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Austria

Blue Danube - Linz to Vienna

Self-Guided Family Bike Tour

Grade

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Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,185 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
Austria

Blue Danube - Linz to Vienna

Self-Guided Family Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,185 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
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This family cycling tour in Austria, following the Danube, has been designed specifically with families in mind. It offers short daily distances, due in part to scheduled boat rides along the route. The hotels you stay in are family friendly, many with pools, and overnight stops are in towns where kids will have lots to do. In addition to castles, medieval towns and beautiful scenery along the way, the tour also passes by many attractions and activities that kids will love including a fairy-tale ride on the grotto railway, a visit to the zoo and an adventure park, and a ride on the giant Ferris wheel in Vienna. 
The Danube Bicycle Path offers nearly carefree cycling and it's an ideal way to view the region. It's downstream all the way, passing through picturesque towns and villages and across lush farmland; the route is paved and almost traffic-free, following an old horse path. Along the majestic river, you'll pass romantic castles, cozy villages and sprawling vineyards. From time to time you'll cross the river over dams, locks and bridges and sometimes on small ferries for cyclists. The unforgettable end of the tour is the Austrian capital, Vienna, with its countless sights.
Each morning, you'll leave your luggage at the hotel, and we'll transfer it to your next accommodation. You will be given a phone number that you can contact if you need emergency support along the way. If you're thinking of doing a similar route with a group of adults then check out the 8 day leisure cycling version of this tour from Passau to Vienna, where you may find the information more relevant to your needs.
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Highlights

  • The sense of achievement after cycling from Linz to Vienna
  • Winding your way through rural towns and farms following the famous Danube river
  • Watching the kids feeding the animals at your farmyard accommodation
  • The scenic riverboat ride from Dürnstein to Krems
  • Riding the Reisenrad – one of the tallest ferris wheels in the world
  • Exploring the wonderful sights and sounds of Vienna

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There was a great sense of adventure, great scenery, a relaxing swim in the lake just outside Linz – we didn’t want the holiday to end!

Sophie, UK

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Linz

Today you’ll arrive in Linz. Depending on flight times, you may have the chance to stretch your legs with a sightseeing wander around the city. We’d recommend Linz Zoo or The Fairytale World At Pöstlingberg.

Your local representative will meet you at your hotel to fit you to your hire bikes (if hiring) and to provide you with daily route information, including maps and notes. They will discuss your program and route and answer any questions you might have.

Day 2
Linz to Mitterkirchen
28 Miles / 45 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

This morning will see you cycling through the river wetlands towards the mouth of the river Enns. There should be time enough for you to spend some time visiting the oldest city in Austria, before reaching Mitterkirchen and your accommodation for the evening. You will be staying at a traditional farm house where the children can help feed the animals. Additionally, here you will find a Celtic village which will make you feel like you’ve cycled back in time.

Day 3
Mitterkirchen to Marbach
28 Miles / 45 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today you will be cycling through the rich planes of the Machland area, towards the wild Strudengau – Valley with its dreamy little towns and villages. You will be riding through lush forests surrounded by untouched nature on your way to your evening’s destination; Marbach or Maria Taferl.

Day 4
Marbachto to Dürnstein
19 Miles / 30 Kms (+ Boat Trip).
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today you will see the Danube getting narrower. The valley is tighter and craggy where ruins of ancient castles seem to appear at every bend in the river. You can stop at the Persenbeug Castle, which still watches over the Danube from a stark rock outcropping. It dates from the 9th century, although its current form is “only” 400 years old. You will cycle first through Melk with the world’s biggest Baroque abbey. You will be riding through beautiful wine-growing villages on the way to Spitz. On arrival into Spitz, you’ll jump on a boat (with your bikes) to Dürnstein, where you will spend two nights in a wonderful hotel with pool and spa.

Day 5
Rest Day in Dürnstein
Free Day.
  • Meals: Breakfast

There are lots of activities to choose from today (including hiking around the beautiful wine growing region or taking a boat ride), or you can spend the day in the hotel. The little ones can have fun in the pool, while you have time to taste some different wines in the shady hotel garden.

Day 6
Dürnstein to Tulln
31 Miles / 50 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

After setting off this morning you’ll soon reach Krems, where you can take some time to visit the 1000 year old capital of the Wachau region. The route from Krems takes you through Donauauen (a National Park), until you reach the ‘City of Flowers‘; Tulln. The Egon-Schiele Museum is worth a visit.

