Wachau Valley vineyards along the Danube River, Austria. Photo via Flickr:alchen_x

Belvedere Castle in Vienna, Austria. Photo via Flickr:Miguel Mendez
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Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna

Austria, Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Bike Austria and the Historic Cities on the Danube Cycle Path!

  • Beginning in the German town of Passau, this tour quickly crosses the Austrian border as it follows the Danube Bike Path east downstream through tucked-away villages and serene landscapes.

    You experience the mighty Danube as it meanders through the "Great Loop" and enjoy the gorgeous landscape of the legendary Wachau with its castles and fortresses.

    Vienna, rich in architecture and history, cannot be described! You have to see it and feel it! At the Naschmarkt (famous food market), a stroll will become a cultural and culinary adventure. You can also relax at any of the cozy coffee bars or at a typical Viennese wine tavern.

    Highlights:

    • Passau - The City of Three Rivers
    • The Schloegen Danube Loop
    • Wachau - World Cultural Heritage site
    • Linz - Northern Austria's Capital
    • Vienna - City of music and culture

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  • 2018

    MS NORMANDIEMainUpper 
    April 7 & April 14 £ 556 $ 887 589 NOK 5841 kr 5392 $ 701 £ 689 $ 1,098 729 NOK 7229 kr 6673 $ 868
    Single Cabin  --- £ 925 $ 1,475 979 NOK 9708 kr 8962 $ 1,165
    April 21 & Oct 6 £ 707 $ 1,128 749 NOK 7428 kr 6856 $ 891 £ 840 $ 1,339 889 NOK 8816 kr 8138 $ 1,058
    Single Cabin  --- £ 1076 $ 1,716 1139 NOK 11295 kr 10426 $ 1,355
    May 5 & Sept 22 £ 821 $ 1,309 869 NOK 8618 kr 7955 $ 1,034 £ 953 $ 1,520 1009 NOK 10006 kr 9236 $ 1,201
    Single Cabin   --- £ 1189 $ 1,896 1259 NOK 12485 kr 11525 $ 1,498
    June 2, &  Sept 8 £ 896 $ 1,430 949 NOK 9411 kr 8687 $ 1,129 £ 1029 $ 1,640 1089 NOK 10799 kr 9969 $ 1,296
    Single Cabin  --- £ 1265 $ 2,017 1339 NOK 13278 kr 12257 $ 1,593
    June 16, June 30, July 14, Aug 11 &  Aug 25 £ 934 $ 1,490 989 NOK 9808 kr 9053 $ 1,177 £ 1066 $ 1,701 1129 NOK 11196 kr 10335 $ 1,344
    Single Cabin  --- £ 1302 $ 2,077 1379 NOK 13675 kr 12623 $ 1,641

    *MS Normandie - Twin cabin for single use: 50% supplement of base price

    Additional Charges: 
    Electric bike rental (E-Bike protection included):  £ 90 $ 143 95 NOK 942 kr 870 $ 113 Helmet purchase (payable on board):  £ 38 $ 60 40 NOK 397 kr 366 $ 48

     

    MS ARLENEMainUpper
    May 28 £ 896 $ 1,430 949 NOK 9411 kr 8687 $ 1,129 £ 1029 $ 1,640 1089 NOK 10799 kr 9969 $ 1,296
    Cabin astern*ECO---- £ 934 $ 1,490 989 NOK 9808 kr 9053 $ 1,177
    Single Cabin  ---- £ 1265 $ 2,017 1339 NOK 13278 kr 12257 $ 1,593
    June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23 £ 934 $ 1,490 989 NOK 9808 kr 9053 $ 1,177 £ 1066 $ 1,701 1129 NOK 11196 kr 10335 $ 1,344
    Cabin astern* Eco---- £ 972 $ 1,550 1029 NOK 10204 kr 9419 $ 1,225
    Single Cabin  ---- £ 1302 $ 2,077 1379 NOK 13675 kr 12623 $ 1,641

    *ECO cabins, front/rear part of the ship (engine noise possible)

    Additional Charges: 
    Electric bike rental (E-Bike protection included):  £ 90 $ 143 95 NOK 942 kr 870 $ 113 Helmet purchase (limited numberes,payable on board):  £ 38 $ 60 40 NOK 397 kr 366 $ 48 Twin cabin, single use: Approximately 50% supplement applies!

    extra options

    Extra nights:

    Please contact us.

