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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.

    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
    • 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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