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8 Days Carinthian Lakes Tour Cycling Holiday in Austria

Villach, Austria

Self-Guided Cycling Holiday Austria

The Carinthian lake paradise is the setting for this unique tour. The many and well-established bike paths along the lakes are ideal for families and leisure cycler. It is quite difficult to select among the over 200 lakes, but the tour guides will allow you to see some of the most beautiful lakes.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Mostly paved, mostly flat
  • Starts in: Villach
  • Ends in: Villach
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist does not need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day) to moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 177 miles / 284 kilometers
  • Bike type: Road bike, E-bike
  • E-bike: Available for rent at 165 EUR per person

Highlights

  • Self-guided cycling rides
  • Cycling in well-planne routes
  • Exploration of the Carinthian lakes
  • Experience a Mediterranean lifestyle
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

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Accommodation

On this cycling holiday, you will be provided seven nights of accommodation. In Category A, you will be provided accommodation in a four-star hotel, while in Category B, you will be provided accommodation in a three-star hotel.

Program

The basis of the tour is Villach. The bike city is situated next to river Drau, Carinthia’s second largest town with some 60,000 inhabitants which captivates visitors with its easy-going, Mediterranean lifestyle perfect for gourmets, art lovers, shopaholics, and those seeking relaxation.

As you start, there are some parts of the tour that will go along the Drau bike path, classified from ADFC as a five-star-quality-route.

Characteristics of the route

This cycling tour of the Carinthian Lakes is an easy bike tour. The paths leading through the Carinthian lake paradise are almost flat without noteworthy inklines mostly running along the lakeside. The cycling paths are almost asphalted. The tour is suitable for children from the age of 12.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Villach

You will arrive at your hotel in Villach. A parking place close to the hotel is available.

Day 2: Villach - Lake Ossiacher - Villach (approximately 45 kilometers / 28 miles)

You will follow the river Seebach out of Villach and shortly afterwards, the ruins of Landskron castle will appear reigning regally over the countryside. Soon, you will arrive at Lake Ossiacher and see which lies idyllically amid the mountains. You will pass numerous seaside resorts and the old Ossiach Collegiate Church. The clear, deep green water invites you to stop and have a swim before returning to Villach.

Day 3: Villach - Lake Wörthersee - Klagenfurt - Villach (approximately 48 kilometers / 30 miles)

For the first few kilometers, the river Drau is pointing the way, passing by a countryside that has kept its naturalness even to the present. At the famous Lake Wörthersee, there are plenty offers for the entire family, such as public bathing beaches, boat rentals, and boat trips on the lake. The route will take you through lively villages to Klagenfurt. By train, you travel back to Villach.

Day 4: Villach - Tarvisio - Val Canale - Villach (approximately 60 kilometers / 37 miles)

In the morning, the train takes you to Tarvisio in Italy. The border town is a winter and summer sport center. The bike trip is going along the Ciclovia Alpe Adria bike path, building on the old railway line.

The way leads down through the Val Canale and is very spectacular because you will pass some tunnels and bridges high above the valley. You will pass typical Italian villages and unspoilt nature. You will go back by train.

Day 5: Villach - Spittal an der Drau - Villach (approximate 40 kilometers / 25 miles)

This day’s ride starts with a train transfer to Spittal an der Drau. The city is dominated by a wonderful Renaissance castle. It is one of the most significant Renaissance buildings in Austria. Furthermore, the castle houses a museum for local history and is the site of several concerts and chorus recitals.

The tour is going along the Drau cycle path and has been classified from ADFC as a five-star-quality-route. In this section, the path is leading along the river back to Villach.

Day 6: Villach - Hermagor - Pressegger - Villach (approximately 56 kilometers / 35 miles)

By train, you will depart to Hermagor. On this day, you will follow the Gailtal bike path. The wide valley has kept its naturalness and the course is going along the river Gail.

At the beginning, you will pass by the Lake Pressegger. It is one of the smaller lakes in Carinthia and it will invite all epicures to a relaxing break. Before reaching Villach, you will pass a nature conservation area, resulting from a rockfall of the giant Dobratsch mountain.

Day 7: Villach - Lake Faaker - Villach (approximately 35 kilometers / 22 miles)

Lake Faaker awaits you on your last cycling day. It is the emerald among the Carinthian lakes, not very big but quite warm and the water is turquoise like it is in the Caribbean. You will leave Villach along the Drau bike path and turn off to the Gailtal bike path. Crossing the river Gail in Müllern, you will go through the Finkensteiner Moor to the lake.

You will drive round from the south to the east and go back to the Drau bike path, which is going to lead you back to the starting point. Another way to go back is using the boat on the river.

Day 8: Departure

This marks the end of the tour and you will depart to your onward flight home or plan an extension of your stay.

Location

This cycling holiday will be held in Austria and Italy. In Austria, the tour will cover Villach, Lake Ossiacher, Lake Ossiacher, River Drau, Wörthersee, Klagenfurt, Spittal an der Drau, Hermagor, Lake Pressegger, Lake Faaker, Müllern, and Finkensteiner Moor. In Italy, you will visit Tarvisio and Val Canale.

Situated in the middle of the Alpe-Adria region, at the border to Italy and Slovenia, Carinthia is a country full of mountains and lakes, ideal to relax and practice sport.

Food

Daily breakfast and dinner are included in the cost of the packages. You will be served breakfast buffet or a full breakfast and three-course evening meals during the tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

As you pass numerous seaside resorts, you will find the clear, deep green water inviting you to stop and have a swim before returning to Villach, and at the famous lake Wörthersee, there are plenty offers for the entire family, such as public bathing beaches, boat rentals, and boat trips on the lake.

What's included

  • All cycling rides
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Personal tour information
  • Roundtrip tickets to Spittal an der Drau, Tarvisio, Hermagor, as well as from Klagenfurt and Val Canale and back to Villach
  • Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)
  • Service hotline during the entire tour

What's not included

  • Arrival departure transfers
  • Drinks
  • All extra meals
  • Lunch
  • Rental bikes
  • Travel insurance
  • All items not expressly mentioned under inclusions

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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