|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||30 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: Apr 12-Oct 18, 2014|
|Start city:||Salzburg, Austria|
|End city:||Vienna, Austria|
Everybody knows them, the melodies of the “Serenade No. 13” and “The Blue Danube Waltz!” On this tour, you will start in Salzburg where Mozart was born, cycling straight through the beautiful hilly lake district of the Salzkammergut.
Once you reach Linz, you move away from the lake district as you approach the Danube River that will accompany you for the rest of the tour.
In the Danube Valley, you will cycle past romantic castles, cozy villages and vineyards, all on a well-maintained, paved bike path. An unforgettable end of the tour is the Austrian capital, Vienna, with its countless sights and cultural and culinary highlights!
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Day 1: Salzburg
Individual arrival in Salzburg, check-in at the hotel and distribution of bikes. Enjoy a stroll through the lovely old town of Salzburg or an evening concert at Hohensalzburg Fortress.
Overnight in Salzburg.
Day 2: Salzburg - Lake Attersee (36 miles/60 km)
Today you leave Salzburg in direction of Lake Wallersee. You continue along the picturesque waterside of Lake Mondsee before you reach Austria’s largest fresh waters, Lake Attersee. The Attersee, impressive with its deep blue-green colors, is one of the most popular bathing lakes in the Salzkammergut.
Overnight in Lake Attersee.
Day 3: Lake Attersee - Lake Traunsee (34 miles/55 km)
A short climb up to Weissenbach Valley is rewarded with a speedy descent to the waterside of River Traun.
Overnight in Lake Traunsee.
Day 4: Lake Traunsee - Lambach (19 miles/31 km) + train ride to Linz
Take a stroll through Gmunden, historically a popular place for Europe’s High Society in the beginning of the 20th Century. Continue your bike tour along River Traun until you reach Lambach. Here you take the train to Linz, where you should not miss an opportunity to taste the delicious pastry, the original “Linzer Torte”.
Overnight in Linz.
Day 5: Linz - Grein/surroundings (37 miles/60 km)
After breakfast, stroll through the picturesque old town of Linz before you continue your tour in the direction of Vienna. Via the small town of Mauthausen, you follow the Danube cycle path pass the beautiful landscape of the Danube meadow, where you can see rare animals and plants.
Overnight in Grein/Ardagger.
Day 6: Grein/surroundings - Wachau (39 miles/63 km)
Today you have the possibility to visit the maritime museum at the Greinburg Castle and the oldest theatre in Austria. You then cycle through the Nibelungengau to Wachau, a wonderful wine-growing region.
Overnight in Mitterarnsdorf.
Day 7: Wachau - Tulln (40 miles/65 km)+ train ride to Vienna
The River Danube is surrounded by vineyards, as you cycle through one of Austria’s most popular wine regions, Wachau, to Tulln. There you take the train to Vienna, Austrian’s capital, where you have enough time to visit all impressive sights this beautiful city offers including Schönbrunn Palace, Fun Park- Prater, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Belvedere.
Overnight in Vienna.
Day 8: Vienna
Departure by train to Salzburg or we would be happy to help you book extra nights.
Daily: Apr 12-Oct 18, 2014
|Low season:||Apr 12-Apr 18; Sep 27-Oct 18, 2014|
|Shoulder season:||Apr 19-Apr 25; Aug 30-Sep 26, 2014|
|High season:||Apr 26-Aug 29, 2014|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Hotels of 3 and 4-star quality
Day 1: NH Hotel Salzburg-City, Salzburg
Day 2: Hotel Post am Attersee, Weissenbach
Day 3: Keramikhotel Goldener Brunnen, Gmunden
Day 4: Hotel Kolping, Linz
Day 5: Hotel-Gasthof zur Aumuehle, Grein
Day 6: Gasthof Zur Wachau, Mitterarnsdorf
Day 7: Hotel Capri, Vienna
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available for rent on this tour (reserved in advance at the time of booking):
Hybrid touring bikes, 7-speeds with back-pedal brakes
Hybrid touring bikes, 21-speed with hand brakes
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. For safety and hygiene purposes, we recommend that you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.
The route is mostly flat, especially in the Danube valley, with some hilly stretches in the Salzkammergut. It is an excellent tour for families with children.
"We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and particularly enjoyed the lovely scenery, history and culture, and the overall biking experience. We felt that the tour route and hotels were well chosen, the bicycles well suited to us, and the hotels and support services provided to us very helpful and comfortable.
