Beautiful Gothic city of Schärding in Upper Austria. Photo via Flickr:Matheus Swanson

Bike rest overlooking the Danube River Path in Austria.
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Danube Bike Path - Passau to Vienna

Germany, Austria Bike Tours

Bike Europe’s most famous cycle path

  • The Danube Cycle Path is among the most beautiful cycling routes in Europe. On this self-guided tour, you pick the length you would like and level of accommodations. You also pick where you will begin your adventure, either in the baroque city, Scharding or in the three-rivers-city of Passau, and will cycle throughout Austria until you reach the Danube metropolis, Vienna. During your cycling week, you will encounter the breathtaking Danube loop, the Danube valley and the wonderful landscapes of the well-known Wachau Region.

    Highlights:

    • Cycling the most famous cycle path in Europe
    • Picturesque villages, lovely landscapes, and Austrian cuisine
    • Danube loop of Schlögen, cultural metropolis of Linz, and the Greinburg Castle
    • Benedictine Abbey of Melk
    • World famous wine from the Wachau and Kunstmeile Krems
    • Centrally located overnight villages along the Danube

    A comprehensive list of all of our bike tours in Austria and bike tours in Germany can be found here.

  • 2019

    Season 1: April 1 to April 7 and October 23 to October 31
    Season 2: April 8 to May 12 and September 18 to October 22
    Season 3: May 13 to September 17

    Category C:

     7 Day Tour8 Day Tour9 Day Tour10 Day Tour11 Day Tour12 Day Tour

    Season 1 double room

    £ 433 $ 872 505 $ 768 NOK 4798 kr 4428 $ 576 £ 476 $ 959 555 $ 844 NOK 5273 kr 4867 $ 633 £ 531 $ 1,071 620 $ 942 NOK 5890 kr 5437 $ 707 £ 570 $ 1,149 665 $ 1011 NOK 6318 kr 5832 $ 758 £ 587 $ 1,183 685 $ 1041 NOK 6508 kr 6007 $ 781 £ 656 $ 1,321 765 $ 1163 NOK 7268 kr 6708 $ 872
    Season 1 single room £ 549 $ 1,105 640 $ 973 NOK 6080 kr 5612 $ 730 £ 609 $ 1,226 710 $ 1079 NOK 6745 kr 6226 $ 809 £ 686 $ 1,382 800 $ 1216 NOK 7600 kr 7015 $ 912 £ 746 $ 1,503 870 $ 1322 NOK 8265 kr 7629 $ 992 £ 780 $ 1,572 910 $ 1383 NOK 8645 kr 7980 $ 1,037 £ 883 $ 1,779 1030 $ 1566 NOK 9785 kr 9032 $ 1,174
    Season 2 supplement £ 30 $ 60 35 $ 53 NOK 333 kr 307 $ 40 £ 39 $ 78 45 $ 68 NOK 428 kr 395 $ 51 £ 47 $ 95 55 $ 84 NOK 523 kr 482 $ 63 £ 56 $ 112 65 $ 99 NOK 618 kr 570 $ 74 £ 64 $ 130 75 $ 114 NOK 713 kr 658 $ 86 £ 73 $ 147 85 $ 129 NOK 808 kr 745 $ 97
    Season 3 supplement £ 60 $ 121 70 $ 106 NOK 665 kr 614 $ 80 £ 77 $ 155 90 $ 137 NOK 855 kr 789 $ 103 £ 94 $ 190 110 $ 167 NOK 1045 kr 965 $ 125 £ 111 $ 225 130 $ 198 NOK 1235 kr 1140 $ 148 £ 129 $ 259 150 $ 228 NOK 1425 kr 1315 $ 171 £ 146 $ 294 170 $ 258 NOK 1615 kr 1491 $ 194
    Dinners included* £ 84 $ 169 98 $ 149 NOK 931 kr 859 $ 112 £ 101 $ 204 118 $ 179 NOK 1121 kr 1035 $ 135 £ 114 $ 230 133 $ 202 NOK 1264 kr 1166 $ 152 £ 124 $ 250 145 $ 220 NOK 1378 kr 1272 $ 165 £ 137 $ 276 160 $ 243 NOK 1520 kr 1403 $ 182 £ 159 $ 320 185 $ 281 NOK 1758 kr 1622 $ 211

    Category B:

