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Salzburg - Linz - Vienna

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Distance: 417 km / 259 miles
Daily avg.: 59 km / 37 miles
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Self-guided / semi-guided / guided tour

Suitable also for road bikes

Day 1)
Salzburg – St. Gilgen (51 km / 32 miles)

In the morning meet our representative/guide who will give you the tour briefing, bikes and all information materials.
Start cycling from Salzburg, a UNESCO enlisted historical town at the foot of the Alps, where the composer Mozart was born and raised. Follow the Mozart bike route winding its way through beautiful Alpine countryside and along the Lake Mondsee in the region known as the Salzkammergut. The only hilly day of the tour brings you to Lake Wolfgangsee.
Overnight in St. Gilgen.

Day 2)
St. Gilgen – Gmunden (57 km / 35 miles)

Today you will cycle past Lake Wolfgangsee via Bad Ischl, where you can visit the Imperial Villa, the former summer residence of the Austrian Emperor. Continue along the Traun River passing former Nazi concentration camp in Ebensee on your way to Lake Traunsee with the major highlight of the day, Orth Castle situated on an island. Stay in Gmunden at the Lake Traunsee shore.
Overnight in Gmunden.

Day 3)
Gmunden – Linz (79 km / 49 miles)

Today you will cycle downstream the Traun River to Linz. On your way is the historical town of Wels, founded by the Romans, and a charming, moat-surrounded castle in Traun. Arriving to Linz, pass its superb Neo-Gothic cathedral, the largest in Austria. Linz has a host of museums and churches including the country's oldest one, St. Martin‘s Church dated back to 799 which still retains much of its original form.
Shorter cycling option (49 km / 30 miles) with a train transfer from Wels to Linz (ticket included), is available.
Overnight in Linz.

Day 4)
Linz – Grein (61 km / 38 miles)

Leaving Linz diverge from the Danube for a while to reach Mauthausen, the site of a terrible Nazi concentration camp in WWII. Continue cycling through the meadows of the Machland plain along the old Danube riverarms. Then you can travel 2,700 years back in time visiting the Celtic village reconstructed in Mitterkirchen. End up in Grein, with a monumental 15th century castle overseeing the Danube.
Overnight in Grein.

Day 5)
Grein – Melk (48 km / 30 miles)

From Grein you will take a romantic ride through the beautiful landscape of the Strudengau valley, along a narrow section of the Danube. After the small town of Ybbs pass tiny Austrian villages in the wider Nibelungengau valley. As you cycle on, spot the famous Melk Abbey, one of the greatest Baroque ensembles in Europe, perched above your overnight town.
Overnight in Melk.

Day 6)
Melk – Tulln (80 km / 50 miles)

The longest, but the most scenic section follows the Danube through the UNESCO protected Wachau Valley, a unique wine region with vineyards and orchards up the steep riverside teracces. Along the way is Durnstein, a very picturesque small town at the foot of a rock with a castle ruins atop. Arriving to Krems ride through an old towngate to enter the town center with many beautiful churches. Then bike down the flat forested riverside to Tulln.
Overnight in Tulln.

Day 7)
Tulln – Vienna (41 km / 25 miles)

This final, short leg brings you along the Danube to the Austrian capital, Vienna. On your way pass the Wienerwald, the northeastern tip of the Alps, and after crossing the river enjoy a relaxing ride along the Danube Island, a recreational area which offers a great view of this vibrant and beautiful city.
Overnight in Vienna.

Day 8)

Enjoy sightseeing in Vienna, the city where old traditions of the Habsburg monarchy meet the modern way of life. There are many things to see, just to name some – the impressive Gothic cathedral of St.Stephen, famous Hundertwasser House designed in 1985, or the vast Prater Park with a giant ferris wheel, the symbol of Vienna.

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