Highlights of this tour

Plenty of sights in Vienna & Bratislava

Germany, Austria, Slovakia

Around 200 km / 147 miles

Ships with max. 126 passengers

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Individual Fully-guided
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
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Bike and Barge Danube: Passau – Bratislava – Vienna – Passau | Theodor Körner

From both the bicycle saddle and the sundeck of a nostalgic cruise ship, you will discover the enchanting Danube valley between Passau and Vienna comfortably and relaxed. A colorful mix awaits you: the southern Bavarian Passau spreads an Italian flair, the picturesque Danube Bend is an impressive natural spectacle, in the romantic Wachau you will get to know ancient wine culture between old castles and palaces. Lively Bratislava presents itself with a mix of baroque and socialist styles, and in charming Vienna, immerse yourself in the splendor of the Habsburgs and swing in three-quarters stroke.

Highlights

  • Passau, the Bavarian city of 3 Rivers
  • the „Great Loop“ Schlögener Donauschlinge
  • National Park „Donauauen“
  • the World Cultural Heritage Site Wachau
  • the cosmopolitan cities of Vienna and Bratislava with plenty of sights

The spacious, nostalgic ship Theodor Körner was completely redecorated in winter 2013/2014 and offers a comfortable atmosphere in modern Art-Deco style.

A cycling holiday to Vienna: a great mix of cycle rides along the Danube, a lovely stay aboard a boat and a trip to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Day to day program

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Passau | Passau – Mauthausen

Individual arrival. Boarding time is at 4 p.m. The “Bishop City,” close to the Bavarian/Austrian border, is also known as the “City of three Rivers.” Use your free time and stroll through the old charming center, visit the world largest Catholic Church organ in the cathedral and enjoy the easy atmosphere of a typical Bavarian beer garden. At 6.30 p.m. cast off! Your vacation begins with a cruise through the romantic Danube Valley.

Day 2 (Sun): Mauthausen – Grein (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.) | Grein – Devin

Today’s bike tour takes you directly along the Danube where you have enough time to enjoy the natural state of the meadow landscape. Visit the medieval village and former Nazi concentration camp at Mauthausen. The Celtic village Mitterkirchen gives you an insight into the past. The alternative route, “Clam Castle,” through the beautiful back country of the “Strudengau” is slightly hilly but a fantastic scenery. Grein, with its mighty castle, is the destination of today’s stage. After a romantic sunset-cruise you arrive in the morning at Devin with its castle ruin overviewing the Danube in the morning.

Day 3 (Mon): Devin – Bratislava (Approx. 43 km/25.8 mi.)

From Devin you follow the former ‘Iron Curtain’, cross the former border and reach the imposing Baroque Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens. Cycle through Austria’s “vegetable garden” to the coronation city and former capital of Hungary – Bratislava located at the slopes of the Little Carpathians. Explore the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava on a city tour (optional).

Day 4 (Tue): Vienna (day of rest)

During a city tour by bike or bus (optional) you will experience Vienna’s most famous examples of architecture: the imperial Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the gorgeous “Ring”-boulevard and State Opera House, the Burgtheater and town hall and, of course, the colorful “Hundertwasserhaus”. There is enough time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese cafés. The evening can end in numerous ways. For example by visiting a Waltz and Opera concert at a famous Viennese Palaces (optional).

Day 5 (Wed): Wachau | Krems – Melk (Approx. 37 km/22 mi.)

Today’s biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards and castles, monasteries and ruins, the hilly landscape enchants everybody. You’ll be biking on cloud nine! A powerful ruin looms above the small baroque town of Durnstein, while the blue spire of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In Weissenkirchen (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfortable wine taverns right along the bike path.

Day 6 (Thu): Melk – Grein (Approx. 50 km/30 mi.)

