A Dip into Salzburg’s Lake District

Four glittering lakes
 
As you cycle self-guided through breathtaking scenery your luggage is transported to your next hotel. Carefully planned, leisurely routes provide ample opportunities for swimming in crystal-clear lakes, visiting charming villages and experiencing Austria’s renowned warm hospitality.
A Dip into Salzburg’s Lake District. 4 nights
A Dip into Salzburg’s Lake District. 4 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A cycling break in Salzkammergut

Carefully planned routes take in no fewer than four Austrian lakes – Wolfgangsee, Mondsee, Attersee and Traunsee – on this splendid, two-wheeled introduction to the mesmerising scenery of Salzkammergut. Monumental views seem to open up around every bend as you pedal between charming villages along gloriously scenic lakeside roads and cycle paths.
Highlights include some wonderfully located hotels, two a mere stone’s throw from the water; plentiful opportunities for swimming en route; and the traditional Austrian hospitality we have come to know and love, whereby a warm welcome and good, tasty food comes as standard.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on any day of the week, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 2 4 8 13 18 21 23 22 19 14 7 2
    mm 74 71 78 97 126 167 176 157 99 79 84 88
  • Arrival in St Gilgen
    Night 1: at Hotel Gasthof zur Post (the first of two nights here)
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Circular route from St Gilgen: 29km
    With a relatively short ride ahead of you today, you may wish to enjoy a coffee in one of the many delightful cafés in St Gilgen before setting off. The town has a number of fascinating museums, including one dedicated to Mozart in the house where his mother lived. Once you’re ready to depart, begin with a scenic boat journey (included) across Wolfgangsee. From here, you have the option to take a trip on the steam cog railway up Schafberg Mountain, before continuing by bike along Wolfgangsee and through hamlets, returning to St Gilgen along the south side of the lake.
    Circular route from St Gilgen: 29km
    St. Wolfgang
  • St Gilgen to Bad Ischl: 39km
    Leaving St Gilgen, you pedal gently over foothills before descending firstly to Mondsee then Attersee – the largest and clearest lake in the area. The next stage of the route takes you between two mountain ranges, with a final long descent bringing you into the centre of Bad Ischl. This elegant spa town – a European Capital of Culture – was the former summer residence of Emperor Franz Josef, and boasts a stately Kaiservilla with immaculate gardens. You spend one night in Bad Ischl, at Hotel Goldenes Schiff.
    St Gilgen to Bad Ischl: 39km
    Kaiservilla, Bad Ischl
  • Bad Ischl to Gmunden: 38.5km
    From Bad Ischl, you follow the Traun river firstly to Ebensee – once the site of a Nazi concentration camp – then continue north along the shores of Traunsee. The sight of Schloss Ort, a castle on a tiny island linked to the shore by bridge, signals your imminent arrival in the spa town of Gmunden, where elegant villa-style buildings line the shore. Pedal around the northern end of the lake and along the less-travelled eastern side to reach your final base: Hotel Grünburg am See.
    Bad Ischl to Gmunden: 38.5km
    Well-signed routes
 

Accommodation

You stay in three high-quality hotels.

Please note: most beds in Austrian hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
 

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Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 10 May 2024 - 01 October 2024 & 06 May 2025 - 01 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    10 May - 9 Jun 2024 £1240 £135
    10 - 26 Jun 2024 £1270 £135
    27 Jun - 31 Aug 2024 £1320 £125
    1 - 28 Sep 2024 £1270 £135
    10 May - 9 Jun 2025 £1285 £140
    10 - 26 Jun 2025 £1320 £140
    27 Jun - 31 Aug 2025 £1370 £130
    1 - 28 Sep 2025 £1320 £140
    3rd & 4th person discount -£135 to -£140
    Single traveller supplement £135 to £140

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: return taxi from Salzburg Airport

    Electric bikes available: add £52pp in 2024; add £54pp in 2025

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £13pp per day in 2024, or £14pp per day in 2025.
    Hotel Gasthof zur Post, St Gilgen (B&B) Double room Single room
    12 May - 29 Jun 2024 £165 £222
    30 Jun - 09 Sep 2024 £185 £242
    10 Sep - 01 Oct 2024 £165 £222
    12 May - 29 Jun 2025 £172 £231
    30 Jun - 09 Sep 2025 £192 £251
    10 Sep - 01 Oct 2025 £172 £231
    Hotel Goldenes Schiff, Bad Ischl (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 May - 30 Jun 2024 £141 £162
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2024 £162 £177
    01 Sep - 01 Oct 2024 £141 £162
    06 May - 30 Jun 2025 £125 £148
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2025 £148 £164
    01 Sep - 01 Oct 2025 £125 £148
    Hotel Grünburg am See, Gmunden (with dinner) Double room Single room
    10 May - 30 Jun 2024 £141 £162
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2024 £162 £177
    01 Sep - 01 Oct 2024 £141 £162
    06 May - 30 Jun 2025 £125 £148
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2025 £148 £164
    01 Sep - 01 Oct 2025 £125 £148
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Salzburg
    ALTERNATIVE AIRPORT(S):
    Munich
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London.

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Munich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Salzburg easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Munich Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Salzburg TUI 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Munich easyJet,  Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Munich Lufthansa 
    Glasgow - Salzburg TUI 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Munich British Airways 
    London City - Salzburg British Airways 
    London City - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Munich easyJet 
    Gatwick - Salzburg British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Munich British Airways,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Salzburg Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Munich easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Salzburg jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Munich easyJet,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg Ryanair,  TUI 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Hamburg) Eurowings 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Munich Lufthansa 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Düsseldorf) Lufthansa 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Newcastle - Salzburg TUI 
    Newcastle - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Teesside International - Salzburg (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Munich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Munich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Munich airport to Salzburg Hbf (2h30), bus Salzburg Hbf to St Gilgen-bus station (1h) £11 reduction-£56 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Gmunden station (0h15), rail Gmunden to Munich Airport (3h) £11 reduction 1500

    Connecting travel options - flying via Salzburg

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Salzburg Airport to hotel (1h) included flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Salzburg Airport (1h30) included flexible
    taxi to Gmunden station (0h15), rail to Salzburg Hbf (1h05) £40 reduction 1300
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 1 dinner
    4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • high-quality bicycle
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • ferry on day 1
  • return taxi from Salzburg Airport
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • Our chosen bike rental shop will provide you with a city trekking bike with 21 gears; waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; pump; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking. (NB e-bikes do not have a map holder.)
  • While we would always recommend that you take your own well-fitting helmet, they can be hired locally for a small fee. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to hire a helmet.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes, which remain the principal means of navigation).
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our cycling holidays in Europe page.
  • You are responsible for damage to or loss of the rental bike while it is hired to you. Always be careful to lock it up, ideally to an immovable object, and remove all easy-to-steal accessories whenever you leave it unattended.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Austria, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • (Austrian) German is the most commonly spoken language. The currency is the Euro. Austrian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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