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Austria – Danube Passau to Vienna Cycling Tour
A biking tour that is loved by many, as this cycling route is the most famous in Europe. Experience smooth bike touring on dedicated cycle paths over mostly flat terrain. As a self-guided bike trip, you navigate your way with ease through towns with bike friendly services. From Passau, the city of 3 rivers because it is at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. You cycle right alongside the Danube, in a deep river valley with castles and churches perched overlooking the river. See the romantic river meander near the town of Schlögen and the vineyards, meadows and orchards of the Wachau wine region. Cycle through small towns with rich cultural heritage, Melk with its beautiful monastery, Grein, Krems and finally to Vienna.
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Day 1: | Arrival to Passau, Germany, Transfer to your hotel

Day 1: | Arrival to Passau, Germany, Transfer to your hotel

Arrival to the starting point of this bike tour in Passau Germany, with its impressive cathedral housing the biggest church organ of the world. Overnight in Passau. We will meet you for an orientation meeting tonight at 6pm at your hotel to go over the route book, set up the bikes, show you the GPS and cell phone and answer any last minute questions. We will give you suggestions for dinner and discuss all the suggestions you will have in your tour in the week ahead! Dinner on your own afterward.

 

Hotel Residenz

Passau

Hotel ResidenzThe Hotel is located directly on the Danube, at a premium location in the heart of old town Passau. Romantic walkways with a Southern flair lead you to picturesque jewels of architecture and frequently visited sights. The Hotel Residence was lovingly historically renovated from the structure of a four hundred year old mercantile house, keeping in mind the requirements of a modern hotel, of course. One can feel the living history of Passau in this old structure. Interested visitors can learn a lot about the structure’s diverse and eventful history from the in-house chronicles. Due to the hotel’s central location you can find many restaurants and eateries which serve food and drinks to please every palate. Our employees are happy to help you with recommendations.

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Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

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Day 2: | Ride from Passau to Schlogen (44 km / 27 miles)

Day 2: | Ride from Passau to Schlogen (44 km / 27 miles)

Your cycle tour will begin by a beautiful ride along a densely-wooded, granite river valley, through the Sauwald to Schlogen where the hard, impermeable granite rock forces the Danube to flow back on itself, an incredible natural feature. Overnight in Schlogen. 

Hotel Donauschlinge

Schlogen

Hotel DonauschlingeFrom it´s origins as a raftsman´s hostelery, our establishment has grown into a comfortable, modern, yet tradition-conscious hotel that offers its guests a wide variety of ways of spending their stay in the Upper Danube Valley.

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Swimming Pool Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

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Day 3: | Ride from Schlogen to Linz (53 km / 33 miles)

Day 3: | Ride from Schlogen to Linz (53 km / 33 miles)

Today the route brings you along the immense Danube river valley between Schlogen and Linz. After a stop at the Wilhering monastery, with its particularly beautiful church, you continue on to the town of Linz. Linz has a host of museums and churches including the Church of St. Martin, which is the oldest church in Austria to have survived in its original form. Overnight in Linz. 

Hotel Wolfinger

Linz

Hotel WolfingerHotel Wolfinger is located in Linz’s beautiful main square, which has a history that extends back to the 15th century. The hotel gracefully combines progress and tradition – incorporating the comfort and convenience of a 3-star city hotel as well as the charm of historical stone walls, right in the center of Linz.

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Closed Parking Pets Allowed Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room

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Day 4: | Ride from Linz to Grein (65 km / 40 miles)

Day 4: | Ride from Linz to Grein (65 km / 40 miles)

The first stop on the route is Enns, once a Roman settlement called Lauriocum and one of the oldest towns in Austria. The tower in Enns, built in 1565-68 is a masterpiece of Renaissance design. Another stop along the way is the riverside town of Mauthausen lesser known as the site of a terrible concentration camp in WWII. The rest of the route brings you through the meadow landscapes of the Machland river plain to the beginning of the Strudengau river valley. On the way you will pass through the towns of Wallsee and Ardagger, finally arriving at the town of Grein. Grein, on the banks of the Danube, has a 15th century castle. Overnight in Grein. 

