Danube - Leisurely Passau to Vienna

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Visiting: Germany, Austria

Hotel & Bike

9 nights from £642 to £1013pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy i
Standard Superior i
Code AU018
Good For Families, Multi-Country, Riverside Routes, Solo
Distance 161mi/259km
Runs Apr - Oct
Departs Any day
Fly to Munich !
Return from Vienna !

Overview

What to expect

Tour along the lush riverbanks of the Danube, from the pretty river-town of Passau, to Vienna in Austria. With daily cycles lasting no more than three hours you can enjoy the Danube at your own pace, stopping off for lazy picnics or long lunches in waterside towns. Natural beauty and historic monuments are firm features of this tour – Austria’s oldest city, the dramatic scenery of the Great Loop and the castles of Wachau are some of the best bits.

As you pedal beside neat vineyards and wooded riverbanks, you’ll pass enchanting towns and winemaking villages, with lots of opportunities to try the local wines. When you pedal into the cultural capital of Linz and the musical streets of Vienna, take your time to explore the authentic art galleries and fascinating museums or relax in the tempting cafes with Vienese coffee and delicious pastries.

  • Save 5% off the tour price when booked two months before departure - discount applied when we confirm your tour
  • Dramatic beauty of the Great Loop and Wachau's historic landmarks
  • Stunning architecture in the unique cities of Vienna, Linz and Enns
  • Authentic river-towns and winemaking villages
  • Leisurely cycling with no more than three hours of biking each day

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Passau

    Meet us in the town of Passau, which sits at the confluence of three rivers. Take a stroll through the picturesque streets or take a boat trip through the town. Receive your bikes between 4pm and 7pm, or the following morning if you arrive late. 

  • Day 2: Passau - Engelhartszell 16 miles (26km)

    Cycle into the Upper Danube Valley, passing through the village of Obernzell to reach Engelhartszell. Visit the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell and sample some of the homemade liqueurs.

  • Day 3: Engelhartszell - Eferdinger Valley 28 miles (45 km)

    After traveling along the northern Danube riverbank to the unique and impressive Schlögener Loop, take a ferry across the river to the southern bank. Tip: make sure to head up to the highly recommended Schlögener Lookout Point. You will certainly not forget the influential scenery! Ride your bike to the quaint picturesque Danube market in Aschach or even further on to Eferding.

  • Day 4: Eferdinger Valley - Linz 19 miles (30 km)

    Pass the villages of Wihering and Ottensheim cycling into the state capital of Upper Austria, Linz. On the one hand there are the classic and ideal cycling/walking paths intertwining a traditional main square and on the other hand there is a world of Contemporary Art and many extraordinary museums in Linz.

  • Day 5: Linz - Mauthausen 16 miles (26 km)

    Cycle to St Florian to visit a gorgeous baroque monastery, before continuing to Enns, the oldest city in Austria. Visit the old town square with its 16th century tower and the archaeological collections at the Lauriacum Museum. Take a ferry across the river to Mauthausen, home to a former concentration camp.

  • Day 6: Mauthausen - Strudengau 22 - 26 miles (35-42 km)

    Continue cycling along the Danube through the quaint villages of Naarn and Perg and on to Mitterkirchen. In Mitterkirchen, you find a Celtic village with an attractive open-air museum. Then a bike tour guides you through the Strudengau and into the small Baroque village of Grein, today’s destination, passing through you will visit the oldest City Theatre in Austria.

  • Day 7: Strudengau – Nibelungengau 19 miles (30km)

    Today your cycling tour takes you through the Strudengau. On the southern bank you pass St.Nikola and Sarmingstein. In Persenbeug, you enter the Nibelungengau. Tip: If you still have time, you should cycle up to Maria Taferl, a famous place of pilgrimage
    (approx. 10 km bike tour). Then continuing on through seemingly endless terraced vineyards.

