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8 Day Danube Trail Cycling Tour in Austria and Germany
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Passau, Germany; Schlogen - Linz - Grein - Melk - Tulln - Vienna, Austria

Cycling Tour Austria and Germany

Top Bicycle offers you this cycling holiday from Passau to Vienna. Loved by many, this is the most famous cycling trail in Europe since the route is smooth, easy, and stunningly beautiful! In this tour, you will ride through pretty Austrian towns providing excellent services for cyclists. From Passau, at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn, and Ilz, you will ride right along the Danube in a deep river valley with castles and churches perched overlooking the river. Moreover, see the romantic river meanders near the town of Schlogen and the vineyards, meadows, and orchards of the Wachau wine region. Then, continue through small towns with rich cultural heritage: Melk with its beautiful monastery, Grein, Krems, and on to the graceful city of Vienna.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Mostly paved
  • Starts in: Passau, Germany
  • Ends in: Vienna, Austria
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10 - 30 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 202 miles / 323 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent
  • Private tour (minimum 4 persons)

Highlights

  • 6 days of cycling
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Guided tours to various selected attractions
  • Discover Schlogen, Linz, Grein, Melk, Tulln, and Vienna
  • Detailed cycling and town maps along with the GPS
  • Support van and luggage transfer
  • Buffet breakfast and dinner
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 4 participants
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Accommodation

During the holiday, you will stay at selected hotels and pensions for your guided bicycle tour. Your accommodation will be smaller, charming hotels and pensions. They are are all in a good central location and often in a historical building. All rooms are double occupancy. A double room has one large bed for two people (usually queen size) and a twin room, meaning that there will be two single beds in one room.

Single rooms are available on most trips for a supplement. All hotels have a private bathroom that is usually equipped with a bath and sometimes a shower. Your room, breakfast, and taxes are included in the cost of the tour. However, if you take any services not included (telephone, minibar etc.) then you will settle this cost with the hotel's receptionist at the end of your stay.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Passau

Today is the time for your arrival in Passau, the starting point of this tour, with its impressive cathedral housing the biggest church organ in the world. You will stay overnight in Passau.

Day 2: Passau - Schlogen, 40 kilometers / 25 miles

After breakfast, meet Top Bicycle’s representative who will introduce you to the tour and give you the bike and all information materials.

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

Day 3: Schlogen - Linz, 54 kilometers / 34 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. You will stay overnight in Linz.

Day 4: Linz - Grein, 61 kilometers / 38 miles

The first stop on the route is the riverside town of Mauthausen, known as the site of a terrible concentration camp in World War II. Then, 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. You will stay overnight in Grein.

Day 5, Grein - Melk, 47 kilometers / 29 miles)

Between Linz and Melk, you will be cycling through the beautiful landscape of the Studengau, a narrow section of the Danube. Today, you'll take a peaceful, romantic ride through the countryside along the Danube, passing through 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. You will stay overnight in Melk.

Day 6, Melk - Tulln, 80 kilometers / 50 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 picturesque 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. You will stay overnight in Tulln.

Day 7, Tulln - Vienna, 41 kilometers / 26 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. You will stay overnight in Vienna.

Day 8: Vienna

Today is the end of the tour and you will experience sightseeing in Vienna.

Bike information

All hybrid bikes are equipped with mudguards, rear luggage rack, bar ends, bell, rear light, and water bottle holder. Top Bicycle also provides free of charge helmet, pannier bags, handlebar bag, cyclocomputer, repair tools, puncture repair kit, inner tube, pump, water bottle, and lock.

Included excursions

  • Guided tours at chateaux, castles, museums, and other select attractions
  • Special events that include wine tasting and picnic
  • Sightseeing in Vienna

Location

This tour will take place in Austria and Germany. Starting in Passau, Germany, the route will let you pass Schlogen, Linz, Grein, Melk, Tulln, and Vienna.

Food

You will be served buffet breakfast and dinner. For lunch, depending on the day, it might be in the form of a picnic (food bought at a local shop) or at a good restaurant or pub. The guide will help in any case. Let Top Bicycle know what your allergy is and they will try their best to accommodate you on the tours. They have had people with wheat and gluten allergies on the tours. They brought special food with them and Top Bicycle provided a coolbox for storage each day. Tip Bicycle also wrote notes people can show to waiters in restaurants to explain their allergies when they are ordering.

The central European cuisine is admittedly meat-heavy. Most restaurants will have vegetarian choices on the menu, but it is a good idea to say that you are vegetarian at the restaurant. Some dishes may contain meat and this might not be apparent from the menu. If you are not a strict vegetarian, then Top Bicycle recommends that you try some of the meat dishes as these are dishes representative of the cuisine. You will get some information in your tour information materials about meals and options for vegetarians.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6-day guided cycling
  • Guided tours at chateaux, castles, museums, and other select attractions
  • Special events including wine tasting and picnics
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Support van and luggage transfer
  • English route descriptions
  • Detailed cycling maps
  • Town maps
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) console
  • Quality trek or Scott bike rental
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Buffet breakfast and dinner

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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