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Passau-Vienna-Passau 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (555)

  • 8days
  • Germany

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Passau-Vienna-Passau 8-day Bike & Barge Tour

It was in Passau that Sisi began her journey along the Danube as a young bride to Vienna, where she was eagerly awaited by her Emperor Franz. Follow in the footsteps of the Austrian empress by bicycle and on a nostalgia ship as you discover breathtakingly beautiful river scenery with small sleepy villages, castles and palaces set in gorgeous countryside and enjoy warm Austrian hospitality at every stage of your cycling tour. The region is a gourmand’s paradise and famous for its cakes, pastries and other irresistible culinary treats. After Wiener Schnitzel, Sachertorte and apricot dumplings it’ll be much easier to burn up the miles. Wines from the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Landscape Wachau enjoy an international reputation, Linz, the capital of Upper Austria is home to the biggest church in Austria. And then there’s Vienna. Enchanting, charming and perhaps slightly eccentric, the City of Waltz will capture your heart in an instant. Magnificent buildings from the imperial age bear witness to the impressive history of times gone by.


Stylish, elegant and timelessly beautiful - this is how the 4* SUPERIOR ship presents itself as it glides gently along the Danube river. You will immediately feel at home on board as soon as you enter the spectacular foyer. Designed in warm wood tones, the ship radiates a comfort and leaves nothing to be desired. The simple elegance of the timelessly beautiful staterooms, which are decorated with great attention to detail, will inspire you. Sit back, enjoy the serene, relaxed atmosphere, the fantastic views of breathtakingly beautiful natural landscapes, sometimes from the bicycle seat, sometimes from the inviting, partially covered sun deck. Let yourself be pampered by the friendly, accommodating crew and create on board relationships alongside memories to last a lifetime. Renovated 2018/2019. 

3 passenger-decks:

  • Main deck (lower deck) - cabins STANDARD (small windows - can not be opened)
  • Middle deck - cabins COMFORT (panorama window - can be opened), 1x MINISUITE (panorama window - can be opened)
  • Upper deck - cabins SUPERIOR (balcony)


The 68 outward-facing cabins are spacious 14 m² (single cabin 12 m2) and convince with elegant, comfortable interior.
The cabins have a double bed (can be separated to 2 single beds), shower/WC, hairdryer, SAT TV, safe, coffee maker and individually adjustable air conditioning.

Standard : the approx. 14 m² cabins are located on the main deck, equipped with a double bed (which can be moved apart) and smaller, raised windows (NOT openable).

Comfort: the approx. 14 m² cabins are located on the middle deck, equipped with a double bed (which can be moved apart). The panoramic window can be opened.

Superior:the approx. 14 m² cabins are located on the upper deck, equipped with a double bed (which can be moved apart) and private balcony.

Minisuite: the approx. 16 m² cabin is located on the middle deck, equipped with a double bed (which can be moved apart), panoramic window, minibar and coffee station

  • Prices quoted are for standard cabins on main deck. Please send an email if you would like to book upgraded cabins [email protected] 

Tour Character:

The cycle path is completely flat, at times on a gentle downhill slope and is ideal for bikers with less experience and children. The tour is rated easy on mostly flat terrain. 

Excursion program:

Optional excursions (not included in the price of your tour) can be booked individually or as a package on board only.

  • Vienna: City tour by bike or HOP ON HOP OFF bus Waltz & operetta concert in the Schönbrunn Palais
  • Linz: City Tour by Linz City Express
  • Wachau: Wine tasting with a local winegrower
  • Grein: Visit of Austria’s oldest theatre

Included in the Tour:

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
  • Port charges
  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • Captains greeting and Welcome cocktail
  • Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
  • Full board: breakfast buffet, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists),
  • Afternoon coffee break, (2/3 dishes to choose from)
  • Gala-dinner with farewell cocktail
  • Farewell-Crew-Show & daily live-music
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)
  • Daily information meeting
  • Detailed travel documents per cabin, GPS tracks

Not included in the tour:

  • Transfers to/from the ship
  • Other transfers
  • Rental bicycle
  • Entrance fees & excursions
  • Parking fee
  • Drinks on board
  • Bike helmet 15 EUR (reservation required) 
  • Personal (travel) insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Fuel surcharges (50 EUR p.p)

Guided tour includes: Available June 8, July 6, Sept 21 2024 (+209 EUR)

  • Cycling tour guide
  • Ferry rides
  • Rental helmet (adults only)

Please book your bike (89 EUR) or e-bike (189 EUR) when you book the tour: [email protected]

Additional Information:

  • The cycling tours are individual and self-guided. A guided tour is at extra cost. The bike tours vary between 29 and 50 km in length. All quoted distances are “approximate distances” for the recommended cycling tours.
  • Luggage: we advise you to bring good shoes (for example sport shoes), bike helmet, a warm sweater, rainwear, sun hat & sun lotion.
  • Travel document: Nationals of EU member states will need a valid identity card or passport for this trip.
  • Diet: (for example lactose or gluten free diet) on request possible. Has to be requested at least 14 days before the departure date. Please bring your own special diet products.
  • Route description/disclaimer: Itinerary and program barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons
  • Cabins: Standard cabins are quoted, upgraded cabins are available for an extra charge, subject to availabilty. Please email us for confirmation.

