Castle in Dürnstein, photo provided by Donau Touristik

Grapes grown in the Wachau region. Photo via flickr Harikrishnan Tulsidas

Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna aboard the Primadonna

Austria, Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Cycle along the Danube River between Germany and Austria on the famous Danube Bike Path

  • This bike and barge tour takes you along the famous Danube Bike Path from Passau, Germany to Vienna, Austria. After cycling each day, you can relax on board the luxurious floating hotel, the Primadonna. Providing the highest level of comfort, you will not be disappointed with your stay on board, featuring renowned cuisine based on organic, local ingredients.


    • The Austrian Wine Growing region in the Wachau Valley
    • Bruckner organ concert in Linz
    • The beautiful baroque city of Grein
    • The city of Vienna

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  • September 14 departure:

    Twin cabin, main deck astern (bunk bed): £ 834 $ 1,251 841 NOK 8760 kr 8087 $ 1,051 Twin cabin, main deck astern single use (bunk bed): £ 834 $ 1,251 841 NOK 8760 kr 8087 $ 1,051

    Twin cabin, main deck (1 primary bed, 1 sofa bed): £ 975 $ 1,463 983 NOK 10240 kr 9452 $ 1,229 Single Supplement: £ 444 $ 667 448 NOK 4667 kr 4308 $ 560

    Twin cabin, upper deck (separate beds, balcony): £ 1316 $ 1,975 1327 NOK 13823 kr 12760 $ 1,659 Single Supplement: £ 923 $ 1,384 930 NOK 9688 kr 8942 $ 1,163

    Twin cabin, promenade deck (separate beds, balcony): £ 1375 $ 2,063 1386 NOK 14438 kr 13327 $ 1,733 Single Supplement: £ 966 $ 1,449 974 NOK 10146 kr 9365 $ 1,218

    All other departures

    Twin cabin, main deck astern (bunk bed): £ 907 $ 1,360 914 NOK 9521 kr 8788 $ 1,143 Twin cabin, main deck astern single use (bunk bed): £ 907 $ 1,360 914 NOK 9521 kr 8788 $ 1,143

    Twin cabin, main deck (1 primary bed, 1 sofa bed): £ 1048 $ 1,571 1056 NOK 11000 kr 10154 $ 1,320 Single supplement: £ 480 $ 720 484 NOK 5042 kr 4654 $ 605

    Twin cabin, upper deck (separate beds, balcony): £ 1402 $ 2,103 1413 NOK 14719 kr 13587 $ 1,766 Single Supplement: £ 986 $ 1,479 994 NOK 10354 kr 9558 $ 1,243

    Twin cabin, promenade deck (separate beds, balcony): £ 1460 $ 2,190 1472 NOK 15333 kr 14154 $ 1,840 Single Supplement: £ 1030 $ 1,545 1038 NOK 10813 kr 9981 $ 1,298

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 81 $ 122 82 NOK 854 kr 788 $ 103

    Transfer to and from boat: £ 12 $ 18 12 NOK 125 kr 115 $ 15

    Train journey from any German train station £ 105 $ 158 106 NOK 1104 kr 1019 $ 133

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Munich or Salzburg.

    Local Travel

    Train to Passau. From Munich airport, ride is approximately 2½ hr. From Salzburg airport, ride is approximately 3½-4 hr.


    Please check local conditions just prior to arrival. The average temperatures for Passau can be found here

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations on board the comfort plus boat, the Primadonna

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights in double cabin
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Daily afternoon coffee, tea, and cake
  • Daily 3-course lunch or packed lunch on the bike tours
  • Daily 4-course dinner
  • Daily midnight snack in the panoramic bar
  • 7 or 21 speed hybrid bicycle with saddlebag
  • All harbor dues
  • Daily personal route information for the following cycling day
  • On board tour guides
  • Comprehensive route description and cycling maps
  • City tour by ‘Vienna by night’
  • Guided tour baroque monastery St. Florian

What’s Not Included

  • Entrance fees and excursions not mentioned
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

May 18, July 13, July 27, and September 14, 2018

Skill Level

This is an easy, self guided bike and boat tour. Tour leaders are available on board in case of questions or problems. You’ll be following the mostly flat Danube Cycle path with average daily distances between 21 and 37 miles (34 and 59 km). Any day can be used as a day of rest.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Passau
Day 2: Wesenufer - Schlögen Bend - Linz, 37 mi. (59 km)
Day 3: Linz - Grein, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 4: Grein - Spitz/Wachau, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 5: Spitz/Wachau - Dürnstein - Krems - Tulln, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 6: Vienna, 21 mi. (34 km)
Day 7: Rest day on board
Day 8: Departure from Passau

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Passau
Welcome refreshments are offered on board beginning at 4 p.m. At 8 p.m, the captain’s welcome dinner, with a 4-course a la carte menu begins and the boat departs to Wesenufer, the historical fishing village.
MS Primadonna: departure Passau 8:00 p.m / arrival Wesenufer 9:30 p.m.

