Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Vienna
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.***View Day-by-Day ItineraryHide Day-by-Day Itinerary
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
Highlightsbicycling along Europe's largest river, Vienna, vineyards of the Danube, bike paths in Germany and AustriaKeep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.
IncludesUse 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""The Usual" (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)
Begin/EndRegensburg, Germany / Vienna, Austria
Arrive/DepartMunich Airport (MUC), Nüremberg (NUE), or Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA), Germany / Vienna Int'l Airport (VIE), Austria
Total Distance495 km (306 miles)
Daily DistanceAverage per day 82 km (51 miles)
Rating201-301 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).
TermsTerms & Conditions
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 Just 2 Spaces 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.
Austria Travel Information Page
Read up on country customs, airport information, culinary specialites, and more!
Book Review: The Beggar King
ExperiencePlus! traveler Jeff Berger reviews the third novel in the Hangman's Daughter series which is set in Regensburg, Germany.
Books set in Germany
ExperiencePlus! traveler Jeff Berger reviews a book series set in 17th century Bavaria.
Germany Trip Planner
Read up on country customs, what to expect while visiting Germany, and more!
History and Geography of the Danube River
The Danube River has been one of the most significant cultural and historic boundaries in Europe.
Many would argue that the Sachertorte is THE dessert of Vienna and we agree it is hard to go wrong when you combine chocolate, jam and whip cream.
We Are ExperiencePlus! Meet your Tour Leaders
We'd like to introduce you to your tour leaders. We believe we have the best bicycle tour leaders out there, click through to see a slideshow about them.
Food Journal of Vienna
A lineup of mouthwater-inducing photos from meals in Vienna from the Culture-ist.
Nat Geo Traveler Tours of a Lifetime 2011
ExperiencePlus' Danube tour has received recognition from National Geographic Traveler Magazine, chosen as one of their top 50 tours!
Sachertorte in Vienna
Vienna, Austria is known for its decadent and flavorful cake called the Sachertorte. This article from Afar Magazine got our mouths watering.
National Geographic Traveler compiled photos of Vienna's neighborhoods in this album
- Austria Travel Information Page
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