Danube - Leisurely Linz to Vienna

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Visiting: Austria

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £235 to £787pp
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Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy i
Standard Superior i
Code AU024
Good For Families, Riverside Routes
Distance 130mi/210km
Runs Apr - Oct
Departs Any day
Fly to Vienna
Return from Vienna

Overview

What to expect

Pedal through the Austrian Danube Valley on a flat, paved cycle path that’s ideal for first-timers and children. This family friendly cycle week begins in UNESCO-listed Linz and takes you east to Vienna. Pedaling beside the riverbank for much of the route, you’ll follow the Danube as it flows downstream, staying in farmhouses, rural guesthouses and child-friendly hotels en route. The cycling is broken up with places to visit and ferry trips so little legs will have several opportunities to rest and recoup.

Throughout your holiday, you’ll have lots of opportunities for family fun, from donkey rides and boat trips to Ferris wheels and river swims. When you pedal through the Machland region, you can step back in time at the Celtic open-air museum. The waterpark in Ardagger is always a hit, and the World Heritage Wachau Valley is a highlight on day five – you’ll have a full day here to swim in the Danube, visit castles and museums, or sample the local wines. As you ride through Austria, you’ll pass orchards, monasteries, grand castles and vast vineyards. When you arrive in Vienna, expect waltzes, concertos, street performers and more, before taking the train back to Linz.

  • Save 5% off the tour price when booked two months before departure - discount applied when we confirm your tour
  • The worlds’ oldest Ferris wheel
  • UNESCO landscapes and historic cities
  • Music, culture and family fun in Vienna
  • Flat, easy cycling with a rest day

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Linz

    Check-in to your accommodation in Linz. Spend the rest of the day exploring Linz or enjoying family attractions like the Dragon Train through the land of dwarves, forest animals and fairy tales.

  • Day 2: Linz - Mitterkirchen 27 miles (43 km)

    Set off on a cycle ride through the rural Machland region to the Celtic open air-museum - a replica Iron Age village. Sleep at a local farmhouse near the town of Mitterkirchen, with homemade Austrian specialties served for dinner.

  • Day 3: Mitterkirchen - Strudengau 27 miles (43 km)

    Cycle to the cultural region of Strudengau, riding past historic markets, ancient castles and rolling hills. Stop at the Maritime Museum in Grein to see models of ancient ships, historic crafts and examples of early naval architecture. When you arrive in Ardagger, look forward to the water park, beach volleyball courts and more.

  • Day 4: Strudengau - Wachau 30 miles (49 km)

    Continue to the town of Pöchlarn and enter the famous Wachau Valley. Spot the breathtaking Benedictine Abbey of Melk, and cycle through vineyards to the wine village of Spitz.

  • Day 5: Wachau (rest day)

    Take a break from your bikes to enjoy the Wachau Valley wine region. Visit the castle of Dürnstein or Aggstein, experience the museum of ship building in Spitz, or go paddling in the beautiful Danube river. Alternatively, you could take a tour of one of the Wachau’s wine cellars.

  • Day 6: Wachau - Tulln 25 miles (40 km) + boat ride Spitz-Krems

    Cycle through stunning landscapes with steep rock walls, terraced vineyards and blooming orchards, passing villages, monasteries and castles. 

  • Day 7: Tulln - Vienna 22 miles (35 km)

    Ride through the Tullnerfield area, with Vienna’s skyline on the horizon. In Vienna, reward yourselves with hot chocolate and traditional sweets. You could then watch the street performers, ride the worlds’ oldest Ferris wheel, visit Schönbrunn castle, or go to the famous Naschmarkt food market. Other options include a city cycling tour, a concert at a Viennese palais, and a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

  • Day 8: Depart from Vienna

    Return to Linz by train (included in price), paying a surcharge if carrying your own bike. 

Accommodation

3 & 4 star hotels and inns

We use a pool of a mix of family friendly 3 & 4 star hotels and inns  to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation is child friendly with playroom, playground or garden. 

  • Family friendly 3 & 4 star hotels and inns
  • Breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Secure bike storage

Dates & Prices

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance 

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation in family friendly 3 & 4 star hotels and inns 
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation (One piece per person, maximum 20kg)
  • Maps and route information  (1 set per room) 
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • Ferry from Spitz - Arnsdorf (incl. bike) 
  • Boat trip from Spitz - Krems (incl. bike) - or train from Kerms - Tulln (before 18 May & after 13 September)
  • Train ride from Vienna (Westbahnhof) - Linz 
  • Viennese Ferris Wheel ride
  • Free Wifi in all hotels 

Price excludes 

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets (can be purchased in advance)
  • Local taxes (approx. 1 to 2.5 Euros per person per night) 
  • ​Cots can incur a local charge

Reductions

Reduction for child (0-8yrs) sharing with 2 adults (100%)*
Reduction for child (9-11yrs) sharing with 2 adults (50%)*
Reduction for child (12-14yrs) sharing with 2 adults (25%)*
*discount already applied on prices shown for triple & quad rooms - please enquire for other mixes of age groups
Reduction for 3rd adult sharing with 2 full paying adults (10%)

Reduction for child (0-8 yrs) sharing with 1 adult (100%) 
Reduction for child (9-11 yrs) sharing with 1 adult (50%) 
Reduction for child (12-14 yrs) sharing with 1 adult (25%) 
Reduction available if you do not require the train from Vienna to Linz - please enquire at time of booking

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Bikes are provided with a pannier, an odometer, and a pump. Per room you will also receive a handlebar bag and a lock.

mens bike
Bike hire
£66

21 gears

E-bike
E-bike hire
£147
Kids bike
Kids bike hire
£66
Helmet purchase - must be booked in advance
£27
Child trailer
£66
Tag-along bike
£66
Child seat hire
£22

Extras

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half board
£128pp

Extra nights

4 star Linz B&B - 2 share
£62pp
4 star Linz B&B - single
£90pp
4 star Vienna B&B - 2 share
£62pp
4 star Vienna B&B - single
£89pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Vienna

Take the train (ÖBB) to Linz 

Getting back

Take the train (ÖBB) to the airport

Fly from Vienna 

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