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Danube Bike Path 7 Nights (Classic)

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  • 7 nights | 35 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 1
  • Self-guided from: €698
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

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 Upscale Lodging version of this tour.

Explore the paths along the blue Danube River just like the Romans, the legendary Nibelungs, and even Europe's powerful kings and emperors did before you. You will get to know the beauty and historical significance of this ancient military and trading route.

Never far away from the cool, clear water of the Danube, you will enjoy one of Europe's most beautiful and popular cycle routes. Start your trip in Passau, the town of three rivers. You will cycle through various districts of Upper and Lower Austria and finally to the Danube metropolis of Vienna. You will love the breathtaking natural beauty of the Danube valley and the Schlögen bend or perhaps you will fall in love with the landscapes along the Danube River such as the Machland, the Strudengau or the famous Wachau.

In the rural areas, to accompany these wonderful impressions, you can enjoy many traditional Austrian delicacies: from savory dumpling specialties up to wines of the Buschenschenken taverns in the Wachau region. This cycle tour is a true classic and is ideally suited as a first cycling holiday with the whole family.

The Danube Bicycle Path offers nearly carefree cycling and an ideal way to view the region. It's flat or slightly downhill 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.

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'll be on minor roads for only short sections of the route. You finish in Vienna, where you have a chance to see the city by bicycle.

This is an excellent tour for families with children. You may even find a special family-friendly version of this itinerary, which offers shorter daily rides. Children's bikes, seats and trailers are available.

A support vehicle may be available for an additional charge. Please inquire.

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.

You'll receive the Danube Bike Trail book by Esterbauer at your start hotel. You can purchase it in advance through 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.

Daily program

Day 1: Individual arrival in Passau
Arrive in Passau, the City of Three Rivers, at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers. If you'd like, take a sightseeing stroll around the city and the cathedral, where you might hear a concert on the world's largest church organ.
Overnight in Passau.

Day 2: Passau – Aschach (42 miles/68 km)
You pass the charming town of Engelhartszell with its unique Trappist monastery and breathtakingly beautiful rococo church. The monastery also makes its own brandies, which you might pick up for later consumption. The route guides you through the natural spectacle of the "Schlögener Schlinge" (there the Danube makes a huge bend) to Aschach, where you reach the wide plain of the Eferdinger Basin.
Overnight in Aschach.

Day 3: Aschach – Enns (32 miles/52 km)
The bike trail runs through the region "Linzer Pforte," with its abbey in Wilhering, to the Upper Austrian capital of Linz. Visit the magnificent historic center. The majestic 15th-century Linz Citadel stands watch over the Danube.

You continue past two medieval castles to the Enns River and head a few miles upstream to Enns, considered the oldest city in Austria. Enns is postcard-perfect with its medieval tower and fortifications and its Renaissance and Baroque façades.
Overnight in Enns.

Day 4: Enns  Maria Taferl (42 miles/68 km)
Today you cycle through the rich planes of the Machland area and enter the wild Strudengau-valley with its dreamy little towns and villages. On the way to your destination "Nibelungengau area," you cycle through lush forests in untouched nature.

Past the tiny village of Ardagger, you ride under the mighty Fortress Clam. You explore the fertile farmland of the Danube Valley, with rural towns and picturesque farms. A Danube highlight soon comes into view: the baroque village of Grein with its imposing castle. With only 2,800 residents, Grein is one of Austria's smallest towns. Due to its strategic location above rapids on the Danube, the city became quite rich during the 16th and 17th centuries, and the wealth still shows off in elaborate houses built around the town square.

In Maria Taferl you can see glorious churches located high above the Danube, which attract many visitors each year.
Overnight in Maria Taferl.

Day 5: Maria Taferl  Krems (43 miles/64 km)
You follow the Danube around a tight curve and travel a short distance to another tour highlight: the Melk Abbey. The Benedictine Abbey, a magnificent baroque structure built between 1702 and 1736, surrounds seven courtyards and stretches 1,065 from end to end. If you wish, take a tour of the abbey and the adjacent English landscape garden.

Melk marks the official start of the Wachau, Austria's most famous wine-growing region. Vineyards stretch up the sides of the valley, and wine villages lie along the river as well as in the neighboring hills. In Spitz, in the heart of the Wachau, you can make a short hike to the ruins of the Hinterhaus castle and look across to the Tausendeimerberg - the Mountain of a Thousand Buckets - where vineyards are carved into hillside terraces.

You soon reach Krems, which you enter through its impressive Stone Gate. The 1000-year-old town is surrounded by vineyards and filled with historic buildings - including churches, monasteries, and fortifications. It's also a lively town with cafés, shops, and bistros.
Overnight in Krems.

