Difficulty Rating : 5 Start: Salzburg Finish: Salzburg Terrain: A gentle cycle along by the lakes but there are some hills to climb. Daily Average: 42-49km Weekly Average: 250-295km Tour Type: Self Guided Teaser: Made famous by the film the Sound of Music, the Salzkammergut and Trumer Lake district have remained virtually unchanged
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Made famous by the film the Sound of Music, the Salzkammergut and Trumer Lake district have remained virtually unchanged since this classic film. Beautiful alpine hamlets (with their wonderful window boxes of flowers), medieval towns, pristine lakes and towering mountains are the backdrop for some leisurely cycling as many of the film's locations are explored.

The tour starts and finishes in the stunning UNESCO World Heritage city of Salzurg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart. We leave the city and meander along cycle paths and quiet country lanes as we take in the unspoilt beauty of ten of the pristine lakes that make up the Salzkammergut. Highlights include a boat rip across the Attersee (largest of the lakes) and a chance to visit the famous Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl. A traditional Austrian picnic of local produce at a lovely old farmhouse washed down with homemade cider, sums up the relaxed nature of the cycling.

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Day 1

Arrival to Salzburg or Trumer Seen Lakes

Information on the tour and bike fitting. For guests arriving at the Trumer Seen lakes, the subsequent daily tours are accordingly shifted in the itinerary (these guests begin the tour with the route described for the third day, cycling the Salzburg - Trumer Seen lakes route on the final day).

Day 2

Salzburg ~ Trumer Lakes / Lake Wallersee (45-55 kms)r Plan

Today, you will cycle along the Salzach to Oberndorf, birthplace of the Christmas carol "Silent Night", where you can visit the “Silent Night” Museum and the beautiful Michaelbeuern Abbey. Cycling deeper into the Trumer Seen lakes country, you pass the picture perfect Lake Obertrumer See, Lake Mattsee, Lake Grabensee and partly also to Lake Wallersee.

Day 3

Trumer Lakes / Lake Wallersee ~ Lake Mondsee (50 kms)

Todays cycle will take you through the natural reservoir of the Egelseen lakes. Later, you continue on your journey to the idyllic Lake Irrsee. Overnight stay in Mondsee with its wonderful castle and smokehouse

Day 4

Lake Mondsee ~ Lake Traunsee (50-80 kms)

You have a chance to journey by boat to Weyregg (only in main season 3!). Afterwards you cycle through the stunning Aurachtal valley to Lake Traunse where you van visit the lakeside town of Gmunden beautifully located with an Alpine backdrop and numerous places to visit including it's castle.

Day 5

Lake Traunsee ~ Lake Hallstätter See – Bad Goisern (20-35 kms)

The journey starts by train to Lake Traunsee and Obertraun by Lake Hallstättersee where you can visit the stunning Dachstein mountainous ice caves. Continue along the lake to Hallstatt considered by many to be the loveliest lakeside location in the world towards Bad Goisern or one of the neighbouring towns.

Day 6

Lake Wolfgangsee approx 35 km

You cycle through Bad Ischl where you can visit the Austrian Emperors summer villa including a tea house built for his wife. Continue along the Ischler Ache river to Lake Wolfgangsee, cycling through places such as St. Wolfgang, Lake Abersee, via the Zinkenbachklamm gorge and on to St. Gilgen - the “Mozart Village” on Lake Wolfgangsee.

Day 7

Lake Wolfgangsee ~ Salzburg (50-70kms)

You follow the cycle route through St. Gilgen past the Hintersee lake, and the Strubklamm gorge into the Wiestal valley. The tour takes us through the wonderfully unspoilt gorge at Glasenbachklamm into the Salzachtal valley. Shortly before reaching Mozart's city of Salzburg with its fortress and wonderful old town.

Tour ends after breakfast the following morning.

  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Welcome briefing
  • Daily Luggage transfer
  • Detailed travel documents (one per room) 
  • 7 days service hotline
  • Boat excursion on Lake Attersee within shipping season (1 July - 31 Aug)
  • Train journey Lake Traunsee to Lake Hallstatter See
  • Route signposted ( Navigation app and GPS tracks are available but must be pre-ordered )

In 2024 Bike Rental is not included in the basic tour price.
All rentals come with a pannier, lock and repair equipment

For 2021 bike rental is not included in the basic tour price

It is of course possible to rent a bike!

