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This trip was perfect. From forests and mountains to wine producing valleys this stretch of the Danube provides stunning scenery and lovely villages and towns such as Grein and Melk along the way. Well sign-posted purpose built, smooth cycling paths made this trip effortless and friendly, comfortable hotels along the way made this trip one I'd highly recommend if you are looking for an easy-going trip. As there are only a few stretches on quiet roads and a couple on paths alongside busy roads (the rest on quiet cycle tracks) and the distances are manageable you don't need to be a confident cyclist to enjoy this trip.
Visiting the former concentration camp at Mauthausen was a chilling reminder of the atrocities carried out by the Nazis in World War Two. A very worthwhile visit.
Just go for it! It couldn't be simpler. We flew in to/out of Vienna and took a train from Vienna Airport to Passau but you could also fly in to Munich and take a train from here to Passau if you wanted to. Don't pay for entry to Melk Abbey (you can walk up to the Abbey and wander around the courtyard without paying).
We cycled this route in May 2016 and we had a wonderful time. The cycle route is well maintained, the navigation was very clear with the resources provided and the scenery was spectacular. Vienna was a suiting end to a very scenic trip. A great first self-guided cycling trip to try.
I particularly enjoyed the cycle route to Krems. Passing through endless fields of vineyards and green farmland with the Danube river in the background was a great experience. There were castles and majestic palaces atop the Austrian hills and we passed many local wine producers and quaint villages on this cycle day.
We cycled independently however the introductory briefing on the first day was informative and friendly.
We booked our train in advance from Vienna to Passau and a first class upgrade was cheap for the 3hr train journey. The Mauhausen Memorial is approximately 5km off route (uphill!) but it's well preserved and definitely worth a visit. The memorial is on Day 4 between Linz and Grein.
This was my first self-guided cycling trip and it is a excellent introduction. Cycling through Austrian countryside along well-maintained and traffic free paths was a brilliant experience. The hotels are all excellent quality and I would highly recommend this trip!
What a great trip, we had great weather for the cycle ride, we met some lovely people too.
Arriving at each destination at the end of each day without getting wet.
When you get to Vienna airport, walk across to the railway station and get a direct train to Passau. They run every two hours and we were not told of this service.
Then you will need to make your own way to the next hotel by public transport, or pay for a taxi. Please remember you will also have your bikes, which need to be safely transported as well. You can also phone the local taxi company (details in route notes) who transport your luggage, and see if they can give you a lift. Please note this may not always be possible.
No, if you hold an EU passport, you do not need any visa to travel. If you hold a non EU passport, please check with your nearest embassy.
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Usually by a local representative or a taxi company. You will need to leave your luggage at the hotel reception between 08:00hrs and 10:00hrs on days of hotel change - the route notes you receive with your final documents will confirm the exact time. It must be marked with the luggage labels (provided by Exodus or at the start hotel), CLEARLY VISIBLE, showing your name and the total number of bags that you are having transferred.
In country bike hire should be arranged at the time of booking, and the cost will be added to your invoice. Please note that there are a limited number of bikes available locally. We always have to match a person's height to the bike frame size, and as there are limited amounts of each size, we cannot always guarantee availability of the correct frame. Therefore it is recommended you add the local bike hire as early as possible.
Although we do not have a 'group flight' as we would normally do on our guided trips, we will do our best to provide as much information as possible on helping you get to the start point, whether that is by train, bus, aeroplane or car. Please consult the trip notes for more details or ask a sales consultant.
Not at all. With self-guided cycling you have the whole day and can take things at your own pace, and stop wherever you choose to. The route notes will make suggestions, but in the end you can go as slowly or as quickly as you like!
No, a quality local hire bike is included in the overall price of this cycling holiday.
If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may of course bring it along. A discount of GBP90 will apply if you do so.
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