Bicycling Along the Danube
Explore the Danube on comfortable bike paths as you enjoy expert-led lectures on shipping history, folklore and culture. Plus, visit the famous 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey of Melk!
Program No. 3044RJ
14 days
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At a Glance

Centuries ago, “treppelweg,” or towpaths, were laid down along the mighty Danube so that horses could pull barges along the river. This system allowed goods to be transported between the Black Forest and the Black Sea — a 1,777-mile journey. In Germany and Austria, many of these storied paths have today been converted into beautiful bike paths. Follow the “treppelweg” on an unforgettable bike journey that reveals the amazing environments, fascinating folklore and city and village life along the Danube.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Recommended for novice to experienced cyclists comfortable biking up to five hours/day on primarily flat terrain. Participants will bike as a group 15-40 miles/day following the group leader at a rate of 10-12 miles/hour with rest breaks every 25 minutes. Must bring and wear own helmet. Weather conditions, such as wind and rain may affect biking difficulty. Walking up to one mile/day, standing for up to two hours/day on uneven terrain, stairs and cobblestones.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Led by experts who know the Danube well, bike along this river on scenic, car-free bike paths.
  • Discover the fascinating history of shipping on the Danube River during a visit to the Schiffahrtsmuseum tucked away in Castle Greinburg.
  • Enjoy an organ concert at St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Passau, home to the largest church organ in the world.
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