Bicycling the Danube Passau to Vienna

Danube to Vienne bike tour
  • Length 7 days
  • From USD$3950
  • Style/Level Classic 2.0
  • Countries Austria
    Germany
  • Begin/End Passau/Vienna
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Join us as we ride from Passau, Germany to Vienna as you’ll enjoy leisurely rides along bike paths and quiet, countryside roads. Along the way you will bicycle through historic city centers with beautiful baroque architecture and visit famous sites including Melk Abby and medieval villages of the Wachau. Taste some traditional white wines from vineyards you will pedal past and enjoy the culinary treats on your way to the dazzling city of Vienna.

If this sounds great, but you prefer a longer tour take a look at the 14-day option Cycling the Danube Plus! Czech Republic and Prague.

Highlights

  • Spectacular part of the Danube valley, Melk Abby, Wine tasting, Vienna.

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We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

We use charming and modern hotels but A/C or fans may not always be available since they haven't been needed traditionally. Read more on the use of air conditioning in Europe here.

Separated twin beds are rare in many places; instead there will be two mattresses together that sit on the same base.


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  • Total distance 335km (208 miles)
  • Average daily distance 67km (42 miles)
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 2.0

Highlights: Old Town Passau, a spectacular part of the Danube valley, welcome dinner.

Welcome to Passau, a beautiful German city located near the Austrian border and at the confluence of three rivers: the Danube, Inn and Ilz. Settle into your hotel and stretch your legs by walking through Old Town’s baroque architecture and paying a visit to Passau’s Saint Stephan’s Cathedral, home to the largest organ outside of the United States. This afternoon we will meet for a bike fitting and test ride. Then we will gather again for a welcome drink and our first dinner together.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Hotel König

Highlights: Crossing the border to Austria, the spectacular Danube valley

The Danube River and the valley it has formed shape the central transportation artery of Austria. Today and tomorrow you’ll ride through the heartland of Austria featuring impressive castles perched above the Danube river. Take time to explore the Ars Electronica Museum in Linz, also known as the museum of the future, as it tries to bridge the gap between art, science and technology.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Wolfinger

Highlights: Diverse and stunning cycling through farmland, vineyards and Danube bike paths

You’ll leave the river valley to reach Bad Kreuzen. Those who wish can take time to visit the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. The experience is powerful and sobering as you walk up and down the 186 “death stairs.” Over 130,000 people were killed here including Jews, Italians, Russian POWs, criminals, and political prisoners.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Zur Traube

Highlights: Cycling along bike path near a thick forest, 12th Century Melk Abbey

Enjoy a downhill coast on a smooth bike path into the town of Melk, home to the spectacular baroque Melk Abbey. Built at the beginning of the 12th century the abbey was a monastic school. Unpack your bags at our hotel just down the street from the abbey and stroll through the charming town to photograph the gold statuary adorning this domed Abbey Church. Venture inside the church to admire the ceiling fresco and its red marble walls before enjoying one of the suggested restaurants for dinner on your own this evening.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Zur Post

Highlights: Vineyards of the Danube, wine tasting

Today you pedal into the heartland of Austrian wine country. This beautiful ride leads you through the medieval villages of the Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arriving in Dürnstein you’ll visit the cellar and vineyards of one of the area’s best producers, and taste some of their traditional white wines.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Richard Löwenherz

Highlights: Vienna!

Enjoy an easy day along the Danube today. You’ll reach Vienna via a complex system of bicycle paths that lead directly to your hotel. Vienna is the largest city in Austria and one of Europe’s leading musical centers. It was first a Roman and Celtic settlement, but as the Austro-Hungarian Empire rose to prominence, magnificent Medieval and Baroque architecture became especially prevalent.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel 25Hours at MuseumsQuartier

Highlights: Guided tour of Vienna

Vienna has been home to legendary artistic and intellectual residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. Vienna is also known for its imperial palaces as well as mix of historic and contemporary buildings. After breakfast this morning we’ll have a guided tour of this fabulous city to explore its artistic and architectural grandeur and to gain extra insight to the city’s impressive history. Your tour ends by lunchtime, but we suggest staying another day or two to explore this amazing cultural capital.

Meals : Breakfast

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  • Amazing, loved every minute!

    Tara G., Orakei, New Zealand – August 2019
  • Amazing, loved every minute!

    Tara G., Orakei, New Zealand – August 2019