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Austria

Tauern Valleys

Self-Guided Leisure Bike Tour

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8 days

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Austria

Tauern Valleys

Self-Guided Leisure Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,035 P.P.
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Join us in 2020 on our center-based vacation in Austria. If packing and re-packing isn’t your idea of fun, then this tour could be just the ticket! Staying the whole week in a lovely castle hotel set in peaceful Maishofen near Zell am See, you’ll be able to meander your way along river valleys and alongside snow-covered peaks by day, and enjoy delicious regional cuisine at the hotel restaurant by night.
Throughout the week you’ll be riding predominantly on flat cycle paths, which allows you to explore the region around Lake Zell, enjoying magnificent views of the surrounding Tauern Mountains. The routes offer up the chance to discover unique and natural wonders, like the Krimml waterfalls (Europe’s highest!) and the Seisenbergklamm gorge.
You will also discover cultural highlights, like the National Park museum and the tourist mine in Leogang. You can also visit the highest mountain in Austria (the Großglockner reaching 3,798 meters.) Don’t worry though, we won’t make you cycle this part! A bus journey will take you up the Großglockner High Alpine Road, reaching 2,500 meters. Keep your eyes peeled for castles on the way up.
Your hotel offers plenty of options for a break from your cycling trip, with many of the leisure facilities available to use; with tasty breakfasts and evening meals included in the vacation cost.
If you're interested in doing this vacation with children, then check out the family version of this trip, where you may find the information more relevant to your needs.
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Highlights

  • Beautiful panoramic mountain views
  • Visiting Europe’s highest waterfall in Krimml
  • Swimming in Lake Zell and Lake Ritzen
  • Exploring the impressive Seisenbergklamm
  • Spending a week in the relaxing Schloss Kammer Hotel
  • Riding the river valleys of the Salzach and Saalach rivers

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Maishofen
  • Meals: Dinner

Today you will arrive in Maishofen. Take some time to settle in and relax after your journey. Unwind in the Alpine sauna, complete with a hot-stone steam room, take a stroll in the private gardens (Herrengarten), or take a dip in the hotel’s natural swimming pond.

You can then join the welcome meeting later on in the evening to learn about your upcoming week of cycling.

Day 2
Around Lake Zell
19 Miles / 30 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

After a delicious breakfast, your first ride will take you past Castle Prielau to the banks of Lake Zell. From here you’ll continue along the shores of the lake towards the lovely Zell am Zee, boasting a beautiful old town centre. Then you’ll ride further into the Schüttdorf moor.

You’ll follow a loop around the lake, enjoying views of the surrounding mountains, including the imposing Schmittenhöhe, before heading back to your hotel. A relaxing start to the week with a gentle 30 kms to warm up the legs!

Day 3
Oberpinzgau Loop and the Krimml Waterfalls
25 - 40 Miles / 40 - 65 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Today you’ll again make your way by bike to Zell am See, in order to catch the Krimml train (excl. bicycle ticket, approx. €2.50/bike) up into the Oberpinzgau region to the Krimml waterfalls; the highest in Europe.

Your ride today will see you making your way steadily downhill back to Maishofen. You’ll cycle first through Hollersbach, located within the National Paek Hohe Tauern. From here you’ll continue on through Mittersill. Here you’ll find the National Park museum, where you can learn about the flora, fauna, geology and culture of this scenic part of the Alps, before continuing on to Mittersill castle. You’ll then ride on towards Stuhlfelden where you’ll find Castle Lichtenau and Castle Habach. You can jump on the train at various points along the way if you want to make your ride shorter.

Day 4
Mini Golf by Bike
9 Miles / 15 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Today it’s time for something different! A game of mini golf by bike? Go on then. A circular tour of around 15 Kms will take you around a mini-golf course (map, scorecard and golf clubs all included).

Cycling from hole to hole, and making your way past inventive obstacles, will make your hole-in-one far from easy! A brilliant way to explore the country side.

Day 5
Tourist Mine in Leogang or to Hochfilzen
28 - 43 Miles / 45 - 70 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Your ride today will take you through the small town of Neunbrünnen to the riverbanks of the Saalach River, and on further to the Leoganger Ache, a tributary of the Saalach.

The mine will take you back in time and offers you the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of medieval miners. Drop by the Knappenstube Inn to enjoy some regional delicacies, before continuing on with your ride. After your day trip here, you’ll return back to your hotel through lush meadows and along beautifully landscaped paths.

For those of you looking for a bit more of a challenge, you can take an alternative route following sign posting for “Radweg Hochfilzen” to add an additional 25 Kms onto your day.

Day 6
Free Day
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Today it’s time to relax and enjoy the facilities your hotel has to offer. Enjoy the Alpine sauna and private gardens or find a shady spot by the natural swimming pool and grab that book you’ve been having too much fun to read!

Or, if you’re still full of energy, you can head up Austria’s highest mountain; Mount Großglockner (by bus, see more information below), or take a trip into the nearby city of Salzburg (approx. 85 km) – and make the most of your ‘Salzburg Card’, included as part of your cycling holiday package, with lots of sights either free or discounted. You can find further details here: https://www.salzburgerland.com/en/salzburgerland-card/. We recommend cycling to the station and jumping on the train.

Please note, the Salzburgerland is available only for the duration of your Skedaddle trip, and isn’t available to use if you‘re extending in Salzburg at the end of the trip.

The Großglockner bus tour runs from May to the end of September, at least twice weekly. On arrival at your hotel, please ask reception for information on bus departure days and times. The bus tour must be reserved in advance (again, please ask the hotel), and costs approx. €29 per person (not included in tour price). The bus tour lasts the whole day.