Hotel Goldenes Kreuz

Grein

Hotel Goldenes KreuzOur hotel is a classic home with an intimate, family-style ambience. It is located on the Main Square in the center of Grein. Its proximity to the bicycle lane that runs along the Danube makes it ideally located for cyclists touring the Danube area. The hotel is also ideally located for guests interested in cultural events; the Municipal Theater is right next door and historic Grein Castle is relatively close by. Each of our hotel's rooms is tastefully decorated and equipped with a complete private bathroom, television, telephone and safe for valuables.

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Day 5: | Ride from Grein to Melk (51km / 32 miles)

Day 5: | Ride from Grein to Melk (51km / 32 miles)

Between Linz and Melk you will be cycling through the beautiful landscape of the Studen- gau, a narrow section of the Danube. Today you'll take a peaceful, romantic ride through the countryside along the Danube, passing though tiny Austrian villages. After the village of Marbach, you will pass the Maria Taferl, a centuries old pilgrimage destination perched on a rugged hilltop. As you cycle on to Melk you will begin to encounter the historical landscape of Nibelungengau. Then it is on to Melk with its famous Benedictine Monastery and spectacular church. Overnight in Melk. 

Hotel Zur Post

Melk Melk

Hotel Zur PostThis hotel-restaurant has been family-owned for 4 generations. Located in the city center with its own restaurant, in-house sauna, it is the perfect spot for a relaxing stay. Don't forget to try their ice-cream, known as the best in Melk!

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Closed Parking Pets Allowed Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

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Day 6: | Ride from Melk to Tulln (76 km / 47 miles)

Day 6: | Ride from Melk to Tulln (76 km / 47 miles)

The route follows the Danube through the beautiful, UNESCO protected Wachau wine region with its many vineyards and orchards. Along the way is Durnstein, a very pictu- resque town with narrow streets, busy squares and charming shops. Next comes the historic town of Krems with its 17th century town hall and many beautiful churches. After Krems you cross the Danube and get a superb view of the town. Then you bike through Traismauer, past the Gottweg monastery, to the town of Tulln. Overnight in Tulln. 

Hotel Nibelungenhof

Tulln

Hotel NibelungenhofLocated in the "town in bloom" Tulln, the Nibelungenhof offers a unique mediterranean ambience. We are a small and charming hotel and would like to invite our guests to relax along the Danube river. Our house has been totally renovated in October 2005 and has now 18 individually furnished rooms to offer. Hotel Nibelungenhof in Tulln On sunny days you can relax on our summer terrace.

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Closed Parking Pets Allowed Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room

Day 7: | Ride from Tulln to Vienna (38 km / 24 miles)

Day 7: | Ride from Tulln to Vienna (38 km / 24 miles)

This final, short stage brings you through the Wienerwald forest to Klosterneuburg with its Augustine Church, from 1108. The destination, Vienna is a vibrant, beautiful city with many things to do including seeing the cathedral and the amazingly designed Hundertwasser House, designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1985. Overnight in Vienna. 

Hotel Austria

Vienna

Hotel AustriaExperience Vienna in its most personal ambiance! Courtyard terrace, Hotel Austria Look forward to your stay in the warm and friendly atmosphere of our 3 star hotel, personally guided and designed meticulously and lovingly, situated right in the heart of Vienna. Our hotel lies in the midst of the historical Old City of Vienna, only a short walking distance from St. Stephen's Cathedral, a few minutes away from the Vienna State Opera, the Hofburg and the famous shopping streets. Lie down in one of our 46 comfortable and peaceful rooms, equipped with free wireless LAN (WI-FI) hotspot, a 5 language cable-TV, a telephone with mailbox, an extensive minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and most of all, a uniquely individual ambiance!

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Day 8: | Departure Day

Day 8: | Departure Day

Departure on your own today from Vienna.  If you have the time, you can start on to Prague on one of our Vienna to Prague bicycle tours! See the most popular, Vienna-Prague tour here.
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Prices

Austria - Passau to Vienna 7 nights

 
Standard Hotels
Upgraded Hotels
Double Occupancy 2 persons 1320 euros/person 1657 euros/person
Double Occupancy 4 persons1280 Euros/person 1607 Euros/person
Double Occupancy 6 persons 1260 Euros/person 1587 Euros/person
Single supplement 350 Euros/person 540 Euros/person
Hybrid Bike rental 115 Euros 115 Euros

Note: if you are looking to join an existing guided group, please inquire for set dates.

