The famous Stiftskirche tower in Durnstein, Austria. Photo via Flickr:Andrij Bulba

Blue tower of the Stiftskirche greets everyone in the Wachau Valley, Austria. Photo via Flickr:jay8085
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Along the Danube - Passau, Bratislava, and Vienna

Austria, Germany, Slovakia Bike + Barge Tours

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.

    Highlights:

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

    Want to check out more bike and barge tours in Germany?

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


  • 2018 THEODOR KORNER:

    Season 1 (S1): April
    Season 2 (S2): May/August
    Season 3 (S3): June/July/September

    Price per personMainUpperPromenade
    S1: ECO* cabin  £ 621 $ 991 647 NOK 6524 kr 6022 $ 783 £ 717 $ 1,144 747 NOK 7532 kr 6953 $ 904 -
    S1: 2-bed cabin £ 696 $ 1,110 725 NOK 7310 kr 6748 $ 877 £ 811 $ 1,294 845 NOK 8520 kr 7865 $ 1,022 £ 840 $ 1,340 875 NOK 8823 kr 8144 $ 1,059
    S1: Junior Suite- £ 965 $ 1,539 1005 NOK 10134 kr 9354 $ 1,216 £ 965 $ 1,539 1005 NOK 10134 kr 9354 $ 1,216
    S2: ECO* cabin  £ 717 $ 1,144 747 NOK 7532 kr 6953 $ 904 £ 813 $ 1,297 847 NOK 8541 kr 7884 $ 1,025 -
    S2: 2-bed cabin £ 792 $ 1,264 825 NOK 8319 kr 7679 $ 998 £ 908 $ 1,447 945 NOK 9529 kr 8796 $ 1,143 £ 936 $ 1,493 975 NOK 9831 kr 9075 $ 1,180
    S2: Junior Suite- £ 1061 $ 1,692 1105 NOK 11142 kr 10285 $ 1,337 £ 1061 $ 1,692 1105 NOK 11142 kr 10285 $ 1,337
    S3: ECO* cabin  £ 765 $ 1,221 797 NOK 8036 kr 7418 $ 964 £ 861 $ 1,374 897 NOK 9045 kr 8349 $ 1,085 -
    S3: 2-bed cabin £ 840 $ 1,340 875 NOK 8823 kr 8144 $ 1,059 £ 956 $ 1,524 995 NOK 10033 kr 9261 $ 1,204 £ 984 $ 1,570 1025 NOK 10335 kr 9540 $ 1,240
    S3: Junior Suite- £ 1109 $ 1,769 1155 NOK 11646 kr 10750 $ 1,398 £ 1109 $ 1,769 1155 NOK 11646 kr 10750 $ 1,398

    *ECO cabins are bunk bed cabins

    SINGLE CABIN PRICING: MainUpperPromenade
    S1: 2-bed cabin ECO* single £ 889 $ 1,418 926 NOK 9337 kr 8619 $ 1,120 £ 1033 $ 1,648 1076 NOK 10850 kr 10015 $ 1,302 ---
    S1: 2-bed cabin single use £ 1002 $ 1,598 1043 NOK 10517 kr 9708 $ 1,262 £ 1174 $ 1,873 1223 NOK 12332 kr 11383 $ 1,480 £ 1218 $ 1,942 1268 NOK 12786 kr 11802 $ 1,534
    S2: 2-bed cabin ECO* single £ 1033 $ 1,648 1076 NOK 10850 kr 10015 $ 1,302 £ 1177 $ 1,878 1226 NOK 12362 kr 11411 $ 1,483 ---
    S2: 2-bed cabin single use £ 1146 $ 1,827 1193 NOK 12029 kr 11104 $ 1,444 £ 1319 $ 2,103 1373 NOK 13844 kr 12779 $ 1,661 £ 1362 $ 2,172 1418 NOK 14298 kr 13198 $ 1,716
    S3: 2-bed cabin ECO* single £ 1105 $ 1,763 1151 NOK 11606 kr 10713 $ 1,393 £ 1249 $ 1,993 1301 NOK 13118 kr 12109 $ 1,574 ---
    S3: 2-bed cabin single use £ 1218 $ 1,942 1268 NOK 12786 kr 11802 $ 1,534 £ 1391 $ 2,218 1448 NOK 14601 kr 13478 $ 1,752 £ 1434 $ 2,287 1493 NOK 15054 kr 13896 $ 1,807

    ADDITIONAL CHARGES: 

    Port fees, valid all persons 12+ years:  £ 57 $ 90 59 NOK 595 kr 549 $ 71

    REDUCTIONS:

