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Classic Danube Cycle Path Holiday
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Highlights

  • Relaxed hassle-free cycling on dedicated paths all the way from Passau to Vienna.
  • Exploring the wonderful, culture-filled cities of Passau and Vienna.
  • Stopping for wine tastings as you cycle through the vineyards of the Wachau Valley.
  • Charming towns, beautiful churches and superb scenery every day.
  • Tucking into the excellent Austrian food and wine.

Cycle along the renowned Danube Cycle Path from Passau to Vienna alongside the Blue Danube. The Danube Cycle Path from Passau to Vienna is an absolute cycling classic and Europe’s most popular cycle holiday. As you cycle through Austria you will discover the enchanting river landscape, picturesque villages, lush vineyards and countless cultural sites from the time of the Romans and Nibelungengau. The Danube Cycle Path is completely traffic-free so you can relax and enjoy the wooded forests and the magical meadows of the Schlögener Loop, Strudengau, Nibelungengau and Wachau regions.

As you follow the Danube you will discover that each region offers unique attractions. Gourmets will enjoy the Wachau Wine Valley. Numerous museums, exhibitions, galleries and the beautiful towns and cities along the way will tell you the story of this fascinating region. 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?

DAY 1: Arrive Passau

Passau, the city of three rivers, sits at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers and has developed as a wonderful historic city. Once you arrive in Passau take the time to enjoy a city tour or stroll through the lanes, arches and tunnels of the beautiful old city.


Overnight: Passau


DAY 2: Passau to Schlögener Loop area

Passau is right on the border of Austria and you are soon cycling through the wonderful scenery of the Upper Danube Valley on the way to Schlögen, your first overnight stop on the way to Vienna. Highlights of today’s route include a visit to the only “Trappist“ monastery in Austria at Engelhartszell, where you can sample some delicious liqueurs. The impressive “Schlögener Loop” where the river makes a complete 180 degree turn, marks the end of the day.


Cycle: Approx. 45km


Overnight: Schlögener Loop area


DAY 3: Schlögener Loop to Linz area

Small passenger ferries whisk you across the Danube to start your day, before you continue to the Eferdinger basin. Here the landscape opens onto the fertile plains and before you know it you will arrive in Linz.
Linz is the capital of Upper Austria and was the European Culture Capital of 2009. It is hard to beat the pleasure of enjoying a stroll around the lovely main square on a gorgeous summer evening.


Shortcut: Train from Ottensheim to Linz (approx. 10 km, trains leave every 30m)


Cycle: Approx. 55km


Overnight: Linz area


DAY 4: Linz to Region Grein

Don’t miss the short diversion to the town of Enns. This delightful town is the oldest in Austria and both beautiful and fascinating in equal measure. As you continue to follow the Danube you will enjoy cycling through beautiful meadows and tranquil countryside. Other highlights include the Celtic village Mitterkirchen, the majestic church in Baumgartenberg and the romantic castle of Clam. The beautiful Baroque village of Grein, home to the oldest theatre in Austria, is your destination for the day.


Shortcut: Train from Linz to Enns (approx. 15 km, trains leave every 30 min.)


Cycle: Approx 60km


Overnight:  Region Grein


DAY 5: Region Grein  to Region Melk

Today you will be cycling through a wonderful landscape of high, densely wooded rock formations on both sides of the Danube. The scenery is absolutely sublime. Look out for the Pilgrimage Church of Maria Taferl, which is perched high above the Danube. The Benedictine Monastery of Melk marks the end of the day and can be seen from many miles away.


Cycle: Approx. 50km


Overnight: Region Melk


DAY 6: Region Melk to Region Krems

The Wachau is the next highlight on the Danube Cycle Path. The Wachau valley is a landscape of terraced vineyards and apricot orchards, dotted with castles, palaces and monasteries. The wine growing villages of Spitz, Weißkirchen and Durnstein are filled with tempting taverns, where you can experience Austrian food, wine and welcomes at their best.


