Danube Cycling Holidays 8 days
Start: Passau

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Danube Cycle Path Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £579 per person
Other durations available on request.
Full holiday prices by date are shown on the ‘Book Now’ tab.

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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Almost a 100% dedicated cycling path with minor roads.
• Beautiful fruit orchards and vineyards surround you while cycling.
• See the city of Linz, with its wonderful views of mount Pöstlingsberg.
• Enjoy organised wine tasting, and stroll through Vienna’s shopping street.

Cycle Route: Danube Cycle Path
Cycle along the River Danube on flat or slightly descending, almost 100% on dedicated cycle paths without any motor traffic. Only very short sections are on quiet minor roads.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

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Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary


1st day: Arrival in Schärding/Passau

“Baroque Town or Three Rivers Town’‘

Stroll through the pretty little baroque town of Schärding and marvel at the famous Silberzeile lane, or take a walk through the “New Centre” of Passau, the town of three rivers, which has been completely redesigned as a pedestrian, car-free area.

2nd day: Schärding/Passau – bend of the Danube/surroundings approx. 40 – 55 km

“Upper Danube Valley”

Along the river Inn you will come to Passau, the town of three rivers. We recommend that you take a guided tour of the town, and visit the cathedral where you can enjoy the sounds of the largest church organ in the world (except Sundays and public holidays).

Then you will continue along the Danube, first passing Obernzell and finally arriving in Engelhartszell (the only Trappist monastery in Austria). You will then cycle through the nature reserve Donauleiten, from where you will reach the Schlögen Bend to the north.

This is where granite proved to be too much of an opponent and forced the Danube to change directions by 180 degrees. While a ferry takes you to the other side of the river to your hotel you have time to look at this natural phenomenon.

3rd day: Danube bend/surroundings– Linz approx. 50 km

“Danube Bend”

Today you will cycle through the green Eferdinger basin via the market towns of Aschach, Ottensheim and Wilhering and all the way to the Upper Austrian capital of Linz.

The historical Old Town of Linz has many pubs and eateries for you to discover. Other highlights of the European Capital of Culture 2009 include the magnificent views from Pöstlingberg mountain and a stroll through the Donaulände park.

4th day: Linz – Grein/surroundings approx. 55 km

“Through the Marchland”

On the fourth day you will take a little detour away from the course of the Danube to St. Florian (Augustinian monastery) and to Enns.

In Enns you can go to the town square with its 60 metre town tower, the landmark of the oldest town in Austria, or you visit the archaeological collection in the municipal museum Lauriacum. Afterwards, you will return to the river, first reaching the beautiful little baroque town of Grein.

Here you have the opportunity to visit the oldest municipal theatre in Austria that is still being used. Or you can visit the maritime museum or Greinburg castle.

5th day: Grein/surroundings – Wachau approx. 50 – 60 km

“Strudengau and Nibelungengau”

This section of the Danube, the Strudengau, was once feared by sailors, now you can cycle along it. Where they used to fight against the Danube currents you can now take a leisurely cycle ride. In Maria Taferl, high above the Danube, you will find the magnificent pilgrimage church, which attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.
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6th day: Wachau – Krems / Traismauer / Tulln approx. 50 40 – 60 km

“Wachau”

You should make a little stop in Melk and look up or you will miss the beautiful Stift Melk monastery that overlooks the Danube.

As soon as you leave the town you will get into the picturesque Wachau region, where you can enjoy the charming atmosphere of the region’s typical orchards and vineyards. You will pass through the little wine towns of Spitz and Weißenkirchen, cycle past the Dürnstein Castle ruin, and finish your journey in the 1000-year old town of Krems or in Tulln.

A stay in the Wachau region means that you simply have to take part in a wine tasting, which we have organised for you.

7th day: Krems / Traismauer / Tulln – Vienna approx. 45 – 60 65 km

“Vienna Woods”

The final kilometres of your bike tour will be a relaxed trip to the Danube metropolis of Vienna. According to the variant part of the stage is covered by train. As soon as you arrive you can occupy your room and then enjoy all the amenities of the city for the rest of the day.

Treat yourself to a Viennese-style Americano coffee and a piece of the famous Sachertorte cake in one of Vienna’s typical coffee houses. Take a stroll along Vienna’s Parade shopping street, along Mariahilfer Strasse, visit the St Stephen’s Cathedral or see the main sights and take a trip in one of the famous Fiaker cabs.

8th day: Individual departure or extension of trip.

Map & Route Information

Route features
Cycle along the River Danube on flat or slightly descending, almost 100% on dedicated cycle paths without any motor traffic. Only very short sections are on quiet minor roads.

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Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Danube Cycle Path tour stays in Guesthouses, 3* hotels or 4* hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.

