Austria & Germany: Danube Cycle Path from Passau to Vienna (7 Nights)
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Cycling the Danube from Passau to Vienna

Self-Guided
8 Days / 7 Nights (6 Days Cycling)
Category A: 4* Hotels / Category B: 3* Hotels
Category A: 181 miles (292 km) / Category B: 205 miles (327 km)
Level: Easy
Luggage Transfers Included
Bikes, Electric Bikes, Kids’ Bikes & Trailers Available
Departures every Day from 4 April to 17 October 2020
Bed & Breakfast from €413, with Discounts for Kids

Cycling Tour along the River Danube from Passau to Vienna

Cycling the Danube: The stretch of the Danube cycle path from Passau in Germany to the Austrian capital Vienna alongside the famous “Blue Danube” is Europe’s most popular cycling holiday destination.

As you cycle through Germany and Austria and you will pass through an enchanting river landscape, with hills, mountains, castles, lakes, vineyards, picturesque villages, impressive monasteries, and countless other cultural sites.

The Danube cycle path from Passau to Vienna is very well waymarked and almost completely traffic free, so you can relax and enjoy the easy cycling along the smooth and level surface of the cycle path as it gently drops towards the Austrian capital.

Our holidays on this tour along the Danube include hand-picked accommodation and breakfasts (half-board is an option) in luxurious 4* hotels (Category A) or charming 3* hotels (Category B), all with Free WIFI. They also include daily luggage transfers, a comprehensive information pack and guide book, and emergency support.  We can also arrange the hire of good quality touring bikes for both adults and children, as well as trailer bikes, kiddie trailers and child seats.

This cycling tour along the Danube cycle path passes through very distinct regions, each with their own unique attractions. There is so much to see and do in the beautiful towns and villages along the way, with an incredible selection of cultural attractions such as museums, monasteries, churches, palaces, and galleries, as well as exciting theme parks and fantastic restaurants.

Itinerary

Danube Cycle Path: Map

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Arrive in Passau.
  • Day 2: Schlögener Schlinge (Danube Loop) area (25 miles/41 km).
  • Day 3: Linz (35 miles/56 km).
  • Day 4: Area of Grein / Bad Kreuzen (37 miles/60 km).
  • Day 5: Cat A: Melk (31 miles/50 km) / Cat B: Wachau Valley (43 miles/70 km).
  • Day 6: Cat A: Area of Krems (25 miles/40 km) / Cat B: Area of Traismauer (25 miles/40 km).
  • Day 7: Cat A: Tulln, then Train to Vienna (28 miles/45 km) / Cat B: Vienna (38 miles/60 km).
  • Day 8: Depart from Vienna.

Given the variety of accommodation options and the different routes that may be selected between them, all daily distances are approximate.

Itinerary Details

Day 1
Arrive Passau

After checking into the hotel, collecting hire bikes and reviewing the route documentation, you should take time to have a look around Passau. This historic city is known as the “City of Three Rivers”, because the Danube is joined at Passau by the Inn from the south and the Ilz from the north.

Passau is also notable for its Gothic and Baroque architecture. The Cathedral of St. Stephen houses the second-largest church pipe organ in the world and is a true masterpiece of Italian Baroque.


Day 2
Passau to Area of Schlögener Loop
(Category A & B Approx 27 miles / 41 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Today you start to cycling the Danube from Passau to Vienna! You leave Passau on the Danube cycle path and almost immediately cross the border into Austria. You are soon cycling through wonderful scenery on the way to Schlögen.

Highlights of this area include a visit to the only Trappist monastery in Austria at Engelhartszell (where you can sample delicious liqueurs) and the impressive “Schlögener Loop” where the River Danube makes a complete 180 degree turn.


Day 3
Area of Schlögener Loop to Linz
(Category A & B – Approx 38 miles / 56 km)

Meals: Breakfast

You leave the wooded hills of the Upper Danube Valley and traverse the expanse of the Eferdinger basin on your way to the flourishing city of Linz. This modern city is the capital of Upper Austria. Historic buildings, impressive churches and one of the largest medieval main squares in Central Europe contrast with striking contemporary architecture.

Linz is also home to the world’s steepest mountain railway, the “Postlingbergbahn”. The views from the top are amazing! For the kids, a ride on the Grottenbahn “Dragon Express” train is not to be missed!


Day 4
Linz to Grein / Bad Kreuzen
(Category A & B – Approx 38 miles / 60 km)

Meals: Breakfast

You may want to extend your stay in Linz before continuing your journey into the Strudengau. (Extra nights can be arranged at any point along the route.)

