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The River Danube

The River Danube

£1,295 per person

Grade 3 Cycle TourIntroduction

The River Danube cycle tour is aimed at any recreational cyclist looking for an alternative to a River Danube boat cruise. The route follows the rivers course with plenty peaceful spots to stop. The terrain is mostly flat with occasional hills so is leg friendly. Enjoy the luxury of a fully supported cycle tour complete with riding guide, luggage transfer and picnic or packed lunches.


While the cycling will be relaxed and easy, importantly it will be on dedicated cycle paths so we are away from traffic. First of all, by joining our ‘Road to Vienna’ cycle tour in Nuremburg, we will first head to Regensburg. Then from here, the EuroVelo 6 will take us to our destination in Vienna; passing through Deggendorf, Passau, Linz, Persenbeug and Krems an der Donau. Expect to see picturesque towns and villages, birdlife, lush forests, towering escarpments, romantic castles, tourists ships, working boats and the Danube in all her glory.

Included in the price: (based on two people sharing) all accommodation, breakfast and a picnic or packed lunch each day. Your luggage will be transferred in our support van each day and we will be on hand to deal with any minor mechanical issues. If it isn’t possible to fix it on the trail, we will then get your bike to a local repair shop as soon as possible. In the meantime, you are welcome to ride our spare bike.

The River Danube Cycle Tour


  • Cycling along the River Danube on EuroVelo 6
  • Wachau Valley
  • Romantic castles
  • Picturesque towns and villages


Your accommodation, on a twin share bed and breakfast basis, will be in hotels, typically chain hotels, along with carefully selected family run hotels and good quality bed and breakfasts. Single accommodation is available for a supplement on request.


The hotels will provide breakfast whilst the support team will provide a pack-up lunch, this will depend on what is available on the day and could include a mix of fresh sandwiches, pasties or easy grab and bites sourced from local bakeries. If weather doesn’t permit outdoors we will get into cafes for quick lunch.

​You will need to purchase your own evening meals, which are usually eaten communally although of course you are free to opt out if you wish.

We will carry emergency energy gels and bars in the support van but you are advised to bring along your own preferred sports nutrition to fuel your ride. There will be water refills, fruits bars etc provided to keep you hydrated.

In the Tour Plan, (B, L, D) refers to meals included in the trip cost i.e. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Bike Transfers

We will happily transport your bike to Nuremberg and back from Vienna at no extra charge. If you drop your bike off at our Sheffield office up to a day before departure of the full tour we will carefully pack it in the support van, drive it to the start and then return it to Sheffield ready for you to collect.

If that isn’t convenient then depending where you live we may be able to collect your bike on our journey from Sheffield to Harwich. Please get in touch with us to discuss arrangements, any other arrangements will be for an agreed fee.

While we will take all reasonable care while handling your bikes, using padded covers and making sure they are securely stored, we are not liable for any loss or damage during transportation and storage. We recommend you have appropriate insurance.

Taking your bikes to the continent, As we are no longer part of the EU customs unions, any bike we transport to Europe requires an ATA Carnet which incurs a fee of £40 per bike. This cost will be added to your invoice.

Tour Plan

The River Danube tour is flexible and should therefore be seen as a guide only. Local conditions, weather or fitness could lead to changes in our daily plans. All times and distances are approximate.

