Danube cycle tour: from Passau to Vienna

from 680 € / pers.
/ 14 testimonials
Reference : PV1
8 days / 6 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Linear trip
From April to October
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling trip along the Danube:

Explore the paths along the blue Danube River just like the Romans, the legendary Nibelungs, and even some of Europe’s powerful kings and emperors did before you. You will get to know the beauty and historical significance of this ancient military and trading route. Never far away from the cool, clear water of the Danube, you will enjoy one of Europe’s most beautiful and popular cycle routes.
You can either start your trip in the baroque town of Schärding  or Passau, the town of three rivers. You will cycle through various districts of Upper and Lower Austria and finally to the Danube metropolis of Vienna. You will love the breathtaking natural beauty of the Danube valley and the Schlögen bend  or perhaps you will fall in love with the landscapes along the Danube river such as the Machland, the Strudengau,  or the famous Wachau. In the rural areas, to accompany these wonderful impressions, you can enjoy many traditional Austrian delicacies. Your physical wellbeing will be well catered for, from savoury dumpling specialities and moreish must all the way to the wines of the Buschenschenken taverns in the Wachau region.  This cycle tour is a true classic and is ideally suited as a first cycling holiday with the whole family.

 

Day 1 : Arrival in Schärding or Passau


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.

Day 2 : Schärding / Passau - Bend of the Danube | 40-55 km


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.

Day 3 : Bend of the Danube - Linz | 55 km


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.

Day 4 : Linz - Grein or surroundings | 55 km


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.

Day 5 : Grein or surroundings - Wachau | 50-60 km


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.

Day 6 : Wachau - Krems / Traismauer / Tulln | 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.

Day 7 : Krems / Traismauer / Tulln - Vienna | 45-65 km


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.

Day 8 : Departure during the day


Select your category

standard category
Reference: PV1 STD
superior category
Reference: PV1 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: PV1 LU
Low season
  • from April 2nd to 15th
    from October 1st to 8th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
680 € / pers.
230 € / pers.*
790 € / pers.
230 € / pers.*
890 € / pers.
250 € / pers.*
Mid season
  • from April 16th to May 6th
    from September 10th to 30th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
750 € / pers.
230 € / pers.*
870 € / pers.
230 € / pers.*
980 € / pers.
250 € / pers.*
High season
  • from May 7th to September 9th
  • Departure: daily
 
 
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
* Single supplement
845 € / pers.
230 € / pers.*
970 € / pers.
230 € / pers.*
1 080 € / pers.
250 € / pers.*

Category's details

Including :

• 7 nights in comfortable pension, guest houses or 3-star cat. hotels and 4-star hotels in Linz and Vienna, with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 6 days
• 1 ferry ride (Au-Schlögen) incl. bike
• 1 wine tasting in the Wachau region
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners /  Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (7 nights included)
• Transfer from Vienne to Passau and personal bike repatriation
• City taxes

Including :

• 7 nights in guest houses and very comfortable hotels (3-star or 4-star cat.), with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 6 days
• 1 ferry ride (Au-Schlögen) incl. bike
• 1 wine tasting in the Wachau region
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners /  Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (7 nights included)
• Transfer from Vienne to Passau and personal bike repatriation
• City taxes

Including :

• 7 nights in the best hotel facilities along the Danube river, with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
• Luggage transport during the bike stages
• Equipped cycle rental for 6 days
• 1 ferry ride (Au-Schlögen) incl. bike
• 1 wine tasting in the Wachau region
• 1 travel folder (per room) including colour maps, detailed route directions in French or English and tourist brochures
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners /  Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Single room supplement (7 nights included)
• Transfer from Vienne to Passau and personal bike repatriation
• City taxes

According to the category(price per person)

standard category
Reference: PV1 STD
superior category
Reference: PV1 SUP
deluxe category
Reference: PV1 LU
Half board supplement

(including 6 dinners  (excluding drinks) – the night in Vienna on Day 7 remains on a B&B basis)

+ 200 € / pers.
+ 200 € / pers.
+ 220 € / pers.
Extra night in Passau
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 30 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 60 € / pers.
+ 30 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 75 € / pers.
+ 30 € / pers.*
Extra night in Vienne
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
* Single supplement
Any season
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 50 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 50 € / pers.*
Any season
+ 70 € / pers.
+ 50 € / pers.*

Extras

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-70 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 120 € / pers.
• Bus transfer Vienne > Passau

Daily in the afternoon, duration approx. 4 hours, (additional cost for one’s own bike 25€)

+ 70 € / pers.

• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking) Indicative price – Please contact us.
+ 500 € / pers.

Your cycle hire

VTC KTM 21 speed gears

Man or Lady frame

  • 1 rear pannier (saddlebag)
  • 1 front pannier
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock

Helmets are not provided.
We suggest to bring yours.

Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :
PEDELEC E-bikes
E-bike

Universal frame

  • 1 rear pannier (saddlebag)
  • 1 front pannier
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock
Practical details
  • Bikes will be delivered at the 1st hotel.
  • At the end of the tour, leave the rental bikes at your hotel, we will pick them up.
> Your journey
> How to arrive in Passau
> Return

Your journey

Always along the Danube, it is nearly always flat or slightly downhill.
Total Distance: approx. 325 km

How to arrive in Passau

> By car :
From A3 highway >> Exit n° 116-Passau-Mitte on B12 direction « Fürstenzell/Engelhartszell/Donau ». Then continue on ST2110.

 > By train :
PASSAU HBF train station
www.voyages-sncf.com
http://fahrplan.oebb.at/bin/query.exe/en?

> By plane :
From Munich airport : München Flughafen Terminal train station >> München Hbf (tief) train station >>  Passau Hbf train station
http://fahrplan.oebb.at/bin/query.exe/en?

Return

> If you have to come back to the start point:

  • This return can be carry out by RandoVelo/Biking France : see tabs “rates” and “see all the rates”.
  • A return transfer by train is possible and organised on your own. Please visit:
    http://fahrplan.oebb.at/bin/query.exe/en?
    Plan to go to the train station with your luggage (and your potential own bike)
    (Personal bike return costs are on your responsibility.)
    – Wien Westbahnhof train station >> Passau Hbf train station
    About €52(booking on spot only).
    (2nd class – departure approximately every hour – between 2h45 and 3h15 duration).


Trip overall rating : / 14 testimonials

Maryse
Canada
travel date: 11 August 2019.
" Belle expérience "

Le Danube, de Passau à Vienne, en vélo, fut une belle expérience pour une famille qui n’a pas l’habitude de faire du vélo . Le circuit longe régulièrement le Danube, bifurque qq fois à travers la campagne : les paysages sont superbes. Le choix des hébergements lors des étapes est top ! Souvent des pépites dans des petits villages adorables. Les conseils, les vélos, les équipement et les partenaires sont parfaits. Que de belles surprises !

Gary
Canada
travel date: 07 August 2019.
" Memorable trip "

A beautiful and memorable trip along the Danube River to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary.

Benoit
France
travel date: 27 July 2019.
" Très bonnes vacances "

Au total: très bonnes vacances en vélo le long du Danube entre Passau et Vienne.

Henri
France
travel date: 27 July 2019.
" Expérience réussie "

Une première expérience réussie, grâce à une organisation efficace et des hôtels répondant à nos attentes.

Gérard
France
travel date: 20 July 2019.
" Superbe randonnée "

Génial superbe randonnée à vélo avec des Paysages magnifiques

Bev
Israel
travel date: 04 July 2019.
" Highly recommended "

Everything was well arranged and bags delivered on time. When we had a problem with one of the bikes the response was excellent. Excellent bikes. Helpful and friendly staff during booking and follow up process. Route material and maps were great.

Diane
Suisse
travel date: 23 August 2018.
" A recommander! "

Magnifique balade à vélo le long du Danube avec transport des bagages. Beaux hôtels et bonne restauration.

François
France
travel date: 25 July 2018.
" Excellent séjour "

Nous sommes ravis de notre parcours le long du Danube. Organisation parfaite, vélos en parfait état, documentation abondante, le parcours est très agréable, et les étapes très bien équilibrées.

Sabine
France
travel date: 22 August 2017.
" Superbe "

Superbe voyage pour les amateurs de sport et de culture : paysages variés, nombreuses visites possibles mais gastronomie “typée”.

Françoise
France
travel date: 15 August 2017.
" Parfait "

Très beau parcours avec de magnifiques paysages. De la piste cyclable bien protégée sur tout le parcours. Des hôtels de très bonne qualité, calmes. De bons VTC. Carnet de route détaillé. Excellentes vacances relaxantes où nous avons pu allier vélo et découvertes touristiques.

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