     7 Day Tour8 Day Tour9 Day Tour10 Day Tour11 Day Tour12 Day Tour

    Season 1 double room

    £ 476 $ 959 555 $ 844 NOK 5273 kr 4867 $ 633 £ 536 $ 1,080 625 $ 950 NOK 5938 kr 5481 $ 713 £ 583 $ 1,175 680 $ 1034 NOK 6460 kr 5963 $ 775 £ 643 $ 1,295 750 $ 1140 NOK 7125 kr 6577 $ 855 £ 703 $ 1,416 820 $ 1246 NOK 7790 kr 7191 $ 935 £ 741 $ 1,494 865 $ 1315 NOK 8218 kr 7585 $ 986
    Season 1 single room £ 613 $ 1,235 715 $ 1087 NOK 6793 kr 6270 $ 815 £ 703 $ 1,416 820 $ 1246 NOK 7790 kr 7191 $ 935 £ 771 $ 1,555 900 $ 1368 NOK 8550 kr 7892 $ 1,026 £ 857 $ 1,727 1000 $ 1520 NOK 9500 kr 8769 $ 1,140 £ 943 $ 1,900 1100 $ 1672 NOK 10450 kr 9646 $ 1,254 £ 1003 $ 2,021 1170 $ 1778 NOK 11115 kr 10260 $ 1,334
    Season 2 supplement £ 34 $ 69 40 $ 61 NOK 380 kr 351 $ 46 £ 43 $ 86 50 $ 76 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57 £ 51 $ 104 60 $ 91 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68 £ 60 $ 121 70 $ 106 NOK 665 kr 614 $ 80 £ 69 $ 138 80 $ 122 NOK 760 kr 702 $ 91 £ 77 $ 155 90 $ 137 NOK 855 kr 789 $ 103
    Season 3 supplement £ 69 $ 138 80 $ 122 NOK 760 kr 702 $ 91 £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114 £ 103 $ 207 120 $ 182 NOK 1140 kr 1052 $ 137 £ 120 $ 242 140 $ 213 NOK 1330 kr 1228 $ 160 £ 137 $ 276 160 $ 243 NOK 1520 kr 1403 $ 182 £ 154 $ 311 180 $ 274 NOK 1710 kr 1578 $ 205
    Dinners included* £ 90 $ 181 105 $ 160 NOK 998 kr 921 $ 120 £ 105 $ 212 123 $ 187 NOK 1169 kr 1079 $ 140 £ 118 $ 238 138 $ 210 NOK 1311 kr 1210 $ 157 £ 131 $ 264 153 $ 233 NOK 1454 kr 1342 $ 174 £ 159 $ 320 185 $ 281 NOK 1758 kr 1622 $ 211 £ 167 $ 337 195 $ 296 NOK 1853 kr 1710 $ 222

    *Dinners included option excludes dinner in Vienna

    Category A:

     7 Day Tour8 Day Tour9 Day Tour10 Day Tour11 Day Tour12 Day Tour

    Season 1 double room

    £ 544 $ 1,097 635 $ 965 NOK 6033 kr 5568 $ 724 £ 609 $ 1,226 710 $ 1079 NOK 6745 kr 6226 $ 809 £ 673 $ 1,356 785 $ 1193 NOK 7458 kr 6884 $ 895 £ 741 $ 1,494 865 $ 1315 NOK 8218 kr 7585 $ 986 £ 810 $ 1,632 945 $ 1436 NOK 8978 kr 8287 $ 1,077 £ 883 $ 1,779 1030 $ 1566 NOK 9785 kr 9032 $ 1,174
    Season 1 single room £ 711 $ 1,434 830 $ 1262 NOK 7885 kr 7278 $ 946 £ 806 $ 1,624 940 $ 1429 NOK 8930 kr 8243 $ 1,072 £ 891 $ 1,796 1040 $ 1581 NOK 9880 kr 9120 $ 1,186 £ 990 $ 1,995 1155 $ 1756 NOK 10973 kr 10128 $ 1,317 £ 1089 $ 2,194 1270 $ 1930 NOK 12065 kr 11137 $ 1,448 £ 1196 $ 2,410 1395 $ 2120 NOK 13253 kr 12233 $ 1,590
    Season 2 supplement £ 39 $ 78 45 $ 68 NOK 428 kr 395 $ 51 £ 47 $ 95 55 $ 84 NOK 523 kr 482 $ 63 £ 56 $ 112 65 $ 99 NOK 618 kr 570 $ 74 £ 64 $ 130 75 $ 114 NOK 713 kr 658 $ 86 £ 73 $ 147 85 $ 129 NOK 808 kr 745 $ 97 £ 81 $ 164 95 $ 144 NOK 903 kr 833 $ 108
    Season 3 supplement £ 77 $ 155 90 $ 137 NOK 855 kr 789 $ 103 £ 94 $ 190 110 $ 167 NOK 1045 kr 965 $ 125 £ 111 $ 225 130 $ 198 NOK 1235 kr 1140 $ 148 £ 129 $ 259 150 $ 228 NOK 1425 kr 1315 $ 171 £ 146 $ 294 170 $ 258 NOK 1615 kr 1491 $ 194 £ 163 $ 328 190 $ 289 NOK 1805 kr 1666 $ 217
    Dinners includedNot available

