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Highlights of this tour

Plenty of sights in Vienna

the “Great loop”and UNESCO Site Wachau

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
Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 8 days

Bike and Barge Danube: Passau – Vienna – Passau | Theodor Körner

It was in Passau that Sisi began her journey along the Danube as a young bride to Vienna, where she was eagerly awaited by her Emperor Franz. Follow in the footsteps of the Austrian empress by bicycle and on a nostalgia ship as you discover breathtakingly beautiful river scenery with small sleepy villages, castles and palaces set in gorgeous countryside and enjoy warm Austrian hospitality at every stage of your cycling tour.
The region is a gourmand’s paradise and famous for its cakes, pastries and other irresistible culinary treats. After Wiener Schnitzel, Sachertorte and apricot dumplings it’ll be much easier to burn up the miles…
Wines from the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Landscape Wachau enjoy an international reputation, Linz, the capital of Upper Austria is home to the biggest church in Austria. And then there’s Vienna… Enchanting, charming and perhaps slightly eccentric, the City of Waltz will capture your heart in an instant. Magnificent buildings from the imperial age bear witness to the impressive history of times gone by.

Highlights

  • Passau, the Bavarian city of 3 Rivers
  • the „Great Loop“ Schlögener Donauschlinge
  • cultural capital Linz
  • the World Cultural Heritage Site Wachau
  • the cosmopolitan city of Vienna with plenty of sights

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 2020

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 (Thu): Passau | Passau – Engelhartszell

Experience Mediterranean flair in Passau, the city of three rivers. You should definitely set aside some time on the day of your arrival for a walk through the picturesque baroque city with its narrow lanes and Passau cathedral home to the largest church organ in the world.
Your cycling holiday begins after embarkation (4.00 p.m.) when you sail into the sunset and Passau’s magnificent silhouette with its church towers and domes slowly fades into the horizon behind you.

Day 2 (Fri): Engelhartszell – Brandstatt, approx. 45 km

Breathe in the fragrance of the dense forest and freshly mown meadows. Explore the pristine countryside of the Upper Danube valley on the former towpath as it runs past sleepy villages. Small, rustic inns at the edge of the trail invite you to linger, the aroma of fresh fish grilled according to tradition on a stick wafts through the air. The Schlögener Blick observation point offers a truly stunning view of the Schlögener Schlinge where the Danube carves its way through a gorge and doubles back on itself.

Day 3 (Sat): Brandstatt – Linz, approx. 26 km

Catch some fresh country air again – at lunch time, you’ll reach the Upper Austrian capital of Linz. Discover the European Capital of Culture 2009 on a bright yellow miniature train (optional). The cathedral is the biggest church in Austria, the Pöstlingbergbahn the steepest adhesion railway in the world. Are you curious about the future? At the ARS Electronica Museum you can try out some of the most impressive examples of modern technology for yourself. Make sure you don’t miss it!

Day 4 (Sun): Mauthausen – Grein , approx. 35 km

A beautiful and varied route lies ahead of you as you explore the idyllic hinterland of the Strudengau by bike: the Celtic Village of Mitterkirchen, the Baroque monastery of Baumgartenberg and the romantic ruins of Burg Clam castle. Then it’s time to enjoy the little medieval town of Grein with its Baroque facades, imposing castle and the oldest municipal theater in Austria. After a romantic journey sailing past towns and villages full of twinkling lights, you arrive – just like Sisi did way back then – in the City of Waltz early in the morning.

Day 5 (Mon): Vienna (day of rest)

On a city tour of Vienna all the sights are within reach from the saddle of your bike or on the HOP ON HOP OFF bus (optional). The magnificent Ringstraße will remind you of times long past and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries, while the Naschmarket market is a feast for all the senses. End the evening on a magical note with a concert of waltz and classical operetta music in Sisi’s summer residence (optional).

Day 6 (Tue): Wachau Valley roundtrip, approx. 25-40 km

An unforgettable day in the picturesque Wachau. Cycle through delightful wine-growing villages surrounded by terraced vineyards and apricot trees. The charming little town of Dürnstein with its narrow lanes is an absolute highlight. In Weißenkirchen – the most
important wine-growing village in the World Cultural Heritage Landscape – you can discover the first rate famous Wachau wines.

