- Starting your trip in the baroque town of Scharding
- Cycling through Passau – the city of three rivers
- Riding the famous Schlogen bend
- Winding your way to Grein with its imposing castle
- Enjoying the natural wonders of the Wachau
- Soaking up the sights in Vienna
We just LOVED the whole thing – route, weather, food, scenery, being outside – it was probably one of the best holidays we have had. Getting exercise every day and being able to eat Austrian cakes without guilt was a win-win.
Today you arrive in the picture-postcard, baroque town of Schärding. Depending on flight times, you may have the chance to stretch your legs with a sightseeing wander around the city and admire the famous Silberzeile.
You local representative will meet you at your hotel to fit you to your rental bikes (if renting) and to provide you with daily route information, including maps and notes. They will discuss your route and answer any questions you might have.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 260 Metres Approx.
You’ll ride this morning just a short distance along the river Inn and soon reach Passau, well known as the city of three rivers. Take some time for a stroll through the city center or visit the cathedral which houses the world´s biggest church organ.
From Passau you’ll continue along the river Danube. Via Obernzell you’ll cycle through the ´Sauwald region´ to Engelhartszell, where the only Trappist monastery of Austria invites you in for a liqueur tasting. The route will then guide you through the nature Donauleiten nature reserve, from where you’ll reach the Schlögen Bend. This is where granite proved to be too much of an opponent and forced the Danube to change directions by 180 degrees. This natural spectacle is one not to be missed!
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 270 Metres Approx.
Today you’ll be riding through the green Eferdinger Basin via the market towns of Aschach, Ottensheim and Wilhering to the Upper Austrian capital, and the European Capital of Culture in 2009; The historic old town has many pubs and eateries for you to discover.
Austria’s third-largest city, you can take a walk through the Donaulände Park, or people watch in the historic market square, surrounded by Baroque buildings. From Linz it’s also possible to board Europe’s steepest mountain railway to climb the Pöstlingberg, a hill overlooking the city. The train, which still operates with its original 19th-Century cars, covers nearly 2 miles and about 825 vertical feet / 251 metres in 16 minutes and offers a fantastic view out over the river.
If travelling with little ones, check out the Grottenbahn Pöstlingberg (mini railway).
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 110 Metres Approx.
Today the route will lead you away from the course of the Danube via St. Florian (Augustinian monastery) to Enns. Here you can view the town square with its 60-meter-high tower, the landmark of the oldest town in Austria, or you can visit the archaeological collection in the municipal museum Lauriacum.
Back on the Danube and you’ll meander your way to the beautiful little baroque town of Grein. Here you’ll have the opportunity to visit the oldest municipal theater in Austria that is still being used. Additionally, you can visit the maritime museum or Greinburg castle.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 380 Metres Approx.
This section of the Danube, the Strudengau, was once feared by sailors, but where they used to fight against the Danube currents you can now enjoy a leisurely bike ride. In Maria Taferl, high above the Danube, you will find the magnificent pilgrimage church, which attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. You should make a little stop in Melk and look up or you will miss the beautiful Melk monastery that overlooks the Danube.
Melk marks the official start of the Wachau, Austria’s most famous wine-growing region. Vineyards stretch up the sides of the valley and wine villages lie along the river as well as in the neighbouring hills. A wine tasting is almost a must in this area – and so we’ve included one for you!
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 70 Metres Approx.
Today you’ll ride through the little wine village of Durnstein, with its castle ruins, and through the 1000 year old town of Krems. The setting for today’s ride often feels more like remote wetlands (with ample wildlife) than one of the world’s mightiest rivers.
When you reach Tulln, known as the “Flower City,” you can enjoy a ride along the medieval town walls and look for relics from Roman times.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 30 Metres Approx.
Today is your final day’s cycling but there’s still time for some highlights, like Klosterneuburg with its imposing monastery, before reaching Vienna for your final night.
If you still have the energy Vienna is a fantastic city which is well worth exploring. Treat yourself to a Viennese-style Americano coffee and a piece of the famous Sachertorte cake in one of Vienna’s typical coffee houses. Take a stroll along Vienna’s Parade shopping street, along Mariahilfer Strasse, visit St Stephen’s Cathedral or see the main sights and take a trip in one of the famous Fiaker cabs.