Highlights of today’s route include a short diversion to the town of Enns (the oldest town in Austria), the Celtic village at Mitterkirchen, the majestic church in Baumgartenberg and the romantic castle of Clam. The beautiful Baroque village of Grein (home to the oldest theatre in Austria) is your destination for the day.


Day 5
Category A: Grein / Bad Kreuzen to Melk
(Approx 31 miles / 50 km)
Category B: Grein / Bad Kreuzen to Wachau Valley
(Approx 43 miles / 70 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Today you will enter the world-famous Wachau Valley, renowned as being one of the loveliest riverside landscapes in the world. The beautiful 900-year-old Baroque Benedictine abbey overlooking the city of Melk can be seen from many kilometres away and is well worth a visit.


Day 6
Category A: Melk to Area of Krems
(Approx 25 miles / 40 km)
Category B: Wachau Valley to Traismauer Area
(Approx 25 miles / 40 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Today your journey will take you through the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape of the Wachau Valley, where gently sloping vineyards and orchards are dotted with monasteries and castles. You will pass through the wine-growing villages of Spitz, Weißkirchen and Durnstein, as the Danube Cycle path leads you towards Krems.


Day 7
Category A: Area of Krems to Tulln then Train to Vienna
(Approx 28 miles / 45 km)
Category B: Traismauer – Vienna
(Approx 38 miles / 60 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Today’s ride will take you to Tulln – the “Garden City” of Upper Austria. From Tulln you can take the train (included at category A) to arrive early at the famed city of Vienna, one of Europe’s most beautiful, elegant and interesting cities.

If you prefer, you can cycle the remaining 40 km from Tulln to Vienna. Along the way, you will pass the impressive monastery at Klosterneuburg and ride through wooded parkland on the outskirts of the “Most liveable city in the world!”.


Day 8
Departure from Vienna

Meals: Breakfast

There are direct flights from Vienna to most cities, or we can arrange your transport back to Passau if you prefer. However, what’s the rush? Why not take time to explore Vienna before you leave? We can easily arrange an extension for as long as you like. (Most guests agree that 2 days in Vienna is the minimum required to do this delightful city justice!)

Dates & Prices

The Danube “Classic” Cycle Tour is available from 4 April to 17 October 2020, with departures every day. The price differs according to season and category of accommodation:

Category A – 4* hotels

Category B – 3* hotels

Prices

Price per Person (pp) in Twin or Double Room
Category A
Category B
3-10 October
€503
€413
4-24 April
19 September-2 October
€599
€509
25 April-18 September
€669
€599
Single Supplement*
€220
€150
Half Board (6 Dinners, Breakfast only in Vienna)
€149
€125
Extra Nights
Passau, Linz & Wachau
Double (pp)
€59
€49
Single
€79
€69
Vienna
Double (pp)
€69
€64
Single
€99
€84
Bike & Equipment Hire
Hybrid Bike
€75
Electric Bike
€169
Kids Bike or Trailer
€75
Child Seat
€21

Please note that local tourist taxes of €1-€2.50 per night must be paid at each hotel.

*This route is available for solo travellers.

Payment may be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or by transfer to our Spanish bank.

We do not charge a handling fee if you pay by credit card. 

Discounts

There are a number of great discounts available on this tour along the Danube cycle path:
  • Early booking discount on holidays booked at least 60 days in advance – 5% off the basic price of the holiday.
  • Child up to 6 years sharing room with 2 adults – FREE.
  • Child 7-11 years sharing room with 2 adults – 50%.
  • Child 12-14 years sharing room with 2 adults – 25%.
  • Child aged 15 years or adult sharing room with 2 adults – 10%.
  • No luggage transfers – €50 pp.

Services Included

This tour includes:
  • 7 nights accommodation in specially-selected hotels and inns. Double, twin or family rooms with en-suite bath/shower rooms, free WIFI and free charging of electric bikes.
  • 7 breakfasts.
  • Daily luggage transfers – 1 item per person. Maximum weight 20 kg. (Discount if not required).
  • 1 x ferry crossing (day 2), including bike.
  • 1 x train ticket (day 7), including bike (category A).
  • Information pack, including cycle map with detailed English tour description (1 per room).
  • High-quality handlebar bag for transportation of travel documents (1 per room. Yours to take away at the end of the tour!)
  • Service hotline, 7 days a week.

