Headwater - The Sound of Music Cycling

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Trip code: 
C10SZ
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
12

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.

Highlights

  • Gentle traffic-free cycling trails, excellent flexibility, great for for first-time cyclists
  • 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

Key information

  • 10 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation
  • Continental breakfast and 8 evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality hybrid bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • Continental breakfast and 8 evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality hybrid bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

What's not included

  • Optional electric bikes
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and vaccinations
  • Single supplement (available on request)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Cycling
Terrain:

Mainly on quiet roads and cycle paths. Some minimal cycling on a designated cycle route but with traffic. 80 % tarmac, 20% gravel.

Day by day breakdown
Day 221.0km/13.0miles
Day 342.0km/26.0miles
Day 519.0km/12.0miles
Day 816.0km/10.0miles
Day 1029.0km/18.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

Mondsee
to
Mondsee
  • 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

    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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Weissenbach to Gmunden

    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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Gmunden to Bad Ishcl

    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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Days 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Bad Ischl to Strobl

    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)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • 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

    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°ree; 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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Austria

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Austria is renowned for wholesome, robust food. The cuisine is a reflection of the culinary exchange that went on during the time of empires - French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Croatian cuisine have all contributed to the flavours, to name just a few. You will be set up for the day with a breakfast of cold meats and cheeses, traditional bread, jam and coffee. Austrians tend to eat heartily at lunch time and less in the evenings, but you will be well catered for at dinner. Local specialities include the ever present 'Wiener Schnitzel' (breaded veal cutlet) and various stews of beef and pork. Dumplings, potatoes or noodles are all regular accompaniments along with vegetables. Of course the fresh fish found in the lakes like rainbow trout, brown trout and whitefish will be a feature of many menus, often grilled with butter and herbs, or stuffed with local mushrooms.

Weather

Salzburg and the surrounding area is at the Northern edge of the Austrian Alps and as such has a typical Central European climate with hot summers and cold winters. However, Salzburg actually experiences relatively moderate weather making it a good year round destination. Being in the mountains, it can rain at any time in this area so be prepared for this at any point!

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)
Average daily distance: 25.4km (15.8 miles).
No. of days cycling: 5
Terrain and route: Mainly on quiet roads and cycle paths. Some minimal cycling on a designated cycle route but with traffic. 80 % tarmac, 20% gravel.

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.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes using an app called RidewithGPS, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. We have suggested that 8yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Take your time on the routes - enjoy the views and visit the sights before you set off in the mornings. It is surprising how quickly you can cover the distances on such well-prepared roads and tracks.
We provide detailed notes for each day you move on. If you’d like to make the cycling day longer and see more of the area, or if you arrive at the hotel in good time, you could do the optional circuits suggested at the end of each day’s notes. Alternatively, these are ideal short routes for your stay put days.

The notes mention places of interest as well as any confusing junctions or anything else of which to be aware. We don’t give any times, as these will vary with different routes - and how fast you cycle. We do give distances, usually by the most direct route.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

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.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936