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Passau-Vienna-Passau 8-day Bike & Barge Tour (TK)
Biking along the German/Austrian Danube is a very special pleasure because the hotel is always with you! Gently downhill, mostly with a helpful tailwind, you are experiencing the impressive river as it meanders in the Donauschlinge (“Great Loop”) and enjoying the gorgeous landscape of the legendary Wachau with its castles and fortresses.
Passau, the Bavarian city of three rivers, the “Great Loop” Schlögener Donauschlinge, National Park “Donauauen”, the World Cultural Heritage Site Wachau and the cosmopolitan cities of Vienna and Bratislava with plenty of sights – Passau via Bratislava to Vienna
In Vienna, a beautiful city rich in architecture and history, you will enjoy exploring the metropolis during a wonderful sightseeing tour by bike. In many ways it is a city that is hard to describe – you really have to see and feel it for yourself! Once you have finished sightseeing on your bicycle you can relax in one of the many cozy cafes or in a typical Viennese wine tavern. After a great day of cycling and exploring relax onboard while listening to live music or discover the port city.
A cycling holiday to Vienna: a great mix of cycle rides along the Danube, a lovely stay aboard a boat and a trip to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Your spacious, traditional ship was completely redecorated in winter 2013/2014 and offers a comfortable atmosphere in modern Art Deco style. Excellent service and attention to detail are the priority of the captain and crew who are looking forward to welcoming you on board. Your bike tour through various countries is also a culinary expedition through the diversity of the national and the regional cuisine. The ship offers a restaurant, a panorama bar with a dance floor, a salon with a sunny patio as well as a broad sun deck with comfortable deck chairs. Books and magazines from our library provide reading pleasure, and parlour games offer all kinds of enjoyment. After an eventful cycling day you will find relaxation in the infra-red sauna, and in the evening a musician will perform for you to dance. Your barge also offers Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary, payable on spot).
The comfortable 60 cabins (approx. 8-16 m²) are equipped with large picture windows, private facilities, air conditioning, flat panel TV, hairdryer & mini-safe. The windows can be opened in the cabins on the upper & promenade deck. Triple cabins are equipped with 2 lower beds and one folding bed above (promenade deck) or a sofa at the suites.
The cycle route is completely flat with only slightly gradients, ideal for cyclists with less experience and children. Do not feel like cycling? Without effort you will also reach your destination by ship.
Optional excursions (not included in the price of your tour) can be booked individually or as a package at a discount on board only.
Vienna: City tour by bike or HOP ON HOP OFF bus
Waltz & operetta concert in the Schönbrunn Palais
Wachau: Wine tasting with a local winegrower
Grein: Visit of Austria’s oldest theatre
Guided tour (150 euro) includes: Cycling tour guide Ferry rides Rental helmet (adults only)
Bike hire and other fees:
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.
Promenade deck and upper deck available at a surcharge and on request
Slow Tours offers a number of other Bike & Barge Tours in Europe
Embarkation: Passau | Passau – Mauthausen
Individual arrival. Boarding time is at 4 p.m. The “Bishop City,” close to the Bavarian/Austrian border, is also known as the “City of three Rivers.” Use your free time and stroll through the old charming center, visit the world largest catholic church organ in the cathedral and enjoy the easy atmosphere of a typical Bavarian beer garden. At 6.30 p.m. cast off! Your vacation begins with a cruise through the romantic Danube Valley.
Mauthausen – Grein (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.) | Grein – Devin
Today's bike tour takes you directly along the Danube where you have enough time to enjoy the natural state of the meadow landscape. Visit the medieval village and former concentration camp at Mauthausen. The celtic village Mitterkirchen gives you an insight into the past. The alternative route, “Clam Castle,” through the beautiful back country of the “Strudengau” is slightly hilly but a fantastic scenery. Grein, with its mighty castle, is the destination of today's stage. After a romantic sunset-cruise you arrive in the morning at Devin with its castle ruin overviewing the Danube in the morning
Devin – Bratislava (Approx. 43 km/25.8 mi.)
