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Technical Characteristics:

Tour Profile: Medium. The tour is mostly flat and only sometimes slightly hilly. The Austrian section follows well-maintained and equipped cycling paths, in Hungary you will often cycle on country back and side roads. Upon entering and leaving cities there is traffic that must be closely observed.

Distance: 586 km

Travel Season: Departures from April 17 – October 9, 2022
Sunday departures in Season 1 and 2. Sunday and Monday departures in Season 3
Season 1: October 9
Season 2: April 17 – April 28 and September 24 – October 8
Season 3: April 29 – September 23

Accommodation:

Category A: selected 4*hotels; exceptional best 3*hotels possible
Category B: quaint inns, 3* hotels and pensions. In Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest 4* hotels

Along the beautiful Blue Danube, you can find Europe’s most famous cycling path: Passau to Budapest. Discover a wonderful landscape, picturesque villages and the numerous impressive sights of the Roman and Nibelungen times. Schlögener Loop, Strudengau, Nibelungengau and the Wachau Valley (UNESCO region) all have their own unique and alluring attractions. You will cycle along the Danube through gorgeous landscapes of rolling hills, forests and meadows. Art and cultural aspects show and tell stories former times. Cozy wineries and other inns invite you to enjoy the culinary “Schmankerln” (specialties of the region). One of the many highlights included on this tour is the “City of Music”, Vienna. The Slovakian capital Bratislava is a diverse city with a picturesque old town and is a “must-see” on the way to Hungary. The Hungarian metropolis Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, is the crowning conclusion to your journey. This tour offers a pure and cultural experience mostly set away from touristic centers and is “off the beaten track”. Untouched nature and cultural monuments can be found on the route between Vienna and Budapest. You cycle through the infinite widths of the Hungarian lowlands and you can also visit the famous Arabian National Stud in Babolna. The Basilica in Esztergom is the largest Catholic cathedral in Hungary and is more than worth a visit with all its cherished treasures. Enjoy the friendly people and the Hungarian hospitality on an unforgettable journey of a lifetime.

Itineraries

Day 1

Passau

Individual arrival. Use the remaining time on a city tour or get to know the “City of Three Rivers” on a boat cruise (not included) or simply go for a stroll through the picturesque old part of town. Bike hand over between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Day 2

Passau – Schlögener Loop 41 km

Start the first cycle tour through the Upper Danube Valley to Schlögen. 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 the journey to the impressive “Schlögener Loop”, where the river makes a complete 180 degree bend.

Day 3

Schlögener Loop – Linz 55 km

There are small ferries between the banks. Enjoy the special experience of riding past the many ferries along the riverbanks as you continue to cycle through the Eferdinger Valley to Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. Enjoy the summer evenings with a stroll through the enchanting old part of town.

Day 4

Linz – Strudengau 60 km

An excursion to Enns, the oldest town in Austria is highly recommended and worthwhile in any case. This leg guides you through beautiful meadows while passing the Celtic village Mitterkirchen, rolling by the majestic church in Baumgartenberg and on to the romantic castle of Clam. Toward the end of the day, you reach the gorgeous Baroque village of Grein. There is the oldest theatre in Austria, which is awaiting your royal visit.

Day 5

Strudengau – Nibelungengau 50 km

Today’s tour is enjoyed by cycling through the fascinating landscape of tall and densely wooded rock formations on both sides of the Danube. High above the Danube is the Pilgrimage Church of Maria Taferl. From the distance the marvelous Benedictine Monastery of Melk is greeting you.

Day 6

Nibelungengau – Krems/surroundings 50 km

Another highlight on this tour is the chance to cycle through the magnificent Wachau Valley. A landscape where you will find terraced vineyards, apricot groves interspersed with castles, palaces and monasteries. There is also the possibility to take a break off your bike and relax on a short boat excursion. On your way to Krems you cycle through the wine villages of Spitz, Weißenkirchen and Dürnstein. Through these charming villages you will see quaint alluring taverns, which are just waiting to present Austrian hospitality at its best.

