Austria: Treasures of the Danube – Passau to Vienna

  • Tours & Multi-centres in Austria

This gentle self-guided cycle ride along the River Danube is suitable for all fitness levels with comfortable bikes and a flexible itinerary. Opulent cathedrals, monasteries and castles characterise the picturesque landscapes along the river Danube from Passau to Vienna. Beginning beside the German/Austrian border at the city of Passau, you'll navigate the easy route through the countryside nearly always right beside the River Danube before reaching the imperial city of Vienna.

Tour highlights

  • Experience the famous Danube river loop: the Schlögener Schlinge
  • Take in the beautiful river-side views by bike
  • Discover the historic town of Krems and a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Explore Austria's historic capital city, Vienna

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Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Passau

Arrive at Munich Airport and transfer to Passau by train to explore this beautiful city and collect your rental bike. Time to sightsee (historic centre, St. Stephan Cathedral, Veste Oberhaus Castle), or take an optional 3-rivers-boat tour through Passau, approx. €10 payable locally.

Day 2: Passau to Schlögen/Wesenufer

Start your adventure as you cycle along the river bank to Wesenufer or Schlögen, passing Obernzell and Engelhartszell on the way.

Approximate distance travelled: 39km

Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 3: Schlögen/Wesenufer to Linz

Starting from the most famous part of the Danube, the 'Schlögener Schlinge', take off on a delightful day of cycling through an area of outstanding natural beauty to Aschach and further on to Linz.

Approximate distance travelled: 53km

Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 4: Linz to Grein/Ardagger

Today you'll follow the Danube through the Machland, via the Abwinden Power Station to Mauthausen, passing Wallsee Castle and further into the Strudengau where you'll stay in Grein/Ardagger.

Approximate distance travelled: 63km

Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 5: Marbach/Maria Taferl

The beautiful Nibelungengau region is next on the itinerary, passing Wörth Island and Persenbeug Castle, you'll arrive to the place of pilgrimage Maria Taferl/Marbach where you'll stay the night.

Approximate distance travelled: 49km

Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 6: Maria Taferl to Krems

Cycle to the historic town of Melk (23km) and through the stunning winegrowing region of Wachau, an outstanding example of a riverside landscape. From here you can continue cycling though the Wachau region or take a boat trip shortcut onwards to Krems, one of Austria’s oldest historic cities and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Approximate distance travelled: 50km

Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 7: Krems to Vienna

Conclude the tour with a cycle to Hoflein or Greifenstein, suburbs of Vienna. Leave your bike here and travel by train to central Vienna.

Approximate distance travelled: 57km

Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 8: Vienna to UK

Departure or additional nights in Vienna.

Meals included: Breakfast 

In case of bad weather or fatigue, guests may shorten the tour and spend the remaining days in Vienna (by notifying our agent by 3pm the day before). Cost of train ticket from Griefenstein to Vienna extra, approx. €5 per person.

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Your holiday includes

  • Return flights into Munich from the UK daily and out of Vienna
  • Transfers from Munich to Passau 3 hrs by train (train ticket included and collected locally) 
  • Return from Vienna Airport: Vienna city to airport 1 hr by train or shuttle bus payable locally approx €8 per person
  • 3 & 4 star hotel accommodation for 7 nights on a bed/breakfast basis at hotels stated below
  • Bike hire for 7 days (21 gear freewheel bike with saddle bag)
  • Detailed map & route description in English
  • Telephone assistance throughout the tour
  • Luggage service
  • Free coupon booklet for all bookings made before 31 Mar 21
    • (booklet includes free entrance to attractions, wine tasting, coffee & cake vouchers and much more)

Your holiday excludes:

  • Upgrade to E-bike hire (8 gears): Adult approx. £84 / Child £42
  • Helmet approx. €32 (available in Passau & Vienna)
  • Half board upgrade 3 course evening meals (may be at a nearby restaurant)
  • Room upgrades and single/sole occupancy rooms are available at a supplement
  • Any extras, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

Bring your own bike (deduct £50 from package price, but carriage supplement may apply). For guests taller than 1.90m or shorter than 1.60m, please notify us at time of booking. A credit card is needed for local security deposit for optional upgraded E-bike or bike accessories.

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Hotels

★★★★ Weisser Hase, Passau (1 night)

★★★★ Wesenufer Hotel & Seminarkultur, Wesenufer (1 night)

★★★★ Hotel Schillerpark or Hotel Courtyard, Linz (1 night)

★★★ Hotel Aumühle or Hotel Martha, Grein (1 nights)

★★★★ Hotel Rose or Hotel Schachner Krone & Kaiserhof, Maria Taferl (1 nights)

★★★★ Hotel Arte, Krems (1 night)

★★★★ Hotel Kaiserwasser, Vienna (1 night)

Hotels are subject to change and will always be of the same standard.

Departure dates

  • Flights depart daily between May and September

Testimonials

"Stops in towns and villages were interspersed with long stretches of leisurely cycling, where we'd see swans and geese flying low over the still, morning water and exclaim at the herds of deer grazing in lush pastures."

- Ms Jeannine Williamson, Freelance travel writer

"This cycling holiday was excellent, and the transporting of the luggage was very well organised."

- Mrs Broad

"We spent 6 glorious days cycling and added on a couple of extra nights in the wonderful city of Vienna. The information provided before and during the holiday was very thorough. The maps were excellent, it was great having the additional information in the map pointing out places of interest along the way - we stopped at several monuments, castles etc which enhanced our visit."

- Mr Hewett

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Added value

Free coupon booklet for all bookings made before 31 Mar 21 (includes free entrance to attractions, wine tasting, coffee & cake vouchers and much more)

This accommodation is not available to be booked online, please call our Reservations Team on 01483 791111 to book or for further information

Due to the constantly changing nature of the COVID-19 crisis, we may need to change or withdraw at short notice some advertised accommodation facilities and resort services to help keep everyone safe.

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