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Tauern Bike Path (Krimml-Passau)

  • 4.5

    (8)

  • 7 nights | 32 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €615
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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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Tour description

From the Salzach origin above Saalach and Inn to the Danube - it is hard to believe that cycling could be so convenient and easy on flat dedicated bike paths through the world of the Alps. Following the “Donauradweg” (Danube-bike-path), on the banks of the Salzach, the Saalach, and the Inn, a bike network was created. This is manageable by everybody and child-friendly. The continuous labeling ensures a untroubled cycling pleasure from the Krimmler Wasserfälle (waterfall) to the Dreiflüsse-Stadt Passau (city where the two rivers Inn and Ilz are leading in the Danube).

Surrounded by snow-covered mountains, the Tauern Bicycle Path is nothing to be afraid of: it follows the Salzach and Saalach rivers which means that the route takes you through predominantly flat or slightly hilly country, often downhill with the wind at your back. Our tour takes one week, allowing plenty of time visiting the numerous natural sights and monuments along the way. The Salzach valley offers more sights and a generally better track, while the Saalach valley is recommended for lovers of unspoiled nature.

Trekking and touring bikes are ideally suited for the Tauern Bicycle Path. With mountain bikes your are almost "overequipped" since there are no extreme inclines, but they do let you take challenging detours into the high mountains.The few steep sections are clearly marked in the detailed route maps. Racing bikes can also be used on the Salzach valley route provided you ride carefully on the few gravel roads or use the main roads instead.

Daily program

Day 1: Krimml
In Krimml you find the largest waterfall in Europe. On a well-designed trail you can admire this natural spectacle. Your bikes will be available at the booked accommodation.
Overnight in Krimml

Day 2: Krimml – Kaprun/Zell am See (37 miles/60 km)
Your tour goes through the National Park Hohe Tauern and Oberpinzgau, where you will constantly see snow-covered mountains with an altitude of 3,000 metres. On this trail you will have a fabulous backdrop of lush green meadows and small villages. In Kaprun you can visit the high-mountain reservoir, Hochgebirgsstauseen.
Overnight in Zell am See

Day 3: Zell am See/Kaprun – Lofer (31 miles/50 km)
At “Zeller See” (Lake Zeller) you can take a refreshing bath or, if you are a very active cyclist, you can cycle an extra round. You will cycle through Maria Alm with its famous pilgrimage church. On the lunch break you can enjoy Saalfelden. Other highlights on your way to Lofer are the Seisenbergklamm and Lamprechtshöhe near Weißenbach.
Overnight in Lofer.

Day 4: Lofer – Salzburg (31 miles/50 km)
Today will lead you mostly through the Saalachtal. Bad Reichenhall in the “small German angle” will enchant you with Bavarian flair. After a short distance you will have reached Salzburg, the city of Mozart. You should allow yourself enough extra time for a stroll through the city and a visit to Mozart´s birth house.
Overnight in Salzburg

Day 5: Salzburg – Burghausen (37 miles/60 km)
You will leave Salzburg and its Alps. On this route you are cycling through the foothills of the Alps. The “Tauern” ends in Tittmoning and from here you have to follow the trail along the Lower Inn before you will reach your destination Burghausen. It is a magnificent old town and has the largest castle complex in Central Europe.
Overnight in Burghausen

Day 6: Burghausen – Obernberg am Inn/Bad Füssing (31 miles/49 km)
Today you cycle along the river Inn up to Braunau. This town is perfect for taking a lunch break. On your way you will likely see numerous bird colonies. From here you can follow the bike path on the Bavarian or Austrian side. Your destination Obernberg has a well known marketplace with Baroque buildings.
Overnight in Obernberg am Inn

Day 7: Obernberg am Inn/Bad Füssing – Passau (27 miles/40 km)
You will soon reach Stift Reichersberg, which is worth a visit. On your route along the river you will cycle through small towns like Schärding. At its Baroque market square you can take a break. Not far and you will have reached the final destination of this beautiful bike trip: Passau. The three-river city has much to offer. In the cathedral of Passau you will see the largest church organ in the world. A river-cruise would certainly be a grand finale of this wonderful bike ride.
Overnight in Passau

Day 8: Depart
Depart after breakfast or extension of trip.

