Innsbruck to Salzburg Hike & Bike

Innsbruck to Salzburg Hike & Bike

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Innsbruck to Salzburg Hike & Bike

10 Days Starting in Innsbruck and ending in Salzburg

Visiting: Austria

Tour operator:

UTracks

Tour code:

ISH

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 15

Physical rating:

moderate

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Tour Overview

The Austrian Alps high above Innsbruck lend themselves to mountain hiking whilst the valleys connecting alpine towns en route to Salzburg are ideal for cycling. This is a trip which combines both activities to ensure you get the most out of the region. From the ski town of Innsbruck to the historic town of Salzburg there are numerous natural and cultural attractions. Hike to one of the highest waterfalls in Europe, pass tiny ski villages in the Zillertal Valley, take a guided tour of the Moserboden dam or visit an old salt mine or beer brewery. At night soak in the hospitality of our specially chosen hotels whilst dining on local culinary delights.

Highlights

  • Exploring the pretty alpine towns of Innsbruck and Salzburg

  • Hiking the Austrian Alps and visiting the Krimmler Waterfalls

  • Cycling through the changing landscape of the Zillertal Valley

  • Soaking up the warm hospitality of family run hotels en route

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Innsbruck

On arrival in Innsbruck, walk to your hotel which is ideally located to explore the sites of this lively town such as the castle, old town section and the ski jumping station.

Day 2 : Cable Car To High Above The Inn Valley, Walk The Zirbenweg Stone Pine Path, Return To Innsbruck By Cable Car (2.5-4Hrs)
Meals Included: B

This morning you take the tram from Innsbruck, followed by a cable car which takes you up to 2000m/6562ft. From the top of the cable car station you follow an easy high trail passing old stone pines high above the Inn valley. Enjoy refreshments at a mountain hut where you can purchase fresh cheese, and later descend by cable car and return to your hotel by bus.
Walking distance: 7.7km/4.8mi

Day 3 : Cycle Along The Inn River Past Historic Towns To The Entrance Of The Zillertal Valley (45Km/28Mi)
Meals Included: B

This morning you swap your hiking boots for a bike and follow the cycle trail along the Inn river out of the city. This well signed trail takes you past historic towns where you can visit the famous Swarovski crystal world in Wattens or take a rest in the old streets of the many villages you pass. On one side you will see the Alps and on the other side the Karwendel mountain range. Stay overnight at the entrance of the Zillertal valley.

Day 4 : Gentle Uphill Cycle Into The Zillertal Valley, Transfer Via Gerlos Pass From Zell Am Ziller To Krimml (25-40Km/15.5-25Mi)
Meals Included: B

The route this morning gradually ascends into the Zillertal valley, famous for skiing all year round at the glacier, to the village of Zell am Ziller. The valley offers much more than skiing, with its incredible scenery, alpine pastures and little villages with good restaurants. If you're making good time and wish to do the longer cycle, you can do a loop ride from Zell am Ziller to Mayrhofen, the main village in the valley. From Zell am Ziller, transfer after lunch over the Gerlos Pass to Krimml (approx. 30 mins duration). On arrival in Krimml you will still have time to walk to the waterfalls.

Day 5 : Pass The Krimml Waterfall And An Alpine Valley In The National Park (1.5-4.5Hrs)
Meals Included: B

On foot today you will pass the Krimml waterfall (one of the highest in Europe) on your way into the national park, which has trails to reach viewpoints and explore the different levels of the falls. Armed with your map, you can explore deeper into the valley to the edge of the Alps. The mountain hut “Tauernhaus” is the starting point for trails which lead over the Alps eg, the trans alp trek. We recommend taking a taxi into the valley and walking back to Krimml passing by the waterfall from above! You will mainly walk along a nice gravel road with fantastic views. Overnight Krimml.
Walking distance: 11.4km/7m

Day 6 : Cycle Along The Salzach River Valley To Zell Am See (65Km/40.5Mi)
Meals Included: B

Back on the bikes today as you follow the Salzach river valley almost from the source, with impressive mountain ranges on both sides of the wide valley. There are many side trips you can take into the National Park of Hohe Tauern and we highly recommend a visit of the park's information centre. Mt Kitzsteinhorn is one of 266 peaks over 3000m/9843ft located in this wild alpine park, Austria's oldest national park. The cycle continues to the old market town of Zell am See with its wonderful lakeside position and views of the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner (3798m/12,461ft).

Day 7 : Hike Around Zell Am See-Kaprun (2-4Hrs)
Meals Included: B

Outside of skiing in winter, there is no better way to see Zell am See-Kaprun than on foot. The spectacular combination of glacier, mountains and lake is nothing short of unique and guarantees unforgettable insights into Austria's natural environment. Discover the two high mountain reservoirs Mooserboden and Wasserfallboden, embedded in the impressive mountains of the Hohe Tauern and enjoy the great views at 2000m altitude. A bus takes you straight up into the heart of the alpine world.
There is also the option to do a guided dam tour which includes a hike to the Mooserboden dam where you have the opportunity to explore inside the dam and learn how “green” electricity is generated. Walk the herbal path (45mins, 237m/778ft ascent) from the Mooserboden reservoir to rustic Fürthermoaralm to see the unique vegetation of the Hohe Tauern mountains. Overnight Zell am See.

