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The Danube Cycle Path | Self Guided

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.

What not to miss

  • Sampling liqueurs in the Trappist monastery of Engelhartszell
  • Seeing the Danube’s spectacular Schlögener Loop
  • Exploring the must-see city of Vienna

What's included

  • Flights and transfers
  • Accommodation in three or four star hotels
  • Bed & breakfast
  • Welcome drink at your first hotel
  • Luggage transfers
  • Touring bike with pannier bag, handlebar bag and puncture repair kit
  • Route maps and instructions
  • Local support whenever needed
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Austria

The Danube Cycle Path | Self Guided

Day 1 | 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.

Day 2 | Passau to Schlögener Loop | Distance 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!

Day 3 | Schlögener Loop to Linz | Distance 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.

Day 4 | 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.

Day 5 | Strudengau to Nibelungengau | Distance 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.

Day 6 | 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.

Day 7 | Krems to Vienna | Distance 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.

Day 8 | Departure

We say “Auf weidersehn” before transferring you to Vienna Airport. Extra nights in Vienna are also available.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Austria

The Danube Cycle Path | Self Guided

Day 1 | 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 2.

Day 2 | Passau to Schlögen | Distance 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!

Day 3 | Schlögen to Linz | Distance 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.

Day 4 | Linz to Ardagger | Distance 34 miles (55 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. Your overnight stop is in the town of Ardagger, where you will find a breathtaking manor monastery.

Day 5 | Ardagger to Melk | Distance 33 miles (53 km)

Continuing eastwards, following the mighty current of the Danube, your tour today takes you through the Strudengau region, towards the town of Grein, home to the oldest theatre in Austria. You’ll carry on until Melk, where the imposing riverside monastery will guide you towards your hotel from a few kilometres away.

Day 6 | Melk to Dürnstein | Distance 21 miles (35 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 and Wieβkirchen, before reaching your destination of Dürnstein. Here you will find traditional, welcoming taverns and wineries, eager to show you the best of Austrian hospitality.

Day 7 | Dürnstein to Tulln | Distance 30 miles (49 km) 

Onwards down the river you go, leaving the vineyards of the Wachau behind you and entering the region known as Tullnerfeld. You should arrive in the Roman town of Tulln in the early afternoon, giving you the chance to explore its charming streets on foot.

Day 8 | Tulln to Vienna | Distance 21 miles (35 km) 

From Tulln, 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. An early start is suggested to make sure you have plenty of time to explore this spectacular city.

Day 9 | Departure

We say “Auf weidersehn” before transferring you to Vienna Airport. Extra nights in Vienna are also available.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Austria

The Danube Cycle Path | Self Guided

Day 1 | 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 2.

Day 2 | Passau to Engelhartszell | Distance 16 miles (26 km)

Your first days cycling takes you through the Upper Danube valley, from the city with three rivers to the monastery with three beers! You will pass through the village of Obernzell on the way to Engelhartszell, home to a renowned Trappist monastery. Here you can take a tour of the grounds and sample the beers and liqueurs made by the monks. Don’t try too many though as there’s still a short cycle to your next hotel!

Day 3 | Engelhartszell to Eferdinger Valley | Distance 28 miles (45 km) 

Continuing down the river, you will cycle to the spectacular Schlögener Loop. Here you simply must park up your bikes and make your way to the lookout point, the perfect place to take in the view and snap some brilliant holiday photos. You’ll then continue on through the market town of Aschach before reaching your hotel in the Eferdinger valley.

Day 4 | Eferdinger Valley to Linz | Distance 18 miles (30 km)

Today you ride to the state capital of Upper Austria, the former European capital of culture, Linz. On your way you’ll pass the villages of Wilhering and Ottensheim. On arrival in Linz, you have the option of exploring the traditional streets and squares, or opting to search out some of the contemporary art that has made Linz such a cultural hub in Austria and Europe.

Day 5 | Linz to Mauthausen | Distance 16 miles (26 km)

Rolling out of Linz, following the rivers strong current, you will cycle to St Florian, home to a gorgeous baroque monastery. After taking in the stunning architecture, your route carries on along the river, passing through the oldest city in Austria, Enns. Your day ends with a ferry ride over the river to your accommodation in Mauthausen.

