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Passau to Vienna Cycling

Passau to Vienna Cycling Trip Notes

  • Ways to Travel: Self-Guided Holidays
  • Destination: Austria, Germany
  • Programmes: Cycling
  • Activity Level:

    1 out of 7 - Leisurely

  • 11 Days: Flight Inclusive
  • 11 Days: Land Only
  • Ages: 18+
  • Trip Code: C10PA

Trip Overview

Cycle through a thousand years of history

The route from Passau, on Germany’s eastern border, to Vienna is one of the most popular cycle paths in Europe, and it’s no wonder! This stretch of the Danube carves its way through a thousand years of history; 60 dramatic castles and palaces lie along the river and the ever-changing landscape is a kaleidoscope of fertile plains, narrow gorges, lowland forests, bird-rich marshland and acres of picturesque vines.

At a Glance

  • 10 Nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • 6 Days cycling
  • Departs every 2 days
  • E-bike hire available on request (supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

Highlights

  • Gentle cycling on dedicated cycle paths alongside the Danube, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe
  • Hilltop castles, Baroque palaces, historic abbeys, ornate monasteries
  • Sunflower fields, vineyards, peach and apricot orchards
  • Masses of culture: art galleries, Roman remains, 23,000-year-old sculptures
  • Eclectic mix of hotels from 15th century convents to riverfront mansions

Is This Trip for You?

Classification: Self-Guided

Much of the cycling is on the old river towpath which is now lovely, flat and surfaced; previously up to 60 horses strained to drag heavy cargo boats upstream against the powerful current! Today, dozens of farms and cafes offer waterfront lunch stops as you cycle between sun-baked villages and wayside stalls piled high with apples, peaches and plums. Most cycling days are completely flexible, as local boat and train services are excellent, cheap and cater brilliantly to cyclists.

Group

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. A local representative is on hand to assist you and will meet you at the beginning of the week to go through the route notes and point out particular places of interest. Your luggage is transferred and route directions and maps are provided. Please note: the luggage transfers included in this tour are subject to a minimum of 2 people (in total) booked on the departure. A supplement (payable in advance) to cover these transfers and sole occupancy of a room will apply if only 1 person travelling on a departure date.

Adult min age: 18

Itinerary

Passau to Vienna Cycling

Land Only

  • Start City: Passau
  • End City: Vienna

Flight Inclusive

  • Start City: Passau
  • End City: Vienna

Land Only Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Passau

Arrive at your riverfront hotel and then enjoy dinner in the heart of the old town tonight.

You stay at the Hotel Residenz (breakfast included)

 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 2
Passau to Schlogen

After receiving your bike and welcome brief, pedal east to Obernzell, famous for pottery, before popping into the Keramicmuseum in a riverside castle. The scent of wood smoke and grilled trout may tempt you into lunch as you cross into Austria where the valley is steeper and cloaked with oak woods. On reaching the hotel, relax in the pool before dinner on the terrace watching passenger boats sparkling with fairy lights cruise past.

Cycling distance either 23km/14.5mi or 47km/29.5mi

You stay at the Hotel Donauschlinge (breakfast included)

 

Distance covered: 14mi (23km)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3
Schlogen to Aschach (Linz)

Spot kingfishers today in the Donauschlinge Nature Reserve. Stop and enjoy the views at the picnic tables that dot the waterfront before you reach Aschach’s frescoed waterfront. Catch the Linz ferry, or follow the towpath through reed marshes to Ottensheim beach for a swim. Hop on the train here and in no time you’ll arrive at your hotel, an ancient convent, in Linz’s extravagant town square.

Cycling disctance either 27km/17mi or 46km/29mi

You stay at the Hotel Wolfinger (breakfast included)

Distance covered: 17mi (27km)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4
Linz to Ardagger/Grein

The route leads you away from the Danube to 12th Century Enns. Austria’s oldest city, before returning to the Danube and an onward ride to the beautiful little village of Ardagger.

Cycling disctance either 56km/35mi or 61km/38mi

You stay at the Hotel Schiffmeisterhaus (breakfast included)

Distance covered: 38mi (61km)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5
Ardagger/Grein to Melk

Explore the small baroque town of Grein before cycling through the fertile Danube Valley for a lunch stop in Ybbs, home to a quirky collection of penny-farthings bicycles. The hilltop twin towers of Maria Taferl appear and Melk’s monastery looms high above as you pedal towards Margaret Ebner’s welcoming family hotel in Melk.
You stay at the Hotel Zur Post (breakfast included)

Cycling distance either 55km/34mi

 

Distance covered: 34mi (55km)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6
At Melk

Melk’s massive Benedictine monastery was rebuilt in 1683, and the interior abbey is as breathtaking as the countryside views from the rooftop terrace. For a day trip, cycle to Schloss Schallaburg (8km return), one of the finest Renaissance castles north of the Alps, where you can stroll in the magnificent rose gardens and enjoy acclaimed cultural exhibitions.
You stay at the Hotel Zur Post (breakfast included)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7
Melk to Krems

Today you coast along the UNESCO Wachau Valley, a necklace of villages and vineyards, anchored by pretty churches along the north bank. Each is charming, especially Durnstein where Richard the Lionheart was held for ransom in the craggy hilltop castle. Admire the statuette, Venus of Willendorf, dating back to 23,000BC, before arriving in Krems for a splash in the pool, and candlelit dinner on the terrace overlooking the valley.
You stay at the Steigenberger Hotel & Spa (breakfast included)

