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Innsbruck to Salzburg: Through the Alps Along River Cycle Trails

“We've taken lots of bike trips, and this was one of our favorites!” — JF

“We've taken lots of bike trips, and this was one of our favorites!” — JF

“We've taken lots of bike trips, and this was one of our favorites!” — JF

“We've taken lots of bike trips, and this was one of our favorites!” — JF

“We've taken lots of bike trips, and this was one of our favorites!” — JF
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  • 7 nights | 31 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €880
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
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  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

You will cycle along the Alps from Innsbruck to Salzburg. In Innsbruck you will follow the wide valley of the Inn river passing little historical cities like Wattens, Hall or Schwarz. On both sides you will see huge, impressive mountain ranges and sometimes even see a glacier.

Cycling into the Zillertal valley along the little mountain river will be pleasant and easy. The mountain landscape changes a bit and you begin to see farm houses high up on the mountain.

At the end of the valley you will see the glacier of the Alps where you can ski all year round. A transport will drive you over the mountain pass into the state of Salzburg where you will see one of the most impressive nature attractions in Austria, the Krimmler Waterfalls!

On the right side you see the high mountains of the national park with many side valleys and on the left side the smooth mountains where you find wonderful alpine pastures. You will pass a farming region and will come to a lovely lake called Zellersee.

As you follow the Saalach river you'll pass gorges and caves, which of course you may visit, then you come to the village Lofer and its old fashioned village center. Following the river further, you will come to Bavaria where you can visit the city of Bad Reichenhall. The end and perhaps the highlight of the tour will be the festival city of Salzburg.

This tour is also available in a 7 day/6 night version by removing the rest day (5) in the Program. Please inquire for pricing.

Daily program

Day 1: Innsbruck
Upon your arrival, take some time to enjoy the city with some of the attractions like the castle, old town and the ski jumping station.
Overnight in Innsbruck

Day 2: Innsbruck – Zillertal valley (28 mi/45 km)
You will follow the cycle trail along the Inn river out of the city. You will pass well marked historical sites you can visit, such as the famous Swarovski crystal world in Wattens, or take a rest along the old streets of the little cities. On one side you will see the Alps and on the other side the Karwendel mountain range. Your accommodations are at the entrance of the Zillertal valley.
Overnight in Zillertal Valley

Day 3: Zillertal – Krimml (15-24 mi/25-40 km)
You path turns gently upward as you cycle into the Zillertal valley, which is famous for its skiing at the glacier, where conditions are favorable all year. The route has wonderful scenery, with alpine pastures and quaint villages where you can explore the fantastic restaurants. You decide whether to bike deep into the valley or to the meeting point of the transport in Zell am Ziller to Krimml, where you still have time to walk to the waterfalls.
Overnight in Krimml

Day 4: Krimml – Zell am See (40 mi/65 km)
Today you will follow the Salzach river valley almost from the source. Again, you'll have views of the astounding mountain ranges on both sides of the wide valley. You'll ride through a side valley, into the National Park of Hohe Tauern, where the information center is well worth a visit. The day's route ends in Zell am See by a beautiful lake, with a view of the highest mountain in Austria, the Großglockner.
Overnight in Zell am See

Day 5: Rest day Zell am See
Today you can choose to take a rest day, or you can take a train up to Hochfilzen where you gentle cycle downwards the Leogang valley to Saalfelden and Zell am See (not included in tour costs).
Overnight in Zell am See

Day 6: Zell am See – Lofer (28-37 mi/45-60 km)
You will bike around the lake and then past little hamlets with old farm houses. Today there will be some up and down in the morning and a sensational view of what's called Stony Sea Mountain range. In the afternoon you will pass some fascinating gorges as well as a huge cave, both of which you can stop to visit (not included in tour cost).
Overnight in Lofer

Day 7: Lofer – Salzburg (31 mi/50 km)
Today you'll follow the river Saalach, passing a part of Bavaria. The mountains are are part of the National Park of Berchtesgaden. You will cycle through the spa city of Bad Reichenhall where you can visit the old salt mine, have a break in the old town, or taste the beer in the brewery. Afterwards, you'll be approaching Salzburg, where you can visit the open-air museum, Großgmain, with its old farmhouses. If you're a fan of the movie The Sound of Music, you'll will pass the castle and lake where part of the filming of the original movie took place.
Overnight in Salzburg

Day 8: Salzburg
Today marks the end of your tour. You may either depart or arrange for an extended stay.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.


Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays: May 12-Sep 22, 2019 (minimum 2 participants)
Low season: May 12, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019, Aug 25, 2019 - Sep 22, 2019
High season: Jul 01, 2019 - Aug 24, 2019


Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
High season surcharge
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
Solo traveler surcharge (in additional to single room surcharge)
Optional dinner package (5 dinners, not included in Innsbruck or Salzburg)
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 24-speed
Electrically assisted bike
Tandem bike, 9-speed
Helmet rental
GPS rental
Extra Nights, Innsbruck
Per person, double occupancy
Single room (1 person, 1 room)
Extra Nights, Salzburg, prices starting at
Per person, double occupancy
Low season
High season
Single room (1 person, 1 room)
Low season
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Child, ages 12-15 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
Person, ages 16+ sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
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  • Overall


  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.7
  • Value 4.5
  • Included meals 4.5
  • Bikes & equipment 4.6
  • Hotels or boat 4.5
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 4.2
  • Tour documents 4.4
  • Local tour company services 4.7
  • Route selection 4.9
  • Guides (if applicable) 4


Smedley September 20, 2018

This is the reason that we bike!

Wonderful trip, but that doesn't tell you what you really want to know. So here goes a day-by-day review and a few overall impressions.
Innsbruck - arrive a day or two early to experience the city and mountains. Purchase the 'Innsbruck Card' and save on many of the city's attractions and transportation. Hotel Cafe Central - nice facility close to the 'Old Town'. Ask for the recently renovated rooms.
Zillertal - good first day ride. Take time to stop at the Swarovski museum complex. Gasthof Hotel Post - nice facility, great menu. Ask for a room away from the dairy farm next door.
Krimml - short ride, no hurry to arrive at the pickup point for the van ride across the pass. The falls at Krimml are amazing. Prepare yourself for a good hike to see them up close. The Gastehaus Waltl was comfortable. Plenty of dining options in the town.
Zell am See - Scenic ride. Use the extra rest day to explore the mountains. Weather permitting go to the glacier, ride around the lake and hike the hills. Great dining options. Lebzelter Hotel - in the heart of town, comfortable inn.
Lofer - best riding day, mountains close on both sides of the narrow valley. Gorges and cave are must visits. Nice lunch at the golf course at the midway point. St Hubertus Hotel was inviting.
Salzburg - last day of riding was the most challenging. Hills and gravel paths dominated the day. Navigating through Salzburg requires a good map and/or GPS. The Goldenes Theater Hotel was the only accommodation below the standard set by all of the other hotels. Spend an extra day or two in the city.
General impressions: one of the most scenic rides in Austria with great stops along the way to explore. The booked hotels were excellent with the exception of Salzburg. The route map/directions need to be updated. GPS really helped out especially in the larger towns. Bikes were in great shape but they should be equipped with odometers since the route map is based on distance traveled turn points. You won't be disappointed boking this trip!

MichaelandErin September 17, 2018

Spectacular Scenary

We thoroughly our cycling trip between Innsbruck and Salzburg. Day one was a nice scenic warm up ride mostly along a river. The second day ride, heading 'up' another valley (still fairly flat in valley, with beautiful mountains on either side) was enjoyable....but the highlight of that day was after the ride. Our transfer minibus picked us up (promptly) that took us up and over to another valley to the town of Krimml. Fortunately, we had enough energy left to hike up to the top of the Krimml falls (tallest series of waterfalls in Europe). Spectacular. Down another valley the next day to Zell am See, where we spent our rest day. Lot's to do there, if it's sunny....but alas, we were rained out (which we were relieved we were not cycling that day). Our highlight day followed, with the combo of heading inside an extensive cave network (trails inside for the public to travel a fair distance into the mountain), and another stop after that one involved a short hike trail up into a narrow gorge (bring rain gear, waterfalls and mist made it like walking thru a shower in places). Again, unexpected and very, very scenic. Our wrap up in Salzburg we were glad we tacked on a extra day to see some of the local sites.
Overall, we had a great time. The accommodations were just the right fit to our tastes...friendly, cozy and comfortable. The rental bikes sturdy. The route is mostly bike trails, usually paved, but not always...and with only modest time on side roads. The self guided bike map book was pretty good (although we did have to pull out our smartphone map app to clarify some directions at times). The distances were long enough to feel like we'd traveled someplace, but short enough that we still had time to enjoy the sights.

