The beauty of the Carinthian lakes
Villach – Ossiacher See – Faaker See – Pörtschach- Wörthersee
This family cycling tour in Austria (Carinthia) starts in Villach positioned along the Drau River. The town is dating back to Roman times and it has a picturesque main square and many monuments to visit.
The scenery of this tour on the border between Italy and Austria are the lake landscapes surrounded by mountains. It will give you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Carinthian lakes, which are considered to be among the most beautiful and well-known lakes of Austria. The special feature of these lakes is their crystal-clear water and the pleasant water temperature, which invites you to swim. There are beautiful lidos where you can enjoy the sun and you could discover the lake by renting a boat.
Lake Wörthersee is the biggest lake and from your bike, you will have stunning views. During this inviting cycling holiday, you will cycle mostly on flat terrain with cycle paths to avoid as much as possible car traffic. Therefore, it is an excellent tour for families.
There are also plenty of exciting activities around the lakes for children, such as the planetarium, the dragon forest, the reptile house and many others.
It is also a region of delicacies like the Kärntner Nudeln (pasta), many fish dishes, the Carinthian asparagus and the yummy Kirchtagssuppe (church day soup). There are excellent wines and local beers produced… all exquisiteness products worth to discover.
So do not miss this opportunity to have an enjoyable holiday for young and old!
Daily program of the 7 day tour
Individual arrival in Villach, an Austrian town located approximately 30 km from the Italian border. Bathed by the river Drava, it is known for its thermal baths and mountains, its art-rich old town and the beautiful bathing lakes in its vicinity.
It will be possible to leave your car in an unattended car park near the hotel.
Overnight stay with breakfast and dinner in Villach
In the direction of Ossiacher See and around the lake, you can encounter the Familywald Ossiach adventure park on the way, which is ideal for children to enjoy, as well as the Gerlitzen Bergbahnen cable car. If you wish, you can also take the boat to Steindorf and visit Slow Trail Bleistätter Moor. If all this is still not enough, you can choose to enter the lake free of charge for a refreshing swim.
Overnight stay, breakfast and dinner in Villach
Distance: 45 km /28 mi
Ascent / descent: +200m –190m
Today’s day is dedicated to water sports, as the pleasant temperatures on the lake provide the opportunity to enjoy some pedalos or kayaking. To satisfy the wishes of the little ones, however, it is possible to go in search of the Woraun dragon in the dragon forest.
Overnight stay, breakfast and dinner in Faaker See
Distance: 20 km / 12,4 mi
Ascent / descent: +120m –80m
For the first few kilometres you will follow the Drau- cycle path through countryside that has retained its natural, unspoilt charm. Once you reach the famous Wörthersee there will be plenty of fun for all ages with sandy beaches, boats for hire and trips around the lake. If you want to cycle some more, it would be nice to reach Klagenfurt, on the eastern shore of the lake.
Highlights include the Minimundus, the small town on Lake Wörthersee, the Happ reptile house and the planetarium.
Overnight stay, breakfast and dinner at Wörthersee
Distance 22 km / 13,7 mi
Ascent / descent: +140m –320m
Your hotel will provide you with the Wörthersee Card, which you can use for any of the 100 activities on offer. If you feel the need to have rest day, then you can enjoy a nice day at the beach or at Werzer’s Badehaus, a historic Bathhouse were already in the XIX century people came to take bath.
Overnight stay, breakfast and dinner in Wörthersee/Pörtschach
This cycling day will take you back to Villach, Carinthia’s largest town, where it will be easy to get around on foot. Villach is also famous not only for its carnival events, but also for its fun fair. There are many places of interest to visit such as Landskron Castle with its falconry, the St. Jakob church tower and the doll art museum… and of course many boutiques, pubs and restaurants.
Overnight stay, breakfast and dinner in Villach
Distance: 28 km / 17,4 mi
Ascent / descent: +250m –190m
After breakfast end of tour.
Impressions of Carinthia in Austria
An easy cycle tour with not many kilometers to cycle every day. Therefore, there remain enough time to enjoy the lakes and activities. Cycling mostly on flat terrain and following cycle paths around the lakes. Otherwise cycling along quiet country roads.
Total km: about 115 km
Every Sunday from 05 May to 29 September 2024.
Other departure dates with minimum 5 persons on request.
1 or more people.
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