    20% discount available for children under 13 sharing cabin with one adult

    We recommend to wear a bike helmet (mandatory use for helmets: In Austria for children till 12 years)

    please note

    If you want to purchase a helmet, please let us know when you submit your reservation. 

    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

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

    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°


Tour Dates

2018

MS Normandie: Saturday Departures: April 7, April 14, April 21, May 5, June 2, June 16, June 30, July 14, August 11, August 25, September 8, September 22, October 6, 2018

MS Arlene: Monday Departures: May 28, June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23, 2018

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the comfort vessels, the MS Normandie or the MS Arlene

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Full meals (breakfast, on board light lunch for noncyclists / packed lunch for cyclists, and dinner)
  • Afternoon coffee break
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Farewell dinner on last night including cocktail
  • Daily live music
  • Tour leader on board (does not cycle with the group)
  • 7-speed unisex bicycle
  • Bicycle protection
  • Information packet with route book (one per cabin)
  • Daily informational meeting
  • Port fees

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights can be arranged in Passau!

TourBike+Boat
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From589 Rates
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Skill Level

Relatively easy tour following the flow of the Danube. 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 be adjusted.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna Map

MS Normandie & MS Arlene

Day 1: Passau - Engelhartszell, boarding time at 4:30 p.m. Departure at 7 p.m.  
Day 2: Engelhartszell - Untermühl - "Great Loop" - Linz, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Linz - Mauthausen - Grein, 22-26 mi. (36-42 km)
Day 4: Grein - Melk - Tulln, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Tulln - Vienna, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 6: Rest day in Vienna, city tour otional, Waltz and Operetta concert optional
Day 7: Wachau - Dürnstein - Pöchlarn, wine tasting optional, 24 mi. (39 km)
Day 8: Passau, departure

Day 1: Arrival in Passau, Passau - Engelhartszell
The Episcopal city of Passau, close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the "City of three Rivers." Boarding time is at 4:30 p.m. and departure around 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening cruise to Engelhartszell.  

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Untermühl – "Great Loop" – Linz, 22 mi. (35 km) 
Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell. It is said that they have special healing power. Downstream, the route leads you to pretty villages amid natural landscape. For a change, take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop, where the river makes a very abrupt 180-degree turn. The boat takes you from Untermühl to Linz. After dinner, ride on the bright yellow City-Express (optional, not included) and discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria.

Day 3: Linz – Mauthausen – Grein, 22-26 mi. (36-42 km)
In the early morning, the boat cruises to Mauthausen. Here you have the opportunity to visit the Mauthausen Memorial. The Celtic town of Mitterkirchen gives you an insight of the past. Cyclists that would like to take the easy route can ride along the Danube. The alternative route leads through the beautiful back country of the "Strudengau". It is slightly hilly, but the landscape is fantastic. In Grein, the impressive Castle of Greinburg is worth a visit (optional, not included).

Day 4: Grein – Melk – Tulln, 31 mi. (50 km)
Today you'll cycle through the Strudengau – a narrow point of the Danube which used to be notorious amongst skippers. The valley expands from Persenbeug and the bike tour leads you further to Melk with its gorgeous baroque monastery of the Benedictine brethren. On deck, you enjoy the sunset and the beautiful evening illumination of the Wachau. Today's final destination is Tulln, famous for its numerous market gardens where the famous Art Nouveau artist Egon Schiele was born.

