Danube Cycle Path Classic

Alongside the blue Danube lies the renowned and most famous cycling path in Europe. Passau to Vienna is an absolute cycling classic.  Discover the enchanting river landscape, picturesque villages, lush vineyards and countless cultural sites from the time of the Romans.

As you cycle along the banks of the mighty river, enjoy the wooded forests and the magical meadows of the Schlögener Loop, Strudengau, Nibelungengau and Wachau, as each region offers its own impressive and unique attractions.

Art and cultural features convey myths and stories of the past while quaint accommodations and taverns invite you to relax in the culinary world of Austria.

Itinerary & prices - see below

Getting here - you can fly to Munich, Linz or Vienna - we can arrange airport transfer from Munich or Linz and train transfers from Vienna.

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  • Day 1: Passau

    Arrive at your hotel in Passau. Take some time to walk through the picturesque old part of town or take a boat cruise around the city of 3 rivers. (not included in tour).

    Between 4pm and 7pm you can collect your bikes.

    For getting to Passau - we can advise on transfers from Munich (taxi transfer) or from Vienna (train transfer) or Linz (train transfer).

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  • Day 2: Passau - Schlögener Loop (approx 41km)

    Start your first cycling route through the Upper Danube Valley to Schlogen.

    In Engelhartszell you can visit the one and only 'Trappist' monastery in Austria and you can even sample some delicious liqueurs straight from the convent.  

    Continue on to the impressive “Schlögener Loop”, where the river makes a complete 180-degrees turn.

  • Day 3: Schlögener Loop - Linz (approx 55km)

    Take a small ferry between the banks on your journey to Linz, the Capital of Upper Austria. On your way you will cycle through Eferdinger basin. On arriving in Linz enjoy the summer evening with a shopping tour of the charming old part of the town.

  • Day 4: Linz - Studengau (approx 60km)

    An excursion to Enns, the oldest town in Austria is highly recommended and worthwhile.

    This leg of the journey guides you through beautiful meadows and tranquil hinterland while passing the Celtic village Mitterkirchen, rolling by the majestic church in Baumgartenberg and on to the romantic castle of Clam.

  • Day 5: Strudengau - Nibelungengau (approx 50km)

    Enjoy the fascinating landscape of the tall and densely wooded rock formations on both sides of the Danube.  Look out for the Pilgrimage Church of Maria Taferl, high above the Danube. 

    From there, you are greeted from afar by the marvellous Benedictine Monastery of Melk.

  • Day 6: Nibelungengau - Krems (approx 50km)

    Another highlight of this tour is the chance to cycle through the magnificent Wachau.  A landscape where you will find terraced vineyards, apricot groves interspersed with castles, palaces and monasteries.

    There is also a chance to take a break from the cycling and relax on a short boat excursion.

    On your way to Krems you will cycle through the winery villages of Spitz, Weißkirchen and Durnstein.

  • Day 7: Krems/Traismauer - Vienna (approx 39 km) + Train

    You will leave by train and restart the last leg of your cycle ride in Tulln. Don't forget to visit the monastery in Klosterneuburg before reaching Vienna!

  • Day 8: Vienna

    Make sure you visit the famous 'Naschmarkt'- Vienna's most popular market - a Viennese institution dating back to the 16th century.

    Fly back or take the train ride back to Passau (supplement if required)

    However, if you decide to spend more time in Vienna, we can offer an extension in the city - do get in touch and we can make some suggestions

    See the prices - based on B&B with bike hire.

    Prefer half board - do get in touch 

    Early booking offer - 5% off use CYC5 at checkout

  • Category C (Danube Classic)

    ROOMS FOR 2,3 & 4

    Well-chosen, comfortable inns and pensions of 3 star category - in some, your host is sometimes also the owner.

    Example accommodations:

    Passau: IBB Hotel Passau Süd

    Schlögener Loop: Gasthof Draxler

    Linz : Steigenberger Avance Hotel & Spa

    Strudengau: Gasthof

    Nibelungengau: Landgasthof zur schönen

    Krems/surroundings: Gasthof Klinglhuber

    Vienna: Courtyard by Marriott Vienna Messe

  • Category B (Danube Classic)

    ROOMS FOR 1,2,3 & 4

    Well-chosen, comfortable inns and pensions of 3 star categories which distinguish themselves by their quite special personal mark.

