Carinthian Lakes Cycling Holidays
Start: Villach

Your Itinerary

Carinthian Lakes Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £639 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Cycle along the mountain range Karawanken to the turquoise
Lake Faaker See
• Visit the warmest lake in Carinthia, the Lake Klopeiner See
• Cycle along the River Glan.
• Visit romantic castles, ruins and hill

Cycle Route features
The alternation between the individual river valleys and Lakes – as well as avoiding roads with heavy traffic – brings about a slightly hilly tour course. This journey can be easily overcome with a “normal” biker’s constitution. Mostly you cycle along asphaltic bike paths and side roads with less of traffic.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary

1st day: Arrival in Villach

Enjoy the silence of the mountains, the crystal-clear lakes, in short: nature at its most perfect – all of this can be found in the region around Villach, in the centre of Carinthia. The Romans and Paracelsus were among the first to relax here and enjoy the health benefits of the thermal springs.

2nd day: Faakersee ~ 50 km

Leaving Villach behind, you cycle eastwards beneath the Karawanken mountain range towards the first lake on your round trip, the turquoise-blue Faaker See. The lake is dominated by the giant, rocky Mittagskogel in the centre of the mountain range. The lake is surrounded by extensive, uncultivated fields and stretches of green forest, and in the middle of the lake there lies a wooded island.

After a rest stop/lunch break at the lake you set out on your return journey. You climb a small ridge and so reach the grey-green milky waters of the river Drau. The flat, well-built Drau cycle path takes you at a gentle pace back to Villach.

3rd day: Ossiacher See round trip ~ 45 km

Leaving Villach, your route takes you along the Seebach giving you a wonderful view of the ruined castle Landskron. In clear weather, you can see not only the castle ruin above Villach but also well beyond. The medieval knights certainly knew where to build castles! Since that time, the picturesque backdrop has hardly changed. In the foreground the green Gerlitzen mountain, in the background the blue Ossiacher See. The bathtub-shaped Ossi-acher See is 11km long and has drinking water quality (like all the lakes in Carinthia).

The attraction of Ossiach stems from the mountains and the clear water of the lake (which reaches temperatures of up to 27 degrees in summer) on the one hand, and on the other hand from the 11th century monastery with its magnificent late baroque church. The next stop on your trip is the delightful bathing resort of Steindorf on the Ossiacher See. After a brief stop in Bodensdorf, your return journey takes you back once more to Villach.

4th day: Villach – Klagenfurt ~ 50 km

The start of your tour takes you several kilometres eastwards along the Drau cycle path, then through traditional Carinthian farming country. Next comes the bustling town of Velden on the Wörthersee. The clear, turquoise water of the Wörthersee and the hustle and bustle are an invitation to take a break in this town, much loved by celebrities. Your route continues through the picturesque rolling hills to the Keutschacher Seental, taking you past almost forgotten shrines, farmhouses colourfully decorated with flowers.

The broad valley, the rolling hills and wooded mountains, four delightful lakes and in the distance the mountain range. The South is near! The Hafnersee, the Keutschacher See, the Baßgeigensee and the Rauschelesee all sur-round the spa resort of Keutschach. The Lendkanal, located on the east bank of the Wörthersee, leads you to Klagenfurt, the capital of the Federal state of Carinthia. An alternative route to the Keutschacher Seental takes you along the north bank of the Wörthersee, via Velden, Pörtschach and Krumpendorf to Klagenfurt. (40 km)

5th day: Klagenfurt – Klopeinersee~ 40 km

Klagenfurt, the “Wörthersee Rose” is famous for its delightful old town. Constructed by Italian master builders in the 16th and 17th centuries, its southern flair has been preserved for hundreds of years. Where once, according to legend, the Lindwurm lived, you can now wander at leisure through narrow lanes and alleys, and admire romantic arcade courtyards, churches and town palaces.

