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

Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna

Austria, Germany Bike + Boat Tours

Bike Austria and the Historic Cities on the Danube!

Also starting in the German town of Passau, this tour quickly crosses the Austrian border as it follows the Danube east downstream through tucked-away villages and serene landscapes. After a great day of cycling, relax on board as you sail through the impressive Schlögener Loop (a swift 180º turn!) and after dinner, a bus tour of Linz, home of Austria’s largest cathedral. The 2nd day’s cycling takes you directly along the river to the Celtic town of Mitterkirchen, or alternatively to Clam Castle, and into Grein with Austria’s oldest city-theatre and the Castle of Grein. Day 3 starts with Strudengau, a narrow point in the river notorious among skippers, through the valley to Melk with its breathtaking Baroque Benedictine monastery (a true gem!). Next comes a day of rest in Vienna with its rich architecture. The city can hardly be described, you have to see 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.

Check out our full list of Austrian tours and all the tours on the Danube!

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

Tour Dates

MS Theodor Körner: Departures, Saturday: April 26 to October 4, 2014

Comfort Relax Guided Tour: May 3, June 7, July 12, August 16, September 20 additional dates on request with a minimum of 10 people)

*For departures on October 4, second traveler receives a discount! Please see pricing for details.

**For bookings made between after June 11, receive €200/person discount. Valid for the following travel dates: June 28, July 5, 12, and September 27, 2014 (valid for bookings on promenade deck only)

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the Theodor Körner, a Comfort Plus vessels.

What’s Included

  • 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 hybrid bicycle
  • Information packet with route book (one per cabin)
  • Daily informational meeting
  • Additional inclusions for the Comfort Relax Guided Tour
  • Tour guide
  • Four ferry rides (Engelhartszell, Au, Visegrad, and Szob)
  • Cider tasting in the Upper Danube Valley
  • City tour of Linz by excursion train
  • Wine tasting in the Wachau region
  • Guided city tour of Vienna by bus

What’s Not Included

  • Port fees: €59
  • Helmet purchase: €22 (payable on board)
  • All beverages, including water
TourBike + Boat
TypeBoth
SkillEasy
Length8– days
From650 Rates
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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.

Tour Boats

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna Map

Day 1: Arrival in Passau
Day 2: Passau - Great Loop, 25 mi. (41 km)
Day 3: Danube Loop - Linz, 32 mi. (53 km)
Day 4: Mauthausen - Grein, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Grein - Melk - Vienna, 30 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Vienna (rest day)
Day 7: Wachau / Rossatz - Emmersdorf, 18 to 26 mi. (29 to 42 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: Passau - Great Loop, 25 mi. (41 km)
Downstream, the path leads you through pretty villages amid natural landscape. Need a boost? Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelszell. Supposedly they have "special healing powers". Follow the small walking trail to the viewpoint high above the Danube Loop and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Danube valley.

Day 3: Danube Loop - Linz, 32 mi. (53 km)
What does mossy forest floor and freshly mown meadow smell like? Close up you cycle through the Danube valley. Along the cycle path blowing the smell of freshly grilled mackerels and small pubs are inviting cyclists to stay. After passing the Cistercian Abbey of Wilhering (Abbey of thousand angels) ride on the bright yellow City-Express (optional, not included) and discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria.

Day 4: Mauthausen - Grein, 22 mi. (35 km)
The easy cycle tour takes you along the Danube where you have enough time to enjoy the natural state of the meadow landscape. The Celtic town Mitterkirchen gives you an insight of the past. The alternative route "Clam Castle" through the beautiful back country of "Strudengau" is slightly hilly, but a fantastic landscape. Grein is the destination of todays stage, home of Austria's oldest city-theater and the Castle of Grein.

Day 5: Grein - Melk - Vienna, 30 mi. (50 km)
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.

Day 6: Vienna (rest day)
You should 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 end in numerous ways such as a Waltz and Opera concert at the Hofburg, or at a wine tavern.

Day 7: Wachau / Rossatz - Emmersdorf, 18 to 26 mi. (29 to 42 km)
Your last biking day is a special highlight! Admist 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 churchis 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. After a ceremonial gala dinner, enjoy your last evening of entertainment.

Day 8: Passau
Today is the end of this Austrian biking journey. 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 be flexible with the arrival time in Passau and disembarkation time and allow approximately two hours.

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

Linz: city with the yellow excursion train
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 

*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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