  • Day 8: Nibelungengau – Wachau 28 miles (45km)

    Visit the Benedictine abbey at Melk before cycling through the beautiful Wachau. After cycling through the extensive vineyards, you will reach Spitz, which is situated at the foot of the “1000-bucket Mountain”. Your bike tour leads you into superb surroundings of an extremely picturesque winery village. 

  • Day 9: Wachau - Vienna 12 miles (19 km) + train

    Discover the small winemaking villages of Weissenkirchen and Dürnstein, known for their unusual churches and authentic castles. Arrive at the 1000-year-old winery and Gothic city of Krems to catch the train to Vienna. Spend an evening in the city’s elegant streets.

  • Day 10: Depart from Passau or Vienna

    Before leaving Vienna, visit the famous Naschmarkt and imperial castle of Schönbrunn. Take the train back to Passau or extend your stay in Vienna.

    Please note: Some daily distances are dependent on the location of your overnight accommodation.

Accommodation

3 & 4* Hotels and Inns

We use a pool of 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 often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • A mix of 3* and 4* hotels and inns
  • Breakfast included, half board available (at extra cost excluding Vienna)
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance - 2019 dates on sale

Price includes

  • 9 nights accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels and inns
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation (One piece per person, maximum 20kg)
  • Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)
  • Local assistance if required
  • Welcome drink upon arrival in Passau
  • 1 x Bottle of wine per room in Wachau
  • 2 ferry rides on the Danube including bikes
  • Train ride Vienna to Passau (transfer of own bikes not included) - please note between 20th May to 29th September bus transfer only*
  • Train ride Krems to Vienna including bike

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets 
  • Local Taxes approx 1-3 Euros pp/night

Child / 3rd or 4th bed reductions

  • Reduction for child (0-6yrs) sharing with 2 adults (100%)
  • Reduction for child (7-11yrs) sharing with 2 adults (50%)
  • Reduction for child (12-14yrs) sharing with 2 adults (25%)
  • Reduction for 3rd adult sharing with 2 full paying adults (10%)

*Reduction available if you do not require the transfer from Vienna to Passau - please enquire at time of booking

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

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

mens bike
Bike hire
£66
E-bike
E-bike hire
£147
Helmet purchase (must be booked in advance)
£27

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half board (excluding Vienna - B&B only - price per person)
£189pp

Airport transfers

One-way Munich to Passau on Day 1 - per person (shared transfer, max. wait 60 minutes)
£75pp
Return Munich to Passau on Days 1 & 10 - per person (shared transfers, max. wait 60 minutes)
£127pp

Extra nights

4 star Passau B&B - 2 sharing
£61pp
4 star Passau B&B - single
£80pp
4 star Vienna B&B - 2 sharing
£62pp
4 star Vienna B&B - single
£89pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Vienna, Linz or Munich

Take the train (ÖBB) to Passau.

Getting back

Depart from Passau or Vienna.

Take the train (ÖBB) to your return airport.

Fly from Vienna, Linz or Munich

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This was a fab holiday for a family with teenage boys and not particularly fit parents. Freedom Treks made the booking process easy and the whole holiday was well organised in a way that made us feel very free and adventurous. The leisurely trip down the Danube is great for those who like to sight see and not spend too much time in the saddle.

Nicola Bees, UK, September 2018
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My husband and I have just returned from our cycling holiday and I just want to say what an amazing time we had. We had been quite apprehensive as we only started cycling about 4 months ago, however the leisurely cycle ride from Passau to Vienna along the Danube was perfect for us as beginners. There was a range of interesting and quite different places to visit and the scenery was breathtaking. The tour takes you alongside the river, through villages, past orchards, vineyards and cornfields. A good mixture of sunshine and shade for hot days. Freedom Treks were able to put together our holiday in a very short time (less than a week!) and it was so well planned down to the last detail. We will definitely be cycling again and will look back on this holiday as having such great memories.

Sue Bishop, UK, September 2018

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