    They are comfortable, often in a design typical for the region and provide a very authentic holiday experience. Passau Hotel example: IBB Hotel Passau

    Süd Schlögener Loop Hotel example: Gasthof Draxler

    Linz Hotel example: Steigenberger Avance Hotel & Spa

    Strudengau Hotel example: Gasthof zur Zugbrücke

    Nibelungengau Hotel example: Landgasthof zur schönen Wienerin

    Krems/surroundings Hotel example: Gasthof Klinglhuber

    Vienna Hotel example: Courtyard by Marriott Vienna Messe

  • Category A (Danube Classic)


    Well-chosen, modern 4-star hotels with all conceivable comfort, for the most part also with wellness facilities, for example swimming pool and/or sauna and jacuzzi.

    Passau Hotel example: 4*Hotel Weisser Hase Schlögener

    Loop Hotel example: 4*Hotel Donauschlinge Linz

    Hotel example: 4*Hotel Schillerpark Strudengau

    Hotel example: 4*Hotel Aumühle Nibelungengau

    Hotel example: 4*Hotel zum Schwarzen Bär Krems/surroundings

    Hotel example: Steigenberger Avance Hotel and Spa 4*

    Vienna Hotel example: 4*ARCOTEL Kaiserwasser

Category C (Danube Classic)

Travel Dates Availability Package Price
Price per person based on std occ
18/05/2019 13/09/2019 On request £601 REQUEST NOW
14/09/2019 04/10/2019 On request £532 REQUEST NOW
05/10/2019 19/10/2019 On request £447 REQUEST NOW

Category B (Danube Classic)

Travel Dates Availability Package Price
Price per person based on std occ
18/05/2019 13/09/2019 On request £686 REQUEST NOW
14/09/2019 04/10/2019 On request £643 REQUEST NOW
05/10/2019 19/10/2019 On request £524 REQUEST NOW

Category A (Danube Classic)

Travel Dates Availability Package Price
Price per person based on std occ
18/05/2019 13/09/2019 On request £737 REQUEST NOW
14/09/2019 04/10/2019 On request £677 REQUEST NOW
05/10/2019 19/10/2019 On request £592 REQUEST NOW
  • Meet & greet

    Meet & greet No need to struggle with heavy luggage or equipment and no need to take a shuttle bus - Simply drive to the terminal forecourt where you will be met by a uniformed driver who will take all the stress away from you.

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What we like

  • Lovely introductory option - path paved, flat and generally along the river bank so this tour is very suitable for beginners and children
  • Lovely scenery and to finish in Vienna is great


  • Passau
  • Great Danube Loop
  • Linz - capital of Upper Austria
  • Grein - City Theatre
  • Wachau
  • Abbey of Melk
  • Krems
  • Waltz metropole Vienna

Tour Profile

  • Level 1: the path is completely paved from one end to the other, flat, almost always along the riverbank and also very suitable for beginners and children.

What's included

  • 7 nights in chosen category, rooms with private facilities
  • Breakfast included as standara - can offer 6 x half board at an extra charge (breakfast only in Vienna) - do let us know if you want this
  • Daily luggage transfer (1 suitcase per person - max 20kg)
  • Welcome drink at the arrival hotel in Passau
  • 1 bottle wine (Wachau) per room
  • A tasting of regional products 1 x train Krems/Traismauer - Tulln incl.
  • Bike Train ride Vienna - Passau if required (transfer own bikes not incl)
  • Service -hotline (also on weekends)
  • Handlebar bag with road book, maps and information pack, per room

We also include bike hire in our prices - if you do not need the bike hire, do let us know

General Information

  • All bike tours are unescorted.
  • The mileages and approximations are distances of the recommended routes.
  • Please be prepared by packing all necessary items for example, proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen and proper sport shoes.
  • The arrival to Passau is not included in the tour price and has to be arranged independently. 

Additional charges

  • Helmet purchase - payable in advance.
  • Local tax payable on the spot.
  • Lunches

Rental bikes and equipment

  • 7 speed touring bikes with back pedal brake or 21 speed bikes
  • Electric bikes, children's bikes, specialised equipment for children upon request.

Holiday insurance

Holiday insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

If you have a policy in place - that's great - if not the policy on our site is available from MPI  This covers all the key areas.

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