St. Moritz to Innsbruck
Austria, Switzerland Bike Tours
The Inn Cycle Path
This bike tour in Austria and Switzerland takes you through the lush Engadin region. In Romansch, which is the indigenous language of the area, "Engadin" literally translates as "the garden of the Inn River". The Engadin valley includes the entire area of the Inn River valley, its tributaries and the surrounding mountains. This region is stunningly beautiful. Its quaint villages, meadows full of wildflowers, valleys with gurgling brooks, and high rugged mountains take your breath away. An artist equipped with brush and colors would need weeks to capture the essence of this tour. The Inn cycle path leads through this outstanding landscape as the Engadin merges into the big forests of the Swiss National Park. Suddenly the scenery changes and the Austrian Bundesland Tyrol welcomes you with warm hospitality. The tour ends in Innsbruck where your stay in the Olympic city is one of the highlights of the Inn cycle path.
8 days 7 days Season 1 £ 812 $ 1,391 € 999 NOK 9740 kr 8991 $ 1,169 £ 730 $ 1,252 € 899 NOK 8765 kr 8091 $ 1,052 Season 2 £ 857 $ 1,469 € 1055 NOK 10286 kr 9495 $ 1,234 £ 776 $ 1,330 € 955 NOK 9311 kr 8595 $ 1,117 Single supplement £ 175 $ 299 € 215 NOK 2096 kr 1935 $ 252 £ 158 $ 272 € 195 NOK 1901 kr 1755 $ 228 Dinners included £ 194 $ 333 € 239 NOK 2330 kr 2151 $ 280 £ 167 $ 286 € 205 NOK 1999 kr 1845 $ 240
Electric bicycle rental: £ 81 $ 139 € 100 NOK 975 kr 900 $ 117
Extra nights (price is per person/night):
St. Moritz: £ 96 $ 164 € 118 NOK 1151 kr 1062 $ 138
Single supplement: £ 45 $ 77 € 55 NOK 536 kr 495 $ 64
Innsbruck: £ 56 $ 96 € 69 NOK 673 kr 621 $ 81
Single supplement: £ 24 $ 40 € 29 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
There are couple of options for arrival airport depending on your specific travel plans. You can fly to Zurich International Airport, Bolzano, or Innsbruck.
Train (Zug) from airport (located beneath the terminal building) to main railroad station downtown (Zurich HB), runs every 20 minutes in both directions with a travel time of 10 minutes. From Zurich HB, trains depart for all points in Switzerland. Trip to St. Moritz usually takes about 3 – 4 hours.
Please check local conditions before arrival. Average high/low temperatures in ° F for the area are: May 62° /48º, June 67°/53°, July 73°/58°, August 72°/57°, and September 65°/52°
Electric bike available.
Where You’ll Stay
Accommodations in 3 star hotels and guest houses (4 star in Innsbruck and St. Moritz)
- Hotel accommodations for 6 or 7 nights depending on category booked
- Breakfast buffet
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
- Detailed travel documents including detailed route descriptions, tourist information, and important phone numbers (1 set per room)
- 7 day service hotline
- 21 speed hybrid bicycle
- GPS tracks (must be reserved in advance)
- Bicycle protection
What’s Not Included
- Remaining meals (dinners can be included for a supplement)
- Transfer back to St. Moritz incl. own bike every Friday morning: €80 per person
- Local tax approx. € 10-15 p.p. (payable upon arrival)
- Trip insurance
Extra nights available in both St. Moritz and Innsbruck.
Arrival every Friday (8 day / 7 night tour) and Saturday (7 day / 6 night tour) from May 3 to September 14, 2019
Season 1: May 3 to June 13 and August 30 to September 14
Season 2: June 14 to August 29
Moderate self-guided hotel to hotel tour. The route consists of bike paths and wood and gravel paths. The stages are slightly hilly, with two or three mid grade ascents and many normal descents. Daily distances range from 22 to 41 miles
Day 1: Arrival in St. Moritz
Day 2: St. Moritz loop, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: St . Moritz – Zernez, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 4: Zernez – Scuol, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Scuol – Prutz/Reid, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 6: Prutz/Reid – Imst, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Imst – Innsbruck, 41 mi. (65 km)
Day 8: Departure from Innsbruck
*All distances are approximate. The 7 day tour does not include a loop around St. Mortiz. Day 2 is your arrival day. A transfer back to Moritz cannot be booked on Saturdays.
DAY 1: Arrival in St. Moritz
Chic, elegant and exclusive, with an extremely cosmopolitan air, the resort of St. Moritz is located at an altitude of 1856 meters above sea level and surrounded by the beautiful lake landscape of the Upper Engadine. The local tourist office claims the sun shines 322 days a year.
DAY 2: St. Moritz loop
Explore the fascinating surroundings of St. Moritz and perhaps undertake a tour by bike of Lake St. Moritz, one of the several lakes in the region. The Upper Engadin lake landscape is a unique phenomenon. The wide valley basin actually has a string of wonderful lakes, each with its own individual character.
