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Danube – The Classic Cycle Tour Passau to Vienna

Tour: ADPV8
Hotel To Hotel Cycling Holiday
Linear Cycling Holiday

Why not indulge in a comfortable cruise down the Danube on a bike? We’re convinced that this classic cycle route has to be one of the best in Europe. The magical meanders, the valley itself and the vineyards make for the most impressive and inspiring scenery. Start in Germany and head into Austria: Passau, Linz and Vienna are packed full of rich cultural offerings and with Richard the Lionhart’s Schloss Durnstein and the amazing monastery at Melk along the route, variety is firmly on the agenda. The cycling is mainly traffic-free and bike ferries allow you to skip between the paths on both sides of the famous river. And if you fancy a day out of the saddle, that’s no problem thanks to the numerous boats and river-hugging, cycle-friendly railway. Upgraded accommodation in more central hotels (4 and 5 star properties) is now available on this tour please ask for details, this is in addition to the upgrade all ready priced. Read More


Austria, Europe, Germany

Start Day

Any Day

Board Basis

Bed & Breakfast

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8 Days, 7 Nights


Mar - Oct

Tour Grade

Grade 2 (Easy)

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Whether it’s the classic natural features of the valley, the tantalising traces of its history, or the intoxicating views of the vineyards, this classic cycle route is one of the best in Europe. The cycling is largely traffic free and in many places the path runs on both banks of the river, with options to skip between banks using the numerous bike ferries along the way. Don’t worry about missing things however, we recommend the best route for you to follow. Of particular interest to families, non cycling days are possible if you use of the cycle friendly railway which follows the Danube or one of the many boats which ply their trade on the river.

Tour Code:
Hotel To Hotel Cycling Holiday, Linear Cycling Holiday
Austria, Europe, Germany
8 Days, 7 Nights
Board Basis:
Bed & Breakfast
Mar - Oct


Day 1 Arrive & explore three great rivers

Arrive in Passau and collect your bikes and additional route information. Passau, known as the ‘City of Three Rivers’ because of its location at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, has long been regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Germany and it has a rich cultural heritage. Be sure to make time for a ‘3 Rivers’ boat trip to enjoy spectacular views from the water.

Day 2 Heading into Austria

You leave Passau cycling along the north bank of the Danube, and, you cross into Austria near Engelhartszell, the location of Austria’s only Trappist monastery. It is difficult to miss your overnight stop at Schlogen as the Danube makes a 180° turn when it meets the hard granite rocks ahead. You take the hotel’s own bike ferry across to south bank (included in the tour price) and can enjoy an early evening drink on the riverside terrace watching the activity on the river.

Miles: 27 Kms: 43

Day 3 Capital cycling

The day starts with some fascinating views as you travel around the tight river bends between Schlogen and Aschach, catching glimpses of the old fortified ruins in this area. You leave the immediate riverside for a short time at Feldkirchen before reaching Ottensheim where, if you wish, it is possible to cross to the monastery at Wilhering. Then it’s on to Linz, capital of Upper Austria and your overnight accommodation.

Miles: 35 Kms: 56

Day 4 Austria’s allotment

Your cycling today is through the area known as ’Austria’s vegetable garden’. If you wish you may take an interesting detour to St. Florian with its baroque style Augustine monastery and into Enns, the oldest city of Austria sitting beneath a 60m city tower dating back to the 16th century. If you prefer, there are always the boats and trains to help you on your way. Onward then through Lehen home to a reconstructed Celtic village, before spending the night in Grein, a picturesque town with an imposing castle.

Miles: 39-49 Kms: 63-79

Day 5 Pilgrimage sites & panoramas

Don’t miss the museum showing the history of shipping on the Danube and the oldest theatre of Austria in Grein before heading out this morning. The river at Strudengau is a navigational nightmare for boat captains – thankfully it is easy to cycle. You pass Persenbeug, once an important shipbuilding town, and on to Marbach at the entrance of the famed Nibelungengau, where you are transferred (included in tour price) with your bicycles up out of the river valley to the ancient pilgrimage centre of Maria Taferl. You stay overnight in a lovely hotel close to the wonderfully sited church and can enjoy the beautiful views of the river stretching east to west and of the high mountains way to the south.

Miles: 19-22 Kms: 31-36

Day 6 World Heritage Site highlights

Returning to the bank of the Danube there is an option to visit Melk with its imposing Benedictine monastery. Melk forms the gateway to the vineyards and apricot orchards of the Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage site and highlight of the tour. You cycle past the ‘wine’ towns of Spitz, Weissenkirchen and Durnstein. The ruined castle perched high above the blue church of Durnstein is where King Richard the Lionheart was held hostage whilst returning from the Crusades. From Durnstein, it’s on to your overnight stop in Traismauer and the opportunity to taste the Muller Thurgau or Green Veltliner wines for which the region is justly famous!

Miles: 32-38 Kms: 50-60

Day 7 Flower city & Viennese grandeur

Your final day’s cycling takes you to the ‘flower city’ of Tulln. Here you can chose to transfer by train to Vienna (train fare not included in tour price), or alternatively, continue by bike and follow the river into the heart of Vienna (additional 24 miles / 38 kms).

Miles: 29-53 Kms: 47-85

Day 8 Depart after breakfast

Depart after breakfast, although we would be happy to extend your stay to allow you more time to enjoy Vienna, capital city of the Habsburg Empire. Visit St Stephen’s Cathedral and the imperial palace of Schonbrunn, see the art treasures at Klosterneuburg Abbey or enjoy a night at the State Opera.

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Ensuite accommodation in mainly 3 & 4 star hotels with buffet/continental breakfast (prices based on two adults sharing)

Upgraded accommodation is in mainly 4 star (or 4 star equivalent). (Upgraded room at Schlögen)

Hire of hybrid bicycle and ancillary equipment (single pannier and handlebar bag, pump, basic tools, spare inner tube & puncture repair equipment)

Insurance for theft or damage to the hire bicycle

Luggage transfer between hotels

Local assistance on call (although puncture repair is excluded)

Information pack with detailed joining instructions and daily route overviews sent out approximately two weeks before departure so you can plan ahead and look forward to your cycling adventure

Detailed route notes and maps with marked routes provided on arrival (1 per room) App and GPS tracks

Other services, items and local experiences:

  • Ferry transfer across the river to your hotel at Schlögen
  • Wine tasting in the Wachau region on day 6
Please note that the price EXCLUDES

City/tourist taxes in Germany and Austria

Costs of getting to and from the tour area

Accommodation Options

Selected 4 star hotels in Passau, Schlögen, Linz, Grein, Maria Taferl and Vienna and an historic 3 star coaching inn in Traismauer.

Most hotels have saunas and many have swimming pools.


Half board for 6 nights, no meal in Vienna

We are pleased to discuss details on request.

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