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Cycling the Carinthian Lakes

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Dip into the invigorating landscape of Carinthia's lakes with this fantastic 11-day BSpoke Tours cycling break. Here, on the "Austrian Riviera", gorgeous beaches and secluded valleys are framed by dramatic high peaks. And pilgrimage churches, imposing castles, a 16th century Italian palace and a Benedictine Abbey are all en route.

Day 1
Arrive at Salzburg or Ljubljana airport. Transfer by minibus or taxi to the base hotel in Spittal.

Day 2
Spittal. After breakfast you’ll be equipped with your bike. The day is then yours to explore Spittal and its surrounding area near picturesque Lake Millstatt. Back in the town, the 16th century Italian palace Schloss Porcia is a must-see. To the south, Goldeck Mountain reaches a dizzy 2142m, and you can take the cable car to enjoy wonderful views from its peak.

Day 3
Spittal to Egg am Faakersee: 26 miles (42km). The Drau Cycle Path leads downstream through a broad glacial valley to Paternion. This pretty village includes a charming pilgrimage church and 16th century castle. After passing through the historic town of Villach, continue to Lake Faakersee, one of Carinthia’s finest.

Day 4
Egg am Faakersee. With summer temperatures of 26ºC and an idyllic location, it’s easy to understand why Faakersee is among the region’s best bathing lakes. Pretty villages are sprinkled along the shoreline, while quiet lanes and tracks splinter into the breathtakingly beautiful countryside. It’s time to enjoy a little light cycling and some serious relaxation!

Day 5
Egg am Faakersee to Feldkirchen: 22 miles (35km). Leaving the Drau Cycle Path, the tour continues along the southern shore of Lake Ossiach, a serene lake cradled between steeply wooded slopes with superb views to the Gerlitzen peak. Today's half-way point is the village of Ossiach, its Benedictine Abbey dating back to the 11th century. Part of the building has been transformed into a hotel - the ideal place for lunch before continuing along the Tiebel Valley to Feldkirchen.

Day 6
Feldkirchen. Set amid rolling farmland, Feldkirchen’s roots date to the Middle Ages. The old town is a maze of alleyways and narrow lanes, with historic buildings to discover at each turn. The quiet byways south-east of Feldkirchen are a cycling paradise - sleepy hamlets and inviting lakes are framed by high peaks as you ride past.

Day 7
Feldkirchen to St Veit an der Glan: 18 or 26 miles (29 or 42km). Choose between a gentle meander along the pretty Glan Valley or a more adventurous ride through several miles of track into a secluded valley and wilder landscape.

Day 8
St Veit an der Glan. The charming historic town of St Veit was the seat of the Dukes of Carinthia until 1518. The legacy is a grand square, flanked by beautiful period properties and arcaded courtyards. The focus for the recommended ride is nearby Hochosterwitz Castle, one of the most memorable landmarks in Carinthia.

Day 9
St Veit an der Glan to Maria Wörth: 27 miles (43km). The tour continues south, following the River Glan, before skirting the south shore of Lake Wörth to Maria Wörth. A visit to Maria Saal, a pilgrimage church from the 8th century, rewards with its Gothic structure and interiors. Nearby, Carinthia’s open air museum chronicles local life through the ages.

Day 10
Maria Wörth. The village takes its name from the ancient church by Lake Wörth. The lake reaches a luxuriously warm 27ºC during summer - ideal for a relaxing swim. With several sophisticated resorts dotted along the shoreline, you can follow a circular route passing through Velden, an elegant spa town featuring a splendid castle.

Day 11
Say “Auf Wiedersehen” before transferring direct from Maria Wörth to Salzburg or Ljubliana airport by train or minibus.

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