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Duration
9 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 8 nights in 4-5 star hotels
Meals
  • 8 Breakfasts

Price

$1520USD

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Overview

Trip Code: DBX

Trip 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 and the romantic Wachau Valley
  • The abbey at Melk and the Danube loop
  • Staying in atmospheric hotels handpicked for their character and location

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 en route to Vienna. From Germany, follow the Danube eastward into Austria, across the fertile plains of the Wachau Valley, where 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. At night stay in a range of 4-5 star hotels from modern charm to historic properties specially handpicked for their location and character.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

Check into your 4 star hotel located directly on the Danube and 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. Between 4 and 7pm there will be a bike handover.

Meals:  Nil

Following breakfast at your hotel, cycle along 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. Your hotel this evening is right on the Schlögen Loop with impressive views from the terrace.

Meals:  B

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 modern art gallery “Lentos” is worth a look. It is situated on the Danube and illuminated at night.

Meals:  B

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 Enns, stop to visit the main square with it’s 60 m high tower built in the 16th century! You will spend the night in the breathtaking, stylish monastery Ardagger.

Meals:  B

The cycle this morning takes you through the "Strudengau" region, until you reach the old town of Grein, dominated by the castle of “Greinburg”. In Grein you will find the oldest Austrian theatre which is open to visitors. Continue to Ybbs, a former trading centre on the Danube, and 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. Overnight in a delightful 4 star hotel in Melk.

Meals:  B

Today, you pedal through the renowned Wachau, with its truly romantic scenery of vineyards and quaint villages, enroute to Durnstein. You will pass several fantastic sights (abbeys, castles, ruins). Alongside the cycle path and in Durnstein you will find the so called “Heurigen” (typical Austrian wine taverns) where you can taste wine or regional foods. Overnight Durnstein.

Meals:  B

Leaving the vineyards behind you, you cycle through the expanse of the “Tullnerfeld” at a leisurely pace. You arrive at the Roman town Tulln in the afternoon. Enjoy this small city and wander through its' parks to see why it is known as the city of flowers.

Meals:  B

Leaving Tulln you come closer to Vienna. As soon as you can see the edge of the Vienna Woods (Wiener Wald) and it’s rolling foothills, look and you will find the castle of Greifenstein and the sharply pointed spires of the Klosterneuburg monastery. Just after Klosterneuburg, you will reach the Austrian capital city and city of Waltz, Vienna, a metropolis with a heart full of charm. Overnight in a superb hotel in the heart of the historic centre.

Meals:  B

Make sure you visit the famous sights such as the ‘Naschmarkt’ and the beautiful castle Schönbrunn. Trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 8 breakfasts. Continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, occasionally eggs and meats, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 8 nights accommodation in comfort rooms in 4-5 star hotels with ensuite facilities on a twin share basis
  • Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel (1 suitcase max 20kg per person)
  • 21 speed bike rental equipped with 2 panniers (7 speed bikes on request or if 21-speed is fully booked, children trailers (max 2 children, 40kgs) on request. A limited number of 8-speed electric bikes are available for hire - must be pre-booked and a supplement applies).
  • Maps, route information and tourist information, and handlebar bag per room
  • Emergency hotline
  • Note: Children’s prices are available on request – excellent discounts apply.

  • Travel to and from Passau and Vienna
  • Dinner, lunch and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Entrance fees
  • Ferries
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Helmet - can be purchased and provided locally (must be pre-booked & pre-paid)

Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

This trip involves 7 days cycling between 35 and 55km (22-35mi)per day usually along paved cycle paths across generally flat terrain. The terrain is almost exclusively on the Danube cycle path. In and out of the cities there will be some traffic. You need only carry your camera/rain gear and water bottle. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels/inns. The trip is graded introductory to moderate and is considered suitable for beginners and children who have a good level of fitness. A limited number of children’s bikes are available (minimum height 120cm), as are bike seats (max 18kg) and trailers (2 children, maximum 40kg), and tag-a-long bikes (minimum height is 120cm/3ft 11.3in). *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates

Daily from 9 Apr to 23 Oct

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
A high season supplement applies for departures from 30 Apr to 23 Sep. A mid season supplement applies for departures from 9 to 29 Apr and 24 Sep to 7 Oct.
DN2
Option to shorten to 8 day trip by taking the train Tulln to Vienna on day 7 - discount applies.

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Total Priceper person from

$1520USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Helmet purchaseUSD$70
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$130
  • Dinner Option (7 dinners , none in Vienna)USD$370
  • Single SupplementUSD$560
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$600
*Prices listed are per person

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