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Our Passau to Vienna Safari starts in Passau, a delightful German baroque town, situated at the confluence of three rivers. The classic route along the River Danube from Passau to Vienna is one of the most popular cycle routes on the Continent and is an ideal 'starter' for cycle touring. The way is flat (but you also have the opportunity to climb out of the valley to visit sights, or for a change of pace).
The quality of the trail is excellent as you visit charming towns such as Grein, a small town with a well preserved historic centre, which is dominated by the picturesque castle of Greinburg. You cycle through the famous Wachau region, where the scenery is breathtaking, probably the most beautiful encountered anywhere on the route.
The majority of the trail is on dedicated, smooth, paved traffic-free cycleway. There is a lot to see and do when not cycling and plenty of like-minded people to meet.
We also run another tour "Danube for Kids" which starts in Linz heading to Vienna, which is suitable for children
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Arrival to Schärding/Passau
Today you will have a tour briefing as well as being fitted out with your bike. But there should be plenty of time to stroll through the baroque city Schärding and visit the "Silberzeile" or enjoy the newly renovated pedestrian zone in three rivers-city Passau.
Schärding/Passau ~ Danube Valley (40 - 55 kms)
our cycle takes you along the river Inn to the three-rivers-city Passau which is well worth visiting before you contine along the Danube via Obernzell to the beautiful monastery at Engelhartszell. The Danube, Europe’s second largest river, has to make a 180° bend here which you can enjoy during your ferry tour to the other side of the river
Danube Valley ~ Linz (50 kms)
Today you cycle via Aschach, Ottensheim and Wilhering nestling in the pristine Danube Valley to the upper Austrian capital city Linz with it’s historic old city. Another highlight of this city is the wonderful view from the mountain Pöstlingsberg or a stroll along Donaulände
Linz ~ Grein area (55 kms)
You cycle to Enns with its market square and 60m high city tower, the emblem of the oldest city in Austria. Afterwards you continue along the river to reach the wonderful baroque city of Grein where you can visit the oldest city theatre in Austria. A visit to Austria's oldest residential castle of Greinburg is also an option for today.
Grein area ~ Wachau (50-60 kms)
This part of the Danube was dreaded in former times as it was hard to pass by boat, but now you can happily cycle this section in a very relaxed way!. In Maria Taferl you can visit a wonderful church where thousands of pilgrims visit yearly.
Wachau ~ Krems (40-60 kms)
n Melk a visit to the Abbey is a must, after which you cycle through the Wachau region where you can enjoy the beauty of fruit orchards and vineyards en route. The cycle passes Spitz, Weißenkirchen and the ruins of Dürnstein before you reach Krems, a thousand-year-old city and Tulln where we have organised a wine tasting for you!.
Our destination is the magnificent city of Vienna, where you can enjoy a typical Viennese café and try a piece of Sachertorte. Stroll through Vienna’s Parade shopping street Mariahilfer Straße, visit the Stephen’s Cathedral or enjoy the most important places of interest during a trip in one of the famous Fiaker cabs.
The tour ends after breakfast the following morning.
- 7 overnights in 4*hotel accommodation
- Personal welcome briefing
- Detailed route maps and descriptions ( one per room )
- Luggage transfer
- 1 journey by ferry (Au-Schlogen)
- 1 wine tasting in Wachau
- App for navigation and GPS tracks available
- Service-hotline during your tour
In 2023 Bike Rental is not included in the basic tour price.
All rentals come with a pannier, lock and repair equipment
For 2021 bike rental is not included in the basic tour price
It is of course possible to rent a bike!
