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THE DANUBE CYCLE PATH FROM PASSAU TO VIENNA

A cycling holiday of 8 days / 7 nights

 

The tour takes place along the Austrian section of the Danube River which is particularly suitable to be discovered by bike because it is well equipped with comfortable bike paths. Imagine the neat and cared Austrian countryside dotted with a  number of castles and abbeys, perched on hilltops combined with the charm of a river which has been a protagonist of the history of Europe. All these features makes it a region full of charm with a green and romantic landscape in which reins a perfect balance between man and nature. The proposed route crosses Lower Austria. You are cycling among hills and vineyards, almost entirely along the cycle paths lining the banks of the Danube. Just following the rhythm of the river passing the abbey Engelszell, the charming Schlögen bend and visiting the towns of Linz and Enns. Then you enter the paradise of the Wachau region, harmonious and sweet, full of precious vineyards. Here you visit towns like Spitz, Durnstein and the beautiful city of Krems, which was always an important trade centre and retained its cosmopolitan charm linked to legends and centuries of historical events, from the Nibelung Mythology to Richard the Lion Heart. Finally the Danube enters into the splendour of Imperial Vienna, a town which you can comfortably discover by bike because the road path covers the entire centre. The Danube is the river of the monasteries, with a glorious past, full important religious, cultural and economic events, like the abbey of St Florian, the Melk Abbey and the monastery of Göttweig.

 

 

 

 

Highlights of this Tour:

  • The bicycle path and the Danube River

  • The towns of Passau, Linz, Enns and Krems

  • The Abbeys of Melk, Sankt Florian and Engelharszell

  • The radiant town of Vienna

  • Wonderful landscapes with vineyards

 

 

 

 

Programme:

Day 1

Passau
Individual arrival at Passau. If you arrive early you can visit already this interesting town and its cathedral with the biggest church organ in the world.

 

Day 2

Passau – Schlögen (43 km / 27 miles)

Leaving Passau, you will be immediately accompanied by the Danube River. You come to the abbey of Engelharszell and continue passing the impressive 'Schlögener Schlinge', a fascinating natural spectacle. Overnight stay in Schlögen.

 

Day 3

Schlögen – Linz (59 km / 34 miles)
Today you will leave behind the wooded hills of the upper valley of the Danube and you cross the Eferdinger Becken in the direction of the city of Linz, where today’s stage will end. Before arriving in Linz you pass the Cistercian monastery of Wilhering, built on the south bank of the Danube. Originally in Romanesque style, it has become over the centuries a Rococo masterpiece. Overnight stay in Linz.

 

Day 4

Linz – Grein / Bad Kreuzen (64 km / 40 miles)
This stage passes through the regions of Strudengau and Nibelungengau. There are many things to see: the wonderful monastery of Sankt Florian, Enns, the oldest town in Austria which is surrounded by an unspoiled nature, and then you cross Ennsdorf to finally reach Grein or Bad Kreuzen.

 

Day 5 

Grein/ Bad Kreuzen – Marbach / Maria Taferl (44 km / 27,5 miles + ferry)

Today's stage will take you into the town of Persenbeurg; from here, crossing again the fascinating landscape of Strudengau, you finally reach the magnificent town of Marbach from where you will have a transfer to the pilgrimage village of Maria Taferl. You will have a wonderful view of the Donau Valley.

 

Day 6

Marbach / Maria Taferl – Krems (56 km / 35 miles)

This morning you cycle to Melk with its famous Abbey. Continue your bike ride along the orchard and vineyards of the Wachau region...do not forget to taste these excellent wines in one of the taverns called 'Heurigen'. Cycling along the Danube you get to Krems, a city that is part of the UNESCO world heritage. Take your time to visit the lovely villages such as Weißenkirchen and Dürnstein. 

 

Day 7 

Krems Vienna + metro till Vienna   (57 km / 35 miles)
Today's stage passes Tulln, which is called city of Flowers, because of its abundance of parks and other green spaces. This last day will take you along the Danube to Klosterneuburg and then you will cross the Vienna Forest. The bustling capital of Austria invites you to visit the countless monuments: castles, museums, churches and famous cafés. You can leave your bike at Greifenstein and with the metro you get to your hotel in Vienna or you can bike all the way to the hotel (about 15 km / 9,3 miles extra), taking advantage of the perfect road paths in the city and discover the town in a slow way.

Day 8

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

The tour includes:

  • 2 overnight stays in **** star and 5 nights in ***  star hotels with breakfast. 

  • If booked for Half Board: 7 diners 

  • Tour information

  • transfer Vienna- Passau by bus

  • Hot line local Assistance 

  • luggage transportation 

  • route instructions (in English, Italian or German) and maps (1 per room).

  • free parking at the first hotel

  • metro ticket for Vienna

 

The tour doesn't include:

  • Ferry trips (2-3 Euro per trip)

 

 

Period 

Free starting days from 28 April to 23 September 2017

Level 1/2

Easy Touring This tour is ideal for beginners and families. The route mainly you alongside the River Danube and there are no steep inclines. The bicycle paths are well marked. Daily distances between 22 and 36 miles. Total: 323 km / 200 Miles

Participants

minimum of 2 persons ( a single person on request)

Prices p.p. 2017 

Departures from: 28/04-04/05 

in a double room with breakfast     € 450,00

in single room € 570,00

Departures from: 05/05-02/06 and 04/09-23/09
in a double room with breakfast     € 510,00

in single room € 640,00

Departures from 03/06 to 03/09
in a double room with breakfast     € 520,00

in single room € 645,00

half board supplement   € 113,00

reduction children in room with two adults (12-14 years)    25 %

reduction children in room with two adults (6-11 years)     50 %

children 0-5 years gratis (in loco to be paid their consumption) 100%

Clients coming with their own bikes: the cost per bike fro transferring them back to Passau  22,00 € p. bike

bike rental     € 67,00

ebike rental € 130,00

Reduction if you don’t need the transfer back to Passau  10,00 €