- Catalonia Discovery
- Coastal Cycling in the Algarve
- Essence of Slovenia
- Châteaux of the Loire
- 'Flat Out' from Amsterdam to Bruges New!
- Lake Constance - Three Countries on Two Wheels New!
- The Golden Pass Line
- The Sicilian Experience New!
- Alsace and The Rhine Valley
- Amsterdam and the Charms of Holland New!
- Bavaria's Allgäuer Alps
- Cycling the Istrian Peninsula
- Lake Garda - Family Cycling and Activities New!
- Lake Garda, Verona, Soave and Venice
- Côtes du Rhône in Provence
- Garmisch & the Romantic Castles
- St. Moritz and Lake Como
- Perfumes of Provence
- Südtirol, Lake Garda & Valpolicella
Bike and Boat Holidays
5 Day Tour
Arrive at Munich or Innsbruck airport. Transfer by minibus, taxi or train to our base hotel in Achenkirch.
Achenkirch to Pertisau: 8 miles (13km). Today you’ll head south, tracing an easy route along the western shore of the Achensee, with stunning views across the lake to the tree-coated Rofan Mountains. We suggest stopping for lunch about half way up, at The Gaisalm, an idyllic wooden cabin right on the water. The menu here features delicious homemade meals, from succulent roast pork to traditional Austrian pastries. The restaurant is surrounded by grassy fields - ideal for a spot of post-lunch sunbathing. Once in Pertisau, you’ll make our way to the Bergland, a chalet-style hotel, for the next two nights. It has an enviable setting, and your room will have a balcony with beautiful views of the water or mountains. The centre of town is only a few minutes’ walk away, too. It’s an idyllic place, once a favourite with Austria’s artists and aristocrats.
Pertisau. You’ve got the whole day to enjoy Pertisau. We suggest a trip on the Pertisau or Maurach cable cars. Both offer fantastic views across the forests, mountains and lake, and there are some excellent walks once you’re up there. You’ll find a number of traditional mountain huts, where you can stop for lunch or a cold drink on the way. From Maurach, you can head for the Eagle’s Nest on Gschöllopf, which offers magnificent 360-degree views - don’t forget your camera. If you choose Maurach, we recommend walking there and catching the boat back up the lake to Pertisau. Another option is to visit the ‘capital of the Alps’ - Innsbruck. This historical town has plenty to keep sightseers busy. Visit the Goldenes Dachl Museum, with its famous roof covered in more than 2,500 guilded copper tiles, tour the opulent Imperial Palace, or ascend the Stadtturm - a Medieval tower with views right across the town. The 18th century cathedral is also worth a look. Even just strolling through the streets of the old town, you’ll pass beautiful Baroque and Regency buildings. The journey from Pertisau is an attraction in itself. For part of the way, you’ll travel on one of the oldest steam trains in Austria - the Achensee Steam Cog Railway.
Pertisau to Eng: 11 miles (18km). Time to head to Eng, to the west of Pertisau. The route goes over the Plumssattel, where you can take in fantastic scenery of grassy slopes, thick forests and snow-capped mountains. As you approach the lower slopes about five kilometres from Pertisau, you can stop for a bite to eat at Gernalm, an excellent Gasthof. The kitchen here specialises in hearty Austrian dishes, with ingredients including freshly caught mountain trout and Tyrolean bacon. Save room for dessert - the homemade pastries and apple strudel are a real treat. There’s also a cosy mountain hut close to the top of the pass where you can enjoy delicious home-cooked Tyrolean cuisine. In Eng, you’ll be staying in a traditional-style inn, which offers fabulous mountain views. There’s a spa with a sauna and whirlpool bath - an ideal place to relax after our walk - and a cosy restaurant that serves dishes made with fresh, local produce.
We say “Auf Wiedersehen” before transferring you direct from Eng to Munich or Innsbruck airport by train or minibus.