The Danube Cycle Path: from Passau to Vienna via Melk

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Bike Tours, E-bike tours

Duration

8 days

Duration

290Km

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Self-guided

The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!
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2/5 Medium-Easy

Moderate-Easy, between 25 and 65 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 150 and 300 meters.

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Ring

The starting point is the same as the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1: Passau
Individual arrival in Passau, known as the city of the 3 rivers, where the Danube, Inn and Ilz intersect. After settling into your hotel, you'll receive your bikes (if rented) and then have free time to explore the city.

Day 2: Passau - Schlögener Schlinge (40 km)
Your journey starts in Passau, from where you'll follow the magnificent Upper Danube Valley route leading you to the surprising Schlögener Schlinge. If you have time, we recommend visiting the famous Engelhartszell Trappist monastery. Your adventure continues towards the Schlögen bend, the famous loop of the Danube, where the rock forced the river to reverse its direction by 180°. Finally, on the ferry that will take you to your hotel on the other side of the river, you will find yourself surrounded by breathtaking scenery, a natural picture of incomparable beauty, that will leave a lasting impression as a moment of pure enchantment.

Day 3: Schlögener Schlinge - Linz (55 km)
Today, you'll leave behind the hilly, lush forests and immerse yourself in the verdant Eferdinger basin region. This landscape is characterized by its gently rolling farmlands, harmoniously alternating with picturesque villages. Your day ends in Linz, the lively capital of Upper Austria. The historic heart of the city welcomes you with a mosaic of historical monuments, imposing churches, museums rich with culture and elegant buildings.

Day 4: Linz - Grein (60 km)
Today's stage will take you on a small detour, off the Danube bike trail to reach Enns, the oldest city in Austria, whose famous 60-meter high tower awaits you in the ancient square. You will then resume your journey along the Danube, heading towards the picturesque Grein. This Baroque city will welcome you with its charming main square, adorned with historic houses with little towers and the elegant Rococo Theater, an architectural gem in wood, carefully preserved within the town hall. 

Day 5: Grein - Melk (50 km)
After breakfast, start your bike ride through the impressive landscapes of Strudengau and Nibelungengau, following a section of the Danube characterized by a narrow valley framed by towering rock walls up to 400 meters high. Above you, the ruins of Struden Castle from a rich and mysterious past dominate the scene. Continuing on, your journey will take you to the enchanting Wachau Valley, famous for its terraced vineyards harmoniously blending into the slopes, and the picturesque villages. The route culminates in Melk, a memorable stop marked by the presence of the majestic Benedictine abbey. This masterpiece of Austrian Baroque art towers high on a rocky spur overlooking the Danube.

Day 6: Melk - Krems (40 km)
Today's stage will take you through a series of picturesque villages, each with its own charm. Start with Weißenkirchen, then move on to Spitz where we suggest taking a leisurely walk to discover its hidden corners and welcoming atmosphere. After Spitz, the adventure continues to Dürnstein, famous for its fascinating ruins and historic castle. The day ends in Krems, a city that enchants not only with its architectural beauty but also with its renowned vinicultural tradition. Here, you'll have the opportunity to relax in traditional taverns, enjoying local specialties and tasting fine wines, the result of the land and passionate work of winemakers.

Day 7: Krems - Vienna (45 km) | train 
You'll cycle one of the most famous stretches of the Danube cycle path, which will lead you to the splendid Tulln, known as the "city of flowers". Here, between late March and late October, you'll have the chance to explore Die Garten Tulln, a garden show renowned for its beauty and variety. This experience will immerse you in a world of color and scent, where nature expresses itself in all its nuances. After Tulln, a train will take you directly to Vienna, the Austrian capital which embodies imperial elegance, cultural richness, and a love for music. Here, you'll be spoiled for choice: from the grand royal palace to the majestic cathedral, from art museums rich with treasures to historic residences, through lush gardens and prestigious theaters.

Day 8: Vienna - Passau
After breakfast, transfer by train to Passau (bikes not included) and end of services. However, from April 27 to September 20, you can choose to travel either by train or bus. If you opt for the bus, bikes are included.
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✅ What is included in the trip?

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary
  • GPS or navigation APP
  • Train from Tulln to Vienna (bikes included)
  • Train transfer (bikes not included) or bus from April 27 to September 20 (bikes included) from Vienna to Passau

❌ What is not included?

  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • City tax
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Bike rental
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"
  • Welcome briefing

💸 Cancellation fees

  • Time Range
  • Full refund
  • More 28 days of departure
  • 80%
  • From 27 to 28 days before departure
  • 70%
  • From 13 to 27 days before departure
  • 50%
  • From 7 to 13 days before departure
  • 30%
  • From 3 to 7 days before departure
  • 10%

Minimum non-refundable rate: 50

The Danube Cycle Path: from Passau to Vienna via Melk

  • To cycle along the legendary Danube Cycle Path starting from Passau and ending the journey in the imperial Vienna
  • To discover the Upper Danube Valley and the Schlögener Schlinge, with their breathtaking nature and enchanting panoramas at every turn
  • To immerse yourself in the serenity and history of Engelhartszell, savouring Trappist liquors and enjoying moments of quiet
  • To experience the vibrant atmosphere of Linz, where culture, history and architecture merge
  • To explore Enns, the oldest city in Austria, where time seems to have stopped amidst its ancient walls and historic tower
  • To cross the enchanting landscapes of Upper Austria, with breathtaking views of the Schlögener Schlinge, the legendary curve of the Danube
  • To offer yourself a unique wine experience, tasting fine wines in the vineyards of the Wachau Valley, one of the most fascinating wine regions in the world
  • To discover the magnificence of Melk Abbey, a jewel of Baroque art, dating back to the XI century, which still today dominates the Danube from above
  • To savour the fine wines and local specialties in Krems, immersing yourself in the wine tradition of this charming city
  • To discover the beauties of Germany and cycling in Austria, ending the journey in the splendid Vienna, a city that offers a complete cultural experience: from music to historical cafes, from palaces to gardens

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