Cycle: Approx. 40km


Overnight: Region Krems


DAY 7: Region Krems to Vienna

You depart the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape of Wachau by train for Tulln. On arriving in Tulln you 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.


Shortcut: Take a boat or regional train all the way to Vienna.


Cycle: Approx. 40km


Overnight: Vienna


DAY 8: Onward Travel

If you need to return back to Passau a train ticket is included in the price of your trip but you may have time to explore the delightful city of Vienna before you leave. You will not be disappointed by Vienna, a few of the must-sees include the famous Naschmarkt (international food/goods market), the City Opera, the Ringstrasse and of course the gorgeous imperial castle Schönbrunn.


Extension: Cycle from Vienna to Bratislava (3 days/2 nights)

The Danube Cycle Path does not end in Vienna! Why not continue your cycle through the 'Donauauen' Nature Reserve and onwards to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava (includes the bus journey back to Vienna). Please contact us for details.



 

Accommodation

Our Classic Danube Cycle Path trip includes accommodation in standard ensuite double/twin rooms in typical Austrian Inns which are normally 3* and occasionally 2* standard. We carefully select them for their warmth of welcome and character.
We can also upgrade you to hotels if requested.


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 5-10km away in the surrounding area.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available although a supplement is payable.


This trip is available to solo cyclists and is perfect as the route is popular so there are plenty of people to chat with every day.



 

 

 




IBB Hotel Passau Sud - Passau

ACHAT Comfort Passau is a charming 3-star hotel set in a prime location in the centre of Passau. City Centre Passau is not far from the hotel.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Gasthof Draxler Niederranna



Gasthof Draxler - Niederranna

With great Austrian food and Wine, you are assured of a warm welcome at Gasthof Draxler. Set in a beautiful spot overlooking the river, you will instantly relax as you walk in.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Donauwelle - Linz

The view of the Danube and the mountains has a particular charm which you can only experience from the Steigenberger Hotel in Linz. Here, guests will find comfort and cosiness throughout the hotel.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Gasthof Schatzkastl Ardagger Markt



Gasthof Schatzkastl - Ardagger Markt

A charming guesthouse with great opportunity for watersports if you fancy getting on the water.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Landgasthof zur schonon Wienerin Marbach



Landgasthof zur schonon Wienerin - Marbach

Arrive and feel at home from the first moment with the outstanding hospitality and the local knowledge and cuisine on offer.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Gasthof Klinglhuber Krems



Gasthof Klinglhuber - Krems

Arrive and feel at home from the first moment with the outstanding hospitality and the local knowledge and cuisine on offer.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Austria Trend Wien



Austria Trend - Wien

The hotel offers a wide variety of services and amenities including a fabulous buffet breakfast, to guarantee the perfect start of the day.


 

 

 

Availability

This trip is available daily from mid-April to mid-October, to start on any day of the week. 


Time of Year

The most popular time to enjoy the Danube Cycle Path is from May to September, so we recommend booking as early as possible particularly for these months. July and August are usually the hottest months, so may wish to consider setting off earlier to avoid cycling in the midday heat.


Grade & Terrain


You will be cycling on a mixture of cycle paths and roads, so please be mindful of other road users at all times, especially on routes shared with traffic. The route is marked throughout and you will be supplied you with detailed maps, route notes and information pack. Should you require assistance, local 24/7 telephone support will also be available throughout your trip.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The cycle path is extremely well way-marked, and you will be supplied with a detailed guide book with maps so you will have no problem following the route each day.


Baggage Transfers

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

Our rental bikes includes 21 gear women's or gents' bikes. Electric bikes and children’s bikes and other specialized equipment for children available upon request. All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and an odometer. Helmets are not included as part of the rental package and we ask that you bring your own helmet.


 


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


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. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for the summer, and a day pack. In Austria it is mandatory for children under 12 yrs to wear a helmet when on a bike.

Getting to Passau / from Vienna

To Passau


Passau is located in Germany, close to the Austrian border. It has a railway station and is easily accessible from across Europe.