     

    extra options

    Extra nights:

     Category CCategory BCategory A
    Schärding/dbl or twin £ 43 $ 86 50 $ 76 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57 £ 43 $ 86 50 $ 76 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57 £ 54 $ 109 63 $ 96 NOK 599 kr 552 $ 72
    Schärding/single £ 57 $ 114 66 $ 100 NOK 627 kr 579 $ 75 £ 57 $ 114 66 $ 100 NOK 627 kr 579 $ 75 £ 71 $ 143 83 $ 126 NOK 789 kr 728 $ 95
    Passau/dbl or twin £ 43 $ 86 50 $ 76 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57 £ 43 $ 86 50 $ 76 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57 £ 54 $ 109 63 $ 96 NOK 599 kr 552 $ 72
    Passau/single £ 57 $ 114 66 $ 100 NOK 627 kr 579 $ 75 £ 57 $ 114 66 $ 100 NOK 627 kr 579 $ 75 £ 71 $ 143 83 $ 126 NOK 789 kr 728 $ 95
    Vienna/dbl or twin £ 51 $ 104 60 $ 91 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68 £ 61 $ 123 71 $ 108 NOK 675 kr 623 $ 81 £ 61 $ 123 71 $ 108 NOK 675 kr 623 $ 81
    Vienna/single £ 76 $ 154 89 $ 135 NOK 846 kr 780 $ 101 £ 89 $ 180 104 $ 158 NOK 988 kr 912 $ 119 £ 89 $ 180 104 $ 158 NOK 988 kr 912 $ 119

    Extension in Vienna package:

     Category CCategory B + A
    Twin/dble £ 110 $ 221 128 $ 195 NOK 1216 kr 1122 $ 146 £ 126 $ 254 147 $ 223 NOK 1397 kr 1289 $ 168
    Single room £ 156 $ 314 182 $ 277 NOK 1729 kr 1596 $ 207 £ 181 $ 364 211 $ 321 NOK 2005 kr 1850 $ 241

    Other options:

    Electric bike £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114
    Bus transfer from Vienna back to Schärding/Passau (incl
    bike if you have brought your own
    £ 42 $ 85 49 $ 74 NOK 466 kr 430 $ 56
    Train ride Vienna - Schärding/Passau, 2nd class (no bike), approx. £ 44 $ 88 51 $ 78 NOK 485 kr 447 $ 58
    *Classic Vienna Bike Tour (guided) £ 32 $ 64 37 $ 56 NOK 352 kr 324 $ 42
    Komoot navigation package for mobile phones £ 26 $ 52 30 $ 46 NOK 285 kr 263 $ 34

    *This bike tour covers the power and glory of the Hapsburg rule mirrored in the boulevards and architecture. What it took the Habsburgs more than 600 years to build, you will cover in 3 hours over 15 km! Includes bike rental and cycling guide.

    • 10am May thru September, daily
    • 2pm May thru September, Friday & Saturday
    • 2pm April and October, Saturday

    (Please request at time of booking and indicate day/time preference)

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Most convenient international airport to fly to is Munich International Airport. However you can also fly to Salzburg or Vienna depending on your personal travel plans.

    Local Travel

    Train to Passau. From Munich airport, train ride is ± 2½ hr (cost is approximately €30). From Vienna and Salzburg airports, ride is ± 3½-4 hr.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before you arrival. A good website to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com. Average high/low temperatures in °F for the region are April, 60/40°, May, 69/48°, June, 74/54°, July, 78/57°, August 78/56°, September, 69/49°, and October, 58/41°.

