CYCLING THE DANUBE - PASSAU TO VIENNA
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
arriving in Vienna and doing our own sight seeing tour by bike through the city, ending with a piece of Sacher Torte at the Sacher Hotel / Cafe (behind the Opera House)
What did you think of your group leader?
It was self guided
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Read the trip notes, travel instructions and cycling guide several times beforehand. We found all the information thrown at us on arrival by the hotel receptionist very scant and confusing. We had to return several times to reception before getting to grips with it. Exodus should remember that a receptionist is not a tour guide or group leader and does not necessarily have any local knowledge The bikes were very good and comfortable. Unfortunately it was quite complex to get to the bike hire place and back into Passau There are many opportunities to catch the local trains for short rides to your destination which we did a couple of times. The trains are all very bike-friendly. The Exodus and Radundreisen tripnotes differ slightly, but crucially at important points (pick up point for one of the hotel transport in Grein, and hotel facilities description)
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Overall, we had a wonderful week! Having previously been so impressed by Exodus organisation, we were disappointed with this one. 3 hotels (out of 7) were "out of town"; for 2 of them we needed to be picked up by the hotel as they were 6-8 km up in the hills, and one even wanted to to be paid for return transport the next day! The third one was miles out of town in Vienna at the end of a most unpleasant ride to it in a huge shopping complex. With all 3 it was most disappointing that we were unable to enjoy the localities in the evening and had to simply stay in the hotels.(the one in Vienna did not even have a restaurant despite the trip notes referring to one)