By Air


Passau has direct train connections to Linz (1h30), Salzburg (2h45), Munich (2h30) and Vienna (3h30), which are the most convenient airports. Please visit the DB Bahn Website to check times.


By Train


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


By Car


Parking is available in Passau from between €30 and €60 per week. Contact us for details.


Getting from Vienna

Vienna Airport has extensive connections to most major international cities. The airport is only a 20 minute bus journey from the centre and has regular airport shuttle buses leaving every 20 minutes from central Vienna. If you would like to return to Passau this is possible.


Alternatively we can arrange a train ticket for you which is included in the price of your trip. Central Vienna train station has several services throughout the day to Passau. Journey time is around 2hrs 45mins to 3hrs. For full information on fares and times please click here.


 

Included

  • 7 nights in 2-3* small hotels in double/twin/family rooms with private facilities.
  • 7 Breakfasts.
  • Daily luggage transport
  • Welcome drink at the arrival hotel in Passau.
  • 1 bottle of wine in Wachau (per room).
  • A tasting of regional products.
  • 1 x train Krems/Traismauer – Tulln incl. bike.
  • 24/7 telephone helpline
  • Handlebar bag with travel book, maps and information pack per room.

Excluded

  • Dinners.
  • Drinks, snacks and lunches.
  • Travel to Passau and from Vienna
  • Bike hire.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Travel insurance.

Extras

  • Upgrade to 3 & 4 star hotels.
  • Upgrade to 4 star hotels or the best 3 star hotel in town.
  • Half board (6 dinners – Vienna not included).
  • Bike hire.
  • Train travel from Vienna to Passau.
  • Solo cyclist supplement.
  • Extension: Cycle Vienna-Bratislava (3 Days & 2 Nights).

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 this trip is extremely popular especially during peak season from July to August.

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 60 km so you will need to have a basic level of fitness and we advise some training before the trip.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask that you limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

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.

When is the best time of year?

The Danube Cycle Path is busiest between May and September, and the hottest months are July and August. However you can book a cycle tour any time between mid-April and mid-October. 

What happens if I can't cycle a stage?

If you can't cycle a stage, you can take public transportation or book a taxi to transfer you to your next stop (at your own expense).

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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macs adventureClassic Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Vienna
 
4.6

(based on 52 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun (46)
  • Well organised (40)
  • Great accommodations (34)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (22)

Cons

  • Poor accommodations (3)

Best Uses

  • Holiday (39)
  • Trying something new (31)
  • Relaxation (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • World traveller (25), Occasional traveller (16), Avid adventurer (9)

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4.0

A Great Family Holiday

By Walla

from UK

About Me Occasional Traveller

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Classic Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Vienna:

    This was a great family holiday (couple 58 & 50 plus 17 yrs & 14 yrs). Had never done much cycling or been on an activity holiday before. The holiday was very well organised - even down to bus tickets to collect the bikes! The accommodations were mostly good and the scenery fantastic. The teenagers, who didn't want to go,really enjoyed it and said it was the best family holiday we've had. It was a great sense of collective achievement when we reached Vienna - which is a beautiful city - and where we had four fabulous days.

     
    5.0

    Spectacular scenery

    By Ron

    from USA

    About Me Occasional Traveller

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Holiday
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Classic Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Vienna:

      My wife broke her arm 25 days before the event but after we had made final payment. We decided to try to use the accommodations but travel with a rental car. It worked very well perhaps better as it was a rainy week. We saw an extra museum, castle, or took a long walk each day instead of the ride time. No question the bike is the way to see the scenery, but we still had a great time.
      For those who don't know German, including "translations" in the information packet for the signage along the bike path would have been helpful.
      Some of the wifi connections at the smaller gasthofs weren't very good.
      We arrived in Passau after 7 pm. IF we'd been riding bikes, we wouldn't have known anything about the logistics for picking up bikes until we picked up our information packets at the hotel. Would have been too late at that point to make alternative arrangements for bike pickup.

       
      5.0

      Fabulous!

