The breathtaking River Inn bicycle path leads through many outstanding landscapes: the wide Hochtal (valley) of the Oberengadin merging into the forests of the Swiss National Park. This down river tour offers the cyclist a combination of sensual impressions, from magnificent alpine panorama’s, to the cute mountain villages of the Engadin like Zernez, Susch and Lavin. As the scenery changes, you cycle into the Austrian province of Tyrol, welcoming cyclists with warm hospitality. The bike tour ends in Innsbruck, with a stay in this Olympic city one of the highlights of this wonderful bicycle trail.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Make your own way to St. Moritz. We suggest Swiss Rail.
Free day to explore the city, its surrounding mountains, or cycle upriver towards the source of the Inn.
Departing chic St. Moritz you bike through Samedan (Old Tower), La Punt (early gothic church San-Andrea with its frescos) and Zuoz (window paintings in the church San Luzi) to Zernez. You bike through the high valley of the Oberengadin. Zernez is the gateway to the only Swiss National Park.
First you bike to Lavin, which preserves the character of an old mountain village. The name of the village Guarda (“Look!”) is based on the beautiful views from here. The aim of today’s stage is the town of Scuol, with the castle Tarasp, the majestic landmark of the Engadin.
From Scuol to Martina, we then reach the Austrian border. We follow the route along the River Inn’s Finstermünzer Schlucht (gorge), through the town centres of Stuben and Pfunds/Tirol, before reaching our desination, either the village of Prutz or Ried.
Through the “Obere Gericht (Upper Court)” from Prutz down to Landeck (castle with museum, ruin Schrofenstein, Gerberbrücke – a showplace of the Tyrolean struggles for freedom). We pass the monastery Zams and through to Imst (town of the wells, plus lots of churches and chapels). Recommended is a visit to Rosengartenschlucht (rose garden gorge).
There are many lovely, small villages on the Inn bike-path. Cultural highlight of today’s stage is the Zisterzienserstrift Stams (collegiate church with rose windows). Numerous small churches and ruins dot the hillsides of the Inn Valley. Along the Martinswand we come to Innsbruck with a very smart “old town” (Golden Dachl, town tower, Hofburg, Hofgarten, and Helbinghaus). The bikes are returned this evening.
Your tour ends after breakfast. Depart for home or extend your stay.
Partly paved cycle paths along the river and partly hardpack gravel paths; a few moderate hills but mostly flat or downhill; suitable for all levels of cyclist with a good level of fitness.
Swiss Rail transfers to any arrival point in Switzerland may be supplied at a cost of from $50 per person.
Departure Dates: Tours depart every Friday from mid May to mid-September.
2018 Season 1: May 4 to June 14; August 31 to September 15
2018 Season 2: June 15 to August 30
|Price per person: Season 1||CAD||$1570|
|Season 2 surcharge||$75|
|Optional Electro Bike||$165|
|Optional dinner plan||$390|
This tour includes:
Local “city tax” of approx. 2 euro person/night.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment