Danube Cycling Holidays 8 days
Start: Passau

Your Itinerary

Danube Cycle Path Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £579 per person
Other durations available on request.
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Almost a 100% dedicated cycling path with minor roads.
• Beautiful fruit orchards and vineyards surround you while cycling.
• See the city of Linz, with its wonderful views of mount Pöstlingsberg.
• Enjoy organised wine tasting, and stroll through Vienna’s shopping street.

Cycle Route: Danube Cycle Path
Cycle along the River Danube on flat or slightly descending, almost 100% on dedicated cycle paths without any motor traffic. Only very short sections are on quiet minor roads.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary

1st day: Arrival in Schärding/Passau

“Baroque Town or Three Rivers Town’‘

Stroll through the pretty little baroque town of Schärding and marvel at the famous Silberzeile lane, or take a walk through the “New Centre” of Passau, the town of three rivers, which has been completely redesigned as a pedestrian, car-free area.

2nd day: Schärding/Passau – bend of the Danube/surroundings approx. 40 – 55 km

“Upper Danube Valley”

Along the river Inn you will come to Passau, the town of three rivers. We recommend that you take a guided tour of the town, and visit the cathedral where you can enjoy the sounds of the largest church organ in the world (except Sundays and public holidays).

Then you will continue along the Danube, first passing Obernzell and finally arriving in Engelhartszell (the only Trappist monastery in Austria). You will then cycle through the nature reserve Donauleiten, from where you will reach the Schlögen Bend to the north.

This is where granite proved to be too much of an opponent and forced the Danube to change directions by 180 degrees. While a ferry takes you to the other side of the river to your hotel you have time to look at this natural phenomenon.

3rd day: Danube bend/surroundings– Linz approx. 50 km

“Danube Bend”

Today you will cycle through the green Eferdinger basin via the market towns of Aschach, Ottensheim and Wilhering and all the way to the Upper Austrian capital of Linz.

The historical Old Town of Linz has many pubs and eateries for you to discover. Other highlights of the European Capital of Culture 2009 include the magnificent views from Pöstlingberg mountain and a stroll through the Donaulände park.

4th day: Linz – Grein/surroundings approx. 55 km

“Through the Marchland”

On the fourth day you will take a little detour away from the course of the Danube to St. Florian (Augustinian monastery) and to Enns.

In Enns you can go to the town square with its 60 metre town tower, the landmark of the oldest town in Austria, or you visit the archaeological collection in the municipal museum Lauriacum. Afterwards, you will return to the river, first reaching the beautiful little baroque town of Grein.

Here you have the opportunity to visit the oldest municipal theatre in Austria that is still being used. Or you can visit the maritime museum or Greinburg castle.

5th day: Grein/surroundings – Wachau approx. 50 – 60 km

“Strudengau and Nibelungengau”

This section of the Danube, the Strudengau, was once feared by sailors, now you can cycle along it. Where they used to fight against the Danube currents you can now take a leisurely cycle ride. In Maria Taferl, high above the Danube, you will find the magnificent pilgrimage church, which attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.
6th day: Wachau – Krems / Traismauer / Tulln approx. 50 40 – 60 km


You should make a little stop in Melk and look up or you will miss the beautiful Stift Melk monastery that overlooks the Danube.

As soon as you leave the town you will get into the picturesque Wachau region, where you can enjoy the charming atmosphere of the region’s typical orchards and vineyards. You will pass through the little wine towns of Spitz and Weißenkirchen, cycle past the Dürnstein Castle ruin, and finish your journey in the 1000-year old town of Krems or in Tulln.

A stay in the Wachau region means that you simply have to take part in a wine tasting, which we have organised for you.

7th day: Krems / Traismauer / Tulln – Vienna approx. 45 – 60 65 km

“Vienna Woods”

The final kilometres of your bike tour will be a relaxed trip to the Danube metropolis of Vienna. According to the variant part of the stage is covered by train. As soon as you arrive you can occupy your room and then enjoy all the amenities of the city for the rest of the day.

Treat yourself to a Viennese-style Americano coffee and a piece of the famous Sachertorte cake in one of Vienna’s typical coffee houses. Take a stroll along Vienna’s Parade shopping street, along Mariahilfer Strasse, visit the St Stephen’s Cathedral or see the main sights and take a trip in one of the famous Fiaker cabs.

