Carinthia lake round trip West by bike
Past lake Weissensee, lake Millstätter-, Pressegger- and Faakersee
The Carinthia Lakes Roundtrip is a bicycle tour to the most beautiful lakes of Carinthia. Past blue and turquoise lakes, accompanied by a hilly and mountainous landscape, the route captivates with a varied landscape. The Mediterranean influence in the south of Austria makes cycling a pleasure from April to October. This short cycle tour is a variant of the original route for leisure cyclers and has no sections with steep slopes or on paved roads.
The cycle tour takes you from Villach, the cycling capital of Carinthia, to Lake Millstätter See, Lake Weißensee, Lake Pressegger See and Lake Faaker See back to 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.
ON THE PATH
6 days / 5 nights
Day 1: Villach
You will arrive at your hotel in Villach. Parking spaces available close to the hotel.
Day 2: Villach – Lake Millstätter See roundtrip – Millstatt/Seeboden
(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 (the Austrian emperor already spent his holidays here, and many stylish villas from this era are still preserved) or you can cycle a few more kilometres to Seeboden.
Day 3: Millstatt/Seeboden – Lake Weißensee – Hermagor/Pressegger See
(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: Hermagor/Lake Pressegger See – Lake Faaker See - Villach
(approx. 60 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 today - Villach.
Day 5: Villach – Lake Ossiach round trip – Villach
(approx. 45 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 6: Villach
Tour end and departure from Villach or possibility of extension.
OUR TIP: combine the tours Carinthia lakes roundtrip west and east to a relaxing 10-days-tour through the Carinthia lake district.
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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 available on: www.deutschebahn.de, www.oebb.at, www.trenitalia.com.
By plane: Airport Klagenfurt, Salzburg or Ljubljana. From all three places there are good train connections or airport shuttle services to Villach.
Hotels 3*** and 4**** category.
Please note: Tourist tax – if applicable – has to be paid on the 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 the spot.
• 21-gears women‘s or men‘s bicycle
• E-bike (unisex bike, 500 W battery, range up to 100 km)
• Accommodation in hotels 3*** and 4**** category
• On the day of arrival, our service team is available on site for questions and bike handover
• Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
• Transfers according to the program: Villach – Lendorf a.d. Drau (train), Millstatt –Lake Weißensee and navigation Weissensee East shore-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 items „Services Included“
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