I would like to express our views and experience on cycling the Danube which we completed in August 2013. When my wife and I decided on this adventure, we contacted her brother and his wife and decided it would be great if we could all do it as a group. (They were going to be in Europe at the same time).
The logistics soon became very obvious that to do this trip required a lot of planning and when you live in New Zealand, it's not that easy to just pick up a phone and call, as our time zones are completely opposite Europe.
We researched the market via internet and decided to go with a company by the name of Austria Radreisen. This decision proved invaluable as it turned out. We requested good quality accommodation and required our luggage to be transported to and from each hotel we stayed at as part of the package, also including bike hire.
The end result was flawless! Not a single glitch with the whole trip. Hotels without exception were wonderfull, well situated and certainly up to the standard we expected. The luggage arrived on time and was often earlier than stated which was nice as we arrived at a couple of our destinations sooner than anticipated, and the bikes we hired were faultless.
As far as the journey itself is concerned, definately put it in your bucket list! Fantastic scenery, very quaint villages dotted all along the route, cafe's almost perfectly situated to meet all the demands of a bunch of 60 year olds who love to eat and drink. (It's very easy to put weight on doing this ride).
The actual cycle path is very easy riding, we trained on our bikes for a couple of months prior to doing the trip and in fact, the complete journey was easier than our traing regime. There were only two times we had to hop off our bikes and push them up very small hills. I would think that most averagely fit people, could acheive this ride with no difficulty. We had an additional night at Krems, which was really nice and allowed us to explore that area (Wachau) at a more leisurely pace. (The food and wine is absolutely superb in this region).
All in all, we had a brilliant experience and had so much fun, we all agreed it would be a trip we would love to do again in the future.
So, to summarise our journey, we had a fabulous experience and really enjoyed the history of the region, the cafe's, friendliness of the locals and the professionalism of our chosen tour operators. Enjoy the experience and atmospere, it's well worth it.
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