Salzburg to Vienna Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £659 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.
|Salzburg to Vienna||Category A||Category B|
|Salzburg||Hotel Achat Plaza zum Hirschen 4 ****||Hotel Ganslhof***|
|Burghausen||Hotel Glöcklhofer ****||Hotel Bayerischer Hof***|
|Schärding||Biedermeier – Hof***||Stiegenwirt 3***|
|Donauschlinge||Hotel Donauschlinge****||Freizeitanlage Schlögen***|
|Enns/Umg.||Hotel Lauriacum ****||Pension zum Römer***|
|Marbach/Maria Taferl||Hotel Rose ****||Landgasthof Zur schönen Wienerin ***|
|Wien||Arcotel Kaiserwasser****||Arcotel Kaiserwasser****|
- Accommodation in your selected category
– Breakfast buffet
– 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
About the Rental Bikes
This cycling holiday uses quality crossbar and unisex hybrid bikes based on KTM frame technology, Selle Royal saddles, Shimano components and puncture-proof tyres to ensure that you have an enjoyable cycle tour. The bikes feature modern V-brakes, aluminium frames with mudguards, comfortable saddles and a rack for a supplied waterproof pannier.
You will also receive a handlebar bag and map holder for easy navigation when riding your daily itinerary. Prices advertised on the website include standard bike hire (unless stated). Colour and specification may vary from the image shown.
Unisex Bike (Colour may vary)
Men’s Bike (Colour may vary)
Electric Bike (Colour may vary)
Rental Bike PLUS
For 2020, there is an additional bike rental option available for a supplement. The PLUS hybrid bike now available on most cycling holidays is sportier with higher quality brakes (Magura HS 11) and better specification gears (Shimano Deore XT). The riding position is designed to have a slightly sportier sitting posture and a high quality Suntour suspension fork gives smooth riding on most surfaces. All accessories are compatible with the new PLUS bike rental option.
If you would like GPX files for a suitable device, please request them at the time of booking. Devices are not provided and please make sure that you bring along with you any fittings required to attach the Garmin (or similar) to the handlebars. You might want to download maps onto your phone to avoid data charges when roaming.
All bikes are provided with standard flat pedals. You can bring your own cycling pedals, but ensure that you have the correct tools to remove the pedals if the tour does not have a welcome meeting. You may also not be able to travel through airports with the tools if you are carrying hand luggage only.
You can rent a men’s bike with a crossbar, unisex/female bike with a sloping tube or an electric bike for a supplement.
7 speed bikes are equipped with a Shimano Nexus gear hub and 21 speed bikes have a Shimano Alivio derailleur. We request 21 speed bikes for all cycling holidays (when available).
When you make a booking with us, we take your height(s) and the appropriate bike size is matched up accordingly. Unisex frame 21-gears with freewheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm. Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedalling brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm. Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with free wheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping” cm. Helmets are not provided and you will need to bring your own to use.
We always recommend wearing a helmet when on your cycling holiday!
Bike Hire Insurance
This cycle 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. We advise you to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance for your cycling holiday prior to arrival.
Electric Bike Hire
Why not upgrade your cycling experience to an E-Bike (Electric Bike)?
Using a power assisted bike is a great way to go on a cycling holiday and will help you smooth out inclines or longer days in the saddle. Each E-Bike features an LCD display, removable batteries for easy charging and assistance up to 25 km/h with a range of around 120 km for each full charge depending on usage.
E-Bike upgrade prices vary per tour, but if you require any more information about bike hire and electric bikes, please get in-touch with us on 0161 703 5819.
Salzburg to Vienna, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Daily arrivals between April and October
Season 1: April. – May | |September – October
Season 2: May. – June | September – September
Season 3: June. – September
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: From £749 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £809 | Book online here >>
Season 3: From £859 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £229
Half Board Upgrade: From £159
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £109
Category B: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: From £659 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £719 | Book online here >>
Season 3: From £769 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £189
Half Board Upgrade: From £139
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £109
Extra Nights (Prices per person per night)
Location | Price (DBL/BB) | Single Supplement (SGL/BB)
Salzburg Season 1 + 2 (Cat A): From £69 | £40
Salzburg Season 1 + 2 (Cat B): From £59 | £25
Salzburg Season 3 (Cat A): From £89 | £60
Salzburg Season 3 (Cat B): From £69 | £25
Vienna (Cat A): From £69 | £35
Vienna (Cat B): From £69 | £35
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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: From £659
Single Supplement: From £189