Day 7
Tulln to Vienna
25 Miles / 40 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today you’ll pass through Greifenstein and Klosterneuberg on the way to the Danube metropolis of Vienna. Once here you can visit the Würstelprater, the vibrant entertainment areas of Vienna’s Prater, where you can take a ride on the famous ferris wheel (tickets included). You could also consider the ZOOM Children’s Museum, the Schönbrunn Palace, the Natural History Museum or the Schmetterling (butterfly) House! We recommend eating some ice cream at the famous Zanoni ice cream parlour, and taking a carriage ride through the city!

Day 8
Departure from Vienna
  • Meals: Breakfast

The time has come to head home but not before some last minute sightseeing and a chance to get those souvenirs you promised everyone back home. If you need some more time to fit everything in, we can organise extra nights for you in Vienna.

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The Cycling

Terrain

The route follows the river downstream all the way. You will be cycling on mostly flat terrain on 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 the office for more details.

There is the option of catching a ferry up and down the river, with your bike, if the distances are too far on some days.

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Family Cycling Grade

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Grade 2 : Gentle

Distances generally of 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 climb

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 and your family 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 vacation? If you’re looking for an opportunity to try some quiet, safe roads, cycle paths or some accessible, cycle friendly routes these trips 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 trip to ride their bikes relatively frequently at home, occasionally heading out as a family for some leisurely rides at the weekend.

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We all enjoyed it tremendously and everything went like clock-work. We will certainly book another cycling holiday and have already recommended Skedaddle to several of our friends.

Marie, UK

Dates & Prices

2021 Daily departures available from 27 Mar to 09 Oct.

We are able to offer the following discounts on the land only price for children. 0 – 5 Travel Free, 6 – 11 50%, 12 – 14 25%, 15 – 17 10%.

These discounts are applicable when the child is sharing a room with 2 fully-paying passengers and is dependent on availability.

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$1,185.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in 4 star or good quality 3* 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

E) Luggage transfers

F) Ticket for the Ferris Wheel in Vienna

G) (Day 4) Boat ticket from Spitz to Dürnstein (incl. bikes)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Travel to first hotel on arrival day

J) Travel from final hotel on departure day

K) Tourist tax (to be paid locally where applicable)

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The Essentials

Travel Options

For this tour we ask that you make your own way to your hotel in Linz on arrival and onwards from Vienna at the end of the trip. You can choose to fly into either Munich (MUC)or Vienna (VIE). If flying to Vienna (VIE), the airport is connected to the city by frequent trains from where it is possible to catch a connecting train to Linz.

Most flights from North America require overnight travel, and a stop over in an intermediary airport, with Norwegian. Aeroflot and UIA being common airlines for this journey.

Please note that flying from North America may involve multiple travel days.

For the return journey there is a train from Vienna to Munich airport via Simbach, if flying from Munich.

Please check with Skedaddle before booking any flights so that we can ensure they fit in with the holiday schedule.

Accommodation

On this trip you will be staying in 3-4* hotels, with one night spent in a traditional farmhouse, and two nights in a hotel with pool and spa. Subject to availability, there are triple and adjoining rooms available for you and your family. Please contact us with your prefered rooming arrangements and we can check availability for you.

Please note that a twin bedded room may be a typical Austrian Twin, which comprises two mattresses and two sets of bedding in the same large bed frame; it may not be possible to separate the mattresses.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have a choice of bikes available to hire. Our standard bikes are hybrids (red photo above) with semi slick tyres and a relaxed riding position. These bikes are typically unisex frames, although men’s frames are often available on request. We also have premium hybrid bikes (black photo above) which are lighter than our standard bikes and offer a more dynamic riding position. E-bikes are available to hire, these are limited in availability so are on request. Please note, e-bikes will have pedal brakes as well as hand brakes. Bikes come equipped with a saddle and handlebar bag, tool kit, puncture repair kit, cycle computer, pump and combination lock. You will need to bring along your own helmets. It is possible to bring along your own saddle or pedals, but we ask that you bring along your own tools as you will need to fit them yourselves. If you bring your own saddle, we also recommend you bring an adapter, due to differing saddle diameters. There are also child bikes, trailers, tag-alongs and seats available to hire.

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