Blue Danube Cycle


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    Follow the winding route of the Danube and discover the lively history of one of Europe’s most important rivers. Cycle past Austrian castles, Benedictine monasteries and ancestral vineyards en route to Vienna. From Germany, follow the Danube eastward into Austria, across the fertile plains of the Wachau Valley, where vineyards climb the slopes to imposing medieval monasteries perched atop hills between Melk and Krems. Wind past castle ruins and apricot orchards before reaching the capital of Austria, where you can take in a performance of the “Blue Danube” waltz, the melody that evokes Vienna the world over.

    Highlights

    • Cycling along the Danube bike path
    • Exploring the three river town of Passau and the majestic city of Vienna
    • Experiencing the timelessness of the river landscape
    • The abbey at Melk and the Danube loop
    • The romantic Wachau Valley

    Itinerary

    Day 1 Join Passau (Germany)
    Make your way to your hotel, where you will receive your travel documents. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town. Located at the junction of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau has a number of interesting sites including the Fortress “Veste Oberhaus”, built in 1219 and with an observation tower that offers a good view of the town and the river, and St Stephens Cathedral which has the world’s largest church organ. Collect your bike this afternoon (4-7 pm) or tomorrow morning. (D)

    Day 2 Cycle through countryside to Engelhartszell and Schlögen (41km)
    Today you’ll cycle through the Upper Danube Valley to Schlögen, following the river. Pass through the Austrian border town of Engelhartszell, which is home to a former Cistercian abbey (1293-1786) and since 1925 the only Trappist monastery in Austria, then continue to Schlögen. The famous Schlögener Blick provides a wonderful view of the surrounding Austrian countryside. (B, D)

    Day 3 Cycle past Aschach and Wilhering to Linz (55km)
    On the southern bank of the Danube you pass Aschach and cycle through the slowly widening fertile basin of Eferfing. Continue past the monastery at Wilhering and reach the capital of Upper Austria, Linz. The city has a lively arts and music culture. In 1783 Mozart wrote his Symphony No. 36 here, now known as the Linz Symphony. The modern art gallery “Lentos”, situated on the Danube and illuminated at night, is worth a look, or enjoy an evening strolling around the lovely main square. (B, D)

    Day 4 Cycle to Grein (or Ardagger) and Strudengau via Burg Clam Castle (50-60km)
    The cycle continues along the Danube cycle path and you can visit Enns, the oldest town in Austria, or across the river, the Mauthausen concentration camp. It is possible to visit the camp and its interesting museum, although the detour requires a steep uphill climb. This leg takes you through beautiful meadows and tranquil hinterland, past the Celtic village of Mitterkitchen and the majestic church in Baumgartenberg, and on to the romantic castle of Clam and the town of Grein. In Grein you will find the oldest Austrian theatre which is open to visitors. Continue to Strudengau. (B, D)

    Day 5 To Nibelungengau and Melk, famous for its imposing monastery (50km)
    Today’s cycle takes you through the fascinating landscape of tall and densely wooded rock formations on the both sides of the river. From Strudengau you soon arrive in Ybbs, a former trading centre on the Danube. High above the Danube is the pilgrimage church of Maria Taferl, and well before you reach the town of Melk you can see its huge monastery. There will be ample time in the afternoon to explore the museum and abbey and absorb the sweeping view from its balcony. (B, D)

    Day 6 Cycle through Wachau and on to Krems (50km)
    Today you pedal through the renowned Wachau, with its truly romantic scenery of terraced vineyards, apricot groves and quaint villages. En route to Krems you cycle through the winery villages of Spitz, Weisskirchen and Durnstein and pass several abbeys, castles and ruins. There’s also the possibility to take a break from your bike and relax on a short boat excursion. Alongside the cycle path you will find the so called “Heurigen” (typical Austrian wine taverns) where you can taste wine or regional foods. (B, D)

    Day 7 To Vienna including train journey (40km)
    This morning you take the train to Tulln, where you cycle through the Vienna Woods (Wiener Wald) towards metropolitan Vienna, capital of Austria. Along the way, we recommend stopping to visit the impressive monastery in Klosterneuberg before continuing to the “City of Music”. The route into Vienna is mostly on a cycle path with no vehicles allowed, allowing you easy access to the main centre and your hotel. (B)

    Day 8 Trip concludes in Vienna
    Trip concludes after breakfast. Make sure you visit the famous sights of Vienna such as the ‘Naschmarkt’, the City Opera, the Ringstrasse with its imposing buildings and the beautiful imperial castle Schönbrunn. (B)

    Inclusions

    • 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners
    • 7 nights accommodation in rooms with ensuite facilities on a twin share basis, according to the chosen hotel category
    • Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel (1 suitcase max 20kg per person)
    • 21 speed bike rental equipped with 2 panniers, odometer , lock and repair kit including pump.
    • Welcome drink at your arrival hotel in Passau
    • 1 free bottle of wine per room from a vineyard in the Wachau Valley
    • A tasting of regional products
    • Train ride Krems (or Traismauer) to Tulln (including bike)
    • Maps, route information and tourist information, and handlebar bag per room.
    • Emergency hotline

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