Danube - Passau to Vienna

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Visiting: Germany, Austria

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £431 to £959pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy i
Standard Deluxe, Superior, Comfort i
Code AU009
Good For Luxury, Multi-Country, Riverside Routes, Solo
Distance 159mi/256km
Runs Mar - Oct
Departs Any day
Fly to Munich !
Return from Vienna !

Overview

What to expect

Follow the green riverbanks of the Danube River from Passau to Vienna, in Austria. Flat terrain and traffic-free cycle paths make this an ideal trip for families and you’ll experience some of the Danube’s most beautiful scenery, including the wooded slopes of the spectacular Great Loop. As you cycle downstream, you’ll pass riverside cities and traditional towns embedded in the Alpine foothills.

The fairytale turrets of Burg Clam castle and the white walls of Greinburg Castle are an exciting halfway highlight and, towards the end of the tour, the palaces of Wachau have earned the area World Heritage status. Cycling into the musical city of Vienna and rewarding yourself with a decadent Viennese coffee and delicious pastry is a magnificent way to end this tour.

  • Save 5% off the tour price when booked two months before departure - discount applied when we confirm your tour
  • Riverside villages and the captivating cities of Vienna and Linz
  • Palaces, castles and monuments in the UNESCO listed Wachau region
  • The Great Loop's unforgettable views
  • Family-friendly cycling along flat terrain

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Passau

    Discover the town of Passau, which sits on the Austrian border at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers. Listen to a midday organ concert in the cathedral (except Sundays and public holidays), played on one of the world's largest church organs.

  • Day 2: Passau - Schlögener Loop 26 miles (41 km)

    Collect your bikes and cycle out of Passau, passing wooded slopes and lush green countryside to reach the famous Schlögener Schlinge (Great Loop).

  • Day 3: Schlögener Loop - Linz 34 miles (55 km)

    On route to Linz, pass the town of Wilhering, tucked in the Alpine foothills. Take a tour through Linz, the European Capital of Culture 2009, and discover the city’s renovated historic centre, beautiful riverside setting and white castle.

  • Day 4: Linz – Strudengau 37 miles (60 km)

    Cycle 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. Pass through beautiful meadows passing the Celtic town of Mitterkirchen and on to the romantic castle of Clam.

  • Day 5: Strudengau – Nibelungengau 32 miles (50 km)

    Pass through the authentic Strudengau region to the historic market area of Maria Taferl with its pilgrimage church high above the Danube to reach the Benedictine monastery at Melk.

  • Day 6: Nibelungengau – Krems and surroundings 31 miles (50 km)

    Pedal through the famous Wachau area of vineyards of Spitz, Weißkirchen and Durnstein passing apricot trees, abbeys and romantic castles. Experience the medieval city centre of Krems and stroll around one of the oldest settlements on the Danube, which has been occupied since the Stone Age.

  • Day 7: Krems - Vienna 25 miles (39 km) + train ride from Krems to Tulln

    Take a train to the flower-filled city of Tulln and continue by bike through the Vienna Woods to the city of Vienna, stopping off to visit the impressive monastery in Klosterneuburg.

  • Day 8: Depart from Passau or Vienna

    Spend your last day in Vienna, experiencing the famous Naschmarkt, Schönbrunn Palace and Ringstrasse boulevard. Take the train or bus* back to Passau (cost included), or extend your stay in Vienna.

     

    *Bus transfer from Vienna to Passau from May 20th - September 29th. Train transfer on all other dates

     

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

Accommodation

Category A

We use a pool of 4* and one very good 3* hotels 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.

  • 4* hotels and one very good 3* hotel
  • Breakfast included, half board available
  • Secure bike storage. Free Wi-fi in all hotels
  • Luggage transferred each day

Category B

We use a pool of 3 & 4* 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
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Category C

We use a pool of 3* typical 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* typical inns
  • Breakfast included, half board available
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please choose your hotel category, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance - 2019 dates on sale

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation in the category of your choice
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation (One piece per person, maximum 20kg)
  • Maps and route information  (GPS tracks available on request)
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • Welcome drink at arrival hotel in Passau
  • One tasting session of regional products
  • One bottle of wine (Wachau) per room
  • One train ride Krems – Tulln incl. bike
  • Train or bus ride Vienna – Passau (own bikes not incl on train)*

Price excludes 

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets (can be purchased in advance)

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 minimum of one (sometimes two) panniers, an odometer, a pump and a lock. Per room you will also receive a handlebar bag for free.

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

Transfers

One-way Munich to Passau on Day 1 - per person (shared transfer, max. wait 60 minutes)
£78pp
Return Munich to Passau on Days 1 & 8 - per person (shared transfers, max. wait 60 minutes)
£132pp

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half Board - 3 course - Category A (6 nights - excluding Vienna)
£169pp
Half Board - 3 course - Category B (6 nights - excluding Vienna)
£151pp
Half Board - 3 course - Category C (6 nights - excluding Vienna)
£138pp

Extra nights

4 star Vienna B&B - 2 share (Cat A+B)
£62pp
4 star Vienna B&B - single (Cat A+B)
£89pp
3 star Vienna B&B - 2 share (Cat C)
£58pp
3 star Vienna B&B - single (Cat C)
£84pp
4 star Passau B&B - 2 share (Cat A+B)
£61pp
4 star Passau B&B - single (Cat A+B)
£80pp
3 star Passau B&B - 2 share (Cat C)
£51pp
3 star Passau B&B - single (Cat C)
£67pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Vienna, Linz or Munich

Take the train (ÖBB) to Passau.

Getting back

Depart from Vienna or take the train (ÖBB) to a different departure airport.

Fly from Vienna, Linz or Munich

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A lovely gentle cycling holiday with lovely views. Plenty of beautiful villages to travel through, hotels were excellent and the food was great, we took the half board option and loved it. The bikes were great and the route maps easy to follow, loved the off road cycling. Plenty of time for sight seeing if you want to.

Gillian Morton, UK, September 2017
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We thoroughly enjoyed spending so much time with a river :-) seeing the subtle changes as one progressed east. A big surprise was the number of fascinating and high quality places of interest that it is possible to visit along the way. The quality and choice of food was outstanding. A very peaceful experience.

John Vallance, October 2016

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