Day 6 | Mauthausen to Strudengau | Distance 21 miles (35 km)

The quaint villages of Naarn and Perg are your first waypoints today, sat on your route to the town of Mitterkirchen. Mitterkirchen is a Celtic village, with an interesting open air museum that is well worth visiting. After getting your fill of Celtic history, the route continues through the lands of the Strudengrau and on to Grein. Here you will find not only your hotel for the night, but the oldest theatre in Austria too!

Day 7 | Strudengau to Nibelungengau | Distance 18 miles (30 km)

Every turn of the pedals today will take you further east, passing from the Strudengau and into the Nibelungengau, after passing through St.Nikola and Sarmingstein. Upon reaching the village of Marbach, you have the option of cycling up to the village of Maria Taferl, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Europe. It’s hilltop location offers vast panoramas of the river valley stretching to the horizon in both directions. From here, it’s a short ride through endless vineyards to your overnight stop.

Day 8 | Nibelungengau to Wachau | Distance 28 miles (45 km)

The end of yesterday’s route will have introduced you to the winemaking part of Austria and today you will be surrounded by vineyards, as well as a number of apricot groves. After passing Melk and its Benedictine abbey, this route takes you through the UNESCO protected Wachau valley, the heart of Austria’s winelands. One of the highlights is the charming winery village of Spitz, where a stop for tasting the local produce is highly recommended.

Day 9 | Wachau to Vienna | Distance 11 miles (19 km)

Continuing through the expansive winelands, you pass the villages of Weissenkirchen and Dürnstein, where some of the region’s best bottles are produced. Keep your eyes wide open as you cycle through and you’ll spot some rather unusual churches and castles too. Your cycling finishes in the Gothic city of Krems, where after a chance to explore, a short train ride will take you into the heart of Vienna.

Day 10 | Departure

We say “Auf weidersehn” before transferring you to Vienna Airport. Extra nights in Vienna are also available.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Austria

The Danube Cycle Path | Self Guided

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Austria

The Danube Cycle Path | Self Guided

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

ARCOTEL Kaiserwasser

4-Stars

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.

Hotel Aumühle

4-Stars

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.

Hotel Donauschlinge

4-Stars

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.

Hotel Schillerpark

4-Star

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.

Hotel Weisser Hase

4-Stars

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.

Hotel zum Schwarzen Bär

4-Stars

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.

Steigenberger Avance Hotel and Spa

4-Stars

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.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Austria

The Danube Cycle Path | Self Guided

Package Prices 2019 (Flights and Transfers included) : Classic 

2019 Departure Dates  Nights   Occupancy  Adult Price
13th April - 17th May  7  Two Sharing £1175
18th May - 13th September 7 Two Sharing £1245
14th September - 04th October 7 Two Sharing £1175
05th October - 19th October 7 Two Sharing £1075
13th April - 17th May 7 Single Occupancy £1375
18th May - 13th September 7 Single Occupancy £1445
14th September - 04th October 7 Single Occupancy £1375
05th October - 19th October 7 Single Occupancy £1285

Tour Only Prices 2019 : Classic 

2019 Departure Dates  Nights   Occupancy  Adult Price
13th April - 17th May  7  Two Sharing £840
18th May - 13th September 7 Two Sharing £905
14th September - 04th October 7 Two Sharing £840
05th October - 19th October 7 Two Sharing £745
13th April - 17th May 7 Single Occupancy £1045
18th May - 13th September 7 Single Occupancy £1115
14th September - 04th October 7 Single Occupancy £1045
05th October - 19th October 7 Single Occupancy £945

Start your holiday on any day of the week. 

Please contact one of our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7750 for child prices.

Supplements:

  • E-Bike Supplement: £95 per person
  • Extra Night in Vienna (Double): £69 per person
  • Extra Night in Vienna (Single): £105 per person
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Austria

The Danube Cycle Path | Self Guided

Total Distance 

228 miles (365 km)

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