Salzburg to Vienna Cycling Holiday

  • 4.3
    (2 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Salzburg / Vienna
  • Distance

    233 miles/375 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort to Superior
  • Tour code

    014-103CAT
Price From £577

Overview

A wonderful, riverside cycling adventure from charming Salzburg to elegant Vienna. Ride along the Salzach and Inn rivers to Passau on the German/Austrian border before joining the mighty Danube to journey south past medieval towns, ancient vineyards, abbeys and romantic castles to the Austrian capital.

This popular cycling holiday packs a lot of highlights into the week. Stays in the exciting cities of Salzburg and Vienna bookend a sublime route that winds it’s way through regions of outstanding natural beauty including the stunning Danube Loop and the enchanting Wachau Valley. Other highlights include Oberndorf – home of ‘Silent Night’ one of the world’s most popular carols, the impressive castle at Burghausen, and the baroque riverside town of Schärding. You’ll pass through a succession of quaint, riverside villages featuring narrow lanes lined with medieval half-timbered houses. There’s no rush – this is a leisurely cycling holiday after all – so stop whenever you like for a wander around or simply to admire the view.

Danube Loop

Danube Loop

Much of the route is in Austria’s famed wine region and in these valleys you’ll see legions of neatly terraced vineyards cascading down to the Danube. Stop in one of the charming wine villages for an impromptu tasting session before pedalling on along the gentle riverside cycle path to your next hotel.

You’ll be cycling around 230 miles in total, covering up to 45 miles some days, but the terrain is very forgiving. You’ll mostly be following smooth cycle paths and quiet riverside roads with a few short stretches on non-paved cycle paths but nothing tricky. This tour will suit anyone with a moderate level of fitness who doesn’t mind a few hours in the saddle each day.

Itinerary & Map

You’ll be cycling around 230 miles in total, covering up to 45 miles some days, but the terrain is very forgiving. You’ll mostly be following smooth cycle paths and quiet riverside roads with a few short stretches on non-paved cycle paths but nothing tricky. This tour will suit anyone with a moderate level of fitness who doesn’t mind a few hours in the saddle each day.

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Day 1: Arrive Salzburg

Salzburg

Salzburg

Arrive in Salzburg, the city of Mozart and one of Austria’s most attractive cities. After check-in you are free to relax or explore. A visit to Mozart’s house is top of the list for many, and then there’s the cathedral and Hohensalzburg fortress, perched high up on the top of the sheer cliff that dominates the city.

Day 2: Salzburg – Burghausen, 37 miles/60 kms

Cyclists - Burghausen - Salzach - Austria

Taking a break at Burghausen

Your first day’s ride leads you north alongside the Salzach river, first to the chapel in Oberndorf – where ‘Silent Night’ was composed – and then through pleasant woodland to the pretty town of Tittmoning. The town is a good spot for a lunch break before enjoying a relaxing ride along a nature trail to the town of Burghausen. The charming town’s skyline is dominated by an impressive castle which is well worth a visit.

Day 3: Burghausen – Schärding, 43 miles/70 kms

Schaerding - Austria*

Schaerding

Shortly after leaving Burghausen the Salzach joins with the mighty Inn River which you will follow through a rural area, rich in wildlife. Break the journey with a look around the old town of Braunau and perhaps a visit to the Reichersberg Monastery. After passing through a succession of small, riverside villages you reach today’s goal – the baroque town of Schärding. You’re sure to enjoy a night in this pretty little town with its colourful riverside houses.

Day 4: Schärding – Danube Loop, 34 miles/55 kms

Engelhartszell - Austria - Danube

Engelhartszell

From Schärding you’ll continue along the river to the Bavarian town of Passau where the Inn and Ilz rivers flow into the mighty Danube. Take time to explore the delightful old town before carrying on along the river bank, via Engelhartszell – where you might be tempted to sample some home-made liqueurs at the Trappist monastery – to the stunning Danube Loop. The Loop, referred to locally as the Schlögener Schlinge, is a very picturesque bend in the river and we highly recommend making the climb to a nearby vantage pint to fully appreciate the full scene. Afterwards you take a short ferry ride (payable locally) across the river and cycle to your nearby hotel.

Day 5: Danube Loop – Enns, 43 miles/70 kms

The Danube Valley

The Danube Valley

The Danube Loop area is one of the most idyllic on your entire journey, and your route leads you on through the Danube Valley to some of the Danube’s prettiest towns as you approach the grand, cultural city of Linz. It’s a perfect spot for a break and to recharge the batteries at a traditional inn or café. Then you’ll continue on to Enns, Austria’s oldest town, with its fine central square and tower.

