Danube Self - Guided Cycling Weekend

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Trip code: 
LRI
Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided, Short Breaks
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
5

Follow the curves and bends of the Danube as it flows through steep-sided valleys and wide riverside woods towards beautiful Vienna. The densely wooded slopes and ravine forests help to create the setting for one of the most significant river landscapes of Central Europe; with the largely flat landscape perfectly suited to self-guided cycling. You will pass many delightful castles, ruins and abbeys whilst visiting historic towns such as Melk and Krems.

Highlights

  • Traffic-free cycling
  • Picturesque towns
  • Beautiful Danube scenery

Key information

  • 4 nights family-owned and tourist class hotels
  • 3 days cycling with luggage transfers
  • 100% tarmac or cycling paths
  • Mainly flat cycle paths with some gentle hills
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 5 yrs

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All luggage transfers
  • Route notes and maps
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (compulsory supplement)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Flights from London (available on request)
  • Electric E bike available on request for a supplement
Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for tailormade trips:
+61 3 9998 9052
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Days of Cycling
Day by day breakdown
Day 240.0km/25.0miles
Day 345.0km/28.0miles
Day 440.0km/25.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Melk

    Make your own way to Melk. In the evening receive your bikes which will have been set up for you based on your height.

  • Day 2

    Pedal through the vineyards of the Wachau Valley

    This morning you will have the opportunity to ride through the magnificent Wachau vineyards. The route winds between the pretty villages of Spitz, Weisenkirchen and Durnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. Castles dot the landscape and all along the route there are opportunities to experience Austrian hospitality in small taverns offering local food and drink. Our journey usually ends in Krems, but due to hotel availability it may finish in Traismauer.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Cycle from Krems to the Roman town of Tulln

    Today is a nice, easy day as you cycle to the Roman town of Tulln. The quiet path follows the river for much of the day, and there is a little cafe along the Danube near Barndorfhuette which is often frequented by cyclists. Today is a day to enjoy the calm of this rural region and learn about the local culture. Sight to visit: Egon-Schiele-museum.


    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    A relaxed ride into Vienna, past Greifenstein castle and Klosterneuburg

    The final kilometres of your bike tour are a relaxed ride to the beautiful city of Vienna. Enjoy a cup of coffee and the typical Vienna cake ‘Sachertorte’ in one of the numerous coffee houses or treat yourself to a roundtrip with the horse-drawn cab ‘Fiaker’. Walk along Vienna’s famous shopping street (Mariahilfer Strasse), or visit the St Stephen’s Cathedral.


    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    End Vienna.

    End Vienna.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Austria

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included in the price.

Breakfast: Continental style buffet breakfast. Lunches and dinners: there are numerous restaurants along the route with a selection of menus of two or more courses and the route notes will provide more details to help you decide. Self-guided cycling also lends itself really well to picnics. You can stop wherever you please, in a spot that suits you and eat your lunch taking in your chosen view.

Weather

The weather here is comparatively stable, particularly during mid-summer. Temperatures are similar to those experienced in the UK and rainfall although relatively low is possible throughout the year.

Is this trip for you?

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 43km (26 miles)
No. of days cycling: 3
Terrain and route: The suggested cycling mainly follows quiet tarmac roads and designated cycle paths. The route is mostly flat with occasional hills.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

On many occasions in the route it is possible to shortern the day's ride by taking the train or a boat - this will be detailed further in the route notes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes contain an emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Families
Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. As a guide we have suggested that 5 years is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published below along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities.

Please note helmets are obligatory for children under 12 in Austria.

Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for tailormade trips:
+61 3 9998 9052
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels & inns

Accommodation is provided mostly in 4-star hotels along the route (occasionally 3-star). Rooms are all en suite.

Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for tailormade trips:
+61 3 9998 9052
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed April 2018
    Philippa Browning

    Interesting and enjoyable mini cycling break

    A great trip. The arrangements all worked very well, the bikes were waiting for us at first hotel and were in excellent condtion. The cycling is straightforward and not strenuous, leaving time for,sight seeing, meals, drinks etc. There are numerous cafes and restaurants en route. The route is clear and well signposted, and excellent maps and directions are also provided. Although short, the trip packs a lot in, and is very varied, The first day passes through a lot of interesting and historic small towns and villages, with castles etc. Tne second day is very peaceful and rural, and you stay very close to the river. The third day is also rural and quite remote initially, contrasting with arrival into Vienna -the approach through Donau Insel linear park is surprisingly green and pleasant. Hofels were all convenient and very comfortable, with excellent breakfasts.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling very close to Danube, with no other people around, next to woods and marshlands. Seeing a rather large adder slither across the path in front of us!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    N/A

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Arrive in Melk early enough to allow time to visit abbey and explore town. The route is much quieter outside weekends (although sharing the route with many other cyclists on a Sunday had a very pleasant atmosphere), We did it in April, which meant weather was warm and ideal for cycling - I think it might be too hot in high Summer.
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Philippa Browning

    Interesting and enjoyable mini cycling break

    A great trip. The arrangements all worked very well, the bikes were waiting for us at first hotel and were in excellent condtion. The cycling is straightforward and not strenuous, leaving time for,sight seeing, meals, drinks etc. There are numerous cafes and restaurants en route. The route is clear and well signposted, and excellent maps and directions are also provided. Although short, the trip packs a lot in, and is very varied, The first day passes through a lot of interesting and historic small towns and villages, with castles etc. Tne second day is very peaceful and rural, and you stay very close to the river. The third day is also rural and quite remote initially, contrasting with arrival into Vienna -the approach through Donau Insel linear park is surprisingly green and pleasant. Hofels were all convenient and very comfortable, with excellent breakfasts.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling very close to Danube, with no other people around, next to woods and marshlands. Seeing a rather large adder slither across the path in front of us!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    N/A

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Arrive in Melk early enough to allow time to visit abbey and explore town. The route is much quieter outside weekends (although sharing the route with many other cyclists on a Sunday had a very pleasant atmosphere), We did it in April, which meant weather was warm and ideal for cycling - I think it might be too hot in high Summer.

Dates & Prices

Call us on 1300 131 564