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Danube Passau-Vienna 8-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 1

  • 8days
  • Austria

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Easy pace Passau to Vienna Self-guided Cycling Tour

Explore the paths along the blue Danube River just like the Romans, the legendary Nibelungs, and even 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.

Tour character: Level 1

Flat or slightly downhill along the Danube; well-built cycling path almost all the way without motor vehicles. Minor roads make up only very short sections of this route – the Danube cycle path is a perfect example of a cycle route.

Included in the Danube Cycling Tour:

  • 7 x overnight stays in 3* and 4* hotels and inns 
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Excellently planned routes
  • Detailed travel information (route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers)
  • 1x ferry ride (Au-Schlögen) incl. bike
  • 1x wine tasting in the Wachau region
  • GPS tracks available and app navigation
  • Service hotline for the duration of the tour

Not included:

  • Bike rental and bike insurance 
  • Tourist taxes, if due, are  not included in the price
  • Arrival and departure

Arrival / parking / departure:

  • Schärding and Passau train Station
  • Munich and Vienna airport
  • Parking in Schärding: free public car park company grounds right next to the bike path
  • Parking in Passau: car park approx. € 45,- per week, no reservations taken
  • Good train connections between Vienna and Passau/Scharding
  • Return transfer van from Vienna daily in the afternoon. Costs 79 EUR p.p, 39 EUR extra for your own bike, reservation is necessary, to be paid for in advance. 

Notes: 

  • This tour is also available in 4*  and 'charming' accommodation on request: [email protected] 
  • Daily departure
  • Extra nights
    • Passau/ Scharding - 69 EUR p.p (+39 EUR single person)
    • Vienna - 69 EUR p.p (+49 EUR single person)

If you would like to rent a bike (99 EUR) or e-bike (259 EUR), please contact our office when booking: [email protected]

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  • Day 1

    Arrival in Passau "Baroque Town or Three Rivers Town "

    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

    Passau – Bend of the Danube/surroundings approx. 40-55 km

    “Upper Danube Valley”

    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/surroundings – Linz approx. 50 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/surroundings approx. 55 km

    “Through the Marchland”

    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/surroundings – Wachau approx. 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 approx. 40 - 60 km

    “Wachau”

    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 approx. 45 - 65 km

    “Vienna Woods”

    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 or extension of trip

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Jun 28 2024 Jul 05 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
Jun 29 2024 Jul 06 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
Jun 30 2024 Jul 07 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
Jul 01 2024 Jul 08 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
Jul 02 2024 Jul 09 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
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Jul 03 2024 Jul 10 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
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Jul 05 2024 Jul 12 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
Jul 06 2024 Jul 13 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
Jul 07 2024 Jul 14 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
Jul 08 2024 Jul 15 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
Jul 09 2024 Jul 16 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
Jul 10 2024 Jul 17 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Jul 16 2024 Jul 23 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
Jul 17 2024 Jul 24 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
Jul 30 2024 Aug 06 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
Jul 31 2024 Aug 07 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
Aug 09 2024 Aug 16 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
Aug 11 2024 Aug 18 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
Aug 13 2024 Aug 20 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
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Double rooms 869€
Aug 16 2024 Aug 23 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
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Double rooms 869€
Aug 19 2024 Aug 26 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
Aug 20 2024 Aug 27 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
Aug 21 2024 Aug 28 2024 12 Single rooms 1,158€
Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 869€
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Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 799€
Sep 13 2024 Sep 20 2024 12 Single rooms 1,088€
Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 799€
Sep 20 2024 Sep 27 2024 12 Single rooms 1,088€
Double rooms 799€
Sep 21 2024 Sep 28 2024 12 Single rooms 1,088€
Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 799€
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Double rooms 729€
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Double rooms 729€
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Double rooms 729€
Oct 01 2024 Oct 08 2024 12 Single rooms 1,018€
Double rooms 729€
Oct 02 2024 Oct 09 2024 12 Single rooms 1,018€
Double rooms 729€
Oct 03 2024 Oct 10 2024 12 Single rooms 1,018€
Double rooms 729€
Oct 04 2024 Oct 11 2024 12 Single rooms 1,018€
Double rooms 729€
Oct 05 2024 Oct 12 2024 12 Single rooms 1,018€
Double rooms 729€
Oct 06 2024 Oct 13 2024 12 Single rooms 1,018€
Double rooms 729€
Oct 07 2024 Oct 14 2024 12 Single rooms 1,018€
Double rooms 729€
Oct 08 2024 Oct 15 2024 12 Single rooms 1,018€
Double rooms 729€
Oct 09 2024 Oct 16 2024 12 Single rooms 1,018€
Double rooms 729€
Oct 10 2024 Oct 17 2024 12 Single rooms 1,018€
Double rooms 729€
Oct 11 2024 Oct 18 2024 12 Single rooms 1,018€
Double rooms 729€
Oct 12 2024 Oct 19 2024 12 Single rooms 1,018€
Double rooms 729€

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