Danube – 4 Country Tour

Explore the paths along the blue Danube River just like the Romans, the legendary Nibelungs, and even Europe’s powerful kings and emperors did before you. You will get to know the beauty and historical significance of this ancient military and trading route. Never too far away from the cool, clear water of the Danube, you will enjoy one of Europe’s most beautiful and popular cycle routes.

You start your trip in Passau, the town of three rivers. Cycle through various districts of Upper and Lower Austria and finally to the Danube metropolis of Vienna and Budapest. You will love the breathtaking natural beauty of the Danube Valley and the Schlögen Bend or perhaps you will fall in love with the landscapes along the Danube River such as the Machland, the Strudengau, or the famous Wachau. In the rural areas, to complement these wonderful impressions, you can enjoy many traditional Austrian delicacies. Your physical well-being will be well catered for, from savoury dumpling specialties and moreish must, all the way to the wines of the Buschenschenken taverns in the Wachau region.

In the second part, you will explore lowland forests, original villages and magical cities. In Carnuntum and in the Roman castle Kelemantia you will find Roman relics from the past. Discover the diversity of the flora and fauna in the lowland forests! The small villages, which you cycle through, still keep their original charm. You pass through the real natural paradise of Rye Island. Don´t forget the numerous castles and palaces, which are proudly situated near the Danube. But also, the small towns along the bike trail have a special flair as their charming historic centres invite visitors to discover and enjoy.

Calender 14 days

Difficulty: Moderate

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Itinerary

Take a walk through the “New Centre” of Passau, the town of three rivers, which has been completely redesigned as a pedestrian, car-free area. The evening will consist of a welcome briefing and bike fitting.

You will start your tour along the Danube, first passing Obernzell and finally arriving in Engelhartszell (the only Trappist monastery in Austria). You will then cycle through the nature reserve Donauleiten, from here you will reach the Schlögen Bend to the north. It is here where granite proved to be too much of an opponent and forced the Danube to change directions by 180 degrees. You have time to look at this natural phenomenon while a ferry takes you to the other side of the river to your hotel.

Today you will cycle through the green Eferdinger basin via the market towns of Aschach, Ottensheim and Wilhering and all the way to the Upper Austrian capital of Linz. The historical Old Town of Linz has many pubs and eateries for you to discover. Other highlights of the European Capital of Culture 2009 include the magnificent views from Pöstlingberg Mountain and a stroll through the Donaulände Park.

On the fourth day you will take a little detour away from the course of the Danube to St. Florian (Augustinian monastery) and to Enns. In Enns you can go to the town square to discover its 60-meter town tower, the landmark of the oldest town in Austria, or you can visit the archaeological collection in the municipal museum Lauriacum. Afterwards, you will return to the river, first reaching the beautiful little baroque town of Grein. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the oldest municipal theatre in Austria that is still in use. Equally you can visit the maritime museum or Greinburg castle.

The Strudengau, once feared by sailors,  can now be cycled on and is the start of your journey. You can now take a leisurely cycle ride where they used to fight against the Danube. 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 to ensure you don’t miss the beautiful Melk monastery that overlooks the Danube. Your accommodation is located in the heart of the Wachau valley.

Today you will cycle through the picturesque Wachau region, where you can enjoy the charming atmosphere of the region’s typical orchards and vineyards. You will pass through the little wine towns of Weißenkirchen and Dürnstein with its Castle ruin. Cycle past the 1000-year-old town of Krems and finish in Traismauer or Tulln. A stay in the Wachau region means that you simply have to take part in a wine tasting, which we would be pleased to organize for you!

Your bike tour will be a relaxed trip to the Danube metropolis of Vienna. As soon as you arrive you can enjoy all the amenities of the city for the rest of the day. 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 the St Stephen’s Cathedral or see the main sights and take a trip in one of the famous Fiaker cabs.

Your bike trip will guide you through the national park Donau-Auen. Here you will get to know the diversity of the flora and fauna as well as the manifold types of landscape. You pass the castle Orth and the village Eckertsau and reach Bad Deutsch-Altenburg.

