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.
At a glance
- 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
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.
Donaueschingen – Mühlheim/Fridingen
28/34 miles (45/55km)
Tour through the Baar region's green plateau to reach Immendingen where the river disappears beneath the porous chalk.
Beuron/Fridingen - Sigmaringen/Scheer
28/34 miles (45/55km)
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.
Sigmaringen/Scheer - Obermarchtal/Ehingen
31/43 miles (50/70km)
Cycle along a more leisurely landscape to Riedlingen and on to Ehingen, a town rich in beer culture and your destination for the night.
Obermarchtal/Ehingen - Ulm
29/40 miles (45/65km)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regensburg - Straubing
31 miles (50km)
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.
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.
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 visit the fortress.
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.
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
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- 13 nights accommodation: 2 & 3 star hotels
- Board Basis: Bed and breakfast
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information (one set per room) - GPS tracks available
- 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
- 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.
Bike Hire & Extras
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.
24 or 7 gear with pannier
8 gear with pannier
20, 24 or 26 inch wheels
You can add these when you price your trip
Board upgrade (B&B included)
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We rented e-bikes and the equipment was first class. We loved the route, and the adventure of finding our way. The route was well marked, and the map was good, although small, but we encountered detours and were very happy we had the route mapped in GPS. It made it easy to find our way back, from detours and planned excursions. Hotels varied, all were adequate, some were quite nice. The people we met were very friendly.Einar Maisch, USA, July 2019
Enjoyed the variety & generally the quality of accommodation.Morag Ellery, UK , July 2019