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With a total length of over 365 km and a route that passes through eight countries, the Danube cycle path is one of the most impressive pieces of bike-friendly infrastructure in the world. This tour takes you on the section of the cycle path between the ‘Three River City’ of Passau and the must-see city of Vienna, with the glistening blue waters of the Danube guiding you all the way. You will pass a variety of cultural, historical and natural wonders, such as the baroque town of Linz, the Abbey of Melk and the great Danube loop. The route stays close to the river bank for almost the entire trip and stays remarkably flat too, making this a perfect tour for those who are new to cycling touring.
Arrival at Munich. Transfer to your first hotel in Passau. You’ll have some time today to explore the town of Passau, the city of three rivers. We suggest making a beeline for the picturesque old town area. Later in the afternoon you will receive your bikes, if you arrive a little later, this will take place on the morning of day two.
Passau to Schlögener Loop (25 miles/41 km). Your first days cycling takes you through the upper Danube valley to the town of Schlögen, where you will find one of Europe’s most impressive vistas as the Danube twists, a full 180 degrees between lush, green hills. On the way you will pass the only Trappist monastery in Austria at Engelhartszell, where you have the chance to taste some delicious liqueurs which are made on site. Just make sure you’re able to finish your bike ride afterwards!
Schlögener Loop to Linz (34 miles/55 km). Continuing down the river, today you will hop from side to side, making use of several small local ferry services. Be prepared to ring the bell on the shore to get the captains attention! The route takes you through the Eferding basin, a flat, fertile area of land on the southern bank of the river, before leading you in to Linz. Linz is the capital of the Upper Austria region and in recent years was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture. It’s charming streets and distinctive architecture await.
Linz to Strudengau (37 miles/60 km). A day of meandering through beautiful meadows and tranquil hinterland of Upper Austria. Shortly after the start of your cycle, you’ll traverse Enns, the oldest village in Austria, dating back to Roman times. You will then pass the picturesque Celtic village of Mitterkirchen, the majestic church of Baumgartenberg and the romantic castle at Clam. The days cycling ends in Strudengau where a charming hotel will allow you to relax in this tranquil part of the world.
Strudengau to Nibelungengau (31 miles/50 km). Continuing eastwards, following the mighty current of the Danube, your tour today takes you past a striking landscape of tall, densely wooded hills that tower over the river on either side. Perched high on one of these hills is the pilgrimage town of Maria Taferl, a charming place that is worth visiting if you don’t mind a little extra ascent. Further along the river you will reach Melk, a vibrant town, which is home to a marvelous Benedictine monastery.
Nibelungengau to Krems (31 miles/50 km). Today you will cycle through the world famous Wachau valley, a landscape covered in vineyards and apricot groves and dotted with castles, palaces and monasteries. You will pass through quintessentially Austrian villages, such as Spitz, Wieβkirchen and Durnstein, each of which will tempt you to take a break in one of their numerous traditional taverns. There is also the chance to take a short river cruise for a different way to take in your surroundings.
Krems to Vienna (25 miles/40 km). Day seven starts with a short train ride from Krems to the town of Tulln, yet another charming town that sits aside the Danube. From here, you begin your last day of cycling on the tour, which takes you through the ‘Vienna woods’ (Wiener Wald) and through the gates of Vienna. On route you will see the impressive monastery in Klosterneuberg before you waltz in to the city of music.
We say “Auf weidersehn” before transferring you to Vienna Airport. Extra nights in Vienna are also available.
A fine selection of options to choose from
A short ride on the metro from the city centre, this hotel is a great base for exploring one of europes most revered cities. The modern hotel offers a high standard of comfort and it’s friendly and professional staff will make you feel at home the second you step through the door.
A family owned hotel and a haven of tranquility. The impressive spa facilities are the highlight of this hotel, with a range of saunas, steam rooms, swimming pools, a fitness suite and a massage parlor all on site.
This four star hotel sits on the Danube's southern bank, looking over the stunning vista of the Schlogen Loop. The hotel has an excellent spa and wellness centre, with indoor pool, Finnish sauna, solarium, steam bath and even a tea room! There is also a lovely terrace, and a garden area which is perfect for sunbathing.
Just a short stroll from the Old Town of Linz and all it has to offer, this hotel is the perfect base for exploring one of Austria's contemporary cultural gems. The comfortable, air-conditioned rooms will help you cool off after you make use of the sauna. There is also a casino on site.
A four star hotel in the heart of Passau’s old town. The building itself dates back to the 16th century, but now features modern facilities and an excellent restaurant serving delicious Bavarian meals. There is a spa area, complete with sauna and solarium on the fifth floor of the hotel.
With roots tracing back to the 17th century and family owned since 1908, this hotel in the Wachau valley is a great combination of traditional hospitality and modern amenities. The 400m2 spa area will help you sooth any aching muscles and the restaurant serves a wide range of delicious dishes.
A perfectly located hotel, in the centre of the picturesque town of Krems. The hotel offers modern rooms, with flat screen TVs, elegant bathrooms and some rooms with balcony view of the Danube. All rooms were recently renovated and the hotel also has a large spa area and yet another great restaurant.
Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included) - Classic
|2018 Departure Dates||Nights||Occupancy||Adult Price|
|24th March 2018 - 6th April 2018 & 15th September 2018 - 28th September 2018||7||Two Sharing||£1135|
|7th April 2018 - 27th April 2018 & 29th September 2018 - 20th October 2018||7||Two Sharing||£1035|
|28th April 2018 - 14th September 2018||7||Two Sharing||£1185|
|24th March 2018 - 6th April 2018 & 15th September 2018 - 28th September 2018||7||Single Occupancy||£1295|
|7th April 2018 - 27th April 2018 & 29th September 2018 - 20th October 2018||7||Single Occupancy||£1195|
|28th April 2018 - 14th September 2018||7||Single Occupancy||£1345|
Tour Only Prices - Classic
|2018 Departure Dates||Nights||Occupancy||Adult Price|
|24th March 2018 - 6th April 2018 & 15th September 2018 - 28th September 2018||7||Two Sharing||£835|
|7th April 2018 - 27th April 2018 & 29th September 2018 - 20th October 2018||7||Two Sharing||£745|
|28th April 2018 - 14th September 2018||7||Two Sharing||£895|
|24th March 2018 - 6th April 2018 & 15th September 2018 - 28th September 2018||7||Single Occupancy||£1015|
|7th April 2018 - 27th April 2018 & 29th September 2018 - 20th October 2018||7||Single Occupancy||£925|
|28th April 2018 - 14th September 2018||7||Single Occupancy||£1065|
E-bike Supplement: £89 per person
Extra Night in Vienna (Double): £69 per person
Extra Night in Vienna (Single): £105 per person
Helmet Purchase: £23 per person
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