Included services

- Overnight stays in the selected category
– Breakfast buffet or ample breakfast
– If half board is booked: 6 × 3-course dinner (in Vienna overnight stay/breakfast)
– Personal tour information
– Luggage transfer between hotels
– Best elaborated route
– Detailed travel information (route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers)
– 1 ferry ride (Au-Schlögen) incl. bike
– Danube Card in Upper Austria – 1 wine tasting in the Wachau region
– GPS tracks available – Service hotline

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Rental Bike Information

Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes

We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.

The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.

About the bikes

You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.

Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.

You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.

Gear systems

7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.

21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.

Frame sizes

The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:

Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm

Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)

We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.

Accessories

We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:

• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock

About the Rental Bikes

This cycling holiday uses quality crossbar and unisex hybrid bikes based on KTM frame technology, Selle Royal saddles, Shimano components and puncture-proof tyres to ensure that you have an enjoyable cycle tour. The bikes feature modern V-brakes, aluminium frames with mudguards, comfortable saddles and a rack for a supplied waterproof pannier.

You will also receive a handlebar bag and map holder for easy navigation when riding your daily itinerary. Prices advertised on the website include standard bike hire (unless stated). Colour and specification may vary from the image shown.

Unisex Bike (Colour may vary)

Unisex

Men’s Bike (Colour may vary)

Men's Bike

Electric Bike (Colour may vary)

E-Bike

Rental Bike PLUS

E-Bike

For 2020, there is an additional bike rental option available for a supplement. The PLUS hybrid bike now available on most cycling holidays is sportier with higher quality brakes (Magura HS 11) and better specification gears (Shimano Deore XT). The riding position is designed to have a slightly sportier sitting posture and a high quality Suntour suspension fork gives smooth riding on most surfaces. All accessories are compatible with the new PLUS bike rental option.

Accessories

If you would like GPX files for a suitable device, please request them at the time of booking. Devices are not provided and please make sure that you bring along with you any fittings required to attach the Garmin (or similar) to the handlebars. You might want to download maps onto your phone to avoid data charges when roaming.

All bikes are provided with standard flat pedals. You can bring your own cycling pedals, but ensure that you have the correct tools to remove the pedals if the tour does not have a welcome meeting. You may also not be able to travel through airports with the tools if you are carrying hand luggage only.

You can rent a men’s bike with a crossbar, unisex/female bike with a sloping tube or an electric bike for a supplement.

Gears

7 speed bikes are equipped with a Shimano Nexus gear hub and 21 speed bikes have a Shimano Alivio derailleur. We request 21 speed bikes for all cycling holidays (when available).

Frame Sizing

When you make a booking with us, we take your height(s) and the appropriate bike size is matched up accordingly. Unisex frame 21-gears with freewheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm. Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedalling brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm. Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with free wheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping” cm. Helmets are not provided and you will need to bring your own to use.

We always recommend wearing a helmet when on your cycling holiday!

Bike Hire Insurance

This cycle tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price. Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover. We advise you to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance for your cycling holiday prior to arrival.

Electric Bike Hire

Why not upgrade your cycling experience to an E-Bike (Electric Bike)?

Using a power assisted bike is a great way to go on a cycling holiday and will help you smooth out inclines or longer days in the saddle. Each E-Bike features an LCD display, removable batteries for easy charging and assistance up to 25 km/h with a range of around 120 km for each full charge depending on usage.

E-Bike upgrade prices vary per tour, but if you require any more information about bike hire and electric bikes, please get in-touch with us on 0161 703 5819.

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Your Prices

Danube Cycle Path, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.

2020 Cycling Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 04.04. – 24.04.2020 | 26.09. – 10.10.2020
Season 2: 25.04. – 29.05.2020 | 05.09. – 25.09.2020
Season 3: 30.05. – 04.09.2020

Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £739 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £799 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £849 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £219
Half Board Upgrade: £159
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99

Category B: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £639 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £699 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £759 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £189
Half Board Upgrade: £149
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99

Category C: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £579 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £609 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £669 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £179
Half Board Upgrade: £149
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99

Extra Nights
Location | Price (DBL/BB) | Single Room Price (SGL/BB)
Passau/Scharding (Cat A): £69 | £89
Passau/Scharding (Cat B+C): £59 | £89
Vienna (Cat A): £69 | £99
Vienna (Cat B+C): £69 | £99

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Hotel Category Descriptions
Category A: 4**** hotels or the best local hotels
Category B: 4**** and 3*** hotels
Category C: 3*** hotels and inns in Linz and Vienna 4* hotels

For extra nights, you will stay in the same hotel. Please let us know if you wish to book extra nights at the start or at the end of the tour when completing your ‘Booking Request’.

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

For help and queries regarding this tour…
Contact us | F.A.Qs

Holiday Price: £579
Single Supplement: £179

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Call: 0800 755 5385

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