Day 6: Enns – Marbach/Maria Taferl, 40 miles/65 kms

Maria Taferl Church - Nibelungengau - Danube - Austria*

Maria Taferl Church

Today you’ll cycle through more lovely riverside scenery and quaint local villages. There’s plenty of time to stop at the open-air museum of Mitterkirchen. Next you ride through the beautiful wooded Strudengau valley to the pretty town of Grein with its looming castle and historic theatre. You are now in Austria’s wine region and terraced vineyards line the valley on either side of the river– stop for a quick tasting at one of the many vineyards if you fancy or continue on to either Marbach or Maria Taferl where you will overnight.

Day 7: Marbach/Maria Taferl – Wachau Valley – Krems/Vienna, 34 miles/55 kms (+ train)

Duernstein - Wachau - Austria

Dürnstein – Wachau Valley

Today your route takes you first to the huge Benedictine abbey at Melk before entering the Wachau Valley, a region famous for its natural beauty and extensive vineyards. Enjoy idyllic cycling through picture perfect wine villages such as Spitz, Weissenkirchen and Dürnstein. In Krems you board a train with your bike for the short journey into Vienna (included). The last afternoon and evening of your tour are spent in the Austrian capital with its myriad of sights and attractions. The Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the Imperial Palace are popular highlights. You may also want to take in the ‘Riesenrad’, the giant ferris wheel, made famous in the 1949 British film, ‘The Third Man’, and no trip to Vienna would be complete without enjoying a coffee and cake in one of the convivial and elegant coffee houses. There’s so much to see you may wish to consider adding an extra night to your holiday – just ask about this at the time of booking.

 

Day 8: Vienna

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates - scroll down for 2020 dates
Arrivals daily from 20 April to 05 October

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2019 Prices - scroll down for 2020 prices
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10 May
11 May
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21 Jun
22 Jun
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30 Aug
31 Aug
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27 Sep
28 Sep
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05 Oct
Comfort category
Double/twin £573 £628 £678 £628 £573            
Single £775 £829 £880 £829 £775            
Triple £554 £607 £656 £607 £554            
Superior category
Double/twin £668 £725 £780 £725 £668            
Single £900 £957 £1012 £957 £900            
Triple £646 £701 £754 £701 £646            
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Deposit per person £125

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
Train journey Krems - Vienna
Donaucard in Upper Austria
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet (€35, payable locally)
Tourist tax (approximately €2pppn, payable locally)

Supplements

Half board: 6 x dinner (breakfast only Vienna), comfort (£154)
Half board: 6 x dinner (breakfast only Vienna), superior (£169)
Extra night Salzburg, double/twin, comfort (£57)
Extra night Salzburg, single, comfort (£80)
Extra night Salzburg, double/twin, 22 June - 30 Aug, comfort (£69)
Extra night Salzburg, single, 22 June - 30 Aug, comfort (£93)
Extra night Salzburg, double/twin, superior (£66)
Extra night Salzburg, single, superior (£103)
Extra night Salzburg, double/twin, 22 June - 30 Aug, superior (£85)
Extra night Salzburg, single, 22 June - 30 Aug, superior (£141)
Extra night Vienna, double/twin, comfort (£62)
Extra night Vienna, single, comfort (£96)
Extra night Vienna, double/twin, superior (£80)
Extra night Vienna, single, superior (£180)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£80)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£180)

Reductions

Free for children up to 5 years
50% for children 6 -11 years sharing with 2 adults
25% for children 12 -14 years sharing with 2 adults
2020 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 18 April to 05 October

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2020 Prices
014-103CAT
Per person
18 Apr
to
08 May
09 May
to
19 Jun
20 Jun
to
04 Sep
05 Sep
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25 Sep
26 Sep
to
05 Oct
Comfort category
Double/twin £597 £658 £709 £658 £597            
Single £799 £860 £910 £860 £799            
Triple £577 £636 £685 £636 £577            
Superior category
Double/twin £689 £749 £810 £749 £689            
Single £931 £992 £1052 £992 £931            
Triple £666 £724 £783 £724 £666            
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Deposit per person £125

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 x Buffet Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
Train journey Krems - Vienna
Donaucard in Upper Austria
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet (€35, payable locally)
Tourist tax (approximately €2pppn, payable locally)
Ferry, day 4 (approx €3 pp payable locally)

