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Self-guided Cycling

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Austria, Germany / Cycling along the majestic Danube

From Passau to Vienna

The cycle path riding along the Danube will amaze you with its green valleys and lush vineyards. While cycling side by side the majestic Danube you will explore interesting historical towns such as Passau, Krems, Melk and Linz. Castles and monasteries will lead you to Vienna, the queen of the Danube.
  • Day by Day


    1. Passau

    Individual arrival in Passau. Don’t miss a stroll in the city centre and visit its dome famous for hosting the oldest pipe organ in the world. 


    2. Passau – Wesenufer/Schlögen (45 km) 

    Your first cycling day will lead you through the Engelhartszell valley which had been chiseled in the Bavarian Forest. You will pass castles and quiet villages, the highlight being the Trappist convent of Engelhartszell, founded in 1293. You will cross the Danube by ferry by paying directly on the spot and reaching your hotel in Wesenufer or Schlögen.


    3. Schlögen – Linz (60 km)

    Once passed Aschach, which once held a very important market, head to Eferding, reign of the Nibelungen, with its famous Stahemberg castle. The ancient Wilhering Cistercian abbey dominates this area and leads you nicely on to Linz. Visit its Baroque city centre and its huge square where is situated the Martinkirche, the oldest church in Austria, still beautifully preserved. You can also visit the botanic gardens, with over ten thousand plans varieties.


    4. Linz – Perg (45 km) 

    Today a 10 km detour has been planned in order to allow a visit to the Augustinian abbey of St. Florian a true jewel in Austrian Baroque style. From here continue to Enns the oldest Austrian town based on ancient Roman sites wit a Baroque and Renaissance heritage. From here you’ll cross over to Mauthausen (included) tragically famous because of the Holocaust during WW II. Cycle on to Perg where you will spend the night.


    5. Perg – Marbach/Maria Taferl (60 km) 

    Your cycling day will be immersed in the lush green landscape until you reach Grein. Before that you will admire what’s called ‘the eye of the needle’ a very narrow stretch of the the river, which used to be feared by sailors overlooked by the majestic castle tower of Greinburg. On the way to Marbach you will pass the Habsburg castle in Persenbeug. An organized  transfer will make you to Maria Taferl famous for its Baroque sanctuary. 


    6. Marbach/Maria Taferl – Krems (50 km + 20 km by boat) 

    Today you will cycle to Melk and its famous abbey; from here you will sail along the Danube to Splitz (boat included). In Spitz your cycling tour continues through the Wachau valley covered in vineyards. Proceed  to the romantic Dürnstein hosting the castle where Richard Lionheart was imprisoned. Your destination of the day is Krems, a quiet town on the left side of the river where you can visit the museum of wine.


    7. Krems –  Vienna (45 km + 36 km by train)

    Start your cycling day heading towards Tulln, which hosts the Egon Schiele museum dedicated to the famous Austrian painter. From Tulln we suggest hopping on a train straight to Vienna (ticket not included). The train from Tulln to Vienna runs every 30 mins until 6 pm. If you decide to cycle (+40 km) , you will cycle through the Wienerwald, the Viennese woodland before you reach the imperial city, where you will spend the last night of your tour. 


    8. Vienna

    End of tour after breakfast. End of services.

    The itinerary may be subject to unexpected changes before and/or during your holiday, due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as: extreme weather conditions, unannounced road or repair works or law enforcements.



  • Route profile

    The Passau to Vienna cycling trail along the Danube river is one of the most famous and popular ones in Europe, because of its lack of difficulty which makes it accessible to any cyclist. It’s so well sign posted that you will not get lost.


    The Danube river will be right by your side to guide you all along anyhow. When you plan your visits to points of interest be aware that some of the villages on either side of the river are not very well connected as bridges and ferries  are not that frequent. 


  • How to get there

    By Plane

    The closest airports to Passau are Vienna or alternatively Munich. You will have to then commute to Passau by train. You can book a private transfer from Munich airport (from 2 people). 


    Ask for a free airfare quote upon booking


    By train 

    Find schedules and connections at



    If you drive you can leave your car by our Infopoint in  Kapuzinerstraße 46 Passau for free. You can also leave your car near the train station, Bahnhofstraße 1, for 5 € per day. 


  • Accommodation and meals

    The tour includes:

    - 7 overnights in a 3/4 star hotel 

    - breakfast every day


    The first day is dedicated to your arrival and first overnight. There will be no cycling. 

    It’s possible to book 3 course dinner which will usually have a fixed menu or it can possibly be a buffet dinner (no drinks included).


    Please be aware:


    - your hotel list is included in your final document 

    - because of organizational reasons you might be lodged in a building adjacent to the hotel or in a different hotel of the same category 

    - 3/4 star hotels don't necessarily offer AC and/or elevator depending on the country. 

    - some hotels might ask for a credit card deposit that will be released once you check out

    - not all hotels can guarantee double rooms with separate beds, you could find a double bed with separate mattresses.

    - triple and quadruple rooms will have added single beds.

    - family rooms could be split into two double/twin rooms. 



  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent: 

    - 21-speed-Unisex trekking bike freewheel. 

    - 7-speed-Unisex bike, backpedal.

    - electrically assisted bike. The caution is 180 € that you can pay by credit card.


    All rental bikes are equipped with:

    -  lock

    -  20 lpanniers


    Helmets are mandatory in Austria only for children until 14 years old.  


  • Accompanying material

    Upon settlement of the payment a few days before departure, you will receive via email the following:

    - Vacation Voucher

    - Tour Notes

    - Final Tour Details

    - Hotel list


    On site you will receive: 

    - hotel vouchers

    - rental bike vouchers

    - ferry Enns- Mauthausen voucher

    - boat Melk-Spitz voucher

    - luggage labels

    - Bikeline “Danube cycle path” with the detailled maps and description of the itinerary


    If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us.


  • By your side

    Saturdays and Sundays in July and August our representative will be welcoming you and will give you the last suggestions before the beginning of the tour.


    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30 

    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

Tour details


from 600 €

3/4* hotels

Tour Type



Departure dates

every day from 10.04 to 14.10.20


Price per person

600 € 3/4* hotels



  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Travel Guide and Maps
  • GPS tracks 
  • Ferry ticket Enns–Mauthausen (bike included)
  • Boat trip Melk – Spitz (bike included)
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service

Not included

  • Transport to and from departure point
  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • Train ticket Tulln – Wien
  • Local taxes
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

Supplements per person

155 € single room

145 € half board (beverages not included)

75 € rental bike

160 € E-bike

35 € transfer Vienna – Passau by bus (Thursday excluded)

25 € transfer own bike Vienna – Passau by bus  (Thursday excluded)

40 € transfer Vienna – Passau by train


Extra night in double room (B&B):

50 € in Passau

70 € in Vienna

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