Dates

Daily: Apr 28-Oct 6, 2018
Low season: Apr 28, 2018 - May 10, 2018, Sep 24, 2018 - Oct 06, 2018
Shoulder season: May 11, 2018 - Jun 21, 2018, Sep 01, 2018 - Sep 23, 2018
High season: Jun 22, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018

Prices

Category A: 4-star deluxe hotels
Per person, double occupancy
€835
Shoulder season surcharge
€80
High season surcharge
€150
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€230
Optional dinner package
€165
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed with hand brakes
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€180
Extra Nights, Krimml
Per person, double occupancy
€80
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€95
Extra Nights, Passau
Per person, double occupancy
€65
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€90
Extra Nights, Salzburg
Per person, double occupancy
€125
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€185
Transfer
Return transfer from Passau to Krimml, per person, including bike
€52
Discounts
Child, ages 0-5 sharing a room with 2 full-paying adults (on base tour price)
100%
Child, ages 6-11 sharing a room with 2 full-paying adults (on base tour price)
50%
Child, ages 12-14 sharing a room with 2 full-paying adults (on base tour price)
25%
Child, ages 15 -17 sharing a room with 2 full-paying adults (on base tour price)
10%
Category B: 4-star hotels
Per person, double occupancy
€615
Shoulder season surcharge
€55
High season surcharge
€110
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€175
Optional dinner package
€145
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed with hand brakes
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€180
Extra Nights, Krimml
Per person, double occupancy
€65
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€75
Extra Nights, Passau
Per person, double occupancy
€60
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€80
Extra Nights, Salzburg
Per person, double occupancy
€75
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€120
Transfer
Return transfer from Passau to Krimml, per person, including bike
€52
Discounts
Child, ages 0-5 sharing a room with 2 full-paying adults (on base tour price)
100%
Child, ages 6-11 sharing a room with 2 full-paying adults (on base tour price)
50%
Child, ages 12-14 sharing a room with 2 full-paying adults (on base tour price)
25%
Child, ages 15-17 sharing a room with 2 full-paying adults (on base tour price)
10%
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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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  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Radreisefreunde Terms and Conditions

Cancellation through the customer/substitute participant/change in booking
1. The customer can withdraw from the agreement at any time. We suggest declaring the withdrawal in writing. In case of withdrawal or non-participation without a previous withdrawal declaration we are authorized to charge the following cancellation fees:

- Up to the 28th day before the beginning of the journey: 20%, minimum €50
- From the 27th to the 14th day before the beginning of the journey: 30% of the travel price
-From the 13th to the 8th day before the beginning of the journey: 50% of the travel price
- From the 7th to the 4th day before the beginning of the journey: 70% of the travel price
- From the 3rd day and no-show: 90% of the price
- By travel expensen: 100% of the travel price

In each case a cancellation insurance is recommended.

2. Each registered travel participant may allow a third-party to take his or her place if he or she notifies us thereof in writing up to three days prior to the start of travel. The tour operator may refuse the third party's participation for good cause. The conditions of cancellation above shall apply. If a substitute person takes the registered participant's place, this shall not affect the original contract. We shall be entitled to charge €50 for change fees.

3. Changes to the booking in terms of number or types of rooms, hotel category and type of board shall, providing such is possible in the hotels and there is sufficient capacity available, is basically possible up to 14 days prior to the start of travel. Nonetheless, we will, however, have to charge you for the time and effort involved. For each change, we shall charge you € 50.

Signing the travel agreement 
1. When booking a journey the customer offers the tour operator the conclusion of a binding travel agreement. The registration takes place in writing and on the intended form. Any other form of registration, whether on the phone, oral, or written with us or one of our partner offices is also binding. The registration is made by the customer also for all the other named participants. The customer accepts the binding conditions of travel at issue - also in the name and in the behalf of the named participants.

2. The agreement is reached when the tour operator or one of its partner offices accepts the booking and sends you a booking confirmation.

3. Collateral agreements and changes of the signed travel agreement need to be confirmed by us in writing.

Services 
1. With regard to the scope of the contractual services, the descriptions of service provided in the current the tour operator homepage shall be authoritative, but not however any differing statements or promises by intermediary travel agencies, town or hotel brochures or other third parties. The stopover locations are the most frequent and main stopover destinations on the cycling tours. Under certain circumstances, we must require your consent to be placed in towns in the immediate vicinity without any deductions.

