Danube – Donauwörth to Passau Cycling Holiday

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  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Donauwörth / Passau
  • Distance

    193 miles/310 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    032-105CDE
Price From £490

Overview

This cycling holiday follows the still relatively young Danube across an incredibly scenic part of Bavaria. Expect leisurely cycling with plenty of charming towns and cities to explore along the way. Highlights include the old town of Donauwörth, Weltenburg Monastery, a boat trip through the Danube Gap and the beautifully preserved city of Regensburg.

The route starts in Swabia and takes you broadly eastwards from Donauwörth to Passau, covering the Danube’s entire Bavarian course and reaching its most northerly point at Regensburg. This means you’ll be treated to some of the finest scenery to be found along this great river, from wide floodplains to the foothills of the Franconian Jura, the Danube Gap and the Bavarian Forest.

Regensburg Cyclists - Danube - Germany

Regensburg

Your overnight stops provide the best of Bavarian culture, featuring pretty old towns and fascinating glimpses of the region’s medieval and ancient Roman heritage.

The route is largely flat, although there are a few small hills in parts, but nothing that’s unduly challenging. Most of the way you’ll be following tarmac paths with a few unpaved – but not too bumpy – tracks to follow as well.

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1: Arrive Donauwörth/Wörnitzstein

Donauwoerth

Donauwörth

On arrival make your way to your hotel in Donauwörth. After check-in you are free to relax or explore this beautiful Bavarian city on the Danube. The town’s strategic location at the confluence of the Danube and Woerlitz rivers helped it to become a powerful trading city and the large old houses in the town centre are a testament to its rich heritage. The town also has an excellent doll museum that has enthralled children of all ages for decades.

Day 2: Donauwörth/Wörnitzstein – Ingolstadt, 40 miles/65 kms

Ingolstadt - Danube - Germany

Ingolstadt

Head out from Donauwörth for your first day on the bikes. Follow an easy route to the foothills of the Franconian Jura where the terrain gets a little more undulating. You’ll then pass Marxheim and the lovely old town of Neuburg before continuing to the fortified town of Ingolstadt, your destination for the night.

Day 3: Ingolstadt – Kelheim, 34 miles/55 kms plus boat trip

Weltenburg Abbey - near Kelheim - Danube - Germany

Weltenburg Abbey

Leaving Ingolstadt you’ll follow the Danube, cycling through the river’s floodplains to reach Bad Gögging and an area rich in ancient Roman remains. There’s also slightly more recent history to discover at the spectacular Weltenburg Abbey plus the natural wonder of the Danube Gap, where the river squeezes through the rocks of the Franconian Jura. Enjoy a boat trip from the abbey to the town of Kelheim where you will spend the night.

Day 4 Kelheim – Regensburg, 25 miles/40 kms

Regensburg - Germany

Regensburg

You’ll ride to Regensburg today and the Danube’s most northerly point. Regensburg is a fascinating destination in its own right and must rank as Germany’s best-preserved medieval city – UNESCO certainly think so, as its entire centre has been designated a World Heritage Site. With an overnight stay here you’ll have plenty of time to explore.

Day 5: Regensburg – Straubing, 32 miles/50 kms

Straubing - Danube - Germany

Straubing

Enjoy more riverside cycling today, taking a break at the Walhalla Temple near Donaustauf to enjoy the view. The Danube traces long, gentle meanders in this section as you pass Wörth Castle and the ‘Gäuboden’ landscape en route to Straubing, with its distinctive towers and rich Celtic and Roman heritage. Easy cycling along dedicated cycle paths.

Day 6: Straubing – Deggendorf, 25 miles/40 kms

Deggendorf - Germany

Deggendorf – Germany

Today you’ll continue making your way through this enchanting part of Bavaria, first reaching the medieval town of Bogen before continuing through Pfelling and Mariaposching. It’s worth stopping at Metten Abbey before arriving at Deggendorf, gateway to the Bavarian Forest.

Day 7: Deggendorf – Passau, 37 miles/60 kms

Passau - Germany

Passau

Your last day of cycling takes you through more lovely Bavarian riverside scenery to your final destination – Passau. Here the Danube meets the rivers Inn and Ilz and it’s the perfect spot for a boat trip to see the town from the water. Also take time to simply wander the streets of the old town and perhaps visit the impressive local castle

Day 8: Passau

After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 13 April to 13 October (excluding 05 -15 August)

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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Entrance to Museum Mobile Ingolstadt
Boat trip Weltenburg - Kelheim
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet
Tourist tax (approximately €2pppn, payable locally)

Supplements

Half Board: 7 x dinners (£149)
Extra night Regensburg/Passau, double/twin, comfort (£50)
Extra night Regensburg/Passau, single, comfort (£70)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£75)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£173)
Child bike (£45)

Reductions

Free for children up to 5 years
50% for children 6-13 years sharing with 2 adults
25% for children 14-17 years sharing with 2 adults

Practical Information

Bikes

Example of bike used on this tour

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are comfortable unisex bikes with deep step-through frames and 27 gears.

They are equipped with a pannier, handlebar bag, odometer, lock and puncture repair kit.

E-bikes are also available as are child seats, children’s bikes and child trailers. All are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.

 

 

 

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses.

Wörnitzstein/Donauwörth: Landgasthof Schmidbaur / Hotel Donau
Ingolstadt: Altstadthotel
Kelheim: Gasthaus Weißes Lamm
Regensburg: Hotel Münchner Hof
Straubing: Hotel Theresientor
Deggendorf: Hotel-Gasthof Höttl
Passau: Hotel Weisser Hase

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

 

Getting There

Fly to Munich and take a train to Donauwörth. At the end of the trip take a train from Passau back to Munich

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 1 review 5.0
  • Date - 16/06/2018
  • Name - Bob Cooper
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Efficient and friendly
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Good itinerary, good tracks and good weather. Only criticism is use of the Art Hotel in Inglstadt which although very comfortable was very noisy due to proximity of main road.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thanks Bob, always nice to have positive feedback, particularly from regular customers!

    Product : Thanks for the useful feedback Bob. Glad you enjoyed the holiday overall.