Austrian Lakes Single Centre Cycling Holiday

  • 4.0
    (1 review)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    6 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Bad Goisern / Bad Goisern
  • Distance

    132 miles/212 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    014-102CAT
Price From £450

Overview

On this Austrian lakes cycling holiday you will be based right in the heart of the Austrian lake district in the pretty spa town of Bad Goisern. From here you’ll enjoy daily cycle excursions into the beautiful Salzkammergut countryside, discovering picture-perfect Austrian villages and pristine lakes.

Cycling alongside quiet alpine lakes you’ll be tempted to stop for a dip or to sample some of Austria’s famous pastries at a traditional café. You can also hop on a ferry with your bikes to explore a little further afield. And at the end of a day what could be better than returning to the lovely Hotel Goiserer Mühle,  where you can relax in the spa before enjoying a delicious gourmet meal?

Hallstatt

Hallstatt

You’ll cover around 25 miles per day during your week in Austria and the itineraries are pretty easy going. Much of the way will be flat, alongside lakes and rivers, with just a few smaller climbs to contend with. You’ll mainly be using cycle paths and quiet side roads, with just the odd unavoidable section along roads with more traffic.  

Itinerary & Map

You’ll cover around 25 miles per day during your week in Austria and the itineraries are pretty easy going. Much of the way will be flat, alongside lakes and rivers, with just a few smaller climbs to contend with. You’ll mainly be using cycle paths and quiet side roads, with just the odd unavoidable section along roads with more traffic.  

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Day 1: Arrive Bad Goisern

Hotel Goiserer Muehle - Bad Goisern

Hotel Goiserer Muehle – Bad Goisern

Arrive at the 4 star Hotel Goiserer Mühle in Bad Goisern and settle into your room. Here you will enjoy delicious gourmet meals and a wonderful wellness centre.

This 4 star hotel enjoys an idyllic location on the Mühlbach River close to the centre of the village and makes a very comfortable base for a cycling holiday.

Day 2: Lake Traunsee, 28 miles/45 kms

Traunkirchen - Traunsee - Salzkammergut - Austria*

Lake Traunsee

Take your bikes on the train to the beautiful lakeside resort of Gmunden. Here you can explore the castle and town hall tower before getting in the saddle and cycling along the River Traun to Lake Ebensee. Continue down the Traun to the old imperial city of Bad Ischl where you can admire the Imperial Park and Villa as well as Empress Sissi’s Teahouse. It’s then just a short ride back to your hotel in Bad Goisern.

Day 3: Lake Gosausee, 16 – 25 miles/25 – 40kms

Lake Gosausee - Salzkammergut - Austria*

Lake Gosausee

Today starts with a bus transfer to the village of Gosau from where you enjoy a scenic ride along a pleasant valley to to Lake Gosausee. Here you’re rewarded with magnificent views of the lake and snow covered peaks of the Dachstein Mountains. You then return along the valley, past Gosau, following a mountain stream as it descends to Lake Hallstattersee. From here you enjoy an easy ride beside the Traun River back to Bad Goisern.

Day 4: Lake Wolfgangsee, 34 miles/55 kms

St Wolfgang - Salzkammergut - Austria II*

St. Wolfgang

Today you’ll start your bike ride straight from your hotel, joining the River Traun to revisit Bad Ischl. From here you can follow the waters of the Ischler Ache to Lake Wolfgangsee and make your way to St Wolfgang on the northern shores of the lake at the foot of the Schafberg. You can ascend the mountain by rack-and-pinion railway for more great views if you like. Time permitting we also recommend a visit to the famous White Horse Inn that enjoys an enviable position right on the lake shore. A short ferry ride  (included) delivers you to the opposite shore and from there the route leads you back to Bad Goisern via the serene hidden tranquility of Lake Nussensee.

