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Duration
14 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 13 nights in 3 star hotels
Meals
  • 13 Dinners
  • 13 Breakfasts

Price

$2059USD

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Overview

Trip Code: SOG6148

Trip highlights


  • Cycling along the Danube through Southern Germany
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the river landscape
  • Exploring Ulm and the three river town of Passau
  • Discovering the lively history of one of Europe's most important rivers

The Danube, Europe's second longest river, courses through ten countries en route to the Black Sea. This expansive cycling tour leads you along the entire German Danube. From where the Brigach and Breg Rivers join in Donaueschingen to where the River crosses over to Austria near Passau, you will cycle through the entire breadth of Southern Germany. As the cycle path meanders alongside the river, pass by magnificent castles and monasteries and get to know the exciting cities of Ulm and Regensburg. The route is characterised by stunning natural vistas and numerous picturesque towns and villages.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

Individual arrival in Donaueschingen. The day is free to explore the town. The Brigach and Breg Black Forest rivers join to form the Danube in Donaueschingen, but even the Romans thought the source of the river was located in the park of the Fürstenberg castle. The castle, built in the Belle Epoch style, is a testament to the importance of the Fürstenberg family. It has an excellent natural history collection and houses many important paintings and sculptures from the modern period. Overnight stay in Donaueschingen.

Meals:  D

The first stage leads you through the so-called "Baar" landscape. In Pfohren a visit to the old Entenburg castle is worthwhile. In Immendingen you will be able to visit an important natural phenomenon: the sinking of the Danube. The river disappears beneath the porous chalk rock for the majority of the year and instead of flowing to the Black Sea flows towards Lake Constance and finally into the Rhein. After Tuttlingen the valley begins to narrow and follows the path the Danube has carved through the Swabian Alb. You will then reach the towns of Fridingen and Beuron, with its famous Benedictine monastery. Overnight stay in Fridingen or Muhlheim.

Meals:  B,D

Today you will travel through the Danube opening which will probably be one of the most beautiful sections of your trip. The river and cycle path snake between towering chalk cliffs, many of which are crowned with castles or ruins on the way to Sigmaringen, the former capital town of the principality of the same name. The castle in Sigmaringen is still inhabited and houses a large collection of weapons where you can stop and have a guided tour. Overnight in Sigmaringen or continue on to Scheer, where you will overnight.

Meals:  B,D

You will cycle along the Danube until you reach Zwiefaltendorf with its beautiful abbey. A visit to the Benedictine monastery in Zwiefalten with its beautiful Baroque and Rococo architecture is worthwhile. In Obermarchtal you will find the oldest Baroque monastery in Upper Swabia. You will stay overnight in either Obermarchtal or Ehingen.

Meals:  B,D

You will leave the modern Danube behind you today and cycle through the valley of the ancient Danube to Blaubeuren. Behind the monastery you will find the famous Blautopf, an amazing limestone spring which is the start of a large system of caves, where according to legend a beautiful nymph lived. Medieval castles and ruins accompany you along the Blau until you reach the Swabian-Bavarian double city of Ulm with the highest church tower in the world. Enjoy this city at the end of your journey with its great shopping and metropolitan flair. Overnight stay in Ulm.

Meals:  B,D

Between Ulm and Dillingen you will pass village after village, located a little off the road and safe from the river floods which are all beautifully well kept. In Elchingen you can visit the pilgrimage church, Günzburg offers visitors the Church of Our Lady (Liebfrauenkirche) in Rococo style. Overnight stay in Lauingen or Dillingen.

Meals:  B,D

Today you will cycle to Höchstädt with its castle of the Dukes of Pfalz from Pfalz-Neuburg. You will continue along good quality paths through the Donauauen. Today's destination is Donauwörth, picturesquely situated on the mouth of the Wörnitz, where the most important trade route between Nürnberg and Augsburg once crossed the Danube. Today the beautiful houses testify to the historical importance of the town. The Käthe-Kruse-Puppenmuseum (Doll Museum) is a treat for both young and old. Overnight stay in Donauwörth.

