Savour a short and rewarding bike journey across the Austrian Alps
This tour screams efficiency! In just 5 days, you’ll cycle from Salzburg to Villach, Austria, merely 200km across the Austrian Alps. Spend the first night in the understated Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and poetic inspiration to many. Then, get your heart pumping right off the bat as you ascend to the mountains and spend two nights in two charming villages. Finally, you’ll ride down into a new province with more pastoral scenes and end up in Villach, a lovely city close to several swimmable lakes.
This bike tour offers a blend of culture and adventure as you go from city to mountain to city once more. Along the way, expect to see some idyllic scenes from baroque architecture to flowing waterfalls once you reach the preserved natural areas. With your breakfasts included in your accommodation, you can always fuel up well for long days of pedalling. Lunch and dinner are up to you, but you’ll have no trouble finding a suitable restaurant serving local favourites. For those pressed for time but wishing to see a lot, this is your tour!
Highlights of the Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour
Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Salzburg
Your tour begins in Salzburg, Austria, a romantic town in the mountains and home to Mozart. If you arrive early enough, take some time to explore the Old Town before settling into your hotel for the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Salzburg
Day 2 Long Ride to St. Johann
Soon after you start riding today, the mountains will come into view. For the first part of the day, you’ll ride along the Salzach River, lending to a very tranquil morning ride. You’ll keep pedalling onto the Tauern bike path to Hallein village, a historic town with stunning lush mountains around it.
Take a refreshing stop at Golling waterfall, flowing 75 metres from top to bottom. Finish the day with a climb to St. Johann, a mountain town and popular ski resort, where you’ll stay for the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in St. Johann
Distance: 7 hours, 70km
Day 3 Bike through Gastein Valley
Leaving the mountain town behind, you’ll ride through the peaceful Gastein Valley. Here’s where the quintessential Austrian Alp scenes appear. With high mountains surrounding you, ride along a river until you reach one of today’s highlights, the Gastein Waterfall.
This place has inspired countless artists, and you’ll see why. After this stop, you’ll ride to Böckstein and hop on a train to Mölltal/Mallnitz, hop out and ride down to your hotel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Mölltal/Mallnitz
Distance: 5.5 hours, 55km
Day 4 Cycle to Villach
After an early breakfast, set off for a long and beautiful ride south to Villach, the seventh-largest city in Austria. You’ll enter into a new province, Carinthia, which is famous for its beautiful lakes.
Ride along a river with mountains all around you, and soon the famous Porcia Renaissance castle appears on the horizon. Depending on when you arrive in Villach, ride to a nearby lake and swim before getting a well-deserved rest in your hotel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Villach
Distance: 7.5 hours, 75km
Day 5 Departure
Enjoy a lovely meal, then pack up, as your tour through the Alps has come to an end. Consider extending your trip to stay in Austria a bit longer!
Overnight Location: None
Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour Price and Dates
This guided tour in Austria is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price per person is fixed.
The best time to travel to Austria for biking is during the spring, summer, and early fall (May through September). This tour is available every Saturday from May 1st to September 25th and every Thursday from June 10th to August 26th. Alternative departure days are available on request for groups of 5 and more.
Private Guided Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour
Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:
- Price per person staying in a single room (min 2 travellers): $650 USD
- Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $550 USD
Accommodation on the Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star hotels. Tourist tax, if requested at the hotel, is not included and will have to be paid on the spot.
In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.
Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of $125 USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers will be required to pay a supplement.
Hotels on Standard Tour
Hotel in Salzburg
Sleep in one of the most romantic cities in Austria, known for its baroque architecture and recognized by UNESCO. Gaze out your window at the birthplace of Mozart!
Hotel in St. Johann
Relax in this little mountain town that turns into a busy ski resort every winter. During the rest of the year, enjoy the lush valley scenery of the Austrian Alps.
Hotel in Mölltal/Mallnitz
Spend a wonderful night in this charming village enveloped by the Austrian Alps. You’ll think you stumbled into a picture book here.
Hotel in Villach
Stroll the streets of the seventh-largest city in Austria and absorb the almost-eastern European vibes. Settle into your hotel for a good night’s sleep.
What’s Included in the Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour?
4 breakfasts are included.
Accommodation for 4 nights is included in the tour. You can add additional nights before or after your tour as a supplement.
Transportation during the Tour
While you cycle between hotels, transportation for your luggage is included. The train ride between Böckstein and Mallnitz for you and your bike is also included.
- Tour information in English
- Well-planned routes
- Detail route descriptions
- Detailed maps
- 24-hour telephone assistance
- Visas if required
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Guide services
- Entrance fees of any kind
- Lunches, dinners, drinks, or other food/drink not previously mentioned
- Travel insurance and tourism tax
- Public transportation
- Anything not mentioned as included
- Extra nights in any accommodation
- Bike rental:
- 21-gear hybrid bike: $95 USD per person
- E-bike (UNISEX bike, 500 W battery; range up to 100 km): $150 USD per person
- Additional nights before or after the tour
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