Day 2: Wesenufer - Schlögen Bend - Linz, 37 mi. (59 km)
Cycle past Schlögen Bend to Aschach and then to Linz (European Capital of Culture 2009) via the uninhabited Engtal bei Kaiserau.
MS Primadonna: departure Wesenufer 1:00 p.m. / arrival Linz 5:15 p.m.​

Day 3: Linz - Grein, 36 mi. (58 km)
Today's route takes you past the Pragstein castles (gothic/museum), Wallsee (Habsburg), and Greinburg (Saxe-Coburg). The day ends in Grein, a Baroque city with a beautiful old town.
MS Primadonna: departure Linz 1:00 p.m. / arrival Grein 5:00 p.m.

Day 4: Grein - Spitz/Wachau, 34 mi. (55 km)
Cycle past the black wall and the Nibelung city Ybbs to Melk. Dependent upon your level of fitness, you can choose to bike to Spitz (approximately 17 km) or by local cruise liner (€ 7.50/paid on-site). Spitz is one of the most famous Austrian wine growing areas in the Wachau Valley. This village is famous for its 3 castles, monasteries and the well known, Burg Mountain (also called the 1000-Eimer-Berg). Some of the best Austrian white wines are made here. Recommended is a visit to a wine tavern (not included in the tour price).

MS Primadonna: departure Grein 1:00 p.m. / arrival Spitz 5:15 p.m.

Day 5: Spitz/Wachau - Dürnstein - Krems - Tulln, 32 mi. (52 km)
Continue on through the Wachau Valley, the most well-known section of the Danube. You'll cycle to Dürnstein, its famous castle, a UNESCO world heritage site, towers above the town. Pass through Krems, formerly the richest city in Austria. The route continues to the floral town of Tulln famous for its beautiful gardens, magnificent grounds, charnel house, and baroque city center.
MS Primadonna: departure Spitz 1:00 p.m. / arrival Tulln 5:00 p.m.

Day 6: Vienna, 21 mi. (34 km)
In the morning you reach your final leg of the journey, passing the Austrian Escorial, Klosterneuburg Monastery, and lastly on to Vienna. The rental bikes can be returned directly on the cycling path and private bikes can be loaded on the ship. If you'd like, you can join the group for a city tour of Vienna that begins at the landing stage at approximately 1 p.m. This can be booked and paid for directly on board (€10).

You can also opt to do a city tour by bike (free of charge, information provided) There is a beautiful bike path that leads to Ringstraße, the city center. By following the route, you can sightsee Vienna by bike. “Cast off” at midnight to the return to Passau.
MS Primadonna: departure Tulln 9:30 a.m. / arrival Vienna 11:45 a.m. / departure Vienna 12:30 a.m.

Day 7: Rest day on board
Today can be spent on board enjoying the ammenities that the boat has to offer. Relax in the outdoor jacuzzi as you enjoy the passing scenery or visit the on board spa with its large jacuzzi, Kneip pool, and sauna. It is also possible to book a massage. The barge will set sail and arrive in Linz in the afternoon. Tickets to the Bruckner organ concert in Linz’s city church are included in the tour price. You will also have plenty of time to explore Linz. After midnight, the boat leaves Linz and cruises to Passau.
MS Primadonna: arrival Linz 4:30 p.m. / departure Linz 12:30 a.m.

Day 8: Departure from Passau
Arrival in Passau at approximately 7 a.m. If you've booked a transfer to the train station or car park, it will leave after breakfast at approximately 9 a.m.

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Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna aboard the Primadonna Boats + Barges

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Primadonna Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary Comfort Plus Class Boat Experience the elegance of the MS Primadonna, with spacious decks, spa facilities, restaurant, bar, atrium and much more, on a cycling holiday without having to pack and unpack each day. Your boat will await you at your destination every day. You can also feel free to spend some of your time on board where you can enjoy the Jacuzzi on the outdoor deck or the spa area, which is equipped with Jacuzzi, sauna, Kneip basin, etc. All meals on this Austrian cruise line are freshly cooked and have a particular emphasis on regional and organic products.