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    Wachau - 3 rivers - Centre-Based Tour

    Romance and culinary art

    • Please note: You can only take part in this trip if you are vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19!
      As of Oct 2022, subject to change.

      Feel save, book flexible: FREE rebooking up to 6 weeks prior arrival to any alternative date in 2021 - applies to bookings between May 01 and June 15 2021 , the price of the newly selected date 2021 applies in the event of a rebooking.

      Rebooking FREE OF CHARGE until 28 days prior tour start; valid for all new bookings between May 01 and ***September 15 2021***. Valid for all tour-dates 2021 – the price of the newly selected date 2021 applies in the event of a rebooking.

      Come here and get back to your personal pace. The Wachau Region, one of Austria’s most beautiful regions invites you to practice slowing down off the beaten track. Conquer the silent, soft and romantic Danube valley by bike and you will see – possibilities are endless and diversified.

      No matter if the landscape, the delicious wine or culinary specialties, the enchanting Wachau will also convince you of its beauty and diversity.

      Feel save, book flexible: FREE rebooking up to 6 weeks prior arrival to any alternative date in 2021 - applies to bookings between May 01 and June 15 2021 , the price of the newly selected date 2021 applies in the event of a rebooking.

      Tour profile / level 1-2

      Fully developed, flat cycle path directly along the banks of the Danube. Also very suitable for beginners and children; Kamptal cycle path easy gradients, cycle path is not always asphalted, also gravel and forest paths; Göttweig roundtrip with steep ascent to the monastery.

      Day 1: Krems/Mautern

      Individual arrival. Use the day to explore the surroundings and let it end with a glass of original Wachau wine.

      Day 2 - 5: Routings/program suggestions

      Below you can find our suggestions for the nicest bike tours in the surroundings. It is up to you, which ones you choose and combine...or if you do something completely different. The Wachau is one of Austria´s nicest and most famous regions - and you can plan this home-based tour however it suites you best.

      Tour 1: Danube cycle path Krems/Mautern - Tulln, approx. 43 km + train ride Tulln - Krems (only possible on day 2 between 01.04 - 29.05.)

      Ride the centerpiece of the classical Danube cycle path. Especially the beautiful flower-town of Tulln should not be missed. You can also visit the famous garden fair called “Die Garten Tulln” from April until October. Catch the included train Tulln - Krems (outside the season of Wachaubahn, May 30 – October 31). Only possible on day 2

      Tour 2: Krems/Mautern - Aggsbach/Aggstein - Melk, approx. 37 km + train ride Emmersdorf - Krems (only possible on day 2 between 30.05 - 31.10.)

      After a rich breakfast you start your bike tour. Commencing in Krems you cycle along the Danube cycle path through picturesque villages. In Aggsbach you should not miss to visit the charterhouse. It was founded by Heidenreich Von Maissau in 1380.
      If you are still fit enough for a steep ascend, you can make your way to the ruins of Aggstein. As you cycle onwards, small wine taverns can be found along the waysides. The imposing monastery of Melk greets you from afar and is, at the same time, today’s final destination. You get back to Krems by train (ticket from May 30 – October 31 included; no train ride possible beyond these dates). Only possible on day 2

      Tour 3: Traisental cycle path St. Pölten - Krems/Mautern, approx. 40 km + train ride Krems - St. Pölten (possible on day 3 only)

      In the morning you take the train to St. Pölten, the capital of Lower Austria. Stroll through the baroque city centre and enjoy a coffee in the country’s second oldest pedestrian zone. Visit the town hall square and the cathedral square, both testimonies to a long Roman past. Modern highlights of the city are the Festspielhaus, the Landtagsschiff and the Lower Austrian Provincial Museum. Along the Traisental cycle path you cycle back to the Danube via Herzogenburg, with its impressive Augustinian Canons’ Monastery and Traismauer. The last few kilometres you cycle along the Danube cycle path back to your hotel in Krems/Mautern. Only possible on day 3

