Type of tour:Self-guided
Duration:7 Nights
Distance:25 Miles/day average
Dates: Daily: Apr 25-Oct 11, 2015 
Tour price:€545
Start city:Lake Wolfgangsee, Austria
End city:Lake Wolfgangsee, Austria
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A week in the mountains
Salzburg Lakes Biking and Hiking

Tour Description: Self-guided

The former emperor Franz Josef and his wife Sissi have spent many holidays in this area and hence coined the term “Sommerfrische” (summer health resort). Aristocracy was easily persuaded and it was not long until half of Vienna passed the hot summer months in the “healthy” region of the Salzkammergut. This is why you will encounter opulent villas and imposing houses along your cycle tour. The artist Gustav Klimt was yet another regular, spending time on the lakes and trying to capture this stunning natural scenery in his paintings. For you a journey of cultural, scenic and culinary temptations awaits day by day. You will literally cycle through a world of clichés that came true!

The Salzburg Lake District (Salzkammergut) is one of the most charming regions in Austria: blue lakes, high mountains, green meadows and forests—a storybook landscape. It’s also known as both a cycling and hiking paradise.

Trails are well-marked and well-maintained (some are rail-trails). The terrain is quite varied—from flat lakeside trails to hilly meadows to outright mountains. One area is peat moors and feels almost like Ireland. The region is filled with gorges, waterfalls and other natural wonders, but it’s also filled with culture and history—quaint villages, medieval towns and imperial villas (this is where the Austrian emperors spent their summers).

You’ll spend your seven nights in the Lake District. On most days, you’ll make day excursions and have options for both bicycling and hiking. On some days, you can go part of the way by ship or historic railway.

Although the tour is self-guided, van support is available for transfers and shuttles.

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