Day 8 : Cycle Around The Lake Then Past Hamlets And Impressive Gorges To Lofer (45-60Km/28-37Mi)
Meals Included: B

Cycling again, you take a route around the lake and later pass small hamlets with old farm houses. There will be some hills in the morning and a sensational view to the so-called Stony Sea Mountain range. In the afternoon you will pass some impressive gorges (open to visit) and a huge cave before arriving at Lofer, where you stay tonight.

Day 9 : Cycle Along The River Saalach To Salzburg (50Km/31Mi)
Meals Included: B

Continuing along the river Saalach the cycle takes in a small part of Bavaria. The mountains are not as high as on previous days but form a part of the National park of Berchtesgaden. Cycle through the spa city of Bad Reichenhall where you can visit the old salt mine, have a break in the old town or visit a brewery. Afterwards you are almost in Salzburg and you should visit the open air museum of Grossgmain with old farm houses. For lovers of the movie 'The Sound of Music', you pass a castle with a lake which featured in the film. Welcome to Salzburg!

Day 10 : Trip Concludes
Meals Included: B

The trip concludes after breakfast.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    9 nights hotels

  • 9 breakfasts - Continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, meats, cheeses, coffee, tea and juices.

  • 9 nights in 3-4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities

  • Luggage transfer

  • 24 speed bike with panniers, lock, helmet and repair kit (e-bikes available - supplement applies)

  • Information pack including route notes, maps per room booked (GPS data files available on request)

  • Transfer Gerlos Pass including bike (day 4)

  • Emergency hotline

  • Information pack including route notes, maps per room booked (GPS data files)

  • Tourist card Krimml (free or reduced prices in local sights)

  • Luggage Transfer, 1 piece maximum 20kg, supplement applies for excess

What's Not Included

  • Travel to Innsbruck and from Salzburg

  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, souvenirs and laundry etc.

  • Travel insurance - mandatory

  • Transfers not noted as included ie: train Zell am See - Hochfilzen (optional on day 8), optional reservoir excursion or cable car Zell/See, bus Tulfes, taxi Zell/See and taxi Krimml (optional), Cable cars - Innsbruck / Glunzeger

  • Lunch and dinner daily - allow €5-€10 for lunches daily and €15-€25 for dinners.

  • Tour guide - this is a self guided trip

  • Local hotel taxes €1-€5 per person per night

  • Drinks

  • GPS device - can be rented - supplement applies

  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room

  • Meals not listed as included, drinks

  • Transfers by taxi or public transport if you need to skip a stage

  • Transfers not listed included

  • Guide - this is a self guided holiday

  • Excess luggage

  • Items of a personal nature

Accommodation

9 nights hotels
In Austria note that a twin room is not always associated with having two beds! Quite often a twin bed has one or two mattresses on the same bedframe but with two separate duvets. Sometimes there might be two beds positioned together, but they cannot be separated because of constraints of the room. Please accept our apologies for this, but having inspected many hotel rooms, there are not many twin rooms which have two separated beds, except in more modern or international style hotels.

Grading

The trip is graded moderate (grade 3) with 5 cycle stages of between 25 and 65km (15.5 to 37m), and 3 walking stages of up to 4.5hrs. You mainly follow river cycle trails and there are only short ups and downs. There will be a transfer for the only mountain pass on the tour. The walking is not arduous, and is generally on gravel roads or hiking trails. To get the most out of this trip you should have a good level of fitness which you have obtained through exercising 3-4 times per week as a minimum.

What You Carry

As the trip is fully supported you only need to carry a daypack with your daily requirements including wet weather gear, lunch supplies, water bottle, warm top, phone etc

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

A. Kennedy(Delta, BC Canada)  

Innsbruck to Salzburg Hike & Bike

05 Jul 2017

This was a fantastic trip. The cycling route was mostly flat, almost always paved and on quiet routes with few or no vehicles. In spite of the paths being flat, you are surrounded by towering mountains. The scenery was amazing. We especially enjoyed having the dinners included and it was always a thrill to arrive at our wonderful overnight accommodation wondering what our evening meal would be like. A delicious soup (my husband's favourite part) or salad (often both), followed by a delicious dinner and dessert. The hotels were all very good and our suitcases were always at the hotel by the time we arrived in the afternoon. The route maps were very easy to follow with mileages shown and corresponding route description notes right on the maps. As well, most of the time you follow designated bike routes which are well signed in Austria. What we really liked was the number of times that we stayed two nights in the same location so that we didn't have to pack up and leave everyday. We didn't always do the suggested hike (mileages were sometimes more than we wanted to do - we are cyclists more than hikers), but it was very easy to find alternate shorter distance hikes by going up a gondola into the alpine area. We would not hesitate to do this exact tour again. We loved it!

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