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Danube Cycle Path Family Tour Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 7 days | 6 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.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Schärding/Wernstein

You take a stroll through the pretty little Baroque town of Schärding and can marvel at the famous ‚Silberzeile’ (row of colourful houses). Enjoy the numerous cafés and restaurants on the town square.

Miniature versions of the 7 Wonders of the World are displayed all over Schärding and can be admired up close and will take you back into a world of legends and myths.

In the evening welcome meeting and rental bike distribution.

Day 2: Schärding – Passau, approx. 15 km

Fresh as a daisy you continue on the well-maintained and perfectly signposted cycle path along the river Inn to Passau.

This town, located at the confluence of three rivers, with its car-free pedestrian zone is regarded as one of Germany’s most beautiful towns.

There will be enough time for you to enjoy ice-cream, cakes or a cup of coffee in one of the countless pavement cafés and restaurants.

The afternoon you spend in the adventure-pool ‚Peb’ in Passau (entrance fee included). This swimming paradise with diving platform, wave pool, slides and lots more is one of the most spectacular pool facility in Germany!

Day 3: Passau – Schlögen, approx. 40 km

Today you start at the Southern side of the Danube and cycle along a marvellous route with lovely views all the way to Jochenstein.

On a very hot day we recommend a short detour to the outdoor swimming pool in Engelhartszell.

Then you continue on the Northern side of the Danube through the nature reserve ‚Donauleiten’ all the way to Schlögen.

From here you take the ferry (autonomously) and change over to the other side again, where you reach your Day Finish.

Day 4: Schlögen – Aschach, approx. 30 km

The nature spectacle ‚Schlögener River Bend’ is straight at the start of today’s stage.

Here the Danube hit the invincible granite, which caused a change of direction of 180 degrees.

From there you continue along the course of the river Danube all the way to Aschach. A fantastic cycling day amidst stunning nature.

Day 5: Aschach – Linz, approx. 30 km

Today you can change over to the North side of the Danube again and then continue along the Danube cycle path into the leisure land ‚Freitzeitland Linz’ with its five bathing lakes.

After a splash and a cool-off you continue through the ‚vegetable patch’ of Upper Austria – the basin around Eferding, past Ottensheim and Wilhering into the provincial capital Linz, where you spend the rest of the day relaxing in one of the countless restaurants.

Day 6: Boat trip Linz – Passau

The morning is all about the provincial capital of Upper Austria. After breakfast we recommend a casual stroll through the old part of town, a visit to one of the fantastic museums or to join in the special cultural programmes on offer for the entire family.

At approx. 2pm you board the boat to Passau and experience your cycle tour again from a new and different perspective (arrival time approx. 8.45pm, daily except Monday and Friday, then alternative bus transfer).

Overnight stay in Passau.

Day 7: Passau – Schärding/Wernstein, approx. 15 km and Departure

Hotel check out in the morning. After a stroll through the town and a visit to the cathedral (largest church organ in the world!), you cycle from the ‚Innspitz’, the confluence of the three rivers Inn, Danube and Ilz, on the Inn-cycle-path in the shade along the riverbank.

In Wernstein we suggest a short break, in order to enjoy the nature of the narrow parts of the river Inn there. In Schärding you receive your luggage. After that you finally say “Good Bye” to the Danube.

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?

Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Danube Cycle Path tour is one of the most popular, if not the most popular cycle path in Europe.

Our family cycling tour offers you and your entire family a unique opportunity to experience this cycle path in a casual manner. With the little Baroque town Schärding as your starting point, you cycle along stunning cycle paths all the way to Linz, the provincial capital of Upper Austria.

Short daily stages, lots of time for intervals and child-friendly hotels create a rounded and perfect holiday. Along the river Danube there are exciting leisure activities on offer for you every day. Naturally a boat trip is included.

We guarantee happy children and lots of fun for the little ones. Come along to the River Danube!

Included services

- 6 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
– Boat trip from Linz – Passau, bike included (alternatively organized bus transfer)
– Entrance fee for the entire family for the adventure pool Passau
– Welcome briefing
– Luggage transfer between the hotels
– Carefully elaborated route description
– Detailed travel documents 1x per room with route maps, local attractions, important telephone numbers
– 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

About the Rental Bikes

This cycling holiday uses quality crossbar and unisex hybrid bikes based on KTM frame technology, Selle Royal saddles, Shimano components and puncture-proof tyres to ensure that you have an enjoyable cycle tour. The bikes feature modern V-brakes, aluminium frames with mudguards, comfortable saddles and a rack for a supplied waterproof pannier.

You will also receive a handlebar bag and map holder for easy navigation when riding your daily itinerary. Prices advertised on the website include standard bike hire (unless stated). Colour and specification may vary from the image shown.

Unisex Bike (Colour may vary)


Men’s Bike (Colour may vary)

Men's Bike

Electric Bike (Colour may vary)


Rental Bike PLUS


For 2020, there is an additional bike rental option available for a supplement. The PLUS hybrid bike now available on most cycling holidays is sportier with higher quality brakes (Magura HS 11) and better specification gears (Shimano Deore XT). The riding position is designed to have a slightly sportier sitting posture and a high quality Suntour suspension fork gives smooth riding on most surfaces. All accessories are compatible with the new PLUS bike rental option.


If you would like GPX files for a suitable device, please request them at the time of booking. Devices are not provided and please make sure that you bring along with you any fittings required to attach the Garmin (or similar) to the handlebars. You might want to download maps onto your phone to avoid data charges when roaming.

All bikes are provided with standard flat pedals. You can bring your own cycling pedals, but ensure that you have the correct tools to remove the pedals if the tour does not have a welcome meeting. You may also not be able to travel through airports with the tools if you are carrying hand luggage only.

You can rent a men’s bike with a crossbar, unisex/female bike with a sloping tube or an electric bike for a supplement.


7 speed bikes are equipped with a Shimano Nexus gear hub and 21 speed bikes have a Shimano Alivio derailleur. We request 21 speed bikes for all cycling holidays (when available).

Frame Sizing

When you make a booking with us, we take your height(s) and the appropriate bike size is matched up accordingly. Unisex frame 21-gears with freewheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm. Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedalling brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm. Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with free wheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping” cm. Helmets are not provided and you will need to bring your own to use.

We always recommend wearing a helmet when on your cycling holiday!

Bike Hire Insurance

This cycle tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price. Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover. We advise you to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance for your cycling holiday prior to arrival.

Electric Bike Hire

Why not upgrade your cycling experience to an E-Bike (Electric Bike)?

Using a power assisted bike is a great way to go on a cycling holiday and will help you smooth out inclines or longer days in the saddle. Each E-Bike features an LCD display, removable batteries for easy charging and assistance up to 25 km/h with a range of around 120 km for each full charge depending on usage.

E-Bike upgrade prices vary per tour, but if you require any more information about bike hire and electric bikes, please get in-touch with us on 0161 703 8161.

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Your Prices

Danube Cycle Path Family Tour, 7 days, 6 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.

Cycling Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: April. – April | September – October
Arrival daily
Season 2: April – May | September – September
Arrival daily
Season 3: May – September
Arrival daily

Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: From £579 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £599 | Book online here >>
Season 3: From £639 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £149
Half Board Upgrade: From £119
Half Board Upgrade 5 x children aged 6 – 14: From £109
Child bike/Tag-along/Child bike trailer: From £59
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £99

Extra nights are available to book on this tour!
Prices are per person per night and based on two sharing. Single supplements apply.

Calculate the cost of your cycling holiday

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…
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Holiday Price: From £579
Single Supplement: From £149

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