Distance covered: 24mi (39km)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8
At Krems

Krems has one of the most beautiful historic centres in Europe and is packed with interest, from the Wine Museum housed in a restored Dominican monastery to the 13th century abbey that exhibits paintings of Martin Johann Schmidt. You can cycle out to Schloss Grafenegg (14km away), a gargoyle-encrusted Gothic castle set in 85 acres of parkland, perfect for picnics, or just relax in the fabulous hotel spa and pool.
You stay at the Steigenberger Hotel & Spa (breakfast included)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9
Krems to Tulln

Freewheel down river to Tulln, known as the ‘Town of Roses’. Pop into the Roman museum, which is packed with artefacts, and dine out tonight amid the fountains, statues and ornate buildings that crowd the pretty centre before returning to your waterfront hotel.
You stay at the Hotel Nibelungenhof (breakfast included)

Distance covered: 25mi (41km)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10
Tulln to Vienna

Coast along the last stretch and relax over lunch in imperial Klosterneuburg. Then cycle along Danube Island before continuing to your hotel, right in the heart of the city. Enjoy dinner out in Vienna’s lively centre which is breathtakingly floodlit at night!
You stay at the Hotel Austria (breakfast included)

Cycling distance either 22km/13.5mi or 41km/26mi

 

Distance covered: 14mi (22km)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11
Leave Vienna

The tour ends after breakfast in Vienna.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels

Passau to Vienna Cycling

Our hotels are all individually charming with those at Passau, Schlogen and Tulln on the riverbank, and range from a quirky, 15th century convent in Linz, to magnificent 4-star luxury in Krems, with two pools and a world-class spa! We have included two nights in Linz, Melk and Krems to allow time to explore at leisure. It’s easy to add nights before or after the tour to enjoy time in Passau and Vienna.

Room upgrades available on request

 

Single supplement from £ 300

Accommodation - Pre Trip

Stay extra nights, pre-trip in the 4* Hotel Residenz in Passau – please call us for details and a quote.

Accommodation - Post Trip

Stay extra nights, post-trip in the centrally located 3* Hotel Austria in Vienna, or head on to Munich to the 4* Hotel Opera.

Food & Drink

All breakfasts included

Weather Charts

Passau to Vienna Cycling

Joining Instructions

Transfer Details

Transfers from Passau train station (pay locally, allow approx 8 euro), however return to Vienna airport at 11:30 is included when booking a flight inclusive package.

What To Take

Essential Equipment

  • Waterproofs
  • Warm jumper/fleece
  • Suncream
  • Water bottle (1 litre) you will be able to refill each day at the accommodation.

Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in Austria for all customers under 12 yrs. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own.

Practical Information

Visa

Germany

Travellers from the UK, US and EU normally do not need a visa to enter Germany. Please note, visa requirements often change and it is your responsibility to obtain any required visas for this trip. Therefore, we recommend that you check with the nearest embassy or consulate of your chosen destination(s), including any countries you may be transiting or transferring through.

Some local governments provide guidance on what visas their citizens need. To help, we’ve gathered a selection of useful links below.

Austria

Travellers from the UK, US and EU normally do not need a visa to enter Austria. Please note, visa requirements often change and it is your responsibility to obtain any required visas for this trip. Therefore, we recommend that you check with the nearest embassy or consulate of your chosen destination(s), including any countries you may be transiting or transferring through. Some local governments provide guidance on what visas their citizens need. To help, we’ve gathered a selection of useful links below.

 

Vaccinations and Health

Germany

There are no required vaccinations. However, you may want to consider vaccinations for tetanus, rabies (bat lyssavirus) and tick-borne encephalitis (TBE). Please confirm with your doctor or travel clinic.

Austria

There are no required vaccinations. However, you may want to consider vaccinations for tetanus, rabies and tick-borne encephalitis. Please confirm with your doctor or travel clinic.

Local Time

Germany's time zone: Europe/Berlin (UTC +02:00)

Austria's time zone: Europe/Vienna (UTC +02:00)

Electricity

Germany's electricity: Plug types C (two round pins) and F (two round pins) – 230V, 50Hz

Austria's electricity: Plug types C (two round pins) and F (two round pins) – 230V, 50Hz

Passau to Vienna Cycling

Money

Germany's currency: Euro (EUR)

Austria's currency: Euros (EUR)

ATM Availability

ATMs are widely available, but we recommend taking some Euros cash with you in case you can’t get to a bank at the start of the trip. Cards are widely accepted.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

You will need spending money for meals not included in the itinerary and all drinks. We suggest €25 per day to cover a few drinks if not then €10 per day. As dinner is not included expect to spend €10-€15 for lunch and €15-€35 for dinner.

Important Information

Your safe participation 

When booking this trip, you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability, please call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary. 

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely take part in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity. 

By booking this trip you agree to our Booking Conditions which clearly state that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these rare instances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred. 

How to Book

  1. Check availability: Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.
  2. Secure your place: You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.
  3. Complete your booking and payment

When you’re ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque.

After booking

You will receive your booking confirmation letter and invoice, which includes extra information and guidance about your travel arrangements.

Full joining instructions, including local emergency numbers and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately two to three weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier, please contact our office or your travel agent.

Trip Note validity

These Trip Notes are valid from the “Current as” date on page one. They will occasionally be updated after booking and before departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary, customers will be written to separately. They will also receive a link to the most up-to-date Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions before travelling.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons – climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best-possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

Licensing

Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582, issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA – The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all money paid to us for your trip is fully protected.