Day 5: Tulln – Vienna-Nussdorf / (Korneuburg may also be possible), 35 km | city tour (optional)
The monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated at the entrance of Vienna. You can see the cupola of this 900-year-old baroque structure from a distance. "Kahlenbergerdorf" with it's wine taverns is definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna. During the city tour by bus and by foot (optional, not included) in the afternoon, you will pass most of the famous sights of the beautiful city.

Day 6: Vienna (day of rest) | city tour (opt.) | Waltz and Operetta concert (opt.)
You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the Prater, the St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the Hofburg. You can take a city tour by bike (optional, not included). The gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House, and the town hall are all historic structures that take you back in time. There is enough time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars. The evening ends impressively with a Waltz and Operetta concert (optional, not included). In the evening, the boat takes you to Dürnstein or Rossatz.

Day 7: Wachau | Dürnstein – Pöchlarn, 24 mi. (39 km)
Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries, and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In Weißenkirchen (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfy wine taverns right along the bike path. You owe it to yourself to take a break! In the evening farewell dinner and cocktail.   In Spitz, possibility for a wine-tasting – optional 

Day 8: Passau

Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take one last look at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Arrival is about 10 a.m., disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend arranging connecting trips from 12 p.m. onwards.

*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 the event of mechanical 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.

All our tours have a minimum passenger/departure (please refer to our programs) and we reserve the right to make changes of routing or programs if needed.

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Customer Feedback

  • John J. 2 months ago

    Most Memorable Part? The people I met on board - staff and guests - and the scenery.

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  • Rachel J 2 months ago

    An Amazing Adventure! I enjoyed every minute of this trip. The staff was courteous and accommodating, the food was delicious and the biking and sites were extraordinary. I'll recommend this to all my friends and family.

  • Barbara H. 2 months ago

    Fabulous bike/barge adventure in Germany/Austria! We'll be back! The cycling was on beautiful paths along the Danube. The food and service onboard were extraordinary.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Mari H. 5 months ago

    The new friends we made! We absolutely enjoyed the other travelers we ate with every meal! They became great friends despite language differences. It was a fantastic trip. We blogged our trip!

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  • Kimberly W. 5 months ago

    The scenery along the Danube was outstanding and riding thru the vineyards on our last day was beautiful. Would do it all over again!!

  • Kimberly W. 5 months ago

    The MS Normandie took us on a fabulous adventure down the Danube from Passau to Vienna. The last day of biking was the most memorable as we rode thru some gently rolling hillsides and were enveloped by vineyards and orchards. The quiet and the beauty of the scenery was breathtaking!
    Because it was all so beautiful we would on a daily basis become distracted and veer off the designated route (or maybe we were lacking in the map-reading skills). Therefore, after the second day we decided to each rent an e-bike so that it wouldn't be a huge deal if we got off the beaten path and put on extra miles. Best decision we made all week! Our new equipment helped us to keep up with some new found(older) friends who were rocking the routes every day.
    The evenings were mostly composed of a nice slow 4-course meal (stellar offerings) and catching up with friends and family via the sketchy internet service. I would suggest you bring along a game or two and some books.
    Couldn't have imagined a more complete and perfect vacation. We just had to get ourselves to and from the launch and dock sites and the staff of the MS Normandie took care of the rest!

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  • Patricia L. 5 months ago

    The majority of the Danube cycling routes are truly beautiful. We were worried about the bikes only having 7 speeds, however it was only an issue when we made the climb to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. Otherwise, they were fine. The staff on the Normandie were fabulous, as was the food. I esp. want to thank Ani and Mikki who were a huge help to us prior to the trip. We had lots of questions and they always answered them quickly and thoroughly. I plan on continuing to book my trips with Tripsite. What a great company!

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Robert W. 6 months ago

    The entire trip was memorable for me. I took lots of video and still shots. My plan is to create some YouTube videos to share the experience. I have wanted to do the ride along the Danube for several years and I finally got my chance. It was everything I expected and more. I am now looking at the choices for my next cycling adventure in Europe.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Margaret M. 6 months ago

    Walking and biking around Vienna. It is a beautifully restored city with so many historic buildings and places to take your breath away. Our bike guide Bernd added to the experience by translating for us all the history and important information as we were the only English speakers on the trip.

