Cruise from the birth city of Mozart in Austria to a shimmering alpine lake amid the majesty of the south-eastern Alps. Beginning at the historic city of Salzburg, you will cycle through a splendid landscape laden with rivers meandering their way through picturesque valleys, stopping at waterfalls and cycling in the shadows of towering mountain peaks. You’ll pass past historic locations, and through quaint villages where you can sample great local food, before arriving at the fairytale setting of Lake Bled in Slovenia. The route will take you along cycle paths and quiet country roads, through the magnificent Salzach, Gastein, and Molltal valleys. South of Villach, you’ll enter Italy briefly before turning into Slovenia and continuing on through the heart of the Julian Alps and onwards to the magical, fairytale setting of Lake Bled, with its unique island church and hilltop castle to top it all off.
Day 1: Individual arrival to Salzburg
We recommend arriving in Salzburg a day or two prior to the tour to get over jetlag and to enjoy the city and especially the picturesque old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 2: Salzburg - Bischofshofen/St. Johann im Pongau, ~55 km/35 miles
Head off today through the lovely Salzach Valley to the 900-year old Hohenwerfen Castle, perched on a rock 113 meters high above the market village of Werfen. It’s among Europe’s oldest and most well-preserved castles. Surrounded by the Tennengebirge, Hagengebirge and Hochkönig mountain ranges, this is a sight not to be missed. If you got the time, take a side trip high above the valley to the glacial caves of Eisriesenwelt. You’ll spend the night at the popular alpine sports town of Bischoffshofen.
Day 3: Bischofshofen/St. Johann im Pongau - Mallnitz, ~55 km/35 miles
Following a cycling path through the beauty of the Gastein Valley and the stunning Liechtensteinklamm (Liechtenstein Gorge), you’ll stop at the beautiful spa town of Bad Gastein, with a waterfall forming a unique centerpiece to the town. From here it’s onwards through Tauerntunnel, which emerges at the sunny southern side of the Alps. You’ll spend the night in the alpine village of Mallnitz, amid the vivid colors of the Hohe Tauern National Park.
Day 4: Mallnitz - Mühldorf/Sachsenbrug, ~41 km/26 miles
Today it’s into the heart of the ancient province of Carinthia, where you’ll glide downhill into the Molltal Valley amid the majesty of 3000-metre mountain peaks. The highlight of the day will be the cogwheel train running high above the Drau Valley, providing outstanding panoramic views.
Day 5: Mühldorf/Sachsenbrug - Villach, ~55 km/35 miles
A relatively easy descent today which takes you along the Drau River as it meanders its way through the lakeside town of Spitall an der Drau, and its impressive ancient Roman city of Teurnia. Then on to Villach, the meeting point of the valleys where you’ll leave the alpine climate behind for a decidedly more Mediterranean feel! Here you can visit the old timer car museum or take a riverboat cruise.
Day 6: Villach - Kranjska Gora, ~65 km/35 miles
Pop into the Italian border town of Tarviso for a pizza and cappuccino before following the scenic cycling path which takes you along the old railway line crossing the Italian-Slovenian border and onwards through the emerald beauty of the Sava Valley. The magnificent Dobratsch Mountain will dominate your view as you head on to the resort of Kranjska Gora for the night.
Day 7: Kranjska Gora - Bled, ~45 km/28 miles
The route then takes you through the beautiful forests of the Krma Valley, past a historic farming museum and onwards to the pearl of Slovenia: Lake Bled. This fairytale setting with its beautiful church sitting on an island in the middle of the lake and guarded by a medieval hilltop castle is the perfect place to shake off those aching muscles. Relax here with a boat ride to the island, or a coffee and Bled’s famous cream cake (kremsnita).
Day 8: Individual departure from Bled
The tour ends after breakfast or possible extension of the trip.
7 nights in carefully chosen 3 *** and 4**** hotels and guest houses
luggage transport (20 kg per person)
train ride from Gastein to Mallnitz
carefully chosen roads and paths
detailed documentation, brochures, plans, maps, etc.
tourist tax in Slovenia
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday
season I (785 €/person in double)
season II (+20 €/person)
"arrival any day“
possible 6 persons minimum
route (2)-(3): ~315 km/197 miles
flat and on bike paths and quiet back roads, often along the rivers
how to get there
by car: motorway A1 or A10 to Salzburg
by train: station Salzburg, direct from Munich or Vienna
by plane: airport Salzburg and by bus to the center
direct by train from Bled to Salzburg after the tour, other transfers on request
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