lake-traunsee

Cycling the Lakes and Rivers of the Salzkammergut

7 days
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£799
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Cycling
Suitable for:
Age 12+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
C06SK
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Cycling
Group size:
1–12
Min age:
12

This 6-night holiday gives a lovely short introduction to the Salzkammergut, Austria's Lake District. This is picture-postcard Austria: shimmering blue lakes, deep green meadows, alpine villages and traditional dress.

This 6-night holiday gives a lovely short introduction to the Salzkammergut, Austria's Lake District. This is picture-postcard Austria: shimmering blue lakes, deep green meadows, alpine villages and traditional dress.

Your rides will take you to, and alongside some of the best lakes the area has to offer and also introduce you to some of the history of the area from the Imperial Spa town of Bad Ischl to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hallstatt.

Your base for the duration of the holiday is the 4 Star Hotel Goiserer Muhle in Bad Goisern, on the Muhlbach river. With award-winning gourmet cuisine and a small spa with sauna, steam bath, and solarium you'll be able to relax after a day of cycling.

Highlights

  • Cycle on riverside bike paths and beside numerous lakes with plenty of swimming opportunties
  • Picturesque waterfront villages and spectacular mountain views
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hallstatt and the Imperial Spa town of Bad Ischl

Key information

  • 6 nights single-centre accommodation in a 4 star hotel
  • Breakfasts daily
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • High quality bikes
  •  Train journeys Bad Goisern to Gmunden, Bad Goisern to Bad Aussee and Bad Aussee to Bad Goisern incl. bike
  •  1 Zaunerstollen pastry and coffee per person at the famous Cafe Zauner
  •  1 Introductory cooking class with the chef
  • Countries visited:

What's included

  • 6 nights single-centre accommodation in a 4 star hotel
  • Breakfasts daily
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • High quality bikes
  •  Train journeys Bad Goisern to Gmunden, Bad Goisern to Bad Aussee and Bad Aussee to Bad Goisern incl. bike
  •  1 Zaunerstollen pastry and coffee per person at the famous Cafe Zauner
  •  1 Introductory cooking class with the chef

What's not included

  • Optional electric bikes
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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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:

Cycle paths and tarmac roads

Day by day breakdown
Day 2 45.0km/28.5miles
Day 3 40.0km/25.0miles
Day 4 55.0km/34.5miles
Day 5 35.0km/22.0miles
Day 6 55.0km/34.5miles

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Itinerary

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Bad Goisern
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Bad Goisern
  • Day 1

    Arrive at Bad Goisern

    Arrive at the hotel in the peaceful spa gardens of Bad Goisern.

  • Day 2

    Lake Traunsee

    Head to Gmunden by train to explore this delightful resort. Explore with a visit to Orth castle and see the ceramic chimes in the tower of the town hall. Following a lakeside bike path you'll reach Ebensee at the end of the lake. Continue along the River Traun to reach Bad Ischl. The former imperial city has many attractions including the Imperial Park, Imperial Villa, and Sissi's teahouse. After your visit it is just a few kilometres back to the hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Lake Gosausee

    Transfer to Gosau by bus and bike to Gosausee for spectacular views of the Dachstein mountains. Cycle back along the river Gosaubach to Lake Hallstatt and back to Bad Goisern.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Lake Wolfgangsee

    Follow the River Traun to Bad Ischl and the Ischler Ache to Lake Wolfgangsee. The town is renowned for its beautiful 15th century church and frescoed houses, and you can also take the cog railway to the top of Schafberg. Take the ferry (ticket not included) across the lake and return to the hotel via Lake Nussensee.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Lake Hallstatt

    Today's route takes you along the lake's edge and allows you to explore the World Heritage area around Lake Hallstatt. Visit the oldest salt mine in the world, dating back 7000 years and the spectacular Dachstein Ice Caves, or perhaps take a relaxing boat trip on the lake.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Lake Ausseersee and Lake Grundlsee

    Take the train to Bad Aussee and head to the lakes Grundlsee and Toplitzsee. Follow the Rettenbachtal Valley to Bad Ischl where you can enjoy the famous pastry Zaunerstollen at Cafe Zauner before riding back to Bad Goisern.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Leave Bad Goisern

    After breakfast, you depart from Bad Goisern.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included

Austria is renowned for its wholesome, robust food. Austrians tend to eat heartily at lunchtime and less in the evenings. 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?

Cycling Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Average daily distance: 46km (28.5 miles).
No. of days cycling: 5
Terrain and route: The suggested cycling mainly follows quiet cycling paths alongside lakes. Alternative shorter routes are available on some days (days 3 & 6).

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, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. Your bikes will be delivered to the start hotel, all set up relevant to your height and ready to go. Our local agent 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. 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 into larger towns and cities.

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 agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Families
Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. We have suggested that 12yrs 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. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each day's cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities. Please consider the weather when choosing to book, temperatures can be high in the middle of summer.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group 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

Hotel

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking.

HOTEL GOISERER MUHLE, BAD GOISERN 4 Star
Hotel Goiserer Mühle is located directly in the spa park of Bad Goisern, located between Bad Ischl and Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria. The rooms are traditional and comfortable.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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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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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]

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