    Recommended

    Komoot Navigation System: Available for mobile devices so that you can download your route before you travel and have this available offline during your bike tour. When purchased, you will download the application, register with your e mail address and password. You will be provided a code to apply to unlock your specific route.

    DOCUMENTS


    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

You choose your level of accommodations!
Category A features the best hotels along the Danube located in the center of the most beautiful villages and towns.
Category B features accommodations of 3 and 4 star category, mostly smaller, more personal establishments.
Category C accommodations are mostly of the 3 star level, generally family run hotels.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation according to the booked category
  • Breakfast (mostly buffet)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Extensive travel documents (route descriptions, maps, references to sights, etc.)
  • Personal tour information upon arrival in Schärding
  • Danube Card (20 % discount on regular admissions to more than 70 cooperating partners)
  • 7-day service hotline
  • Bicycle rental: NuVinci internal gearshift hub unisex freewheel with two pannier bags

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

We recommend booking the Vienna Extension package!

  • Two nights in Vienna in 3 or 4 star hotel (according to the category you booked)
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Admission St. Stephen’s Catheral  incl. audio-guide tour, catacombs tour, ascent of the south tower “Steffls”, lift to the bell “Pummerin” (north tower) and visit of the cathedral treasure
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length7–12 days
From505 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019 

Daily arrivals possible from April 1 to October 31, 2019

Season 1: April 1 to April 7 and October 23 to October 31
Season 2: April 8 to May 12 and September 18 to October 22
Season 3: May 13 to September 17

Skill Level

The Danube Cycle Path is rated as easy. The path is flat, almost always, directly along the riverbank and very well marked throughout, making it very suitable for families, beginners, or regular cyclists looking to combine easy riding with wonderful scenery.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

8 days/7 nights (Basic)

Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Day 2: Upper Danube Valley, 19 - 36 mi. (30 - 58 km)
Day 3: Ottensheim/Linz, 31 - 41 mi. (50 - 65 km)
Day 4: Ardagger/Grein, 31 - 41 mi. (50 - 65 km)
Day 5: Wachau, 31 - 42 mi. (50 - 68 km)
Day 6: Traismauer/Tulln region, 34 - 48 mi. (54 - 76 km)
Day 7: Vienna, 23 - 40 mi. (36 - 64 km)
Day 8: Individual departure

Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Individual arrival to the pretty baroque town Schärding am Inn or to the three-river-city Passau. Please specify your desired arrival place with your booking! If you book your tour beginning in Schärding, you will have a welcome meeting at the office of our partner, Austria Radreisen. You may go to the shop anytime before 4 pm. Here you will pick up your rental bike and receive your tour information. You will also cycle a longer distance on the first day. If you begin in Passau, your information and rental bikes will be delivered to the first hotel. 

Day 2: Upper Danube Valley, 19 - 36 mi. (30 - 58 km)
From Schärding you cycle along the Inn cycle to Passau, where you can visit the cathedral with the largest church organ in the world. Further east you reach the next highlight, the abbey of Engelszell, Austria's only Trappist monastery. If you would like to shorten your cycling distance today, from Passau, you can cover part of the distance by ship (mid-April till early October). You will receive more information about this in the travel information that will be waiting for you upon your arrival.

You can read more about this here.  

Day 3: Ottensheim/Linz, 31 - 41 mi. (50 - 65 km) 
Today’s first highlight is the Danube Loop of Schlögen or Schlögener Donauschlinge where the granite forces the river into an extremely tight loop. In Aschach, the valley widens and you cycle through the fertile basin of Eferding. The baroque Monastery of Wilhering is the perfect place to rest before you reach the cultural city of Linz.

Overnight in Linz or if you book Category C accommodations, overnight could be in Ottensheim.

Day 4: Ardagger/Grein, 31 - 41 mi. (50 - 65 km)
As you leave Linz, you cycle through a rural landscape.  In Mauthausen, the concentration camp memorial testifies to a dark chapter in history. In the mariner town of Grein, the Greinburg Castle, perched on its hilltop, is a highlight, as well as oldest city theater in Austria and the Maritime Museum.

Overnight accommodation in Ardagger/Grein region. Category C accommodations can also be in Wallsee.

