Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna
A bike and boat three country tour including Bratislava
Cycle along the German/Austrian border on this bike and boat tour that takes you through three countries, Germany, Slovakia, and Bratislava. Gently downhill, mostly supported by a tailwind, you experience the impressive river as it meanders in the "Great Loop" and enjoying the gorgeous landscape of the legendary Wachau with its castles and fortresses.
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 do have to see and feel it for yourself! Once you have finished sightseeing on your bicycle you can relax in any one of the many cozy cafés or in a typical Viennese wine tavern.
After a great day of cycling and exploring, relax onboard the MS Theodor Körner while listening to live music.
New in 2019! Hiking package.
- 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.
Fly to Munich or Salzburg.
From either the Munich or Salzburg airports, you can take a train to Passau. From Munich airport, the train ride is approximately 2.5 hours. You can also book transfer from Munich Airport to Passau (see pricing options). From Salzburg Airport, the ride is approximately 3.5 to 4 hours.
Check local weather prior to departure. Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit: April, 57°/41°; May, 67°/49°; June, 72°/55°; July, 77°/59°; August, 77°/59°; September, 69°/53°; and October, 57°/43°
This tour is also offered as a guided tour as part of the comfort relax package.
Where You’ll Stay
Accommodations aboard the comfort plus boat, the Theodor Korner
- 7 nights on board including towels and linen
- 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
- Late night snack (2019 only)
- Daily cabin cleaning
- 1x Gala Dinner with farewell cocktail & farewell crew show
- Daily live music
- Tour leader on board (does not cycle with the group)
- 21-speed unisex bicycle including lock, handlebar bag & pannier
- GPS tracks available for download
- Information packet with route book (one per cabin)
- Daily informational meeting
- Port fees (2019 only)
- If you book the Comfort Relax package, also included:
- Cycling tour guide
- Two ferry rides
- Cider tasting in the Upper Danube Valley
- Visit of Austria's oldest theater in Grein
- Wine tasting in the Wachau region
- Guided city tour by bike in Vienna
- City tour with scenic train + walking tour in Bratislava
- If you book the Hiking package (2019 only), also included:
- Hiking guide
- Shuttle bus to the start/ending point of your hiking tour
- Donausteig souvenir
What’s Not Included
This is an easy tour following the flow of the Danube. The 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 sometimes be adjusted.
BIKE & BOAT ITINERARY:
Day 1: Passau
Day 2: Mauthausen - Grein, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Devin - Bratislava, 11 to 30 mi. (18 to 49 km)
Day 4: Vienna (day of rest)
Day 5: Wachau/ Krems - Melk, 21 mi. (33 km)
Day 6: Melk - Grein, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Great Danube Loop / Obermühl - Engelhartszell, 17 to 27 mi. (28 to 43 km)
Day 8: 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
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's 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 boat ride through the romantic Danube Valley.
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: Devin - Bratislava, 11 to 30 mi. (18 to 49 km) - 2019 itinerary approximately 27 mi. (43km)
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 an optional city tour.
Day 4: Vienna (rest day)
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 the State Opera House, the Burgtheater and town hall and, of course, the colourful "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: Wachau / Krems - Melk, 23 mi. (37 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. You will 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: Melk - Grein, 31 mi. (50 km)
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. Yours today’s destination is the – already well known – city of Grein, home of Austria's oldest city theatre (optional, not included).
Day 7: Great Danube Loop, Obermühl - Engelhartszell, 17 to 27 mi. (28 to 43 km) - 2019 itinerary shortened to 16 mi. (25km)
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: Passau
Enjoy the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley on deck before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Arrival back to Passau approximately 10AM. Disembarkation approximately 30 mins. Occasionally you may experience watergate delays. Therefore, we recommend that you do not make travel arrangements until after 11:00 AM.
**Optional land excursions (must be booked and paid for on board):**
Bratislava: City tour by city express (excursion train) + walking tour
Vienna: City tour by bike or HOP ON HOP OFF bus, classical waltz & operetta concert
Wachau: Wine tasting with a local winegrower
Grein: Visit of Austria’s oldest theatre
BIKE & HIKE ITINERARY:
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.
Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna Boats + Barges
Theodor Körner Austria, Germany Comfort Plus Class Boat The MS THEODOR KÖRNER is a very spacious ship known for its comfortable and nostalgic atmosphere. The guest is treated like a king with the crew members doing their best to fulfill every wish