Trisha June 26, 2018

Trip was a beautiful bike ride through the alps!

We had a wonderful bike trip from Innsbruck to Salzburg on electric bikes. The mountains and valleys we biked through were spectacular. I would recommend this trip. The hotels were very good and in great locations. Breakfast were also very good.

jfred June 21, 2018

One of our best trips.

We've taken lots of bike trips, and this was one of our favorites. Innsbruck is well worth a day. The first day down the Inn River is a little disappointing; valley is beautiful, but lots of light industry. After that it becomes spectacular. Up the Zillertal through farmlands, then over a high pass by van to Krimml and down the Salzach River all the way to Salzburg (not as interesting as Innsbruck unless you are really into Mozart memorabilia). We had electric bikes which were much appreciated, but it could be easily be done on conventional bikes. Accommodations were great as were the breakfasts. As for the Austrian food in general, enough with the pork already!

DavidW September 5, 2017

Amazing scenery day after day

We have cycled in most countries in Europe and picked this trip for two reasons. 1) Our adult daughter was traveling with us, and she loves mountains, and 2) I had major knee surgery this past winter and wanted a ride that was fun but not overly strenuous. This trip met both criteria and more! The scenery from day-to-day was unmatched. My wife and I had visited some of these locations in winter, but the summer was a different and wonderful experience. This trip would be great for novice riders because it would be very hard to get lost (mountains on both sides). Also, being able to ride on dedicated bike trails with very few stretches of road is a great benefit. Just enough gentle climbs to keep your heart pumping.

RobertH August 30, 2017

Innsbruck to Salzburg Austria: OUTSTANDING!!

This is a very well run self-guided tour that takes you through beautiful Austria. I was out of the regular "American tourist" areas and experienced true Austria. I had the 7-day tour with a rest day in Zell Am See - highly recommend this option. I did some hiking and a boat trip during my "rest day"! Beautiful mountains and lakes. All my B&B's / hotels were excellent and the staffs were so nice. I also did an extra day at the end of the tour in Salzburg. Wonderful city. The bike was excellent and the represented on Day #1 was very nice and explained working the GPS.

Responses from

Jim Johnson, founder and president February 16, 2019
Robert, thanks very much for your great feedback. The tour is a wonderful combination of popular and off-the-beaten-path destinations. I'm glad you had a great time. I agree that it's an excellent idea to add a rest day in Zell am See, one of the most beautiful cities on the planet! And at least one extra day in Salzburg is a must!
Ernie August 12, 2017

Scenic Tour

The scenery was even better than the promotional pictures indicate. The arrangements were great, the hotels were wonderful, and I would recommend the half-board option. Food was super. Rained on us several days but it was still beautiful. Directions got a little vague in some cases through the cities. We were very happy with our experience.

Newbie August 9, 2017

Beautiful Austria!

This was a wonderful tour for a "beginner" like me! The countryside was gorgeous, the bike paths varied, and the extra sights mentioned in the navigation book were easy to find and well-worth stopping to see. Everything organised by the tour company ran like clockwork: the bike delivery, hotel reservations, luggage transfer and mountain-pass transfer.

The three of us on this self-guided tour did not always agree on the direction to take, which led to quite a few "navigation discussions" and a few wrong turns, but that actually added to the adventure of the experience. Two days out of our five ride days, including the longest day, were in the rain (pretty heavy rain, in fact). Judging by the printed material, this is not unusual for the area, so be prepared!

A great experience - the area, the ride and the organisation!

alicia July 7, 2017

A great bike ride

My husband and I took this ride in late June 2017 as we were in the region for a wedding. It was an absolutely fantastic way to see a beautiful part of the world. The towns were charming, the scenery beautiful, and the people friendly. This trip is definitely not well-suited for anyone who is looking for a heavy dose of nightlife as the towns along the route are all fairly small. Think villages and ski towns.

Dennis June 15, 2017

Austrian Springtime

Everything went very well. The tour operator met all the schedules for baggage transfer and mountain shuttle with no difficulty. We particularly enjoyed the half-board meal arrangements which provided some contact with other travelers.

The trails are paved, in good condition, easy to follow, and provide an abundance of local scenery. However, if you do not speak German, be sure to bring your phrase book! Most of the people speak at least some English but the road and warning signs are not often translated.