From Passau, the City of 3 Rivers, to Vienna, the City of Music, an enchanting river landscape awaits.

Follow the blue Danube through rolling hills, forests and meadows almost always within view of the river bank on this easy and picturesque Austrian cycling holiday.

Stop at the historic cities of Melk, Krems and Enns. Cross the magnificent Wachau region with its monasteries and terraced vineyards. Savour local cuisine, liqueurs, and wines at quaint taverns. Other highlights include the charming town of Passau, the Great Danube Loop, the old theatre in Grein, the Abbey of Melk and of course the beautiful city of Vienna.

Passau to Vienna

Linz
  • Lifestyle
  • Grade
  • SELF GUIDED TOUR / Min 1 person
  • Daily departures: mid April to mid Oct
  • EUR220 single room surcharge
  • EUR179 dinner surcharge (not Vienna)
  • EUR75 touring bike hire
  • EUR169 electric bike hire
  • EUR29 helmet purchase
  • This tour is invoiced in EURO
  • A DELUXE 9 day tour is also available
The pace is as leisurely as you prefer, the path flat and paved. The tour is suitable for beginner cyclists, and families with children. Breakfasts are provided, and your luggage is transferred to your accommodation each day. Relax and enjoy the Danube as its beauty unfolds before you.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival Day: Passau

No cycling

Welcome to 'the City of 3 Rivers' (the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz). Your detailed tour maps and documents will be waiting for you at your hotel. Explore Passau by walking through the picturesque old town. Historic buildings and stories are everywhere you turn. Between 4 and 7 pm, collect your bike from the depot (or if you arrive later this evening, pick it up tomorrow morning). Return to your hotel at leisure.

Meals: None

DAY 2

Passau to Schlögener Loop

Cycling: approx. 41 km

Start your first cycling route, through the Upper Danube Valley to Schlögen. In the village of Engelhartszell, you can visit the only Trappist monastery in Austria. You could even sample delicious liqueurs straight from the convent. Then, on to the impressive Schlögener Loop, where the river makes a complete 180-degree hairpin turn before flowing east once more.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3

Schlögener Loop to Linz

Cycling: approx. 55 km

Small passenger ferries regularly sail back and forth across the Danube, so you can choose which side of the river you wish to cycle. Ride through the fertile basin of Eferdinger to Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. It was the 2009 European Capital of Culture and highlights include its historic old square and evening shopping. Also noteworthy, is its large rolling hill (Poíöstlingher), accessible by train on a special mountain railway with toothed ('rack') rails.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4

Linz to Strudengau Region

Cycling: approx. 60 km

Austria's oldest town, Enns, is on your way and highly recommended. It was granted town status in 1212, but has had settlements since 4000 BC. Then, on through tranquil hinterland, passing the old Celtic village Mitterkirchen, the majestic church in Baumgartenberg and the romantic castle of Burg Clam. You may like to stroll around the lovely baroque village of Greine, where Austria's oldest theatre is located.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5

Strudengau Region to Nibelungengau

Cycling: approx. 50 km

Today, tall and densely wooded rock formations line your path on both sides of the river. High on a bank above the Danube, you'll see the Basilica of Maria Taferl. Many thousands make pilgrimages there each year in honour of the stories of miracles and angelic processions there. As you continue cycling, you are greeted from afar by the marvellous Benedictine Monastery of Melk.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6

Nibelungengau to Region of Krems

Cycling: approx. 50 km

The magnificent Wachau, one of Austria's biggest tourism destinations, is on your path today. In this beautiful valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll see terraced vineyards, apricot groves, castles, palaces and monasteries. You may choose to take a break from cycling and relax on a short boat excursion. En route to Krems you'll pass the winery villages of Spitz, Weisskirchen and Dürnstein. Their quaint and tempting taverns offer Austrian hospitality at its best — something that must be experienced first hand.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7

Region of Krems to Vienna

Cycling: approx. 40 km, plus train

Start today with a train ride to Tulln, another of Austria's oldest towns. Then back on your bike, continue through the Vienna Woods (Wienerwald), near the outskirts of Vienna. We suggest a visit to the impressive monastery in Klosterneuburg by the Danube just north of Vienna. Then make your way on designated cycle paths into 'The City of Music' itself. Vienna's famous former residents include Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Schubert, Brahms, Haydn and Mahler.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8

Departure Day: Vienna

No cycling

Vienna is one of the world's most liveable cities. Must-sees include the Naschmarkt, a food/goods market that's run for more than 500 years. Also, the Vienna State Opera and other sights on the Ringstrasse, the beautiful boulevard circling the inner city. There's the imperial palace Schönbrunn — Austria's top tourist attraction; the eccentric Hundertwasser house and museum; the Prater amusement park, and many other sights. Take the train or bus back to Passau (included), or extend your time in Vienna.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation: 7 nights in 3 & 4 star hotels (double or twin share). Cheaper tour price for 2 & 3 star accommodations.
  • Breakfast daily
  • Daily luggage transfer between hotels
  • 1 bottle of wine per room (Wachau region)
  • 1 tasting of regional products
  • 1 x train: Krems to Tulln
  • transfer (train or bus) back to Passau at end of tour
  • Service-hotline
  • Handlebar bag with route book and regional information (one per room)

Tour Excludes:

  • International flights and/or Travel visas (where applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Bike hire
  • Meals (except daily breakfast)
  • Small boat ferries to cross the Danube
  • Drinks & personal expenses