Blue Danube Cycle

tours / Cycling

Blue Danube Cycle information and booking

from
$1090
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights hotel
Equipment Required
Bike helmet (can be purchased locally – ask your travel consultant for details) wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking.

Highlights

  • Cycling along the Danube bike path
  • Exploring the majestic city of Vienna and the three river town of Passau
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the river landscape
  • The abbey at Melk and the Danube loop
  • The romantic Wachau Valley

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Follow the winding route of the Danube and discover the lively history of one of Europe's most important rivers. Cycle past Austrian castles, Benedictine monasteries and ancestral vineyards enroute to Vienna. From Germany, follow the Danube eastward into Austria, across the fertile plains of the Wachau Valley, home to both piety and wine. Vineyards climb the slopes to imposing medieval monasteries perched atop hills between Melk and Krems. Wind past castle ruins and apricot orchards before reaching the capital of Austria, where you can take in a performance of the "Blue Danube" waltz, the melody that evokes Vienna the world over.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners (dinner not included in vienna). continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, occasionally eggs and meats, coffee, tea and juices. dinner will consist of 3 courses which include regional specialities
  • 7 nights accommodation in rooms with private facilities on a twinshare basis according to chosen hotel category
  • Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel (1 suitcase max 20kg per person)
  • 7 or 21 speed unisex bike equipped with 2 saddle bags
  • Welcome drink in your arrival hotel in passau
  • 1 free bottle of wine per room from a vineyard in the wachau
  • A tasting of regional products
  • Train ride krems (or traismauer) – tulln (including bike)
  • Complimentary handlebar bag per room (yours to keep)
  • Maps, route information and tourist information per room
  • Return transfer by train from vienna to passau important note: if you do not need this transfer a small discount is applicable – in order to receive this discount you must advise us at the time of booking. refunds cannot be made once your arrangements are booked
  • 7 day service hotline
  • Note: a high season supplement is payable for departures from 19 apr to 26 sep. children’s prices on request – excellent discounts apply.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Passau
Check into the hotel where you will receive your travel documents. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town. Located at the junction of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau has a number of interesting sites including the Fortress “Veste Oberhaus” built in 1219 where there is an observation tower for a good view of the town and the river and St. Stephens Cathedral with the world’s largest church organ.
Day 2 Cycle to Schlögener Loop / Surroundings (44km)
This morning you will pick up your bicycles from the bike garage. Generally we provide bikes with 21 gears – if you would like a 7 speed bike please specify this on booking. The cycle begins directly at the bike garage, following the Danube through the Austrian border town of Engelhartszell which is home to a former Cistercian abbey (1293-1786) and since 1925 the only Trappist monastery in Austria. From here you continue to Schlögen. The famous Schlögener Blick provides a wonderful view of the surrounding Austrian countryside.
Day 3 Cycle past Aschach and Wilhering to Linz (53km)
On the southern bank of the Danube you pass Aschach and the monastery Wilhering until you reach the capital of Upper Austria, Linz. The city has a lively arts and music culture. In 1783 Mozart wrote his Symphony No. 36 here, now known as the Linz Symphony. The newly built (2003) modern art gallery “Lentos” is worth a look. It is situated on the Danube and illuminated at night.
Day 4 Cycle to Grein (or surroundings) via Burg Clam Castle (60km)
The cycle continues along the Danube cycle path passing the Mauthausen concentration camp. It is possible to visit the camp which has an interesting museum, although the detour requires a steep uphill climb. Meandering away from the river the route takes you through fields of wheat, corn and sunflowers. In the afternoon you arrive at Clam Castle and the town of Grein, dominated by the castle of “Greinburg”. In Grein you will find the oldest Austrian theatre which is open to visitors.
Day 5 To Melk (surroundings) (51km)
Passing through Strudengau, you arrive in Ybbs, a former trading centre on the Danube. The route continues past Maria Taferl to Melk with its imposing Benedictine Monastery. Well before you reach the town you can see the huge monastery and there will be ample time in the afternoon to explore the museum, abbey and absorb the sweeping view from its balcony.
Day 6 Cycle through Wachau and on to Krems (40/55km)
Today, you pedal through the renowned Wachau, with its truly romantic scenery of vineyards and quaint villages, enroute to Krems. You will pass several fantastic sights (abbeys, castles, ruins). Alongside the cycle path you will find the so called “Heurigen” (typical Austrian wine taverns) where you can taste wine or regional foods.
Day 7 Train to Tulln then cycle To Vienna (39km)
This morning you take the train to Tulln and cycle past the castle of "Greifenstein". You then continue to metropolitan Vienna, capital of Austria. The route into Vienna is mostly on a cycle path with no vehicles allowed, allowing you easy access to the main centre and your hotel. (Dinner not included tonight)
Day 8 Trip concludes in Vienna or Passau
Make sure you visit the famous sights such as the ‘Naschmarkt’ and the beautiful castle Schönbrunn. Train ride back to Passau is included or alternatively you can extend your stay in Vienna. Trip concludes.