      Tour 4: Melk - Spitz - Weißenkirchen - Dürnstein - Krems/Mautern, approx. 37 km + cruise Krems - Melk (possible on day 4 only)

      This day starts with a cruise trip to Melk. Take your time to visit the beautiful monastery. We recommend visiting the Venus from Willendorf, going for a walk in the lovely town of Spitz with its “1000-bucket-hill” and exploring the castle and the ruins of Dürnstein. In Dürnstein you will also enjoy a typical Wachau snack (included). Only possible on day 4

      Tour 5: Kamptal Cycle Path Rosenburg - Krems/Mautern, approx. 42 km + train ride Krems - Rosenburg (possible on day 5 only)

      A train gets you to Rosenburg in the morning. The correspondent renaissance palace offers, and additionally a beautiful scenery, bird of prey demonstrations. You cycle along the Kamptal cycle path towords Gars am Kamp. The former residency of the Babenberg clan – the ruins of Gars-Thunau, awaits you. You pedal back to Krems and pass through the historic wine town of Langenlois which invites you to have some coffee or tea break in the picturesque old town.
      Please note, that Rosenburg castle is opening only in May – customers who arrive in April are not able to visit the castle. (of course the bike tour is possible anyway!) Only possible on day 5

      Between July 20 and September 17 2023 this route is not possible due to construction work on the railroad line. For an alternative route along the Kamptal Cycle Path, see the route description "Tour 5 Alternative Route".

      Tour 5 (Alternative Route): Kamptal Cycle Path Krems - Langenlois - Krems, approx. 40-50 km

      This route first takes you from Krems along the danube and then through the wine-growing region of Kamptal to Langenlois. Langenlois is considered the largest wine town in Austria and invites you to linger with its small coffee houses, cellar alleys and countless wineries. Depending on your mood, you can follow the Kamptal Cycle Path even further before making your way back to Krems. The small community of Schönberg, located at the foot of the Manhartsberg, convinces for example with the scenically impressive nature park Kamptal-Schönberg.

      Tour 6: Krems/Mautern - Furth - Göttweig - Angern, approx. 25 km

      Today you cycle the “Göttweig tour”. Past the wine-towns of Mautern, Furth and Palt you will see different cultures like vineyards, wheat fields and forests as you cycle on to Göttweig Abbey (steep ascend). There are approx. 45 monks living in Göttweig at the moment. Enjoy the view!

      Day trip to Vienna

      If you want to explore a metropolis you can catch a train from Krems to Vienna (approx. 1 h, not included). Meet the beautiful multicultural, musical city of Vienna between Mozart, Sissi and the St. Stephans Cathedral. Also do not forget to eat the famous Wiener Schnitzel.

      Day of rest in Krems

      Today is dedicated to the wine town Krems. After the wine tasting at the winemakers Krems (ger.= Winzer Krems) you should stroll through this lovely town. In the pedestrian area you will find several shops which can be useful if you still need souvenirs for your loved ones at home. The Krems Cathedral, the Piaristenkirche church as well as the "Steiner Tor" invite you to an expedition. If you do not want to spare physical activity today, you may also want to walk up the vineyard hills.

      Day 6: Krems/Mautern

      Individual departure or extended stay.
    • Arrival - Parking - Departure

      Arrival by plane

      Airport: Vienna (VIE)
      With the train - connection you can find >>here - Ticketprice approx. € 20,- (2h)

      Arrival by car

      Steigenberger Hotel & Spa: Hotel garage € 15,-/night, public parking available, but limited (free of charge)
      Gasthof Nikolaihof: free of charge at the Hotel.

      Arrival by train

      Train station: Krems an der Donau
      Gasthof Nikolaihof: With the bus 1 to the station "Stein Mautern Bahnhof" (25 min) / Taxi approx. € 10,- (7 min)
      Steigenberger Hotel & Spa: With the bus 1424 to the station "Alauntal Am Rosenhügel" (15 min) / Taxi approx. € 7,- (5 min)


      Krems - Vienna Airport and back
      Prices available, see "Dates and Prices".

