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Fun for all the family with easy and flat cycling along the Blue Danube
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Highlights

  • Watching the children build their confidence with hassle-free cycling on dedicated cycle paths
  • Exploring the magical ‘City of Music’ of Vienna, with its entertaining street performers
  • The squeals of delight as you ride Prater Park’s ferris wheel with views over Vienna
  • Wandering around the old markets and castles nestled in forested rolling hills
  • Treating the family to hot chocolate topped with cream, and maybe a glass of Wachau Valley wine for the grown-ups!
  • Splashing around at the Ardagger water park, exploring an ancient Celtic village and visiting fascinating museums

Take the family on a fun and easy riverside cycling adventure along the picturesque Danube Cycle Path from Linz to Vienna. Exciting and educational activities for youngsters and stunning Austrian scenery for big kids combine on one of Europe’s most popular cycle paths.

Young cyclists will boost their confidence on two wheels and adults will love the ease of following the flat and traffic-free Danube Cycle Path. Ride through picture-perfect Austrian villages and flower-filled meadows as you follow the glistening Blue Danube to Vienna.

Kids will be entertained by the set of an Iron-Age village, a fascinating maritime museum, thrilling water parks and the magical castles which peek out from amongst lush forests. The vineyards of the beautiful Wachau Wine Valley make will delight older gourmet palates, and everyone will love the delightful family-friendly accommodation located in charming villages.

The Danube Cycle Tour is perfectly suited to families and beginners as the cycling is flat or gently downhill as you follow the Danube downstream. The route is well way marked, paved and traffic free. What more could you ask for on a cycling holiday?

The Danube Family Cycling Adventure was featured in National Geographic Traveller (February 2014): "Completing this journey as a couple would have been wonderful, but as a family, it feels like an extraordinary experience."

Your Danube Family Cycling Adventure tour includes handpicked accommodation in charming 3* Austrian hotels and inns, 7 breakfasts, daily baggage transfer, return train from Vienna to Linz, a comprehensive information pack and emergency support. Good quality bike hire, including children’s bikes, is available as an option.

You can read about our Danube Family Cycling adventure in UK Newspaper the Sunday Telegraph's article on pedalling the Blue Danube.

DAY 1: Arrive Linz

The most convenient airport to fly into for your family adventure is Linz; flights are available from London Stansted to Linz with Ryanair (not year-round), however for international travellers Salzburg (20-40 mins by bus then 1h15 by train), Vienna (2h15 by train) and Munich (bus then 3hrs by train) are also possibilities.


Linz is the capital of Upper Austria and lies on the second longest river in Europe; the Danube. Historic buildings, impressive churches and one of the largest medieval main squares in Central Europe contrast with striking contemporary architecture in this modern city.


If you have time, then we suggest climbing aboard the world’s steepest mountain railway, the ‘Postlingbergbahn’, at the top, kids can join the Grottenbahn’s ‘Dragon Express’ - a fairytale train ride and a fun start to your Austrian adventure. If you are hiring bikes you will need to collect them between 16h00 and 19h00 (bike hand over for late arrivals is the next morning.)


Overnight: 4* hotel, Linz


DAY 2: Cycle to Mitterkirchen, 43 km

The family will love the easy and flat cycling alongside the waters of the Danube as you set off towards Mitterkirchen.


Stop at a Celtic open-air museum and wander around an Iron Age village. Learn what life was like 2,700 years ago for the ancient Celts —how people dressed, what they ate, how they survived.


Continue to your cosy farmhouse accommodation in the Machland region, where a tasty array of homemade Austrian specialities awaits hungry tummys.


Overnight: 3* Farmhouse accommodation, Mitterkirchen


DAY 3: Cycle to Persenbeug region, 43 km

Cycle past old markets and castles nestled in forested rolling hills as you make your way to Strudengau.


Perhaps visit the maritime museum and castle at Grein; transportation of timber by river used to be common in this area. See impressive models of ancient ship building and early naval architecture.


