Carinthia Lakes round trip - enjoyment tour
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8 days | difficulty level

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Carinthia Lakes round trip – enjoyment tour
Discover famous lakes by bike

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Duration: 8 days
Distance: 250 - 250 km
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The Carinthia Lakes Roundtrip is a bicycle tour to the most beautiful lakes of Carinthia. It follows the original Great Lakes Loop, challenging passages are replaced by transfers (train and car) as part of the enjoyment tour. Past blue and turquoise lakes, accompanied by a hilly and mountainous landscape, the route fascinates with a varied landscape. The Mediterranean influence in the south of Austria makes cycling a pleasure from April to October. The leisure tour is a variant of the original route for leisure cyclers and has no sections with steep slopes or on paved roads. The stages are shorter, so there is more time to discover the magnificent landscape, but also the cuisine and culture. The cycling tour takes you from Villach, the cycling capital of Carinthia, to Lake Millstatt and Lake Weissensee, then from Lake Pressegg along the Gailtal cycle path past Lake Faak to the emerald green Lake Wörthersee.

The well-known Drau cycle path (awarded 5 stars by the ADFC) takes you to Lake Klopeiner See and then back to the provincial capital Klagenfurt and further along Lake Wörthersee via Pörtschach and Velden towards Villach. On the last day of the tour you will cycle around Lake Ossiach before returning to the starting point of your enjoyable bike tour – Villach.
This tour leads mostly on well laid out bicycle routes, often directly along the lakesides. The route is mainly flat, in a few stages slightly hilly.

HIGHLIGHTS
ON THE PATH

Villach
Trendy traditional costumes in Villach
Villach
PLEAMLE: Pleamle is a tightrope walk between traditional costume and modern lifestyle. The daring to combine folk culture from the Alpine region with sophisticated clothing.
Gailtal valley
Bacon from the Gailtal Valley
Gailtal valley
Hermagor is the "bacon capital of the Gailtal". Characteristic for the Gailtaler Speck is its red colour and the snow-white fat. The original Gailtaler Speck may only be produced in the Gailtal and has a mildly salty smoked and meaty taste, which is slightly spicy. It is firm in consistency, tender in bite and melts crisply on the tongue. Typical for the Gailtaler Speck is its golden-yellow outer colour and when cut the Strong red meat with snow-white fat content.
Lake Pressegger
Lake Pressegger
Lake Pressegger
The unspoilt Lake Pressegger See lies in the midst of mountains, forests and meadows embedded in the second largest reed bed in Austria. With temperatures of up to 28 degrees, it is one of the warmest bathing lakes in Austria.
Klagenfurt
Maria Loretto
Klagenfurt
The Maria Loretto Peninsula on Lake Wörthersee near Klagenfurt is one of the most beautiful places in Austria.
Ossiach
Ossiach
Ossiach
Ossiach presents itself as a charming holiday resort all year round with a dreamlike scenery between mountains and lakes. Not to be missed: the historic Ossiach Abbey with its baroque collegiate church.
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TRAVEL ITINERARY

8 days / 7 nights

Day 1

You will arrive at your hotel in Villach. Parking spaces available close to the hotel.

Day 2

(approx. 30 km)

In the morning you take the train to Lendorf near Spittal a.d. Drau. From there you cycle on secondary roads to Lake Millstatt, which is completely surrounded by a cycle path. You will discover the untouched south shore without any roads where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the lake in many places. Along the northern shore you cycle, partly directly along the lake, to the capital of the region, Millstatt am See. Already the Austrian emperor spent his holidays here, and many elegant villas from this era are still preserved.

Day 3

(approx. 30 km)

In the morning, a shuttle bus takes you up to the lake Weißensee. From there, a boat will take you to the starting point of the bike tour. The trip starts with a short slope before turning downhill again along the dreamy Gitschtal valley, to the small town of Hermagor and then to Lake Pressegger.

