Danube River in Grein, Austria. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Jaquesverlaeken

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 City of Three Rivers
  • The Schloegen Danube Loop
  • Wachau - World Cultural Heritage site
  • Linz - Northern Austria's Capital
  • Vienna - City of music and culture

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Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the MS Normandie, a Comfort Plus vessels.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Full meals (breakfast, on board lunch for non cyclists/bag lunch for cyclists, and dinner)
  • Afternoon coffee break or snack
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Farewell dinner on last night including 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

What’s Not Included

TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
From515 Rates
Client Reviews

Tour 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

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

Day 1: Passau - Engelhartszell, boarding time at 5 p.m. Departure at 7 p.m.
Day 2: Engelhartszell - Untermühl - "Great Loop" - Linz, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 3: Linz - Mauthausen - Grein, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 4: Grein - Melk - Tulln, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Tulln - Vienna, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 6: Rest day in Vienna, city tour otional, Waltz and Operetta concert optional
Day 7: Wachau - Dürnstein - Pöchlarn, wine tasting optional, 24 mi. (39 km)
Day 8: Passau, departure

Day 1: Arrival in Passau, Passau - Engelhartszell
The Episcopal city of Passau, close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the "City of three Rivers." Boarding time is at 5 p.m. and departure around 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening cruise to Engelhartszell.

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Untermühl – "Great Loop" – Linz, 32 mi. (52 km) 
Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell. It is said that they have special healing power. Downstream, the route 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. The boat takes you 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 – Grein, 26 mi. (42 km)
In the early morning, the boat cruises to Mauthausen. Here you have the opportunity to visit the Mauthausen Memorial. The Celtic town of Mitterkirchen gives you an insight of the past. Cyclists that would like to take the easy route can ride along the Danube. The alternative route leads through the beautiful back country of the "Strudengau". It is slightly hilly, but the landscape is fantastic. In Grein, the impressive Castle of Greinburg is worth a visit (optional, not included).

Day 4: Tuesday, Grein – Melk – Tulln, 31 mi. (50 km)
Today you'll cycle through 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.

Day 5: Wednesday, Tulln – Vienna-Nussdorf / (Korneuburg may also be possible), 35 km | city tour  Hop on – Hop off (optional)
The monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated at the entrance of Vienna. You can see the cupola of this 900 year old baroque structure 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 bus (optional, not included) in the afternoon, you will pass most of the famous sights of the beautiful city.

Day 6: Thursday, Vienna (day of rest) | city tour (opt.) | Waltz and Operetta concert (opt.)
You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the Prater, the St. Stephen's 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 are all historic structures that take you back in time. 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 eveing, the boat takes you to Dürnstein.

Day 7: Friday, Wachau | Dürnstein – Pöchlarn, 24 mi. (39 km)
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: Saturday, 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 11 a.m., disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from 1 p.m. onwards.

*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

  • David Pomfret 3 hours ago

    We had a fantastic time it was a highlight of the trip; can't say about the bikes as we had our own.

  • Brent McLean 1 week ago

    Would be nice to sit with other people at meals. Everyone was great and it felt like we were on a camping trip.

  • Hong Gao 1 week ago

    It was a great trip, thank you.

  • Sharon Cratsenberg 1 week ago

    Perfect weather, gorgeous scenery, wonderful riding--loved every minute of the trip.

  • Corinne Bauer 1 week ago

    Fabulous guides, wonderful scenery, food, very helpful Tripsite staff. Will be taking another trip as soon as I can!

  • John Bowyer 1 week ago

    Wonderful trip along the Danube. If you are biker you will find the bikes lacking. My wife with her spinal cord injury used an electric assist which worked very well.

  • Susan Knight 3 weeks ago

    Amazing scenery, great company, delicious food, kind staff and somewhere comfy to sleep - with no unpacking! However,the crux of these trips stems from the quality of the guides. Our first trip, to Vienna, Had a guide that knew the route well, but smoked at every stop, and wanted to always eat dinner at somewhere he could buy alcohol; we preferred to eat our rolls in the fresh air, which sometimes was tricky. He tended to ride off without checking we were all ready, leaving riders behind until someone caught him. Our second trip (Merzig to Koblenz) had a lady guide who was not at all familiar with the area, but used her GPS to locate landmarks and routes (sometimes taking the shortest, not the most scenic). She didn't give an initial safety talk, she changed the route from the easy one offered to a more scenic but quite difficult one, causing one older, inexperienced lady to fall (end of trip for her and her husband,, hospitalisation for almost a fortnight, skingraft). Our replacement guide tried hard, but couldn't seem to match the route to the one we'd booked, so we missed seeing things we'd looked forward to. So our last trip, Koblenz to Amsterdam, was not one we would recommend unless they sorted the route out. Apart from the above, we'd recommend this mode of travel.

  • Margaret Knode 1 month ago

    Staff was incredible. Only change I would make is in the dining room. To be allocated to a table with the same people for every meal was restrictive. We go on trips to meet people from different countries and to make new friends. On speaking with other travellers they mentioned that open seating would have made the whole experience that much more enjoyable. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining companions, but what if you didn't you were stuck all week.

    Can't say enough about how accommodating the staff were, especially in the dining room. Many thanks! Want to do the trip again next year add bring my siblings.

  • Brett McGillivray 1 month ago

    Besides information on the bike routes, I enjoyed the information on side trips.

  • Harvey & Sharon Rishe 6 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 1 year 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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Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna Boats + Barges

MS Normandie Photo

MS Normandie Austria, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia Comfort Plus Class Boat Last refurbished in 2011, the MS Normandie has a total of forty-nine 2-bed cabins and two single cabins with one bed. The cabins are equipped with two lower beds, shower / toilet, shampoo and soap, TV, safe, hairdryer, individually controlled air conditioning and panoramic windows. The windows on the upper deck can be opened. The beds during the day turn into sofas. The 1-bed cabins have a lower bed. On the upper deck you will find the cozy Panorama Lounge with bar and on the main deck, a lovely restaurant.