- Daily distance: 30-60 km (20-38 miles)
- Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights
- Pick up points: airport/railway station in Munich
- Route profile: flat terrain, mostly directly along the Danube.
Day 1, Sunday: Our shuttle service will collect you and take you to your hotel at Passau’s historic old town. You can spend the remaining day at St. Stephen’s Cathedral listening to its famous organ, board a 3-rivers-cruise or take a shuttle bus up to Oberhaus Castle from where you can enjoy a magnificent view over the city and countryside. Your introduction with all the other group members will be at dinner, arranged at a typical Bavarian restaurant.
Day 2, Monday: In the morning we start with a city tour through Passau’s wonderful old town. Our guide will present interesting anecdotes about the city and its inhabitants, for example about the meaning of a building’s colour here. Before we start cycling in the afternoon you will have two hours on your own. You may relax at one of Residence Square’s cosy cafés or do some additional cycling up and down the Inn River. Our first joint ride will get us to Engelhartszell. Crossing the border shortly after leaving Passau we cycle into Austria for about 28 km today. (18 miles/28 km, extra miles possible)
Day 3, Tuesday: On our way to Linz we pass the “Schlogener Schlinge”, an impressive river bend turning the Danube’s flow 180 degrees. It is part of the Donauleiten nature reserve. Densely forested and steep hillsides on both banks are its prominent feature. We take the comfortable way directly alongside the river. After 56 km of cycling and a delicious picnic around mid-day, we reach Ottensheim where we board the ferry to Linz. 40 minutes later we are only a stone’s throw away from our hotel. (35 miles/56 km)
Day 4, Wednesday: Today we discover the Machland, a plain area aside the Danube. As this territory gets flooded every couple of years, people move out and leave a charming countryside behind. Our cycle path will lead us along abandoned hamlets, natural fruit tree meadows and small ponds surrounded by poplar and willow forest. Grein, our destination today, is a pretty town that is dominated by Greinburg Castle. In Grein you will also find the oldest existing theatre in Austria. (38 miles/60 km)
Day 5, Thursday: Further down the river, after passing the pilgrimage site of Maria Taferl, we reach Melk. The town is well-known for its Benedictine abbey, which was built about 300 years ago on a rocky outcrop above the settlement. We will have a look inside, visiting the imposing library, the Abbey Church and the English garden. (30 miles/48 km)
Day 6, Friday: Another highlight of this week is just in front of us now: the vineyards of the Wachau region. Winegrowing has a long tradition here. Today, world class wines flourish on the typical rock terraces left and right to the Danube. After cycling along the foothills and another delectable picnic, we arrive in Durnstein. One of Austria’s most appreciated wine estates invites us to learn about their secrets of producing outstanding white wines and to taste some of these wines afterwards. As you don’t need to cycle anymore, you can enjoy without hesitation. A ferry will bring us to Vienna in the evening. (19 miles/31 km)
Day 7, Saturday: Vienna, we have arrived in this wonderful city. Feel free to take a tour through the famous Viennese coffee houses, hail a Fiaker (a horse-drawn carriage) or make use of our inclusive shuttle service immediately.
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