From Bad Deutsch-Altenburg/Hainburg you can make an excursion on the Roman bike trail (Römerweg) to Carnuntum. The archaeological park is regarded as one of the most significant archaeological sites in Austria! After Hainburg you will reach the border to Slovakia and it´s capital city Bratislava: your next overnight stay. The shorter distance travelled allows plenty of time to visit the old part of this charming city.

You will cycle a short distance in Slovak territory before you pass the Hungarian border in Rajká. Within the first few kilometers of your trip in Hungary you will discover charming villages. The complete section is influenced by agriculture. Your route will guide you through the so-called Szigetköz (a small Rye Island). This is characterized by numberless side arms of the Danube. After arrival in Mosonmagyaróvár, which is also called “City of 17 bridges“, your journey will ends. We recommend a short walking tour in this charming city, before you take the train to Györ. The district capital offers many sights and a breathtaking historic center.

You will cycle to reach the Hungarian Böny. From there a route guides you to Bábolna, a well cultivated town with a beautiful inner city. The local National Stud is known far beyond its borders as racehorses are bred in the splendid inner courtyard. The last part of the route will take you back to the Danube. Then you will reach the divided town Komárom/Komárno. You can relax in the local spa to fill your evening.

This route will run near riverbanks in the flat Danube valley. During this you will pass different villages and while cycling you can observe the vineyards in the background. The sporty bikers can choose a route over Tata but there are some increases, this requires a basic level of fitness! Those interested in history should make time for the Roman castle Kelemantia, which is on the way. The absolute highlight of the day is Esztergom (also known as “Hungarian Rome“): It´s basilica is the largest church of the country. Take time for a comprehensive visit, before you  board a riverboat to take you to your destination, Visegrád.  The Amazing views into the beautiful landscape of the so-called “Donauknie” will impress you.

 

Note: The overnight stay takes place either in Esztergom or in Visegrád (depending on availability at time of reservation). In the case of Esztergom, shipping takes place on the conscious day from Szentendre to Budapest. The different distances remain the same in both. You will receive detailed information together with your booking confirmation. Additionally, the timetable for the boat has not yet been set. It might not be possible in April, September, October, and every Monday; during these period/days you will receive a train ticket as replacement.

The Royal Palace and the castle of Visegrád and the open-air museum as well as the baroque old town of Szentendre will delight you and invite you to stay! The first part of the day will guide you again through the “Donauknie”, probably the most attractive section of the Danube bike trail. Soon you will arrive in Budapest, where you can reminisce about all the adventures of this wonderful bike trip during a walk through the city.

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Route overview

Self-guided

14 Days │ 13 Nights

Approx. 605 km

On the first part of the journey the route is flat or slightly downhill along the Danube. A well-built cycling path is present almost all the way without motor vehicles; Minor roads appear in very short sections of this route – the Danube cycle path up to Vienna is a perfect example of a cycle route.

On the second part  of the journey you cycle on bike trails, alongside a dam and partly on relatively quiet side roads. Busy roads are a short-term duration. You will cycle on unmade paths only for 3 short distances otherwise you will find asphalted roads. Overall the route is sign-posted very well with a few exceptions in the Slovakian part. Altogether the tour is relatively easy with some slight increases in some sections.

What’s included

  • 13 overnight stays in the chosen category
  • Daily breakfast from the buffet
  • If half board: 11x 3-course dinner included (in Vienna and Budapest only breakfast)

(Partly with voucher in a close-by restaurant in walking distance)

  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel

(No limit in pieces of luggage; each piece with a maximum of 20 kg)

  • 7-day Service Hotline
  • Well-planned route guidance
  • Detailed travel documents including GPS tracks (1 package each room)
  • Personal welcome meeting and bike fitting
  • Train ticket from Mosonmagyaróvár to Györ, including transfer of bikes
  • Boat ticket from Esztergom to Visegrád or from Szentendre to Budapest incl. transfer of bikes

(In April, September, October, and every Monday the boat doesn´t run; we will organize a train ticket as a replacement)

  • Coffee or tea and cake in a traditional coffee house in Bratislava
  • If bike rental: Rental bike insurance included
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