Ride the most famous section of the mighty Danube River, between Passau in Germany and Vienna in Austria, on this easy self-guided cycle holiday. Passing through densely-wooded valleys and green meadows you will pass medieval towns, imposing castles, pretty farms and glorious abbeys that pay testament to the wealth of history that has passed along this river. Whether it is the wine-growing region of Wachau, the medieval towns of Krems and Wilhering or the imposing, imperial beauty of Vienna, you will surely feel the relaxation of cycling along the quiet, slowmoving river that has inspired so many great men in the past, the symbol of a country full of history and natural beauties.
Travel to Passau. After checking in to the hotel go to the bike shop to pick up your bike and spend the rest of the day visiting Passau. Admiring the Cathedral of S. Stephen (inside is the larges church organ in Europe, with 18.000 pipes), climb up the Veste Oberhaus, ancient fortress that dominates the city from the top of a hill (nice panorama from the tower), now a museum of history and folklore.
Today start your journey on Europe’s most famous cycle path along the Danube: Passau to Wien, from the "city of the three rivers" (where Inn, Ilz e Danube meet) to the Imperial capital of Austria. In Schlögen a 30 minute walk will lead you to the panoramic view point on the famous Danube’s bend.
The first 20 km of today's ride are in the shade, along the right side of the river banks; the first village is Auscach, where you can find the “Fischermuseum”, with fishermen boats and fish of the river Danube. Take your swimming gear, at km 31 there are a couple of nice lakes worth a swim, where you can also try water ski.
Arrive in Linz, the second largest town of Austria, with its beautiful city centre. A must is the visit of the gothic Neuer Dom and a taste of the famous Linzertorte, or you can just relax in the “Hauptplatz” (main square), after passing by the house where Mozart composed the Linz symphony.
Leaving Linz by the park along the Danube, you will start off for a nice ride; after 18 km with a 10km detour you can visit the beautiful abbey of St. Florian. After a ferry-boat river crossing, another option of today's ride is to visit the memorial of the lager of Mauthausen, just outside the homonymous village. Arrive in Ardagger, a small and quiet village on the river.
Cycling through the Strudengau region you will arrive to Grein, a small and quiet village on the river, with the castle (Schloss Greinburg) that host the navigation museum and offers a beautiful panorama. The next village you encounter along the cycle path today is Ybbs, where there is the bicycle museum, a good place to admire (and try!) all the different type of bikes and the evolution of our favourite means of transportation. At the end of the ride you will take the ferry to crossll the river to reach the town of Marbach.
Today, riding along the peaceful banks of the Danube, you will reach the town of Melk, with its wonderful baroque abbey, one of the largest in Europe and part of UNESCO's world cultural heritage. The Benedictine monks have been living here since 1089, following the St. Benedikt word "ora et labora" (pray and work). Also the abbey garden and the library are worth a visit. Cycling in the Wachau valley, you will discover the most famous wine region of Austria, well-known area for the gentle, rolling hills and the vineyards. You will be riding through quite a few villages: don't miss the chance to taste the local products in the various bars and restaurants you will see along the way. A visit to the village of Durstein will lead you to Traismauer.
Today you will continue cycling through the fruitful “Tullner Becken”, passing through Tulln (hometown of the famous painter Egon Schiele), a beautiful city founded by the Romans, and following the river you will reach Greifenstein, a suburb of Vienna. Leave your rental bikes there and take the train to the city centre, where you will enjoy the sight the marvellous St. Stephen’s and taste a slice of the world-famous (and well deserved!) Sachertorte.
The trip ends after breakfast.
7 nights in double rooms in 3* hotels with breakfast
Hotel Dormero is centrally located in Passau. If you look it from his appearance it seems a little bit ambiguous, but rooms are gracefully furnished, clean, comfortable and spacious. Some of these have a balcony. Rooms have flatscreen TV, free Wifi, telephone, minibar. Breakfast is rich. Staff is helpful.
This structure is simple with spacious rooms and a not very functional furniture. Rooms have TV, telephone, private bathroom and balcony. Staff is helpful and courteous. Breakfast and restaurant are good. The hotel has a warmed up swimming pool and a field for relax.
This family run hotel represent one of the most beautiful hotels along the Danube and it's specialized to host cycle tourists. Rooms are clean with a vintage style. These have free Wifi, private bathroom, telephone, TV, heating. The restaurant is very good. Staff is helpful and welcoming.
Hotel Mercure is located in a really good position near the train station and subway that brings you directly in the city center. In front of the hotel there is shuttle stop that brings you to the airport. Rooms are well furnished and well-finished. Buffet breakfast is rich with savoury and sweet dishes.
From any airport, you can easily get to Passau by train (included in the price). Check timetables on www.bahn.de/app_home_pk_de_DEU.shtml.
GPS tracks are available on request.
What is included:
· 7 nights in double rooms in 3* hotels with breakfast
· Bike theft insurance
· Luggage transfer
· Telephone support 24 hours
· Bikes delivery to the Bike Point in Passau; Bikes collection from Greifenstein
· Maps and detailed itinerary
What is not included:
· Journey to the place of arrival and departure
· Lunches and dinners, except where otherwise noted
· Visits and entrance fees - tips
· Possible sojourn taxes
· Anything not specified under "The price includes"
These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:
· Single room supplement
· Half Board supplement
. Bike rental
· Any transfer to get to the starting point or to return from the point of arrival, which can be quoted on request.