Great facades in Innsbruck, Austria. Flickr:r chelseth

Along the Inn River in Innsbruck, Austria. Flickr:r chelseth
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St. Moritz to Innsbruck Bike Tour

Austria, Switzerland Bike Tours

The Inn Cycle Path

  • This bike tour in Austria and Switzerland takes you through the lush Engadin region, aptly known as "the garden of the Inn River". This region is stunningly beautiful. Its quaint villages, meadows full of wildflowers, valleys with gurgling brooks, and high rugged mountains will take your breath away. 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.

    Highlights:

    • St. Moritz
    • Swiss Alps
    • Artists' village Guarda
    • Golden roof in Innsbruck

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  • 20208 days7 days
    Season 1 $ 1898 £ 949 $ 1,639 1054 $ 1952 kr 11751 $ 1,161 $ 1682 £ 841 $ 1,452 934 $ 1730 kr 10413 $ 1,029
    Season 2 $ 1988 £ 994 $ 1,716 1104 $ 2045 kr 12309 $ 1,216 $ 1772 £ 886 $ 1,530 984 $ 1822 kr 10971 $ 1,084
    Single supplement $ 484 £ 242 $ 418 269 $ 498 kr 2999 $ 296 $ 340 £ 170 $ 294 189 $ 350 kr 2107 $ 208
    Dinners included $ 387 £ 194 $ 334 215 $ 398 kr 2397 $ 237 $ 315 £ 158 $ 272 175 $ 324 kr 1951 $ 193

    Season 1: May 1 to June 11 and August 28 to September 12, 2020
    Season 2: June 12 to August 27, 2020

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: $ 187 £ 94 $ 162 104 $ 193 kr 1160 $ 115

    Rental Bike Plus: $ 79 £ 40 $ 68 44 $ 81 kr 491 $ 48

    Extra nights (price is per person/night):

    St. Moritz: $ 214 £ 107 $ 185 119 $ 220 kr 1327 $ 131

    Single supplement: $ 135 £ 68 $ 117 75 $ 139 kr 836 $ 83

    Innsbruck: $ 124 £ 62 $ 107 69 $ 128 kr 769 $ 76

    Single supplement: $ 52 £ 26 $ 45 29 $ 54 kr 323 $ 32

     

    please note

    *Rental Bike Plus is a higher quality Rental Bike (with hydraulic Magura breaks HS 11, Shimano Deore XT) allows for a slightly sportier sitting posture, 27 gears offer the highest flexibility and a high-quality Suntour suspension fork provides the best possible comfort across all surfaces)

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • 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.

    Local Travel

    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.

    Climate

    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°. A good website to research average high/low temperatures and other important weather-related facts is weatherbase.com

    Remarks

    Electric bike available.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 3-star hotels and guest houses (4-star in Innsbruck and St. Moritz)

What’s Included

  • 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: €85 per person
  • Local tax approx. € 10-15 p.p. (payable upon arrival)
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights available in both St. Moritz and Innsbruck.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length7–8 days
From934 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Arrival every Friday (8-day tour) and Saturday (7-day tour) from May 1 to September 12, 2020

Skill Level

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-To-Day Itinerary

St. Moritz to Innsbruck Map

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 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 has a string of wonderful lakes, each with its 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 cobblestoned 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 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 THAT 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 takeS you through the villages of Stams, Telfs and Inzing where you will make your journey to the Olympic city of Innsbruck a feast for your eyes. Cultural highlights of today's stage includes 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

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Tour Reviews

  • Bob M. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    This trip reaffirmed by previous experiences that dealing directly with a local provider is the best way to go for overseas bike tours. Although Tripsite was excellent in their pre-trip work, their local partner -- EuroBike -- left a lot to be desired. And, once you are at the site of your trip, Tripsite has nothing to offer, so you are in the hands of their partner. The problems with EuroBike start with this unsolvable fact: They are NOT located in Switzerland. As their name implies, they run trips all over Europe. So when we needed an extra ebike, they couldn't come through. When we had problems with the ebikes we did have, they couldn't come through. The bike mapping they supplied was in German; we speak English. More unacceptable was the fact they were not aware of several sections of the Inn River Bike Trail that had been closed since the huge spring snow runoff had wiped out two bridges and closed several kilometers of trail. Their mapping notes provided NO alternate Read more… route. We spent four hours one morning going less than 5K looking for a route that would avoid a busy highway. They did have an emergency number to call (in Austria) and answered rapidly. But they either said, "Sorry there is nothing we can do" Or "Peter is our man in that area. He will call." Peter never called.

    There were other issues. The ebikes were not the best with the power suddenly cutting off on some climbs; riders with other companies had much better, more current ebikes. They didn't even have water bottle cages on the bikes, so we had to make major stops to retrieve water from the panniers. Riders with other companies had no such problems; they even had bottle holders attached to the handlebars!

    So, we had a great trip in a spectacular area, but that success had little to do with Tripsite's choice of local partner. Hopefully they will do better in the future.

    Bob Marshall

  • Melody S. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We decided to have our honeymoon on the St. Morritz to Innsbruck self-guided bike tour. We are so happy we did as the scenery was beautiful and the people we met along the way made it memorable. I recommend staying an extra night in St. Morritz so you can take the gondola up the mountain (free from the hotel when you stay 2 nights) to hike and enjoy the views. The bikes were sturdy and had the gears necessary for the hills. Bring your own helmet for this tour as they are not available to rent.

  • Ronald Z. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part: The small towns set in the beautiful mountains with it clean air and pleasant residents.

  • Ron Zauski 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Wow....this is my fourth trip with Tripsite, this was the BEST natural scenery yet. The views of the mountains and countryside was breathe taking on every day. The hotels were very clean and well maintained; most hotels exceeded my expectations including the free breakfasts. Day #2 was the toughest day especially because the ascent was mostly on an unpaved surface, but the views on day #2 were the best. Switzerland and Austria are impeccably maintained countries; everyone was friendly and welcoming. With the main map in German, I appreciated the additional pamphlets in English in our packet.

  • Elyse Jacob B. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part: The 3rd day of riding downhill.
    Tip: The first two days are difficult. When you train for this trip be sure to train on hills.

  • Bill W. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We are long time customers to Tripsite and have always enjoyed our trips. This year we did St Moritz to Innsbrook. It was an amazing trip with some of the best views we have ever seen. The ride was challenging for the first few days but then it got to be a typical river ride. We did a triple room package rather than paying for a single supplement and it worked great. All of the hotels were newly renovated and very modern. The people of Switzerland and Austria were very friendly and supportive. Again these trips in the alps are so spectacular! Looking forward to planning next years trip.

  • Michele Forsberg 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was our first European experience, and we enjoyed every minute of it! What a great way to get to know the countries we went to and engage with the locals. Our bike trip took us off the beaten path and in to the old tiny villages and backcountry of Switzerland and Austria. It was a trip we will never forget. From the first day we arrived at our hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland, with the exception of a flat tire, everything went off without a hitch. Thank you Tripsite!

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