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Austria - Passau to Vienna

Austria - Passau to Vienna

Degree of difficulty - A

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...

Day 1: Arrival to Schärding/Passau, baroque city or three-rivers-city

Stroll through the baroque city Schärding and visit the „Silberzeile“ or enjoy the newly renovated pedestrian zone in three-rivers-city Passau.

Day 2: Schärding/Passau – Danube loop/surroundings, Danube valley approx. 40 - 55 km
Along river Inn to three-rivers-city Passau. We recommend a short city tour, the visit of the Dome (biggest organ of the world). Along the Danube and via Obernzell to Engelhartszell (monastery). The Danube, second-biggest river in Europe has to make a 180° bend here. During your ferry tour to the other side of the river and hotel you have enough time to watch this phenomenon.

Day 3: Danube loop/surroundings – Linz, Danube loop approx. 50 km
Today you cycle via Aschach, Ottensheim and Wilhering to the upper Austrian capital city Linz where a lot of restaurants are awaiting you in the historic old city. Another highlight of this city is the wonderful view from mountain Pöstlingsberg or a stroll along Donaulände.

Day 4: Linz – Grein/surroundings, through Marchland approx. 55 km
Today you leave the Danube to cycle to St. Florian (abbey) and Enns. In Enns you can visit the market square with city tower (size of 60m), which is the emblem of the oldest city in Austria or you visit the archaeological collection in the city museum Lauriacum. Afterwards you continue again along the river to reach the wonderful baroque city of Grein. Here you have the possibility to visit the oldest city theatre in Austria. Furthermore you can visit the navy museum or Greinburg.

Day 5: Grein/surroundings – Wachau, Strudengau and Nibelungengau approx. 50-60 km
This part of the Danube was dreaded in former times as it was hard to pass by boat. Today you can cycle this section in a very relaxed way. In Maria Taferl a precious pilgrims church is awaiting you, thousands of pilgrims are visiting this church yearly.

Day 6: Wachau – Krems / Traismauer / Tulln approx. 40-60 km
In Melk you should plan a stop to visit the abbey. Afterwards you cycle through the Wachau region where you will enjoy the beauty of the typical fruit orchards and vineyards. Via Spitz, Weißenkirchen and ruin Dürnstein you reach Krems, a thousand-year-old city and Tulln. Of course you have to taste the typical wine, therefore we have organised a wine tasting for you.

Day 7: Krems / Traismauer / Tulln – Vienna approx. 45-65 km
Within a few last kilometres you reach the Danube metropolis. Enjoy the amenities of this great city. Visit 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.

Day 8: Individual departure
If you want to extend your stay in Vienna, we have thought of something special: Spend a few relaxing days in a 4****- hotel and combine sightseeing and cultural attractions with cycling tours or hikes through the wine-growing regions around Vienna.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

€725 per person sharing    (6 - 26 April & 28 September - 1 October)
€775 per person sharing    (27 April - 24 May & 7 - 27 September)
€835 per person sharing    (25 May - 6 September)

€215 single supplement

Prices based on accommodation on 4* hotels or the best local hotels. 
An option of staying in 3* hotels or comfortable guest houses at reduced prices, please see the itinerary for more details.

Tour Includes

  • 7 overnights in 4*hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet 
  • Personal welcome briefing
  • Detailed route maps and descriptions   ( one per room )
  • 21 or 7 speed hybrid bike rental
  • Luggage transfer 
  • 1 journey by ferry (Au-Schlogen)
  • 1 wine tasting in Wachau
  • Danube card in Upper Austria
  • GPS tracks available
  • Service-hotline during your tour

  • + €95 E-bike supplement
  • €165 Half board supplement (6 dinners)

Self Guided Tour Information

Daily departures from 6th April to 1st October 2019

Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability. On this tour you have the choice between category A, B & C

Category A accommodation:


Scharding Stadthotel1 Scharding Stadthotel2 Scharding Stadthotel3

Stadthotel ****



Passau HotelPassauerWolf Passau HotelPassauerWolf2 Passau HotelPassauerWolf3

Hotel Passauer Wolf ****



Schlogen Donauschlinge1 Schlogen Donauschlinge2 Schlogen Donauschlinge3

Hotel Donauschlinge ****



Linz ArcotelNike1 Linz ArcotelNike2 Linz ArcotelNike3

Arcotel Nike ****



Grein GoldenesKreuz1 Grein GoldenesKreuz2 Grein GoldenesKreuz3

Hotel Goldenes Kreuz ****



Wachau Donauhof1 Wachau Donauhof2 Wachau Donauhof3

Donauhof Emmersdorf****



Traismauer HotelzumSchwan1 Traismauer HotelzumSchwan2 Traismauer HotelzumSchwan3

Hotel Zum Schwan***



Vienna Hotel Kaiserwasser Vienna Hotel Kaiserwasser1 Vienna Hotel Kaiserwasser2

Arcotel Kaiserwasser****

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.

The following websites will help you with train connections between Vienna and Passau. www.bahn.de or www.oebb.at

For route planner: http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en?newrequest=yes&protocol=http:&

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 including own bikes - €55. Reservation necessary, payable on the spot.

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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)

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