Day 5: Wachau, 31 - 42 mi. (50 - 68 km)
Through romantic Strudengau,  you cycle to the ancient Roman town of Ybbs, where the undulating landscape of the Nibelungengau begins. From a distance, you can see the pilgrimage church of Maria Taferl which towers over the Danube valley. In Melk, the Benedictine Abbey is a highlight and of course the entire Wachau Region, as well.

Accommodation in the region between Maria Taferl and Spitz.

Day 6: Traismauer/Tulln region, 34 - 48 mi. (54 - 76 km)
Today you experience the most beautiful part of your journey, the picturesque Wachau. Pedaling through emerald vineyards and lush orchards, you discover Dürnstein. You can shorten this cycling stage by ship through the Wachau (approx. mid-April till mid-October). Worth seeing is the historic center of Krems with its arcaded courtyards and baroque townhouses. The day's destination is Traismauer/Tulln. There is also the possibility to overnight in Krems.

Day 7: Vienna, 23 - 40 mi. (36 - 64 km)
Near Vienna, the valley narrows again and leads through Klosterneuburg and into the region of Vienna, famous for its café culture and its many sights. May we suggest the optional Vienna Package as well as an optional guided city tour by bike?

Day 8: Departure


Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Individual arrival to the pretty baroque town Schärding am Inn or to the three-river-city Passau. Please specify your desired arrival place with your booking! If you book your tour beginning in Schärding, you will have a welcome meeting at the office of our partner, Austria Radreisen. You may go to the shop anytime before 4 pm. Here you will pick up your rental bike and receive your tour information. You will also cycle a longer distance on the first day. If you begin in Passau, your information and rental bikes will be delivered to the first hotel. 

Day 2: Schlögen 
Day 3: Enns 
Day 4: Marbach/Maria Taferl
Day 5: Krems/Traismauer
Day 6: Vienna
Day 7: Individual departure or extension of trip

*Daily distances from 37 mi. to  50 mi. (60  - 80 km)

Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Individual arrival to the pretty baroque town Schärding am Inn or to the three-river-city Passau. Please specify your desired arrival place with your booking! If you book your tour beginning in Schärding, you will have a welcome meeting at the office of our partner, Austria Radreisen. You may go to the shop anytime before 4 pm. Here you will pick up your rental bike and receive your tour information. You will also cycle the longer distance on the first day. If you begin in Passau, your information and rental bikes will be delivered to the first hotel. 

Day 2: Upper Danube Valley 
Day 3: Linz/surroundings 
Day 4: Ardagger/Grein/surroundings 
Day 5: Marbach/Maria Taferl/Melk surroundings
Day 6: Wachau region
Day 7: Traismauer/Tulln/surroundings 
Day 8: Vienna 
Day 9: Individual departure or extension of trip

*Daily distances from 25 mi. to 41 mi. (40  - 65 km)

Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Individual arrival to the pretty baroque town Schärding am Inn or to the three-river-city Passau. Please specify your desired arrival place with your booking! If you book your tour beginning in Schärding, you will have a welcome meeting at the office of our partner, Austria Radreisen. You may go to the shop anytime before 4 pm. Here you will pick up your rental bike and receive your tour information. You will also cycle the longer distance on the first day. If you begin in Passau, your information and rental bikes will be delivered to the first hotel. 

Day 2: Upper Danube Valley
Day 3: Aschach/Linz/surroundings
Day 4: Enns
Day 5: Ardagger/Grein
Day 6: Marbach/Maria Taferl/Melk/surroundings
Day 7: Weißenkirchen/Krems/surroundings
Day 8: Tulln/surroundings
Day 9: Vienna Day
10: Individual departure or extension of trip

*Daily distances from 25 to 31 mi. (35 - 50 km)

Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Individual arrival to the pretty baroque town Schärding am Inn or to the three-river-city Passau. Please specify your desired arrival place with your booking! If you book your tour beginning in Schärding, you will have a welcome meeting at the office of our partner, Austria Radreisen. You may go to the shop anytime before 4 pm. Here you will pick up your rental bike and receive your tour information. You will also cycle the longer distance on the first day. If you begin in Passau, your information and rental bikes will be delivered to the first hotel. 

