The route from Passau, on Germany's eastern border, to Vienna is one of the most popular cycle paths in Europe, and it's no wonder! This stretch of the Danube carves its way through a thousand years of history; 60 dramatic castles and palaces lie along the river, and the ever-changing landscape is a kaleidoscope of fertile plains, narrow gorges, lowland forests, bird-rich marshland and acres of picturesque vines.
Much of the cycling is on the old river towpath, which is now lovely, flat and surfaced. Previously up to 60 horses strained to drag heavy cargo boats upstream against the powerful current. Today, dozens of farms and cafes offer waterfront lunch stops as you trundle between sun-baked villages and wayside stalls piled high with apples, peaches and plums.Most cycling days are completely flexible, as local boat and train services are excellent, cheap and cater to cyclists.
Highlights include the bustling medieval center of Linz, the immense C11 Baroque abbey at Melk, and UNESCO celebrated Krems. As the river meanders down to the Viennese woods you'll be met by Vienna, the waltz capital of Europe, which rises like a vision from the plain.
Our hotels are all individually charming with Passau, Schlogen and Tulln on the riverbank, and range from a quirky C15 convent in Linz, to magnificent four-star luxury in Krems, with two pools and a world class spa! We have included two nights in Linz, Melk and Krems to allow time to explore at leisure. It is easy to add nights before or after the tour to enjoy time in Passau and Vienna, and you are looked after throughout by our expert local agent.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Munich Airport, then train Munich HBF to Passau 14:16/16:39, then taxi to hotel, 5 mins (pay locally for this transfer, 5 mins, and allow approx 8 Euro/$9).|
|Tour Ends||Vienna airport for 12:10 (drop off time), transfer provided. NOTE: Different arrival and departure airports.|
|Rail Options||Rail Munich HBF to Passau 14:16/16:39.|
|Rail Supplement||Prices starting from $50 per person, one way, 2nd class; from $89 first class.|
|Singles||Add $34 per night. Solo traveler supplement is an additional $143.|
|Other details||Luggage transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure. E-Bikes are available on this tour; add $293 per person.|
|Hotels||**** (7 nights) *** (3 nights)|