Day 1: Passau
Experience Mediterranean flair in Passau, the city of three rivers.
You should definitely set aside some time on the day of your arrival for a walk through the picturesque baroque city with its narrow lanes and Passau cathedral home to the largest church organ in the world. Your cycling holiday begins after embarkation (4.00 p.m.) when you sail into the sunset and Passau’s magnificent silhouette with its church towers and domes slowly fades into the horizon behind you.
Day 2: Mauthausen – Grein, app. 35 km
Today, the bike tour takes you directly along the Danube where you have a choice of route: take the route via the Celtic village Mitterkirchen and see a flavour of the past; or, the alternative route, "Clam Castle," and travel through the beautiful back country of the "Strudengau" – bit more hilly, but a rewarding landscape. Grein is the destination of today's stage, place of Austria's oldest city theatre and a striking castle.
Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, approx. 43 km
From Devin you follow the former ‘Iron Curtain’, cross the former border and reach the imposing Baroque Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens. Cycle through Austria’s “vegetable garden” to the coronation city and former capital of Hungary - Bratislava located at the slopes of the Little Carp
Day 4: Vienna (rest day)
Enjoy Vienna during a city tour by bike or bus (optional). You will pass most of the numerous and famous sights. The gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall.
You can visit St. Stephens Cathedral and have a short guided walking tour through the old town centre.
There is enough time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars. The evening can end with a Waltz and Opera concert at the Hofburg (optional, not included).
Day 5: Wachau | Krems – Melk, approx. 37 km
Today’s biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this hilly landscape enchants everybody. You will be biking on cloud nine! A powerful ruin looms above the small baroque town of Durnstein, while the blue spire of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau valley. In Weißenkirchen (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfortable wine taverns right along the bike path..
Day 6: Melk – Grein, approx. 50 km
After breakfast you have plenty of time to visit the gorgeous baroque monastery of the Benedictine brethren of Melk. Today's stage is marked by diversity. Starting in the wide valleys of the Nibelungenau you follow the Danube and cycle further into the Strudengau – a narrow point of the Danube which used to be notorious amongst skippers. Yours today’s final destination is the – already well known – city of Grein, home of Austria's oldest city theatre (optional).
Day 7: Great Danube Loop | Obermühl - Engelhartszell, approx. 25 km
Today you will cycle through the Danube Valley and will pass through many picturesque villages. Along the cycle path you may smell freshly grilled mackerels, with small pubs doing all they can to entice cyclists to stay. Make sure you follow the small walking trail to the lookout high above the Danube Loop - what a breathtaking panoramic view of the Danube Valley it provides of the meandering Blue Danube! Need a refreshment? Try some of the special cordials at the Trappist monastery at Engelszell, your day’s destination.
Day 8: Passau
As you cruise back up the Danube enjoy the early morning sunshine as you wind your way to Passau, where you will arrive at about 10:00 a.m. and you’ll disembark about 30 minutes later. Connecting travel should be booked for 11.00 a.m. onwards.
Add the Comfort Relax Package :
Dates possible are May 19; June 16; July 28; August 25 and September 22 - for a supplement of £199 the extras include:
- Cycling tour guide
- Ferry rides
- Visit to Austria’s oldest theatre in Grein
- Tasting of homemade cider directly at the cider producer in the Upper-Danube-Valley
- Wine tasting in the Wachau region
- Guided city tour by bike in Vienna
- City tour with the scenic train and walking tour in Bratislava
Add on excursion options:
The following optional excursions (not included in the tour price) can be booked directly on board:
Linz: City tour with the yellow excursion train
Grein: Visit of Austria’s oldest theatre
Vienna: Sightseeing tour by bus or bike; Waltz & operetta concert at the Imperial Palace
Wachau: Wine tasting with a local wine grower
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