Location: Austria - Vienna - Wenen
Price: From € 635,-

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

Biking along the German/Austrian Danube is a very special pleasure because the hotel is always with you! Gently downhill, mostly with a helpful tailwind, you are experiencing the impressive river as it meanders in the Donauschlinge (“Great Loop”) and enjoying the gorgeous landscape of the legendary Wachau with its castles and fortresses.

Passau, the Bavarian city of three rivers, the “Great Loop” Schlögener Donauschlinge, National Park “Donauauen”, the World Cultural Heritage Site Wachau and the cosmopolitan cities of Vienna and Bratislava with plenty of sights – Passau via Bratislava to Vienna

In Vienna, a beautiful city rich in architecture and history, you will enjoy exploring the metropolis during a wonderful sightseeing tour by bike. In many ways it is a city that is hard to describe – you really have to see and feel it for yourself! Once you have finished sightseeing on your bicycle you can relax in one of the many cozy cafes or in a typical Viennese wine tavern. After a great day of cycling and exploring relax onboard the MV Theodor Körner while listening to live music or discover the port city.

Our spacious, nostalgic ship 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.


  • Dates/Prices Passau-Vienna

  • Ship information

    MS Theodor Körner

    Our spacious, traditional ship was completely redecorated in winter 2013/2014 and offers a comfortable atmosphere in modern Art Deco style. Excellent service and attention to detail are the priority of the captain and crew who are looking forward to welcoming you on board. Your bike tour through various countries is also a culinary expedition through the diversity of the national and the regional cuisine. The ship offers a restaurant, a panorama bar with a dance floor, a salon with a sunny patio as well as a broad sun deck with comfortable deck chairs. Books and magazines from our library provide reading pleasure, and parlour games offer all kinds of disport. After an eventful cycling day you will find relaxation in the infra-red sauna, and in the evening a musician will perform for you to dance! The MS Theodor Körner also offers Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary, payable on spot).

    The comfortable 60 cabins (approx. 8-16 m²) are equipped with large picture windows, private facilities, air conditioning, flat panel TV, hairdryer & mini-safe. The windows can be opened in the cabins on the upper & promenade deck. Triple cabins are equipped with 2 lower beds and one folding bed above (promenade deck) or a sofa at the suites.

    • 2-bed ECO (bunk bed = 1 upper-, 1 lower bed, approx. 8-9 m²)
    • 2-bed (2 separated lower beds, approx. 10-11 m² )
    • Single cabin: 2-bed ECO (8-9 m²) or 2-bed for single use (10-11 m²)
    • Junior suites (double bed, slightly more spacious, approx. 13-16 m²)
    • Additional bed (in a 2 bed cabin promenade deck / 2 lower beds and one upper bed and in Juniorsuites / double bed with an extendable sofa)


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  • Program Passau-Vienna

    Tour Details Danube: Passau – Vienna – Bratislava – Passau | MS Theodor Körner

    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 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 Engelszell, 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.

    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 outside cabin with shower/toilet and air-conditioning in the booked category;
    – Program according to the description 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.

    – Transfers to/from the ship;
    – Reservation fee;
    – Other transfers;
    – Rental bicycle;
    – Entrance fees & excursions;
    – Parking fee;
    – Drinks on board;
    – Personal (travel) insurances;
    – Gratuities (at your discretion).

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated).
    Obligated passenger- and port taxes €59 per person as from 12 yrs.
    Bike rent for 7/21 gear bike: €70 per week/person.
    Electrically assisted-Bike: €165 per week/person (pre-booking, limited available).
    Own bike: if you want to bring your own bike you have to pay €15 (in advance).

    Additional: Comfort Relax Package (guide bike tour): € 219 p.p.
    (departure dates: May 19, June 16, July 28, August 25, September 22, 2018) (further dates upon request – min. 8 participants)
    Included in the price: guided bike tours  ferry crossings 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 (minimum number of participants: 8 persons, maximum 22 participants).