      Additional information

      Safety equipment: Please note, that in Austria children under the age of 12 are obligated to wear a bike helmet. Please protect your little ones and bring their own helmet!

      Please also note that Rosenburg castle is opening only in May. Customers who arrive in April are not able to visit the castle (of course the bike tour is possible anyway!)

    • Included services

      • 5 nights in rooms with private facilities

      • Breakfast (or 5x dinner option for a surcharge, only possible in Cat. Premium)

      • 1x train ride Emmersdorf – Krems incl. bike (May 30 – October 31)

      • 1x  train ride Tulln – Krems incl. bike 

      • 1x cruise Krems – Melk incl. bike

      • 1x train ride Krems – Rosenburg incl. bike 

      • 1x train ride Krems – St. Pölten incl. bike 

      • Wine tasting (in German language only)

      • Typical Wachau snack

      • Service-Hotline (also accessible on weekends)

      • Handlebar bag with maps and information material per room

    • Dates


        Season / Period
        • S1   01.04. - 30.04.23
        • Premium (4 * Steigenberger)
        • every SUN
        • S2   01.05. - 30.06.23
        • Premium (4 * Steigenberger)
        • every SUN
        • S1   01.07. - 31.08.23
        • Premium (4 * Steigenberger)
        • every SUN
        • S2   01.09. - 30.09.23
        • Premium (4 * Steigenberger)
        • every SUN
        • S1   01.10. - 31.10.23
        • Premium (4 * Steigenberger)
        • every SUN
        • S1   01.04. - 30.04.23
        • Comfort (Weinresidenz)
        • every SUN
        • S2   01.05. - 30.06.23
        • Comfort (Weinresidenz)
        • every SUN
        • S1   01.07. - 31.08.23
        • Comfort (Weinresidenz)
        • every SUN
        • S2   01.09. - 30.09.23
        • Comfort (Weinresidenz)
        • every SUN
        • S1   01.10. - 31.10.23
        • Comfort (Weinresidenz)
        • every SUN


        Discount for 3rd person (in one room with 2 adults)
        Children 0 - 6,99 years -100%
        Children 7 - 11,99 years -50%
        Children 12 - 14,99 years -25%
        15 - 99 years  -10%
        Bikes & equipment
        21-/7-speed-bike 109
        E-Bike 199
        Children´s bike, Trailer 109
        Child seat on request
        Bike helmet 39
        Krems hotel - Vienna Airport  
        Economy PKW 1-8 PAX on request
        Additional night
        Cat. Comfort (dbl/sgl) 73/99
        Cat. Premium (dbl/sgl) Season 1 109/139
        Cat. Premium (dbl/sgl) Season 2 115/145

        Best - Price - Guarantee

        If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
        All prices per person in EUR
      • Hotels

        Gästehaus Weinresidenz Nikolaihof (Kat. Comfort)

        Built in the typical Wachau style, this modern guest house surrounded by vineyards is only a few steps away from the associated Nikolaihof winery. 17 spacious, modern feel-good rooms are equipped with shower/toilet, satellite TV and air condition (since 2021).

        In a beautiful garden with countless apricot trees there is a spacious swimming pond with a large wooden deck, a sunbathing area and a children’s playground, from the 100 sqm wellness pavilion with sauna and relaxation room you can enjoy a wonderful view to the vineyards. The rich breakfast buffet offers regional delicacies from organic farming.