Day 6: Krems – Tulln (29 miles/46 km)
This distance of your bike trip leads you through the region "Donauauen" until you finally reach Tulln, which is also known as "city of flowers." It is worth to visit the Egon-Schiele-museum.
Overnight in Tulln.

Day 7: Tulln – Vienna (24 miles/38 km)
Today you pass Greifenstein and Klosterneuburg. Your tour ends in the Danube metropolis of Vienna. Don't forget to visit the "Würstelprater," the vibrant entertainment area of Vienna's Prater and experience its positive mood.
Overnight in Vienna.

Day 8: Departure, transfer to Passau or extension
Your tour ends after breakfast. Departure or extension in Vienna. Optionally we offer a transfer to Passau: daily, departure time: 2:00pm, pick-up service directly at the hotel.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Daily: Apr 6-Oct 12, 2019

Prices

Category A: 4-star hotels
Per person, double occupancy
€838
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€250
Optional dinner package
€160
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed unisex frame
€75
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed men's frame
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Extra Nights, Passau
Per person, double occupancy
€65
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€90
Extra Nights, Vienna
Per person, double occupancy
€95
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€170
Discounts
Child, ages 0-5 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 6-11 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Child, ages 12-14 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
25%
Child, ages 15-17 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
10%
Category B: 3- and 4-star guesthouses and hotels
Per person, double occupancy
€698
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€200
Optional dinner package
€145
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed unisex frame
€75
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed men's frame
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Extra Nights, Passau
Per person, double occupancy
€60
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€85
Extra Nights, Vienna
Per person, double occupancy
€70
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€100
Discounts
Child, ages 0-5 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 6-11 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Child, ages 12-14 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
25%
Child, ages 15-17 sharing a room with two full-paying adults (on base package price)
10%
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Radreisefreunde Terms and Conditions

Cancellation through the customer/substitute participant/change in booking
1. The customer can withdraw from the agreement at any time. We suggest declaring the withdrawal in writing. In case of withdrawal or non-participation without a previous withdrawal declaration we are authorized to charge the following cancellation fees:

- Up to the 28th day before the beginning of the journey: 20%, minimum €50
- From the 27th to the 14th day before the beginning of the journey: 30% of the travel price
-From the 13th to the 8th day before the beginning of the journey: 50% of the travel price
- From the 7th to the 4th day before the beginning of the journey: 70% of the travel price
- From the 3rd day and no-show: 90% of the price
- By travel expensen: 100% of the travel price

In each case a cancellation insurance is recommended.

2. Each registered travel participant may allow a third-party to take his or her place if he or she notifies us thereof in writing up to three days prior to the start of travel. The tour operator may refuse the third party's participation for good cause. The conditions of cancellation above shall apply. If a substitute person takes the registered participant's place, this shall not affect the original contract. We shall be entitled to charge €50 for change fees.

3. Changes to the booking in terms of number or types of rooms, hotel category and type of board shall, providing such is possible in the hotels and there is sufficient capacity available, is basically possible up to 14 days prior to the start of travel. Nonetheless, we will, however, have to charge you for the time and effort involved. For each change, we shall charge you € 50.

Signing the travel agreement 
1. When booking a journey the customer offers the tour operator the conclusion of a binding travel agreement. The registration takes place in writing and on the intended form. Any other form of registration, whether on the phone, oral, or written with us or one of our partner offices is also binding. The registration is made by the customer also for all the other named participants. The customer accepts the binding conditions of travel at issue - also in the name and in the behalf of the named participants.

2. The agreement is reached when the tour operator or one of its partner offices accepts the booking and sends you a booking confirmation.

3. Collateral agreements and changes of the signed travel agreement need to be confirmed by us in writing.

Services 
1. With regard to the scope of the contractual services, the descriptions of service provided in the current the tour operator homepage shall be authoritative, but not however any differing statements or promises by intermediary travel agencies, town or hotel brochures or other third parties. The stopover locations are the most frequent and main stopover destinations on the cycling tours. Under certain circumstances, we must require your consent to be placed in towns in the immediate vicinity without any deductions.

2. The price of travel listed is per person based on occupancy in a double-bed room. If available, a single-bed room can be booked for a surcharge. In some hotels, however, there are only a limited number of single-bed rooms meaning that you may if necessary have to make due with a simpler room or, under certain circumstances, have to go to another hotel or private bed and breakfast. If, exceptionally, no single-bed room can be made available, you will have to share a room in a two-bed room. In this case, you will, of course, receive a prorated refund.

3. For families, we grant the following discounts off the basic price and extra nights as a third person in a double room with two full paying guests: 0 to 5.99 years old: 100% (any costs incurred shall be paid on site), 6 to 11.99 years old: 50%, 12 to 14.99 years old: 25%, age 15 and up: 10%

Liability and restriction of liability 1. The tour operator shall be responsible for making pre-travel preparations, careful selection and monitoring of the service providers as well as for the accuracy of the descriptions of service valid for the period of travel at the time our catalogue is printed.

