Four ways to explore Austria’s Danube Bicycle Path

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Year after year, Austria’s Danube Bicycle Path tops the list of most popular European bicycle routes for clients, and it is easy to understand why.

Offering care-free cycling on a dedicated, paved bicycle path, tours along the Danube take cycle tourists through picturesque medieval towns, lush farmlands, and sprawling vineyards—the full European experience along a leisurely route that is perfect for families and first-time cycle tourists.

The typical tour is one week and begins in Passau, Germany, the “City of Three Rivers,” and ends in Vienna, Austria’s capital and a top tourist destination, where many clients choose to spend a few extra days. Another plus: the prices are great if you are on a budget, with self-guided tours starting under $800 for one week, which includes hotels, breakfasts, luggage transfers, detailed maps, route information and a service hotline in case any questions or problems arise.

Tours along the Danube take four primary forms. Here are a few of our most popular options:

  1. With extra services, to make cycling easier than ever. The Danube Bike Path 7 Nights (Service Plus) tour is the service-oriented version of the typical one week tour offers clients a few added bonuses such as a GPS console and a cell phone to use if you ever need help or get lost along the route. Guided and self-guided options available.
  2. With luxe lodgings. The Danube Bike Path 8 Nights (Upscale Lodging) is a self-guided tour from Passau to Vienna for cycle tourists who want a bit more luxury. The itinerary includes some of the best hotels in the region, so you can play hard and rest hard each day.
  3. By bike and by boat. On this Bike and Boat tour, cycle tourists stay on a comfortable boat (cabins with shower, toilet, and air conditioning), while cycling at different locales on the Danube Bike Path each day. Cyclists (or non-cyclists) have the option each day to take a break and travel by boat to the next destination.
  4. With your family. The Danube Family Tour offers shorter daily distances, due in part to scheduled boat rides along the route on many days, features stays in family-friendly hotels, and incorporates kid-friendly attractions and activities such as a fairytale ride on the grotto railway, visits to zoos and an adventure park, and a ride on the giant Ferris wheel in Vienna.

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