Day 7

Krems/surroundings – Vienna 40 km + train ride Krems - Tulln

You will depart this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Region by train. After arriving in Tulln, you ride your bike directly through the Vienna Woods (Wiener Wald) and pass through “The Gates of Vienna”. Along the way don’t forget to visit the impressive monastery in Klosterneuburg and then continue to the “City of Music”, Vienna

Day 8

Vienna – Bad Deutsch Altenburg/surroundings 42 km

Not far from Vienna an untouched alluvial landscape and a nature reserve of stunning and diverse flora and fauna begins. Enjoy the wonderful peace and quiet, only interrupted by the twittering chirps of birds. The ancient Romans have left their footprints and also have relaxed in the nice warm water of Bad Deutsch Altenburg. The Archaeological Park of Carnuntum is waiting to take you into an exciting journey of the past.

Day 9

Bad Deutsch Altenburg/surroundings – Bratislava 32 km

Nestled between the hills of Hainburg and the Carpathian Mountains, you cycle on to Europe’s youngest capital, Bratislava. The Slovakian capital has an enchanting sleepy old town parallel to magnificent modern buildings

Day 10

Bratislava - Szigetköz – Györ 45 km + train Mosonmagyarovar – Györ

The landscape of the Szigetköz is an idyllic paradise for birds and fish. In the midst of this wild and untouched landscape with more than 500 tiny islands you will find farming villages and a labyrinth of countless Danube creeks. After a short train ride you reach Györ with its beautiful Baroque-style old town.

Day 11

Györ – Komarno/surroundings 57 km

Take a look to the National Stud of Babolna which is the world famous Arabian horse breeding and is defiantly worth a visit. While you are visiting the Studs and the Stud Museum you can catch a glimpse of some secret Hungarian horse breeding techniques and methods. After cycling through the lush rolling hills into the village of Komarom, you will find your accommodation in the favourite village of renowned King Matthias.

Day 12

Komarno/surroundings – Danube Bend Region 52 km

Cycle along the banks of the Slovakian Danube on low traffic roads through quaint and quintessential villages. On your way to the “Town of Bishops and Kings”, Esztergom, you pass the Roman fort of Kelemantia. Highlight of the day will be the Basilica of Esztergom, the largest Catholic cathedral in Hungary with it´s beautiful view.

Day 13

Danube Bend Region – Budapest 62 km + Cruise

Amidst the hilly landscape, the river Danube divides itself into parts creating the Szentendre Island. On this island, you cycle through typical Hungarian villages. Szentendre is famous for its numerous handicraft boutiques and the open air Museum of Skanzen. A few particular highlights include some of the most famous attractions in Budapest. During your boat ride to Budapest you´ll enjoy the beautiful view of Budapest´s most popular sights.

Day 14

Budapest

Enjoy this day in the metropolis of Budapest. If you want you can go back to Vienna by bus, departures by scheduled bus every two hours on a daily basis. The bus has to be booked prior to the guests´ arrival. Duration of trip approximately three hours. On request the bus is also stopping at Vienna International Airport. Train ticket Vienna to Passau is also available on request.

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    Included:

    • 13 nights in rooms with private facilities
    • Breakfast or dinner option (Category A: 13x dinner, Category B: 12x dinner, Vienna breakfast only)
    • Daily luggage transport (1 suitcase per person/ maximum 20 kg)
    • Welcome drink at the arrival hotel in Passau
    • 1 bottle of high quality wine in the Wachau Valley per room
    • A tasting of regional products 
    • 1 x train Krems – Tulln (including bike) 
    • 1 x train Mosonmagyarovar – Györ (including bike) 
    • 1 x ship or train (before/after seasonal boat schedule) Szentendre – Budapest
    • Service hotline (also accessible on weekends) 
    • Handlebar bag with route book, maps and information material per room

    Not Included:

    • Personal expenses
    • Local tax payable on spot (approximately € 1 – 2.5 per person/night) valid for Passau to Vienna section

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