Passau to Vienna Cycling

From $2259 per person

****# Based on 50 customer reviews
(C) Karen Ross
  • Flexible, easy cycling on dedicated cycle paths alongside the Danube, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe
  • Hilltop castles, Baroque palaces, historic abbeys, ornate monasteries
  • Sunflower fields, vineyards, peach and apricot orchards
  • Masses of culture: art galleries, Roman remains, 23,000-year-old sculptures
  • Eclectic mix of hotels from C15 convents to riverfront mansions

What's included?

  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs Every two days from 10 Sep '16 to 20 Sep '17
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • Managed by Headwater appointed agent
  • Sustainability rating: 91%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Option to shorten routes using boats and trains

Excellent for...

Passau to Vienna Cycling

The route from Passau, on Germany's eastern border, to Vienna is one of the most popular cycle paths in Europe, and it's no wonder! This stretch of the Danube carves its way through a thousand years of history; 60 dramatic castles and palaces lie along the river and the ever-changing landscape is a kaleidoscope of fertile plains, narrow gorges, lowland forests, bird-rich marshland and acres of picturesque vines.

Much of the cycling is on the old river towpath which is now lovely, flat and surfaced; previously up to 60 horses strained to drag heavy cargo boats upstream against the powerful current! Today, dozens of farms and cafes offer waterfront lunch stops as you cycle between sun-baked villages and wayside stalls piled high with apples, peaches and plums. Most cycling days are completely flexible, as local boat and train services are excellent, cheap and cater brilliantly to cyclists.

Highlights of the route include the bustling mediaeval centre of Linz, the immense C11 Baroque abbey at Melk, and UNESCO-celebrated Krems. As the river meanders down to the Viennese woods you'll be met by Vienna, the waltz capital of Europe, which rises like a vision from the plain.

Our hotels are all individually charming with those at Passau, Schlogen and Tulln on the riverbank, and range from a quirky C15 convent in Linz, to magnificent 4-star luxury in Krems, with two pools and a world-class spa! We have included two nights in Linz, Melk and Krems to allow time to explore at leisure. It's easy to add nights before or after the tour to enjoy time in Passau and Vienna, and you're looked after throughout by our expert local agent Greenways Travel.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Passau

Arrive at your riverfront hotel and then enjoy dinner in the heart of the old town tonight.

Day 2 - Passau to Schlogen 23km/14.5mi or 47km/29.5mi

After receiving your bike and welcome brief, pedal east to Obernzell, famous for pottery, before popping into the Keramicmuseum in a riverside castle. The scent of wood smoke and grilled trout may tempt you into lunch as you cross into Austria where the valley is steeper and cloaked with oak woods. On reaching the hotel, relax in the pool before dinner on the terrace watching passenger boats sparkling with fairy lights cruise past.

Day 3 - Schlogen to Aschach (Linz) 27km/17mi or 46km/29mi

Spot kingfisher today in the Donauschlinge Nature Reserve. Stop and enjoy the views at the picnic tables that dot the waterfront before you reach Aschach's frescoed waterfront. Catch the Linz ferry, or follow the towpath through reed marshes to Ottensheim beach for a swim. Hop on the train here and in no time you'll arrive at your hotel, an ancient convent, in Linz's extravagant town square.

Day 4 - Free Day in Linz

Linz's ornate Baroque architecture in the Hauptplatz leads to boutique shops on Landstraße, and to the old Schlossmuseum, creaking with ancient armour. Browse the Lentos Art Museum before, perhaps, catching the train to explore tiny C12 Enns, Austria's oldest city. Or, for a poignant history lesson on the Holocaust, visit the WW2 Nazi camp at Mauthausen.

Day 5 - Linz to Melk 29km/18.5mi

After a 30 minute transfer (included) to C16 Grein, you'll pedal through orchards as the Danube Valley becomes more fertile, before stopping for lunch in Ybbs, home to a quirky collection of penny-farthing bicycles. The hilltop twin towers of Maria Taferl appear and Melk's monastery looms high above as you pedal towards Margaret Ebner's welcoming family hotel in Melk.

