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Carinthian Lake

A picture book bike tour in Austria

The Austrian Riviera.

The “Austrian Riviera”, as the Carinthian lake region is called by the locals, tempts you here to the southernmost and at the same time Austria's sunniest land for a picture book bike tour. Many lakes magically embedded in a unique background of staggered mountain ranges; cultural treats such as the castle Hochosterwitz or Maria Saal; cultured cities such as Villach and Klagenfurt; splendid places to swim and a lot of untainted nature spoil you on this bike tour par excellence. And not to forget: the most beautiful weather in the Carinthian lakes land!

Austria
Easy to Moderate
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
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Itinerary

The Romans and later Paracelsus sized up the healing power of the thermal springs in Villach.

The first destination is the castle ruin Landskron. Along the Lake Ossiacher See to Ossiach (Benedictine convent and the collegiate church ‘Assumption’). Via Steindorf – a charming lakeside town – you continue to Bodensdorf and back to Villach.

You cycle a few kilometres on Drau bike path towards East. Your next aim is Velden – pulsating village on Lake Wörthersee. Through slightly hilly landscape you continue into the valley of Keutschach. You can take a bath in Lake Hafnersee, Lake Keutschacher See, Lake Baßgeigensee and Lake Rauschelsee which are located around the bathing resort of Keutschach. Along Lend Canal you reach the capital of Carinthia – Klagenfurt. Alternative you can also cycle along the northern banks of Lake Wörthersee via Velden, Pörtschach and Krumpendorf to Klagenfurt. 

After strolling through Klagenfurt you cycle to the castles Ebenthal and Grafenstein (an arcade courtyard worth seeing) and to the Völkermarkter Stausee (reservoir) on to the warmest lake in Carinthia, the Lake Klopeiner See.

 

Today you cross the last time river Drau. You cycle in a slightly undulating territory in direction Maria Saal. Today you also pass the duke chair and castle Hochosterwitz (excursion about 15 km extra) on your way to St. Veit.

St. Veit was the capital city for centuries and domicile of the Carinthian bishop. Even today this time is evident through the city wall, the medieval square, the gorgeous houses, the castle of the duke and lots of monuments. Along the river Glan you cycle to Glanegg (castle ruin) and Feldkirchen, surrounded by romantic castles, ruins and hills. On Glan bicycle path back to Villach.

We leave the town and bike along the mountain range Karawanken eastwards to the last lake on our tour, the turquoise Lake Faaker See.

The route

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.

Prices and events

All data for 2021 at a glance
Place of arrival: Villach
  Season 1
04.04.2021 - 24.04.2021
26.09.2021 - 10.10.2021

Wednesday and Sunday
Season 2
25.04.2021 - 12.06.2021
05.09.2021 - 25.09.2021

Wednesday and Sunday
Season 3
13.06.2021 - 04.09.2021

Wednesday and Sunday
Carinthian lakes 8 days cat. X, AT-KARVV-08X
Base price
649.00
699.00
749.00
Surcharge single room 249.00 249.00 249.00
Surcharge half board evening meal 6x (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher) 125.00 125.00 125.00
Season 1
Apr 4, 2021 - Apr 24, 2021
Sep 26, 2021 - Oct 10, 2021
Wednesday and Sunday
Season 2
Apr 25, 2021 - Jun 12, 2021
Sep 5, 2021 - Sep 25, 2021
Wednesday and Sunday
Season 3
Jun 13, 2021 - Sep 4, 2021
Wednesday and Sunday
Carinthian lakes 8 days cat. X, AT-KARVV-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge half board evening meal 6x (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
649.00
249.00
125.00
699.00
249.00
125.00
749.00
249.00
125.00
Season 1
Apr 4, 2021 - Apr 24, 2021
Sep 26, 2021 - Oct 10, 2021
Season 2
Apr 25, 2021 - Jun 12, 2021
Sep 5, 2021 - Sep 25, 2021
Season 3
Jun 13, 2021 - Sep 4, 2021
Villach
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
65.00
100.00
65.00
100.00
65.00
100.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Villach
  Season 1
Apr 4, 2021 - Apr 24, 2021
Sep 26, 2021 - Oct 10, 2021

Wednesday and Sunday
Season 2
Apr 25, 2021 - Jun 12, 2021
Sep 5, 2021 - Sep 25, 2021

Wednesday and Sunday
Season 3
Jun 13, 2021 - Sep 4, 2021

Wednesday and Sunday
Villach
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb 65.00 65.00 65.00
Extra night sgl/bb 100.00 100.00 100.00
Filter
7-gear unisex with back pedal break incl. rental bike insurance
7-gear gents with back pedal break incl. rental bike insurance
21-gear unisex incl. rental bike insurance
21-gear gents incl. rental bike insurance
bike+
Electric bike
79.00
79.00
79.00
79.00
129.00
189.00

Services & Extras

Services
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Extended breakfast or buffet
  • Half board if booked: at least three-course dinner
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Well elaborated route
  • Maps and information material
  • Own signposting
  • Service hotline
  • GPS tracks are available

Not included

  • Arrival and departure
  • costs for parking
  • city tax
  • transfers
  • optional sightseeing’s
  • city maps
  • Travel Insurance
  • costs of the private requirements
Extras

Arrival/ departure and parking information

Good rail connections to Villach and good flight connections to Klagenfurt. From the airport by train to Villach, approx. 40 minutes, cost approx. 12,- € per Person. Public parking garage near the hotel, costs approx. 35,- € per week.

Airport: Klagenfurt

Hotels

Categorie: 3***- und 4****-Hotels

Important notes

Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Ratings

4 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
4 stars
Dieter Reithinger DE | 19.08.2014
Kärntner Seen

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