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Program #3044RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Participants must bring and wear their own bicycle helmet.

Itinerary for May 28 — Jun 10, 2015

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Day One: Thursday, May 28 - International Flight
Depart From: Overnight flights from U.S.

Type: Hotel

Description: Situated in quiet village in the outskirts of Deggendorf.

Contact info:
Deggendorfer Straße 7
Natternberg/Deggendorf, 94469 Germany
phone: +49 991 30045
web: www.hotel-burgwirt.de/

Room amenities: En suite facilities, telephone, television, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Sauna, Solarium, Restaurant, Bar, Garden

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Based on availability
If participants wish to book the night before the program begins, they should contact the hotel directly.


Day Two: Friday, May 29 - Arrive in Munich / Transfer to Natternberg/Deggen...
Arrive in Munich / Transfer to Natternberg/Deggendorf / Orientation / Bike Fitting / Welcome Dinner

Note: Biking distance: There will be no biking today which provides an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate after your international flight. Please note that daily biking distances are approximate and may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.

Arrive To: Munich Airport.

Morning: We proceed to Deggendorf by motorcoach and check into our hotel.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice at the hotel in Natternberg/Deggendorf. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.

Afternoon: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Upon arrival in Natternberg/Deggendorf, bicycles will be fitted to the participant and skill testing will take place.

Please be aware that indicated times are approximate and that program activities and schedules could change due to local circumstances such as weather, traffic conditions, etc. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

During free time, the Group Leader will often be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.

Dinner: The group meets for the welcome dinner in the hotel dining room. Daily dinners consist of three-course meals featuring tasty local cuisine: appetizer, entrée and dessert plus water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. The evening is free to continue becoming acquainted with your fellow participants or take a stroll. Get a good night's sleep for the full day tomorrow.

Lodging: Hotel Burgwirt

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated in quiet village in the outskirts of Deggendorf.

Contact info:
Deggendorfer Straße 7
Natternberg/Deggendorf, 94469 Germany
phone: +49 991 30045
web: www.hotel-burgwirt.de/

Room amenities: En suite facilities, telephone, television, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Sauna, Solarium, Restaurant, Bar, Garden

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Based on availability
If participants wish to book the night before the program begins, they should contact the hotel directly.


Day Three: Saturday, May 30 - Plattling / St. Jacob's Church / Group Introducti...
Note: Biking distance: 16 miles

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, choose from a buffet with meats, cheeses, eggs, yogurt, cereals, breads, juices and hot beverages.

Morning: After a hearty breakfast, we will present a lecture on safety, rules of the road and the IBT Corner System.

We’re ready to bicycle and our destination is just a short ride to Plattling, a typical Bavarian town with pastel-colored houses.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Plattling. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.

Afternoon: A lecture at St. Jacob’s Church, one of the few remaining Roman churches in Bavaria, is planned.

Following the lecture, we’ll return to our hotel along a quiet bike path where we will have our first glimpse of the Danube (or as the locals call it, die Donau).

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: Learn more about your fellow travelers at Group Introductions after dinner.

Lodging: Hotel Burgwirt

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the pedestrian zone of the historic district of Passau

Contact info:
Heiliggeistrasse 1
Passau, 94032 Germany
phone: +49 851 92110
web: www.weisser-hase.de/

Room amenities: Clock Radio, Telephone, Internet Access, Flat Screen TV, Safe, Hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Sauna, Solarium, Parking Garage

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Sunday, May 31 - Passau / Hofkirchen / Stroll Passau
Note: Biking distance: 40 miles

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Today’s the real thing; our destination is Passau, a city at the German-Austrian border. We’ll see immediately why the Danube is so popular with bicyclists- for most of the program we bicycle on paths not accessible to cars.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food of your choice at Gasthof Buchner in Hofkirchen.

Afternoon: We’ll continue cycling along the Danube to our hotel in the center of Passau.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: Accompany your group leader on a short walk through Passau after dinner.

Lodging: Hotel Weisser Hase

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the pedestrian zone of the historic district of Passau

Contact info:
Heiliggeistrasse 1
Passau, 94032 Germany
phone: +49 851 92110
web: www.weisser-hase.de/

Room amenities: Clock Radio, Telephone, Internet Access, Flat Screen TV, Safe, Hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Sauna, Solarium, Parking Garage

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Monday, June 01 - Passau Architecture Lecture / Passau Walking Lect...
Passau Architecture Lecture / Passau Walking Lecture / St. Stephen’s Dom Organ Concert / Passau Independent Exploration

Note: Biking distance: no biking

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We start the day by attending a lecture on the various architectural styles prominent in the towns and villages along our way. We then have a walking lecture and field trip of Passau to learn all about the history of this wonderful city.