Day 6 - At Melk

Melk's massive Benedictine monastery was rebuilt in 1683 and the interior abbey is as breathtaking as the countryside views from the rooftop terrace. For a day trip, cycle to Schloss Schallaburg (8km return), one of the finest Renaissance castles north of the Alps, where you can stroll in the magnificent rose gardens and enjoy acclaimed cultural exhibitions. After dinner, enjoy wandering Melk's atmospheric cobbled streets.

Day 7 - Melk to Krems 39km/24.5mi

Today you coast along the UNESCO Wachau Valley, a necklace of villages and vineyards, anchored by pretty churches along the north bank. Each is charming, especially Durnstein where Richard the Lionheart was held for ransom in the craggy hilltop castle. Admire the statuette, Venus of Willendorf, dating back to 23,000BC, before arriving in Krems for a splash in the pool, and candlelit dinner on the terrace overlooking the valley.

Day 8 - At Krems

Krems has one of the most beautiful historic centres in Europe and is packed with interest, from the Wine Museum housed in a restored Dominican monastery to the C13 abbey that exhibits paintings of Martin Johann Schmidt. You can cycle out to Schloss Grafenegg (14km away), a gargoyle-encrusted Gothic castle set in 85 acres of parkland, perfect for picnics, or just relax in the fabulous hotel spa and pool.

Day 9 - Krems to Tulln 41km/26mi

Freewheel down river to Tulln, known as the 'Town of Roses'. Pop into the Roman museum which is packed with artefacts, and dine out tonight amid the fountains, statues and ornate buildings that crowd the pretty centre before returning to your waterfront hotel.

Day 10 - Tulln to Vienna 21km/13.5mi or 41km/26m

Coast along the last stretch to relax over lunch in imperial Klosterneuburg, then drop into the Essl art gallery, full of contemporary pictures. We recommend you hop on the train for 15 minutes for the last stretch into Vienna, then follow the Donaukanal cycle path to your hotel, right in the heart of the city. Enjoy dinner out in Vienna's lively centre which is breathtakingly floodlit at night!

Day 11 - Leave Vienna

Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in Austria for all customers under 12 yrs. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own.

Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.


For a longer tour, why not consider combining this with our Austrian Lakes Cycling

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £25 per adult per day and £18 per child per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.

Hotel Residenz, Passau   (4 star)

Hotel Residenz, Passau

The Hotel Residenz is on the waterfront in Passau facing the Danube River. The Hotel is a renovated merchant's house and is over 400 years old, although today you would never guess as it has been decorated in an attractive contemporary style, while keeping some original features like the barrel vaulted ceilings and tile floors.

There is a guest lounge and library for relaxing in as well as an outdoor breakfast terrace, from where you can watch the Danube passenger boats come and go by the dock below you.

The bedrooms are contemporary with light wooden furnishings and modern bathrooms. There is a computer in the lobby where you are able to use the Internet.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Hotel Donauschlinge, Schlogen-Haibach   (4 star)

Hotel Donauschlinge, Schlogen-Haibach

The Hotel Donauschlinge and the Gugler Family have cornered the market on this stretch of the River Danube and have become a favourite pit stop on the way between Passau and Vienna for almost every cyclist making the trip.

The Schlogen meander bend is a famous landmark on the river and this attractive waterfront hotel is perched right on the corner with river views from most of the rooms, and a great panoramic dining terrace where you can have dinner.

The bedrooms are spacious with river views and balconies, so on arrival you can take a dip in the indoor pool and then relax with a view of the river.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Safe

Hotel Wolfinger, Linz   (3 star)

Hotel Wolfinger, Linz

In the centre of Linz's spectacular town square the Wolfinger Hotel blends in perfectly. From the outside it looks like a townhouse with its grand façade and historical charm. Inside the design is very curious.

The building used to be a convent in the old days, and it has now been tastefully converted into a cosy and quirky city centre hotel. The public rooms include a lounge and reception area where you can access the internet, and a lovely breakfast room overlooking the Hauptplatz outside. There decor is equally as grand, with antique furniture, carved chairs and cabinets overhung by chandeliers.

