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Cycling from Innsbruck to Salzburg

Overview

This is a tour that will let you experience the best Austria has to offer: two of its most iconic cities and magnificent alpine landscapes. This cycling tour starts from the Tyrolean capital Innsbruck, taking you through the majestic Zillertal valley to the landmark city of Salzburg, where you will be able to enjoy Austria’s cultural heritage as well as the spectacular Krimml Waterfall. Explore Tyrol’s tradition and Salzburg’s high culture on a cycling adventure to remember!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Innsbruck

Tour briefing and distribution of the bikes upon arrival. Depending on the timing of your arrival, you can spend the day enjoying the city and its sights: the Bergisel Ski Jump and the Golden Roof.

Day 2: Innsbruck – Strass/Zillertal | 50 km

You head to Wattens with the steeply towering North Chain of the Karwendel mountains at your side. You pass through the saline town of Hall with its historical Mint tower, where you can visit the enchanting Swarovski Crystal Worlds. You then cycle along the Inn cycle path past Schwaz, where there is a silver mine until you get to the village of Strass.

Day 3: Strass – Krimml | 25 – 45 km

You cycle along the pleasant Zillertal bike path until you get to Zell or even a bit further through the well-known Mayrhofen. Along the route you have an amazing mountain view of the Zillertal main ridge with its huge peaks towering to more than 3000m high. A bus transfer in the early afternoon takes you over the Gerlospass to Krimml. During the journey, you will be able to admire Europe’s biggest waterfall, which you can also explore closely by foot on a high path later on.

  • Distance for the day: between. 25 – 45 km + bus transfer
  • Accommodation: Hotel Klockerhaus or similar

Day 4: Krimml – Kaprun/Zell am See | 60 km

Today’s stage runs through the Hohe Tauern national park and Upper Pinzgau, revealing scenic landscapes of snow-topped mountains. With the view alternating between lush green meadows and small villages, today’s cycle offers you truly magical scenery. In Kaprun you can visit the Kaprun high mountain reservoirs.

Day 5: Kaprun/Zell am See – Lofer | 50 km

You head to the village of Lofer as you have the option for a detour to Lake Zell, where you can take a refreshing swim. You quickly arrive in Saalfelden via Maria Alm, known for its famous pilgrimage church. This is a great place for you to enjoy lunch. Further highlights on your way to Lofer include the Seisenbergklamm (gorge) and the Lamprechtshöhle (caves) near Weißbach.

Day 6: Lofer – Salzburg | 50 km

On your last cycling day, you go through the tranquil Saalach valley and Bad Reichenhall which will enchant you with its Bavarian flair. The cycling route for the day finishes at Salzburg, the hometown of Mozart. The cultural heritage of the city is impressive so make sure you have enough time for a stroll around the old town and a visit of Mozart’s birth house.

Day 7: Departure

Departure on your own.

What to Expect

Accommodation

3-star hotels during the trip and 4-star hotel in Salzburg. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

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Austria Trend Hotel Congress, Hotel Post/Cafe ZillertalHotel Klockerhaus, Hotel zum Hirschen/MartiniHotel Bad Hochmoos, Hotel Achat Plaza Zum Hirschen/Arcotel Castellani

Please note that hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast buffet is included each day. For lunch and dinner you can enjoy the cosy restaurants along the way.

Difficulty & terrain

The tour route goes along beautiful cycle paths and small side roads in the Inn, Ziller and Salzach valleys. The terrain is slightly hilly in some parts and goes on main roads on very short sections, making the trip suitable even for those new to bike travel (read more about difficulty grades). Upon arrival, you will receive detailed travel information with route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions and important telephone numbers.

When to go

This trip is available from April until October. The weather is best in July – August. Standard departures are possible on Saturdays only. Alternative departures can be organised upon request, as the pricing will depend on the size of the group.

Getting there

FCO up-to-date travel advice

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By plane

Our recommended arrival/departure airports for this holiday are the ones at Innsbruck and Salzburg.

By train or bus

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation on a B&B basis (breakfast buffet or a full breakfast)
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Specifically designed route
  • Detailed travel information including route maps, route description, tourist attractions info and important telephone numbers
  • Transfer by bus from Zell am Ziller to Krimml incl. your bike
  • GPS tracks
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme
  • Local tourist taxes

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Bike rental, including bike insurance
  • 1 extra night in Innsbruck before the cycling holiday
  • 1 extra night in Salzburg after the cycling holiday

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