2. The price of travel listed is per person based on occupancy in a double-bed room. If available, a single-bed room can be booked for a surcharge. In some hotels, however, there are only a limited number of single-bed rooms meaning that you may if necessary have to make due with a simpler room or, under certain circumstances, have to go to another hotel or private bed and breakfast. If, exceptionally, no single-bed room can be made available, you will have to share a room in a two-bed room. In this case, you will, of course, receive a prorated refund.

3. For families, we grant the following discounts off the basic price and extra nights as a third person in a double room with two full paying guests: 0 to 5.99 years old: 100% (any costs incurred shall be paid on site), 6 to 11.99 years old: 50%, 12 to 14.99 years old: 25%, age 15 and up: 10%

Liability and restriction of liability 1. The tour operator shall be responsible for making pre-travel preparations, careful selection and monitoring of the service providers as well as for the accuracy of the descriptions of service valid for the period of travel at the time our catalogue is printed.

2. Travellers shall take part in our cycling journeys at their own risk. Minors may only participate in a journey when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

3. Every travel participant shall be responsible for ensuring that his or her health is suitable for the requirements of travel.

4. In addition, every travel participant shall be responsible for the observance of traffic regulations.

5. The conditions of carriage of the particular transport companies shall apply to all means of transport (bus, boat, airplane, etc.).

6. If, due to reasons beyond our control (adaptations, renovations, etc.) a scheduled tour cannot take place, we cannot assume any liability.

7. In the event of damage caused solely by one of the service providers selected by us or which is not due to premeditation or gross negligence on our part, then our liability shall be limited, regardless of the legal basis, to three times the price of the journey.

8. In the event of loss or damage to travel luggage, we shall only be liable if the loss or damages is caused by us and is communicated to us immediately after the occurrence. In this event, we shall only be liable for up to a max. of EUR 200.00 per person. We assume no liability for: items which are not usually transported in travel luggage, means of payment of any sort, for visual damage and damage to handles and wheels or damages to pieces of luggage weighing more than a total of 20 kg. We recommend that you take out a travel security package to cover these risks.
Transportation of customer bicycles before, during and after our cycling journeys is possible at the customer’s own risk only. The settings of our cycle carriers are fitted to our rental bicycles, therefore minor damages (e.g. scratches to the paintwork) can occur. Consequently, we cannot be made liable for damages originating from transportation. Above mentioned limitation of liability is also applicable for partner tours and transportation via third parties.

9. If a journey is cancelled due to reasons beyond our control (strike, natural disaster, etc.) or if the minimum number of participants of guided group tours (8 people) and bike & boat tours (15 people or as listed in the offers) is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the journey up to 25 days before the planned travel date. In this event you shall be notified without delay and will be refunded any amounts already paid to us. You shall not be entitled to any compensation beyond this.

Guarantee 1. Remedies: If the travel service cannot be performed as specified in the agreement, the Customer can demand redress. What is contractually specified shall be based on the one hand on the description of service and on the other on what is customary in the destination country. The tour operator can refuse a remedy if it requires disproportional costs and efforts but shall also be entitled to provide a remedy in the form of services of equal or greater value. Substitute services can only be refused by the Customer for a significant, objectively identifiable reason. The demand for a remedy shall be communicated directly to us or to the guide. The guide shall have no authority to recognise claims.

2. Travel Price Reduction: The Customer may, after returning from the journey, request a reasonable reduction in the price of travel (discount) for the duration of the contractually non-contractually compliant portion of the journey until a remedy is provided by the tour operator. The reduction shall not apply if and to the extent that the traveller, through his or her fault, fails to communicate the deficiency to the parties listed in Item VI (1) in a timely manner so as to enable them to provide a remedy.

3. Any claims must be lodged with us no later than one month after the contractually scheduled end of travel.

Cooperation obligation
1. If the traveller does not receive the travel documents in a timely manner, he or she must inform the tour operator without delay.

2. The traveller is required, in the event of any issues disrupting the provision of the services as described in the agreement, to take all reasonable steps to contribute to remedying the disruption any to minimise or avoid any damage. The Customer is, in particular, required to lodge his or her complaints without delay to the parties named in VI (1). These parties shall be in charge of providing a remedy if such is possible. If the Customer fails, through his or her fault, to communicate a deficiency, than he or she shall have no claim to a reduction in price.

