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Danube Impressions Bike and Boat Passau – Vienna – Passau

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  • 7 nights | 26 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 1
  • Self-guided from: €795
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

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.

Then Vienna, rich with architecture, a firework of places of interests! A city, hardly to describe – you have to see and feel it! Sights like St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Town Hall and the world's oldest Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) are easy to reach during a wonderful sightseeing tour by bike. 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.

A Guided Package is available on May 11; Jun 8; Jul 6, 27; Aug 24; Sep 21, 2019 (minimum 8 participants). This upgrade includes a guide and additional experiences along the tour route. You cycle in a small group guided by a local tour guide who's familiar with the region. Explore local cultures, discover hidden sites and secret places, and enjoy some delicious appetizers. Please see the Included Services for details.

Daily program

Day 1: Passau
The "Bishop City," close to the Bavarian/Austrian border, is also known as the "City of three Rivers." Boarding time is at 4:00pm. Use your free time and stroll through the old charming city center, visit the world's largest catholic church organ in the cathedral, and enjoy the easy atmosphere of a typical Bavarian beer garden. At 6:30pm cast off! Your vacation begins with a boat ride through the romantic Danube Valley.

Day 2: Mauthausen – Grein (22 miles/35 km)
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 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.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava (27 miles/43 km)
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 an optional city tour.

Day 4: Vienna (rest day)
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 the 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).

Day 5: Wachau, Krems – Melk (23 miles/37km)
Today’s biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries, and ruins, this hilly landscape enchants everybody. You will 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 the Wachau valley. In Weißenkirchen (optional wine-tasting is possible) you will find comfortable wine taverns right along the bike path.

Day 6: Melk – Grein (31 miles/50 km)
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. Today’s destination is the well-known city of Grein, home of Austria's oldest city theater (optional, not included).

Day 7: Great Danube Loop – Engelhartszell (16 miles/25 km)
Today you will cycle through the Danube valley with pretty villages. Along the cycle path, you may smell freshly grilled mackerels with small pubs inviting cyclists to stay. Follow the small walking trail to the viewpoint high above the Danube Loop--what a breathtaking panoramic view of the Danube valley and the meandering Blue Danube! Need a refreshment? Try some of the special cordials in the Trappist monastery Engelszell, your today's destination.

Day 8: Passau
Enjoy the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley on deck before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Disembarkation at approximately 10:30am. We recommend arranging connecting trips from 11:0am onwards.

Optional excursion programs (bookable on board, not included in the tour package):

  • Bratislava city tour with scenic train and walking tour
  • Grien visit of Austria's oldest theater
  • Vienna city tour by bike or bus; concert of waltz and operetta music in the Schönbrunn Palace
  • Wachau wine tasting with local wine grower

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Saturdays, May 11–Jun 8; Jun 29-Jul 27; Aug 17, 24; Sep 14-21, 2019
Low season: May 11, 2019 - May 31, 2019, Aug 03, 2019 - Sep 06, 2019
High season: Jun 01, 2019 - Aug 02, 2019, Sep 07, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019