Afterwards, we visit St. Stephen’s Dom (except on holidays), which has the largest church organ in the world, where we’ll attend an organ concert.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food of your choice in Passau.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for independent exploration in Passau to do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Explore the banks of Danube by foot or enjoy a riverboat cruise, or spend the afternoon at the Oberhausmuseum which includes an art gallery and local history museum. If you want to relax, seek out one of the local cafés to sip a beer or cup of coffee while watching the locals.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Weisser Hase

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located at the curve of the Donau River in a beautiful country setting.

Contact info:
Schlögen 2
Haibach, 4083 Austria
phone: +43 7279 8212
web: www.donauschlinge.at/

Room amenities: Cable TV, Radio, Telephone, Hairdryer

Facility amenities: Swimming Pool, Sauna, Solarium, Massage, Aromatherapy, Restaurant, Bar, Terrace

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Tuesday, June 02 - European Union Lecture / Obernzell Ferry / Bicycl...
European Union Lecture / Obernzell Ferry / Bicycle to Austria / Schlögen Ferry / Schlögen

Note: Biking distance: 26 miles

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Before departure, we'll enjoy a lecture on the European Union.

Then we mount our bicycles and head for Obernzell, where we see the castle that was built by the Bishop of Passau in 1426 as his summer residence. In Obernzell, we board a ferry to cross the river.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Obernzell. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.

Afternoon: We cross the border into Austria on a bicycle path along the Danube. The route to Schlögen is one of the most scenic rides you could wish for, along the river and through a forest.

A ferry takes us across the river and to our hotel. Be sure to hike the trail behind the hotel that leads to one of the most magnificent views of the Danube you will see during the program!

Enjoy some free time in Schlögen before dinner.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Donauschlinge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Situated in the heart of Linz on a quiet side street.

Contact info:
Gesellenhausstraße 7
Linz, 4020 Austria
phone: +43 732 661690
web: www.hotel-kolping.at/

Room amenities: Internet Access, TV, Telephone, Air-Conditioning, Hairdryer, Radio

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Wednesday, June 03 - Aschach / Ottensheim Ferry / Wilhering Church / B...
Note: Biking distance: 38 miles

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We head for Aschach on the Danube, a beautiful old village featuring homes painted during the Baroque era.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Aschach. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.

Afternoon: After lunch, we bike to Ottensheim where we take a ferry across to Wilhering.

We’ll enjoy an excursion to Wilhering where we see one of the most impressive Rococo churches in Austria. Linz is our home for the next two nights.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: Discover Linz by night on a stroll to the Main Square with your Group Leader.

Lodging: Hotel Kolping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Situated in the heart of Linz on a quiet side street.

Contact info:
Gesellenhausstraße 7
Linz, 4020 Austria
phone: +43 732 661690
web: www.hotel-kolping.at/

Room amenities: Internet Access, TV, Telephone, Air-Conditioning, Hairdryer, Radio

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Thursday, June 04 - Austrian Economy Lecture / Transfer to Mauthausen...
Austrian Economy Lecture / Transfer to Mauthausen / Transfer to Linz / Linz Independent Exploration

Note: Biking distance: no biking

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: After breakfast, we attend a lecture on the Austrian economy.

Next, we take a motorcoach excursion to the former concentration camp, Mauthausen. Formerly a notorious World War II concentration camp built by the Nazis, you’ll see the granite quarries from which the stones were cut to pave many of the streets in Vienna. Many of the camp prisoners died working in these quarries. Today, the camp is a memorial with monuments dedicated to the people from many nationalities that died here.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Linz. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for independent exploration in Linz to do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Explore Linz, the capital of the province of Upper Austria. Don’t miss the Hauptplatz, the former market square, with Baroque buildings and the Rathaus. It was from the balcony of this town hall, on March 12, 1938, that Adolf Hitler announced his 1,000-year Empire.

For a wonderful view of the city, board the Pöstlingbergbahn, the steepest mountain railway in the world. The old-fashioned cars have been making the 16-minute climb of 255 meters to the top of the mountain since 1898. The town abounds with cathedrals, museums and most importantly, Konditoreien. Be sure to find one of these local bakeries and sample the famous Linzer Torte. You might even want to take one with you!

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Kolping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Central location in the old town of Grein.

Contact info:
Stadtplatz 8
Grein an der Donau, 4360 Austria
phone: +43 7268 3160
web: www.hotel-in-grein.at/

Room amenities: Telephone, Television, Safe, WiFi

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Patio/Terrace, Bar, Lounge

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Friday, June 05 - Customs & Traditions of Austria Lecture / Au an d...
Note: Biking distance: 39 miles

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: After breakfast, we’ll have a lecture on the traditions and customs of Austria.

We leave Linz on the north shore of the Danube and enter the province of Lower Austria towards our destination, Grein.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food of your choice at the Gasthof Pühringer in Au an der Donau.

Afternoon: Keep your camera handy as we round the bend in the river; the approach to Grein is truly picturesque. You will love this charming village with its old town hall and wonderful ambiance.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: Discover the idyllic village of Grein during a walk along the river promenade on your own or with your biking comrades this evening.

