Danube - Donaueschingen to Passau

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Visiting: Germany

Hotel & Bike

13 nights from £894 to £1393pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Comfort i
Code GE025
Good For Riverside Routes
Distance 379mi/610km
Runs Apr - Oct
Departs Any day
Fly to Munich !
Return from Munich !

Overview

What to expect

Experience the authentic villages, magnificent cities and ever-changing landscapes of the River Danube as it meanders across Southern Germany from its source to the romantic city of Passau. Touring along the Danube cycle path and quiet country roads, the cycling is undemanding but if 12-days in the saddle sounds like a lot, opt for an electric bike. Follow the river as it flows past green plateaux and snakes between chalky cliffs. On day two it disappears into the rock and bursts back out through limestone river-cliffs a few days later.

The crooked houses and contemporary architecture of Ulm are a highlight halfway through and the World Heritage landmarks in Regensburg are magnificent. Vibrant towns and half-timbered villages are perfect for pit-stops and, as you pedal alongside the riverbanks, look up to see baroque monasteries, Roman ruins and fairytale castles.

  • Chalk cliffs, forested hills and green meadows
  • Half-timbered villages, vibrant river-towns and UNESCO cities
  • Roman ruins, castles galore and magnificent monasteries
  • Twelve days of leisurely cycling, e-bikes available

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Donaueschingen

    Discover the historic town of Donaueschingen which sits at the confluence of the Danube’s two sources, the Brigach and Breg rivers. Stroll to Fürstenberg Castle to see the impressive collection of paintings and contemporary sculptures.

  • Day 2: Donaueschingen - Fridingen/Beuron 34/40 miles (55/65km)

    Tour through the Baar region's green plateau to reach Immendingen where the river disappears beneath the porous chalk.

  • Day 3: Beuron/Fridingen - Scheer 25/31 miles (40/50km)

    Ride through the Danube opening – one of the most beautiful sections of the tour. Arrive in Sigmaringen and take a guided tour of the inhabited castle, which houses an impressive collection of weapons, before cycling on to Scheer.

  • Day 4: Scheer - Ehingen 31/40 miles (50/65km)

    Cycle along a more leisurely landscape to Riedlingen and on to Ehingen, a town rich in beer culture and your destination for the night.

  • Day 5: Ehingen - Ulm 29 miles (45km)

    Discover the Blautopf limestone spring and a fascinating network of caves as you cycle along the Blau through scenery dotted with medieval castles and ruins. Arrive in Ulm, home to the highest church tower in the world and take some time to enjoy the city's excellent shops.

  • Day 6: Ulm - Lauingen/Dillingen 31/34 miles (50/55 km)

    Pass authentic villages en route to the pilgrimage church in Elchingen. Visit the castle, church and fort in Günzburg before reaching the town of Lauingen. Overnight in Lauingen or Dillingen.

  • Day 7: Dillingen/Lauingen - Donauwörth 25/28 miles (40/45km)

    Cycle along smooth paths, detouring off the main track to take a break in rustic villages. Continue to the picturesque town of Donauwörth, a historic trade centre at the mouth of the River Wörnitz.

  • Day 8: Donauwörth - Ingolstadt 41 miles (65 km)

    Cycle along smooth tracks before starting a few gentle inclines in the foothills of the Franconian Jura. Visit the beautiful Renaissance castle and old town in Neuburg before continuing to Ingolstadt, a town rich in history and culture, the home of Audi cars and the setting for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

  • Day 9: Ingolstadt - Kelheim 34 miles (55km)

    Pedal through the Danube floodplains, passing excavated fort ruins, left by the Romans. See the Danube force its way through the rock faces of the Franconian Jura Mountains and take a drink in the beer garden of the Benedictine monastery at Weltenburg, before taking a boat to the town of Kelheim.

  • Day 10: Kelheim - Regensburg 24 miles (40km)

    Cycle to the UNESCO city of Regensburg – the most northerly point of the Danube and said to be the best preserved city in Germany. Round off your day with a walk through the winding lanes of the Spital Quarter.

  • Day 11: Regensburg - Straubing 34 miles (55km)

    Visit the Walhalla Temple, an imitation of the Pantheon on the Acropolis, which was built during the reign of Ludwig I in 1842. Follow the Danube as it meanders across expansive plains. Pass Wörth Castle and pedal through the heart of the flat Gäuboden landscape. Arrive in Straubing, a town with Celtic and Roman roots and home to an impressive town tower.

  • Day 12: Straubing - Deggendorf 26 miles (40km)

    Cycle through the town of Bogen, a renowned ancient pilgrimage site. Continue through typical Bavarian landscapes to the Benedictine monastery of Metten, with its library and baroque church. Reach Deggendorf, gateway to the Bavarian Forest.

  • Day 13: Deggendorf - Passau 37 miles (60km)

    Reach the three river-town of Passau and tour along the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers by boat, before rounding off your holiday with a walk through the old town or vist the fortress.

  • Day 14: Depart from Passau

    Check out after breakfast and make your way home or continue your holiday.

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

Accommodation

2 & 3* Hotels

We use a pool of 2 and 3 star 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.

  • A mix of 2* and 3* hotels
  • Breakfast included, half board available
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance - 2017 dates on sale

Price includes

  • 13 nights accommodation: 2 & 3 star hotels
  • Board Basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • Maps and route information (one set per room)
  • Entrance - Sigmaringen Castle and guided tour
  • Entrance - Ulm Minster steeple
  • Entrance - Museum Mobile Ingolstadt
  • Boat trip Weltenburg - Kelheim including bikes
  • Local contact number for assistance

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets
  • Tourist tax (small charge, payable locally)

Child reductions (3rd and 4th in room)

  • Up to 5 years: 100%
  • 6 to 13 years: 50%
  • 14 to 17 years: 25%

*Twin rooms in Germany usually consist of one double bed with separate mattresses and bedding. Some hotels do have separate twin beds but these are exceptions.

Which hotel?

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Pannier, handlebar bag, repair kit, bike computer and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike.

Child tag-alongs, trailers and bike seats available on request.

Gents' bike
Bike hire
£67

24 or 7 gear with pannier

E-bike
E-bike hire
£153

8 gear with pannier

Child bike
Child bike hire
£34

20, 24 or 26 inch wheels

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half Board
£268pp

Extra nights

Ulm/Regensburg/Passau - double room (bed & breakfast)
£53pp
Ulm/Regensburg/Passau - single room (bed & breakfast)
£72pp
Other towns - double room (bed & breakfast)
£44pp
Other towns - single room (bed and breakfast)
£58pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Munich, Karlsruhe or Zurich

Take the train (Bahn) to Donaueschingen.

Getting back

Take the train (Bahn) from Passau.

Fly from Munich, Karlsruhe or Zurich

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

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I would recommend it to anyone who is fit enough. Beautiful, interesting, and the Germans are so friendly and helpful.

Peter Bussy, May 2015
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Very enjoyable. The bicycle was first rate and it was very helpful to have an odometer for checking distances during and at the end of each ride. The accommodation was well chosen and met our needs very well.

Fiona Noble, June 2015

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