Danube Family Cycling Adventure8 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
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.
Inn to Inn Biking | A classic point to point biking tour, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
Families, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Historical Journeys
- Special Occasions
Activity Level & 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is a condition of booking with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrival in Linz
Arrive in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria situated on the second-longest river in Europe; the Danube. Take a walk and discover the many historic buildings, impressive churches and cozy medieval squares.
Hop on the world’s steepest mountain railway, the ‘Postlingbergbahn’ where the 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 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM (or if you are arriving later, this will happen the next morning).
The Park Inn by Radisson charms its guests with premier services in an ideal location adjacent to Palais Kaufmännischer Verein and bordering historic Old Town, just steps from excellent shopping areas and the main pedestrian zone, Landstraße. With high-end amenities such as flat-panel LCD television, individual climate control and room service, our rooms guarantee guests a relaxing getaway in the heart of the city.
Get ready for the first day in the saddle! 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 and how they survived. Continue to your cozy farmhouse accommodation in the Machland region where a tasty array of homemade Austrian specialties awaits hungry tummies.
Cycle past old markets and castles nestled in forested rolling hills as you make your way to Strudengau. Perhaps visit the maritime museum and historic castle at Grein; transportation of timber by river used to be common in this area. See impressive models of ancient shipbuilding and early naval architecture. Adults can relax and kids can burn off any 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.
Enter into the world-renowned Wachau Valley, 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. Cycle through the seemingly endless vineyards until you reach the wine village of Spitz. The village was built around the so-called "thousand-bucket-hill”, named for the amount of wine it produces!
Enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage landscape of the Wachau, with its terraced vineyards and apricot orchards, dotted with fairytale castles, palaces, and monasteries. Make sure to explore the castle of Dürnstein, Aggstein, or visit the museum of shipbuilding in Spitz. If there’s a must-do on this tour it’s popping into one of the quaint taverns to sample a glass or two of the local wine. Don't leave without trying some of the apricot-based delicacies on offer, guaranteed to be locally produced; Austrian hospitality at its best!
Experience another day of cycling through a spectacular landscape; steep rock walls, terraced vineyards, fragrant blooming orchards, quaint villages, monasteries, and historic castles. Enjoy the fresh air as you cycle through remarkable panoramas with your family. Travel on a small ferry* crossing the Danube River and watch the kids as they squeal with excitement as you sail along the river. Your destination today is Tulln, often referred to as ‘Blumenstadt’ thanks to its abundance of parks and green spaces.
* Depending on the time of year the ferry may not be operating and you will be provided with train tickets (from Krems to Tulln) instead of ferry tickets.
Cycle through the woods of "Wiener Wald" and pass through the gates of Vienna. It is worth taking the time to visit the impressive monastery in Klösterneuburg before making it to the City of Music. Try Austria's national dish 'Wiener Schnitzel', which is a thin, breaded, pan-fried veal cutlet traditionally served with potato salad.
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 float through the city whilst wandering the cobbled streets you can often 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. Is there a better way to end your adventure along the Danube?
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 are the famous Naschmarkt (international food/goods market), and of course the stunning imperial castle Schönbrunn or the Zoo. Then it’s time to catch the train back to Linz where your trip ends.
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