The bedrooms are decorated in the same style, although some rooms have been given a more modern feel with smart new wooden flooring and Persian style rugs. All have phones, satellite TV and hairdryers.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Television

Nearby facilities:

  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Hotel Zur Post, Melk   (4 star)

Hotel Zur Post, Melk

The Ebner's Hotel in Melk is located just off a tiny cobbled square below the giant and world famous monastery that towers above the town. The hotel is built on a steep hill, though you don't notice this from the street, so it is taller inside than it appears outside.

The public rooms nearest the street are given over to a stube style lounge and bar area, and there is an attractive terrace out the front with views of the monastery at dinner. At the back of the building there is an even larger terraced area for breakfast and dinner, and several dining rooms inside to cater for guests.

Upstairs the bedrooms are smart but simply furnished, with many rooms overlooking the dining terrace at the back of the hotel. Rooms all have hairdryers, satellite TV and direct dial phones. The hotel is as central as it is possible to be in Melk, so it is ideal for exploring the town.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Television

Nearby facilities:

  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

The Steigenberger Hotel and Spa, Krems   (4 star)

The Steigenberger Hotel and Spa, Krems

The Steigenberger in Krems is a real treat. Once you have negotiated the short, steep hill up to the front door you really can relax.

Apart from the many bedrooms, the hotel has one of the most luxurious spa facilities we have ever seen, with both an outdoor and an indoor pool.

The dining room is gorgeous, spilling out onto a panoramic terrace with views of the surrounding vineyards and over the spires of the old city of Krems.

Bedrooms are modern and beautifully presented with lots of wood and high quality fabrics so everything feels very luxurious.

Please note that twin rooms are not available at this hotel.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • ATM / Cash machine

Hotel Nibelungenhof, Tulln   (4 star)

Hotel Nibelungenhof, Tulln

The pretty riverfront town of Tulln is your last stop before you reach Vienna. Originally a Roman settlement, the waterfront has been preserved as a series of attractive parks and gardens; the two storey hotel is slightly set back from the riverside.

Inside it is attractively decorated in a homely style, with the reception and lounge area decorated with a full wall of books either side of a central fireplace, with comfortable sofas to relax on.

The bedrooms are all individually decorated; most have wooden floors, repro antiques, satellite TV and hairdryers.

The hotel is just a short walk from the centre of Tulln, where there are several grand churches, museums and restaurants to explore.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Television

Nearby facilities:

  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Hotel Austria, Vienna   (3 star)

Hotel Austria, Vienna

The location of the Hotel Austria could not be more central in Vienna. The Fleischmarkt is within walking distance of all the city centre attractions, and the opportunities for dining out are plentiful in the evenings.

The hotel is squirreled away up a small alleyway so looks quite unassuming. It is an enormous traditional building with a grand spiral central staircase. The public rooms on the ground floor are all very high with an atmosphere of faded and comfortable rather than modern grandeur. Ancient maps of the city hang behind reception and reds and crimsons form much of the décor, with antique furnishings dotting the lounge from where you can access the internet.

Bedrooms upstairs are off long corridors, and have high windows and dark wooden furnishings and velvet chairs. All come with satellite TV, minibars and tea and coffee making facilities.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Travel options

Transfers from Passau train station (pay locally, allow approx 8 euro), however return to Vienna airport at 11:30 is included.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mrs Acheson on 25/07/2016

*****
Overall we found the holiday a great break for us. The route, notes, hotel locations, things to do etc all added to the enjoyment. Everything was well explained and set out for us.

Reviewed by Dr Leiper on 11/06/2016

*****
Great cycle holiday on easy cycle paths with quality bikes and excellent hotels.

Reviewed by Mrs Stillwell on 31/05/2016

*****
Adventure before dementure!

Reviewed by Mrs McBroom on 30/09/2015

*****
Excellent accommodation. Confidence with the equipment and support. Good maps and route details very comprehensive. Cycling down the Danube is great as the Danube cycleway is either a dedicated path or where it runs along side a road it is separate and safe. An added advantage is that it is flat and well surfaced.

