Wachau region known for its apricots and grapes - used to make wines and liquors! Photo via Flickr:jay8085

TripSite biker at the Abby in Melk, Austria. Photo from Emily Hull-Parsons

Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna

Austria, Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Bike Austria and the Historic Cities on the Danube Cycle Path!

Beginning in the German town of Passau, this tour quickly crosses the Austrian border as it follows the Danube Bike Path east downstream through tucked-away villages and serene landscapes.

You experience the mighty Danube as it meanders through the "Great Loop" and enjoy the gorgeous landscape of the legendary Wachau with its castles and fortresses.

Vienna, rich in architecture and history, cannot be described! You have to see it and feel it! At the Naschmarkt (famous food market), a stroll will become a cultural and culinary adventure. You can also relax at any of the cozy coffee bars or at a typical Viennese wine tavern.


  • Passau, the Three River City
  • The Great Loop
  • Wachau-World Cultural Heritage site
  • Vienna- city of music and culture

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**This tour is also offered as a guided tour called the Comfort Relax Guided Tour.

Tour Dates

2015 Dates
Aboard the Theodor Korner:
Departures every Saturday: April 25 to October 3, 2015
Comfort Relax Guided Tour Option: September 26, 2015.  (Additional dates on request with a minimum of 10 people)

Aboard the MS Normandie:
Departures Saturday September 26, and October 10, 2015

2016 Dates
Aboard the MS Normandie:
Departures Saturdays: April 9*, April 16*, April 23, May 7, May 21, June 4, June 18, July 16, July 30, August 27, September 10, and September 24, 2016
*Discounted price.

Aboard the Theodor Korner:
Departures every Saturday: April 23 to October 8, 2016 (August 6, 13, and 20 are not possible!)
Comfort Relax Guided Tour Option: May 14, June 11, July 9, September 3 and September 24, 2016.  (Additional dates on request with a minimum of 10 people)

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the Theodor Körner and the MS Normandie, Comfort Plus vessels.

What’s Included

  • Aboard the Theodor Korner and MS Normandie:
  • 7 nights on board
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Full meals (breakfast, on board lunch for non cyclists/bag lunch for cyclists, dinner) Choice of two or three dinner entrees each evening.
  • Afternoon coffee break or snack
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • 1x Gala Dinner with farewell cocktail
  • Daily live music
  • Tour leader on board (does not cycle with the group)
  • 7 or 21-speed unisex bicycle
  • Information packet with route book (one per cabin)
  • Daily informational meeting
  • Comfort Relax Guided Tour aboard the Theodor Korner
  • Tour guide
  • Two ferry rides
  • Cider tasting in the Upper Danube Valley
  • City tour of Linz by excursion train
  • Visit of Austrias’s oldest theater in Grein
  • Wine tasting in the Wachau region
  • Guided city tour of Vienna by bike or bus
  • New for 2015 on the Theodor Körner (only applies to certain departures. See dates above)
  • Waltz dancing lesson
  • Wine tasting course

What’s Not Included

Length8 days
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Skill Level

Relatively easy tour following the flow of the Danube. Route is mostly flat but there are some rolling hills especially coming out of the Danube valley. It takes place on good, asphalt bike paths very suitable for beginners and children. Daily distances can be adjusted.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna Map

2015 aboard the Theodor Korner:

Day 1: Arrival in Passau
Day 2: Mauthausen - Grein,  22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Grein - Melk - Tulln, 30 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Tulln-Vienna, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Vienna (rest day)
Day 6: Wachau / Krems - Emmersdorf, 21 mi. (33 km)
Day 7: Great Danube loop - Engelhartszell, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 8: Departure from Passau

All distances are approximate. The above planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc. 

Day 1: Arrival in Passau
The "Bishop City"  (also known as City of Three Rivers) is also where the Inn, Ilz, and the Danube come together, close to the Bavarian/Austrian border. Boarding time is at 5 p.m. In the evening you will enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner with live music. 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.

Day 2: Mauthausen - Grein, 22 mi. (35 km)
Today your bike and barge tour in Germany 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 is the destination of today's stage. Home of Austria's oldest city theatre and a mighty castle (optional, not included).

Day 3: Grein - Melk - Tulln, 30 mi. (50 km)
Today's stage is marked by diversity. Starting at the Strudengau – a narrow point of the Danube Bike Path 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 can enjoy the sunset and beautiful evening illumination of the Wachau. Today's final destination is Tulln, famous for its numerous market gardens. Additionally, the famous Art Nouveau artist Egon Schiele was born here (museum).

Day 4: Tulln - Vienna, approx. 22 mi. (35 km) 
Right in front of Vienna's entrance, embedded in a breathtaking scenery, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. You can already see the dome of this 900 year old baroque building from a distance. "Kahlenbergerdorf" with it's wine taverns is only a hop from the shipping pier and definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna. During a city tour by bus in the afternoon, you will pass most of the numerous and famous sights and have a guided walking tour though the historic center of Austria’s capital (optional, not included).

Day 5: Vienna (rest day)
The entire day is at your disposal in Vienna. Be sure to see the most famous places of interest like Prater, St. Stephens Cathedral, and the Hofburg. The gorgeous boulevard "RingStraβe", with Burgtheater, State Opera House, and 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 can be spent at the Waltz and Opera concert at the Hofburg, or at a wine tavern.

Day 6: Wachau / Krems - Emmersdorf, 21 mi. (33 km)
Today's biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins this hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In Weißenkirchen (possiblity for a wine tasting experience), there are enticing wine taverns along the route where you will want to take a break. 