Adults can relax and kids can burn off any remaining excess energy at Ardagger’s waterpark, where a sandy beach provides the ideal spot to unwind at the end of a great day’s cycling.


Overnight: 3* Hotel or Inn, Persenbeug region


DAY 4: Cycle to Wachau, 49 km

Shortly after Pöchlarn, you will enter into the world-renowned Valley of the Wachau, one of the most beautiful riverside landscapes Europe has to offer. The impressive and breath-taking Benedictine Abbey of Melk overlooks the city and the golden edifice can be seen from afar.


Cycling through the seemingly endless vineyards you will reach the winery village of Spitz, built around the so called "thousand-bucket-hill”, named for the amount of wine it produces!


Overnight: 3* Hotel or Inn, Wachau area


DAY 5: Free time in Wachau Valley

Enjoy the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage cultural landscape of the Wachau, with its terraced vineyards and apricot orchards, dotted with fairytale castles, palaces and monasteries.


The children will love making a splash in the hotel’s pool and making the most of the garden’s play area, whilst adults can perhaps explore one of the numerous cellars in this wonderful wine region!


Overnight: 3* Hotel or Inn, Wachau area


DAY 6: Cycle to Tulln, 40km + 20km boat ride

Another day cycling through the spectacular landscape- steep rock walls, sun-kissed terraced vineyards, fragrant blooming orchards, quaint villages, monasteries and authentic castles. Enjoy the cool breeze as you cycle with your family through these remarkable panoramas.


Take to the water as you and your bikes travel on a small ferry on the Danube itself, and watch as the kids squeal with excitement as you sail along the river.


Your destination today is Tulln, often refered to as ‘Blumenstadt’ thanks to its abundance of parks and green spaces.


Overnight: 3* Hotel or Inn, Tulln area


DAY 7: Cycle to Vienna, 30km

Continue on a delightful cycle through the Vienna Woods (Wiener Wald) and pass through the “Gates of Vienna”. Don’t miss the Klosterneuburg monastery.


And finally you arrive in Vienna, ‘The City of Music’. Vienna is one of Europe’s most delightful cities and the perfect place to end a wonderful cycle tour on a high.


Kids will have a great time enjoying traditional sweets and hot chocolate, whilst pastries and coffee, ’Kaffee und Kuchen’ can indulge adult palates. The sound of waltzes and impromptu violin concerts floats through the city. Whilst wandering the cobbled streets enjoy performances by street artists.


Included in your tour is a ride on the famous ferris wheel—the world’s oldest and an icon of this romantic city. Children and adults alike will be delighted by the fun-filled ‘Prater’ amusement park. It’s finally bedtime and heads will hit pillows full of a magical and memorable Austrian adventure.


Overnight: 3* Hotel or Inn, Vienna


DAY 8: Train to Linz and Onward Travel

The train back to Linz is included in the price of your trip but you will have time to explore the delightful city of Vienna before you leave. A few of Vienna’s must-sees include the famous Naschmarkt (international food/goods market), and of course the stunning imperial castle Schönbrunn or even the Zoo. Then it’s time to catch the train back to Linz where your trip ends.


Additional Nights and Extensions

We would definitely recommend extra nights in Vienna if you would like to stay longer in Austria.

Accommodation

Our Danube Family Cycling Adventure includes accommodation in family-run 3* hotels or inns, one farmhouse accommodation and one 4* hotel in Linz; all are carefully select them for their warmth of welcome and character.


Fmaily prices are based on two full paying adults sharing with up to 2 children. It is also possible to accommodate one full paying adult sharing with a child. There is also the possibility of children having their own room.



Accommodation Location

We work with a number of accommodations along the cycle path, so all distances are an approximation of the recommended routes. You may be accommodated up to 5km away in the surrounding area.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available although a supplement is payable.


Grade

This cycle tour is graded easy. The route is flat, on paved tracks and is traffic-free, making it ideal for families. It is the law in Austria for children aged 12 yrs and under to wear helmets. Cycle tracks are clearly marked throughout the trip.



Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).


Rental Bikes

7-speed unisex touring bikes with coaster brakes (back pedal), 21-speed hybrid bikes and electric bikes available on request at a supplement.


Children’s bikes are also all available on request. All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and a speedometer. Helmets are not included as part of the rental package and we ask that you bring your own helmet or rent one locally (EUR35 approx.).


General Information

All bike tours are unescorted. The mileages and approximations are distances of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen and proper sport shoes. Travel to and from Linz is not included in the tour price and must be arranged on your own. In Austria it is mandatory for children under 12 yrs to wear a helmet when on a bike.


Further Reading

You can read about our Danube Family Cycling Adventure in the press on the Sunday Telegraph's website.

Availability

This tour is available to start on any day of the week from the beginning of May to mid-October. Please note that if you have children who wish to cycle, then we suggest a minimum age of 8-10 yrs, dependent on their level of confidence.


    Grade

    This cycle tour is graded easy. The route is flat, on paved tracks and is traffic-free, making it ideal for families. It is the law in Austria for children aged 12 yrs and under to wear helmets. Cycle tracks are clearly marked throughout the trip.



    Baggage Transfer

    Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).


    Rental Bikes

    7-speed unisex touring bikes with coaster brakes (back pedal), 21-speed hybrid bikes and electric bikes available on request at a supplement.


    Children’s bikes are also all available on request. All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and a speedometer. Helmets are not included as part of the rental package and we ask that you bring your own helmet or rent one locally (EUR35 approx.).


    General Information

    All bike tours are unescorted. The mileages and approximations are distances of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen and proper sport shoes. Travel to and from Linz is not included in the tour price and must be arranged on your own. In Austria it is mandatory for children under 12 yrs to wear a helmet when on a bike.


    Getting to/from Linz


    Linz is located in Austria, close to the German border. It has a railway station and is easily accessible.


    By Air

    Linz is closest to Linz Airport (airport shuttle bus to the town centre is approx. 20 mins).


    Alternatively fly into Salzburg then take a bus from the airport to the central train station (20-40 mins) then a train to Linz (1h15). If you fly into Vienna then you need to take a bus from the airport to the train station (45 mins), then a train to Linz (1h30). If you choose to fly into Munich, then take the shuttle to the main train station, from there you can take a train to Linz (3hrs).


    Please visit the OBB Website to check times.


    By Train

    Visit the OBB Website to check train times and book tickets to Linz from European destinations. You may also wish to try Rail Europe for European rail tickets and passes.


    By Car

    Parking is available in Linz from between €36 and €50 per week.


    Getting from Vienna

    We include a train transfer back from Vienna to Linz in your tour but you may prefer to fly out of Vienna Airport.

    Further Reading

    You can read about our Danube Family Cycling Adventure in the press on the Sunday Telegraph's website.


     

    Getting to/from Linz


    Linz is located in Austria, close to the German border. It has a railway station and is easily accessible.


    By Air

    Linz is closest to Linz Airport (airport shuttle bus to the town centre is approx. 20 mins).


    Alternatively fly into Salzburg then take a bus from the airport to the central train station (20-40 mins) then a train to Linz (1h15). If you fly into Vienna then you need to take a bus from the airport to the train station (45 mins), then a train to Linz (1h30). If you choose to fly into Munich, then take the shuttle to the main train station, from there you can take a train to Linz (3hrs).


    Please visit the OBB Website to check times.


    By Train

    Visit the OBB Website to check train times and book tickets to Linz from European destinations. You may also wish to try Rail Europe for European rail tickets and passes.


    By Car

    Parking is available in Linz from between €36 and €50 per week.


    Getting from Vienna

    We include a train transfer back from Vienna to Linz in your tour but you may prefer to fly out of Vienna Airport.