2. Travellers shall take part in our cycling journeys at their own risk. Minors may only participate in a journey when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

3. Every travel participant shall be responsible for ensuring that his or her health is suitable for the requirements of travel.

4. In addition, every travel participant shall be responsible for the observance of traffic regulations.

5. The conditions of carriage of the particular transport companies shall apply to all means of transport (bus, boat, airplane, etc.).

6. If, due to reasons beyond our control (adaptations, renovations, etc.) a scheduled tour cannot take place, we cannot assume any liability.

7. In the event of damage caused solely by one of the service providers selected by us or which is not due to premeditation or gross negligence on our part, then our liability shall be limited, regardless of the legal basis, to three times the price of the journey.

8. In the event of loss or damage to travel luggage, we shall only be liable if the loss or damages is caused by us and is communicated to us immediately after the occurrence. In this event, we shall only be liable for up to a max. of EUR 200.00 per person. We assume no liability for: items which are not usually transported in travel luggage, means of payment of any sort, for visual damage and damage to handles and wheels or damages to pieces of luggage weighing more than a total of 20 kg. We recommend that you take out a travel security package to cover these risks.
Transportation of customer bicycles before, during and after our cycling journeys is possible at the customer’s own risk only. The settings of our cycle carriers are fitted to our rental bicycles, therefore minor damages (e.g. scratches to the paintwork) can occur. Consequently, we cannot be made liable for damages originating from transportation. Above mentioned limitation of liability is also applicable for partner tours and transportation via third parties.

9. If a journey is cancelled due to reasons beyond our control (strike, natural disaster, etc.) or if the minimum number of participants of guided group tours (8 people) and bike & boat tours (15 people or as listed in the offers) is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the journey up to 25 days before the planned travel date. In this event you shall be notified without delay and will be refunded any amounts already paid to us. You shall not be entitled to any compensation beyond this.

Guarantee 1. Remedies: If the travel service cannot be performed as specified in the agreement, the Customer can demand redress. What is contractually specified shall be based on the one hand on the description of service and on the other on what is customary in the destination country. The tour operator can refuse a remedy if it requires disproportional costs and efforts but shall also be entitled to provide a remedy in the form of services of equal or greater value. Substitute services can only be refused by the Customer for a significant, objectively identifiable reason. The demand for a remedy shall be communicated directly to us or to the guide. The guide shall have no authority to recognise claims.

2. Travel Price Reduction: The Customer may, after returning from the journey, request a reasonable reduction in the price of travel (discount) for the duration of the contractually non-contractually compliant portion of the journey until a remedy is provided by the tour operator. The reduction shall not apply if and to the extent that the traveller, through his or her fault, fails to communicate the deficiency to the parties listed in Item VI (1) in a timely manner so as to enable them to provide a remedy.

3. Any claims must be lodged with us no later than one month after the contractually scheduled end of travel.

Cooperation obligation
1. If the traveller does not receive the travel documents in a timely manner, he or she must inform the tour operator without delay.

2. The traveller is required, in the event of any issues disrupting the provision of the services as described in the agreement, to take all reasonable steps to contribute to remedying the disruption any to minimise or avoid any damage. The Customer is, in particular, required to lodge his or her complaints without delay to the parties named in VI (1). These parties shall be in charge of providing a remedy if such is possible. If the Customer fails, through his or her fault, to communicate a deficiency, than he or she shall have no claim to a reduction in price.

Miscellaneous 
1. The customer is responsible for the compliance with all passport, visa, custom, and health regulations.

2. We have to reserve the right to change prices and services, as well as to correct mistakes and printing errors.

3. The inoperativeness of single regulations of the travel agreement does not result in inoperativeness of the whole agreement.

Jurisdiction/applicable law 
1. The agreement is governed by Austrian Law.

2. The Customer may only bring legal action against the tour operator at its registered place of business.

3. The Customer's place of residence shall be authoritative for actions by the travel against the customer unless the action is directed against general merchants or persons without a general place of jurisdiction in Austria. In this case, the registered office of the tour operator shall be authoritative.

Pursuant to the Travel Agency Guarantee Decree [Reisebürosicherungsverordnung (RSV)] for all-inclusive journeys offered by the tour operator (registration number 1999/0035 in the Directory of Tour Operators of the Federal Ministry of Economics, Family and Youth (tour operator number: 2013/0021), customer funds are secured subject to the following conditions: any payments exceeding those indicated in Item II or previously paid down payments and payments of balances owing may not be demanded nor are they secured. The guarantor or insurer is Oberbank AG, Untere Donaulände 28, 4020 Linz (bank guarantee no 022-13-00125)

Filing of any claims must be done with the liquidator (Europäische Reiseversicherung AG, Kratochwjlestestraße 4, 1220 Vienna, Tel. no. +43(1) 317 25 00, Fax. no. +43(1) 319 93 67) within 8 weeks insolvency being declared.

