Cycle Tour Operators along the Austrian Danube

Since the Danube cycle path in Austria is one of the most traveled cycle ways in Europe, there are plenty of tour operators offering holiday packages today. Most of them offer self-guided cycling holidays. The prices depend on the type of accommodation that you chose. The higher the chosen category - the better the hotels are.

However, they don't tell the place that you will stay in each night before the booking. So you might stay overnight in a small village along the cycle path where there is no restaurant with an English menu. If you don't speak German, you better take a package from a higher category.

Hotels of higher quality are often easier to find. Finding your hotel is another challenge sometimes. The maps that are sent to you beforehand, although perfect for cycling, sometimes don't show the way to the hotel where you are accommodated during the tour. Our advice is to visit your preferred online-map website (Google Maps, map24, Yahoo! Maps, ...) and print out a street map of the area around every hotel that you are booked in. Your cycle tour operator usually sends you a hotel list beforehand.

If you prefer to travel in a group of like-minded cyclists or simply feel more comfortable with having a guide around, go for a guided cycling holiday (sometimes also: escorted cycling holiday). Again, there are holiday packages at all price levels. In general, local tour operators provide cycle tours at lower prices. Contrariwise, they usually don't have a representative in your country and so are harder to approach.

We have listed cycle tour operators here. We don't recommend any specific tour operator or holiday package in particular.

Guided cycling holidays

  • Mercurio Bike Travel, Zwickau/Germany: They cycle the Danube from Passau to Vienna but shorten the route at less pleasant sections, English speaking groups only, an airport shuttle service is included, small groups of up to 15 cyclists only
  • Explore, Farnborough/UK: Offer a cycling holiday along the Danube from Passau to Vienna, pick up from Vienna at tour start is included, guide and bicycles are apparently from a Polish tour operator, group size is typically between 10 and 16
  • ExperiencePlus, Forlì/Italy: If you like road bikes and don't mind cycling 35 to 60 miles a day, have a look at ExperiencePlus' ride from Passau to Vienna.
  • Peak Tours, Glossop/UK: They offer to cycle along the Danube as part of a 14 days ride across Germany and Austria. A cycling guide and van support is part of the package. 50 to 70 miles each day, no rest day. This is possibly for the die-hards.
  • TopBicycle, Mikulov/CZ: Greenways Travel Club from Czech Republic offers guided tours from Passau to Vienna.

Self-guided cycling holidays

  • Eurobike (Eurofun Touristik), Obertrum/Austria: Several holiday packages differing in the length of their daily cyclelegs are available. Cycle from Passau to Vienna within 5 to 10 days.
  • Austria Radreisen, Schärding/Austria: Designed its Danube cycle tour packages along different themes and levels of difficulty.
  • Oberösterreich Touristik, Linz/Austria: They got even more cycle tours along the Danube on offer.

If you prefer to work with a British intermediary, have a look at Exodus, SaddleSkedaddle and Headwater. Exodus and Skedaddle are resellers, Headwater most probably as well – meaning that a local tour operator does everything.

North America based cyclists are recommended to book through a US-based intermediary. BikeTours.com (formerly BikeToursDirect) and Tripsite are the two big ones.

A few final thoughts about your self-guided cycle tour

As many people start the cycling in Passau on a weekend, hotels along the cycle path have peak days where many guests crash in. This often makes it a bit uncomfortable for those who have not pre-booked accommodation as well as it forces tour operators to accommodate late booking guests into less convenient places. You also share the cycle path with more people on those peak days.

By the way: Some self-guided tour operators starts their Passau-Vienna trip in Schärding. It is a beautiful, small town, from Passau 10 miles up the Inn River. Schärding is slightly more difficult to reach by public transportation than Passau.

What day to start at?

If you go on a self-guided tour or go completely on your own, have in mind that most people start this trip on a Saturday or Sunday. Hence consider to start cycling in Passau within Monday to Friday, at least in July and August when most people cycle the Danube.

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