Day 7
Seisenbergklamm Gorge in Weißbach
34 - 40 Miles / 55 - 65 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

For your last day on the bikes, you’ll cycle through small rural hamlets, first to Maria Alm and then to Saalfelden. From there, you will continue along the river Saalach to Weißbach to the Seisenbergklamm gorge. The gorge’s history began some 12,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age. In 1831, woodcutters constructed a 600 metre long track (to transport wood) through the vast gorge, which you can now use to explore this imposing natural monument. It takes around 1 hour to make your way along its well maintained pathways.

Later, you will cycle back to your hotel through Kolling Woods, and past Lake Ritzensee. Idyllically located, it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon dip!

Day 8
Departure from Maishofen
  • Meals: Breakfast

Take your time having a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, and reminisce about your fantastic week, as today you unfortunately have to say goodbye to your gorgeous hotel and the Tauern valleys.

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The Cycling

Terrain

You’ll be riding on predominantly flat routes in the river valleys of the Salzaach and Saalach rivers. The terrain gets hillier as you leave the riverbanks going to and from your hotel (and day 5 will pose the biggest challenge in terms of ups and downs!) but generally it’s a relaxed route. You’ll find yourself mostly on paved bike paths and quiet side streets, with only around 45% of the route on roads shared with traffic (although these are usually pretty quiet). We recommend a hybrid bike for this tour. (Due to some short stretches on hard packed gravel / dirt roads, the route is not suitable for road bikes).

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 2 : Gentle

Distances generally between 15-30 miles / 24-48 kms per day

For those looking for an easy-going route

Mainly on the flat

Some undulations and the odd cheeky challenge

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Maybe you have recently got into cycling and would like to do more over consecutive days, or maybe you‘re looking for a more energetic alternative to your usual vacation? If you’re looking for an opportunity to try some quiet roads, cycle paths or some accessible, cycle friendly routes these trips might be for you. You’ll come across some gently undulating terrain and the odd cheeky challenge, so we’d generally expect those on a Grade 2 trip to ride their bikes relatively frequently at home, perhaps commuting to work or heading out for some leisurely rides at the weekend.

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Dates & Prices

Daily departures available between 24 Apr and 09 Oct.

Season 1 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 24 Apr and the 07 May or the 01 Oct and the 09 Oct: $1035 pp.

Season 2 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 08 May and the 18 Jun or the 11 Sep and the 30 Sep: $1120 pp.

Season 3 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 19 Jun and the 10 Sep: $1190 pp.

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Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in 4* Hotel Schloss Kammer

B) Breakfast and evening meals

C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)

D) Detailed route notes and maps (1 set per room)

E) Brandy tasting in the historic cellar of your castle hotel

F) Salzburger Land Card (discounted admissions for various attractions in Salzburg)

G) Train journey from Zell am See to Krimml (Excl.bike) – Day 3 – (Using Salzburger Land Card)

H) Free admission to the public swimming area Maishofen / Lake Zell

I) Maishofen bicycle golf (incl. map, scorecard, and golf clubs)

J) Use of all hotel facilities (swimming pond, sauna, hot stone steam room)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Lunch

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Tourist tax (payable locally)

J) Travel to/from first hotel on arrival day and final hotel on departure day

K) Bus fare to Mount Großglockner (to be booked and paid locally)

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The Essentials

Travel Options

For this tour we ask that you make your own way to your hotel in Maishofen on arrival and onwards from here at the end of the trip. We ask that you aim to arrive before 18.00. The most convenient airport for this trip is Salzburg airport (SZG). Most flights from North America require overnight travel, and a stop over in an intermediary airport, with Norwegian combining with another airline being a common combination for this trip. Please note that flying from North America may involve multiple travel days. From Salzburg airport you can make your way to Salzburg Hauptbahnhof (around 4 kms from the city centre. Bus service 2 runs between the airport and the Hauptbahnhof every 10-20 minutes; the journey takes approximately 20 minutes and a single ticket costs €2.50). You can then jump on the train to Zell am See (approx. 2 hours). Please check with Skedaddle before booking any flights so that we can ensure they fit in with the trip schedule.

Accommodation

Your trip is centre-based and you’ll be spending the week at the 4* Hotel Schloss Kammer in Maishofen: http://www.schlosskammer.at/en/.

This family run hotel oozes Alpine charm. The Neumayer family have been running, and living, in and around the hotel for 8 generations and the family feel really comes across when you stay in this lovely accommodation. The castle, which was fully renovated in 1994 and again in 2007, will take you back to ancient times, whilst still offering you all the mod cons. Complete with a spa and natural swimming pond, this is the perfect spot to relax after your days out on the bike.

Please note that a twin bedded room may be a typical Austrian Twin, which comprises two mattresses and two sets of bedding in the same large bed frame; it may not be possible to separate the mattresses.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have a choice of bikes available to hire. Our standard bikes are hybrids (red in the photo above) with semi slick tyres and a relaxed riding position. These bikes are typically unisex frames, although men’s frames are often available on request. You also have the choice of premium hybrid bikes (black in the photo above) which are lighter than our standard bikes and offer a more dynamic riding position.

We also have e-bikes available to hire. (subject to availability). Please note, e-bikes will have pedal brakes as well as hand brakes. Bikes come equipped with a saddle and handlebar bag, a tool kit, a puncture repair kit, a cycle computer, a pump and a combination lock. You will need to bring along your own helmets. It is possible to bring along your own saddle and / or pedals, but we ask that you bring along your own tools as you will need to fit them yourselves. If you bring your own saddle, we also recommend you bring an adapter, due to differing saddle diameters.

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