Austria & Germany: The Danube to Vienna

Self-Guided Biking Tour, Austria: Danube to ViennaSelf-Guided Biking Tour, Austria: Danube to Vienna

Austria & Germany

The Danube to Vienna

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European culture is revealed as you cycle from Germany’s eastern border across Austria to sumptuous Vienna, following the Danube River through two thousand years of history. Along the way, baroque castles and historic abbeys provide inviting diversions, while the landscape offers a changing panorama of gorges, forests, and marshland. Acres of peach and apricot orchards beckon with cool, scented shade. Following the old river towpath, the easy cycling surface leaves you plenty of energy to explore farms, villages, and market stands. Or take a break, and hoist your wheels aboard a local boat or train. Highlights include bustling Linz, filled with medieval treasures; the baroque abbey at Melk; and Krems, a UNESCO site. HeadwaterUpon reaching the Viennese woods, the “City of Dreams” and waltz capital of Europe rises. A delightful variety of accommodations bring special pleasure to your adventure—from a 15th-century convent to a four-star luxury hotel.

 

Activity Level
Easy to moderate;
13-24 miles daily
Meet
Passau, Germany
Depart
Vienna, Austria
Daily Itinerary
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Self-Guided Biking 
11 days, 10 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Breakfast daily and six dinners (nights 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8); beverages not Included
  • All accommodations while on tour
  • Arrival and departure transfers as noted in the itinerary (valid only for established transfer times)
  • Luggage transfers between the hotels
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • High quality bicycle with 21-speed Shimano gears (helmet not provided), tire repair kit, lock, map/route note holder, and panniers
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW and Headwater staff
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Season
2+ travelers
Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
2014
May 11 - 21
$2,509
$368
$548
May 23 - 31
$2,678
$368
$548
June 2 - 12
$2,539
$368
$548
June 14 - July 8
$2,678
$368
$548
July 10 - Aug 25
$2,717
$368
$548
Aug 27 - 31
$2,678
$368
$548
Sept 2 - 10
$2,539
$368
$548
Sept 12 - 20
$2,509
$368
$548
2015
May 11 - 21
$2,634
$386
$575
May 23 - 31
$2,812
$386
$575
June 2 - 12
$2,666
$386
$575
June 14 - July 8
$2,812
$386
$575
July 10 - Aug 25
$2,853
$386
$575
Aug 27 - 31
$2,812
$386
$575
Sept 2 - 10
$2,666
$386
$575
Sept 12 - 20
$2,634
$386
$575

*Price is based on per person, double occupancy.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Passau
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2
Donau
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3
Linz
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4
Linz
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5
Melk
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6
Melk
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7
Wachau
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8
Wachau
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9
Donau
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10
Vienna
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11
Vienna
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Day 1

Passau

Arrive in Passau

Take the train from Freising to Passau. From the station it’s a short 5 minute taxi ride to your riverfront hotel. Enjoy dinner in the heart of the old town tonight.

Hotel Residenz Passau

Passau, Germany

Set right on the Danube River in Passau, this 400-year-old former merchant's house has been renovated with contemporary décor while incorporating the structure’s original barrel-vaulted ceilings and tile floors. Modern guest rooms have light wooden furnishings, and common rooms include a guest lounge and library, and an outdoor breakfast terrace for a drink, from where you can watch the Danube passenger boats come and go on the dock below.

Day 2

Donau

Passau to Schlögen 23km/14mi or 47km/29mi

After receiving your bike and welcome brief, pedal east to Obernzell, famous for pottery, before popping into the Keramic Museum 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 wit h oak woods. On reaching the hotel, relax in the pool before dinner on the terrace watching passenger boats sparkling with fairy lights cruise past.

Hotel Donauschlinge

Schlögen (Haibach), Austria

Situated right on the landmark Schlögen meander bend on the Danube River, this waterfront hotel is a favorite stop for cyclists riding between Passau and Vienna. With its privileged riverside location, there are river views from most of the guest rooms and its lovely panoramic dining terrace; also with an indoor swimming pool.

Day 3

Linz

Schlögen to Aschach (Linz) 27km/17mi or 46km/29mi

Spot kingfisher today in the Donauschlinge Nature Reserve. Picnic tables dot the waterfront below weeping willows before you reach Aschach’s frescoed waterfront. Catch the Linz ferry, or follow the towpath through reed marshes to Otten sheim beach for a swim. Hop on the train here and in no time you arrive at your hotel—an ancient convent—in Linz’s extravagant town square.

Hotel Wolfinger

Linz, Austria

In the center of Linz's spectacular historic heart, this townhouse hotel blends in with its grand façade and historic charm. A former convent, inviting common rooms, including the lounge and breakfast room overlooking the town square, are decorated with antiques and chandeliers. Guest rooms, while slightly more contemporary in décor, also have antiques and warm colors.