    Included

    • 7 nights in 3* small hotels in double/twin/family rooms with private facilities
    • 7 Breakfasts
    • Daily luggage transport (1 suitcase per Person/ max. 20 kg)
    • Children’s ‘surprise’ per booking
    • Entrance fee to the open-air museum in Mitterkirchen
    • Ferry ride Spitz-Arnsdorf (including charge for bikes)
    • Ferry ride Spitz-Krems (including charge for bikes)
    • Train ride Vienna – Linz (transfer charge if bringing your own bikes is not included)
    • Support of a 24/7 emergency contact
    • Handlebar bag with travel book, maps and information pack

    Excluded

    • Dinners
    • Drinks, snacks and lunches
    • Travel to/from Linz
    • Bike hire
    • Helmet hire
    • Personal equipment
    • Travel insurance
    • Transfer cost if bringing own bike for the train ride Vienna-Linz

    Extras

    • Half board (6 dinners – Vienna not included)
    • Bike hire

    We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

    How Far in advance do I need to book? 

    We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is extremely popular over May/June and July and August. However, we will always try our best to accommodate your plans. 

    How fit do I need to be?

    This trip is graded as easy because the route is almost entirely flat. Daily distances are between 40 and 50 km so you will need to have a basic level of fitness and we advise some training with the kids before the trip so that you make the most of your time on the cycle path itself.  For children who want to cycle, we suggest a minimum age of 8-10 yrs if the children are fairly confident on a bicycle already.

    Which is the best airport to fly to?

    Linz is closest to Linz Airport (airport shuttle bus to the town centre is approx. 20 mins).

    Alternatively fly into Salzburg then take a bus from the airport to the central train station (20-40 mins) then a train to Linz (1h15). If you fly into Vienna then you need to take a bus from the airport to the train station (45 mins), then a train to Linz (1h30). If you choose to fly into Munich, then take the shuttle to the main train station, from there you can take a train to Linz (3hrs).

    Please visit the OBB website to check times

    What is the best time of year? 

    Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better. Although I believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.

    What personal equipment do I need?

    You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.  

    What happens if I can't walk/cycle a stage?

    You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

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    4.8

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fun (5)
    • Great accommodations (5)
    • Well organised (4)
    • Once in a lifetime experience (3)

    Cons

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    • Holiday (5)
    • Trying something new (4)

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    4.0

    No Kangaroos in Austria

    By Richy P

    from Wales

    About Me Occasional Traveller, Relativeyt fit, enjoy activity holidays

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Meet lovely people

    Cons

    • One small issue with organisation

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Danube Family Cycling Adventure:

    Generally a great holiday in nice countryside. Enjoyed the people we met, the accommodation was always good as was the food. One issue though, was that not included in the itinerary was the fact that there was a free boat trip Spitz to Krems (an hours journey) from where you would cycle to Ybbs another 40 km. Normally this would be fine, however, the boat passes once a day and would not arrive at Krems until 2.35pm. Given this is a family type adventure, this would be difficult as the pick up in Ybbs (the accommodation was a farm house high up in the mountains, with the farmer picking up the cyclists) was arranged for 4pm. This means 40km of cycling in an hour and a half which I think is tough for a family outing.Therefore we decided to cycle to Krems from Spitz by starting out earlier, rather than waiting for the boat. This obviously made the days cycling longer. All said and done though, still a great trip.

     
    5.0

    Super family cycle trip

    By Vicki & family

    from Glasgow

    About Me Keen traveller, Novice cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Well Organised

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Active
    • Holiday
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Danube Family Cycling Adventure:

