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Austria - Self-guided cycling holiday

The classic tour along the Danube (Donau) with plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful and scenic nature. With day stages that everyone can manage - also suitable for families. Possibility of 3-bed rooms.

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CYO-042

A classic cycling holiday route through beautiful nature

A wonderful and easy trip on the Donau-Radweg, a well-marked cycle path that runs along both sides of the river. It's the old towpaths, "treppelwege", where horse drawn barges and boats were pulled upstream on the river. Back in the 80's, these "treppelwege" were made into good, wide cycle paths with a network of bridges and small, cosy bike ferries connecting both river banks.

You should look forward to the beautiful Wachau area, known for its production of "Marillen" liqueur (apricots and grapes), but it's also here that you'll find some of Austria's best white wines such as Grüner Veltliner and Riesling.
This is the classic route with the beautiful mountains in the background, gentle meadows, lush green vineyards and idyllic villages with old, winding streets.

Accommodation

You'll stay at good and cosy hotels and gasthäuser (guesthouses) in category 3*.
You can upgrade to 4* hotels at an additional cost.
All rooms are with private bath and toilet, and with breakfast included.

Degree of difficulty and maps

Easy terrain without hills, and along good cycle paths which mostly follows closely to the river. The entire route is well signposted and goes mostly downhill. A total of 330 km of cycling, split into day stages of 37-70 km. The length of the stages depends a bit on whether you choose 3* or 4* hotels.
You will be sent a hotel list and practical information. Upon arrival at the first hotel, you will get both detailed cycling maps and route description in English/German.

* We note that the map is indicative and therefore does not contain precise route information.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Passau
Passau is a really nice and cosy town, so come early so that you have a bit of time to enjoy this beautiful town.
Overnight stay in Passau e.g. at the 4* IBB Hotel Passau City Center or the 3* IBB Hotel Passau Sud.

Day 2. To Schlögener Schlinge/Surroundings, approx. 50 km
From Passau, where the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz meet, you'll cycle through the Mühlviertel mountains, which fall steeply down towards the banks of the Danube River and form a beautiful horseshoe-shaped bend at Schlögener Schlinge, one of the most beautiful places on the whole Danube route. A stop in Stift Engelszell, known for its monastery liqueur, is obviously recommended on today's stage.
Overnight stay e.g. at the 4* Hotel Donauschlinge or the 3* Hotel Kocher.

Day 3. To Linz/Surroundings, approx. 50-60 km 
Along the southern or northern bank, through a varied landscape where you pass a bird sanctuary, the cosy villages of Aschach and Ottensheim and several hydropower plants. Linz is an incredibly beautiful city with an interesting city centre.
Overnigt stay e.g. at the 4* Arcotel Nike or the 3* Hotel Prielmayerhof. 

Day 4. To Grein/Bad Kreuzzen, approx. 60 km
A day where the route goes by the well-kept St. Florian Monastery, and with possible sightseeing in Austria's oldest town Enns on the south bank.
Overnight stay e.g. at the 4* Wellness-Oase-Aumühle or the 3* Hotel-Gasthof Zugbrücke. 

Day 5. To Melk (4* hotels) approx. 50 km; or the Wachau area (3* hotels) approx. 70 km 
Through Nibelungengau with corn fields, woodlands and small, cosy villages. A day of legends, fortresses, castles and beautiful landscapes, and where the impressive Benedictine Monastery in Melk deserves a visit.
Overnight stay e.g. at the 4* Hotel Wachau or the 3* Hotel Wachauerhof. 

Day 6. To Krems (4* hotel) approx. 64 km; or the Traismauer area (3* hotel) approx. 40 km 
One of the most beautiful areas in which you can't help but feel like you're going through the scenery from the movie "The Sound of Music". Everywhere in the small villages, such as Dürnstein and Krems, you can buy a glass of "heurigen" (young white wine) for almost no money.
Overnight stay e.g. at the 4* Hotel Arte or the 3* Hotel Niebelungenhof.

Day 7. To Vienna, approx. 40-60 km 
From Tulln, known as the City of Flowers, the landscape flattens around the river. The last stretch of your cycling holiday goes through beautiful scenery and past Klosterneuburg. After arriving in Vienna and returning the bikes, you can enjoy a nice evening in the beautiful capital. 
Overnight stay e.g. at the 4* Arcotel Kaiserwasser or the 3* Hotel Messe.

Day 8. Departure Day
By train or bus back to Passau, unless you have booked extra nights in Vienna.

The route may vary slightly depending on the hotels location and category.

Bikes and cycling equipment

You can choose between a 7-gear bike with foot brake, a 21-gear bike with hand brake or one of the new electric bikes. Women's bikes are unisex with low entry. Men's bikes have a men's frame.

All bikes are equipped with gel saddle and luggage rack.

One bicycle per room will be equipped with a set of rear rack bags, bar bag or map holder, lock, pump and repair kit.

It's also possible to rent children's bikes and trailer for children.

How to get there

As a rule, you must arrange your own transport to Passau in Southern Germany.

By plane
Munich is the nearest airport. Transport onwards from Munich by bus and train to Passau, approx. 2 hours travel time.
Alternatively, you can fly to Vienna, from where there is approx. 3 hours travel time to Passau.

A summary of flight options can be found here: Momondo 

Ruby Rejser can assist in booking airfares for on-the-day-price plus a handling fee of 300 DKK per ticket. The ticket must be paid together with the deposit and will be purchased only upon registration of payment. The price quoted is therefore subject to change until the ticket is purchased. 