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  • Jim and Margaret Molineux 6 months ago

    We have just returned from our boat/bike adventure and enjoyed it immensely. Being the only English speaking passengers on the trip, we were in the care of the multilingual SE bike tour guides; Bernd, Andreas and Wolfgang. And look after us they did. With all the tours and information in German, we would have missed so much if it hadn't been for Bernd showing up everywhere to translate for us. The staff on board were helpful, courteous and efficient. Food was gourmet and even with cool and often wet weather, tours were interesting and biking was exhilarating. Bikes were brand new, maps were clear and information given beforehand made navigating easy. Ebikes are the way to go if climbing hills is difficult; although it is mostly flat.
    We would absolutely do this again with Trip Site or SE Tours.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • H. Hausch 1 year ago

    Really liked our trip director Andreas. The Theodor Koerner excellent boat with superb staff.

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  • E. Heide 2 years ago

    We would have like more written details of the areas we were seeing. We also would have liked a stronger wifi connection. Food and service was excellent.

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  • E. Correll 2 years ago

    Bicycling Passau to Vienna with the MS Normandie was a great experience. The bicycle route was mostly flat and in top condition. The views along the way were scenic and enjoyable. The small villages were charming and the larger cities were very beautiful. Our accommodations and meals on the boat were wonderful. One of my favorite experiences of the week was the optional trip to the opera house in Vienna. I am especially glad I didn't miss it. This was my third Tripsite tour and overall this adventure was everything and more that I had hoped for. I would highly recommend it to anyone that loves cycling. I think it is suitable for all skill levels. I will say that on this tour the guides daily instructions were minimal. His input was very basic and quite a disappointment compared to past guides. No photo slide show with instructions such as, "when you see this landmark or sign be sure to turn here." The guide books with maps that were provided were of great assistance, however, and we were able to compensate for the most part by carefully following these written instructions. There was also a small tourist guide book in each room from which you could read about points of interest in each city and village along the way. As I said, overall this was a fantastic week and my friend and I loved every minute!

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  • J Lillis 2 years ago

    Wonderful trip. Our room smelled really bad when we arrived. Mentioned it to the cleaning staff and they said it was the air conditioner. They were on the problem immediately and made sure we had no further problem. Bit of confusion with bike insurance, but on contacting Tripsite on our return this was dealt with immediately (thank you!). Might want to consider having a basic first aid kit onboard I fell in Vienna and badly sprained my ankle - no breaks fortunately. Had to get ice from he bar as there was nothing else available they couldn't give me much as it was needed for the drinks.

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  • Susan Dawood 2 years ago

    Never brought it up to the bike staff, but gears on my bike were difficult to manage. I attributed it to my having small hands, but I also thought the gears should be replaced soon, for the next "small handed" guest.

    It was a wonderful experience and we were fortunate to have beautiful weather the entire week.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • David Pomfret 2 years ago

    We had a fantastic time it was a highlight of the trip; can't say about the bikes as we had our own.

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  • Brent McLean 2 years ago

    Would be nice to sit with other people at meals. Everyone was great and it felt like we were on a camping trip.

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  • Hong Gao 2 years ago

    It was a great trip, thank you.

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  • Sharon Cratsenberg 2 years ago

    Perfect weather, gorgeous scenery, wonderful riding--loved every minute of the trip.

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  • Corinne Bauer 2 years ago

    Fabulous guides, wonderful scenery, food, very helpful Tripsite staff. Will be taking another trip as soon as I can!

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  • John Bowyer 2 years ago

    Wonderful trip along the Danube. If you are biker you will find the bikes lacking. My wife with her spinal cord injury used an electric assist which worked very well.

