Danube Source to Passau Cycling Holiday

  • 4.7
    (3 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    13 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Donaueschingen / Passau
  • Distance

    385 miles/620 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    032-103CDE
Price From £931

Overview

A long distance cycling holiday from the source of the Danube in the Black Forest across southern Germany to Passau on the Austrian border. Follow the young Danube as it leads you through a procession of idyllic villages, fertile rolling countryside and proud cities.

You’ll start at the source of the Danube in the small town of Donaueschingen. Over the next two weeks, daily rides will lead you alongside the steadily growing river as it makes its way eastwards through Baden Württemberg and Bavaria to Passau on the Austrian border. Along the way you will enjoy idyllic riding along riverside cycle paths and quiet lanes.

At times the river leads you through rural countryside past charming villages and remote hamlets at others it introduces you to the cultural delights of larger, historic towns and cities such as Ulm, Ingolstadt and Regensburg. Baroque abbeys and isolated castles are in store plus natural wonders like the sinking of the Danube at Immendingen and the ink blue Blautopf spring.

Ulm - Danube - Germany

Ulm

Most of this cycle tour follows flat paved cycle paths with some dirt tracks as well – all pretty smooth and easy to ride on. Any hills are generally of gentle gradient, and with plenty of time allotted to tackle each day’s riding, anyone with a basic level of fitness will enjoy this trip.

Itinerary & Map

Most of this cycle tour follows flat paved cycle paths with some dirt tracks as well – all pretty smooth and easy to ride on. Any hills are generally of gentle gradient, and with plenty of time allotted to tackle each day’s riding, anyone with a basic level of fitness will enjoy this trip.  

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Day 1: Arrive Donaueschingen

Danube Fountainhead - Donaueschingen - Germany*

Danube Fountainhead – Donaueschingen

On arrival make your way to your first hotel in Donaueschingen. After check-in you’re free to relax or explore. The Danube is formed near the town by the joining of two lesser rivers while nearby Fürstenberg castle is also worth seeking out. Be sure to visit the Danube Spring in the town which marks the river’s birth point.

Day 2: Donaueschingen – Mühlheim/Fridingen, 28-35 miles/45-55 kms

Muehlheim

Mühlheim

Your first day of cycling takes you through the ‘Baar’, the rolling, rural landscape between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb. There will be natural wonders in store at Immendingen, where the Danube disappears below the porous chalk rock for much of the year and flows underground to the Aachtop, Germany’s biggest spring. in Tuttingen the river narrows and from here it’s not far to the pleasant villages of Mühlhein and Fridingen where you will stop for the night.

Day 3 Mühlheim/Fridingen – Sigmaringen/ Scheer, 28-35 miles/45-55 kms

Sigmaringen

Sigmaringen

Have the camera ready as today’s ride is incredibly scenic. Between Fridingen and Sigmaringen the Danube meanders through a beautiful serene valley. Over the centuries the river has eroded the soft limestone and in places the cliffs are over 100 meters high. Many of the bluffs overlooking the valley are topped with castles – the most impressive of which is at Sigmaringen. You spend the night in Sigmaringen or the charming village of Scheer.

Day 4 Sigmaringen/Scheer – Obermachtal/Ehingen, 31-44 miles/50-70 kms

Ehingen - Danube - Germany

Ehingen

Ride alongside the Danube to the village of Hundersingen where we recommend a short detour to the celtic open air museum at Heuneburg. Afterwards, continue along the river through serene, riverside scenery to the town of Obermarchtal. We recommend a visit to the fine baroque cathedral. You’ll spend the night here or a few kilometers further on in the pleasant village of Ehingen.

Day 5 Obermachtal/Ehingen – Blaubeuren – Ulm, 28-41 miles/45-65 kms

Ulm

Ulm

Today you leave the course of the modern Danube and venture north following the route the river once took in ancient times. Visit the monastery at Blaubeuron as well as the limestone spring which gives birth to the Blau River. Follow the young river past castles and ruins back to the modern Danube and the bustling city of Ulm. This attractive provincial city straddles both banks of the Danube, with its larger western portion in Baden-Württemberg and its eastern side in Bavaria. It’s a pleasant place to spend the night with a lovely old town and the tallest church steeple in the world.

Day 6 Ulm – Lauingen/Dillingen, 31-35 miles/50-55 kms

Ulm

En-route near Ulm

Today’s route takes you through dozens of picture-perfect villages as you make your way into Bavaria proper. You can stop to explore any of them of course and we particularly recommend  Elchingen, a famous pilgrimage site. Günzburg is also interesting  for its intricately decorated Church of our Lady. At the end of a great day in the saddle you’ll arrive in the villages of Lauingen and Dillingen where you will spend the night.