DAY 3: St . Moritz – Zernez, 22 mi. (35 km)
You will be traversing the valley of the Upper Engadine region, the door to the Swiss National Park. Samedan is the first village today that you will cycle through. Worth seeing is the old St. Peter Parish Church with its Romanesque tower, built around 1200. Next is La Punt , a picturesque village strategically located at the sun kissed foot of the Albula Pass, directly next to the River Inn. Beautifully adorned farmhouses and stately patrician houses from the 16th and 17th centuries stand majestically in the village. A bridge over the River Inn leads from the La Punt part of the village, to Chamues-ch. Worth visiting is the early Gothic church of San Andrea in Chamues-ch, a classic example of a Gothic mountain pilgrimage church with a slim, white tower, Romanesque door and Gothic vaulted ceiling. The nave and chancel are adorned with frescoes from 1505. Also worth seeing is the La Punt baroque church built in 1680. Another village that you will cycle through is Zuoz , an example of a traditional Engadin village. It has many cobble stoned streets, an elegant town center and numerous beautiful old buildings. There is also the church of San Luzi with its beautiful window paintings that you will not want to miss. Continuing on through the Engadine high valley, your final destination today is Zernez, gateway to the Swiss National Park, Switzerland’s biggest nature preserve, featuring a fascinating wilderness which provides a habitat for a great many Alpine animals and plants.
DAY 4: Zernez – Scuol, 22 mi. (35 km)
After breakfast, your first stop will be the old mountain village of Lavin. The village, on a long terrace on a south-facing slope, was rebuilt in Italian style after being destroyed by fire in 1869. The late-Gothic village church escaped the flames and has valuable frescoes dating from the late-Gothic and early-Renaissance periods – one of the best-known and worth seeing art monuments in this federal state of Graubunden. Next on the agenda is the village of Guarda. Once an almost deserted place due to its remote location, it has been revived after most houses have been renovated and sold at attractive prices. Guarda is a quaint village of narrow roads with those beautifully renovated houses that preserve the traditional paintings and lovingly decorated doors and windows. Your final destination today is Scuol, an innovative holiday and spa resort– where mineral water bubbles from the village fountain and a park like environment surrounds. Dominating the village is its majestic landmark, the Tarasp Castle. Soothe your weary muscles in the thermal spa of Bogin Engiadina.
DAY 5: Scuol – Prutz/Ried, 34 mi. (55 km)
Today you will cross the border into Austria, passing through the village of Martina. After Martina, the Inn River thunders through a gorge before it escapes into the Tyrol region of Austria at the eerie Finstermünz fortress bridge. You will pass through Pfunds and Tösens to Ried.
DAY 6: Prutz/Ried – Imst, 25 mi. (40 km)
Through the Obere Gericht (Upper Court) from Ried , you will cycle through the little summer resort of Prutz with its old forts and parish church (remodeled in Gothic style around 1520 and then in the Baroque style in the 17th c.) On to Landeck a former fortress town that occupies a hillside above the Inn River. It huddles below the ruins of the 12 th c Schrofenstein castle, located on a ledge from where one enjoys a fantastic view. You will pass the monastery of Zams and travel through Milser Au to Imst (town of the wells). Time permitting a visit to Rosengartenschlucht (rose garden gorge) is recommended. Overnight in Imst.
DAY 7: Imst – Innsbruck, 41 mi (65 km)
Finally your bicycle tour in Austria take you through the villages of Stams, Telfs and Inzing where will make your journey to the Olympic city of Innsbruck a feast for your eyes. Cultural highlight of today's stage include the Zisterzienserstrift Stams (collegiate church with rose grids) and other numerous small churches and ruins you will encounter. The city of Innsbruck with its Golden Roof, a late gothic bay window built in 1500 is a must visit on this last day of this cycling path. Situated between two impressive mountain chains, Innsbruck was host of the Olympic Winter Games in 1964 and 1976 and to this day remains a major winter sports center. Perhaps you will want to ride the gondola up Seegrube (2000 m) to enjoy the spectacular views of the Inn Valley and surrounding mountains. Innsbruck's beauty and medieval wonders have kept it one of Austria's most marveled at cities for centuries. Along the cobblestone streets in the Altstadt (Old Town), you will come across magnificent Gothic architecture as well as Innsbruck’s most famous landmark, the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof). Built in 1500, this roof was built for Maximilian I, the Holy Roman Emperor, and is covered with 3000 gold-plated copper tiles. The balcony once served as Maximilian’s "ringside seat" during festive events in the square below. Furthermore, the Hofburg Palace served as his residence during the 15th century (with the paintings of the Hapsburg family still visible inside today). Also of note is that Innsbruck is the home of Swarovski Crystal, and has a theme park dedicated to the beautiful crystal art.
DAY 8: Innsbruck and individual departure
Alternative: 7 days / 6 nights
Day 1: Arrival in St. Moritz
Day 2: St. Moritz – Zernez, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Zernez – Scuol, 22 mi. 35 km
Day 4: Scuol – Prutz/Ried, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 5: Prutz/Ried – Imst, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Imst – Innsbruck, 41 mi. (65 km)
Day 7: Departure or extension