"I can say a lot of good things about the tour, but there were a few serious flaws in the [printed] program that resulted in one very long, miserable day for us. The tour route description for the first three days of biking in the Lakes Region was nearly impossible to follow. We became lost multiple times. The English translation of the tour route description was confusing, and we were given no map in our packet for the Lakes Region to help us understand the route. This problem seem to be very fixable.
"We survived the bike trip and overall had a marvelous time. Austria, Salzburg, Vienna, the Danube and the Lakes District are stunningly beautiful and loaded with fascinating attractions. Thank you for all of your timely information and great support. Overall the trip was a dream come true for us."
"We had a terrific time. First of all, thank you and BikeToursDirect for masterly and professionally handling our trip from start to finish. We would highly recommend you to anyone considering booking a bike vacation. Your European partners run a first-class operation. Hotels were generally 4 star and well-placed along the incredibly well-marked and easy to follow route. Hotels included full breakfasts that were both lavish and filling, well beyond the continental breakfasts we’ve sadly come to expect in American hotels, and the dinner supplement package was equally terrific.
"Our bikes were sturdy and comfortable. The bike route was unbelievably well planned with easy to understand signs at every turn. We followed signs from one town to the next. You could not get lost. I’d say that 70% of the routes were on newly paved dedicated bike paths. Sometimes you needed to ride on busy federal roads with traffic – and for us in a driving rain - but Austrians seem to accept bicyclists as partners on the road, so it was never a concern. However, after the Salzkammergut, the ride was strictly along leisurely bike paths that followed the Danube. Each day, you simply made a decision to take the north or south bank depending upon what you cared to see. Arriving in Vienna was easy. Like most European cities, there are countless numbers of dedicated bike paths that made it fun to ride through a major city.
"Finally, for diversity, I’d recommend the Salzkammergut Lakes option rather than the dedicated Danube path. Seeing the tall mountains and blue-green lakes was breath-taking. True, there we some hills to climb – one long one in particular – but all in all it shouldn’t be a deterrent for taking this option. It was indeed a great adventure, not to mention the value – despite the strong Euro.
Thanks again. All the best."
- Michael B
Nearest airport and train station: Salzburg, Austria
Nearest airport and train station: Vienna, Austria
At the tour's end, you will transfer by train back to Salzburg, Austria, which is included in the tour price. The best bet for easy travel is to arrange your flights into and out of Salzburg, Austria.
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Austria sits at the crossroads of Central Europe, once the Habsburg Empire’s seat of power that ruled Europe for over 6 centuries. While Habsburg power ended after World War I, Austria remains a prominent country. Today it is known for its idyllic and majestic landscape of mountains, green valleys, rivers and storybook villages. Along with such a landscape are the cultural centers of Vienna and Salzburg. The elegant city of Vienna reveals the glory days of the Habsburg Empire, featuring the Hofburg Imperial Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and impressive Opera House. Salzburg, home of Mozart and The Sound of Music, has Europe’s largest intact medieval fortress overlooking the cobblestone streets of its historic Old Town.
Oberösterreich Touristik GmbH, located in Linz, Austria, opened their doors in 1990. At that time, they were the first tour operator to offer luggage transfer. Guaranteeing friendly and qualified advice, Oberösterreich Touristik offers a wide range of holidays. They also offer a bicycle service centre in Schärding and Passau, where their trained employees await clients with more than 2,000 rental bikes.
The Oberösterreich Touristik team consists of 40 dedicated travel specialists and a wide range of partners (hosts, ferry companies and transportation companies) that are 100% reliable.
In the past few years, Oberösterreich Touristik has received the Economy Prize "Pegasus for Tourism," the "family mountain" for their family options, along with the emblem of the Austrian Republic. They are known as one of the "Most Friendly Biking Agencies" in Austria and have the new Austrian Eco-label, which verifys that their programs are taking responsibility in caring for the environment.
Prior to arrival the customer can cancel in written form at any time the booked arrangement. In case of cancellation or no show we charge following fees:
20% of the tour price= up to 28 days before arrival date
30% of the tour price= from 27th to 14th day before arrival date
50% of the tour price= from 13th to 8th day before arrival date
70% of the tour price= from 7th to 4th day before arrival date
90% of the tour price= from 3rd day before arrival date to the day of arrival or “no show”
In case the booking is changed from the customer himself (change of date, duration of the tour or participant) up to 28 days prior arrival, a handling fee of € 50.00 per booking is charged.
Thereafter the previous cancellation conditions apply. Such a change of booking is only in individual cases a possibility customers do not have a claim on it.