8th day: Individual departure or extension of trip.

Map & Route Information

Route features
Cycle along the River Danube on flat or slightly descending, almost 100% on dedicated cycle paths without any motor traffic. Only very short sections are on quiet minor roads.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

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Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Danube Cycle Path tour stays in Guesthouses, 3* hotels or 4* hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.

Please note that the hotel list is subject to change and should be used as a guide only. We will confirm the exact hotels prior to arrival.

Danube Cycle Path Category A Category B Category C
Schärding Stadthotel **** Biedermeier-Hof *** Hotel Stiegenwirt ***
  www.stadthotel-schaerding.at  www.biedermeierhof.at www.stiegenwirt-schaerding.at 
Passau Hotel Passauer Wolf ****  IBB Hotel *** Hotel Dormero ****
  www.hotel-passauer-wolf.de www.ibbhotelpassau.de  www.dormero.de/hotel-passau
Schlögen Hotel Donauschlinge **** Hotel Revita Kocher**** Freizeitanlage Schlögen ***
  www.donauschlinge.at www.kocher.at www.freizeitanlage-schloegen.at
Linz Arcotel Nike **** Hotel Park Inn **** Hotel Donauwelle ****
  www.arcotelhotels.com www.parkinn.com/hotel-linz http://www.linz.twhotels.at/
Grein/surrounding Hotel Goldenes Kreuz **** Hotel Aumühle *** Gasthof Zur Donaubrücke
  www.hotel-in-grein.at www.aumuehle.at www.gasthof-froschauer.at
Wachau Donauhof Emmersdorf **** Hotel Wachauerhof Melk *** Hotel Wachauerhof Melk ***
  www.pichler-wachau.at www.wauchauerhof.eu www.wauchauerhof.eu
Krems/Traismauer/Tulln Hotel Zum Schwan *** Hotel Zum Schwan *** Gasthof Nibelungenhof ***
  www.hotel-schwan.at www.hotel-schwan.at www.nibelungenhof.at
Vienna Arcotel Kaiserwasser **** Arcotel Kaiserwasser **** Park Inn ****
  www.arcotelhotels.com www.arcotelhotels.com www.parkinn.com

Included services

- Overnight stays in the selected category
– Breakfast buffet or ample breakfast
– If half board is booked: 6 × 3-course dinner (in Vienna overnight stay/breakfast)
– Personal tour information
– Luggage transfer between hotels
– Best elaborated route
– Detailed travel information (route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers)
– 1 ferry ride (Au-Schlögen) incl. bike
– Danube Card in Upper Austria – 1 wine tasting in the Wachau region
– GPS tracks available – Service hotline

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Rental Bike Information

Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes

We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.

The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.

About the bikes

You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.

Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.

You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.

Gear systems

7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.

21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.

Frame sizes

The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:

Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm

Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)

We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.


We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:

• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock

Electric Bikes (E-Bikes) are available!

E-Bikes are available on this holiday. For more information about the benefits of E-Bikes, please find out more here

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Your Prices

Danube Cycle Path, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.

2020 Cycling Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 04.04. – 24.04.2020 | 26.09. – 10.10.2020
Season 2: 25.04. – 29.05.2020 | 05.09. – 25.09.2020
Season 3: 30.05. – 04.09.2020

Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £739 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £799 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £849 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £219
Half Board Upgrade: £159
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99

Category B: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £639 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £699 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £759 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £189
Half Board Upgrade: £149
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99

Category C: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £579 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £609 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £669 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £179
Half Board Upgrade: £149
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99

Extra Nights
Location | Price (DBL/BB) | Single Room Price (SGL/BB)
Passau/Scharding (Cat A): £69 | £89
Passau/Scharding (Cat B+C): £59 | £89
Vienna (Cat A): £69 | £99
Vienna (Cat B+C): £69 | £99

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Hotel Category Descriptions
Category A: 4**** hotels or the best local hotels
Category B: 4**** and 3*** hotels
Category C: 3*** hotels and inns in Linz and Vienna 4* hotels

For extra nights, you will stay in the same hotel. Please let us know if you wish to book extra nights at the start or at the end of the tour when completing your ‘Booking Request’.

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

For help and queries regarding this tour…
Contact us | F.A.Qs

Holiday Price: £579
Single Supplement: £179

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Call: 0800 731 1631

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