After this culture break, it’s time to carry on with your cycle trip! Your journey continues past Ebenthal with its castle, Schloss Grafenstein (the arcade courtyard is well worth see-ing) and on to the Völkermarkter reservoir. You are now only a short distance away from Carinthia’s warmest lake, the Klopeiner See. The shores of the lake are inviting and the surroundings are mostly wooded here and there small white churches can be seen on the tops of the hills, to the south rise the Karawanken mountains and there is almost always blue sky and sunshine. There is plenty of time for a refreshing swim in the lake.

6th day: Klopeinersee– St. Veit ~ 40 / 55 km

You cross the Drau for the last time and cycle through the rolling hills towards Maria Saal. Soon you will see the imposing twin towers of Carinthia’s most impressive fortified church,Maria Saal. The cycle path takes you past the Kärntner Herzogsstuhl (Ducal Throne of Carinthia). This has stood here for over a thousand years and is, so to speak, the “navel” of Carinthia.

Here the historically significant Kärntner Zollfeld stretches as far as the eye can see. Hochosterwitz Castle: in the middle of the field there stands a 150m high lime-stone cliff, with steep drops on all sides, upon which an impenetrable fortress was then constructed. (Detour to Hochosterwitz Castle approx. 15km). Numerous castles and for-tresses in the surrounding area are a reminder of the significance of the former state capital St. Veit.

7th day: St. Veit – Villach ~ 60 km

St. Veit was for centuries the state capital and the seat of the Carinthian bishops. The town walls, the medieval main square, the magnificent Renaissance houses, beautiful arcade courtyards and many other historical monuments are a testimony to this era. You head westwards and continue your trip gently along the river Glan to Glanegg.

The ruined fortress of Glanegg commands the valley and is visible from afar. The idyllically situated Maltschacher See, surrounded by rolling hills, invites you to take a swim. Feldkirchen is surrounded by wooded hills, romantic castles and venerable ruins. The cycle path along the river Glan takes you directly to the Ossiacher see and back to the starting point of your trip, Villach.

8th day: Departure or extending your holiday.

Today you have the choice: should you decide to extend your stay in the Carinthian Lake District, accommodation can be booked in all the places you have stayed at during your tour.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
The alternation between the individual river valleys and Lakes – as well as avoiding roads with heavy traffic – brings about a slightly hilly tour course. This journey can be easily overcome with a “normal” biker’s constitution. Mostly you cycle along asphaltic bike paths and side roads with less of traffic.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

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Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Carinthian Lakes tour stays in, 3* or 4* hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.

Included services

- 7 nights accommodation as described
– 7 x breakfast
– Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
– Individually marked daily stages
detailed cycle map with information about the route in English and Italian
– GPS-Tracks available on request
– Service hotline (also weekends and public holidays) in German and English

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Rental Bike Information

All touring bikes are high quality, comfortable aluminium unisex 21-gear /Shimano) touring bikes, with 2 hand brakes, 28–inch wheels and dependable Continental-toptouring tyres.

The bikes are also equipped with a comfortable saddle, a tachometer, two bags, a bike lock, a bicycle pump, a small repair kit and a spare inner tube.

It is possible to adjust the saddle and angle of the handlebars for extra comfort. This can easily be done yourself at any time during your trip. All cycles are checked after every trip by our qualified staff to ensure maximum safety.

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Your Prices

Carinthian Lakes, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.

2019 Cycling Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands

Every Sunday from April 7th to Oct. 6th, 2019

Season 1:
07.04. – 20.04.2019
22.09. – 06.10.2019

Season 2:
21.04. – 22.06.2019
25.08. – 21.09.2019

Season 3:
23.06. – 24.08.2019

Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £639 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £679 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £729 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £179
Half Board Upgrade: £109
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99

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Hotel Category Descriptions
Selected hotels and inns of the national 3* and 4* category, mostly in a central location.

Extra nights are available to book on this tour!
Prices are per person per night and based on two sharing. Single supplements apply.

For extra nights, you will stay in the same hotel. Please let us know if you wish to book extra nights at the start or at the end of the tour when completing your ‘Booking Request’.

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

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Holiday Price: £639
Single Supplement: £179

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