    Children's discounts available ages 3-12 years. Please ask

    Discount third person in Triple Cabin. Please ask

    Discount, using own bike: £ 53 $ 84 55 NOK 555 kr 512 $ 67

    Discount, no bike rental: £ 67 $ 107 70 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85

    extra options

    2018

    E bike rental:   £ 91 $ 146 95 NOK 958 kr 884 $ 115

    Guided Comfort Relax:  £ 210 $ 335 219 NOK 2208 kr 2038 $ 265

    Transfer Munich to Passau, one way: £ 71 $ 113 74 NOK 746 kr 689 $ 90

    Transfer Munch to Passau, round trip: £ 114 $ 182 119 NOK 1200 kr 1108 $ 144

    Helmet purchase (payable on board):

    Extra nights:

    Passau 3 * hotel: £ 55 $ 87 57 NOK 575 kr 531 $ 69

    Single supplement: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 252 kr 233 $ 30

    Passau 4 * hotel: £ 62 $ 100 65 NOK 655 kr 605 $ 79

    Single supplement:  £ 22 $ 35 23 NOK 232 kr 214 $ 28

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Munich or Salzburg

    Local Travel

    From either the Munich or Salzburg airports, you can take a train to Passau. From Munich airport, the train ride is approximately 21/2 hours. From Salzburg Airport, the ride is approximately 3.5 to 4 hours.

    Climate

    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°

    Remarks

    This tour is also offered as a guided tour as part of the comfort relax package.


Tour Dates

2018 Dates:
Departures every Saturday from April 28 to September 22, 2018 - Except June 2, June 9, August 4 & August 11, 2018

*Comfort Relax Guided dates: May 19, June 16, July 28, August 25 & September 22, 2018

*Other dates can be requested with minimum of 10 participants.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the comfort plus boat, the Theodor Korner

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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cider tasting
  • Wine tasting in the Wachau region
  • Guided city tour by bike in Vienna
  • City tour by city express (excursion train) + walking tour in Bratislava

What’s Not Included

TourBike+Boat
TypeBoth
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From647 Rates
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Skill Level

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.

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Day-To-Day 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)
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, 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. 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)
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 (can 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

*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

  • Charlotte G. 3 hours ago

    Wonderful, unforgettable trip -- best part was biking into Vienna and spending the day hiking around seeing some fantastic scenery, buildings and people. Absolutely loved the boat. Some on our trip only spoke English and the staff on the boat quickly accommodated them when it became obvious those darn Germans (can say that being related and understanding what they were saying!) weren't going to shut up during the English trip briefing by moving the following days sessions into separate areas. I would certainly do another trip somewhere else sometime with this company!

    Boat: Primadonna

  • Elisabeth P. 2 weeks ago

    Because our overall experience was so perfect, flawless in every way, it is difficult to highlight just one part. The barge, the bikes, the staff, the guide, the food were all excellent and this holiday by far exceeded our expectations.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Lorna T 2 months ago

    I enjoyed the cycling, the scenery was generally really lovely and revitalizing, with options to see different things.
    The food was very good (especially the fish dishes.)
    The staff were very pleasant.
    The bikes were good and the bike staff very helpful.
    The choice of outingings were very enjoyable.
    Overall it was a relaxing cycling holiday which was what I was looking for.
    I found that the Tripsite staff, (especially Carla), were very helpful in answering all my questions . Thank you!

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Celia H. 2 months ago

    It was wonderful to have all the logistics taken care of. All we had to do was get up in the morning, have a hearty breakfast, get on our bikes and head out for a different adventure every day. Not too difficult!
    On board, the staff went out of their way to be helpful and accommodating. The ship amenities were great. Our on board entertainer was super and we danced most evenings.
    The cycling was scenic, varied and interesting and not too difficult. I liked the cruiser style of the bike. Sitting more upright made sightseeing while riding very easy. Overall a great experience that I can't wait to repeat!

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Judith B. 2 months ago

    The Danube River is beautiful. My most memorable day was the last one of our week, when we cycled mostly through parks along the Danube in Austria. Weather was pleasant and the quietude, along with the autumn colors and few remaining flowers, was spectacular.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Margery K. 2 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: Riding on the bike paths without having to worry about road traffic.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Robert M. 2 months ago

    Scenery was beautiful. Biking was not overly strenuous. All in all very enjoyable.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Nancy B. 2 months ago

    The bike routes were exceptional taking us through the most beautiful and scenic areas in the Danube Valley. We especially loved the Wachau Valley and it was Reisling harvest time!

