Bicycle Tours in Germany & Austria: Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Vienna

   
 

Bicycle Tours in Germany & Austria: Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Vienna

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DURATION

8 Days/7 Nights

SEASON

June - September

RATES

USD 3,850.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2017
Bicycle Tours in Germany & Austria: Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Vienna
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Join us on a bicycle tour that follows the Danube River, from Germany to Vienna. Enjoy long, leisurely rides along the longest river in Europe. We'll bike through farm villages, picture-perfect Medieval German towns and the vineyards of the Danube in Austria. Along our bicycle route we'll have time to visit historic Abbeys and cathedrals in towns such as Regensburg, Passau, Linz, and Melk.

Highlights: bicycling along Europe's largest river, Vienna, vineyards of the Danube, bike paths in Germany and Austria.

***If this sounds great but you'd like a longer tour, check out our Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Budapest tour.***

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Single Supplement: $550.

*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive In Medieval Regensburg
Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany
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Highlights: Northernmost point of Danube River; Medieval center; welcome dinner together

Meet us today in Regensburg, easily reached by train from the nearby airports of Frankfurt and Munich. Our starting point was a Roman outpost under Marcus Aurelius in 179 AD and marks both the northernmost point of the Roman Empire in Germany and the northernmost extent of the Danube. Its Medieval center is wonderfully preserved. We'll enjoy a welcome dinner together tonight.

Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

Lodging: Hotel Muenchner Hof

Day 2: Regensburg To Schwarzach
Niederwinkling, Bavaria, Germany
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Highlights: Walhalla Temple, and the Bavarian Countryside

Our first ride today takes us through more Roman settlements and into the Bavarian countryside lifestyle. Take a challenge and climb up to Walhalla Temple. It is not far and you are rewarded with the view back up the river to Regensburg and to the south-east where our ride will take us. Stop for snack at one of the small bakeries or butchers shops. Our destination today is one of these picturesque rural towns.

Distance: 81km (50 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel Buchners.

Day 3: Schwarzach To Passau
Passau, Bavaria, Germany
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Highlights: Benedictine Monasteries at Metten, Passau and the Inn River

You'll see two Benedictine monasteries today, including one in Metten. Bibliophiles will want to stop for a tour of the library in the Abbey of St. Michael of Metten which features 160,000 volumes including one of the earliest bibles printed in Germany and a 1493 "Nuremberg Chronicle," one of the earliest world history books printed in German and Latin. You'll pass another Benedictine Monastery as you leave Deggendorf on your way to Passau, the gateway to Austria. In Passau the Danube nearly doubles in size, as it is joined by the Inn River. Take time this afternoon to visit Passau's Saint Stephan's Cathedral which houses the largest organ outside of the United States.

Distance: 76km (47 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Hotel Weisser Hase

Day 4: Crossing The Border To Austria
Linz, Upper, Austria
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Highlights: Crossing the border to Austria, spectacular part of the Danube valley

The Danube River and the valley it has formed shape the central transportation artery of Austria. Today and tomorrow you'll ride through the heartland of Austria. Castles perch above the river as we ride one of the most popular routes in Europe. If you've overloaded on history, the Ars Electronica Museum in Linz will be a welcome change - the museum tries to bridge the gap between art, science and technology.

Distance: 100 km (62 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Hotel Wolfinger

Day 5: Linz To Bad Kreuzen
Bad Kreuzen, Upper, Austria
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Highlights: Farmland and vineyards, Danube bike paths, Mauthausen Concentration Camp

You'll leave the river valley to reach your destination today - the modern lodge castel Kreuzen with a beautiful view and Kneipp spa. Those who wish can take time to visit the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. The experience is powerful and sobering as you walk up and down the 186 "death stairs." Over 130,000 people who were killed here including Jews, Italians, Russian POWs, criminals, and political prisoners.

Distance: 68km (42 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Burg Kreuzen

Day 6: Bad Kreuzen To Dürnstein
Durnstein, Lower, Austria
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Highlights: Vineyards of the Danube, Abbey in Melk, wine tasting

On your way to Dürnstein you'll enter the heartland of Austrian wine country. Stop, photograph, and visit the spectacular baroque Abbey of Melk. A beautiful ride leads you through the medieval villages of the Wachau (UNESCO World Heritage site). You'll visit the cellar and vineyards of one of the area's best producers, and taste some of the traditional white wines they produce.

Distance: 91 km (56 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel Richard Löwenherz

Day 7: Durnstein To Vienna
Vienna, Austria
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Highlights: Vienna, former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Enjoy an easy, but long day along the Danube today. You'll reach Vienna via a complex system of bicycle paths that lead directly to your hotel. Vienna is the largest city in Austria and one of Europe's leading musical centers. It was first a Roman and Celtic settlement, but as the Austro-Hungarian Empire rose to prominence, magnificent Medieval and Baroque architecture became especially prevalent.

Distance: 96km (60 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel 25Hours

Day 8: Bicycle Tour Ends In Vienna
Vienna, Austria
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Highlights: Guided Walk of Vienna

Be sure to stick around this morning as we'll offer a guided walk of Vienna. We recommend staying a few days to explore this fabulous city.

Meals: B

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle
  • 8 days, 7 nights accommodation
  • 5 dinners with wine or beer
  • All breakfasts
  • Wine tasting

NOTES

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Total Distance: 511 km (315 miles)

Daily Distance: Average per riding day 83 km (51 miles)

Rating: Mostly flat cycling (with optional short climbs) using a combination of cycling paths and roads. Some days have longer mileages of 80 km (50 miles).


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