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Passau -Vienna-Passau 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (AR)
The bike tour along the German / Austrian Danube is a very special pleasure, because your “floating hotel” is always with you! Gently downhill, you will cycle along lush green river banks, through small, dreamy villages in the impressive Danube landscapes. You will discover the breathtaking natural wonder of the “Great Loop” (a swift 180º turn!) and immerse yourself in legendary Wachau with its vineyard terraces and enchanted castles and monasteries. Then Vienna – an abundance of sights! A city, hard to describe – you have to see and feel it! Sights like St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the city hall and the world’s oldest Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) are easy to reach during a wonderful sightseeing tour by bike. A stroll through the Naschmarkt (famous food market) is a wonderful cultural and culinary adventure. You can also relax at any of the cosy coffee houses or at a typical traditional Viennese wine tavern in the suburbs.
The highlights of the tour: Passau, the City of 3 rivers, the Schloegen Danube Loop, the World Heritage Site Wachau, Upper Austria’s capital Linz, the cosmopolitan city Vienna with a plethora of sights.
Please order bikes when booking: [email protected]
Also email for upper deck cabins (double), available from 1019 EUR p.p. (limited single from 1319 EUR)
Suites on upper deck from 1239 EUR p.p.
Travel safe: we recommend to wear a bike helmet (compulsory use for helmets: In Austria for children till 12 years). Onboard Selling: UVEX I-VO € 40.- per helmet, limited number
Parking in Passau: Parking space (fenced area) incl. transfer parking space – boat – parking space €66 per week
Parking garage incl. transfer park garage – boat – park garage €77 per week. (registration form in the travel-documents, payable on site)
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Embarkation: Passau Passau – Engelhartszell
The Episcopal city close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the “City of three Rivers.” Boarding time is at approx. 4-5pm, departure around 7pm. Enjoy your first dinner onboard and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.
Engelhartszell – Untermühl – “Great Loop” (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.) Untermül –Linz
Need a boost? Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell. Supposedly, they have “special healing power.” Downstream, the way 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 (approx 3 EUR per person).Shipping from Untermühl to Linz. Tip: discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria while riding on the bright yellow City-Express
Linz – Mauthausen Mauthausen – Grein (Approx. 36-42km/21.6 mi.)
In the early morning shipping to Mauthausen. You have the possibility to visit the memorial-place KZ-Mauthausen. The Celtic town Mitterkirchen gives you an insight of the past. For easy cyclists the tour leads along the Danube, the alternative route, “Clam Castle,” through the beautiful backcountry of the “Strudengau” is slightly hilly, but a fantastic landscape. Worth a visit in Grein: the impressive Castle of Greinburg
Grein - Melk - Tulln (Approx. 50km/30 mi.)
Today’s stage is marked by a diverse landscape. At the beginning, there is 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.
Tulln – Vienna-Nussdorf (Korneuburg may also be possible) (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.)
Right in front of Vienna’s entrance, embedded in a breathtaking landscape, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. You can already see the cupola of this 900 year old baroque building 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
Vienna – Nussdorf / Korneuburg (day of rest)
You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens 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 takes you back to the past. Take your time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars. In the night shipping to Dürnstein or Rossatz.
Wachau – Pöchlarn (Approx. 39km/ 23,4 mi.)
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 the evening farewell dinner and cocktail.
Disembarkation: Passau Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge (“Great Loop”) before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Arrival is about 10am, disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from noon onwards.
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
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