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Susan R. 2 months ago

    Biking everyday on a different path through diverse scenery and able to stop at any time to see different landmarks. Getting to see more of the countryside than if on a tour bus. This itinerary was very doable for all ages and levels of fitness.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Mary Ellen W. 2 months ago

    Highlight: Biking in the Wacchau Valley

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Linda B. 2 months ago

    Biking through the Wachau Valley was spectacular, thus it was the highlight. The staff on the "barge" were super friendly and helpful. The biking was easy if a person is reasonably fit. A little practice doing long distance biking is a good idea.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Corol M. 2 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: Beautiful scenery! Great attention by bike staff.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Vince K. 4 months ago

    Most Memorable: Arriving in Budapest just at dark and seeing the city all lit up and riding through the Wachow valley. The visits to the cities, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, were too short and left us wanting more. This particular boat was geared more towards German speaking guests and English was a poorly translated afterthought.

  • Sue H. 5 months ago

    The entire cycling tour was fantastic. Each day was different, and with a guide who was absolutely terrific, we enjoyed every bit of it!

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Laurie S. 6 months ago

    The Wachau Valley is breath taking. Austria and Bavaria are absolute gem locations. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Tripsite made it easy to book, offer very reasonable prices and answered all our questions.
    My only complaint was our German bike guide. We were the only primarily English speaking riders in a group of 14. The rest mostly spoke German. Our guide explained the vast majority of what we were seeing in German. This is somewhat understandable given that we were in the minority, but we felt that we missed out on so much historical explanations. In addition, he admitted that he didn't really know much about all the areas we visited and often deviated from the guide book. We ended up leaving the guided tour and going solo the last 2 days.
    We rented e-bikes, which we loved, but had to figure out how to use them as we went along.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Elisabeth P. 1 year ago

    It is difficult to say what the most memorable part of the trip was since every bit of it was exceptional: the scenery, the friendly staff, the other guests, the food, all were above expectations. Add to that the fact that we had perfect early Fall weather, sunny but not too hot, we felt like we had spent a week in heaven.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Susan D. 1 year ago

    The Wachau Valley was our favorite!
    Our only complaint is that the toilet in our room was backing up sewer gas. Would have really welcomed a bathroom fan to duck it away or an improved sewer trap to prevent this.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

    • Jehiel 1 year ago

      Hi Susan,
      Thanks for sharing this feedback. Sometimes these things are hard to correct because of the construction of the ship. However, we are working with our local partner to make improvements to this boat for next season based on your feedback.
      Thanks again!

  • Elizabeth G. 1 year ago

    All of it was memorable - the scenic routes through lovely towns, stopping at wine tasting, castles, cathedrals, the day in Vienna. Lovely wait staff, house keeping and front desk!! Top award goes to the extraordinary chef -- who listened attentively to my request for whole foods, plant based and each evening created an extraordinary delight of color and tastes -- wonderful food combinations, spices, herbs.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Craig M. 1 year ago

    Great trip but two minor issues
    Room - hopeless shower curtain meant water went all over the floor. Other rooms had screens so why not all rooms?
    Ride into Bratislava is ugly - need to find a better to arrive at this lovely city. A real low point in an otherwise fantastic itinerary - last 3 days were sublime.

  • S. Woodhouse 1 year ago

    We very much enjoyed coming back to the Theodor Korner each afternoon and the camaraderie on board this boat. Previously we have been on hotel to hotel cycling trips, which we have also enjoyed, but this time we enjoyed not having to pack up each morning. The staff were all delightful, the meals excellent and the cycling / sightseeing just right for us. Even the rain a couple of days didn't dampen our spirits. The only thing to mention that Tripsite had wrong on the info we were sent was that we were told that credit cards could not be used for purchases on board. In fact we were able to use a credit card.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • S. Irwin 1 year ago

    The details of the transfer from Munich Airport to Passau was not described in the online information, but detailed in the updated information leaflet found in the cabin once aboard (too late). The online leaflet needs to be updated with details of where the transfer desk can be found at Munich Airport.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • J. Gellerd 1 year ago

    This has been one of the greatest vacations for my husband and I, due to the luxury quality of the ship-hotel and the superior quality of the staff/services. The "Very satisfied" has to have 5 more stars! Thank you very much! We fervently advertise it among friends and beyond!

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • S. Rishe 2 years ago

    Starting with Carla whose patience and friendliness and kindness enhanced the reservation process, through the gorgeous boat, great bikes, incredible food, fun fellow guests of several nationalities, friendly and cheerful staff and the utterly delightful Dietmer our trip guide, we were thrilled.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

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