After breakfast you have plenty of time to visit the gorgeous baroque monastery of the Benedictine brethren of Melk. Today’s stage is marked by diversity. Starting in the wide valleys of the Nibelungenau you follow the Danube and cycle further into the Strudengau – a narrow point of the Danube which used to be notorious amongst skippers. Your today’s destination is the – already well known – city of Grein, home of Austria’s oldest city theatre (optional, not included).

Day 7 (Fri): Great Danube Loop | Obermühl – Engelhartszell (Approx. 25 km/15 mi.)

Today you will cycle through the Danube Valley and will pass through many picturesque villages. Along the cycle path you may smell freshly grilled mackerels, with small pubs doing all they can to entice cyclists to stay. Make sure you follow the small walking trail to the lookout high above the Danube Loop – what a breathtaking panoramic view of the Danube Valley it provides of the meandering Blue Danube! Need a refreshment? Try some of the special cordials at the Trappist monastery at Engelhartszell, your day’s destination.

Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Passau

 

As you cruise back up the Danube enjoy the early morning sunshine as you wind your way to Passau, where you will arrive at about 10:00 a.m. and you’ll disembark about 30 minutes later. Connecting travel should be booked for 11.00 a.m. onwards.

Good to know

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Tour profile
Level 1: The cycle path is completely flat, at times on a gentle downhill slope and is ideal for bikers with less experience and children. The tour is rated easy on mostly flat terrain.

Helmets mandatory for children until 12 years. Please bring your own good-fitting helmet.

General information
One the one hand, a riverboat is a “holiday hotel”, while on the other, it is also a means of transport that moves with motor power and must always be operated, even at night (partially with lock and bridge passages and the retractions and extensions of the structures caused as a result). Mistakes can happen with lock passages. This is the case for all Danube journeys and cannot be avoided. Please bear in mind that riverboats are restricted (bridge passages, locks) in size (length, height, width) and therefore cannot be compared with cruise liners in the sea. The cabins are limited in space but are nevertheless comfortable and
furnished. In the event of extremely high or low water, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge stages by bus or even to cancel the trip at short notice without any legal claim arising therefrom (water levels are force majeure). The same applies for officially decreed repairs to locks or bridges, not announced in advance, or in the event of motor or propulsion damage to the ship without attributed fault.

Minimum of participants
50 people (has to be reached 4 weeks prior
cruise start)


Prices & information

Prices
Cabin type For Season 1 Season 2
Twin Eco cabin lower deck 2 pers. €719 €769 Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. €795 €845 Twin Eco cabin upper deck 2 pers. €819 €869 Twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. €915 €965 Junior Suite upper deck (double bed)* 3 pers. €1075 €1125 Twin cabin promenade deck* 3 pers. €945 €995 Junior Suite promenade deck (double bed)* 3 pers. €1075 €1125
Included in this tour

7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning

Program according to itinerary from/to Passau

Captains greeting and Welcome cocktail

Full board: breakfast buffet, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or lunch package (cyclists), dinner (2/3 dishes to choose from), afternoon coffee break, late night snack

Bed linen and towels on board; daily cleaning of the cabin

Gala-dinner with farewell cocktail

Farewell Crew-show

Daily live music

Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)

Detailed road book (one per cabin)

Daily information meeting for bike tour instructions

Insolvenzabsicherung: Stichting Garantiefonds Reisgelden (SGR) und (nur für Endverbraucher aus Deutschland) Sicherungsschein über tourVERS

