Location: Germany - Bavaria - Passau
Price: From € 595,-

Bike and Barge Danube: Passau – Vienna – Passau | Normandie and Arkona

The bike tour along the German / Austrian Danube is a very special pleasure, because your “swimming hotel” is always with you! Gently downhill, you will cycle along lush green river banks, through small, dreamy villages in the impressive Danube landscapes. You will discover the breathtaking natural wonder of the “Great Loop” (a swift 180º turn!) and immerse yourself in legendary Wachau with its vineyard terraces and enchanted castles and monasteries. Then Vienna – an abundance of sights! A city, hardly to describe – you have to see and feel it! Sights like St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the city hall and the world’s oldest Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) are easy to reach during a wonderful sightseeing tour by bike. A stroll through the Naschmarkt (famous food market) is a wonderful cultural and culinary adventure. You can also relax at any of the cosy coffee houses or at a typical traditional Viennese wine tavern in the suburbs.

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.

The ship Arkona will sail on several departure dates. The tours with this ship start and end on Monday. 


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  • Dates/Prices Passau-Vienna

  • Ship information


    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. NORMANDIE possesses altogether two 1-bed-cabins and forty-nine 2-bed-cabins. They are all outside cabins, giving some 10-11 square meters 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.

    The Arkona is being completely refurbished during the winter of 2017/2018. The modern and elegant atmosphere aboard the vessel will make your journey a relaxed experience. The Upper deck holds the tastefully furbished saloon with bar and a bright and friendly restaurant. The spacious sun deck is partly shaded and features comfortable deck chairs, which invite the passengers to enjoy the passing scenery in relaxation. Both the Upper and the Main deck hold comfortable cabins of 11 m², furnished in a modern way. All cabins feature hotel-style beds, en-suite facilities with shower and hair dryer, TV, safe and individually controlled air conditioning. Upper deck: twelve cabins with sliding glass doors and French balcony and two cabins with opening panoramic windows. Main deck: 34 two-bed cabins with non-opening windows.
    Technical details: Length: 83,03m • Width 9,64m • Depth 1,30m • Max. 96 passengers. • Languages on board: German, English
    Currency on board: Euro. Credit cards: MasterCard and Visa.

  • Program Passau-Vienna

    Tour Details Danube: Passau – Vienna – Passau | Normandie & Arkona

    PLEASE NOTE: The tours with the Normandie start and end on Saturday and the tours with the Arkona on Monday.

    Day 1: 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. Arrival around 10 p.m..

    Day 2: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 late evening shipping to Dürnstein or Rossatz.

    Day 7: 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: 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.

  • Included

    – 7 nights in a cabin with shower/toilet and air-conditioning in the booked category;
    – Program according to the description from/to Passau;
    – Full board (breakfast, lunch/lunch package, dinner, afternoon coffee break);
    – Bed linen and towels on board; daily cleaning of the cabin;
    – Captains greeting and welcoming drink (Normandie);
    – Farewell-dinner with goodbye drink (Normandie);
    – Welcome- and Farewell-Drink (Arkona);
    – Daily live music;
    – 1x Information pack with route book per cabin;
    – Daily bike tour instructions;
    – Board manager (does not cycle);
    – Port fees and tourist taxes.

    – 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).
    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 rental bike insurance: €70.
    Electrical bike with pannier bag and 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).

  • Cabin types and prices 2018

    Departure dates 2018 Passau – Vienna | Normandie (Saturday):
    April: 7, 14 and 21 ; May: 05 ; June: 02, 16 and 30 ; July: 14 ; August: 11/25 ; September: 08/22; October: 06

    Departure dates 2018 Passau – Vienna | Arkona (Monday):
    May: 14 / 28 June: 11 / 25 July: 09 / 23 August: 06 / 20 September: 03

    Tour price 2018 per person in Euro | Passau – Vienna | Normandie:


    on Saturday

    07Apr/14Apr 21Apr/06Oct 05May/22Sep 02Jun/08Sep 16Jun/30Jun/14Jul/11Aug/ 25Aug
    Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single
    Main deck 499 659 779 859 899
    Upper deck 639 899 799 1,049 919 1,169 999 1,1249 1,039 1,289
    Port fees included

    Tour price 2018 per person in Euro | Passau – Vienna | Arkona:


    Departures on Monday

    May June – September
    Main deck Upper deck Main deck Upper deck
    2-bed-cabin 859 899 899 939
    2-bed-cabin with French Balcony   1,099 1,139
    Port fees included

    2-bed-cabin for single use (Main deck only, limited quantity): + 50%.

    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.
    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.

  • Good to know

    • Bicycles on board:
     Unisex trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears with coaster breaking hubs or 7 speed freewheel hubs (please indicate by the booking) and pannier bag. E-Bikes are available after prior request and at limited number. Please indicate your body height by booking.
    • Languages on board: German, English
    • Cycle tours:
    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour. The bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions. All cycle tours can be classified as being easy.
    • Luggage: We recommend rain wear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers. Please be aware that the cabin storage space is very limited
    Diet: (i.e.: lactose-free, gluten-free) Possible on request and for an extra charge. Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.
    Travel documents: EU-nationals need a valid passport. Please check the entry conditions with your local agency.
    • Smoking:
    The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.
    Land excursions: The excursions mentioned in the program are all optional (surcharge – not included in the tour price) and can be booked directly on board at the cruise director.
    • Routing/Program:
    Basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit. Please be aware that a cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night. Especially crossing locks and bridges – and the preparation work – may cause noise. If you are sensitive please bring your own ear plugs.

    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
    The Netherlands
    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 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.

    Updated: January 9th, 2018

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