Type of tour:Self-guided
Duration:9 Nights
Distance:16 Miles/day average
Dates: Daily: Apr 12-Oct 12, 2014  
Tour price:€875
Start city:Passau, Germany
End city:Vienna, Austria
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Special program for families
Danube Family Tour 9 nights

Tour Description: Self-guided

This Danube Family Tour was designed especially for families. It offers shorter daily distances than the usual tour program, due in part to scheduled boat rides along the route on many days. Hotels are family friendly, many with pools, and overnight stops are in towns where kids are likely to have lots of diversions – and lots of fun. In addition to the castles, medieval towns and beautiful scenery along the way, the tour also passes by many attractions and activities that kids will love including a fairy-tale ride on the grotto railway, visits to zoos and an adventure park, and a ride on the giant Ferris wheel in Vienna.

The Danube Bicycle Path offers nearly carefree cycling and an ideal way to view the region. It's downstream all the way, passing through picturesque towns and villages and across lush farmland. It’s paved and almost traffic-free, following an old horse path where teams of horses once struggled to tow barges upstream. Along the majestic river, you pass romantic castles, cozy villages and sprawling vineyards. Unforgettable end of the tour is the Austrian capital, Vienna, with its countless sights.

You start in a deep valley with craggy outcroppings topped with the ruins of ancient castles. Soon, the hills turn to the rolling vineyards of the Wachau region, dotted with medieval towns. As the river widens, flat pastures spread to the horizons, and you meander through farms and villages. From time to time you cross the river, over dams, locks and bridges and sometimes in small ferries especially for cyclists.

You receive a detailed route map with sightseeing suggestions, and your program will include hotels along the way (with breakfast and dinner). Each morning, you leave your luggage at the hotel, and the tour operator transfers it to your next hotel. You have a phone number for service and emergency support along the way.

You can purchase it in advance through a Canadian company: www.gotrekkers.com
Enter “BK002” in the search box for the book that covers the area from Passau to Vienna. Enter “RK1” for a foldable map of the trail. The rates are in Canadian dollars. Subtract about 10 percent for rates in U.S. dollars (depending on currency exchange rates, which fluctuate).

For other books on the Danube, you can also try Amazon.com 

For an extra fee, an experienced guide can ride and stay with you along the route. There is no support van, but the guide can call a taxi, summon a company van or help with transportation by train or boat in case a youngster isn’t up to a full day’s cycling.

Not sure whether to book a guided or self-guided tour? Learn about the differences between guided and self-guided tours.


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