Miscellaneous 
1. The customer is responsible for the compliance with all passport, visa, custom, and health regulations.

2. We have to reserve the right to change prices and services, as well as to correct mistakes and printing errors.

3. The inoperativeness of single regulations of the travel agreement does not result in inoperativeness of the whole agreement.

Jurisdiction/applicable law 
1. The agreement is governed by Austrian Law.

2. The Customer may only bring legal action against the tour operator at its registered place of business.

3. The Customer's place of residence shall be authoritative for actions by the travel against the customer unless the action is directed against general merchants or persons without a general place of jurisdiction in Austria. In this case, the registered office of the tour operator shall be authoritative.

Pursuant to the Travel Agency Guarantee Decree [Reisebürosicherungsverordnung (RSV)] for all-inclusive journeys offered by the tour operator (registration number 1999/0035 in the Directory of Tour Operators of the Federal Ministry of Economics, Family and Youth (tour operator number: 2013/0021), customer funds are secured subject to the following conditions: any payments exceeding those indicated in Item II or previously paid down payments and payments of balances owing may not be demanded nor are they secured. The guarantor or insurer is Oberbank AG, Untere Donaulände 28, 4020 Linz (bank guarantee no 022-13-00125)

Filing of any claims must be done with the liquidator (Europäische Reiseversicherung AG, Kratochwjlestestraße 4, 1220 Vienna, Tel. no. +43(1) 317 25 00, Fax. no. +43(1) 319 93 67) within 8 weeks insolvency being declared.

Applications for refunds must be submitted, duly documented within 8 weeks of the claim arising. You shall receive a corresponding insurance certificate along with your booking confirmation

All photos used by permission. ©Radreisefreunde

Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 5
  • 4 Star 2
  • 3 Star 1
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.5
  • Value 4.4
  • Included meals 4.5
  • Bikes & equipment 4.1
  • Hotels or boat 4.3
  • Scenery 4.8
  • Ease of navigation 3.3
  • Tour documents 3.6
  • Local tour company services 3.9
  • Route selection 4.5
  • Guides (if applicable) 1

Reviews

Rick1 October 4, 2017

A nice blend of mountain valleys and river cycling

The first 3 days from Krimml to Lofer were terrific; the scenery spectacular and the hotels great, the directions and signage generally good. The signage into Salzburg was deficient with at least 1 key turn ("Morzg") not signed at all. The Hotel was a significant step down from the first 3.The directions to the Glockhofer in Burghausen and the signage was also totally deficient....it would have been better if the hotel was in the main square, rather than in an industrial/commercial part of town. The hotel was a business hotel which was totally out of character with everything else we saw and a real disappointment (though the staff in the hotel were great). Happily, the next stop in Obernburg, the Gasthof zur post was wonderful. Passau hotel was ok.
Over all, we felt that the trip could easily have been done in 1 fewer day and would recommend that the written instructions be tailored to the exact Hotel being used.

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany February 21, 2018
Thank you for your detailed review! I went with my mom and sis on this tour a couple of years ago and I agree that the scenery is spectacular. Regarding the hotels, it is noticeable when you arrive in a larger city that some hotels don't feel as quaint as the hotels in the smaller towns or villages. I think this is in part due to the busy nature of a larger city and the proximity of the hotels to more centralized pedestrian-friendly areas is more achievable in villages. We'll work with the tour operator on maintaining this quaint theme throughout the tour and we'll discuss the directions to/from each hotel. Thanks again!
Jim G September 29, 2017

Beautiful scenery

The scenery on this tour is magnificent!
Including the largest waterfall in Europe, snow covered Alps mountain tops, lush green valleys, small towns and villages. We even encountered and made friends with some lovely cows.
For "Sound of Music " fans , we recommend staying an extra day in Salzburg, and going on the Sound of Music bicycle tour. Very enjoyable and informative.