Prices

Promenade deck, twin cabin
Per person, double occupancy
€945
High season surcharge
€50
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€473
High season
€498
Junior Suite cabin upgrade
€130
Guided Package, per person (available only May 11; Jun 8; Jul 6, 27; Aug 24; Sep 21, 2019)
€235
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€74
Electrically assisted bike
€168
Extra Nights, Passau
Per person, double occupancy
€58
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€83
Transfer
Per person/one way, Munich Airport to Passau
€69
Per person/round trip, Munich Airport to Passau
€119
Surcharge, Per vehicle (1-8 persons), Munich city center to Passau
€40
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-12 sharing a room with 1 full paying adult (on base package price)
50%
Third person, ages 13 and older sharing cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
20%
Upper deck
Per person, double occupancy
€915
High season surcharge
€50
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€458
High season
€483
Junior Suite cabin upgrade
€160
Guided Package, per person (available only May 11; Jun 8; Jul 6, 27; Aug 24; Sep 21, 2019)
€235
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€74
Electrically assisted bike
€168
Extra Nights, Passau
Per person, double occupancy
€58
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€83
Transfer
Per person/one way, Munich Airport to Passau
€69
Per person/round trip, Munich Airport to Passau
€119
Surcharge, Per vehicle (1-8 persons), Munich city center to Passau
€40
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-12 sharing a room with 1 full paying adult (on base package price)
50%
Third person, ages 13 and older sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
20%
Main deck
Per person, double occupancy
€795
High season surcharge
€50
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€398
High season
€423
Guided Package, per person (available only May 11; Jun 8; Jul 6, 27; Aug 24; Sep 21, 2019)
€235
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€74
Electrically assisted bike
€168
Extra Nights, Passau
Per person, double occupancy
€58
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€83
Transfer
Per person/one way, Munich Airport to Passau
€69
Per person/round trip, Munich Airport to Passau
€119
Surcharge, Per vehicle (1-8 persons), Munich city center to Passau
€40
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
100%
Child, ages 3-12 sharing a room with 1 full paying adult (on base package price)
50%
Third person, ages 13 and older sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
20%
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Eurocycle Terms and Conditions

CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellation fees for all bike and boat/bike and river cruise tours:

  • Up to 84 days prior to tour start 10% of tour price
  • 83-42 days prior to tour start 30% of tour price
  • 41-28 days prior to tour start 60% of tour price
  • 27-4 days prior to tour start 80% of tour price
  • up to 3 days prior to tour start or NO SHOW 90% of tour price

The following exceptional cancellation fees are applied for all applicable hotel nights:

  • Up to 28 days prior to tour start 20% of tour price
  • 27 - 14 days prior to tour start 30% of tour price
  • 13 - 8 days prior to tour start 50% of tour price
  • 7 - 4 days prior to tour start 70% of tour price
  • up to 3 days prior to tour start or NO SHOW 90% of tour price

A NO-SHOW is in effect, if a client does not show for tour departure, is not willing to join tour departure or missed departure by his own fault. No refunds are possible for discontinuance of tour or for any services not utilized. We strongly recommend a travel and/or cancellation insurance.

In the event of extremely high or low water, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge stages by bus or even to cancel the trip at short notice without any legal claim arising therefrom (water levels are force majeure). The same applies for officially decreed repairs to locks or bridges, not announced in advance, or in the event of motor or propulsion damage to the ship without attributed fault

LIABILITY FOR LUGGAGE TRANSPORT AND CLIENT'S OWN BICYCLES
The daily luggage transport subjects any luggage to a greater deal of "wear and tear". We recommend the use of sturdy bags. Only one piece of luggage per person with a maximum weight of 20 kg can be transported. We are not responsible for minimal damage on handles and corners of the bag, caused by daily usage. For substantial damage or loss, the maximum insurance amount is € 360,00 per person.

The transport of client's own bicycle is at their own risk. We are not responsible for eventual damage that may occur. We strongly recommend a baggage and bicycle insurance. 

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS 
Effective are the laws of the official "General Travel Conditions (ARB 1994)" in full together with the following amendments: Adaptation to the amendment to the Consumer's protection law BGBl. 247/93 Debated by the Consumer-political Counsel of the Federal Ministry of Health, Sports and Consumer's Protection according to § 73 Abs. 1 GewO 1994 and § 8 of the decree of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs in the text of 1994 regarding the performances of travel agencies.The complete text can be looked into in any Austrian travel agency or requested by the tour operator. 

BOOKING CONDITIONS
The booking must be effected in written, per e-mail or internet and is binding upon forwarding the booking to us. A booking for individual customers travelling together cannot be handeld seperately. One participant has to assume responsibility for booking handling, down payment, final payment and receipt of booking confirmation as well as travel documents. Travel documents will not be sent before receipt of the full amount. As travel documents are sent by mail, the tour operator is not liable for timely arrival at the customer.
CHANGES OF BOOKING
In case of booking change regarding number of participants, category, tour dates, transport or itinerary, a re-booking fee of € 50 per booking. Change of booking is only possible until 28 days prior tour-start. Change of the travel date within 28 days before original tour-start is only possible with full cancellation and rebooking according to cancellation fees - can be seen below.

