Lower Bavaria – Passau, the Danube & Prague

8 Days from £929 | September 929

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.

Lower Bavaria – Passau, the Danube & Prague

New Holiday. Our Overall Holiday Satisfaction Score, as measured across all our holidays, up to December 2019, was 90.3%*
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  • 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

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.

Lower Bavaria – Passau, the Danube & Prague

New Holiday. Our Overall Holiday Satisfaction Score, as measured across all our holidays, up to December 2019, was 90.3%*
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

Hotel OCCIDENTAL PRAHA FIVE****, Prague (first two and last nights)
The hotel is located in a modern shopping district across the river from the old centre which is easily reached by metro (3 stops) or tram (seven stops). There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance, including several in Novy Smichov, Prague’s largest shopping complex. The hotel has a restaurant, lobby bar, and fitness area with sauna. Bedrooms have a safe, free wifi and air-conditioning. (www.barcelo.com)
New Hotel for PTS. However, our overall hotel satisfaction score average, up to December 2019, was 82.5%.
HOTEL IBB PASSAU ****, Passau (four nights)
The comfortable IBB Hotel Passau is centrally situated close to the Railway Station and just a few steps from the Danube. The 3-river confluence is just over a mile away through town – straight down the quayside. The hotel has 129 rooms with air-conditioning,  direct-dial phone, wifi, radio, hairdryer, tv with satellite channels, bath and wc. There is also a bar with free wifi, terrace, and wellness and sauna area. (www.ibbhotelpassau.de)
New Hotel for PTS. However, our overall hotel satisfaction score average, up to December 2019, was 82.5%.
Walking Holiday - Lower Bavaria – Passau, the Danube & Prague
Holiday code: 7WPA
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £210
Travel Insurance: £59.95
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

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AberdeenFri 18/09/20208BA via LHR09251605Places Available1049Prague21050ABZ17WPAA6

BirminghamFri 18/09/20208Jet213251835Places Available969Prague21050BHX17WPAA6

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LiverpoolFri 18/09/20208Ryanair20402015Places Available929Prague21050LPL17WPAA6

London GatwickFri 18/09/20208Easyjet08501340Places Available929Prague21050LGW17WPAA6

LutonFri 18/09/20208Easyjet13251745Places Available929Prague21050LTN17WPAA6

ManchesterFri 18/09/20208Jet207001220Places Available969Prague21050MAN17WPAA6

NewcastleFri 18/09/20208Jet216102145Places Available969Prague21050NCL17WPAA6

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Prices shown include carriage of one piece of hold luggage per person (maximum size and weights vary). Prices include return transfers between airport and hotel and are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms. Please refer to 'Accommodation' for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. All flight details are provisional and subject to confirmation when known. All holidays are subject to minimum numbers and are subject to availability. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 15/08/2020 at 18:47:06

This is a new holiday for 2020. Comments arise from other walking holidays in Central and Eastern Europe.


Thank you, we've had a marvellous holiday. Ioan was excellent as our Tour Director & was friendly, informative & kept everything running smoothly & on time. Tibi & Nick were great walking guides. We really enjoyed the blend of walking & touring (this is our 4th PTS holiday).

Mrs S, Aberdeen

Really enjoyed holiday. PTS Representative (John) and walking guides excellent.

Mrs F, Glamorgan

Very well organised.

Mrs R, Kelso

The holiday was brilliant - very well organised & the guide was excellent.

Mrs W, Lincoln

Our walking guide was excellent on all 3 walks.

Mr R, Kilmarnock.

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