From Devin you follow the former ‘Iron Curtain’, cross the former border and reach the imposing Baroque Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens. Cycle through Austria’s “vegetable garden” to the coronation city and former capital of Hungary – Bratislava located at the slopes of the Little Carpathians. Explore the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava on a city tour (optional).
Vienna (day of rest)
During a city tour by bike or bus (optional) you will experience Vienna’s most famous examples of architecture: the imperial Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the gorgeous “Ring”-boulevard and State Opera House, the Burgtheater and town hall and, of course, the colorful “Hundertwasserhaus”. There is enough time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese cafés. The evening can end in numerous ways. For example by visiting a Waltz and Opera concert at a famous Viennese Palaces (optional).
Wachau | Krems – Melk (Approx. 37 km/22 mi.)
Today’s biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards and castles, monasteries and ruins, the hilly landscape enchants everybody. You'll be biking on cloud nine! A powerful ruin looms above the small baroque town of Durnstein, while the blue spire of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In Weissenkirchen (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfortable wine taverns right along the bike path.
Melk – Grein (Approx. 50 km/30 mi.)
After breakfast you have plenty of time to visit the gorgeous baroque monastery of the Benedictine brethren of Melk. Today's stage is marked by diversity. Starting in the wide valleys of the Nibelungenau you follow the Danube and cycle further into the Strudengau – a narrow point of the Danube which used to be notorious amongst skippers. Your today’s destination is the – already well known – city of Grein, home of Austria's oldest city theatre (optional, not included).
Great Danube Loop | Obermühl – Engelhartszell (Approx. 25 km/15 mi.)
Today you will cycle through the Danube Valley and will pass through many picturesque villages. Along the cycle path you may smell freshly grilled mackerels, with small pubs doing all they can to entice cyclists to stay. Make sure you follow the small walking trail to the lookout high above the Danube Loop – what a breathtaking panoramic view of the Danube Valley it provides of the meandering Blue Danube! Need a refreshment? Try some of the special cordials at the Trappist monastery at Engelszell, your day’s destination.
As you cruise back up the Danube enjoy the early morning sunshine as you wind your way to Passau, where you will arrive at about 10:00 a.m. and you’ll disembark about 30 minutes later. Connecting travel should be booked for 11.00 a.m. onwards.
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When you do not want to cycle one day, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town. Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Apr 30 2020||May 07 2020||120||Single rooms||989€|
|May 07 2020||May 14 2020||120||Single rooms||1,215€|
|May 14 2020||May 21 2020||120||Single rooms||1,215€|
|May 21 2020||May 28 2020||120||Single rooms||1,215€|
|May 28 2020||Jun 04 2020||120||Single rooms||1,215€|
|Jun 04 2020||Jun 11 2020||120||Single rooms||1,215€|
|Jun 11 2020||Jun 18 2020||120||Single rooms||1,215€|
|Jun 18 2020||Jun 25 2020||120||Single rooms||1,215€|
|Jun 25 2020||Jul 02 2020||120||Single rooms||1,215€|
|Jul 02 2020||Jul 09 2020||120||Single rooms||1,139€|
|Jul 09 2020||Jul 16 2020||120||Single rooms||1,139€|
|Jul 16 2020||Jul 23 2020||120||Single rooms||1,139€|
|Jul 23 2020||Jul 30 2020||120||Single rooms||1,139€|
|Aug 06 2020||Aug 13 2020||120||Single rooms||1,139€|
|Aug 13 2020||Aug 20 2020||120||Single rooms||1,139€|
|Aug 20 2020||Aug 27 2020||120||Single rooms||1,139€|
|Aug 27 2020||Sep 03 2020||120||Single rooms||1,139€|
|Sep 03 2020||Sep 10 2020||120||Single rooms||1,215€|
|Sep 10 2020||Sep 17 2020||120||Single rooms||1,215€|
|Sep 17 2020||Sep 24 2020||120||Single rooms||1,215€|
|Sep 24 2020||Oct 01 2020||120||Single rooms||1,215€|
|Oct 01 2020||Oct 08 2020||120||Single rooms||989€|
|Oct 08 2020||Oct 15 2020||120||Single rooms||989€|
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