Reviewed by Dr Miller on 29/09/2015

*****
This was my fifth cycle holiday with Headwater, and it was the most enjoyable. The cycling is very easy, and the route is very clearly marked, so there is absolutely no navigation skill required. Unlike some of the tours in rural Italy or Spain, there were numerous, widely-varied eating establishments with long opening hours right along the cycle path. The cycling path is flat, but it passes through some varied and hilly terrain. There are opportunities to make short (and possibly hilly) detours to see some pretty villages and interesting sights along the way. One very moving side trip is to do the short day trip (about 50 km round trip from the hotel at Linz) to the memorial at the former Mauthausen concentration camp. The high point of the tour is when it passes through the Wachau Valley, which is one of the loveliest wine growing regions I have cycled through. I did the entire ride, even covering the short stretch from Linz to Grein, which the normal tour bypasses by shuttle van due to its being thought too industrial. Also, the tour guide recommends taking a train into the heart of Vienna in order to by-pass a slightly grimy and graffiti-covered stretch of the outskirts of the city. I did not find this stretch particularly objectionable, and there is a certain satisfaction to completing the entire cycle path from Passau to the heart of Vienna. This would be a perfect ride for someone who is uncertain about committing to a bicycle tour. There are river boats and trains that allow one to skip cycling portions when the weather is bad or one is too fatigued. The cycling could not be any easier, and the maps and signs along the way make it all quite fool-proof. Note that Headwater will supply participants with a spiral bound book that contains high resolution maps for the entire route. This book is easily ignored as the usual Headwater instructions are so well done, but the book does contain some historical tidbits and also suggestions for interesting detours, so it is worth a read. A note in closing; the Passau-Vienna path is said to be very busy in the summer. I did my tour in late September and the path was wide open. Only the Wachau Valley section had any significant bicycle traffic.

Reviewed by Mr Pritchard on 26/09/2015

*****
Very easy and enjoyable cycling through lovely scenery with excellent accommodation and many places of interest to visit.

Reviewed by Ms Nott on 15/09/2015

*****
Excellent holiday overall. It might have been better to have an extra day in Vienna at the end of the trip instead of a free day in Krems which was not as exciting as Vienna. The weather could have been better too!!

Reviewed by Mrs O'Gorman on 16/08/2015

*****
A fantastic holiday for a family with teenagers. Easy but very enjoyable cycling in stunning countryside.

Reviewed by Mrs Kimber on 21/07/2015

*****
The arrangements were very good and instructions easy to follow. However, we found the bikes to be very heavy, and the crossbar on the ladies' bike was far too high, to the extent that my husband had to help me on and off the bike as I could not tilt it far enough towards me to get my leg over the crossbar without it falling on me (as it did on one occasion, resulting on me banging my head (thank goodness for my cycle helmet) and skinning my elbow!

Reviewed by Mr Oldham on 05/07/2015

*****
Very easy and relaxed cycling with virtually no need for the notes as the Donauweg is so well sign-posted. Lots to do on the stay put days.

Reviewed by Mr Emms on 04/07/2015

*****
Delightful easy cycling (totally flat with excellent largely traffic free trails) in scenic countryside. Lots of opportunities to stop for coffe, cake, drinks etc

Reviewed by Mrs Gittins on 28/06/2015

***#.
Cycling easy even for us oldies,nice hotels,beautiful scenery and relaxed pace.

Reviewed by Mr Brown on 25/06/2015

*****
Every day was different. The bikes were excellent as was the luggage transfer. The mix of cycling and non cycling days was a bonus and allowed one to explore the local towns. Following a river downstream provided continuity and progression as it made its way down stream.

Reviewed by Mrs Watkinson on 22/06/2015

*****
Our cycling holiday was just the BEST! I am a non-cycling person, afraid in traffic, and not especially into sport and fitness. My husband is Mr Fit, and cycles quite a bit. This holiday was so much fun for both of us. Well within my capabilities, and although not very demanding, the cycling was enough to keep my husband happy. Can't wait to book another Headwater holiday.

Reviewed by Mr McIlraith on 18/06/2015

*****
This was an easy ride for us and I would say ideal for less experienced cyclists. Everyone we met in hotels and restaurants was friendly and helpful.

