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  £ 616 $ 983 647 NOK 6470 kr 5972 $ 776 £ 711 $ 1,135 747 NOK 7470 kr 6895 $ 896 -
    S1: 2-bed cabin £ 690 $ 1,101 725 NOK 7250 kr 6692 $ 870 £ 805 $ 1,284 845 NOK 8450 kr 7800 $ 1,014 £ 833 $ 1,329 875 NOK 8750 kr 8077 $ 1,050
    S1: Junior Suite- £ 957 $ 1,527 1005 NOK 10050 kr 9277 $ 1,206 £ 957 $ 1,527 1005 NOK 10050 kr 9277 $ 1,206
    S2: ECO* cabin  £ 711 $ 1,135 747 NOK 7470 kr 6895 $ 896 £ 807 $ 1,287 847 NOK 8470 kr 7818 $ 1,016 -
    S2: 2-bed cabin £ 786 $ 1,253 825 NOK 8250 kr 7615 $ 990 £ 900 $ 1,435 945 NOK 9450 kr 8723 $ 1,134 £ 929 $ 1,481 975 NOK 9750 kr 9000 $ 1,170
    S2: Junior Suite- £ 1052 $ 1,678 1105 NOK 11050 kr 10200 $ 1,326 £ 1052 $ 1,678 1105 NOK 11050 kr 10200 $ 1,326
    S3: ECO* cabin  £ 759 $ 1,211 797 NOK 7970 kr 7357 $ 956 £ 854 $ 1,363 897 NOK 8970 kr 8280 $ 1,076 -
    S3: 2-bed cabin £ 833 $ 1,329 875 NOK 8750 kr 8077 $ 1,050 £ 948 $ 1,511 995 NOK 9950 kr 9185 $ 1,194 £ 976 $ 1,557 1025 NOK 10250 kr 9462 $ 1,230
    S3: Junior Suite- £ 1100 $ 1,754 1155 NOK 11550 kr 10662 $ 1,386 £ 1100 $ 1,754 1155 NOK 11550 kr 10662 $ 1,386

    *ECO cabins are bunk bed cabins

    SINGLE CABIN PRICING: MainUpperPromenade
    S1: 2-bed cabin ECO* single £ 882 $ 1,407 926 NOK 9260 kr 8548 $ 1,111 £ 1025 $ 1,634 1076 NOK 10760 kr 9932 $ 1,291 ---
    S1: 2-bed cabin single use £ 993 $ 1,584 1043 NOK 10430 kr 9628 $ 1,252 £ 1165 $ 1,858 1223 NOK 12230 kr 11289 $ 1,468 £ 1208 $ 1,926 1268 NOK 12680 kr 11705 $ 1,522
    S2: 2-bed cabin ECO* single £ 1025 $ 1,634 1076 NOK 10760 kr 9932 $ 1,291 £ 1168 $ 1,862 1226 NOK 12260 kr 11317 $ 1,471 ---
    S2: 2-bed cabin single use £ 1136 $ 1,812 1193 NOK 11930 kr 11012 $ 1,432 £ 1308 $ 2,086 1373 NOK 13730 kr 12674 $ 1,648 £ 1350 $ 2,154 1418 NOK 14180 kr 13089 $ 1,702
    S3: 2-bed cabin ECO* single £ 1096 $ 1,748 1151 NOK 11510 kr 10625 $ 1,381 £ 1239 $ 1,976 1301 NOK 13010 kr 12009 $ 1,561 ---
    S3: 2-bed cabin single use £ 1208 $ 1,926 1268 NOK 12680 kr 11705 $ 1,522 £ 1379 $ 2,199 1448 NOK 14480 kr 13366 $ 1,738 £ 1422 $ 2,268 1493 NOK 14930 kr 13782 $ 1,792

    ADDITIONAL CHARGES: 

    Port fees, valid all persons 12+ years:  £ 56 $ 90 59 NOK 590 kr 545 $ 71

    REDUCTIONS:

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

    Discount third person in Triple Cabin. Please ask

    Discount, using own bike: £ 52 $ 84 55 NOK 550 kr 508 $ 66

    Discount, no bike rental: £ 67 $ 106 70 NOK 700 kr 646 $ 84

    extra options

    2018

    E bike rental:   £ 90 $ 144 95 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114

    Guided Comfort Relax:  £ 209 $ 333 219 NOK 2190 kr 2022 $ 263

    Transfer Munich to Passau, one way: £ 70 $ 112 74 NOK 740 kr 683 $ 89

    Transfer Munch to Passau, round trip: £ 113 $ 181 119 NOK 1190 kr 1098 $ 143

    Helmet purchase (payable on board):

    Extra nights:

    Passau 3 * hotel: £ 54 $ 87 57 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68

    Single supplement: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 250 kr 231 $ 30

    Passau 4 * hotel: £ 62 $ 99 65 NOK 650 kr 600 $ 78

    Single supplement:  £ 22 $ 35 23 NOK 230 kr 212 $ 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 8 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

  • Margery K. 3 days ago

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

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  • Robert M. 6 days ago

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

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  • Nancy B. 1 week 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!

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  • Susan R. 1 week 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.

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  • Mary Ellen W. 1 week ago

    Highlight: Biking in the Wacchau Valley

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  • Linda B. 2 weeks 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.

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  • Corol M. 2 weeks ago

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

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  • Sue H. 3 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!

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  • Laurie S. 4 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.

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  • Elisabeth P. 11 months 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.

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  • Susan D. 12 months 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.

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    • Jehiel 12 months 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. 12 months 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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