Blue Danube Cycle
Follow the winding route of the Danube and discover the lively history of one of Europe's most important rivers. Cycle past Austrian castles, Benedictine monasteries and ancestral vineyards en route to Vienna. From Germany, follow the Danube eastward into Austria, across the fertile plains of the Wachau Valley, where vineyards climb the slopes to imposing medieval monasteries perched atop hills between Melk and Krems. Wind past castle ruins and apricot orchards before reaching the capital of Austria, where you can take in a performance of the "Blue Danube" waltz, the melody that evokes Vienna the world over.
|DAY 1||Join Passau (Germany)|
|DAY 2||Cycle through countryside to Engelhartszell and onto Schlögen (44km)|
|DAY 3||Cycle past Aschach and Wilhering to Linz (53km)|
|DAY 4||Cycle to Grein via Burg Clam Castle (60km)|
|DAY 5||To Melk famous for its imposing Benedictine Monastery (51km)|
|DAY 6||Cycle through Wachau and on to Krems (40/55km)|
|DAY 7||To Vienna including train journey (39km)|
|DAY 8||Return to Passau, trip concludes|
We have just returned from our Europe holiday which included your Passau to Vienna bike tour and offer the following comments:
Arrangements: instructions for arrival and instructions from staff at the first hotel were excellent. They clearly were familiar with the procedures and had vouchers etc ready.
Accommodation: the hotels selected were better than had been expected and were something of a surprise - we had opted to upgrade the hotel accommodation, choosing the mid-range offering. A couple of hotels were difficult to access for some of the group (steep hills & out of town). The hotel at Traismauer proved difficult to locate and some other riders struggled with up to 90k because the previous hotel was also out of town.
Meals: were much better than expected.
Bikes: were solid, reliable and adequate for the riding undertaken. No breakdowns were experienced.
The course: although we experienced unseasonal hot weather (39degrees) was not taxing and easily handled. The maps and instructions provided were excellent although details for finding the hotel accommodation were challenging. We used an Ipad with Austrian maps to guide us once in towns.
Overall: A wonderful experience. We chose Utracks because of our good experiences with an earlier booking and would recommend this tour.