Salzburg to Vienna Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £619 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Start at Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg
• Visit Oberndorf – home of the Silent Night carol
• See the impressive castle of Burghausen
• Cycle through Vienna’s wine region
Cycle Route Features
Quiet asphalted bicycle paths and small rural roads along the riverbeds of the Salzach, Inn and Danube. There are only a few short sections on non-asphalted cycle paths. The best example of a perfect cycle path runs downstream along the river Danube and it is called the ’Donauradweg’.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Arrival in Salzburg
Arrive at the city of Mozart filled with cultural treasures. Take a relaxing stroll through the old part of town and visit the house where Mozart was born, the cathedral, Mirabell Palace, the castle and the fortress Hohensalzburg, … welcome briefing and bike fitting.
Day 2: From Salzburg to Burghausen approx. 60 km
After the ‘Silent Night’ chapel in Oberndorf, you will cycle through extensive forests to Tittmoning. From here the Nature Adventure Trail ‘Unterer Inn’ runs until Burghausen.
The stunning old part of town and the biggest castle site in Middle Europe are the most prominent features in this most memorable town.
Day 3: From Burghausen to Schärding approx. 70 km
After the Gothic town of Braunau and numerable bird colonies the path leads to Obernberg. Take a close look and visit the Monastery in Reichersberg.
Just like a string of pearls the small towns along the river Inn appear and without question, one of them is the Baroque town of Schärding with its famous colourful row of houses on the main square called the ‘Silberzeile’.
Day 4: From Schärding to Donauschlinge approx. 55 km
Along the Inn into the town of Passau where 3 rivers meet. We highly recommend a tour around town including a visit to the dome (biggest church organ in the world).
Along the Danube via Obernzell and Engelhartszell (the only Austrian Trappist monastery) and then through the nature reserve Donauleiten until you get to the ‚Schlögener Schlinge’. Ferry transfer to hotel. (on your own)
Day 5: From Donauschlinge to Enns and surroundings approx. 70 km
The well-known ‘Donauschlinge’ is one of many highlights on this particular cycle tour. Aschach, Ottensheim and Wilhering, three small towns along the Danube, pave the way for the grand arrival in Linz, the county capital. In the old historic part of town countless cafes and inns invite you to take a well-deserved break. Finally, you cycle to Enns, the oldest town in Austria (town square with tower, museum Lauriacum).
Day 6: From Enns and Surroundings to Marbach/Maria Taferl approx. 65 km
Follow the Danube into the pretty little Baroque town of Grein (theater, maritime museum, Grein castle). Via the once feared Strudengau into Austria’s wine region to Marbach or Maria Taferl, home of a pilgrimage church located impressively high above the Danube.
Day 7: From Marbach/Maria Taferl to Krems approx. 55 km + Train Ride to Vienna
After the stunning monastery of Melk, small romantic towns in the wonderful vine region ‚Wachau’ like Weißenkirchen, Dürnstein and Krems will enchant you. Take the train to Austria’s capital, Vienna, with its countless sights and interesting places to see.
Day 8: Departure or extension
Mostly, you will find yourself on slightly hilly terrain with a few short climbs in the vineyards. The majority of the route will be cycled on bike paths, the rest on field and forest paths, country lanes, and minor roads with little traffic. Only a few very short sections run on roads with more traffic.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Salzburg to Vienna tour stays in Guesthouses, 3* hotels and 4* hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- Accommodation in your selected category
– Breakfast buffet
– If half board is booked: every day a 3 course meal (Vienna incl. breakfast)
– Luggage transfer between the hotels
– Developed route
– Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
– Welcome briefing
– Donaucard in Upper Austria
– Train journey from Krems to Vienna, incl. your bike
– GPS-data is available
– Rental bike insurance
– Service hotline
Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes
We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.
The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.
About the bikes
You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.
Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.
You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.
7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.
21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.
The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:
Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm
Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)
We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.
We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:
• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock
Electric Bikes (E-Bikes) are available!
Salzburg to Vienna, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
2018 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Daily arrivals between 28.04.2018 and 06.10.
Season 1: 28.04.2018 – 18.05. | 29.09.2018 – 06.10.
Season 2: 19.05.2018 – 22.06. | 01.09.2018 – 28.09.
Season 3: 23.06.2018 – 31.08.2018
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £709 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £759 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £809 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £219
Half Board Upgrade: £159
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99
Category B: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £619 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £669 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £729 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £189
Half Board Upgrade: £139
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99
Hotel Category Descriptions
Category A: 3***- and 4****-hotels
Category B: 3***-hotels, inns and B&Bs
Extra nights are available to book on this tour!
Prices are per person per night and based on two sharing. Single supplements apply.
For extra nights, you will stay in the same hotel. Please let us know if you wish to book extra nights at the start or at the end of the tour when completing your ‘Booking Request’.
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.
Holiday Price: £619
Single Supplement: £189