The rivers of central Europe are the focus of this holiday. The main base, Passau, stands at the confluence of three rivers. They say you can tell which river you are beside from the colour of the water – the little River Ilz is black, the River Inn is green, and the Danube is, of course, blue! Apart from the impressive river scenery, you will also explore historic towns, baroque villages, and the wonderful city of Prague.
- 3 nights bb in Prague, 1 night hb & 3 bb in Passau
- Walking tour of Prague
- Visits to UNESCO-listed Regensburg and Cesky Krumlov
- Three guided walks in Passau
- Return flights including transfers to your hotel
Day One: Flight to Prague, short transfer to your hotel for two nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation.
Day Two: Half-day walking tour of Prague. Prague is the ‘Golden City of a Hundred Spires’, built (like Rome) on seven hills, and praised by poets and philosophers throughout its long history. From the statue-lined ’Charles Bridge’, gifted to the city by the Holy Roman Emperor of the same name, you will have wonderful views, unspoilt by the progress of the centuries.
Day Three: Today you travel to Passau, stopping en route in the historic university city of Regensburg. A remarkably wellpreserved medieval city whose timeless Altstadt is a joy to explore. The centre straddles the Danube and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is dominated by the twin spires of St Peter’s Cathedral. You will have time to explore and have lunch here. You continue to Passau, just over an hour further on, for four nights’ accommodation – the first night halfboard, and the following three on a bed and breakfast basis. Total today 240 miles, mainly motorway.
Passau: at the crossroads of German Bavaria, Czech Bohemia and the Upper Austrian region, Passau’s old town offers picturesque streets, a fine baroque cathedral, pleasant riverside walks – large craft navigate the Danube – and a pretty, mainly pedestrianized central shopping area, all set below the 13th century fortress.
Days Four to Six: In Passau, with three included walking excursions.
Walk 1: The River Ilz. The first walk shows you the smallest of Passau’s three rivers, the River Ilz. You will take the local bus to Hals and walk from there to the Oberilzmuhle Dam. On the way back you can choose whether to catch the bus back (5 ½ miles walk, 120m climb) or continue back to Passau on foot (a further 2 ½ miles km).
Walk 2: The River Inn, to Scharding. You follow the river Inn (the green one!) out of town to the south. The river marks the German-Austrian border. You pass the village of Wernstein, as you head to the little Baroque Town of Scharding. It’s an unspoilt town with impressive merchants’ houses close to the old river port. Return to Passau by train. This walk is 10 miles, along the river, almost level. If you want to do a shorter distance today, take the train to Wernstein – it’s about half-way – and join the walk there.
Walk 3: The Danube Gorge. Just across the Austrian border, 30 miles south of Passau, the Danube makes two sharp turns. Through the ages the river has hollowed out a spectacular 250m-deep gorge. Your walk takes in spectacular views and passes through pretty villages. 7 miles, 477m climb.
Day Seven: Today you leave Passau and return to Prague. En route stop at UNESCO-listed Cesky Krumlov, wonderfully set in a loop of the river, opposite its impressive fortress. You continue to Prague for one night’s accommodation, on a bed and breakfast basis. 187 miles today, again mainly motorway.
Day Eight: Free time until departure for the airport and your flight home.
Walking in Lower Bavaria – Passau, the Danube & Prague
- Aberdeen (via London Heathrow)
- London Heathrow
- London Gatwick
- 18th September 2020