Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Vienna

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.***

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Jun 22-29, 2018
USD$3850
USD$550
Guaranteed to Go!
Aug 10-17, 2018
USD$3850
USD$550
Guaranteed to Go!
Aug 24-31, 2018
USD$3850
USD$550
Guaranteed to Go!

* 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 private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Avg. Distance / Average per riding day 83 km (51 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 201 - 301
  • Countries / Austria, Germany
  • Price / From USD$3850
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary

Distance

1 No cycling today.
2 48 mi / 76 km
3 49 mi / 78 km
4 63 mi / 102 km
5 42 mi / 67 km
6 56 mi / 90 km
7 60 mi / 97 km
8 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Bicycling along Europe's largest river, Vienna, vineyards of the Danube, bike paths in Germany and Austria

    Keep 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.

    Due to long stretches on bike paths on certain days, van support may be limited.
  • Includes
    Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights accommodation; 5 dinners with wine or beer, all breakfasts; wine tasting.

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
    Austria, Germany
  • 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
    511 km (315 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    Average per riding day 83 km (51 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    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
Daily 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.

Test ride along the Danube for as long as you'd like.

DAY 2: Regensburg to Niederwinkling

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 of these picturesque rural towns.

  • Distance: 48 mi / 76 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: Niederwinkling 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.

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.

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 were killed here including Jews, Italians, Russian POWs, criminals, and political prisoners.

  • Distance: 42 mi / 67 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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.



Lodging: For July and August 24th we'll be at the Hotel Pfeffel. The June and August 10th departures are at the 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.

DAY 8: Bicycle tour ends in Vienna

Highlights: Guided Walk of Vienna

Be sure to stick around this morning as we'll offer a guided walk of Vienna. We recommend staying a few days to explore this fabulous city.

Meals: B

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

  • Meals: Breakfast
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Reviews

  • 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
  • This was a beautiful biking tour.

    Debra W., Paradise Valley, AZ
  • The pre-trip planning, information and support was excellent. The hotels were fabulous, and all meals were served with wine, which was generous. This is a great tour for cyclists of all levels, the tour allows you to travel at your own pace, and support along the way.

    Jan B., Perth, Australia - August 2017
  • 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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