Day 7: Great Danube Loop, Untermühl - Engelhartszell, 22 mi. (35 km)
What does mossy forest floor and freshly mown meadow smell like? Close up you cycle through the Danube valley with pretty villages. Along the cycle path you may smell freshly grilled mackerels - small pubs are inviting cyclists to stay. Follow the small walking trail to the viewpoint high above the Danube Loop - what a breathtaking panoramic view of the Danube valley and the impressive meanders! Need a refreshment? Try some of the special cordials in the trappist monastery Engelszell, today’s destination. After a ceremonial gala dinner, lots of fun and entertainment can be experienced during a crew show.

Day 8: Passau
Today marks the end of your cycling vacation. Once again, on deck, you enjoy the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last glance at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive relaxed in Passau. Disembarkation will be at approximately 12 noon. Please note that  arrival time in Passau and disembarkation time may vary. Please allow approximately two hours when making additional travel arrangements.

**Optional land excursions (can be booked and paid for on board):**

Grein: Visit of Austria's oldest theater
Vienna: City tour by bus, city tour by bike, Waltz & Operetta Concert at a Viennese wine tavern
Wachau: Wine tasing with a Wachau wine grower 

2015 aboard the Normandie:

Day 1: Passau
Day 2: Passau - "Great Loop" - Linz (52 km)
Day 3: Linz - Mauthausen - Grein (42 km)
Day 4: Grein - Melk - Tulln (50 km)
Day 5: Tulln - Vienna (35 km)
Day 6: Vienna rest day
Day 7: Wachau - Dürnstein - Pöchlarn ​(39 km)
Day 8: Passau, departure

**Optional land excursions (can be booked and paid for on board):**
City Tour
Grien: Castle visit
Vienna: City Tour and Waltz and Operetta concert
Pöchlarn: Wine-tasting 

2016 aboard the Theodor Körner:

Day 1: Passau
Day 2: Mauthausen - Grein, (35 km)
Day 3: Devin - Bratislava, (18 to 49 km)
Day 4: Vienna (day of rest)
Day 5: Wachau/ Krems - Melk, (33 km)
Day 6: Melk - Grein, (50 km)
Day 7: Great Danube Loop / Obermühl - Engelhartszell, (28 to 43 km)
Day 8: Passau

2016 aboard the Normandie:

Day 1: Passau - Engelhartszell, boarding time at 5 p.m. Departure at 7 p.m.
Day 2: Engelhartszell - Untermühl - "Great Loop" - Linz / optional city tour of Linz, (52 km)
Day 3: Linz - Mauthausen - Grein, (42 km), visit of castle of Gerinburg (optional)
Day 4: Grein - Melk - Tulln (50 km)
Day 5: Tulln - Vienna (35 km)
Day 6: Rest day in Vienna, city tour otional, Waltz and Operetta concert optional
Day 7: Wachau - Dürnstein - Pöchlarn, wine tasting optional, (39 km)
Day 8: Passau, departure

*Important Information:

In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages with 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 your ship,  like all other ships on the Danube, is not only your hotel for the tour,  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 to noises, please bring your own ear plugs.

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Customer Feedback

  • Harvey & Sharon Rishe 4 months ago

    Although we are seasoned travelers and fairly fit cyclists, we were new to bike & boat touring, and as a result we probably drove TripSite's Carla crazy! But her patience never faltered; she was generous and gracious with answers to our interminable questions and we arrived in Passau well informed and ready to have a great time.

    Our expectations were met and exceeded. Not only had Carla prepared us well, but Rad & Reisen proved to be a world class organization. The accommodations were lovely, the gourmet meals splendid, the route information excellent, the professionalism and friendliness of the crew impeccable, and the camaraderie among fellow travelers delightful. Not to mention the gorgeous Danube scenery, the interesting villages, and beautiful Vienna!

    We were so happy with TripSite and Rad & Reisen that we are already researching our next bike and boat trip with them! Thank you for a lifetime of wonderful memories.

    Harvey & Sharon Rishe
    Salt Lake City, Utah

  • K. Augustyn 11 months ago

    I will say that this Danube barge/bike trip was probably one of the best vacations I have ever taken. My friends who took the trip with me feel the same way and we are considering doing another one next year. We will definitely consider the barge/bike cruises that you have to offer. Again, thank you very much!

  • Joanne MacRae 1 year ago

    This was our best trip to Europe as it involved lots of fresh air and exercise in a dream like setting. We sang "the Sound of Music" as we cycled across the German border into Austria.

    The bicycles were top notch. The food on board was fabulous and the customer service was excellent. We were so pleased with the Pack and Pedal Europe organization for giving us lots of valuable information before we arrived on board. We felt we were well prepared for the bike and boat adventure. The whole experience exceeded our expectations! I would definitely advise anyone to take the "Comfort Relaxed Tour" as it identified us with a group of fellow cyclers on journey with an experienced guide who introduced us to the culture and cuisine of local villages in Austria. We appreciate all of the travelling tips and advice we received from Pack and Pedal as all of our inquiries were answered promptly. I highly recommend this tour to anyone. The bicycles were in top working order and cycling on the paved pathways along the Danube was a breeze for anyone in decent physical shape. We can't wait to return and take another trip!

  • Emily Hull-Parsons 2 years ago

    We just returned from our trip and wanted you to know how much we enjoyed it! Thanks for your help.

    The shirt and shorts were a big hit!

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