On this tour the standard rental bike is what is called a "unisex" bike or a step though frame, see our tour dossier for an image. It is possible to rent a more typical gents frame for taller men but this is on request only. It is also possible to rent an e-bike
Bike rental includes:
● 21 speed unisex bike (gents bike on request only/limited availability)
● Saddle bag (water-resistant)
● Handlebar bag (water-resistant)
● Tools / Repair kit / Pump
● Combination lock
DAY 1 Hotel Passauer Wolf ****
(Also possible to start from Scharding Stadthotel ****)
SCHLÖGEN / SURROUNDINGS
DAY 2 Hotel Donauschlinge ****
DAY 3 Arcotel Nike ****
DAY 5 Donauhof Emmersdorf****
DAY 7 Arcotel Kaiserwasser****
PASSAU TO VIENNA SELF GUIDED TOUR 2023
Category A (4* hotels and hotels on 4* level)
€870 per person sharing (Season 1)
€950 per person sharing (Season 2)
€1000 per person sharing (Season 3)
€280 single supplement
Category B (4* and 3* hotels)
€750 per person sharing (Season 1)
€830 per person sharing (Season 2)
€900 per person sharing (Season 3)
€270 single supplement
Category C (3* hotels and inns, at Linz and Vienna 4* hotels)
€670 per person sharing (Season 1)
€730 per person sharing (Season 2)
€800 per person sharing (Season 3)
€260 single supplement
Bike Rental 7 Night Tour
€100 21/24 speed unisex touring bike
€160 20/28 speed touring bike with crossbar
€240 E-bike, unisex
Self Guided Tour Information
Daily departures from 1st April - 7th October 2023
Flying to Passau
Munich Airport (MUC)
The closest airport to Passau is Munich Airport (München Flughafen / MUC) with its huge number of cheap flights to mostly German and European destinations.
Passau is around 160 km (100 miles) from Munich Airport. Driving time is around 90 minutes. From the airport, take Autobahn A92 towards Deggendorf and turn southeast onto Autobahn A3 when reaching the Danube.
Public transportation is slightly more complicated. From the airport, take bus 635 to Freising (18 minutes). Direct trains run from Freising to Passau every two hours. Alternatives require transfers in either Plattling or Regensburg. Total journey time varies from 2h20 to three hours.
Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
Many international, and especially intercontinental, passengers will enter Germany at Frankfurt International Airport (FRA). It will often be both faster and cheaper to take the ICE train from Frankfurt to Passau rather than taking a connection flight to Munich. Many direct trains are available with more options requiring an easy transfer at Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. Total journey time is just over four hours.
High-Speed Inter-City-Express Trains to Passau
Passau is on the high-speed railway line that links Frankfurt am Main and Vienna. Luxury, high-speed Inter-City Express (ICE) trains run on this route roughly every two hours.
The ICE trains to Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) take around four hours and stop en route in Plattling (30 minutes), Regensburg (1h), Nürnberg / Nuremberg (2h), and Würzburg (3h). Many trains continue to Frankfurt International Airport and on to Cologne (Köln) and further destinations.
From Passau to Vienna on the ICE train is three hours with a stop en route in Linz (1h10).
• Passau station (Bahnhof) is at the edge of the old town in Donaustadt. From the station to the heart of the old town is an easy fifteen-minute walk through pleasant shopping streets.
Regional Trains to Passau
Many regional trains also pass through Passau. Although slower than the ICE, regional trains can be significantly cheaper and on short distances, the time differences can be negligible. In addition, discount tickets such as the Bayern Ticket and Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket may be used on regional trains only.
The regional trains are available amongst others to Plattling (36 min) and Regensburg (1h40). Only regional trains are available to München / Munich (2h15) and run mostly every two hours – more frequent connections require transfers at either Plattling or Regensburg.
German discount tickets are not valid on regional trains into Austria but the slower trains are cheaper than the ICE. Regional trains run to Linz (90 min to 2h) and Vienna (5h).
Daily return transfer by bus from Vienna at the end of the tour – pick up at the hotel between 3 – 3.30pm, duration approx. 3,5 – 4 hours. Cost per person €75, cost for bringing own bike €29. Reservation necessary, payable on the spot.
DANUBE FOR KIDS: LINZ TO VIENNA - SELF GUIDED TOUR DOSSIER 2020
Our cycling holiday went really brilliantly - I have been recommending it to everyone!
All the travel arrangements worked perfectly - bags went ahead like clockwork and the trip is very manageable with children. Food was good - classic local cuisine. The accommodation was very comfortable and all the staff in the hotels extremely friendly.
Caroline M. (Danube for Kids self led 2014)