    First Mac Adventure and first cycle holiday. Expertly put together and organised trip. Ideal for novice cyclists and families. The office team were great at answering all my pre-holiday questions. The trip itself was scenic. The route is flat, tarmac paths and well signposted. A route guide is provided and the decision of which bank to use is left up to you (remembering to end up on the same side as your next accommodation!). It would be useful to receive the cycle guide prior to arrival for planning purposes.The accommodation was welcoming and our luggage was waiting for us on arrival at the end of each day. Air conditioning would have been welcome (in July) but was only available in our last hotel in Vienna. The food provided for breakfast was superb and kept us cycling for hours. The bikes were well maintained and light. The only problem we had is that one of the bike locks jammed and needed to be cut off. The emergency phone line helped best they could on a Sunday when the only shops open are bars and cafes! The Austrian people were extremely helpful (otherwise we may still have been stuck in Krems!). Our boat cruise along the Danube was wonderful. An earlier sailing time would be better as the cycle ride for the day is following the boat, however we g0t the earliest sailing departure after speaking to the local tour organisers. For complete novices to cycling it is worth practising before you go as the scenery is even better if you are not having to concentrate on peddling 45 km per day. The day of rest was appreciated by my husband and 9 year old son. One tip is to buy a picnic lunch when the opportunity arises as a some stretches of path have long gaps between suitable places to buy food. I would also recommend having a few extra days at the end in Vienna if your time allows as the city is amazing; full of wonderful buildings, museums and of course the Prater funfair and famous ferris wheel (ride included in the trip). Looking forward to the next section ...

     
    5.0

    Danube fily holiday

    By Jo

    from Winchester

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Holiday
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Danube Family Cycling Adventure:

      Well organised & all went smoothly. We had a problem with one of our bikes but could change it very easily. The kids loved the cycling & we got some lovely swims in pools on the way. The distances were just right for our group & the flat paths made it very easy cycling.

       
      5.0

      A perfect holiday for the whole family

      By The speedy seven!

      from Winchester

      About Me This was a family holiday with friends, World Traveller

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Free from iPad, television and digital nonsense!
      • Fresh air
      • Fun
      • Great Accommodations
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Holiday
        • Relaxation

        Comments about macs adventure Danube Family Cycling Adventure:

        We went with friends and 4 children between 8and 10, they found it easy going and there was not a word of complaint - everyone enjoyed it. The organisation was perfect, we broke a bike at one point and 30 minutes later were riding away on a replacement.

        Countryside was great, hotels well chosen for a family, good food and the funfair in Vienna a perfect ending.

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        5.0

        Really was fun for all the family

        By Susan

        from Yorkshire

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Holiday
          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure Danube Family Cycling Adventure:

          I went on this holiday having done no training whatsoever. No problem at all. The bikes were extremely comfortable, even after hours in the saddle. My teenage daughter, who really didn't want to come loved it as did my sons. There were a few options to cut the mileage and take the odd boat or train, but we did have to research these for ourselves before we went. This meant more time to explore pretty towns en route. It was extremely hot the week we went and we made full use of all swimming opportunities in river and swimming lakes/pools. It would have been helpful, though, to receive the full route map book before we went, as there is a lot to take in once you arrive and are acquainted with it. My friend got hold of one independently which helped.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great holiday

          By Foz

          from near Driffield, East Yorkshire

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about macs adventure Danube Family Cycling Adventure:

          We experienced mixed feelings when we saw the Vienna skyline on the last day of our holiday - a great sense of achievement and a sense of regret that we would have to hand back our trusty bikes and leave the river we had followed for so long.
          From start to finish the holiday was brilliant – not only did the weather treat us wall-to-wall blue skies, sunshine and a refreshing westerly breeze – the organisation could not have been better.
          The accommodation ranged from the very small family run gast haus to chain hotels and were all well situated for our needs.
          The scenery was just fantastic and the maps and sightseeing recommendations were great. We went 'off piste' more than once and enjoyed the challenge of a hill or three...
          The stopover in the Wachau, was perfectly timed for the sightseeing we would miss on the Spitz to Krems ferry trip.
          The whole holiday could not have been better thought through.
          At 65 and almost 73 we were a little worried that our stamina wouldn't be equal to our aspirations but the cycling was no problem. However, on occasions our map reading left a little to be desired but we were only lost once and soon found ourselves!
          We offer our thanks to Macs Adventures and OO Touristik for putting together a great adventure.

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