Lodging: Hotel-Restaurant Goldenes Kreuz

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the pedestrian area of the historic town of Melk.

Contact info:
Wiener Straße 30
Melk, 3390 Austria
phone: +43 2752 52235
web: www.wachauerhof.eu/

Room amenities: Television, Telephone, Hairdryer, WiFi

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Sauna

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Saturday, June 06 - Danube River Lecture / Schifffahrtsmuseum / Perse...
Note: Biking distance: 33 miles

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Before leaving Grein, we attend a lecture on the history of the Danube.

Following the morning lecture is a field trip to the Schifffahrtsmuseum (Shipping Museum) and castle which affords a spectacular view of the Danube. Another great day of biking lies ahead.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Persenbeug. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.

Afternoon: We pass by the village of Sankt Nikola, named after the guardian angel of the sailors, and the ruins of castle Freyenstein, perched high above the Danube. Years ago, the castle was given the nickname "Wines." According to legend, the knights of the castle stopped many of the barges loaded with wine, as they headed for Upper Austria and Bavaria. After paying a considerable ransom in wine, the barges continued their journey. The picturesque town of Melk awaits our arrival.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel-Restaurant Wachauerhof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Centrally located hotel within 10-minute walk to old town.

Contact info:
Edmund-Hofbauer-Straße 19
Krems an der Donau, 3500 Austria
phone: +43 2732 875650
web: www.parkhotel-krems.at/

Room amenities: Television, Safe, Internet Access

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Garden, Bar, Solarium, Sauna

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Sunday, June 07 - Melk Abbey / The Wachau / Willendorf / Spitz / Du...
Note: Biking distance: 26 miles

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: First stop is the famous 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey where we gain insight into the history of this magnificent building. From the balcony of the Abbey one has a splendid view of the Danube.

Today’s ride will take us through a wine-growing region called the Wachau. Although we don’t encourage drinking wine during the day, you may want to try the local wine at night.

We’ll visit the village of Willendorf where many years ago a chalk statue was found in the fields. The statue, the Venus of Willendorf, is believed to be over 25,000 years old. Today, a replica stands at the site.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Spitz. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.

Afternoon: We continue to Durnstein, the oldest town in Lower Austria. High above the town sits the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lion-Hearted was held prisoner until he was rescued by Blondel, his faithful minnesinger. From Durnstein it is only a short ride to our hotel in Krems.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: A walk led by the group leader after dinner will acquaint us with this charming city.

Lodging: Parkhotel Krems

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Close to center of historic Vienna and subway station for transport.

Contact info:
Wiedner Hauptstrasse 27-29
Wien, 1040 Austria
phone: +43 1 22 111
web: www.schick-hotels.com/hotel-wien-erzherzog-rainer.de.htm

Room amenities: Minibar, Telephone, Television, Hairdryer, Safe, Internet Access

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Lounge

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact IBT for rates.
Please refer to the OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS section of your preparatory materials for rates.


Day Twelve: Monday, June 08 - Tulln / Transfer to Vienna / Vienna Independent E...
Note: Biking distance: 30 miles

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Our last day on the bicycle. We have a ride planned along the Blue Danube (which is, incidentally, not blue at all) to Tulln. The terrain is perfectly flat and the biking is most relaxing.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Tulln. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.

Afternoon: We will say farewell to the bicycles (complete with tears and picture taking) before boarding a bus for Vienna (or Wien, as the Austrians call it).

Free Late Afternoon. Take this opportunity for independent exploration in Vienna to do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Erzherzog Rainer

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Close to center of historic Vienna and subway station for transport.

Contact info:
Wiedner Hauptstrasse 27-29
Wien, 1040 Austria
phone: +43 1 22 111
web: www.schick-hotels.com/hotel-wien-erzherzog-rainer.de.htm

Room amenities: Minibar, Telephone, Television, Hairdryer, Safe, Internet Access

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Lounge

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact IBT for rates.
Please refer to the OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS section of your preparatory materials for rates.


Day Thirteen: Tuesday, June 09 - Vienna Walking Lecture / Vienna Independent Explo...
Note: Biking distance: no biking

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: After breakfast, we’ll have a guided walk with a local historian where you will learn about Vienna. To describe the capital of Austria would take a lot of pages. We suggest you obtain a travel guidebook and read about Vienna before getting there. It is a city perfectly suitable for walking around. Indeed, you may want to consider spending a few extra days to see everything.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the food and cuisine of your choice in Vienna. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may also join the Group Leader at your own cost if you like.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for independent exploration in Vienna to do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Do not leave without visiting Hotel Sacher, near the Opera, to indulge in the REAL Sacher Torte, worth dying for. Order the Einspanner (black coffee with whipped cream) and you will truly experience happiness.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Erzherzog Rainer

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Wednesday, June 10 - Program Concludes / Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast provided by the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: Transfer to Vienna International Airport for onward travel.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you return on more rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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