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson, Founder and president February 21, 2018
Thanks for the great feedback and photos, Jim! I've done the Tauern Bike Path several times, and it remains one of my favorites. And I agree 100 percent with you about spending extra time in Salzburg--also one of my favorite cities.
Ziad Z August 18, 2017

Amazing trip and service

First, Brittany was OUTSTANDING - patient, cooperative (we had to change a few times with multiple requests from 9 cyclists), advisor, etc. Secondly, the trip was amazing .... scenery, fun, great food and snacks, hotels, Etc

Pedals August 8, 2017

Great and not so great

Having just come off 2 weeks biking in France we had something to compare this trip with.
The first 3 days or so were magic - lovely views, fantastic track surface and finally cool weather. The accommodation was great,especially after we were upgraded twice, and can be recommended.

The bike gear was top class but my bike however was not. Euro Velo bike hires have to realise that the standard puffy commuter seat they supply are not comfortable for guys used to proper bike seats - enough said. Also on the second day when I went to use the smallest front chain ring it turned out that 2 of the mounting bolts were missing and it got wrecked so one third of my gears were gone. Managed to get this repaired after a couple of days but wasn't really satisfactory. This should not happen!

The directions and maps hardly ever match up completely on these type of trips but we were certainly not happy to discover at the end of a long hot day that the instructions for the approach to Salzberg were in fact for someone coming from completely the opposite direction - a victim of cut and past to be sure, as was the odd paragraph still in Austrian, but this should have been edited properly. A shame as the general standard of the material presentation was of a high quality.

Be aware if you want to do this trip that the last few days are along the stop bank beside the river and are boring - very little in the way of scenery and culture. Next time we will detour inland.

Sorry but overall a 3 star effort.

Warning - in case you may be considering a taxi ride from Innsbruck to Krimml to start your trip make sure that the driver is legitimate. Ours was a temporary fill in, had not driven out of town for 4 years and was a thoroughly unsafe driver. Much too fast and I suspect maybe on something. He almost ran off the road a number of times and clipped the inside kerb a couple of times . Haven't been so scared in our lives as passengers apart from jeep trips in Nepal and Pakistan. This should not happen in a first world country and if it had been practical solution we would have got out and walked!!

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson February 21, 2018
We asked Hubert Simader of Radreisefreunde, manager of the tour operator, to respond: I´m sorry to read that these clients had a technical problem with the gears. I guess there was a problem during the transfer of the bikes on our trailer; otherwise, I have no explanation. We normally have excellent feedback concerning our rental bikes (including the saddles we use). Unfortunately, you didn´t contact us during their trip - otherwise, we would have managed to solve the problem immediately (e.g. change the bike or fix it locally). I´m very sorry for that. We normally update our tour descriptions at the end of each tour season, but my colleagues who are doing the travel documents will check the description for the hotel in Salzburg immediately. So far we haven´t heard from wrong directions. Relative to the scenery, the first part from Krimml to Salzburg has an outstanding panorama with fantastic views. The landscape after Salzburg changes, but I would not rate it as boring - it´s just different. And you still have some highlights along the way to Passau (e.g. the world's longest castle in Burghausen and the beautiful Baroque towns Obernberg and Schärding. For those who want to have the amazing views from the mountains all along their way, we have a tour that is entirely in the Alps. But as we know: Tastes are different. Besides these issues, I hope you enjoyed your cycle trip. Thanks for the constructive feedback, which allows us to improve quality for future clients. (Relative to the taxi transfers, we want to point out to other clients that we didn´t arrange a transfer for these clients - they booked it on own. Of course, all our drivers have long experience and safety is one of our most important points.)
Laird July 5, 2017

Stunning scenery!

This trip was so beautiful! Our start in Krimml was so scenic with a portion of the waterfall visible from our hotel window! Zell am See was gorgeous. Our cycling days were filled with constant wonder and beauty. The bike paths were easy to cycle on. My one suggestion is to review the directions before you get to the outskirts of your destination as it can sometimes be confusing. The hotels were comfortable and the food was good. I would definitely recommend this trip!

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson February 21, 2018
Thanks very much for your feedback! We're glad you had a great time. This was one of my first bicycle tours--well before I started BikeTours.com--and it remains one of my favorites!
Brittany at BikeTours December 3, 2015

Beautiful scenery and quaint villages!

I went on this tour as a BikeTours.com staff member. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking! The tour is 80% downhill. This made for cycling near the Austrian Alps fantastic. This tour is mostly on dedicated bike paths and quiet back roads, except for brief moments of cycling near the main road. The route maps are more basic which allow for more adventure. I would recommend this tour for a first-time traveler and casual cyclist.