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+ What's Included?

- 7 nights lodging in superior quality inns or small hotels included
- Breakfast daily (usually a hot/cold buffet)
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Local emergency support throughout the trip
- Cell phone rental (for local calls only - to our support)
- Transportation as in program
- Orientation on day 1 with bike set up
- Road books with maps, cue sheets, and suggestions for visitation and dining
- GPS unit (1 per 2 people)

Optional Add-ons:
- Hybrid Bike Rental
- Hotel Upgrades
- pre and post travel planning and assistance
- Ask about wine tasting options or special gastronomic dinner options!


Lodging

Accommodation: Hotels in charming 3/4 star guest houses and small charming hotels. A number of dining options exist in or within short walk of each property. All accommodations include private bathroom and a variety of other amenities.
Standard Hotels included:
- Hotel Residenz****
- Hotel Donauschlinge****
- Hotel Wolfinger***
- Hotel Goldenes Kreuz**
- Hotel Zur Post****
- Hotel Nibelungenhof****
- Hotel Austria***
 
Upgraded Hotels/rooms included:
- Hotel Residenz Passau****
- Hotel Donauschlinge****
- Hotel Wolfinger***
- Hotel Landhaus Stift Ardagger****
- Hotel Zur Post****
- Hotel Schloss Durnstein*****(Superb 5 Star!)
- Hotel Steingenberger Herrenhof****
 
** Please see Itinerary tab for more hotel information **

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Tour Details

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Dates: April through October; this is a self-guided and supported tour. You can go any date subject to hotel availability. Self guided or supported: What is self-guided cycling?

Level 2-3
Moderate overall - flat to rolling countryside, some longer ride days to prepare for in advance.

Tour Highlights:
- Self guided cycling along the Danube
- Historic villages and cities along the way
- Monasteries and wine country

Need to Know:
- We can also organize guided trips for any group size of 4 or more and can accommodate custom requests; please inquire
- Longer ride options; this tour along the Danube can be combined with another Danube trip from Vienna to Budapest for a 2 week trip! Contact us for more details on this add on.

Events

Vienna Spring Festival (March - May )
Jazz-Fest Wien (June- July )
Vienna Festival: May - June
Passau European Music Festival (June–July )

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    Local Coordinator

    Local Support: Tomas is our local expert supporting this trip and he is available by phone to assist during your trip with any kind of emergency, breakdown (except flats), and if due to weather or other reason you need to arrange a transfer. About Self Guided Tours

     

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    Bikes Available on This Tour:

    Trek or Scott hybrids:

    TREK 7300 FX hybrid bicycle are a suitable choice for all our routes in Central Europe. They combine aspects of road and mountain bikes, being fast and capable of both paved and unpaved ride surfaces. Trek 7300fx Spec Sheet | We have men's and women's frames in your size; and either a Trek or Scott Sportster 40 Hybrid may be assigned to meet your needs. Rental Rate for this tour: 115 Euros

    Included are:

  • Helmets, (one size fits all).
  • Computer (odometer)
  • Mudguards, rear light, bell
  • Pannier for hybrids - 1 per bike standard.
  • Handlebar bag with map reader, GPS, Cell Phone for local use
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included
  • Pedals: flat or travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your own wrench to remove them from the bike at the end of the tour.

    Hybrid bikes are the only bikes offered and recommended on this tour.
     
     
     
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    + Reviews
    "I have just returned home from our wonderful trip to Eastern Europe and wanted to tell you how pleased we were with all your arrangements. The service on the ground was really amazing. Tom was always easy to reach with the cell phone that was part of our gear, and more than accommodating. The hotels that we stayed at surpassed our expectations in every case. And the breadth of exposure to Czech history and culture was lovely. And best of all, the GPS kept us on the straight and narrow most of the time. "
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    "Fantastic Trip! You folks really have this bike trip thing down. Every aspect of the trip was great..."
    - Tom M./USA

     

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    Austria – Danube Passau to Vienna Cycling Tour

    Tour Type: Self-guided hybrid cycling (level 2-3)
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    Distance: 325 km
    Duration: 7 nights / 8 days
    Availability: April to October
    Cost: Starting at €1320 Euros





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