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Bad Gastein Itinerary Alpin Trail I

Salzburg - Lake Bled (Ljubljana)

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Distance: 293 km / 183 miles
Daily avg.: 50 km / 31 miles
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Semi-guided / guided bike tour

Not available as a self-guided tour Why?

Not recommended for road bikes

Day 1)
Arrival to Salzburg

The starting point of this tour is Salzburg, a lively town rich in culture and history where the composer Mozart was born and raised.
Guided tour: evening briefing with our guide who brings bikes and information materials.
Overnight in Salzburg.

Day 2)
Salzburg – St. Johann im Pongau (64 km / 40 miles)

Semi-guided tour: morning briefing with our guide who brings bikes and tour info materials.
On this first cycling day ride a bike path along the Salzach River upstream mildly ascending into the Alps, which will create a fascinating scenery for most of your tour. As the valley gets narrow and mountains steep-sided, you come to Hohenwerfen Fortress, the site of war movie Where Eagles Dare. These days you can take a cable car up there for a lunch and great views.
Overnight in St. Johann im Pongau.

Day 3)
St. Johann im Pongau – Bad Gastein (40 km / 25 miles)

Leaving St. Johann im Pongau, you can take a short side trip across the Salzach River into the Liechtenstein Gorge cut deep in between rocks. Continue cycling upstream along the river, then turn into Gastein Valley surrounded by imposing Tauern Mountains. Finish the day with a short climb to Bad Gastein, a spa resort just at the foot of Tauern National Park.
Overnight in Bad Gastein.

Day 4)
Bad Gastein – Lake Millstatt (53 km / 33 miles)

From Bad Gastein you will get a short car transfer uphill towards the Tauern rail tunnel. There you will take a 10 min train ride underpassing a 9,000 ft-high Tauern mountain range. After that get on a bike to enjoy a long descent in the Moll River valley and later along the Drau River arriving to Spittal an der Drau. From there it is just a short way to Millstatter See, a beautiful large lake in between two mountain ranges.
Overnight at Lake Millstatt.

Day 5)
Millstatter See – Lake Ossiach (40 km / 25 miles)

Leaving Millstatt in between hills pass two small picturesque lakes and eventually descend to another large mountain lake, Ossiacher See. From there you can take a cable car ride onto 6,200 ft-high Gerlitzen Mt., which gives you a fine view of the region including the Austrian-Slovenian border mountain ranges.
Overnight at Lake Ossiach.

Day 6)
Lake Ossiach – Tarvisio – Kranjska Gora (61 km / 38 miles)

Start climbing to leave Austria for Italy through a mountain pass at about 2,300 ft a.s.l. You can stop in Tarvisio, a tiny Italian town, before you continue mildly uphill to cross the border to Slovenia. Finish the day with a short descent to Kranjska Gora, a popular Slovenian mountain resort.
Overnight in Kranjska Gora.

Day 7)
Kranjska Gora – Lake Bled (35 km / 22 miles)

The final cycling day takes you through Slovenian Julian Alps to Lake Bled, whose water mirrors the Slovenian Alps. The lake is supplied with thermal water, which makes it pleasant for relaxed bathing after your tour.
Overnight at Lake Bled.

Day 8)
Lake Bled – Ljubljana

From Bled you can take a train (1 hour 30 min) to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, founded as a Roman fortress, until nowadays dominated by a stone castle atop a steep hill. After the 16th century earthquake the city got its Baroque face.

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