      By Carola

      from North Carolina

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      Pros

      • Easy to navigate
      • Fun
      • Great Accommodations
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Holiday
        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Classic Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Vienna:

        Loved the convenience of luggage transfer along the way. Great exercise through beautiful settings, even through the rain. Enjoyed variety of villages, countryside, riverside, and city. Upgraded accommodations excellent-most with heated pools and saunas which were a treat after biking. Bikes well maintained with helpful odometer and speedometer. Husband's bike seat not comfortable for long distances.

         
        3.0

        Great ride [5-star] but weak logistics [2-star]

        By OT

        from Pittsburgh

        About Me Avid Adventurer, World Traveller

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        Pros

        • Fun

        Cons

        • Poor Accommodations
        • Poorly Organised

        Best Uses

        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Classic Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Vienna:

        Trip itself was great and highly recommended. Bicycles were bullet-proof. Pre-planning info from tour operator was inconsistent. Some hotels out of the way or had issues of various types [smoky, sewer gas, service]. Incorrect directions east of Vienna landed us inside a refinery; met five other groups who suffered same fate.
        Beautiful ride with varied landscapes and attractions.

         
        5.0

        Great Trip

        By Jemmac

        from Swansea

        About Me Occasional Traveller

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        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Holiday

          Comments about macs adventure Classic Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Vienna:

          Easy cycling on good surface. Mostly traffic-free. Lovely scenery and interesting places on the way. Great to have luggage transfer. Good quality hotels. Public open-air pools for swimming available at various places. All well-organised. No problems.

           
          4.0

          Passau to Vienna Bicyle ride

          By Kerneels and family

          from Pretoria and London

          About Me Avid Adventurer, Occasional Traveller

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          Pros

          • Fun
          • Great Accommodations
          • It is a very scenic route
          • Well Organised

          Cons

          • From Pochlarn to Vienna were 136km not 86
          • The distances as provide by Macs not accurate

          Best Uses

          • Holiday
          • Relaxation
          • Thrill Seeking

          Comments about macs adventure Classic Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Vienna:

          The tour was great apart from few problems the day before we started regarding the bicycle pickups. The bicycles were good (two single bikes and a tantem) but the saddles on the two single bikes were awful, far to wide to cycle long distances.

           
          5.0

          We had a wonderful time!

          By Marina Cordani

          from São Paulo

          About Me World Traveller

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • We did not received a pack by mail. But ok.

          Best Uses

          • Holiday
          • Relaxation
          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure Classic Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Vienna:

          We will certainly do another cycling tour.

           
          4.0

          nice trip

          By graham

          from holywood ni

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          Pros

          • Fun

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Trying Something New

            Comments about macs adventure Classic Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Vienna:

            generally a good trip despite an initial mix up with accomodation however well rescued by hamish in your office.Passau. linz and vienna accomodations were above expectations however,
            it was dissapointing that accomodations for grein and melk were located too far from the towns.
            Had I been offered the choice I would not have minded paying extra to stay in these towns.
            As this was my first trip I was unaware of this significance and perhaps a bit more information re this pre booking would have helped.But generally a good trip and would use macs again

             
            5.0

            TRIP OF A LIFETIME

            By Midlands Lady

            from Ireland

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Trying Something New

              Comments about macs adventure Classic Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Vienna:

              A great trip, the cycle paths were terrific, there are paths on both sides of the Danube so plenty of variation. we had very good weather . we enjoyed the village stops and places to stay along the way. I recommend booking some hotels on the river for dinner on the terrace at the end of a cycle. the bikes are good but heavy but you get used to them and they are functional

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              4.0

              Great experience

              By Alan

              from Coleraine N.Ireland

              About Me Occasional Traveller

              Pros

              • Fun
              • Well Organised

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Holiday
                • Trying Something New

                Comments about macs adventure Classic Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Vienna:

                This was our first experience of an organised cycling holiday and we were very pleased with our choice.Excellent bikes,good accommodation,amazing scenery and well maintained dedicated cycle paths.
                We are already planning our next cycling holiday and we have only been home a week.

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