Supplements

Half board: 6 x dinner (breakfast only Vienna), comfort (£147)
Half board: 6 x dinner (breakfast only Vienna), superior (£169)
Extra night Salzburg, double/twin, comfort (£57)
Extra night Salzburg, single, comfort (£80)
Extra night Salzburg, double/twin, 20 June - 04 Sep, comfort (£72)
Extra night Salzburg, single, 20 June - 04 Sep, comfort (£96)
Extra night Salzburg, double/twin, superior (£66)
Extra night Salzburg, single, superior (£103)
Extra night Salzburg, double/twin, 20 June - 04 Sep, superior (£85)
Extra night Salzburg, single, 20 June - 04 Sep, superior (£141)
Extra night Vienna, double/twin, comfort (£62)
Extra night Vienna, single, comfort (£99)
Extra night Vienna, double/twin, superior (£62)
Extra night Vienna, single, superior (£99)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£76)
Regular plus bike with pannier & lock (£137)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£200)

Reductions

Free for children up to 5 years
50% for children 6 -11 years sharing with 2 adults
25% for children 12 -14 years sharing with 2 adults

Practical Information

Bikes

Regular bike

Regular bike

On this tour you can choose between a regular bike, a regular plus bike or an e-bike.

The regular bike is perfect for this style of tour and offers 21 speeds and a comfortable saddle. The alloy frame provides and upright riding position.

The regular plus bike offers a step up in terms of components (hydraulic Magura breaks HS 11, Shimano Deore XT) and the frame provides a more sporty riding position. High quality, suntour suspension forks ensure a comfortable ride on these bikes.

Regular plus bike

Regular plus bike

The e-bikes used on this tour have a good weight distribution and a low balance point. Overall weight amounts to approx. 23 kg. An illuminated LCD display allows you to select from three different modes of assistance and the battery will easily last each ride assuming it is fully charged at the start.

All bikes also come equipped with a rear pannier, handlebar bag, lock, pump and a repair kit.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, you are able to buy a helmet locally for around 35 euros. It must be requested at the time of booking.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels, inns and B&Bs.

Salzburg: Hotel Ganslhof
Burghausen: Hotel Bayerischer Hof
Schärding: Hotel Stiegenwirt
Donauschlinge: Freizeitanlage Schlögen
Enns/surroundings: Pension Römer
Marbach/Maria Taferl: Landgasthof Zur Schönen Wienerin
Vienna: Arcotel Kaiserwasser

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Salzburg: Achat Plaza zum Hirschen
Burghausen: Hotel Glöcklhofer
Schärding: Biedermeier Hof
Donauschlinge: Hotel Donauschlinge
Enns/surroundings: Hotel Lauriacum
Marbach/Maria Taferl: Hotel Rose
Vienna: Arcotel Kaiserwasser

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night

Getting There

Fly to Salzburg , Munich or Vienna

Research flights from the UK here

Take a train from Munich or Vienna to Salzburg

Research trains here

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 2 reviews 4.3
  • Date - 17/06/2016
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Ally was and still is very responsive. As the company name implies,it was very accommodating to my interests. The reminder emails about payment were appreciated. I would recommend Flexitreks but not Eurobike, it's partner for my trip.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - The narrative directions were very poor in places. When they suggested the northern rather than southern route, for example, it would have been helpful to understand rationale for that. Would have been helpful to have been given the number of each bike route rather than just its name as numbers were more often noted than names.
    Would have liked to have received the route details upon final payment rather than mere days before its start to allow for better preparation. My personal itinerary about hotels didn't match one of the vouchers.
    One of the hotels had lost its star rating which was very evident resulting the need/decision to relocate to another hotel. During a conversation with Eurobike rep, she indicated that she was unsure the last time hotels in its option list were verified. That was very disappointing.
    I was reimbursed by Flexitreks, my primary contact.
    I would not use Eurobike again.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for your feedback and for your time on the phone during our subsequent telephone conversations. I am truly sorry for the problems you experienced on this trip and really appreciate that in spite of everything you still feel able to recommend Flexitreks. We look forward to showing you how smoothly our holidays usually operate at some future point.
  • Date - 11/12/2015
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - No problems
  • Flexitreks response - Thank you for taking the time to reply. I hope you are already considering another cycle trip in Europe with Flexitreks in 2016.
    Ally and the Flexitreks team.