Reviewed by Mr Owen on 15/06/2015

*****
An exceptionally well designed tour, which includes valuable 2 night stops at the en-route hotels in Linz, Melk and Krems, the first two of which are really interesting to explore. The daily distances were will within the capabilities of these two 68-71 year old occasional cyclists. The Danube routes were well signed and easy to follow.

Reviewed by Mrs Harkness on 10/06/2015

*****
The cycle route along the Danube from Paschau to Vienna was excellent - easy cycling, well signposted and extremely beautiful. We passed pretty wild flower meadows, dense forested slopes and wide terraced vineyards. The route took in many delightful towns and villages, with their pretty squares, narrow cobbled streets, castles, cathedrals and monasteries. Vienna is amazing and definitely worth staying on for a few extra days! The hotels were in great locations and the meals were very good. Headwater and their local representatives arranged a great trip for us - their customer service and attention to detail was excellent. Thank you!

Reviewed by Mrs Devine on 25/05/2015

***#.
Lovely flat (mostly) easy cycling. Very clean hotel rooms, most with a nice view. Good food.

Reviewed by Mrs Hood on 10/10/2014

*****
Well organised.

Reviewed by Mr Wilson on 23/09/2014

*****
Hugely enjoyable, a great adventure on an achievable scale.

Reviewed by Mr Beeby on 21/09/2014

*****
A very easy, relaxing and stimulating holiday. At times we would have liked to ride slightly longer distances, but accept that the intermediate hotels were all, in their different ways good.

Reviewed by Mr Turnbull on 18/09/2014

*****
Another great cycling holiday. Thoroughly enjoyed our trip along the Danube. Cycling just at the right level of effort. Food grew, people great. Best organised cycling holiday so far.

Reviewed by Mrs McIlhinney on 22/07/2014

***#.
We enjoyed the holiday, and the hotels and their service were generally very good or excellent, apart from at the Hotel Donauschlinge, where the staff were not as friendly and we felt they hurried our evening meal, bringing the second course before we had finished the first! In our view, the Hotel Zur Post in Melk was by far the most efficient, with the most helpful staff. The Steigenberger in Krems, although a very nice hotel, had less character (much more a standard 'chain' hotel) and our table in the dining room was tucked away in a rather gloomy corner, rather than the main restaurant – unfortunately the weather was not good enough for us to have a table on the terrace. We were impressed by Greenways Travel, who were very efficient and prompt about delivering our bikes, transporting us from Linz to Grein and then collecting the bikes at the end. They also provided a mobile phone for us to contact them if we needed to. We were unprepared for quite how flat the ride would be, and with hindsight should perhaps have opted for something a little more challenging. I think we expected it to be more like the Moselle ride, which we did with Headwater a few years ago and which rolled up and down a little – our 'best bit' on this holiday was therefore the ride from Melk to Krems through the Wachau, which was not totally flat.

Reviewed by Mr Lloyd on 07/07/2014

*****
Outstanding experience in terms of cycling, locations chosen, landscapes and scenery, cultural activities and overall enjoyment.

Reviewed by Mr English on 07/07/2014

*****
The rep, Erhard, was the best we have ever had and produced lots of good information and even mobile phones for emergency use (not needed). The Schlogen hotel has the most dramatic location on a bend in the river that you can imagine, and it is worth the tough climb up the hill behind to view it from the top. Vienna is a big city in every sense with lots of grand buildings to see, and the trams make them very accessible, which we discovered thanks to the superb staff on the hotel recepion who know their town well. The route down the Danube is beautiful and ever changing and full of interest.

Reviewed by Mr Poultney on 16/06/2014

*****
Easy cycling - with options to reduce length every day (only used once when one person unwell) - hotels in interesting or beautiful locations with plenty to see - good white wine area with everywhere having choice of wines by the glass (125ml) at reasonable prices.

