Castle in Dürnstein, in the Wachau Valley and Krems-Land district of Lower Austria. Photo via Donau Touristik

Shopping in Durnstein, part of Lower Austria. Photo via Flickr:Jeff Owen Photos
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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): £ 727 $ 1,465 841 NOK 8060 kr 7440 $ 967 Twin cabin, main deck astern single use (bunk bed): £ 727 $ 1,465 841 NOK 8060 kr 7440 $ 967

    Twin cabin, main deck (1 primary bed, 1 sofa bed): £ 850 $ 1,713 983 NOK 9420 kr 8696 $ 1,130 Single Supplement: £ 387 $ 781 448 NOK 4293 kr 3963 $ 515

    Twin cabin, upper deck (separate beds, balcony): £ 1147 $ 2,312 1327 NOK 12717 kr 11739 $ 1,526 Single Supplement: £ 804 $ 1,620 930 NOK 8913 kr 8227 $ 1,070

    Twin cabin, promenade deck (separate beds, balcony): £ 1198 $ 2,415 1386 NOK 13283 kr 12261 $ 1,594 Single Supplement: £ 842 $ 1,697 974 NOK 9334 kr 8616 $ 1,120

    All other departures

    Twin cabin, main deck astern (bunk bed): £ 790 $ 1,593 914 NOK 8759 kr 8085 $ 1,051 Twin cabin, main deck astern single use (bunk bed): £ 790 $ 1,593 914 NOK 8759 kr 8085 $ 1,051

    Twin cabin, main deck (1 primary bed, 1 sofa bed): £ 913 $ 1,840 1056 NOK 10120 kr 9342 $ 1,214 Single supplement: £ 418 $ 843 484 NOK 4638 kr 4282 $ 557

    Twin cabin, upper deck (separate beds, balcony): £ 1222 $ 2,462 1413 NOK 13541 kr 12500 $ 1,625 Single Supplement: £ 859 $ 1,732 994 NOK 9526 kr 8793 $ 1,143

    Twin cabin, promenade deck (separate beds, balcony): £ 1273 $ 2,565 1472 NOK 14107 kr 13022 $ 1,693 Single Supplement: £ 898 $ 1,809 1038 NOK 9948 kr 9182 $ 1,194

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 71 $ 143 82 NOK 786 kr 725 $ 94

    Transfer to and from boat: £ 10 $ 21 12 NOK 115 kr 106 $ 14

    Train journey from any German train station £ 92 $ 185 106 NOK 1016 kr 938 $ 122

    please note

    Rates are per person 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

TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
From841 Rates
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Tour Dates

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

Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna aboard the Primadonna Map

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.


*Important Information:

In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to change the route and/or bridge parts of passages with buses.  Bicycle touring routes may also be affected. 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 unexpected breakdown of engine or power unit. 

Please be aware that these ships, like all other ships on the Danube, are not just your "floating hotels" but also a machine, running engines,  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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  • Janet C. 7 months ago

    Riding along the Danube river was fantastic! We loved all the port cities and the scenery was picturesque. Our favorite memory of the trip was being able to explore on our own each day. Guiding ourselves on the daily rides was challenging but very rewarding. Usually we saw our fellow shipmates along the way and had lunch companions for our daily Danube picnics!

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