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Danube Cycling Path from Passau to Vienna

8 days/7 nights: individual bike tour about 305 km (Level 1 out of 3)

The Danube bike path between Passau and Vienna is considered as the best known and most popular cycling route in Europe, and for good reason: At any other section of the Danube you encounter such a variety of landscapes, cultures, historical monuments and famous cities. Natural quiet valleys, fertile plains and steep vineyards alternate each other, neat farms hold their own along with the magnificent monasteries. This cycling tour is mainly without a steep and with signposted bike paths which offers the perfect holiday for beginners and families with children!

1st Day: Individual Arrival Passau
Individual arrival.

2nd Day: Passau – Schlögen Region, ca. 40 km

You cycle through the nature reserve Donauleiten to the sling of Schlögen. Here, the granite is an insuperable opposition and the Danube forced to change direction to 180 degrees. Take the ferry to reach the other riverside, where your hotel is located.

3rd Day: Schlögen Region – Linz, ca. 55 km
You are taken to the southern riverside of the Danube on today´s tour. There you will see the picturesque Danube market Aschach, Wilhering and Ottensheim in the Upper Austrian capital Linz with its historic city centre.

4th Day: Linz – Perg/Grein Region, 45 km
Today a side trip to St. Florian (Augustinian Monastery) is worthwhile and also to Enns which is the oldest town in Austria. Furthermore you will pass the Mauthausen and Au at Danube to see Perg. You visit the Maritime Museum in Greinburg as well as the oldest city theatre in Austria.

5th Day: Perg/Grein Region – Persenbeug Region, ca. 50 km

Through Nibelungen region and Strudengau region you go on to Persenbeug and to Marbach. Do not miss the beautiful pilgrimage curch of Maria Taferl which is located on a hill.

6th Day: Persenbeug Region – Krems Region, ca. 66 km

Today you cycle through the beautiful Wachau. After passing Melk which is the gateway to Wachau and has a magnificent Benedictine Abbey you continue the route through the orchards and vineyards. Passing the wine town of Spitz, Dürnstein and Weißenkirchen you will reach the 1000 year old town of Krems.

7th Day: Krems – Tulln – Vienna, ca. 50 km
The last cycle route crosses Traismauer into the Roman town of Tulln. You will finally reach the Danube city and the waltz city of Vienna by train. Walk in Sisi's footsteps in the Schönbrunn Palace or treat yourself with a cab ride to the main attractions of Vienna.

8th Day: Vienna - Passau
Return by train or return trip by bus from Vienna to Passau for extra pay. Individual departure or extended stay.

OUR TIP!!
Who wants to have the tour more comfortable can also choose the same tour within 10 days with shorter cycling stages per day. For more sportive riders you can book the tour within 5 days with longer cycling stages.
You can also book the German Danube between Donaueschingen and Passau as well as the Hungary Danube between Vienna and Budapest in different variants.

 


Dates
Saison I: Daily departure from 10.04. till 07.05. and from 25.09. till 09.10.2010
Saison II: Daily departure from 08.05. till 24.09.2010
Minimum Participants: 0

Route
For the most part, you cycle on flat and fixed bike paths near the waterside.

Accomodation
category A = comfort rooms in a 4-star hotel
category B = homely 3- and 4-star hotels and guesthouses

Extension nights
Additional overnight stays at Passau and Vienna are available before or after the bike tour.
Short stopovers are available on request in all cycling stages in between.
On request you can book an extended stay of Vienna-Bratislava, which includes not only the additional night in Bratislava, but also a train ride and the bus transport back to Vienna, including bicycle. Ask about our offers!

Rental bikes
7-gear-rental bikes as well as 21-gear-rental bikes are available on request. These are equipped with luggage bag, lock, bike computer and reparation set. An electronic borrowed bicycle can be booked for order in advance and an extra pay. 

Arrival
By train: good railroad connection to Passau main station. Information and prices for flexible RIT-tickets on request.
By car: Parking possibilities during the tour at the hotel or at the parking garage (ca. 30-50 €/week, reservation is possible, payable at location)

Transfer
The return by rail is inclusive (in some parts direct connection, in some parts possible to take the bicycles with you, duration ca. 3 – 4,5 hours) or via bus inclusive the bicycle for extra pay (duration  ca. 5 hours, reservation possible)

Discount
Child discount is given for the 3rd Person in a double room with extra bed and two full paying people as follows:
00-06 years 100%, 07-11 years 50%, 12-14 years 25%, and from 15 years 10% respectively on the travel base price (excluding surcharges and ancillary services)

Extra costs
All benefits which are not listed under the item of Benefits. Especially arrival and departure, food/beverage, travel insurance, leaderships, entrances, transport, ferry, rail and bus rides as well as personal spending and tip.

Consideration
- Entry requirements/Visa: Entry with valid identity card or passport. Valid entry documents for children are needed, too. Citizen of other countries should please inform themselves at the responsible consulate about applicable regulations.
- Minimum Participants: see above; last possibility for rescission of the tour operator if the minimum of participants is not reached: 21 days before tour start.
- First instalment in % on tour price: 20 Percent, final payment due: 21 days before tour start.
- This is a Partner Tour.



Benefits (included)
-    7 overnight stays inclusive breakfast in the booked category with shower/WC
-    Luggage transport from hotel to hotel until Vienna
-    Ferry cruise Au – Schlögen inclusive bike
-    Rail drive Tulln – Vienna inclusive bike
-    Return by rail from Vienna – Passau excluded bike
-    Route description with maps
-    7 day service hotline


Price per person
Double room, shower / WC / BB Cat. A                                515 €
Single room shower / WC / BB Cat. A                                  655 €
Double room, shower / WC / BB Cat. B                                435 €
Single room shower / WC / BB Cat. B                                  545 €

Additional offer per person
21-gear rental bike                                                              55 €
7-gear rental bike                                                                55 €
Own bicycle                                                                          0 €
Pedelac (on request)                                                           110 €

Supplement for bustransfer instead of train                        28 €

Half-board supplement, Cat. A (only breakfast in Vienna)   115 €
Half-board supplement, Cat. B (only breakfast in Vienna)    90 €     

Seasonal supplement Cat. A                                                 35 €
Seasonal supplement Cat. B                                                 35 €

Additional overnight stay Vienna per person
Double room, shower / WC / BB Cat. A                                 73 €
Single room shower / WC / BB Cat. A                                   101 €
Double room, shower / WC / BB Cat. B                                 63 €
Single room shower / WC / BB Cat. B                                    89 €

Additional overnight stay Passau per person
Double room, shower / WC / BB                                            59 €
Single room shower / WC / BB                                              76 €