Carinthia – enjoy relaxation in the Alps
A paradise of lakes in southern Austria
- Flight to Venice – the start and finish point of your trip
- 7 days of hire car included for you to get around Carinthia at your leisure
- Same accommodation for all of your stay to use as a base for daily outings and discover the area at your own pace
- Take the opportunity to discover traditional Alpine villages
- A trip for you to enjoy incredible mountain walks and pleasant swims in the tepid waters of the Alpine lakes
- 7 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Return flights (tax included)
- 7 days car rental
- Lake Wörthersee is the site of the highest wooden observation tower in the world
- Enjoy a pleasant boat trip on Lake Faak
- Visit the city of Villach with its charming old town and River Drava
- You’ll have endless options for exploring Carinthia: on foot, by bike or by boat. Don’t miss anything!
- Find out all of the information you need for your trip at: www.carinthia.at
- When driving around Austria, it is indispensable to buy a “vignette” toll sticker, which allows you to travel on motorways and expressways.
Day 1: Flight to Venice.
Arrive at the airport 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight to Venice. On arrival, pick up your hire car at the airport and start your journey to Carinthia. Check in at your accommodation and first night in Carinthia. (Approx. 2½ hours by car).
Day 2: Sonnalpe Nassfeld and Lake Weissensee.
Visit the Carinthia Alps on the border with Italy. Sonnalpe Nassfeld is a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts and lovers of nature during the warmer months. To start, you can go up in the Millenium-Express, the longest cable car ride in the Alps, which takes you straight up to the Nassfeld plateau. From here, you will enjoy spectacular views of all of the Carnic Alps. At noon, you can visit Lake Weinssensee – an idyllic setting where you can have a thermal bath and enjoy good cuisine prepared with fish from the same lake. Night in Carinthia.
Day 3: The Liesertal and Maltatal Valleys.
Today, we suggest you go to these two valleys, between two national parks: Hohe Tauern National Park and Nockberge Biosphere Park. You can follow any alpine path and enjoy the views of the mountains and lakes. The alpine landscape of Nockberge and the Maltschach and Flatschach lakes are ideal places to cool off and relax. The gentle hills known as “Nocken” characterise this part of the landscape of Carinthia. When you visit this area, you are entering a place with a century-old agricultural tradition which also characterises its rich culinary tradition. Enjoy good food in any of the typical establishments that you’ll find in this area. Night in Carinthia.
Day 4: Lake Wörthersee.
The largest lake in Carinthia can be discovered either by walking or by bicycle, which you can hire at one of the many places that offer a bike hire service. But Wörthersee does not just stand out for its natural beauty; it is also famous for its architecture, which transports you back in time. The fabulous “Belle Epoque” villas overlooking the lake inspired many artists such as Brahms and Mahler. If instead you prefer to spend the day doing water sports around the lake, you’ll find several nautical centres offering a variety of activities such as the latest craze of “stand up paddle boarding”. You can also go to the renowned resort of Werzer’s Badehaus – a modern spa with sauna, outdoor warm water pool, relaxation areas and a restaurant overlooking the lake. Another more cultural option is to stop off in Klagenfurt, the capital of Carinthia and an important cultural centre. It is well worth taking a walk through the Neuer Platz – a great symbol of the city – and visiting the Cathedral, the stunning Pyramidenkogel observation tower and Hochosterwitz Castle, among other places. Night in Carinthia.
Day 5: Medieval Carinthia.
Discover central Carinthia and its history by following the so-called Mittelkärntner Kulturradweg – a bicycle tour that begins in Sankt Veit an der Glan and finishes in Freisach (approx. 31 km), the oldest town in Carinthia. If you don’t feel like pedalling there, you can just drive straight to Freisach by car. Many of the medieval buildings in the town are still very well preserved: imposing fortifications, a large wall and a still intact moat make the town a work of historical art. You can also discover “Burgbau”, a project to build a 4,000-m2 medieval fortress using ancient techniques and tools and only natural materials and the strength of man and beast. Visitors can watch craftsmen work and discover how things were done in the past. Night in Carinthia.
Day 6: Lake Klopeiner See.
Today, we suggest you enjoy the day at the lake with the warmest water in Europe. By the month of May, the turquoise waters already have an inviting average temperature of 22-28°C to take a dip. Klopeiner See also offers over 1,200 km of biking trails, 800 km of footpaths and many more options. We recommend the “Route of the 6 lakes”, a journey of 54 km that takes in 6 different lakes – a magnificent excursion to enjoy nature and take refreshing dips in the crystalline waters. If you prefer more relaxing activities, you’ll also find the Vogelpark, an interesting bird park, or you can enjoy a pleasant boat trip on the lake. Night in Carinthia.
Day 7: The Rosental Valley.
The Rosental Valley is a paradise for walkers, but enjoying the hills and pastures is not the only thing that the region offers. In this area, you can discover several castles, especially Hollenburg, one of the most beautiful in Carinthia, which also offers exceptional views of the Rosental Valley. But undoubtedly the most famous attraction in the valley is the Tscheppaschlucht Gorge, which you can discover by exploring its paths and bridges until you reach the impressive spiral stairway and the spectacular Tschaukofall waterfall. If you don’t want to climb so high and want to find a more relaxing way to explore the gorge, you can visit the Waldseilpark Tscheppaschlucht Adventure Park. Night in Carinthia.
Day 8: Return flight.
Today, you’ll have to head back to Venice Airport quite early. We suggest you book a flight in the evening so that you can have a leisurely 2½ hour drive back. Return your hire car to the office at the airport. Check-in, boarding and return flight. Arrival and end of the trip.
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