Day 4

Linz

Free day in Linz

Linz’s ornate Baroque architecture in the Hauptplatz leads to boutique shops on Landstrasse, and to the old castle Schloss Museum, creaking with ancient armor. Browse the Lentos Art Gallery before perhaps catching the train to explore tiny C12 Enns, Austria’s oldest city. Or, for a chilling history lesson on the Holocaust, steel yourself and visit the WW2 Nazi camp at Mauthausen.

Hotel Wolfinger

Linz, Austria

In the center of Linz's spectacular historic heart, this townhouse hotel blends in with its grand façade and historic charm. A former convent, inviting common rooms, including the lounge and breakfast room overlooking the town square, are decorated with antiques and chandeliers. Guest rooms, while slightly more contemporary in décor, also have antiques and warm colors.

Day 5

Melk

Linz to Melk 23km/14mi or 48km/30mi

After a 30 minute transfer (included) to C16 Grein, you will be pedaling through orchards as the Danube valley becomes more fertile, before lunch in Ybbs, home to a wacky collection of penny-farthing 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.

Hotel Restaurant Zur Post

Melk, Austria

Located just off a tiny cobbled square below the giant and world-famous monastery that towers above the town of Melk, this charming hotel has a welcoming front garden terrace with views of the monastery, and a larger back terrace for breakfast and dinner. Public rooms include Austrian “stube”-style lounge and bar. Spacious bedrooms are stylish and modern with neutral colors and plush fabrics.

Day 6

Melk

Free day in 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 (8 km return), one of the finest Renaissance castles north of the Alps, to stroll in magnificent rose gardens and enjoy acclaimed cultural exhibitions. After dinner, enjoy wandering Melk’s atmospheric cobbled streets.

Hotel Restaurant Zur Post

Melk, Austria

Located just off a tiny cobbled square below the giant and world-famous monastery that towers above the town of Melk, this charming hotel has a welcoming front garden terrace with views of the monastery, and a larger back terrace for breakfast and dinner. Public rooms include Austrian “stube”-style lounge and bar. Spacious bedrooms are stylish and modern with neutral colors and plush fabrics.

Day 7

Wachau

Melk to Krems 39km/24mi

Today you coast along the famous Wachau Valley, a necklace of villages afloat on acres of vines, 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’—dated to 23,000BC—before arriving in Krems for a splash in the pool, and candlelit dinner on the terrace overlooking the valley.

Steigenberger Hotel and Spa

Krems, Austria

This luxurious country-house style resort and spa boasts a gorgeous world-class spa, with both an outdoor and an indoor pool, stunning dining room spilling over into a panoramic terrace with views of the surrounding vineyards and over the spires of the old city of Krems. Bedrooms are modern and beautifully decorated with exposed wood and deluxe fabrics.

Day 8

Wachau

Free day in Krems

Krems has one of the most beautiful historic centers in Europe. It is packed with interest—from the Wine Museum housed in a restored Dominican monastery to the C13 abbey that exhibits paintings of Martin Johann Schmidt. You can cycle out to Schloss Grafenegg (14 km 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!

Steigenberger Hotel and Spa

Krems, Austria

This luxurious country-house style resort and spa boasts a gorgeous world-class spa, with both an outdoor and an indoor pool, stunning dining room spilling over into a panoramic terrace with views of the surrounding vineyards and over the spires of the old city of Krems. Bedrooms are modern and beautifully decorated with exposed wood and deluxe fabrics.

Day 9

Donau

Krems to Tulln 41km/25mi

Freewheel down river to Tulln—known as the ‘town of roses’. Pop into the Roman museum—packed with artifacts—and dine out tonight a mid the fountains, statues and ornate buildings that crowd the pretty center before returning to your waterfront hotel.

Hotel Nibelungenhof

Tullin, Austria

An inviting four-star hotel set in gardens just 100 feet from the riverside, it feels immediately welcoming as you enter its cozy lounge area with central fireplace. Guest rooms are equally enveloping with warm fabrics and carpets, antiques, and wood floors. The historic center of Tulln with its many restaurants, churches, and museums is a short walk away.

Day 10

Vienna

Tulln to Vienna 21km/13mi

Coast along the last stretch to relax over lunch in imperial Klosterneuburg. Drop into the Essl Art Gallery, full of contemporary pictures. We recommend you hop on the train for 15 minutes for the last stretch in to Vienna, then follow the Donaukanal cycle path to your hotel—right in the heart of the city. Enjoy dinner out in Vienna’s lively center— breathtakingly flood lit at night!

Hotel Austria

Vienna, Austria

A short walk from the Fleischmarkt, the Vienna State Opera, and the Hofburg, this centrally located hotel is also quiet on a pedestrian side street. The ground-floor public rooms and reception area are traditionally furnished with high ceilings, antiques, and plush crimson. Spacious and quiet guest rooms also have classic décor with antique-style furniture and red-accented colors.

Day 11

Vienna

Leave Vienna

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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