What to expect
Follow the glistening water of the Danube River from Passau or Schärding to Vienna in Austria, staying in quality 4* properties. You’ll experience some of the Danube’s most picturesque scenery, including the spectacular Great Loop. As you cycle downstream, you’ll pass riverside cities and traditional towns embedded in the Alpine foothills.
Reward yourself with a decadent Viennese coffee and a delicious pastry as you end the tour in the musical city of Vienna. Gentle terrain and traffic-free cycle paths make this an ideal tour for leisurely cyclists and families.
At a glance
- Palaces, castles and monuments in the UNESCO listed Wachau region
- Steep wooded slopes and green riverbanks of the Great Loop
- Quaint riverside villages and the captivating cities
- Gentle terrain perfect for families and leisure cyclists
Arrive in Passau / Schärding
Discover 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. Alternatively, arrive at the pretty town of Schärding and admire the mix of architecture, including the famous Baroque "Silberzeile" lane, which takes its' name from the rich market traders who once lived here.
Stay overnight in the 4 star Hotel Residenz in Passau - a lovingly renovated 400-year old house on the riverbanks of the Danube, or the 4 star Hotel Forstinger in Schärding - an historic building and family-run hotel in the centre of this lovely town.
Schärding/Passau - Schlögener Loop
26/34 miles (40/55 km)
Explore Passau before cycling along the Danube, passing wooded slopes and lush green countryside to Engelhartszell, home to the only Trappist monastery in Austria. Continue through the Donauleiten nature reserve to reach the famous Schlögener Schlinge (Great Loop) where the Danube changes direction by 180 degrees. Take a ferry to the other side of the river to your hotel.
Stay overnight in the 4 star Hotel Donauschlinge - with wonderful views of the famous Danube Bend.
Schlögener Loop - Linz
31 miles (50 km)
On your route to Linz, pass the market towns of Aschach, Ottensheim and 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.
Stay overnight in the 4 star Hotel am Domplatz - with a top location in the centre of Linz and next to the cathedral.
Linz - Grein and surroundings
34 miles (55 km)
Detour a little from the Danube and admire the St Florian Augustinian monastery before arriving in Enns, the oldest town in Austria. Return to the river and continue to the pretty town of Grein, home to the picturesque Greinburg Castle and the oldest theatre in Austria.
Stay overnight in the 4 star Landhaus Stift Ardagger - dating back to the 13th century, this former monastery tavern has been restored to a country house that stays close to tradition.
Grein and surroundings - Wachau
31/37 miles (50/60 km)
Pass through the authentic Strudengau region, a narrow section of the Danube which was once infamous amongst sailors. Continue to the historic market area of Maria Taferl with its magnificent pilgrimage church high above the Danube.
Example Hotel: Stay overnight in the 4 star Hotel Zur Post - this family-run hotel is located in the centre of Melk with a direct view of the Monastery.
Wachau - Krems/Traismauer/Tulln
25/37 miles (40/60 km)
Stop at the beautiful Stift Melk monastery overlooking the Danube before pedalling through the famous Wachau area of vineyards, abbeys and romantic castles. Experience the medieval town of Krems or Tulln and stroll around one of the oldest settlements on the Danube, which has been occupied since the Stone Age. Enjoy a tasting of the local Wachau region wines.
Example hotel: Stay overnight in the 4 star Hotel & Spa Steigenberger, just a few minutes' walk from the historic centre of Krems and with views overlooking the Danube and surrounding vineyards.
Krems/Traismauer/Tulln - Vienna
28/40 miles (45/65 km)
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. Take a stroll around the main sights, including St Stephen's Cathedral, the opera house and Ringstrasse Boulevard, or soak up the atmosphere in one of Vienna's many typical coffee houses.
Stay overnight in the 4 star Hotel Steigenberger Herrenhof - located in the heart of Vienna in the historic old town and within easy walking distance of the Hofburg Palace.
Depart from Vienna
Check out of your hotel or extend your holiday with an extra day in Vienna, experiencing the famous Naschmarkt, Schönbrunn Palace and the Spanish Lipizzaner riding school.
Please note: Daily distances are dependent on the location of your overnight accommodation.
Enjoy an extra special night's sleep on this deluxe version of one of our most popular itineraries. This itinerary includes stays in a 400-year old house on the riverbanks of the Danube, a hotel with views of the famous Danube Bend (which turns an incredible 180 degrees) and a hotel in the heart of Vienna.
- Deluxe 4* hotels
- Breakfast included, half board available (excluding Vienna)
- Secure bike storage
- Luggage transferred each day
Dates & Prices
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- 7 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
- Board basis: Bed and breakfast
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information
- GPS route available on request
- Danube Card in Upper Austria
- Welcome briefing
- Local contact number for assistance
- One ferry ride Au-Schlögen incl. bike
- One wine tasting in the Wachau region
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Tourist tax where applicable (payable locally)
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier, handlebar bag, comfortable gel saddle, repair kit, spare inner tube, pump and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike
Hybrid with 21 or 7 gears
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We had a marvellous time - very well organised both in the UK and with Sebastian in Passau. Wish we had listened to him a little more carefully and then maybe we would have avoided the couple of directional mistakes we made! The maps on the whole were clear , but the cities we found a challenge and needed a magnifying glass to see the street names on the maps provided. No problem, though, because all those we asked were only too eager to practise their English and help us find our way! Thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone who is reasonably fit - most of the route was flat - and it was a tremendous opportunity to experience some wonderful and changing scenery.Jenny Harvey, May 2016
Overall enjoyed the bike trip. Mapping was good, but possibly adding more detailed city maps larger maps might be helpful.Bruce Randall, May 2015