Austria:

Vienna to Salzburg Bike / NEW!


Seven nights; seven days of easy cycling throughout Styria and the Austrian Lake District, with a day of spectacular hiking at Katrin Alm. Journey on paved bike paths and quiet roads through fairy tale forests and alongside rivers, lakes, and subalpine pastures.







Itinerary


Start: Vienna, Austria, Hotel Austria, 09:00 day one.


Finish: Salzburg, Austria, 09:00 day eight.


Day 1

Meet in Vienna, transfer to Mariazell, cycle up to 33km

Transfer two hours south from Vienna to the foothills of Styria (Steiermark), known as the “Green Heart” of Austria thanks to its inviting vineyards and gently rolling hills. Your destination, Mariazell, is a famous pilgrimage site dating back to the 12th century. The peculiar three-spire design of its baroque basilica, the number of stalls selling votive articles for pilgrims and tourists, combined with the pristine alpine surroundings leave a lasting impression. You’ll be fitted for your bikes and may opt for a short loop ride around the Hubertusse before dinner. LD
Scherfler's Hotel Goldenes Kreuz, Mariazell

Day 2

Mariazell to Wildalpen, 44 km

Begin cycling along the beautiful Danube River Valley. Pass the ruins of the Roman city of Carnuntum, as you approach Hainburg, the easternmost town in Austria, known for its well-preserved medieval fortification. BLD
Hotel Bergkristall, Wildalpen


Day 3

Admont to Tauplitz, 61 km

Continue cycling along the Salza River through the Gesäuse National Park. Over millions of years, the waters of the Enns River have eroded the Gesäuse mountain range, creating a remarkably steep gorge and breathtaking scenery. Finish in Admont, whose abbey, founded in 1074, is part of the oldest existing monastery in this region and contains the largest monastic library in the world. BLD
Hotel Spirodom, Admont

Day 4

Tauplitz to Hallstatt, 49 km

Bike from Admont along the Enns River, past the economic centre of Liezen. Rest tonight in Bad Mitterndorf, a thermal bath resort town nestled beneath the impressive Mt. Grimming. Treat yourself to an afternoon of independent spa options, or explore gorgeous hiking opportunities in this area of alpine lakes and pastures. BD
Hotel Der Hechl, Tauplitz

Day 5

Bad Ischl Lakes Loop, 72 km

Enter the pristine landscape of the famed Austrian Lake District of Salzkammergut, arguably the prettiest part of Alpine Austria. You will travel through dark forests and along mysterious mountain lakes. Along the way, stop in Bad Aussee, an important spa resort of Imperial Austria that represents the country’s exact geographical centre. A ferry ride leads to the UNESCO site of Hallstatt, a major archeological excavation of a Celtic salt mining community. Overnight in Bad Ischl, a spa town which garnered fame after the Habsburg Princess Sophie took a treatment here to cure her infertility in 1828. Her subsequent sons were nicknamed the Salzprinzen (Salt Princes). BLD
Hotel Goldener Ochs, Bad Ischl

Day 6

Hike up to 4 hours; optional 64km cycling available

A 15-minute cable car ride leads to the summit of Katrin Alm, the “Darling” of Bad Ischl. At 1500m above the town, savour panoramic views of the countless mountains of the Salzkammergut. Hiking enthusiasts will relish the choice of trails, offering a variety of distances and challenges, while those who prefer to cycle can enjoy a four lakes loop ride with delightful vistas. B
Same Lodging

Day 7

Bad Ischl to St. Wolfgang to Salzburg, 71 km

Today you’ll pass the picturesque village of St. Wolfgang upon Wolfgangsee, where the Mondsee Abbey was erected in 976. According to legend, Saint Wolfgang threw an ax down the mountain to determine where the abbey should be built, and persuaded the devil to contribute to building by offering him the first entry inside the church. To the devil’s disappointment, the first to cross the threshold was a wolf. Continue to Salzburg, city of highly acclaimed classical music performances and dramatic baroque architecture, near the border of Germany. Upon arrival at your hotel, your guide will say farewell & auf wiedersehen! BL
Hotel & Villa Auersperg Salzburg , Salzburg

Day 8

Salzburg

Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast at your hotel. B



Description




Note about the route:

30-70 km daily on predominantly paved bike paths, with some secondary roads and light traffic. Level, easy riding graduating to a few rolling hills during the second half of the route.




Austria waltzes seamlessly from vibrant cities to pristine wildernesses, offering the best of both worlds. Begin with a meeting in the capital city of Vienna, home of some of history’s most prominent contributors to art and intellect: Beethoven, Gustav Klimpt, and Sigmund Freud. Follow the Salza and Enns Rivers to the gorgeous Austrian Lake District, visit the UNESCO heritage site of Hallstatt by ferryboat, and enjoy a 360-degree vista on Katrin Alm after a cable car ride and hike. Finish in Salzburg, the City of Mozart. If your schedule allows, both Vienna and Salzburg warrant extra time to discover classical music performances, fascinating museums, and baroque architecture.





Maps & Elevations


Click here for the elevation profile

Day # Daily distance
1
Up to 33 km
2
44 km
3
61 km
4
49 km
5
72 km
6
Hike up to 4 hours,
optional 64 km cycling
7
71 km
8
Salzburg




Learn more

Vienna offers plenty to distract you for days; make sure to allow time for at least one of the Musicians Walks.

"In Budapest, we did a lot of walking... The House of Terror was excellent, and we did spend a few hours at the Szechenyi Baths. We especially enjoyed the wine tasting at DiVino, just off St. Stephen's Square. Try Budapest Bisztro near Hotel Parliament." R&D Barnes.

Plan some extra time to experience the castle district or thermal baths of Budapest

Consider adding eight days of more challenging cycling between Budapest and Krakow.





Costs

US 3165 C 3795

Includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 5 dinners, luggage handling, van and guide support, maps, route notes, value added tax.

US 2895 C 3495

Includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, maps, route notes, emergency on-call support, value added tax.

Single Occupancy

TBA

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.