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Duration
6 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 5 nights in 3-4 star hotels
Meals
  • 5 Breakfasts

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Overview

Trip Code: SOG6061

Trip highlights


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

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.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

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If you pick up your bike this morning, the cycle begins directly at the bike garage. Today you'll cycle through the Upper Danube Valley to Schlögen, following the river. Pass 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, then continue to Schlögen. The famous Schlögener Blick provides a wonderful view of the surrounding Austrian countryside.

Meals:  Nil

Between the banks of the Danube there are small passenger ferries that you can take. On the southern bank of the Danube you pass Aschach and cycle through the slowly widening fertile basin of Eferfing. Continue past the monastery at Wilhering and 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”, situated on the Danube and illuminated at night, is worth a look, or enjoy an evening strolling around the lovely main square.

Meals:  B

The cycle continues along the Danube cycle path and you can visit Enns, the oldest town in Austria, or across the river, the Mauthausen concentration camp. It is possible to visit the camp and its interesting museum, although the detour requires a steep uphill climb. This leg takes you through beautiful meadows and tranquil hinterland, past the Celtic village of Mitterkitchen and the majestic church in Baumgartenberg, and on to the romantic castle of Clam and the town of Grein. In Grein you will find the oldest Austrian theatre which is open to visitors. Continue to Strudengau. Note that if you are staying in Category A hotels, you will overnight in Ardagger, about 10km before Grein.

Meals:  B

Today's cycle takes you through the fascinating landscape of tall and densely wooded rock formations on the both sides of the river. From Strudengau you soon arrive in Ybbs, a former trading centre on the Danube. High above the Danube is the pilgrimage church of Maria Taferl, and well before you reach the town of Melk you can see its huge monastery. There will be ample time in the afternoon to explore the museum and abbey and absorb the sweeping view from its balcony. Overnight in the Nibelungengau (the region surrounding Melk).

Meals:  B

On that they you start cycling from Melk. You will pass Willendorf. It is a small but famous stop because here someone found the famous figure “Venus von Willendorf” You continue cycling to the beautiful stop “Spitz an der Donau”. Now you are in the middle of the Wachau and see a lot of beautiful vineyard. Spitz is famous for some real good wine. Then you reach Dürnstein. Dürnstein is famous for the Abbey church of Dürnstein.

Meals:  B

Today you cycle from Dürnstein to Krems and take the train until Tulln. After arriving in Tulln, you will ride your bike for the last time on this tour directly through the Vienna Woods (Wiener Wald) and pass through "The Gates of Vienna". Along the way don’t forget to stop in and visit the impressive monastery in Klosterneuburg and then continue on to "The City of Music": Vienna.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts. Continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, occasionally eggs and meats, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 5 nights accommodation in rooms 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 21speed is fully booked, children trailers - max 2 children, 40kg - on request. A limited number of 8-speed electric bikes are available for hire - must be pre-booked and a supplement applies). Odometer (not on e-bikes). Lock and repair kit including pump.
  • A tasting of regional products
  • Train ride Krems to Tulln (including bike)
  • Maps, route information and tourist information, and handlebar bag per room.
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Passau and from Vienna
  • Meals not indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Entrance fees
  • Ferries
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Helmets - bring your own or you can purchase through UTracks to have them provided locally (must be pre-booked and pre-paid) - please ask for our rates
  • Train or bus Vienna back to Passau - we can book this if required - please ask for our rates

Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

This trip involves 6 days cycling between 40 and 60km / 25 and 37mi 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.


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