Note: Day 1 is a cycling day.
Day 1: Salzburg – Burghausen (34 miles/55 km)
Individual arrival in Salzburg by 9:00am. After adjusting the bicycles to suit you, you will leave the festival city of Salzburg and take the path along the bank of the Salzach to Oberndorf. It was here that the Christmas carol "Silent Night, Holy Night" was written in 1818, as the little "Silent Night Chapel" reminds us.
In the afternoon you will reach your destination for the day: Burghausen, with the longest castle buildings in the world.
Overnight in Burghausen.
Day 2: Burghausen – Schärding (42 miles/68 km)
After riding through the largest wooded region of the Inn district – Weilhart Forest – you come upon the Inn-Salzach lookout point, where the Salzach flows into the Inn. You will pass through Braunau and come then to Obernberg, a thousand-year-old town with an extremely beautiful market square.
Not long after that, you arrive at Reichersberg Abbey, where the Augustine canons have lived for more than 900 years. From Reichersberg it is only a few miles to your destination, Schärding.
Overnight in Schärding.
Day 3: Schärding – Schlögen (37 miles/58 km)
Take your leave of the beautiful baroque town of Schärding with its enchanting "Silberzeile" and ride via Wernstein along the Inn again to the "city of three rivers," Passau. You will follow the Danube all the way to the famous Danube loop of Schlögen ("Schlögener Schlinge").
Overnight in Schlögen.
Day 4: Schlögen – Linz (32 miles/51 km)
You ride today through some of the most beautiful countryside to Aschach and on to Wilhering Abbey. After passing through Ottensheim you reach Linz, the capital of Upper Austria.
Overnight in Linz.
Day 5: Linz – Grein/Ardagger (41 miles/65 km)
Via Mauthausen or Enns, the oldest town in Austria, you arrive via Wallsee at Ardagger/Grein, which marks the beginning of the Strudengau.
Overnight in Grein/Ardagger.
Day 6: Grein/Ardagger – Melk/Emmersdorf (34 miles/54 km)
Past Marbach, the pilgrimage center of Maria Taferl greets you from the hills, and after passing the Danube power station you arrive in Melk/Emmersdorf, where you can pay a visit to the famous Benedictine Abbey.
Overnight in Melk/Emmersdorf.
Day 7: Melk/Emmersdorf – Krems – Vienna (25 miles/40 km + train ride)
Today you ride through the beautiful Wachau region, well known for its choice wines. Your route takes you through Spitz and Weißenkirchen. The best known town in the Wachau is Dürnstein, where Richard the Lion Heart was once taken captive.
The destination of your cycling trip is Krems, where you will hand over your bicycles and travel the rest of the way to Vienna by train (tickets are included in the tour package).
Overnight in Vienna.
Day 8: Vienna