Day 2: Upper Danube Valley
Day 3: Aschach/Linz/surroundings
Day 4: Enns
Day 5: Ardagger/Grein
Day 6: Marbach/Maria Taferl/Melk/surroundings
Day 7: Weißenkirchen/Krems/surroundings
Day 8: Day off in Weißenkirchen/Krems/surroundings
Day 9: Tulln/surroundings
Day 10: Vienna
Day 11: Individual departure or extension of trip

*Daily distances from 25 to 31 mi. (35 - 50 km)

Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Individual arrival to the pretty baroque town Schärding am Inn or to the three-river-city Passau. Please specify your desired arrival place with your booking! If you book your tour beginning in Schärding, you will have a welcome meeting at the office of our partner, Austria Radreisen. You may go to the shop anytime before 4 pm. Here you will pick up your rental bike and receive your tour information. You will also cycle the longer distance on the first day. If you begin in Passau, your information and rental bikes will be delivered to the first hotel. 
Day 2: Upper Danube Valley
Day 3: Aschach/surroundings or Linz
Day 4: Linz or Enns
Day 5: Enns or Ardagger/Grein
Day 6: Grein/Marbach/Maria Taferl/surroundings
Day 7: Marbach/Maria Taferl/surroundings or Melk/surroundings
Day 8: Dürnstein/Krems/surroundings
Day 9: Day off in Dürnstein/Krems/surroundings
Day 10: Tulln/surroundings
Day 11: Vienna
Day 12: Individual departure or extension of trip

*Daily distances from 19 to 26 mi. (30 to 42 km)

Daily distances and exact destinations depend on Category of hotels and length of tour booked.  All distances are approximate.

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Tour Reviews

  • John M. 2 weeks ago     Verified Reviewer

    Comments are for the self-guided Danube cycle path Passau to Vienna with support by Austria Radreisen.
    Most memorable was riding through the small towns. Tips and suggestions: It was a little confusing how to leave the bike at the end of the trip, whether to lock it or not, would it be safe until returned to Austria Radreisen. We locked ours in the hotel inside parking spaces and left the key inside the panniers which we left in the hotel office. The hotel choice was good except in Linz it was very difficult to get there by bike; it was a big hotel and we would have preferred a guest house. The food was very good eating in hotel dining rooms everywhere except Traismauer where dinner was not available at the hotel. The "Danube Bike Trail" booklet provided by Cycline is a little confusing to read. We used a off-line map application (Locus) to find our way. I would have preferred a lighter bike and a single sided kickstand would have been better than the heavy Read more… double sided one. The booklet provided by Austria Radreisen contained a post-trip survey that had to be mailed in to them by post; there should have been a way to submit it by email and hence we did not complete that survey.

  • Stan Carr 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We took the self-guided "Sport" tour from Passau to Vienna, starting on 2 April.

    A. Here are our suggestions for anyone looking at the tour options for Passau to Vienna.
    1. Don’t ever sign up for the “Sport” version of the tour because it requires 50+ miles every day, and leaves no time for exploring or resting.
    2. If you are doing the self-guided trail, do yourself a favor and get the e-bikes. The bikes given to us were really inadequate for the distances.
    3. Consider doing the bike & boat option rather than biking the whole way. The reasons? If on a boat, you won’t have to pack and unpack every day; You won’t have to search for the hotel in the evening, and you can look forward to relaxing on a boat every night. Another big plus is that from the shoreline, you often cannot get a good perspective on the scenery. When the cliffs rise overhead and you are below, you can’t see them at all. And you may be able Read more… to avoid some of the on-road biking that we encountered.

    B. Here are the things we liked about the Tripsite planning and execution:
    1. They booked all of the hotels and moved our bags every day. The hotel choices were excellent and the hotel owners all served good meals and provided nice rooms.
    2. There were no surprise expenses.
    3. Tripsite pretty much delivered what they promised.

