Salzburg to Lake Bled Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £849 per person
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Cruise from the birth city of Mozart 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: ARRIVAL IN SALZBURG.
NOTE: We recommend arriving in Salzburg a day of two prior to the tour to get over jetlag and to enjoy the city and especially the picturesque Altstadt (old town), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
DAY 2: SALZBURG – BISCHOFFSHOFEN / ST. JOHANN IN PONGAU (55 KM)
Head off today through the lovely Salzach Valley to the 900-year old Hohenwerfen Castle, perched on a rock 113 metres 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.
Time permitting; 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: BISCHOFFSHOFEN / ST JOHANN IN PONGAU – MALLNITZ (55 KM)
Following a cycling path through the beauty of the Gastien Valley and the stunning Liechtensteinklamm (Liechtenstein Gorge), you’ll stop at the beautiful spa town of Bad Gastien, with a waterfall forming a unique centrepiece to the town.
From here it’s onwards through Tauerntunel, which emerges at the sunny southern side of the Alps. You’ll spend the night in the alpine village of Mallnitz, amid the vivid colours of the Hohe Tauern National Park.
DAY 4: MALLNITZ – MÖLBRÜCKE / SACHSENBURG (41 KM)
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 Kreuzeck cable-car running high above the Drau Valley, providing outstanding panoramic views.
DAY 5: MÖLBRÜCKE / SACHSENBURG – VILLACH (55 KM)
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)
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)
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: BLED. The tour ends after breakfast or possible extenstion of the trip.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
This cycling holiday starts in Salzburg (Austria)
By plane: closest airport is Salzburg (SZG). It is 3 km from city center. From the airport you can travel city center by bus or book our transfer (please ask for quote).
Several major airlines serve it: Austrian, British Airways, German Wings, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. Low cost
Ryanair serves the city all year round.
By train: main station is called Salzburg Hauptbahnhof, it is in city center. It is on mainline Vienna (two hrs trip) to Munich (one hour trip)
By car: Salzburg is on junction of several important Austria roads. Highway A1and A10 meet here.
At the end of the tour – Lake Bled (Slovenia)
By plane: closest airport is Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve it. From the Bled you can travel to airport by bus (change once, takes about 2 hrs) or book our transfer: Bled to Ljubljana Airport , 15 EUR per person; one way, two persons minimum.
By train: Bled has two railway stations: Lesce Bled on the Villach-Ljubljana mainline, four km away from the town center, need to take a bus or call us, we’ll give you a lift for free. The other station is Bled Jezero on the Jesenice – Nova Gorica sideline, only a few trains a day. Two km away from town center, we’ll have to give you a lift. From Jesenice border station there is one direct train to Salzburg (and onward to Munich) and several more with one stopover in Villach.
By car: Bled is on A1 motorway Ljubljana – Jesenice, Karavanke.
You can transfer using public transport or via Go Opti Private Transfers
For more information about Slovenia and the various attractions along the route you will cycle, please visit Slovenia Tourism
Flights are not included in the price of the holiday
There is a choice of airline options into Austria or Slovenia. We recommend using Skyscanner to find the best prices and routes.
The Salzburg to Lake Bled tour stays in middle tier hotels and good guesthouses 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.
- Accommodation in hotels and guest-houses 3* or 4* in two bedded room with WC and shower, on basis of bed & breakfast.
– Luggage transfer – one piece, max 20 kgs / 45 lb. Every additional item 10 EUR, must be pre-booked.
– Information package including text road notes (in simple English) and corresponding maps. One per room, every additional set 20 EUR.
– Train ticket for Gastein Tal to Mallnitz trip incl. bicycle.
– GPS data.
– Local tourist and other taxes in Slovenia.
– Backup service (hotline) during the trip.
Some are commercially available models and others are custom built for cycling in Slovenia. All are made following high industry standards and are made using the best parts.
Bike are maintained in the workshop on a regular basis. The fleet is constantly renewed, but no bike is more than 2 years old.
Classic trekking bikes are equipped with 21 gears, cycling meter, lock, one pannier, set of Allen keys and basic puncture repair set. Price includes delivery and pick up.
Salzburg to Lake Bled, Austria/Slovenia
8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: May – June | September – October
Arrival Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesday
Season 2: July – August
Arrival Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesday
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: From £849 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £869 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £159
Half Board Upgrade: From £109
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £69
Extra Nights (Prices per person per night)
Location | Price DBL/BB | Single SGL/BB
3* Hotel in Salzburg: From £69 | £90
3* Hotel in Bled: From £59 | £85
4* Hotel in Bled: From £79 | £130
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Hotel Category Descriptions
Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses 3* or 4* in two bedded room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis.
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
Holiday Price: From £849
Single Supplement: From £159