Carinthia Lakes Circuit Bike Tour
Carinthia Lakes Circuit Bike Tour

Carinthia Lakes Circuit Bike Tour

8 days

Mountains Stunning ViewBank of Lake BledGroup of Tourists Exploring Lake BledTourists Enjoying the Views of Lake BledHappy Tourists Having BreakfastTarvisio Bicycles and RouteCyclists on Their WayBicycle Track in Rocky MountainsKranjska Gora City SquarePonte del Diavolo BridgeMiramare CastlePointers and Beautiful Mountain Landscape

Complete a 250km bike circuit through Carinthia, Austria

Embark on a cruisy bike holiday through southern Austria on this Carinthia Lakes Circuit Bike Tour. Over 8 days, you’ll complete a 250km circuit from Villach, visiting six major lakes and many other small lakes along the way. Each lake and lakeside town has breathtaking forested mountains surrounding them—you are riding in the foothills of the Alps, after all! Not only do you get striking nature scenes, but you’ll also immerse in the local culture. Visit ancient castles, monasteries, and wander the cobblestone streets in each town. This route follows the original Great Lakes Loop, challenging passages are replaced by transfers (train and car).

 

This self-guided journey means that you can ride at your own pace and stop wherever you like. So, if you’re getting too hot while you ride, stop and jump in a lake! Your breakfasts are all taken care of, and you will have your choice of many delicious restaurants for lunch and dinner. For bike rental, you can choose from a standard bike or an e-bike (in which case, the difficulty level drops and you can enjoy an easier cruise). No matter which bike you choose, the Carinthia Lakes Circuit Bike Tour will be forever stamped in your memory!

Highlights of the Carinthia Lakes Circuit Bike Tour

Pedal around many turquoise lakes with forested mountain backdrops.
Too hot to ride? Jump in a lake for a refreshing dip!
Appreciate the unique culture in Carinthia, influenced by eastern Europe and the Mediterranean.
Relax in well-appointed hotels each night, and stroll the cobblestone streets in beautiful villages and cities.

Prices

From $825USD
8 days
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Carinthia Lakes Circuit Bike Tour

Carinthia Lakes Circuit Bike Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Villach

Ready to start this awesome tour? Make your way to Villach, Austria, to locate and check-in to your hotel. You’ll have several great options for dinner in town.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Villach
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Short Ride to Lake Millstatt

After breakfast, you’ll take a lovely train ride to the starting point of your excursion. Today, you get to explore along the well-maintained bike path that circumnavigates Lake Millstatt, a stunning lake surrounded by forested land and mountains in the background.

You’ll end the day in Millstatt, the central city in the region. With plenty of time to explore after you arrive, you can see the old and elegant villas perched along the lakeside.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Millstatt/Seeboden
Distance: 3 hours, 30km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Boat Ride and Bike Ride to Lake Weissensee

This morning you’ll start with a shuttle to Lake Weissensee, but don’t fret—you’ll get to ride today, too. Once you arrive, you then get to boat across the lake to reach the starting point. From there, you begin with a short descent before coming into the idyllic Gitschtal Valley, where you’ll find Hermagor town between the mountains. Take an evening ride to Lake Presseger, then return to Hermagor for the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Hermagor
Distance: 3 hours, 30km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Hermagor/Lake Pressegger – Gailtal - Lake Faaker See – Mühlbach/ Wörthersee

Your cycle tour today takes you downhill throughout, along the Gailtal cycle path. The wide valley is unspoilt and the cycle path runs right through the natural landscape along the river. At the beginning of your cycle tour you will pass the Pressegger See lake. Like all Carinthian lakes, it is a bathing lake with warm temperatures. Part of the tour then leads before Villach at the foot of the majestic Dobratsch mountain through a nature reserve that was created in the course of a historic rock fall. Here, too, you cycle directly along the Gail River, which is wide and shallow at this point and used as a bathing spot by many nature lovers. The cycle path continues towards Lake Faak. It is the emerald among the Carinthian lakes, not very big, but very warm and turquoise like the Caribbean. You cycle around the lake from south to east and then continue along the Drau cycle path to your destination for today - Lake Wörthersee.
Overnight Location: Hotel near Wörthersee
Distance: 6 hours, 70km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Mühlbach/Wörthersee – Rosegg – Drauradweg - Lake Klopeiner See

In the morning you start at Lake Wörthersee and cycle along the Drau cycle path (awarded 5 stars by the ADFC). This tour runs via Rosegg and through the beautiful Rosental, along the Ferlach reservoir and mostly often directly on the Drau and through unspoilt nature to Lake Klopein, one of the warmest bathing lakes in Carinthia.
Overnight Location: Hotel near Lake Klopeiner See
Distance: 5 hours, 60km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Lake Klopeiner See – Völkermarkter Stausee - Grafenstein - Klagenfurt - Pörtschach/Velden

