Type of tour:Guided/Self-guided
Duration:9 Nights
Distance:26 Miles/day average
Dates: Self-guided: Daily: Mar 28-Oct 17, 2015
Guided: Daily: Mar 28-Oct 17, 2015
Tour price:€1780 (guided)
€715 (self-guided)
Start city:Passau, Germany
End city:Vienna, Austria
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Passau to Vienna
Danube Bike Path 9 nights

Tour Description: Self-guided

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This is the classic version of the Danube Bike Path tour. For 5-star hotels in different towns along the way, please also see the deluxe version of this tour.

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.

To shorten a day's riding, you can often board a train or ship along the way. Many trains have cars specifically for bicycles, and ships carry them with no problem as well.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 that hold barely a dozen cyclists. You finish in Vienna, where you have a chance to see the city by bicycle.

This is an excellent tour for families with children. Children's bikes, seats and trailers are available.

The typical tour from Passau to Vienna lasts 8 days/7 nights, and many variations are available. You can also stay in one location and do day trips. Tours from Linz to Vienna are also possible.

For real Danube fans, consider this route in conjunction with the German Danube route from the Black Forest through Bavaria and from Vienna to Budapest.

You receive a detailed tour book (one per room) at your start hotel. Many people wish to do research before the tour. We recommend The Danube Cycling Path from Donaueschingen to Budapest and Frommer's Guide to the Danube Valley and Vienna. The book you receive at your start hotel is Danube Bike Trail by Esterbauer.

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

Take a look at client David Bahr's report and photos of his Danube tour: Trip Report.

Optional Guides and support van services are available upon request. Please see packages and prices for more details.

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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