Applications for refunds must be submitted, duly documented within 8 weeks of the claim arising. You shall receive a corresponding insurance certificate along with your booking confirmation

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Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 31
  • 4 Star 14
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.7

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 4.4
  • Included meals 4.5
  • Bikes & equipment 4.4
  • Hotels or boat 4.4
  • Scenery 4.8
  • Ease of navigation 4.1
  • Tour documents 4
  • Local tour company services 4.5
  • Route selection 4.6

Reviews

what November 27, 2018

the 1st day distance was much longer than the others and was a bit much for some of us. I assume this was related to hotel availability

Danube September 24, 2018

Bucket list complete!

A great way to tour the Danube, beautiful scenery and an amazing vacation. There are some uphills and busy sections, and a few more signs in some areas would be really helpful.

Miles September 17, 2018

Exceeded our expectations!

With perfect weather, my wife and I had a great ride. The first three days, about 44 miles each, was tiring but the last couple of days were just about right. Be warned that about 15-20% of the bike paths/roads next to the Danube were shared with cars and no designated bike lanes. They were more like side access roads to properties on the Danube but cars don’t slow down for bikes.
The rental bikes looked like they were new and performed flawlessly. We used one regular bike and one e-bike and charging the e-bike at each night at the hotels wasn't an issue. Although the entire ride was essentially flat, there were a couple of hotels (Maria Talferl and Hotel Steigenberger in Krems) which required quite a bit of effort to get to because they were up on a hill.
Each of the selected hotels were an added special experience as they were surprisingly high quality and provided a great breakfast.
Of special note on the hotels, the Schloss castle in Aschach was quite an experience with 15 foot tall ceilings and a main residence floor which was a museum. The hotel in Maria Talferl, which is up on a hill, had spectacular views of the Danube and the valley below.
We took our first bike trip with Biketours.com last year down the Neckar river where we ate and slept on a boat each night as we rode our bikes down the river. Although this time we were on our own when it came to lunch and dinner, we preferred this type of trip over the boat as you get to sleep in a nice, comfortable hotel at night and eat where you want in each town. Looking at Yelp reviews, we were able to find great restaurants in each destination town and that really added to the experience of getting to know the local environment.
Overall, this was a memorable and very enjoyable trip and one which we would highly recommend.

KevinR September 16, 2018

A good balance

Nice balance of reasonable cost and comfortable accommodation with excellent bikes. Not all accommodation had air con but we were in an unusual heat wave so wouldn't normally be a problem. We enjoyed the variety and character of our overnights. cycling was easy , i wshed i had not chosen ebike and got more exercise. very smooth organisationally. Thanks

juliewn September 9, 2018

Fabulous Scenery!

A group of 8 of us did this self-guided tour from Passau to Vienna. The scenery was fantastic, and we were lucky to have great weather on all but the last day. Working with BikeTours was great. They were very responsive to our questions. Checking in and out of hotels, and dealing with the rented bikes were seamless. The bikes were sturdy, and those who rented electric bikes really enjoyed them. The hotels were beautiful, and the breakfasts were wonderful. Unfortunately, we were rained out the last day and couldn't ride into Vienna. But Biketours was willing to transport our two personal tandems to Vienna. The ride itself was pretty flat. There were a few steep climbs in and out of the towns or up to one hotel. We were given 3 manuals of instructions. One of them was rather confusing as it incorporated all possible hotels and destinations, with our specific ride embedded in there. Overall, I loved the ride and would highly recommend BikeTours.

chips July 7, 2018

Passau to Vienna

All the logistics were luggage handling and hotel arrangement were first class. The pre tour briefing was excellent with good tips about places to see. The Mapping was excellent and provided excellent directions and suggested stop over points for lunches etc. The breakfasts and evening meal provided were more than adequate and the 4* hotels were great. The ride was well spaced out with two quite long days about 65 Km being a little long particularly into a head wind. But overall th etrip along the Danube and the services provided made for an excellent self guide tour

Ptowntraveller June 25, 2018

Great Tour!

Wonderful easy first time bike tour. Flat scenic route with lots to explore along the way. Hotels were all good and very different, only downside was that it was REALLY hot when we were there and there was no air conditioning and some rooms had no cross ventilation.

Dano June 25, 2018

Terrific trip

We had a wonderful time. The equipment was in great shape, the rooms were convenient and comfortable, and the scenery was beautiful.