- Meals: Breakfast
The time has come to head home but not before some last minute sightseeing, a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel, and a chance to get those souvenirs you promised everyone back home.
If you’d like to be transferred back to Scharding at the end of the holiday, our local team offer a van transfer service that leaves Vienna at 14.00 daily. The price for this is 75€ per person and an additional 25€ if you‘re travelling with your own bike. Both can be paid for locally. Train connections are also available.
Although the distances are fairly long on some days, the terrain is mostly flat with a downhill bias, along an easy to follow and well-signed established cycle route on quiet roads and cycle paths.
For this tour we recommend a hybrid bike, however road bikes can be used if preferred, (with slick or semi slick tyres) please contact our office for more details.
If you‘re travelling with your family, we’d really recommend that all members of the group are comfortable riding the daily distances, or the adults are confident riding with a trailer / tag-along for the stated distances. There is however the option of catching a ferry up and down the river with your bikes, if you ever do need a little boost.
Leisure Cycling Grade
Distances generally between 15-30 miles / 24-48 kms per day
For those looking for an easy-going route
Mainly on the flat
Some undulations and the odd cheeky challenge
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Maybe you have recently got into cycling and would like to do more over consecutive days, or maybe you‘re looking for a more energetic alternative to your usual holiday? If you‘re looking for an opportunity to try some quiet roads, cycle paths or some accessible, cycle friendly routes these holidays might be for you. You’ll come across some gently undulating terrain and the odd cheeky challenge, so we’d generally expect those on a Grade 2 holiday to ride their bikes relatively frequently at home, perhaps commuting to work or heading out for some leisurely rides at the weekend.
The smooth organisation that we experienced before and during the holiday helped to make it all very easy. Loved cycling past vineyards and pretty villages!
Dates & Prices
2023 Daily departures available from 01 Apr – 07 Oct.
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in good quality 3 and 4 star hotels
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)
D) Detailed route notes and maps (incl. GPX tracks on request) – 1 pack per room
E) Luggage transfers
F) Wine tasting in the Wachau valley
What's not Included
A) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
B) Personal clothing and equipment
D) Travel insurance
E) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.
F) Bike hire (available if required)
G) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions
H) Travel arrangements to the first night’s hotel
I) Travel arrangements to departure airport or return to Passau
J) Tourist tax (to be paid locally to the hotels where applicable)
News, Reviews & Stories
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Inese, Selkirk, UKOne of the best holidays we have had...
We just LOVED the whole thing – route, weather, food, scenery, being outside – it was probably one of the best holidays we have had. Getting exercise every day and being able to eat Austrian cakes without guilt was a win-win. Cycling into Vienna and using their cycle paths in the middle of the city was a thrill.
Our favourite day was when we started off in Passau and spent the night at the MOST amazing hotel in Aschach which was a Schloss dating from the 1600s. The signage along the way was excellent for the Danube cycling route and, given that we didn’t know what to expect from our first cycling holiday, it gave us lots of confidence and also delight in the wonderful scenery on that first day. Loved the fact that to get across the Danube at certain points you just had to ring a bell and the bike ferry would come over from the opposite bank to take us across.
Sarah, London, UKA very special holiday...
The best day for views was the day cycling through the Wachau with the vineyards, pretty villages and the opportunities to taste the wine!
This was a very special holiday with our adult children which we all enjoyed and will never forget. The smooth organisation that we experienced before and during the holiday helped to make it all very easy.
Mike, ScarboroughExcellent holiday...
Hard to pick a favorite every day was different but superb. We both enjoyed every minute of our holiday. If we were pushed the first day setting of from Passau with lovely weather not knowing what to expect what a start to a holiday and then to cycle into Vienna on my 65th birthday – WOW beat that if you can!
Our bikes were brand new and great comfy bikes to ride. Both my wife and I felt sad to leave them on the last day as it was a pleasure to ride the bikes even on the one day when it rained very heavy.
Dennis, SurreyGreat views!
Favourite Day : The day cycling from Enns to Maria Taferl. Great day of cycling with good weather. Travelled on the South Bank of the Danube where the route takes you away from the river and through some great countryside. Great views in Maria Taferl and very good hotel (hotel Rose) on top of the hill.
Nicky, CheshireOur favourite day...
Cycling through Wachau wine lands with the Blue Danube sparkling in the spring sunshine, stopping and enjoying the odd drop of the local grape juice!!