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Danube Family Cycling Adventure

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.7 Read 7 reviews
  • Enjoy hassle-free, and easy cycling on dedicated paths
  • Explore Vienna, the magical ‘City of Music’
  • Spend time with the family enjoying action-packed days
  • Ride Prater Park’s giant Ferris Wheel with views over Vienna
  • Visit the Celtic Open-Air Museum in Mitterkirchen
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.
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What To Expect

The perfect tour for all the family, with fun activities en route and easy cycling on fully-paved flat traffic-free tracks. Cycle through picturesque Austrian scenery with wonderful food and drink. A fantastic family adventure!

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.


Inn to Inn Cycling, E-Biking | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night, E-Bikes with electronic motors to assist available to hire on this holiday (subject to availability), to make things easier

This trip is suitable for:

Families, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 5 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys
  • Special Occasions


  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

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.

Accommodation Information

Our Danube Family Cycling Adventure includes accommodation in comfortable, family-run, 3*-4* hotels and inns. The accommodations have been carefully selected for their warmth of welcome and character. Family 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. 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.

  • 7 x Overnights in 3*-4* hotels and inns
  • 7 x Breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transportation
  • Ferry ride from Spitz to Arnsdorf (including bikes)
  • Ferry ride from Spitz to Krems (including bikes)
  • Train journey from Vienna to Linz
  • Handlebar bag with route book, maps and an information pack
  • Emergency phone support from our local partners and our office
  • Dinners & Drinks, Snacks & Lunches
  • Travel to/from Linz
  • Bike Rental
  • Helmet Rental
  • Personal Equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra charge if bringing your own bike for the train ride from Vienna to Linz
  • Half board (6 dinners – Vienna not included)
  • Bike Rental

When To Go

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 years depending on their level of confidence.

Getting to the Start

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 center 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 the 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 the End

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

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 bikes with coaster brake (backpedal) or 21-speed bikes (unisex) are available to rent, these are not included in the tour package but can be booked as an extra. Electric bikes (unisex), children’s bikes, and other specialized equipment may be available upon request. All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and an odometer (except for the electric bikes). Helmets are not included as part of the rental package, but can be bought locally (€29). Please remember that your own helmet is likely to be a better fit. If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride. If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury.


Day 1 Arrival in Linz Day 2 Cycle from Linz to Mitterkirchen 27 miles / 43 km Day 3 Cycle from Mitterkirchen to Strudengau 27 miles / 43 km Day 4 Cycle from Strudengau to Wachau 30 miles / 49 km Day 5 Free day in the Wachau Valley Day 6 Cycle from Wachau Valley to Tulln 25 miles / 40 km Day 7 Cycle from Tulln to Vienna 21 miles / 35 km Day 8 Train to Linz and Onward Travel

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