Extra Services

The following services are not included in the price of this tour. (Where applicable, we would be delighted to help you to organise them):
  • Travel to and from Passau and Vienna, including flights and airport transfers.
  • Dinners, lunches drinks and snacks (half-board available).
  • Local tourist taxes (€1-€2.50 per night).
  • Helmet hire.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra nights in Passau, Vienna or at any point along the route.
  • Tickets for concerts and attractions.

Accommodation

There are 2 distinct levels of accommodation available on on this tour along the Danube cycle path:

Category A – 4* Hotels

Category B – 3* Hotels

All of the hotels are specially selected for their standards of service, warmth of welcome and character. All offer free WIFI.

Hotel Examples

Night 1 

Category A: Hotel Passauer Wolf****
Category B: IBB Hotel Passau Süd***

Night 2

Category A: Revita Hotel Kocher****
Category B: Revita Hotel Kocher***

Night  3

Category A: Hotel Courtyard by Marriott****
Category B: Hotel Prielmayerhof***

Night 4

Category A: Hotel Wellness Oasis Aumühle****
Category B: Hotel-Gasthof Aigner Kreuz*** / Hotel Gasthof Zur Zugbrücke***

Night 5

Category A: Hotel Wachau****
Category B: Gasthof Zur Wachau*** / Hotel-Wachauerhof***

Night 6

Category A: Hotel Arte****Hotel Drei Königshof****
Category B: Hotel Nibelungenhof***

Night 7

Category A: ARCOTEL Kaiserwasser**** / Hotel Courtyard by Marriott****
Category B: Hotel Lassalle**** / Hotel Messe***

Travel

Getting to & from Passau & Vienna

Flights & Trains

This “Classic” cycling tour along the Danube cycle path starts in Passau, close to the Austrian / German border, and finishes in Vienna. Passau has direct train connections to Linz (1.5 hours), Munich (2.5 hours), Salzburg (3 hours) and Vienna (3.5 hours), to where it is possible to get flights from many European cities.

Please visit www.skyscanner.net for cheap flights and the German train website or the Austrian train website to check train times and fares.

If you don’t need to return to Passau to collect a car at the end of your tour, it is almost always better to arrange onward travel from Vienna.

Car Parking

If you travel to Passau by car, please bear in mind that there is no free parking in the city. However, paid parking with a prior reservation is available at:

  • Zentralgarage Passau – Approx €35 per week
  • Hotel Atrium garage – Approx €55 per week
  • Globus garage:
    • Secure covered parking – €8 per day
    • Secure uncovered parking – €5 per day

We would be very happy to arrange your travel to Passau and from Vienna. Please ask for details.

Hire Bikes

Our most popular bike to cycle the Danube from Passau to Vienna is the 21-speed hybrid, which is available in men’s and women’s models. We can also supply 7-speed unisex touring bikes with back-pedal “coaster” brakes, electric bikes, children’s bikes, trailer bikes, baby / toddler trailers and child seats – and even a trailer for your dog! Please see “Prices” for hire charges.

All adult rental bikes are equipped with a speedometer. When bikes are hired, one bike per room is equipped with double pannier bags for the carriage of spare clothing and food. In addition, each room also receives a free gift of a handlebar bag for the carriage of documents, maps and other small items.

Helmets are compulsory for children aged under 12 years and are recommended for everyone. They can be purchased locally.

If extra nights are booked there is no supplement for the use of hire bikes. However, their use in Vienna is always subject to availability.

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More Info

Difficulty Level

The “Classic” tour along the Danube cycle path is an easy tour that should be achievable by even novice cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness. The route is clearly marked throughout and is generally flat, smooth and traffic-free.

There is usually the option of shortening or skipping legs by taking a boat or train. It is an ideal trip for beginners and families.

This is an unescorted cycle tour. The mileages given are approximate and are based on the suggested routes.


Luggage Transfers

Daily luggage transfers are included in the price of the tour. Bags must not weigh more than 20 kg and there is a strict limit of 1 piece of luggage per person.

An additional allowance may be purchased as part of our “No Worries” package (please ask for details).

A discount is available if luggage transfers are not required.


Weather

The weather in Austria between April and October can be very changeable. Please check the weather forecasts and be prepared.

It will almost always be necessary to carry a waterproof jacket. Waterproof trousers may also be required at times. A sun hat and sunscreen are also often essential.

All items carried on the bike should be wrapped in plastic to avoid soaking.