Start & Finish: Starts Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays and is circular from Salzburg. Tours run from 4 May to 12 October
Hotels: Luxury 4 star castle and manor house hotels
Activity level: Not so gentle cycling.
Electric bikes: Available
Mileage: 6 days of cycling 19 - 38 miles (30 - 60 km) per day
Terrain: 25% is flat and the rest has slopes of varying steepness
Traffic-free: 25% traffic free with very light traffic on the rest of the route
Options: Additional nights in Salzburg and enroute at any of the hotels
Day 1: Salzburg.
Arrive in Salzburg and check into your hotel - a rococo lakeside palace just a short walk from the old town of Salzburg. Enjoy exploring the gardens and palace as well as the gems of the city itself. Packed with museums, palaces and historic streets, there's a lot to discover. Your host will meet you this evening with your bikes and helmets and will run through the itinerary
Day 2: Salzburg to Mattsee.
Off you go, leaving the city along the Salzach River heading towards Oberndorf. From here you ride to Michaelbeuern with its Augustinian convent and into the lakes area, to the shores of Lake Mattsee where you will spend the night in the old palace brewery. 34 miles (55 km).
Day 3: Mattsee to Mondsee.
Pedal through a nature reserve area to unspoilt Neumarkt this morning, located near Lake Wallersee and enjoy a coffee in the traditional market square. The ride then leads through pretty country to romantic Lake Irrsee and onto 7 mile long Lake Mondsee. You might like a dip here, being the warmest lake in the Salzkammergut before relaxing in your lakeside hotel. 31 miles (50 km).
Day 4: Mondsee to Traunsee.
Today's breathtaking ride takes you along 3 lakes - from stunning Mondsee to a boat ride on Attersee, disembarking in Weyregg and a pedal to Gmunden on Lake Traunsee. What a day with a quiet ride along the Aurachtal valley to round things off! Your overnight stay is in a historic castle overlooking Traunsee. 31 miles (50 km).
Day 5: Traunsee to Hallstatt.
With a train hop today, there's time to explore the ice caves and salt mines of the area as well as the World Heritage listed village of Hallstatt with its picture postcard lakeside setting. The mighty Dachstein glacier massif offers a dramatic backdrop in a day you will not forget with an overnight stay in Hallstatt itself. 19 miles (30 km).
Day 6: Hallstatt to Wolfgangsee.
Start the day with a boat trip acoss Hallstattersee and continue on to Bad Goisern and the imperial health resort of Bad Ischl. Here is the Empress Sissi's tea house and the imperial villa and park to discover. Riding west along the valley you come to Wolfgangsee and your lakeside hotel located close to charming St Wolfgang. 31 miles (50 km).
Day 7: Wolfgangsee to Salzburg.
Much of today's ride follows the old railway line from Salzburg to Bad Ischl which takes you along the shore of Wolfgangsee to delightful St Gilgen where Mozart's sister was born. Add in a thrilling downhill back to Mondsee and your tour of the Austrian lakes is almost complete. Spend the last night of your trip in Salzburg with many more happy memories from your saddle than when you were last here. 38 miles (60 km).
£880.00 per person. £975.00 for start dates from 1st July to 31st August
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