Danube - Donauwörth to Passau Cycling Holiday

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.

Passau

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.

Danube - Donauwörth to Passau Cycling Holiday

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.

Passau

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

Day 1 : Arrive Donauwörth/Wörnitzstein

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 Wörlitz 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

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

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
22 miles/35 kms

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
35 miles/55 kms

Enjoy more riverside cycling today, taking a break at the Walhalla Temple near Donaustauf to enjoy the view. The Danube meanders gently 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

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
35 miles/55 kms

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 - end of trip

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

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds. The bikes come equipped with hub dynamo, luggage rack, waterproof pannier, waterproof handlebar bag with map holder, mileometer, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available as are children's bikes, weehoo tag-alongs and child trailers.

Child seats for adult rental bikes are also available at no extra charge.

All rental bikes provided on this tour come with bike insurance. Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own. 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

Ingolstadt: Altstadthotel

Kelheim: Gasthaus Weißes Lamm

Regensburg: Hotel Münchner Hof

Straubing: Hotel Theresientor

Deggendorf: Hotel-Gasthof Höttl

Passau: Hotel Residenz

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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