Day 4

(approx. 70 km)

Your cycle tour today takes you downhill throughout, along the Gailtal cycle path. The wide valley is unspoilt and the cycle path runs right through the natural landscape along the river. At the beginning of your cycle tour you will pass the Pressegger See lake. Like all Carinthian lakes, it is a bathing lake with warm temperatures. Part of the tour then leads before Villach at the foot of the majestic Dobratsch mountain through a nature reserve that was created in the course of a historic rock fall. Here, too, you cycle directly along the Gail River, which is wide and shallow at this point and used as a bathing spot by many nature lovers. The cycle path continues towards Lake Faak. It is the emerald among the Carinthian lakes, not very big, but very warm and turquoise like the Caribbean. You cycle around the lake from south to east and then continue along the Drau cycle path to your destination for today - Lake Wörthersee.

Day 5

(approx. 60 km)

In the morning you start at Lake Wörthersee and cycle along the Drau cycle path (awarded 5 stars by the ADFC). This tour runs via Rosegg and through the beautiful Rosental, along the Ferlach reservoir and mostly often directly on the Drau and through unspoilt nature to Lake Klopein, one of the warmest bathing lakes in Carinthia.

Day 6

(ca. 55-65 km)

A lap around Lake Klopeiner See should not be missed before you then cycle along the Völkermarkt reservoir and via Grafenstein back towards Klagenfurt. The route then continues along the northern shore of Lake Wörthersee, through the well-known and popular seaside resorts of Pörtschach and Velden. Along this Wörthersee cycle path, small bathing spots invite you to take a refreshing dip in Lake Wörthersee before you reach today‘s stage destination on Lake Wörthersee. If you want to spend more time in Klagenfurt, you can also shorten your cycling route on Lake Wörthersee by taking a train ride or one of the Wörthersee boats (tickets are not included).

Day 7

(approx. 50-60 km)

The Seebach leads you out of Villach and soon you will notice the castle ruin of Landskron, dominating the valley below. Surrounded by the idyllic mountain scenery, you will come across inviting bathing resorts and the romantic Ossiach monastery. The dark green colour of the lake water is really inviting to take a last bath before closing the roundtrip in Villach.

Day 8

Tour end and departure from Villach or possibility of extension.

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Prices and dates

Standard
Price in double room with breakfast Arrivals on 24/04/2022 and 02/10/2022 599 €
Price in double room with breakfast From 30/04/2022 to 01/10/2022 699 €
High season supplement From 18/06/2022 to 11/09/2022 49 €
Single room supplement 139 €

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

Price per night in double room with breakfast Villach 59 €
Single room supplement per night Villach 17 €

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

rental bike 21-gear (men) 89 €
rental bike 21-gear (women) 89 €
rental electric bike 189 €

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

dates of arrival

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General information

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By car: Villach is easily accessible on the motorways A2, A10 or A11 (depending on the point of origin).
By train: Good train connections to Villach. Timetable on: www.deutschebahn.de, www.oebb.at, www.trenitalia.com.
By plane: Airport Klagenfurt, Salzburg or Ljubljana. There are good train connections from all these cities to your starting point.

Inns and hotels 3*** and 4**** category.
Please note: Tourist tax – if applicable – has to be paid on spot!

Depending on the hotel at arrival, unattended parking facilities are available, either directly at your hotel or nearby (for the entire duration of the tour). Public parking garage at the cost of approx. € 35.00 per week. No reservation of the parking area/parking garage possible; payable on spot.

• 21-gears women‘s or men‘s bicycle
• E-bike (UNISEX bike, 500 W battery; range up to 100 km)

• Accommodation in inns and hotel 3** and 4*** category

• Breakfast

• On the day of arrival, our service team is available on site for questions and bike handover

• Transfers and train tickets according to the program

• Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

• Train ticket: Villach - Lendorf near Spittal an der Drau; transfer according to programme: Millstatt - Weißensee and boat trip Weissensee Ostufer-Neusach

• Well planned routes

• Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)

• Telephone service hotline for the entire tour

• Navigation app; GPS data

• Arrival transfer to the starting point of the tour

• Departure transfer at the end of the tour

• Drinks, tourist tax and all extras

• Lunch, Dinner

• Not mentioned entry fees

• Not mentioned train and boat tickets

• Rental bikes and travel insurance

• All not expressly mentioned under the item „Included services“

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