7 days of cycling
Approx 360 miles Age
  • Destination
  • Depart from
    Nuremberg, Germany
  • Return from
    Vienna, Austria
  • Road surfaces
    Mostly flat with occasional hill. Mostly on cycle paths (expect gravel), roads near cities.
  • Bike Type
    Hybrid / Tourer / Road bike with tyres 26mm or above
  • Included
    The River Danube
    Cycling guide
    GPX files
    Vehicle support
    Baggage transfer
  • Not Included
    Domestic flights
    Evening meals (unless specified)
    Bike hire
    Travel to start & from finish
    International flights
    Airport transfers
    Travel insurance
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Arrival Day - Meet in Nuremberg
We will join up with the guests on our Road to Vienna cycle tour in Nuremberg.
Cycle from Nuremberg to Regensburg
64 miles (103km)
Nuremberg to Regensburg on a bicycle has the definite ring of an adventure to it; today encompasses some fantastic cycling taking us from one of Germany’s most historical cities to one of the world’s most beautiful cities. As ever the order of the day for the cycling will be quiet back roads and well maintained cycle paths, the Bavarian countryside is unspoilt and the air crisp and clean. Summer sunshine, cool woodland and meadows interspersed with diminutive Bavarian villages and towns should make today’s leg of the journey something to remember for years to come. As we enter the city we will finally catch sight of the River Danube destined to be our companion for the rest of our cycle tour. (B,L)
Cycle from Regensburg to Deggendorf
52 miles (84km)
After yesterday our journey today is a very relaxed 52 miles from Regensburg to Deggendorf, which is known as the ‘Gateway to the Bavarian Forest’, however before we arrive in Deggendorf we have a glorious ride along the banks of the Danube. A river described by Napoleon as ‘the king of the rivers of Europe’ and a part of our journey to Vienna which should prove to be both memorable and spectacular.(B,L)
Cycle from Deggendorf to Passau
34 miles (55km)
As we leave Deggendorf we only have the relatively short distance of 34 miles to cycle along the banks of the Danube to arrive at our destination in Passau which the local tourist board proudly boasts as the ‘Venice of Bavaria’. The major settlement on route to Passau is Vilshofen an der Danube itself famous as the point where the rivers Vils, Wolfach and Pfudrach flow into the Danube. Whilst in Vilshofen we will see the imposing twin towers of the Benedictine Abbey Schweiklberg which dominate the town and later in the day when we arrive in Passau there will be time for a stroll around town before settling down to enjoy our Bavarian supper in a famous local beer hall. (B,L)
Cycle from Passau to Linz
58 miles (93km)
As we cross the border into Austria we will already have had hundreds of miles of exceptional cycling under our belt and what is to come can be regarded as the icing on the cake. Passau to Linz along the Danube has got to be in the ‘bucket list’ of epic bicycle rides. We will cross the German Austrian border some 12 miles from Passau and continue eastward, those of us with a keen eye will notice fortresses, once part of the Roman Empire which cling to the high ground over the river. Some are now nothing more than crumbling ruins, some privately owned and others exclusive restaurants and as we cycle into Linz, the third largest city in Austria it is worth remembering that the Romans founded the city and named it Lentia.(B,L)
Cycle from Linz to Persenbeug
55 miles (89km)
Another great day of cycling along the banks of the Danube is in prospect. After departing from our accommodation in Linz we will make progress to Sankt Georgen an der Gusen and then to Mauthausen, where we will be taking time out to visit Mauthausen Memorial Site, a place linked to the Holocaust in the Second World War before continuing onwards through Grein, Sankt Nikola an der Donau to arrive in the picturesque town of Persenbeug most famous for its castle.(B,L)
Cycle from Persenbeug to Krems an der Donau
45 miles (72km)
This is the penultimate day of our adventure with some glorious ‘Danube miles’ standing between Persenbeug and Krems an der Donau. The ride in between these two places can best be described in a single word, awesome. The nuts and bolts of the journey are simple; we will be riding through the Austrian settlements of Pochlarn, Emmersdorf an der Donau, Durnstein before arriving into Krems. With our ultimate goal of Vienna in sight and the hard work over, this should be a day to savour. As ever we will be cycling against the backdrop of the River Danube, towering escarpments, lush woodland, birdsong and bright blue skies. We will eventually arrive into Krems situated at the eastern gateway of the Wachau Valley and one of Europe’s loveliest riverscapes; it is also one of the oldest settlements in Austria. The unique cityscape in Krems ensured that in 2000 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Before settling down for the evening we will have chance to take a walk around the old town and observe the Steiner Tor, the town’s landmark which dates back to the 15th Century and the Simandl Fountain.(B,L)
Cycle from Krems an der Donau to Vienna
51 miles (82km)
The final day of a long distance bicycle tour can offer have a bittersweet feel. The destination is in sight and the objective almost achieved but this sense of satisfaction is often tinged with a sense of sadness that the journey is almost over. After an easy, and gorgeous ride, in the late afternoon we will arrive into the vibrant city of Vienna. We’ve made it, around 930 miles under our own steam across three countries. A small band of cyclists who began the ride as strangers will have become firm friends, yet soon to disperse home. So the last day in the saddle is one to celebrate and enjoy, grab the ride with both hands and make haste to Vienna, sing and shout, laugh and cry. Live for the moment and be happy you’ve done it, you’ve cycled all the way from the Hook of Holland to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and you may never pass this way again. On Saturday evening the support crew will be on hand to assist with the housekeeping associated with checking in for flights and giving transport directions to the train station and the airport. They will also be loading the support van with your bicycles for transportation homewards. Once this has been completed we will be going to one of Vienna’s famous beer gardens in the Wiener Prater for a farewell drink and a bite to eat. (B,L)
Departure Day
Time to depart for your journey home or why not extend your stay for some sightseeing. (B)


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Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th August 2024
Saturday 16th to Sunday 24th August 2025
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