeside trail back to the peninsula of Abersee (or take the boat). Overnight Lake Wolfgangsee. Distance: 15.5 km/9.5mi, +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 cycle 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 can visit the church where the wedding for the “Sound of Music” was filmed. The last stage is along the banks of Lake Mondsee (Moon Lake) to Lake Attersee, which is the largest of Salzkammergut's lakes. Overnight in Attergau. Distance: 40-55km/25-34mi cycle. There is an 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 way you will pass small villages and farmhouses as you head to Lake Traunsee. Enjoy the lovely lakeside town 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. To shorten the cycling, you can take the boat from Gmunden to Ebensee. Overnight Bad Ischl or Lake Traunsee. In Bad Ischl, take your time exploring this spa town, with its Emperor’s Villa and the delectable Zauner pastry shop. On Lake Traunsee, take a walk by the lake shore and enjoy the beautiful views. Distance: cycle 65km/40mi to Bad Ischl or cycle 45km/28mi + train to Bad Ischl. One steep ascent at the start (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 cycling today. This morning take the public bus from Bad Ischl to Gosausee, where your walking will start. It's a lovely walk to the three little Lakes Gosauseen. At the end of the valley an alpine hut invites you for a “Jause” – a typical Austrian lunch-break. Enjoy wonderful scenery with views to the Dachstein glacier. Return to Bad Ischl / Lake Traunsee by public bus. Distance 12.65km, +300m/984ft, -300m/984ft

Meals:  B

2022: 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 2023: Today with your bike you take the train to Tauplitz (included), where you will find a wide valley with mountain ranges on both sides. Enjoy cycling through meadows and alpine pastures. Depending on your fitness you can cycle over a little mountain pass to Lake Grundlsee, or follow the river cycle trail to Bad Aussee. The last part of the trail leads you along the river passing the nature reserve of Koppenvalley. Overnight Bad Goisern or Hallstatt. In Hallstatt we highly recommend visiting the salt mine/museum located above the town. *If the train is not running (ie due to railway works), you will cycle from Bad Ischl to Hallstatt.

Meals:  B

Today's walk is in the World Heritage region around Hallstatt. Discover Mt Krippenstein with its fascinating ice cave and superb alpine walking trails on the plateau. Depending on your fitness you can choose from an easy round trip walk 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/Bad Goisern. Distance: 5-15km/3-9mi, +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

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B


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 (optional upgrade to 3 - 3 star superior/4 star hotels - supplement applies. This is 2 nights in 3 star hotels and 6 nights in 3 star superior or 4 star hotels (dependent on availability))
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room - route book for cycling and walking tour book per room. GPS Tracks available on request
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Rental bike - 21/24 speed bike (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) with pannier, handlebar bag, lock, pump and repair kit. Helmet rental is included.
  • Welcome meeting at 9am on day 2
  • Ferry on Lake Hallstatt including bike
  • Ferry from Abersee to St Wolfgang
  • Mt Krippenstein all-inclusive ticket (3 x cable cars, guided tour in the ice cave and mammoth cave)
  • Train Ticket Bad Ischl to Tauplitz incl. bike, Bus Ticket Bad Ischl – Gosausee and return
  • Emergency hotline

  • 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
  • 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
  • hotel taxes to be paid locally

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 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 5 May to 15 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season is 26 Jun to 27 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

$1650USD

Options & Supplements*
  • GPS rental device (per unit)USD$38
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$140
  • Optional accommodation upgrade (3-4 star hotels) ppUSD$270
  • Single Supplement - standard hotelsUSD$380
  • Single Supplement - upgrade hotelsUSD$430
*Prices listed are per person

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