Treasures of the Danube

Treasures Of The Danube
 

A gentle, unescorted cycle tour along the river Danube, suitable for all levels of fitness, with comfortable bikes and a flexible itinerary including the freedom to choose your arrival day. Wending its way alongside pretty villages and the picturesque vineyards of the Wachau region, the beautiful and tranquil Danube used to be an important medieval trade route and the long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire. Today, the region is known for its cultural treasures and scenic attractions and the river banks are dotted with many impressive castles and fortresses. Well sign-posted cycle tracks on both banks allow you to enjoy 6 days of gentle cycling on a flat path between the cities of Passau and Vienna, with plenty of time to explore the attractions along the way. Cycle at your own pace, and visit as many or as few villages, towns and attractions along the way as you wish. En route, enjoy optional boat/train journeys and comfortable hotels to relax in each evening before setting off on a new adventure the following day. This tour is available from May to September and you can choose the arrival day that suits you.

 

Itinerary

DAY 1
Arrival at Munich airport and transfer by train to Passau in southern Bavaria (approx. 3 hrs), check in at IBB Hotel Passau for your overnight stay, try out your rental bike or perhaps wander through the pedestrian zone and visit the famous St Stephen’s Cathedral.
DAY 2
Start your cycling adventure with the ‘3-rivers-cruise’ in Passau, the Venice of Bavaria (approx. 45 mins), then cycle along the Danube to the famous Danube loop, the Schlögener Schlinge (39km). Enjoy the vista from the viewpoint (20 min walk). Overnight at Hotel Donauschlinge situated beside the river bank.

DAY 3
Create your own route with a choice of a beautiful cycle ride to Linz (59km) or simply to Aschach (28km) where the Danube ship awaits (2 hrs to Linz). Those arriving in Passau on Saturday will instead travel by train from Eferding to Linz (50 mins, train fare is included). Spend a relaxing afternoon enjoying the delicious world famous Linzer Torte in one of the many cafés, enjoy some sight-seeing (we recommend a visit to St. Mary’s Cathedral, Austria’s biggest church) or unwind in the 4 star Arcotel Nike, located in the centre of Linz.

DAY 4
At your own desire choose to cycle along the banks of the Danube the distance to Maria Taferl (81km) or travel by train to Dornach (65 min, trains depart hourly), and pedal the rest of the way (37km). Situated in a slightly elevated position is the 4 star Hotel Rose which will offer you comfort and relaxation for two nights.

DAY 5
A return cycle tour and visit to Castle Artstetten (16km return, entrance included), once a summer retreat for the imperial Habsburg family and the last resting place of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire who was assassinated in Sarajevo 100 years ago and which sparked the First World War. Return back to the 4 star Hotel Rose and enjoy the views of the Danube from the terrace.

DAY 6
Cycle to the historical town of Melk (16km) and experience the stunning winegrowing Wachau region, an outstanding example of a riverside landscape. Visit the impressive 18th century Benedictine Abbey and gardens. Embark the Danube ship to Dürnstein (75 min), a small town that offers breathtaking scenery, traditional architecture, terraced vineyards and numerous cultural sites. Künringer Castle, whose ruins still overlook Dürnstein, held the English King Richard Lionheart as prisoner in 1192. Immerse yourself in the tour of the ruins and continue by bike to Krems, one of Austria’s oldest historic cities and UNESCO World Heritage site (7km). Overnight in the 4 star Hotel Arte, Krems.

DAY 7
Conclude the tour with a cycle to Greifenstein, a suburb of Vienna (53km). Perhaps stop in Tulln on your way, the flower and garden town. Leave your bike here and travel by train to central Vienna, overnight in the 4 star Hotel Arcotel Kaiserwasser.

DAY 8
Departure or additional nights in Vienna. Create your own itinerary in the majestic, imperial city of Vienna. Visit some of the many attractions or perhaps sample the local delicacies in one of the many cafés. Why not hire a bike once more to enjoy the sights of this bike-friendly city on two wheels (included).

 

What’s included

• Flight to Munich on any day
• Train transfer to Passau – unescorted
• 4 star hotel accommodation on bed/breakfast basis
• Bike hire for 7 days (21-gear peddle break bike*, with saddle bag)
• 3 Danube boat trips (bike transport included)
• Train journey from Linz to Dornach (bike transport included)
• Return trip on the Pöstling mountain railway in Linz
• Entrance to Castle Artstetten
• Detailed route descriptions in English
• Detailed map
• Telephone assistance throughout tour
• Luggage service from Passau to Vienna
• Train transfer to Vienna airport – unescorted

 

Return flight from Vienna Bring your own bike (deduct £50 from package price but carriage supplement may apply). Credit card needed for local security deposit on optional upgraded E-bikes and bike accessories. For guests taller than 1.90m or shorter than 1.60m, please notify us at time of booking. *Standard is 21 gears, if you prefer a 24-gear freewheel bike please advise at time of booking.

 

Accommodation

Passau IBB Hotel Passau (1 night)
Haibach Hotel Donauschlinge (1 night)
Linz Hotel Arcotel Nike (1 night)
Maria Taferl Hotel Rose (2 nights)
Krems Hotel Arte (1 night)
Vienna Arcotel Kaiserwasser (1 night or optional extension)

 
Prices per person (£)Treaures of the Danube
Holiday CodeATXX3090
BoardBed & Breakfast
No. of nights7

May 17 - May 23 (L)
May 24 - Jun 24 (L)
Jun 25 - Aug 31 (M)
Sep 1 - Sep 20 (H)

£749
£799
£849
£819

Extra night in ViennaL £55 / M £55 / H £59

Supplements per person per holiday

Supplements per person per night

PS WC incl. Sgl £168
Half board £125 Full board £175

£17 Extra night in Vienna half board

L M H =Low/Mid/High season, Sgl=Single, PS=Shower, incl=included

Prices include flights, transfers, accommodation, bike hire, entrance fees and luggage service. Prices and supplements are correct at time of going on the site but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.

 
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Transfers
from Munich: 3hrs by train
to Vienna:
½hr by train
Flights

Depart
Gatwick
Heathrow
Manchester*

Supp
NIL
£19
£39

* Departs Mon, Thu & Fri to Munich and returns Mon, Wed & Fri from Vienna

Please call our reservations team on 01483 79 11 11 to book this holiday

General Terms and Conditions: All prices, offers and availability are correct at time of publishing, are subject to change & availability and can be withdrawn at any time. All offers are for 7 nights unless otherwise stated. All prices are per person based on maximum occupancy of a room or apartment and on the lowest priced departure point, supplements for other flights/airports may apply. The late booking fee of £30 per person applies to late bookings made within 14 days of departure.