Day 5: Lake Hallstatt, 22 miles/35 kms

Hallstatt

Hallstatt

You’ll enjoy more wonderful scenery today, heading to Lake Hallstatter See and the picture postcard lakeside town of Hallstatt. Here you can also see the world’s oldest salt mine and venture into the Dachstein ice caves. On the lake, a relaxing boat trip is a must, while the lakeside cycling is as good as it gets, with all today’s attractions just next to the cycle path.

Day 6: Lake Ausseersee and Lake Grundlsee, 22-34 miles/35-55 kms

Grundlsee - Salzkammergut - Austria*

Lake Grundlsee

Catch the train to Bad Aussee then choose how far to cycle. You may want to extend the day’s biking by checking out Lakes Grundlsee and Toplitzsee or instead head straight for Lake Altausseersee. From there you’ll ride to the beautiful Rettenbachtal valley, which leads you back to to Bad Ischl. You’re invited to stop at the exquisite Cafe Zauner to try a slice of Zaunerstollen (chocolate decadence) with a coffee before riding back to Bad Goisern.

Day 7: Bad Goisern

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2017 Arrival Dates
Arrival every Sunday and Thursday from 23 April to 08 October

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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

6 nights accommodation. See notes below
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
Maps and route information
Free use of the hotel spa
Admission to the public swimming pool
Zaunerstollen pastry & coffee, at famous Cafe Zauner
Train journey Bad Goisern to Gmunden incl. bike
Train journey Bad Goisern to Bad Aussee incl. bike
Bus transfer to Gosau incl. bike
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Cycle helmets
Tourist tax (payable locally)

Supplements

Half board - 6 x 4 course meal (£169)
Bike hire, includes lock and pannier (£77)
Electric bike (£186)

Reductions

Free for children up to 5 years
50% for children 6 -11 years sharing with 2 adults
25% for children 12 -14 years sharing with 2 adults

Notes

Superior: A 4 star hotel. Double/twin with balcony, single with no balcony

Practical Information

Bikes

Mens city bike

Example bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern city bikes with 21 speeds, and comfortable saddle with upright riding position The bikes also come equipped with odometer, rear pannier, lock, repair kit, handlebar bag and map holder. Electric bikes and child seats are also available. Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.

Accommodation

The categories of accommodation available on this tour are shown below.

Hotel Goiserer Muehle - Bad Goisern

Hotel Goiserer Muehle – Bad Goisern

Superior: You will spend 6 nights at the delightful Hotel Goiserer Mühle in Bad Goisern. This 4 star hotel enjoys an idyllic location on the Mühlbach River close to the centre of the village and makes a very comfortable base for a cycling holiday.

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night

Getting There

Fly to Salzburg airport and then take the public bus or train from Salzburg to Bad Goisern. The bus and train journey will take about 2 hrs. Alternatively, you can fly to Munich and take a train from Munich’s main station to Bad Goisern. The train jouney will take about 4 hrs.

Research flights from the UK here.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 1 review 4.0
  • Date - 10/12/2015
  • Name - Anna Trubshaw
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - The staff at Flexitreks were very helpful and friendly. We were attempting to book a holiday last minute and knew what we wanted to do and Flexitreks went out of their way to make it happen - Thanks to all the team!
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Great central location of the hotel - walk into village and for cycling tours. The staff were friendly and helpful. Offered a wide selection on the buffet breakfast and delicious dinner. Rooms were very spacious and comfortable. The place had character - a little like stepping back in time.
    It was great to have our bikes ready and waiting for us, complete with itinerary and routes and even organised lifts to one destination - so we could cycle back. Each day/route was an adventure - the discovery of beautiful scenery, a stunning Austrian Lake, quaint villages and optional tourist sites. All in all a fabulous holiday - highly recommend it! Flexitreks - we will be back :)
  • Flexitreks response - Dear Anna,
    Thank you so much for the great feedback as we really do appreciate this. We are glad you had a good cycling holiday in Austria. I really like your comments that 'the place had character - a little like stepping back in time' as this really does depict the region. If you are thinking of a trip in 2016 feel free to email us on info@flexitreks.com and we will certainly help you choose another wonderful tour. Many thanks again, Ally and the Flexitreks team.