A lap around Lake Klopeiner See should not be missed before you then cycle along the Völkermarkt reservoir and via Grafenstein back towards Klagenfurt. The route then continues along the northern shore of Lake Wörthersee, through the well-known and popular seaside resorts of Pörtschach and Velden. Along this Wörthersee cycle path, small bathing spots invite you to take a refreshing dip in Lake Wörthersee before you reach today‘s stage destination on Lake Wörthersee. If you want to spend more time in Klagenfurt, you can also shorten your cycling route on Lake Wörthersee by taking a train ride or one of the Wörthersee boats (tickets are not included).
Overnight Location: Hotel near Wörthersee
Distance: 4.5 hours, 55-65km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Wörthersee – Lake Ossiacher See – Villach

On your final full day, you’ll ride through magnificent scenery to Lake Ossiach (Ossiacher See). Before you reach the lake to admire its deep green water, you can stop at some castle ruins and a monastery.

Make a roundtrip ride and return to Villach for your last night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Villach
Distance: 4.5 hours, 50-60km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Departure

Enjoy your last breakfast and pack up. You’ll make your way to the next part of your trip from here.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Carinthia Lakes Circuit Bike Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided tour in Austria is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price always depends on what kind of room you prefer.

The best time to travel to Carinthia for biking is during the spring, summer, and early fall. This tour is available from April to October. Note that there are no departures available from August 1–8 and September 7–12.

Private Self-Guided Carinthia Lakes Circuit Bike Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person.
Please note, that the departures are available on Saturdays and Sundays only, however, on high season you can also depart on Wednesday. In some cases, it’s available to arrange the departures on different weekdays for groups of 5 and more (please enquire).

Low season (from April 24th to June 17thand from September 12th to October 1st):

  • Price per person staying in a single room: $995 USD per person
  • Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $825 USD per person

High season (from June 18thto September 11th):

  • Price per person staying in a single room: $1,050 USD per person
  • Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $875 USD per person
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Accommodation on the Carinthia Lakes Circuit Bike Tour

This tour is based in 3 and 4-star hotels. Tourist tax, if requested at the hotel, is not included and will have to be paid on the spot. This is normally no more than $25 USD per person.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement. Supplements for single rooms are included in the listed prices.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1

Hotel in Villach

Stroll the streets of the seventh-largest city in Austria and absorb the almost-eastern European vibes. Settle into your hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Night 2

Hotel in Millstatt/Seeboden

Spend the evening in an elegant lakeside town with several old villas to admire. Get stunning views of the mountains and check out the many cafes along the lakeshore.

Night 3

Hotel in Hermagor

This small village tucked in a valley invites you for a comfortable and charming stay. Visit nearby Lake Pressegger or hike a nearby trail. It’s a mountain and lake paradise!

Night 4

Hotel near Wörthersee

Stay in a comfortable hotel near Wörthersee with modern conveniences and great access to your biking route.

Night 5

Hotel in Lake Klopein

Right on the shore of one of the warmest lakes in the Alps, enjoy a comfortable stay in a hotel on Lake Klopein. Walk around the turquoise water in the evening.

Night 6

Hotel near Wörthersee

Stay in a comfortable hotel near Wörthersee with modern conveniences and great access to your biking route.

Night 7

Hotel in Villach

Stroll the streets of the seventh-largest city in Austria and absorb the almost-eastern European vibes. Settle into your hotel for a good night’s sleep.

What’s included in the Carinthia Lakes Circuit Bike Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 7 nights is included in the tour. Additional nights before or after the tour can be booked as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

While you cycle between hotels, transportation for your luggage is included. Train tickets mentioned in the itinerary are included. Arrival and departure transfers are not included.

Also Included

  • Tour information in English
  • Well-planned routes
  • Detail route descriptions
  • Detailed maps
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Bike rental
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Guide services
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks, or other meals not previously mentioned
  • Flights and public transportation
  • Travel insurance and tourism tax
  • Entrance fees of any kind
  • Anything not mentioned as included
  • Local tourist taxes

Optional Extras

  • Extra nights in Vilach:
    • $75 USD per person per night sharing a double room
    • $95 USD per person per night in a single room
  • Bike rental:
    • Hybrid bike: $95 USD
    • E-Bike: $150 USD

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You should be physically fit and comfortable cycling 3–6 hours daily. The elevation gain is minimal, and you will have comfortable accommodation to recuperate. The bike path is well-maintained.

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