On this tour the standard rental bike is what is called a "unisex" bike or a step though frame, see our tour dossier for an image. It is possible to rent a more typical gents frame for taller men but this is on request only. It is also possible to rent an e-bike

Bike rental includes:
● 21 speed unisex bike (gents bike on request only/limited availability)
● Saddle bag (water-resistant)
● Handlebar bag (water-resistant)
● Tools / Repair kit / Pump
● Combination lock


Cat A: Arcotel Castellani

Cat B: Hotel Ganslhof 3***

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Lake Wallersee

Cat A: Walkner 

Cat B: Mitterhof

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Lake Mondsee

Cat A: Hotel Krone 

Cat B: Meingast

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Lake Traunsee

Cat A: Post Ebensee

Cat B: Hocheck

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Bad Goisern/Surroundings

Cat A: Hotel Moserwirt 3*** ( left & right images )

Cat B: Pension Maria Theresia

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Lake Wolfgangsee

Cat A: Hotel Weisser Bär 4****

Cat B: Gasthof Aberseehof 3***

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€1150 per person sharing CAT A  / €990 CAT B   ( 13th - 19th April & 28 Sept. - 5th Oct.)
€1200 per person sharing CAT A / €1040 CAT B    (20th April - 17th May & 14th - 27th Sept.)
€1350 per person sharing CAT A / €1160 CAT B  (18th May - 13th Sept.)
+€330 Single room supplement CAT A / +190 CAT B

Bike Rental 7 Night Tour
€100.00    7- or 21-speed touring bike, limited availability of gents bikes
€170.00    20- or 27-speed touring bike with crossbars
€260.00  E-bike

Self Guided Tour Information

Daily from 13th April to 5th October 2024

How to get to the start point in Salzburg:

You can fly direct to Salzburg, ot alternatively the option of flying to Munich and taking the train to Salzburg OEBB Train
The hotel is located about 10 km from Salzburg airport. Taxi fare is approx. €15

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

Or contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

We had a fabulous holiday and everything went very well indeed. The bikes were well maintained and very comfortable. Every day had some interesting feature such as the boat ride, train journey and advice on visiting the salt mines etc. All the accommodation was super, especially Traunchkirchen and a ‘cycle hotel’ near Mondsee. The food was really nice and everywhere was so clean. 

Fiona Smith (Austria Lakes 2013)

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A €250.00 deposit is required for each person booking on a holiday. The Balance payment is required two month prior to the starting date. The deposit is forfeited in the event of a cancellation of your booking. The balancing payment is also non-refundable in the event of the cancellation occuring within 14 days of the tour starting date. All transactions are taken in Euro.

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Irish Cycling Safaris Ltd (“the Company”) accepts bookings subject to the following conditions:

  • The contract is between the Company and the client, being any person travelling or intending to travel on a tour operated by the company. The contract, including all matters arising from it, is subject to Irish law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts. A booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when the company sends a confirmation. It is at this point that a contract between the company and the client comes into existence. Before your booking is confirmed and comes into existence the company reserves the right to increase or decrease brochure prices. The company or their agents reserve the right to decline any booking at their discretion.
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  • The balance of all monies due, including any surcharges applicable at the time, must be paid to the company or their agents not later than 60 days before departure. In the case of non-payment of the balance by the due date the Company reserves the right to cancel your booking and cancellation charges will apply. If any cheque is dishonoured we reserve the right to charge €25 to cover administration costs.
  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients whilst on a tour organised by the Company. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. Clients are responsible for ensuring that they are in possession of private Travel insurance with protection for the full duration of the tour in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate cover.
  • An administration fee of €25 per booking plus any additional costs incurred will be charged if a confirmed booking is changed or transferred to a different departure date or tour, up to 60 days prior to departure. Thereafter all changes will be treated as cancellations and subject to the relevant charges. Changes are subject to availability. For an administration fee of €25 you may request a credit voucher. This must be redeemed within 12 months of issue and must be used against a new booking. The voucher is non transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. In certain circumstances, which the Company considers reasonable, the booking may be transferred to another suitable person; however the tour arrangements must remain the same and will only be allowed if all suppliers agree to accept the name change. If a transfer is allowed an administration charge of €25 per person will be charged plus any extra charges levied by suppliers.
  • Should the client wish to cancel, cancellation charges will be imposed. These are calculated from the day written notification is received by the company or their agent as a percentage of the total tour price, including surcharges as follows:

    > 60 days before departure – retention of deposit

    60-14 days before departure – 50%

    < 14 days before departure – 100%

  • Clients are responsible for arranging, and must be in possession of, a valid passport and any visas and vaccination certificates required for the whole of their journey. Information about these matters or related items (climate, clothing, baggage, personal items etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.
  • Should the client have a reason to complain, you must immediately notify our representative and the relevant supplier. If the client’s complaint is not dealt with satisfactorily at the time, they must write to us with full details of the complaint within 28 days of the end of the tour. Failure to notify complaints entirely within accordance of this clause will diminish or extinguish the client’s ability to claim compensation.
  • The company provides all services on a “ground only” basis. The client is responsible for arranging their own travel to the designated start points of each tour. The company cannot accept any liability for any delay/cancellation in your transportation and cannot offer any refunds for lost holiday time.
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  • The Company will use its best endeavours to operate all tours as advertised. However, it reserves the right to change any of the facilities, services, prices or itineraries described in our brochure/website. If a major change is necessary or deemed advisable, the company will advise the client as soon as reasonably possible, if there is no time before departure. A major change does not apply to a change of transport or named accommodation, but is usually considered a major change in itinerary or change in duration of a client’s holiday. If advised of a major change before departure, the client will have the choice of accepting changes (at additional cost if applicable), purchasing another available tour from the company, or cancelling the tour with a full refund.

    Provided that the major change is not as a result of situations outside the company’s control or consolidation, compensation will be paid as follows:

    Notification Period Given / Compensation Per Person

    More than 30 days: Nil

    14-30 days: €40

    Less than 14 days: €50

  • Force Majeure. We regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by reasons of circumstance amounting to “force majeure”. In these conditions “force majeure” means any event which we the supplier of services in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions, epidemics or health risks and all similar events outside our control.
  • The company reserves the right to cancel a tour in any circumstances but will not cancel a tour less than 4 weeks before departure except for “force majeure”, consolidation, or the client’s failure to pay the final balance. Unless the client fails to pay the final balance, the company, upon cancellation will return all monies paid to it, or offer the client an alternative holiday of comparable standard if available (if less expensive than original we will refund the difference, if more expensive, the client will have to pay the difference). Compensation will not be payable (1) where the company is forced to cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or (2) where an insufficient number of people book the clients chosen holiday and we notify we are cancelling for this reason not less than 28 days before departure. In all cases our liability is limited to offering the above choices and the compensation payments (where applicable) set out in clause 11. No compensation is payable if we notify you of cancellation more than 8 weeks before departure. We cannot be held responsible for any costs or expenses you may have as a result of cancellation.
  • Client’s bookings are accepted on the understanding that they appreciate the risks inherent in adventure travel and that they undertake the tours featured in our programme at their own volition. Our obligations, and those of any suppliers providing any service or facility involved in any travel arrangements you book with us, are to provide services and facilities with reasonable care and skill. Facilities will be provided to the realistic minimum standard recommended by the regulatory authorities responsible.
  • Bike Hire: The equipment including all accessories supplied is let out on hire. The equipment remains the property of the company and the Client will not sell, hire out or otherwise part with the possessions thereof.

    The Client undertakes not to misuse the equipment and to return it with all accessories in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear accepted). The company shall be entitled to charge the client for any damages caused to equipment during the period of hire. In event of a breakdown, other than a result of the Clients misuse, the company will use its best endeavours to repair or procure repair of the equipment.

    The company will not be liable for any damage or loss whatsoever, through breakdown or other defect in the equipment or other circumstances beyond the company’s control. The Client shall indemnify the company with respect to all costs, claims, expenses and demands suffered or incurred which arise directly or indirectly out of the use of the equipment during the period of hire. The company reserves the right to charge the client for partial or full settlement of any claim. In the event of the equipment being stolen or lost, the company reserves the right to call upon the client to indemnify the company the replacement of the equipment. However, should the equipment subsequently be returned in a satisfactory condition, the company undertakes to refund the clients indemnity within 14 days.

    The Client will ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use, will not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and will immediately notify the company in the event of breakdown or loss of equipment.

  • Clients bringing their own bikes do so on the proviso that their equipment is in a suitable condition for participation in a tour. Responsibility for maintenance of bicycles brought by clients rests with the client. The company will endeavour to accommodate such clients, but cannot guarantee that correct tools and spares will be available, given the wide range of possibilities that exist.