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Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Vienna

  • Itinerary Summary

    Join us on a bicycle tour that follows the Danube River, from Germany to Vienna. Enjoy long, leisurely rides along the longest river in Europe. We'll bike through farm villages, picture-perfect Medieval German towns and the vineyards of the Danube in Austria. Along our bicycle route we'll have time to visit historic Abbeys and cathedrals in towns such as Regensburg, Passau, Linz, and Melk.

    ***If this sounds great but you'd like a longer tour, check out our Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Budapest tour.***

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    1. Day 1: Arrive in Medieval Regensburg

      Highlights: Northernmost point of Danube River; Medieval center; welcome dinner together

      Meet us today in Regensburg, easily reached by train from the nearby airports of Frankfurt and Munich. Our starting point was a Roman outpost under Marcus Aurelius in 179 AD and marks both the northernmost point of the Roman Empire in Germany and the northernmost extent of the Danube. Its Medieval center is wonderfully preserved. We'll enjoy a welcome dinner together tonight.

      Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

      Lodging: Hotel Muenchner Hof

    2. Day 2: Regensburg to Schwarzach

      Highlights: Walhalla Temple, and the Bavarian Countryside

      Our first ride today takes us through more Roman settlements and into the Bavarian countryside lifestyle. Take a challenge and climb up to Walhalla Temple. It is not far and you are rewarded with the view back up the river to Regensburg and to the south-east where our ride will take us. Stop for snack at one of the small bakeries or butchers shops. Our destination today is one these picturesque rural towns.

      Distance: 67km (42 miles). Meals: B, D.

      Lodging: Hotel Schwarzacher Hof

    3. Day 3: Schwarzach to Passau

      Highlights: Benedictine Monasteries at Metten, Passau and the Inn River

      You'll see two Benedictine monasteries today, including one in Metten. Bibliophiles will want to stop for a tour of the library in the Abbey of St. Michael of Metten which features 160,000 volumes including one of the earliest bibles printed in Germany and a 1493 "Nuremberg Chronicle," one of the earliest world history books printed in German and Latin. You'll pass another Benedictine Monastery as you leave Deggendorf on your way to Passau, the gateway to Austria. In Passau the Danube nearly doubles in size, as it is joined by the Inn River. Take time this afternoon to visit Passau's Saint Stephan's Cathedral which houses the largest organ outside of the United States.

      Distance: 72 km (45 miles). Meals: B

      Lodging: Hotel Weisser Hase

    4. Day 4: Passau to Linz, Austria

      Highlights: Crossing the border to Austria, spectacular part of the Danube valley

      The Danube River and the valley it has formed shape the central transportation artery of Austria. Today and tomorrow you'll ride through the heartland of Austria. Castles perch above the river as we ride one of the most popular routes in Europe. If you've overloaded on history, the Ars Electronica Museum in Linz will be a welcome change - the museum tries to bridge the gap between art, science and technology.

      Distance: 99 km (61 miles). Meals: B.

      Lodging: Hotel Wolfinger

    5. Day 5: Linz to Bad Kreuzen

      Highlights: Farmland and vineyards, Danube bike paths, Mauthausen Concentration Camp

      You'll leave the river valley to reach your destination today - the modern lodge castel Kreuzen with a beautiful view and Kneipp spa. Those who wish can take time to visit the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. The experience is powerful and sobering as you walk up and down the 186 "death stairs." Over 130,000 people who were killed here including Jews, Italians, Russian POWs, criminals, and political prisoners.

      Distance: 60km (37 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Burg Kreuzen

    6. Day 6: Bad Kreuzen to Dürnstein

      Highlights: Vineyards of the Danube, Abbey in Melk, wine tasting

      On your way to Dürnstein you'll enter the heartland of Austrian wine country. Stop, photograph, and visit the spectacular baroque Abbey of Melk. A beautiful ride leads you through the medieval villages of the Wachau (UNESCO World Heritage site). You'll visit the cellar and vineyards of one of the area's best producers, and taste some of the traditional white wines they produce.

      Distance: 82km (51 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Hotel Richard Löwenherz

    7. Day 7: Dürnstein to Vienna

      Highlights: Vienna, former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire

      Enjoy an easy, but long day along the Danube today. You'll reach Vienna via a complex system of bicycle paths that lead directly to your hotel. Vienna is the largest city in Austria and one of Europe's leading musical centers. It was first a Roman and Celtic settlement, but as the Austro-Hungarian Empire rose to prominence, magnificent Medieval and Baroque architecture became especially prevalent.

      Distance: 96km (60 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Novotel Wien City

    8. Day 8: Bicycle tour ends in Vienna

      Highlights: Imperial Vienna; Viennese pastries

      Our tour ends today, we hope you consider staying a few days to explore Vienna and find the perfect Viennese pastry!

      Meals: B

      If this sounds great but you'd like a longer tour, check out our Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Vienna Plus! Budapest tour, which extends this itinerary by 5 days.

    • Highlights

      bicycling along Europe's largest river, Vienna, vineyards of the Danube, bike paths in Germany and Austria
    • Includes

      Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights accommodation; 5 dinners with wine or beer, all breakfasts; wine tasting. plus "The Usual"
    • Countries

      Germany, Austria
    • Begin/End

      Regensburg, Germany / Vienna, Austria
    • Arrive/Depart

      Munich Airport (MUC), Nüremberg (NUE), or Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA), Germany / Vienna Int'l Airport (VIE), Austria
    • Total Distance

      495 km (306 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      Average per day 82 km (51 miles)
    • Rating

      201-301 Mostly flat cycling (with optional short climbs) using a combination of cycling paths and roads. Some days have longer mileages of 80 km (50 miles).
    • Terms

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  • Dates Price Single Supplement Notes
    Jul 2-9, 2015 $3850 $550 Guaranteed to Go Book it
    Jul 17-24, 2015 $3850 $550 4 More to Guarantee the Departure Book it
    Aug 13-20, 2015 $3850 $550 5 More to Guarantee the Departure Book it
    Aug 28-Sep 4, 2015 $3850 $550 Sold Out. Wait List Available. Book it

    * We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

  • Stories

    • This was a beautiful biking tour.

      Debra W., Paradise Valley, AZ
    • Thanks for the great time! Loved the Danube!

      Mary E., Des Moines, IA
    • I wish I had a Go-pro video camera. One of my favorite things about this trip was being the last rider of our group and watching as we all rode in sync along the country roads and through the towns. Each with our different colored jerseys, and the landscape as the background, it was beautiful. I have been home for a week and I am still higher than a kite from my experience. I tell my friends that it is hard to explain the experience in a few words. It truly was a memorable "experience plus".

      Kristy S., Soquel, CA
    • We just returned from our trip and I feel compelled to tell you how pleased we were with the trip. The bicycling, scenery, weather, food were perfect. Most importantly, our tour leaders were outstanding. They made a wonderful trip perfect!

      Lizz V., Sunny Vale, CA

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