Salzburg & the Lakes Short Break Cycling

5 days
from
£1,155
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Cycling
Suitable for:
Age 8+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
C04SZ
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
8

This 4 night holiday gives a lovely short introduction to the Austrian lakes district, Salzkammergut.

This 4 night cycle route really packs a punch as it takes you from the heart of Salzburg city, with its wealth of beautiful old buildings, including cathedrals, palaces and a fortress, through lovely meadows and villages into the beautiful Austrian Lake District. You will cycle alongside four of the Lakes in the area and have some amazing views of the beautiful mountain scenery.

Although you only have time for a small taste of this stunning area, you will experience majestic Bad Ischl, where Kaiser Franz Josef and his family spent their summers, pretty St Gilgen, where Mozart's mother was born and not forgetting Mondsee with its beautiful Basilika, made famous by appearing in the wedding scene in 'The Sound of Music'.

Highlights

  • Start and finish on Lake Mondsee
  • Exceptional lake and riverside routes
  • Vibrant green meadows, postcard pretty villages and beautiful mountain scenery

Key information

  • 3 days cycling
  • All breakfasts
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • GPS route directions and maps 
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality hybrid bikes 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Countries visited: Austria

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • 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

  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplements

OPTIONAL UPGRADES

  • Flights from Heathrow to Salzburg with Lufthansa, including local transfers
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares on request
  • Electric bikes available 
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3944
Call for tailor made 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.

3

Days of Cycling
Terrain:

The suggested cycling is mainly follows traffic-free lanes along shimmering lakes and through alpine villages.

Day by day breakdown
Day 237.0km/23.0miles
Day 341.0km/26.0miles
Day 441.0km/26.0miles

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Salzburg

    Arrive at your hotel in Salzburg with time to explore and discover St Michael's Basilica before dinner (payable locally). (Staying at Zum Hirschen)

  • Day 2

    Salzburg to Mondsee

    For today's ride out of Salzburg, you will mostly follow the Mozart cycle route on dedicated cycle paths but with some of the route on minor back roads. The cycle path first heads north, following the river Salzach, before turning off to go through the outskirts of Salzburg and then up through vibrant green meadows, passing villages, following the route of the former Ischlerbahn railway line to Unzing (near Eugendorf). Continue on the Mozart cycle route to Thalgau and then out onto St Lorenz plain, where you will have impressive views of the Drachenwand rock wall on your way into Mondsee. (Staying at Hotel Leitnerbrau)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Mondsee to Bad Ischl

    A lovely route today, following the scenic shore of Mondsee with views across to the Drachenwand, an amazing rock face that towers above the lake. You might then choose to take a little detour to pretty Unterach, which was a favourite of Gustav Klimts, and where he drew his inspiration for many of his paintings. Your route then takes you along the shores of stunning Attersee, the largest lake in the area. From there follow alongside the stream up through the beautiful wooded valley with glimpses of the impressive Hollengebirge mountains, to Mitterweibenbach. Here you follow the cycle route, with a short downhill section on road, before riding alongside the river on a cycle path into Bad Ischl. (Staying at Hotel Goldener Ochs)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Bad Ischl to Mondsee

    Today's route takes you west along the river, on quiet inland roads to the lovely lakeside village of Strobl. Here you can extend the day by taking an optional 9km detour along the northern edge of the lake to St Wolfgang, an historic pilgrim's town, renowned for its beautiful 15th century church. From Strobl, a dedicated cycle path next to Lake Wolfgang takes you to St Gilgen, an attractive town famed for being the birthplace of Mozart's mother. From there continue on the cycle route to pass the beautiful little lake Krottensee, then alongside the shore of Mondsee back to Mondsee itself. (Staying at Hotel Leitnerbrau)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Leave Mondsee

    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

Vaccinations

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Austria is renowned for its wholesome, robust food and you will be thankful for this after a hard day’s cycling. Typically, you will be set up for the day by a breakfast of cold meats and cheeses, along with the traditional bread, jam and coffee. Austrians tend to eat heartily at lunchtime and less in the evenings; you will be well catered for at dinner. Local specialities include Wiener schnitzel (breaded veal cutlet) and various stews of beef and pork. Dumplings, potatoes or noodles are all regular accompaniments along with vegetables in a style similar to English cooking. Desserts are often fruit based - such as Apfelstrudel - or cream pastries. Rehrucken is a traditional chocolate and almond cream cake On average Austrians, drink twice as much coffee as beer. There are many different types to choose from, particularly in the larger towns and cities and are often drunk in specialist coffee houses, known locally as a Kaffeehaus. It is often served in large cups and finished off with a healthy dose of whipped cream.

Austrian wines tend to be sweet white varieties, similar to German Mosel wines. The three best-known areas for producing white wines are Krems, Klosterneuburg and Gumpoldskirchen. The main red wine producing area is Voslau. Of course Austria is better known for its beer and you will find a wide variety of local brews. The best known are Gösser and Augustiner Brau and come in light or dark forms.

Weather

The weather here is comparatively stable, particularly during mid-summer. Temperatures are similar to those experienced in the UK and rainfall although relatively low is possible throughout the year.

Is this trip for you?

Classification: Self-Guided
No. of days cycling: 3
Terrain and route: The suggested cycling mainly follows traffic-free lanes along shimmering lakes and through alpine villages.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. 

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe 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.

EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR
Flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, solo travellers, couples, families, high peaks, lake & river routes

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3944
Call for tailor made 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

Our centrally-located hotels are extremely friendly and provide a wonderful contrast throughout your holiday. The Hotel Goldener Ochs boasts a prime location in Bad Ischl's town centre and features a spa, sauna, swimming pool and sun terraces with mountain panorama, whilst Zum Hirschen is a luxurious-style venue, built in 1911 and remodeled in 2010.

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.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3944
Call for tailor made 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]