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  • Susan Knight 2 years ago

    Amazing scenery, great company, delicious food, kind staff and somewhere comfy to sleep - with no unpacking! However,the crux of these trips stems from the quality of the guides. Our first trip, to Vienna, Had a guide that knew the route well, but smoked at every stop, and wanted to always eat dinner at somewhere he could buy alcohol; we preferred to eat our rolls in the fresh air, which sometimes was tricky. He tended to ride off without checking we were all ready, leaving riders behind until someone caught him. Our second trip (Merzig to Koblenz) had a lady guide who was not at all familiar with the area, but used her GPS to locate landmarks and routes (sometimes taking the shortest, not the most scenic). She didn't give an initial safety talk, she changed the route from the easy one offered to a more scenic but quite difficult one, causing one older, inexperienced lady to fall (end of trip for her and her husband,, hospitalisation for almost a fortnight, skingraft). Our replacement guide tried hard, but couldn't seem to match the route to the one we'd booked, so we missed seeing things we'd looked forward to. So our last trip, Koblenz to Amsterdam, was not one we would recommend unless they sorted the route out. Apart from the above, we'd recommend this mode of travel.

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • Margaret Knode 2 years ago

    Staff was incredible. Only change I would make is in the dining room. To be allocated to a table with the same people for every meal was restrictive. We go on trips to meet people from different countries and to make new friends. On speaking with other travellers they mentioned that open seating would have made the whole experience that much more enjoyable. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining companions, but what if you didn't you were stuck all week.

    Can't say enough about how accommodating the staff were, especially in the dining room. Many thanks! Want to do the trip again next year add bring my siblings.

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  • Brett McGillivray 2 years ago

    Besides information on the bike routes, I enjoyed the information on side trips.

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  • Harvey & Sharon Rishe 2 years ago

    Although we are seasoned travelers and fairly fit cyclists, we were new to bike & boat touring, and as a result we probably drove TripSite's Carla crazy! But her patience never faltered; she was generous and gracious with answers to our interminable questions and we arrived in Passau well informed and ready to have a great time.

    Our expectations were met and exceeded. Not only had Carla prepared us well, but Rad & Reisen proved to be a world class organization. The accommodations were lovely, the gourmet meals splendid, the route information excellent, the professionalism and friendliness of the crew impeccable, and the camaraderie among fellow travelers delightful. Not to mention the gorgeous Danube scenery, the interesting villages, and beautiful Vienna!

    We were so happy with TripSite and Rad & Reisen that we are already researching our next bike and boat trip with them! Thank you for a lifetime of wonderful memories.

    Harvey & Sharon Rishe
    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Boat: MS Normandie

  • K. Augustyn 3 years ago

    I will say that this Danube barge/bike trip was probably one of the best vacations I have ever taken. My friends who took the trip with me feel the same way and we are considering doing another one next year. We will definitely consider the barge/bike cruises that you have to offer. Again, thank you very much!

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  • Joanne MacRae 3 years ago

    This was our best trip to Europe as it involved lots of fresh air and exercise in a dream like setting. We sang "the Sound of Music" as we cycled across the German border into Austria.

    The bicycles were top notch. The food on board was fabulous and the customer service was excellent. We were so pleased with the Pack and Pedal Europe organization for giving us lots of valuable information before we arrived on board. We felt we were well prepared for the bike and boat adventure. The whole experience exceeded our expectations! I would definitely advise anyone to take the "Comfort Relaxed Tour" as it identified us with a group of fellow cyclers on journey with an experienced guide who introduced us to the culture and cuisine of local villages in Austria. We appreciate all of the travelling tips and advice we received from Pack and Pedal as all of our inquiries were answered promptly. I highly recommend this tour to anyone. The bicycles were in top working order and cycling on the paved pathways along the Danube was a breeze for anyone in decent physical shape. We can't wait to return and take another trip!

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  • Emily Hull-Parsons 4 years ago

    We just returned from our trip and wanted you to know how much we enjoyed it! Thanks for your help.

    The shirt and shorts were a big hit!

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