  • Cabin types and prices 2018

    Departure dates 2018 (Saturdays):

    Weekly every Saturday from April 28 till and incl. September 22, 2018 (except for June 2 and 9 and August 4 and 11)

    Tour price 2018 per person in Euro (all dates: 


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    2-bed Eco 2-bed Junior-Suite 2-bed ECO 2-bed Junior-Suite 2-bed ECO 2-bed Junior-Suite  
    Main Deck 557 635 657 735 707 785  
    Upper Deck 657 755 915* 757 855 1,015* 807 905 1,065*  
    Promenade Deck   – 785* 915* 885* 1,015* 935* 1,065*  

    Obligated passenger- and port taxes € 59,- per person as from 12 yrs

    Single and triple cabins are only on request available. Please contact us if you want to book such a cabin type.

    Reservation fee: € 15 per booking/group
    Bike rent for 7 or 21 gear bike: € 70 per week/person
    Electrically assisted-Bike: € 165 per week/person
    Own bike:
    if you want to bring your own bike you have to pay € 15 (in advance)
    Single cabin:  2-bed ECO or 2-bed cabin for single use: supplement +50%
    Children discount:
    0-2,99 yrs 100% in separate baby cot in cabin with 2 full paying adults; 3-12,99 yrs 50 % in cabin with min. 1 full paying adults; 13 – 99 yrs 20 %  bunk bed in twin cabin with min. 2 full paying adults In cabin with additional bed, price with *).

  • Good to know

    The bicycles on board are 28-Zoll-Unisex-tourbikes of the brand KTM with step-through frame. The bikes are equipped with a 21-speed with override, caliper breaks and robust wheels. A limited number of e-bikes (electrically assisted bicycle) and Shimano 7-gear hub with back pedal brake and caliper brakes are available on request (early booking is strongly recommended). All rental bicycle are equipped with a 20 l pannier bag and a handle bar bag and a lock. Child seat, child trailer or trailer bikes on request. Please mention your body height by booking. Guests can bring their own bicycles on board, the additional price for this is € 15 per bike (pay in advance). Neither crew nor tour operator are liable/ responsible for any damage, loss or theft of own bicycles. In Austria and Germany bikers are not obligated by law to wear a bike helmet. For children up to 12 years it is mandatory to wear a helmet. We recommend you to bring your own (well fitting) helmet. Helmets for adults can be purchased on board.

    The cycling tours are individual and self-guided. A guided tour is at extra cost. The bike tours vary between 29 and 50 km in length. All quoted distances are “approximate distances” for the recommended cycling tours.
    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.
    Luggage: we advise you to bring good shoes (for example sport shoes), bike helmet, a warm sweater, rainwear, sun hat & sun lotion.
    Travel document: Nationals of EU member states will need a valid identity card or passport for this trip.
    Diet: (for example lactose or gluten free diet) on request possible. Has to be requested at least 14 days before the departure date. Please bring your own special diet products.
    Route description/disclaimer: Itinerary and program barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
    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.

    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. The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges or in case breakdown of engine or power unit through no fault of shipping company or tour operator. 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 passing locks and bridges – and the preparation work – may cause noise.

    Excursion program: The optional excursions as mentioned in the tour details (not incl. in the tour price) can only be booked (and paid) on board individually or as a package.
    Bratislava:  City tour with the scenic train and walking tour
    Vienna: City tour by bike of Hop on Hop off bus; classical waltz & operetta concert in one of Vienna's famous palaces
    Wachau: Wine tasting with a local winegrower
    Grein: Visit of Austria's oldest theatre

    Parking in Passau:
    Parking lot (fenced outdoor area) incl. round trip transfer to/from pier €66.
    Parking garage incl. round trip transfer to/from pier  €77.
    (registration form in the travel documents, payable on spot)

    Minimum number of participants for this tour is 50.

    The organisation/executive 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.

    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065

    Updated: June 15th, 2017

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