Reviewed by Mr Hawkins on 16/06/2014

*****
We travelled to Passau via Munich Airport followed by an over 3-hour journey by bus to Freising station, train to Passau and taxi to the hotel. We purchased on-line a Bayern-Ticket for 27 Euros for 2 people which included both the bus and train journeys. We are both in our late sixties and found the cycling easy, although adjustments had to be made for the weather. It rained on the first day but after that the weather was hot and sunny necessitating early starts. The cycle paths were clearly signed so it was easy to follow the route and German and Austrian drivers are courteous to cyclists so cycling in towns was not a problem. The hotels were varied and well chosen and near the main attractions, the only exception being the one in Krems which was up a steep hill, but the hotel's facilities make the climb worthwhile. The instructions suggested going by train from Ottensheim to Linz but the cycle path was well separated from the busy road so cycling to Linz was not a problem. Similarly, the instructions suggest travelling by train in to Vienna but the cycle route was easy and the graffiti no worse than you find on the outskirts of most cities and it cheered up the drab concrete walls even though most of it was not up to the standard of Banksy. The food provided by the hotels was generally good and the hotels were near to restaurants when evening meals were not provided.

Reviewed by Mr Haines on 20/09/2013

*****
An excellent holiday cycling 285 KM from Passau to Vienna along flat safe routes. The Tulln hotel was a bit basic and the train journey to Stein was a pain but probably necessary. We followed the reps advice and went into Vienna using the island route which avoided the train route suggested. Overall the holiday ticked all the boxes as is usually the case with Headwater. Thanks, we will be back next September with our friends for another adventure!

Reviewed by Mrs Barr on 20/09/2013

*****
This was the best Headwater Holiday so far . Almost the entire route was on flat dedicated cycle paths or through quiet country lanes with little or no other traffic. Each day's cycling was easy and on average only about 25 miles. ( my wife and I are OAPs and we managed each day with no problem). The real bonus with this holiday is reaching Vienna at the end of the journey. I would recommend an extra night in Vienna before returning home..

Reviewed by Mr Lachowski on 16/09/2013

*****
This was an excellent, well designed, well organised holiday with very good back-up from Greenways Travel.

Reviewed by Mr Nichols on 12/09/2013

*****
After having many successful holidays without problem with Headwater Booking we were surprised to have difficulties getting: the rail return details confirmed; the invoice correct; the correct Reginal booklet sent through (3 tries); and the return transfer was still incorrectly notified to the local representative. Having said that your agents, Greenways' organisation was excellent leading to a successful holiday.

Reviewed by Mr Davis on 16/08/2013

*****
A virtually hill-free ride through pleasant countryside neighbouring the River Danube, punctuated by stays in excellent hotels in historic towns and cities. No shortage of shops, castles, palaces, museums, and last but not least - coffee and cake shops. The challenge is to not gain weight!

Reviewed by Mrs Bond on 29/07/2013

*****
Wonderful scenery, cycling and wholly relaxing. We really enjoyed the whole experience.

Reviewed by Mr McGinn on 27/07/2013

***#.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip along the Danube.

Reviewed by Mrs Cockrill on 25/07/2013

***#.
Our first cycling holiday and generally it was a really good experience with an interesting variety of hotels. Beware of eating half board as in some hotels we felt we were treated like 2nd class citizens.

Reviewed by Mrs Laing on 08/07/2013

*****
Passau to Vienna cycling was an easy cycle ride ,staying at superb hotels amid beautiful towns and country-side .

Reviewed by Mr Fussey on 17/06/2013

***#.
Cycling very easy! Level or downhill on tarmac. Hotel in Tulln is not 4 star! Although it was OK and had superb position, compared to the ratings of the other hotels on the trip it should be nearer to a 2 star.

Reviewed by Mr Bellion on 06/06/2013

***#.
An excellent route - distances well judged for the terrain (easy) and, because the tracks are so well signed, the route notes are almost unnecessary. Very well presented and maintained bikes. Hotels are obviously selected for location and in some cases there is little choice. All were clean and reasonably comfortable and, where evening meals were included, they were excellent - and some were outstanding. The only thing that Headwater couldn't do anything about was the weather - we cycled just a couple of days before the dreadful flooding that swamped the entire route.

Reviewed by Mr Whittaker on 04/06/2013

*****
Every thing went smoothly, pity about the weather!

Reviewed by Mr Hainsworth on 30/10/2012

*****
A wonderful experience and with time to explore different interesting places enroute

Reviewed by Ms Howell on 24/09/2012

*****
Headwter cycling holdays are always well organised. The bikes are very good as is the accomodation. However the half board menus sometimes offer too lttle choice.