Day 7 Lauingen/Dillingen – Donauwörth, 25-28 miles/40-45 kms

Donauwoerth - Danube - Germany

Donauwörth

Today’s ride leads you past a series of secluded villages set on small hills that protect them from the floodplains below. Take a break at any of them of them for a wander round and perhaps some refreshment. Eventually you arrive in Donauwörth a city at the confluence of the Danube and Wörnitz rivers and with a long and interesting history. The old, ornate houses in the centre are testament to the city’s strategic importance in bygone times

Day 8: Donauwörth – Ingolstadt, 40 miles/65 kms

Ingolstadt - Danube - Germany

Ingolstadt Castle

Follow an easy route to the foothills of the Franconian Jura where the terrain gets a bit 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 9: 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 10: Kelheim – Regensburg, 25 miles/40 kms

Regensburg - Germany

Regensburg – Germany

Today you follow the Danube as it turns northwards and meanders through pleasant open farmland. Today’s goal is the city of Regensburg which marks the Danube’s most northerly point. Regensburg is a fascinating destination in its own right and ranks as one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities – the wonderful town centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll spend the night here so there is plenty of time to explore.

Day 11: Regensburg – Straubing, 32 miles/50 kms

Cyclists - Walhalla - Germany

Cyclists at the Walhalla Temple

Enjoy more riverside cycling today, taking a break at the Walhalla Temple near Donaustauf. 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.

Day 12: Straubing – Deggendorf, 25 miles/40 kms

Deggendorf - Germany

Deggendorf

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 the beautiful Metten Abbey before arriving at Deggendorf, gateway to the Bavarian Forest.

Day 13: Deggendorf – Passau, 38 miles/60 kms

Passau - Germany

Passau – Germany

Your final day’s cycling leads 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 – its a bit of a climb but the view is most definitely worth it.

Day 14: Passau

After breakfast its time to check-out and head  for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 22 April to 29 July and 10 August to 13 October

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Deposit per person £175

Price Includes

13 nights accommodation. See practical information
13 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Entrance to Sigmaringen Castle and tour
Entrance to Minster Tower Ulm & 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: 13 x dinners (£277)
Extra night Ulm, Regensburg or Passau, double/twin, comfort (£55)
Extra night Ulm, Regensburg or Passau, single, comfort (£75)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£75)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£173)
Child bike (£40)

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 subject to availability at the time of booking.

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

Accommodation

The categories of accommodation available on this tour are shown below.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses.

Donaueschingen: Hotel zum Hirschen
Mühlheim/Fridingen: Hotel-Gasthaus Krone / Hotel Gasthaus Sonne
Sigmaringen/Scheer: Hotel Garni Jägerhof / Hotel Restaurant Donaublick
Obermarchtal/Ehingen: Gasthof Berghofstüble / Hotel Adler
Ulm: Akzent Hotel Roter Löwe
Lauingen: Hotel Kannenkeller
Donauwörth: Hotel Donau
Ingolstadt: Altstadthotel
Kelheim: Gasthof Weißes Lamm
Regensburg: Hotel Münchner Hof
Straubing: Hotel Theresientor
Deggendorf: Hotel-Gasthaus 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 Zurich, Munich or Stuttgart and take a train to Donaueschingen. At the end of the tour fly home from Munich, Salzburg or Linz Research flights from the UK here

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 3 reviews 4.7
  • Date - 03/09/2018
  • Name - Brenda Quast
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Excellent service once again by Ally and Andy. As we’d previously cycled Passau to Vienna, we wanted to end this tour in Regensburg. Ally and Andy sorted this without issue. Thanks again!
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    5.0
  • Product comment - Again a great cycling experience. Was great to see the Danube at its source and see it widen as we professed east. Enjoyed the accommodation. We had no issues on this trip.
  • Date - 31/07/2016
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - It was helpful
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Everything worked well and we had a great time
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks and we're glad you had a great time.
  • Date - 11/12/2015
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - all questions answered promptly
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - A great experience - track above Regensburg has a lot of off-road which makes for slower cycling, below Regensburg much easier. Very exciting to be able to swim in the Danube on this route. First section very quiet, not a tourist area. Overall a real adventure cycling for 12 days straight.
  • Flexitreks response - Thank you kindly for your reply on our service and the detailed feedback on the cycle trip, as this is much appreciated and really useful. We are glad that you had a 'real adventure' and enjoyed exploring this region by bike as well as enjoying a dip in the Danube! The Flexitreks team.