Reiseveranstalter sind nach geltendem Europäischen Recht dazu verpflichtet, erhaltene Kundengelder für den Fall eigener Zahlungsunfähigkeit oder Insolvenz abzusichern. Boat Bike Tours (Handelsregisternummer 3714 7084) ist ein in den Niederlanden unter Nummer 3734 registrierter Teilnehmer von SGR (Stichting Garantiefonds Reisgelden). Diese Registrierung ist auf www.sgr.nl überprüfbar. Die teilnehmenden Reiseveranstalter unterliegen dem in den Niederlanden gesetzlich vorgeschriebenen Garantieschutz des SGR Insolvenz-Garantiesystems. Gemäß der Garantieleistung von SGR werden dem Endverbraucher die im Voraus bezahlten Reisesummen erstattet, wenn der Reiseveranstalter finanziell nicht in der Lage ist, seine vertraglichen Verpflichtungen zu erfüllen. Sofern die Vereinbarung Transport beinhaltet und das Ziel bereits erreicht ist, wird die Rückreise arrangiert. Boat Bike Tours hat die vom Gesetzgeber vorgeschriebene Insolvenzversicherung für Endverbraucher, deren Wohnsitz in Deutschland ist, über die tourVERS, eines in Deutschland führenden Anbieters, abgeschlossen. Über 1.200 Veranstalter aller Größenordnungen und touristischen Bereiche sind über tourVERS versichert. Auf der Internetseite der tourVERS finden Sie alle Informationen zur Insolvenzabsicherung. Endverbraucher, die in Deutschland bewohnhaftet sind, erhalten bei Buchung bei Boat Bike Tours mit der Buchungsbestätigung auch den Sicherungsschein von tourVERS.

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Excluded in this tour

Transfers to/from the docking place in Passau

Rental bicycle or e-bike (optional)

Other transfers

Parking fee

Entrance fees & excursions

Drinks on board

Personal insurances

Gratuities (at your discretion)

WiFi

Additional options & information

Bike rent for 7/21 gear bike: €74 per week/person.
Electrically assisted-Bike: €168 per week/person (pre-booking, limited available).
You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.
Own bike: if you want to bring your own bike you have to pay €15 (in advance).

Additional: Comfort Relax Package (guide bike tour): € 235 p.p.
(departure dates: May 11, June 8, July 6 and 27, August 24, September 21 2019)
Further dates upon request – min. 8 participants.

Included in the price:

  • Cycling tour guide
  • Ferry rides
  • Tasting of homemade cider directly at the cider producer in the Upper-Danube-Valley
  • Wine tasting in the Wachau region
  • Visit of Austria’s oldest theatre in Grein
  • Guided city tour by bike in Vienna
  • City tour with the scenic train + walking tour in Bratislava

Parking Passau
incl. shuttle transfer to/from pier
outdoor area
€ 66
Parking garage € 77
(registration form in the travel documents, payable locally)

Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: Rad & Reisen, Vienna (A). The tour operator is entitled to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants has not been reached. If the tour will not take place, all deposits/payments will be fully refunded.



Reviews

Danube: Cycling along the Donauschlinge Rated 8 out of 10 based on 5 reviews
3 stars

Ted and Pat

Our cruise guide, Andrious, was fantastic! The food was not very good. I don’t think it was the cooks/chefs, it was the quality of the ingredients. The crew for the most part were upbeat and pleasant. But the restaurant manager was less than professional, he yelled at us and we saw him treat others with the same level of courtesy.

4 stars

David Whyte & Frances Whyte

Well planned cycle routes with good instruction from the Tour Director. Good quality bike’s Helpful and friendly staff. Atmosphere on ship good despite some technical problems causing a change in plans and losing one days cycling. Food good and well served. Wi-Fi only available on certain parts of the boat Should be available throughout including cabins. Air conditioning not working…

3 stars

Michael Klupchak and Shawn O’Keefe Klupchak

As I understood it, the people running the trip on the boat do not work directly for the company that we booked with. Boat-Bike tours in Holland. The staff and crew are all very good. The itinerary and trip plans also were as advertised. The boat could use updating, and definitely better mechanical maintenance. We were supposed to have an…

5 stars

Mr Peter Whitehead & Elaine Whitehead

Excellent bikes, food and organisation. Great little booklet provided with travel route and tips for each day.

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Available ships for this tour

Ship Theodor Körner Danube
max. 126 passengers
60 cabins
2 tours available with this ship

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