Day 7 (Wed): Weißenkirchen – Pöchlarn, approx. 35 km

Enjoy this stage of your cycling holiday passing through the wild and romantic scenery along the mighty Danube with its rustic wine-growing villages set amongst the vineyards. In Spitz, situated on the “1000-Eimer Berg”, take the ferry to the sleepy southern bank of the river and after a leisurely ride reach the imposing Benedictine Abbey of Melk, one of the loveliest Baroque ensembles in Europe. Having passed the town of Pöchlarn, which featured in the Nibelungen saga, settle down to enjoy the stunning views of the rugged and romantic Nibelungengau.

Day 8 (Thu): Disembarkation: Passau

 

Enjoy the first rays of sun and the early morning tranquillity one last time from the deck of the ship before you reach Passau, your heart bursting with memories. Disembarkation: approx. 9 a.m. We recommend that you do not make any arrangements for onward trains departing before 10.30 a.m. To be on the safe side, later departure times would be even better.

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
Ship: 50 people (has to be reached 4 weeks prior cruise start)
Guided Tour: 10 people (max. 22 people)
has to be reached 4 weeks prior cruise start)


Prices & information

Prices & availability

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Pricing overview - 2020
Cabin type For Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Twin Eco cabin lower deck 2 pers. €599 €699 €749 Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. €659 €759 €809 Twin Eco cabin upper deck 2 pers. €699 €799 €849 Twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. €799 €899 €949 Junior Suite upper deck (double bed)* 3 pers. €969 €1069 €1119 Twin cabin promenade deck* 3 pers. €839 €939 €989 Junior Suite promenade deck (double bed)* 3 pers. €969 €1069 €1119
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 PLUS: breakfast buffet, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or lunch package (cyclists), afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose from), incl. house wine, draught beer and soft drinks

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

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 2020
  • Bike rent for 21 gear bike: €75 per week/person.
  • Electrically assisted-Bike: €175 per week/person (pre-booking, limited available).
  • Own bike: if you want to bring your own bike you have to pay €25 (in advance).

 

Additional: Guided Tour: € 150 p.p., possible on the departure dates: June 4, July 9, September 3 2020. Further dates upon request – min. 10 participants, max. 22 persons (has to be reached 4 weeks prior to departure date).
Personal attention from a dedicated guide you cycle in a small group where you explore a lot of local cultures, discover hidden sites and secret places and enjoy some delicious
appetizers.

Guided tour additionally includes:

  • Cycling tour guide
  • Ferry rides
  • Rental helmet (adults only)

 

Excursion program
Optional excursions (not included in the price of your tour) can be booked individually or as a package at a discount on board only.
Vienna: City tour by bike or HOP ON HOP OFF bus / Waltz & operetta concert in the Schönbrunn Palais
Wachau: Wine tasting with a local winegrower
Grein: Visit of Austria’s oldest theater

 

Parking Passau
incl. shuttle transfer to/from pier
– outdoor area: € 68
– Parking garage:€ 79
(registration form in the travel documents, payable locally)

Minimum of participants: 50 people

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 (50 persons) 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 8.8 out of 10 based on 12 reviews
5 stars

Kathryn

Our experience was better than expected. The crew were very helpful and accommodating throughout the week. All meals were well done with good selection. The other passengers we met added to a positive experience. The bikes were comfortable to ride and occasionally we would interpret the trail incorrectly but we were able to get back without much difficulty.

4 stars

Kri$0

If you look for active hollidays, but keep interested with good travelling conditions, good meals… that’s it.

5 stars

R & M Davies

We had a great experience from beginning to end. The bikes were comfortable to ride, the crew were all friendly, the food was great, and the routes were well explained.

5 stars

Beni Bliezer

It was a great week, we enjoyed very much, the ship was very good the crew the food everything. And of course the riding.

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Available ships for this tour

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

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