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

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

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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Tour Dates

2017 Dates:
Departures every Saturday from May 6 to October 7, 2017 - Except June 3 and August 5.

Comfort Relax Guided dates: May 20, June 17, July 29, August 26 and September 23. Other dates can be requested with minimum of 10 participants.

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

  • Elisabeth P. 3 days 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 month 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 month 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 month 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. 2 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 1 year 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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