The highlights of the tour: Passau, the City of 3 rivers, the Schloegen Danube Loop, the World Heritage Site Wachau, Upper Austria’s capital Linz, the cosmopolitan city Vienna with a plethora of sights.
On joining this vessel you are immediately aware of the cosy and informal ambience on board. On the upper deck you will find the comfy panorama salon with its bar and a small sauna (advance booking at the reception only), on the main deck the comfortable restaurant (no direct access from the cabin-zone). On deck there are both deck chairs and ordinary chairs and tables, which encourage conversation and communal activity in fresh air. MS NORMANDIE possesses altogether two 1-bed-cabins and forty-nine 2-bed-cabins. They are all outside cabins, giving some 10-11 square metres of space (2-bed) and about 7 qm (1-bed). All 2-bed-cabins on main and upper deck are equipped with two lower beds, one of which can be folded against the wall during the day to provide a more homely atmosphere, shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, safe (deposit), central air-conditioning and a picture window. Only on the upper deck the windows may be opened. 1-bed cabins have one lower bed and are otherwise equipped with same features. Technical details: Length 91.2 m, width 10.50 m, depth 1.60 m, max. 100 passengers. Currency on board: Euro. Credit cards: Mastercard and Visa.
Day 1 (Sat): Embarkation: Passau | Passau – Engelhartszell
The Episcopal city close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the “City of three Rivers.” Boarding time is at 5 p.m., departure around 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.
Day 2 (Sun): Engelhartszell – Untermühl – “Great Loop” (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.) | Untermül – Linz
Need a boost? Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell. Supposedly, they have “special healing power.” Downstream, the way leads you to pretty villages amid natural landscape. For a change take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop, where the river makes a very abrupt 180 degree turn. Shipping from Untermühl to Linz. After dinner, ride on the bright yellow City-Express (optional, not included) and discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria.
Day 3 (Mon): Linz – Mauthausen | Mauthausen – Grein (Approx. 36-42km/21.6 mi.) | visit of castle of Greinburg (opt.)
In the early morning shipping to Mauthausen. You have the possibility to visit the memorial-place KZ-Mauthausen. The Celtic town Mitterkirchen gives you an insight of the past. For easy cyclists the tour leads along the Danube, the alternative route, “Clam Castle,” through the beautiful back country of the “Strudengau” is slightly hilly, but a fantastic landscape. In Grein, the impressive Castle of Greinburg is worth a visit (optional, not included).
Day 4 (Tue): Grein – Melk (Approx. 50 km/30 mi.) | Melk – Tulln
Today's stage is marked by a diverse landscape. At the beginning, there is the Strudengau – a narrow point of the Danube which used to be notorious amongst skippers. The valley expands from Persenbeug and the bike tour leads you further to Melk with its gorgeous baroque monastery of the Benedictine brethren. On deck, you enjoy the sunset and the beautiful evening illumination of the Wachau. Today's final destination is Tulln, famous for its numerous market gardens where the famous Art Nouveau artist Egon Schiele was born (museum).
Day 5 (Wed): Tulln – Vienna-Nussdorf (Korneuburg may also be possible) (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.) | city tour by coach/by foot (optional)
Right in front of Vienna's entrance, embedded in a breathtaking landscape, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. You can already see the cupola of this 900 year old baroque building from a distance. “Kahlenbergerdorf” with it's wine taverns is definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna. During the city tour by coach and by foot (optional, not included) in the afternoon, you will pass most of the numerous and famous sights of the beautiful city.
Day 6 (Thu): Vienna (day of rest) | Optional city bike tour| Waltz and Operetta concert (opt.) | Vienna – Dürnstein/Rossatz
You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg. You can take a city tour by bike (optional, not included). The gorgeous boulevard “Ringstraβe” with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall takes you back to the past. There is enough time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars. The evening ends impressively with a Waltz and Operetta concert (optional, not included). In the night shipping to Dürnstein or Rossatz.
Day 7 (Fri): Wachau – Pöchlarn (Approx. 39 km/ 23,4 mi.) | Wine-tasting (opt.) | Pöchlarn – Passau
Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In Weißenkirchen (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfy wine taverns right along the bike path. You owe it to yourself to take a break! In the evening farewell dinner and cocktail.
Day 8 (Sat): Disembarkation: Passau
Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge (“Great Loop”) before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Arrival is about 10 a.m., disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from noon onwards.
Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
When you do not want to cycle one day, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
– Transfers to/from the ship;
– Reservation fee;
– Other transfers;
– Bicycle rent;
– Entrance fees & excursions;
– Parking fee;
– Drinks on board;
– Personal (travel) insurances;
– Gratuities (at your discretion).
Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated).
Obligated port and tourist taxes €59 per person of 12 yrs and older.
Twin cabin for single use: +50%. Children discount: Single with child: till 13 yrs 20% on cabin price in a cabin with at least 1 full paying adult.
Rental bicycle: light unisex tour bicycles with 7 gears with hand- and backpedal brake or with handbrake only (please indicate by booking), pannier bag and (2018: rental bike insurance): €70.
Electrical bike with pannier bag and (2018: rental bike insurance): €165 (pre-booking, limited available).
Save on the way: We advise you to wear a bike helmet during the bike tours (wearing bike helmets: in Austria obligated for children till 12 yrs. You can also buy a helmet (UVEX I-VO) for €40 p.p. on board (limited stock).
Departure dates 2017 (Saturday):
April: 22 ; May: 06/20 ; June: 03 ; July: 01/15/29 ; August: 12/26 ; September: 09/23 ; October: 07
Tour price 2017 per person in Euro:
|Port fees € 59.- (p.p. mandatory from 12 years on)|
Reservation fee: € 15 per booking/group (obligated surcharge)
2-bed-cabin for single use(limited quantity): + 50%. Child reduction: till 13 years 20% in a cabin with 1 adult. Single cabin is only on request available. Please contact us if you want to book such a cabin.
Rental bicycle with 7 gears with hand- and backpedal brake or with handbrake only (please indicate by booking) and pannier bag: € 70.-.
E-Bike (advance reservation, limited number) € 165.-.
Departure dates 2018 (Saturday):
April: 7, 14 and 21 ; May: 05 ; June: 02, 16 and 30 ; July: 14 ; August: 11/25 ; September: 08/22; October: 06
Tour price 2018 per person in Euro:
|Port fees included|
Reservation fee: € 15 per booking/group (obligated surcharge)
Rental bicycle with 7 gears with hand- and backpedal brake or with handbrake only (please indicate by booking), pannier bag and rental bike insurance: € 70 p.p.
E-Bike with only handbrakes, pannier bag and rental bike insurance: € 165 p.p. (advance reservation, limited number)
2-bed-cabin for single use(limited quantity): + 50%. Single cabin is only on request available. Please contact us if you want to book such a cabin.
Child reduction: till 13 years 20% in a cabin with 1 adult.
Parking place (fenced outdoor area) incl. transfer to/from ship €66;
Parking garage incl. transfer to/from ship €77.
(registration form in the travel-documents, payable on site)
Boat Bike Tours BV
’t Prooyen 3-B
1141 VD Monnickendam
Tel: +31 299 313071
Fax: +31 299 313065
Minimum number of participants for this tour is 50.
The organisation/executive tour operator is SE Tours GmbH, Bremerhaven (D). The tour operator is entitled to cancer 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.
Updated: June 15th, 2017