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Austria - Passau to Vienna

Austria - Passau to Vienna

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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...

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).

€715 per person sharing
(24 Mar - 27 April & 29 Sept - 13 Oct)
€765 per person sharing 
(28 April - 25 May & 8 - 28 Sept)
€820 per person sharing
(26 May - 7 Sept)

€210 single supplement
€165 Half board supplement (6 dinners)
(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

Passau to Vienna:
- 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

Self Guided Tour Information

Daily departures from 24 Mar to 13 Oct

The information is currently being updated. New content coming soon.

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).

How to get to the start point in Passau:

Fly 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. 
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.

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

Please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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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. Accommodation was very comfortable and all staff in hotels extremly friendly.

Caroline M. (Danube for Kids self led 2014)

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