Itinerary

11 Day Tour

Day 1

Arrive at Vienna airport. Transfer by minibus or taxi to our base hotel in Poysdorf, gateway to Austria’s wine quarter.

Day 2

Poysdorf. After breakfast you’ll be equipped with your bicycle. The day is then yours to explore Poysdorf, an authentic wine village with picturesque Kellergassen (wine cellar lanes), amidst gently rolling hills. Stop at a traditional Heuriger for a glass or two of local wine, or perhaps treat yourself to a wine-themed massage using grape-based oils.

Day 3

Poysdorf to Wolkersdorf: 25 miles (40km). We head south for the first leg of our journey, with an undemanding meander through delightful vineyard terrain. Cycle through lush green meadows and shady forests as we make our way towards the old town of Wolkersdorf. Our hotel is also surrounded by beautiful countryside, including a trail that runs through Hochleiten forest and back through the local vineyards.

Day 4

Wolkersdorf. Today is yours to spend as you please - visit a local vineyard for a spot of wine-tasting, explore the town, or enjoy a gentle ride through the spectacular countryside around Wolkersdorf, meandering through cool forests and sun-drenched hills. In addition, Vienna with all of its attractions, is just a 30 minute train ride away.

Day 5

Wolkersdorf to Tulln: 26 miles (42km). After leaving Wolkersdorf, we join the renowned Danube cycle route. The Austrian stretch offers diverse views and a host of sights, including castles, museums, churches, abbeys and quaint villages. Not to mention the wide bike paths and mostly easy route that gently slopes alongside the calm of the famous river. We suggest stopping off at one of the Jausenstation, where a local family serves homemade cold cuts and cheeses from picnic tables.

Day 6 

Tulin. Located on the south bank of the Danube, Tulln was the site of the Roman camp of Comagena and contains a third century Roman Tower, considered the oldest structure in Austria. This small town is also famous as the birthplace of the painter Egon Schiele. We highly recommend a ride to the remarkable Klosterneuburg Priory. Its foundations, including a castle tower and a Gothic chapel, date back to the 12th century - but subsequent architectural styles include baroque, neoclassical and neo-gothic. The monastic library here contains 30,000 volumes, while its immense wine cellar is testament to the importance of the centuries-old viticultural tradition.

Day 7 

Tulln to Dürnstein: 26 miles (42km). Today the tour continues to follow the Danube west, weaving through cool forests along the wide, green valley and passing through sleepy villages and pretty wine towns. After stopping for a bite to eat in a local pub, Dürnstein is the destination, a small town in the renowned Wachau region. The town boasts an idyllic valley setting, surrounded by vine-covered slopes. The Wachau produces a particularly fine Riesling.

Day 8

Dürnstein. The romantic town of Dürnstein has a long and fascinating history, dating back to 1192, when Duke Leopold V held Richard I Lionheart captive in Dürnstein Castle after a dispute during the Third Crusade. The castle was destroyed in 1645 but its ruins can still be seen today. We also recommend a ride to nearby Krems, where the oldest grave ever found in Austria was discovered and is believed to be over 27,000 years old. This relatively small town was once a serious rival to Vienna during the 11th and 12th centuries. Today’s visitors are attracted by the town’s elegant southern Italian-style architecture of town houses and courtyards. Must-see buildings here include the Piaristenkirche, the Renaissance town hall and vast 13th century Gozzoburg Palace. 

Day 9

Dürnstein to Melk: 21 miles (34km). This stretch of our journey through the Wachau is along the most stunning part of the Danube cycle path. From castles perched on hills to swans nesting along the riverbank and past small forests, farm fields, sprawling vineyards and charming little towns, the serene beauty of the Danube reflects in the summer sun. Be sure to bring your camera, as the vistas on this ride are simply breathtaking.

Day 10 

Melk. Towering above the left bank of the Danube, Melk offers an impressive range of architecture within its atmospheric streets. The town is best known for Stift Melk, the imposing baroque Benedictine monastery which stands proudly over the town. Founded in 1089, this truly magnificent building with its numerous frescos continues to inspire devotion from all who visit. Our final recommendation for a nearby ride is to the wonderful church of Maria Taferl which has traditionally attracted angelic and pilgrimage processions.

Day 11

We say “Auf Wiedersehen” before transferring you direct from Melk to Vienna airport by train or minibus.

One Night Or Two?

Most of our holidays are available in two formats: BSpoke Original (two-night stays at each hotel, moving on alternate days), and BSpoke One Night Stops (two nights in your first hotel, followed by just one night in each subsequent hotel, for those who want to cycle a distance every day).