On one hand, a riverboat is a “holiday hotel”, while on the other, it is also a means of transport that moves with motor power and must always be operated, even at night (partially with lock and bridge passages and the retractions and extensions of the structures caused as a result). Mistakes can happen with lock passages. This is the case for all Danube journeys and cannot be avoided. Please bear in mind that riverboats are restricted (bridge passages, locks) in size (length, height, width) and therefore cannot be compared with cruise liners in the sea.

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  • Day 1

    Passau/ surroundings

    Experience Mediterranean flair in Passau, the city of three rivers. You should definitely set aside some time on the day of your arrival for a walk through the picturesque baroque city with its narrow lanes and Passau cathedral home to the largest church organ in the world. Your cycling holiday begins after embarkation (4.00 p.m.) when you sail into the sunset and Passau’s magnificent silhouette with its church towers and domes slowly fades into the horizon behind you.

  • Day 2

    Engelhartszell – Brandstatt, approx. 45 km

    Breathe in the fragrance of the dense forest and freshly mown meadows. Explore the pristine countryside of the Upper Danube valley on the former towpath as it runs past sleepy villages. Small, rustic inns at the edge of the trail invite you to linger, the aroma of fresh fish grilled according to tradition on a stick wafts through the air. The Schlögener Blick observation point offers a truly stunning view of the Schlögener Schlinge where the Danube carves its way through a gorge and doubles back on itself.

  • Day 3

    Brandstatt – Linz, approx. 26 km

    Catch some fresh country air again - at lunch time, you’ll reach the Upper Austrian capital of Linz. Discover the European Capital of Culture 2009 on a bright yellow miniature train (optional). The cathedral is the biggest church in Austria, the Pöstlingbergbahn the steepest adhesion railway in the world. Are you curious about the future? At the ARS Electronica Museum, you can try out some of the most impressive examples of modern technology for yourself. Make sure you don’t miss it!

  • Day 4

    Tulln - Vienna, approx. 31 km

    Right in front of Vienna's entrance, embedded in a breathtaking scenery, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. You can already see the dome of this 900-year-old baroque building from a distance. "Kahlenbergerdorf" with its wine taverns is only a hop from the shipping pier and definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna. During a city tour by bus in the afternoon. You will pass most of the numerous and famous sights and have a guided walking tour though the historic centre of Austria’s capital (optional, not included).

  • Day 5

    Vienna (day of rest)

    On a city tour of Vienna all the sights are within reach from the saddle of your bike or on the HOP ON HOP OFF bus (optional). The magnificent Ringstraße will remind you of times long past and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries, while the Naschmarket market is a feast for all the senses. End the evening on a magical note with a concert of waltz and classical operetta music in Sisi’s summer residence (optional).

  • Day 6

    Wachau | Krems - Melk, approx. 37 km

    An unforgettable day in the picturesque Wachau. Cycle through delightful wine-growing villages surrounded by terraced vineyards and apricot trees. The charming little town of Dürnstein with its narrow lanes is an absolute highlight. In Spitz - one of the most famous wine-growing villages in the World Cultural Heritage Landscape - you can discover the first rate famous Wachau wines.

  • Day 7

    Grein - Mauthausen, approx. 36 km

    A beautiful and diverse route awaits you, offering a wide range of experiences! Starting from the medieval town of Grein (home to Austria's oldest theater, visit optional), you'll cycle through the picturesque hinterland of the Strudengau region. With a bit of luck, you may even be personally guided through the romantic Clam Castle by the castle's lord. Additionally, you'll take a journey back in time to prehistory at the Celtic Village in Mitterkirchen. The Mauthausen Memorial, a WWII concentration camp memorial site, is situated on a hill near the town.

  • Day 8

    Passau/ surroundings

    Enjoy the first rays of sun and the early morning tranquillity one last time from the deck of the ship before you reach Passau/ surroundings, your heart bursting with memories. Disembarkation: approx. 11.00 a.m. We recommend that you do not make any arrangements for onward connections departing before 12.00 a.m. To be on the safe side, later departure times would be even better.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Jun 15 2024 Jun 22 2024 135 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,099€
Jun 22 2024 Jun 29 2024 135 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 1,099€
Jun 29 2024 Jul 06 2024 135 Single rooms 1,099€
Double rooms 899€
Jul 06 2024 Jul 13 2024 135 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 1,189€
Jul 13 2024 Jul 20 2024 135 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 1,399€
Jul 20 2024 Jul 27 2024 135 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,099€
Jul 27 2024 Aug 03 2024 135 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,099€
Aug 10 2024 Aug 17 2024 135 Single rooms 1,549€
Double rooms 999€
Aug 17 2024 Aug 24 2024 135 Single rooms 1,549€
Double rooms 999€
Aug 24 2024 Aug 31 2024 135 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 999€
Aug 31 2024 Sep 07 2024 135 Single rooms 1,549€
Double rooms 999€
Sep 07 2024 Sep 14 2024 135 Single rooms 0€
Double rooms 1,099€
Sep 21 2024 Sep 28 2024 135 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,099€

Car rental in Germany

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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