By train
Check the times and prices on Deutsche Bahn's website. Note that the cheapest ticket prices are continuously adjusted according to the demand.

By car
Find driving directions at Google Maps.
Before departure, it's possible to book parking spaces in Passau. For further information, see 'Parking' further down the page.

Weather and climate

Klima

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1 person. Enkeltværelse 3* - pris pr. person

Arrival DateDurationPrice per person 
03-04-2021 - 30-04-20217 NightsEUR 742,-BOOK
01-05-2021 - 24-09-20217 NightsEUR 798,-BOOK
25-09-2021 - 08-10-20217 NightsEUR 742,-BOOK
09-10-2021 - 23-10-20217 NightsEUR 630,-BOOK
Arrival DateDuration
( Nights)
Price per person 
03-04-2021
-
30-04-2021
7EUR 742,-BOOK
01-05-2021
-
24-09-2021
7EUR 798,-BOOK
25-09-2021
-
08-10-2021
7EUR 742,-BOOK
09-10-2021
-
23-10-2021
7EUR 630,-BOOK

1 person. Enkeltværelse 4* - pris pr. person

Arrival DateDurationPrice per person 
03-04-2021 - 30-04-20217 NightsEUR 924,-BOOK
01-05-2021 - 24-09-20217 NightsEUR 1,008,-BOOK
25-09-2021 - 08-10-20217 NightsEUR 924,-BOOK
09-10-2021 - 23-10-20217 NightsEUR 812,-BOOK
Arrival DateDuration
( Nights)
Price per person 
03-04-2021
-
30-04-2021
7EUR 924,-BOOK
01-05-2021
-
24-09-2021
7EUR 1,008,-BOOK
25-09-2021
-
08-10-2021
7EUR 924,-BOOK
09-10-2021
-
23-10-2021
7EUR 812,-BOOK

2 persons. Dobbeltværelse 3* - pris pr. person

Arrival DateDurationPrice per person 
03-04-2021 - 30-04-20217 NightsEUR 588,-BOOK
01-05-2021 - 24-09-20217 NightsEUR 644,-BOOK
25-09-2021 - 08-10-20217 NightsEUR 588,-BOOK
09-10-2021 - 23-10-20217 NightsEUR 476,-BOOK
Arrival DateDuration
( Nights)
Price per person 
03-04-2021
-
30-04-2021
7EUR 588,-BOOK
01-05-2021
-
24-09-2021
7EUR 644,-BOOK
25-09-2021
-
08-10-2021
7EUR 588,-BOOK
09-10-2021
-
23-10-2021
7EUR 476,-BOOK

2 persons. Dobbeltværelse 4* - pris pr. person

Arrival DateDurationPrice per person 
03-04-2021 - 30-04-20217 NightsEUR 700,-BOOK
01-05-2021 - 24-09-20217 NightsEUR 784,-BOOK
25-09-2021 - 08-10-20217 NightsEUR 700,-BOOK
09-10-2021 - 23-10-20217 NightsEUR 588,-BOOK
Arrival DateDuration
( Nights)
Price per person 
03-04-2021
-
30-04-2021
7EUR 700,-BOOK
01-05-2021
-
24-09-2021
7EUR 784,-BOOK
25-09-2021
-
08-10-2021
7EUR 700,-BOOK
09-10-2021
-
23-10-2021
7EUR 588,-BOOK
Practical information

Included in the price/person:

  • 8 days/7 nights stay in double room with breakfast included
  • Luggage transport
  • Maps and information materials
  • Return transfer back to Passau 03.04-30.04.21 and 25.09-23.10.21 only possible by train (all day and not including own bikes).
  • Return transfer back to Passau 01.05-24.09.21 by bus (at about 9.30 and incl. own bikes)
  • Boat Spitz-Krems when booking 4* hotels (during low season by train Krems-Tulln)
  • Free wifi 
  • Return transfer to Passau is only possible at the end of the trip. If this return transfer is not used, about 29 EUR is deducted. Must be stated at booking.

Parking:

  • Monitored parking in Globus Garage Passau, Messestrasse 6, D-94036 Passau, tel. +49 8519884866, www.globus-parkservice.de. Price approx. 9 EUR per day - if you choose an ourdoor but enclosed parking, the price is approx. 6 EUR per day. Open daily from 8:00 to 19:00.
    Parking must be booked in writing before departure by sending an email directly to Globus Garage at info@rad-donau.de and must be paid upon arrival. Remember to state your name, address, phone number, car type, vehicle registration number as well as arrival and departure date. Please also note, that you are a customer of OÖ Touristik GmbH, our local partner Ober Österreich Touristik.

 

Not included in the price:

  • Bike rental
  • Half board
  • Transport to and from Passau.

Note: We always recommend that you book and confirm the tour with us before arranging the flights/trains/buses to the destination. 

Terms & Conditions:

Ruby Rejser is the agent and intermediary for this tour. The organizer is Ober Öster, and the tour takes place according to the organizer's terms & conditions.
See terms & conditions and read about Ober Öster here www.touristik.at/home.html.
 

Your tour is still covered by Ruby Rejser's membership of the Danish Travel Guarantee Fund, member no. 206.

Ruby Rejser has a price match guarantee, so we'll match the price if it is cheaper with another provider at the time of booking.  

And remember - you can always take advantage of our expertise and guidance.

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