Reviewed by Mrs Hollis on 24/09/2012

*****
Mile upon mile of dedicated cycle trails, through glorious scenery and picturesque villages, all running genetly downstream - surely this is the leisure cyclist's dream?. With no inclines to test us, our biggest challenge was resisting the cream-laden cakes, the delicious ice-cream and the dangerously sweet "sturm": the half-fermented wine produced from the vineyards through which we were cycling!

Reviewed by Mr Wilkinson on 24/09/2012

***#.
Well organised and professional company who clearly know the region well. The quality of the equipment was excellent and the hotels generally of a high standard. The directions were well described with almost all routes on safe cycle paths. The distances were managable even for the over 50's! The transfer of luggage between hotels worked well and on all occasions arrived in our room before we did. Would recommend.

Reviewed by Mr Thompson on 03/09/2012

*****
A great trip though not quite as scenic as the Mosel and the bit into Linz in particular is, as advised best avoided. However, the route into Wien along the island, as shown on the map is an absolute delight and for that section the advice to go by train should be ignored.

Reviewed by Mrs Daly on 30/06/2012

***#.
Bikes, organisation, directions, beauty of countryside and routes are all excellent. Accommodation was generally good/fair. We found the hotel in Linz noisyand the room stuffy and hot and interior rather shabby. The location of the hotel in Melk was unsuitable being up a very steep hill and far from centre. Hotel de la Poste in Melk was good and Tulln hotel was picturesque and well located. Hotel Austria in Vienna ws very friendly and well located but again we found the room stuffy and rather small.

Reviewed by Mrs Haigh on 23/06/2012

*****
Thoroughly enjoyed it. May consider room upgrade another time.

Reviewed by Mrs Akers on 16/06/2012

*****
Exactly as described in your booklet - wonderful easy cycling, lovely comfortable hotels and pretty scenery.

Reviewed by Mrs Oakley on 16/06/2012

*****
A Happy holiday which means more to us than fabulous or great - 5 stars

Reviewed by Ms Stowe on 16/06/2012

*****
we had a fantastic experience - the cycling is very good and safe

Reviewed by Mr Horner on 11/06/2012

*****
Great - holland next!

Departure dates & prices

May 2017 departuresTour only 
May 9$2308
May 11$2308
May 13$2308
May 15$2308
May 17$2308
May 19$2308
May 21$2308
May 23$2308
May 25$2308
May 27$2308
May 29$2308
May 31$2308
June 2017 departuresTour only 
Jun 2$2338
Jun 4$2338
Jun 6$2338
Jun 8$2338
Jun 10$2338
Jun 12$2338
Jun 14$2367
Jun 16$2367
Jun 18$2367
Jun 20$2367
Jun 22$2367
Jun 24$2367
Jun 26$2367
Jun 28$2367
Jun 30$2367
July 2017 departuresTour only 
Jul 2$2367
Jul 4$2367
Jul 6$2367
Jul 8$2367
Jul 10$2417
Jul 12$2417
Jul 14$2417
Jul 16$2417
Jul 18$2417
Jul 20$2417
Jul 22$2417
Jul 24$2417
Jul 26$2417
Jul 28$2417
Jul 30$2417
August 2017 departuresTour only 
Aug 1$2417
Aug 3$2417
Aug 5$2417
Aug 7$2417
Aug 9$2417
Aug 11$2417
Aug 13$2417
Aug 15$2417
Aug 17$2417
Aug 19$2417
Aug 21$2417
Aug 23$2417
Aug 25$2417
Aug 27$2417
Aug 29$2417
Aug 31$2417
September 2017 departuresTour only 
Sep 2$2338
Sep 4$2338
Sep 6$2338
Sep 8$2338
Sep 10$2338
Sep 12$2308
Sep 14$2308
Sep 16$2308
Sep 18$2308
Sep 20$2308

Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided cycling, hotel-to-hotel. Managed by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures

Every two days from 10 Sep '16 to 20 Sep '17, for 11 days (10 nights).

Meals

All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals included.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

Transfers from Passau train station (pay locally, allow approx 8 euro), however return to Vienna airport at 11:30 is included.

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