Meals:  B,D

Today's route is along good quality surfaces. Just before Marxheim you will come to the foothills of the Franconian Jura which will introduce some small hills to your cycle. Don't miss a visit to the old town of Neuburg before continuing on towards Ingolstadt. The city is well known as the manufacturing site of Audi but it has much more to offer than just factory buildings. The Museum Mobile is worth a visit and you should take a stroll through the old town within the old fortified walls. Overnight stay in Ingolstadt.

Meals:  B,D

You will cycle along the Danube today to Neustadt and further on through fields of hops to Bad Gögging. The Romans settled here and the excavated fort remains are a testament to this. Further on along the route a particularly interesting natural phenomena awaits you: the Danube breakthrough between Weltenburg and Kelheim. Here the Danube forces its way through the rock faces of the Franconian Jura mountains. The famous Benedictine monastery was built on a flat sandbank and a boat will bring you from here to Kelheim, where you will overnight.

Meals:  B,D

Before you start today's cycle you should go up to the Befreiungshalle, and enjoy the great panoramic view. Today's route leads you through the spa town of Bad Abbach and onto Regensburg, the most northerly point of the Danube. The town is known as the best preserved city in Germany and has been declared a world cultural monument by UNESCO. Round off your day with a walk through the winding lanes of the Spital quarter. Overnight stay in Regensburg.

Meals:  B,D

You should take your first break of the day at the Walhalla Temple near Donaustauf. The Temple is based on the Pantheon and was built by Ludwig I with construction finishing in 1842. Your trip then continues on along the Danube which curves along the broad, flat landscape in generous meanders. You will pass Wörth Castle and find yourself in the middle of the so-called “Gäuboden” landscape. Today's destination is the town of Straubing, which looks back on a Celtic and Roman past and has a distinctive town tower. Overnight stay in Straubing.

Meals:  B,D

Today you will firstly cycle through Bogen, which attained fame in 1104 when a statue of a pregnant Madonna was found. You will then continue on through Pfelling and Mariaposching and on to the Benedictine Abbey of Metten, before arriving in Deggendorf, the gateway to the Bavarian Forest. Gothic and Baroque architecture dominate the pear-shaped old town. Overnight stay in Deggendorf.

Meals:  B,D

Your last stage leads you to the historical, little town of Vilshofen, which attained fame due to the Ash Wednesday talks which the chairman of the CSU party, Strauss held there. In no time at all you will reach your destination, the three-river city and former diocesan town of Passau. Take time to discover the Danube, Inn and Ilz on a boat trip and round off your holiday with a stroll through the old town or a visit to the Feste Oberhaus Fortress. Overnight stay in Passau.

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast the trip concludes. Note: this itinerary can easily be combined with the Danube Cycle, which follows the Danube across three European borders to Budapest. Ask our staff for details.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 13 breakfasts, 13 dinners
  • 13 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities.
  • 27 speed rental bike (kids sizes available) with pannier, handlebar bag, lock, spare tyre and repair kit. Electronic bikes available for an additional supplement.
  • Luggage transfer (max 20kg per piece)
  • Entrance to: Schloss Sigmaringen (includes guided tour of castle), Munster Steeple in Ulm, Museum Mobile Ingolstadt
  • Boat trip Weltenburg to Kelheim including bike
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked
  • Emergency hotline

  • Lunches and drinks
  • Entrances to sights not listed in the itinerary
  • Travel to Donaueschingen and from Passau
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided tour
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Helmet
  • City or visitor's tax (where applicable)

Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

This trip involves 13 days cycling a total of approximately 620km/385mi. Each day you cycle between 40 and 65km/25 to 40.5mi mostly along asphalt paths across generally flat terrain. Some longer sections are also along compressed earthen paths, with some short sections running along forest paths. A few sections of the route are along quiet or quite busy roads. The villages are often located in elevated positions safe from the river floodwaters. 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. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates

Daily from 13 Apr to 13 Oct (except 30 Jul to 9 Aug)

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season

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Total Priceper person from

$2059USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike supplementUSD$120
  • Single SupplementUSD$340
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$340
*Prices listed are per person

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