        With its 2,000-year history, the Nikolaihof winery is not only one of the oldest wineries in Austria, since 1971 they have been cultivating wine according to biodynamic guidelines, without pesticides and herbicides. The wines enjoy an international reputation and are consistently top-ranked in the US-American “International Wine Report. ” The Riesling “Steiner Hund” 2012 was recently ranked 6th out of 100. In the Nikolaihof wine bar, typical Wachau wines are made from organic products Dishes and delicious vegetarian dishes served. For the undecided, the “Nikolaihof Buffet at the Table” is recommended, where all meals are served in small portions at the table (from 4 persons). So you can get to know the variety of Wachau cuisine.

        Culinary insider tip close by – the Landhaus Bacher
        It is the epitome of the well-kept country restaurant with traditionally high-class table and glass culture. Probably the best Mediterranean restaurant in Austria (2 Michelin stars) presents Austrian cuisine in its most exciting and innovative way.

        Steigenberger Hotel & Spa 4* (Kat. Premium)

        Harmoniously nestled in the vineyards of Krems, overlooking the Danube, the Steigenberger Hotel & Spa Krems is the ideal starting point for numerous activities in the Wachau Valley. All rooms have shower/toilet, , bath basket with fluffy bathrobe, minibar, flat screen satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, in-room safe.

        Guests can relax in the 1,200 m2 wellness area with indoor and outdoor pools, several saunas, a salt water steam bath and a relaxation room with an open fireplace. Beauty treatments are available on request.

        The elegant Weinberg Restaurant and the cosy wine taverns spoil you with specialities from the Wachau region. You can also enjoy wines from the wine cellar. In summer, meals are served either indoors or on the panoramic terrace.

      • Rental bicycles & equipment

        Our bicycles are state-of-the-art quality bikes, designed specifically for the requirements and wishes of our guests. This is how we created easy-running, robust touring bikes with a low comfort entry, precise Shimano Nexus 8-speed hub gears, modern V-brakes, hollow aluminum rims and puncture-proof tires. The elevating handlebars allow for comfortable and back-friendly riding. The bikes in our fleet are mostly not older than 3 years. During the duration of the trip you are liable for any damage, loss or theft.

        The following bikes are available with 28" tires in various frame sizes (Men’s frames are provided for men over 188 cm):

        • 24-speed trekking bikes UNISEX* with hand brakes and freewheel
        • E-bikes (pedelecs) UNISEX
        • child seat, child trailer, pull-along bikes

        Our rental bikes are equipped with a spacious waterproof pannier, a handy handlebar bag, service kit with tools, air pump,bike lock per room.

        E-Bikes | Electric bikes | Pedelecs

        We provide you with modern quality e-bikes (pedelecs) with 7 or 8-speed hub gears, gradually selectable aid of pedaling power, puncture-proof tires and low UNISEX comfort entry. The bikes have a powerful motor and a strong lithium-ion battery, one battery charge is enough for up to 70 kilometers. You conserve your battery by starting with the lowest possible assistance and increasing it as needed. You charge the batteries at night using the charger.

        IMPORTANT: please reserve ebikes early, as they are only available in very limited numbers.


        Breakdowns or punctures can occur even with new wheels and the best maintenance. Fix punctures yourself, in case of major damage please contact our on-site staff. Please do not have any repairs done to the bikes without our approval.

        Bringing of own bikes

        You are welcome to bring your own bike. This is specially adapted to your needs and we understand very well that you would naturally like to have it with you on your bike trip. Do not forget to bring a tool bag including necessary keys and spare tube as well as a lock and check the bike for functionality before your departure.

      • 4.8 29.07.2019 | Neil P. Wachau - 3 rivers - home-based tour

        Wachau Home based Tour

        1) Whilst the hotel was comfortable, it was a long way from Krems and restaurants etc. The exceedingly steep hill to get to the hotel discouraged the use of the bikes in the evening. The hotel bars/restaurants were not very interesting, perhaps they’ll ...
        • Overall satisfaction 5
        • Booking handling 5
        • Travel documents 5
        • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
        • Accomodation 4
        • Board 6
        • Route description 4
        • Route-character 4
        • Bicycle + equipment 5
        • Price-performance ratio 5
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