    C. Here are the things we did not like about the Tripsite planning and execution:
    1. The materials and the bikes were delivered on the first morning of the trip. The trail book has lots of detail and routes on both sides of the river. Receiving the book as you are departing for a 350 mile journey is ridiculous. The company who publishes the maps (esterbauer.com) probably could provide a PDF far in advance.
    2. The trail map was outdated. We encountered sections, starting on day 1, where the trail signs said the trail ended. Several times we were traveling on busy highways with no bike lane, no shoulder, and with semi-trucks screaming past us. On one section, we had to peddle for several km on soft sand past the trail closed signs, because the alternative was riding on an autobahn-type highway.
    3. We purchased the Komoot iPhone app with the trail, thinking it would help us. Sometimes it did help. Other times, it tried to route us onto busy roads. It does not work well for this kind of trip, because the hotels are not on the route. We used Komoot to help get us from the trail to the hotels and Google Maps worked at least as well. I think Komoot is a good product, but not implemented well for this application.
    4. During our entire trip, we encountered very strong headwinds that made progress painful. We expected that 21-speed bikes would be ok, but the gearless bikes performed very much like 7-speed bikes and is the source of complaints from others too. We concur. We should have ordered E-bikes.
    5. On the second day, we called and asked to replace our bikes with e-bikes. Rad-Reisen called back and essentially said it would not be convenient for them to make the change. Trying to ride 50 miles into a strong headwind with the equivalent of a 7-speed bike is not good. I was sometimes limited to 11-14 km/hr (7-9 mph) because of the wind.
    6. We signed up for a bike-tour of Vienna and stayed an extra day in Vienna. That day there were 25,000 runners in the Vienna Marathon, so we asked to cancel the tour. We found that the tour had already been cancelled for us, but we did not know it.

    D. Summary.
    We have been traveling to Europe for many years and we are experienced with the logistics. Tripsite and Rad-Reisen are both good companies who are working to provide great experiences for travelers. We made some bad choices when we planned the trip and those were compounded by weather and equipment. It would have been better if Tripsite challenged our choice of a “Sport” trip, and if they provided the biking materials in advance. I support the Tripsite service as a valuable one for travelers. Our lesson: when planning a bike trip, take extra days and make sure to leave time for exploring.

  • Jennifer B. 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    I loved riding through Grein and the Wachau Valley, just beautiful!

  • Darryl S. 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We enjoyed the relaxed pace, mingling with local village people and enjoying what Austria and Germany had to offer. The guides for the bike route were excellent, we had local people enjoying the bike paths with us and gave us a chance to practice our german. The accommodation and meals were of a high standard, after a day in the saddle the "Hugo" cocktails where very refreshing to end the day.
    Thank you Tripsite for a great holiday.
    Darryl and Brigitte

  • Jerline S. 9 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Fantastic trip!!! Everything went smoothly. Want to return and spend extra days in some of the places!

  • Florence B. 10 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    This is a great ride, if you use the right company. We used Tripsite, who contracted Austria Radreisen, not the company to use. We were told that Austria Redreisen would meet us at the hotel in Passau the day before the trip was to start...they did not show( a competitor company, Donau, spent 2 hours with their clients, in our hotel). We tried to contact Austria Radreisen at their 'emergency' number...no one answer/no answering machine. The day the tour was to start, they delivered two bikes which were extremely heavy, and with 7 speed changers....we had specifically ordered 21 speed hybrids. The bikes were delivered by the person who picked up the suitcases, and we were told by him that he had no knowledge of how the bikes worked...we were on our own to figure them out. In spite of being in good physical condition, we found the bikes very difficult to use, as they would not coast. After 2 days with the heavy bikes, we had to take a day off as we were exhausted. Read more… Thanks to the help of a receptionist at the Courtyard Marriot in Linz, the company delivered replacement 21 speed hybrids(which we should have received in the first place) at our next hotel (we had to take the train to get there), which we used with no problems the rest of the way. The hotels provided by the company were excellent, and the travel maps adequate. We certainly will not go with this company again when we plan our next bike tour.

    • Carla 7 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      Hello Florence -
      Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry about the confusion about the arrival meeting. As it states in our day-to-day information, an arrival meeting is based on your starting city. As you specifically requested start in Passau, there is no meeting included. We can, on request, try to organize this (for future reference). I cannot explain why you thought you had been given 7-speed bicycles. Our newer Bosch step-less gear bicycles had been delivered to you, which are not 7-speed bicycles. I'm sorry you were not satisfied with our bicycles. It's good to keep in mind that bicycles used on these tours are very good quality, but may be a bit heavier than what you are used to at home.
      Thank you again for your feedback. I hope we can assist you with your next cycling adventure and we'll do our best to avoid any surprises!
      Kind Regards,
      Carla at Tripsite

  • Diane W. 12 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The beautiful scenery along the river was the most memorable part of the trip. We also loved all the little cafes right by the path for lunch and breaks.

  • Maxine W. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    We four had a blast biking thru vineyards. Nice flat well marked path.

  • Maxine W. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    We four had a blast biking thru vineyards. Nice flat well marked path.

  • Sean B. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part: Staying at the Hotel Schloss Durnstein

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