CONTENT OF CONTRACT, INFORMATION AND OTHER SERVICES
The customer is liable by himself for the adherence to all regulations on travel documents and visa, customs regulations, exchange control legislation and sanity regulations valid at the time of traveling. Participation at ones own risk. Any participant is liable for the adherence to traffic regulations and has to be equal to the physical demands of the journey selected. Minors have to be accompanied by their parents or entitled adults. Reaching beyond his duties, the tour operator has to provide sufficient information on his services. The description of the services offered in the brochure or catalogue valid at the time of booking as well as any other information given are objects of agreement provided that there are no separate agreements. The overnight towns stated in the catalogue are the principally used destinations. However, we assume your agreement to the use of accommodation in other villages in the individual case without any reduction.

All photos used by permission. ©Eurocycle

Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 12
  • 4 Star 1
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 1

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.6

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.9
  • Value 4.5
  • Included meals 4.5
  • Bikes & equipment 4.6
  • Hotels or boat 4.4
  • Scenery 4.8
  • Ease of navigation 4.6
  • Tour documents 4.6
  • Local tour company services 4.8
  • Route selection 4.8
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Martine September 17, 2018

Good bike trip

It was very nice to stay on board ship the whole week instead packing up and moving every few days. Food was delicious on board.

Jennie June 21, 2018

Danube Impressions

Great boat and trip. Excellent tour guide. Excellent staff.

kayak November 1, 2017

As much as you want it to be

This was our first experience with any kind of boat "tour" and we took it with some trepidation of it being too cushy and not offering enough activity. It proved to be the best of both.
It combined the best aspects of a boat tour (small and intimate, exploring new places each day without having to move luggage) without the aspects we associate with a boat cruise/tour (schmaltzy events in the evening, formal dress and food events).
We found fellow passengers to be fit, open to adventure and informal in the evening while able to share their previous world travels. The staff was gracious, attentive, and invisible when not needed. Dinner courses were presented as if at a high-end restaurant and special food needs tracked by them throughout the week. Alcohol prices were reasonable. The Cruise Director was knowledgeable and well prepared.
Standard and ebikes were well maintained and staging meetings helpful for passengers to know the next day's' route and highlights.
And finally, each town we in which we moored, each village and bierhouse we visited, was hospitable and accommodating.

Beto October 23, 2017

Beautiful country!

Fantastic way to discover southern Austria. Great balance between cycling and sight seeing. Boat a haven of hospitality after a day's tour.
Friendly staff, old world charm and in our case, pleasant fellow gueste.
Highly recomendable

Chippy September 12, 2017

Awesome Austria

After planning this trip for over three years, I finally found my way to the Danube and it turned out fantastic. The route was well-planned with sights featured along the way. The boat was very comfortable and the crew did an amazing job cleaning the rooms and taking all the bikes on and off every day. The cruise director did a great job as well providing tips and directions for the bikers. And, the non-bikers who stayed on board were treated well with a hot meal at lunch. On most days, the schedule allowed for the bikers to catch up with the boat by early or mid-afternoon to facilitate sightseeing with the non-bikers. All in all, it was an excellent week.

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson, founder and president October 18, 2018
Thanks very much for your feedback. I'm glad you had a great time and that the tour lived up to three years of planning and expectations! After three decades of bike touring, I still consider the Danube one of my favorite cycling regions.
Booboo August 8, 2017

New friends, new places

Nice boat, although older. Very good meals. Great, helpful staff. Bikes we're good, all worked very well. Tour I'm Bratislava, Slovakia. We didn't research our day in Vienna very well, but we saw lots of stuff anyway. We will probably stay in touch with our dining table mates and do another trip

Shub May 23, 2017

My First Cycling Trip

Very well organised tour. Every detail was taken into consideration and therefore there were no delays.
The Theodor Kroner offered a very comfortable stay with excellent breakfast and dinner. The staff of the boat was very attentive and courteous which contributed immensely to the great experience on board.

mammaj October 29, 2016

I'm hooked!

The beauty and abundance of history and culture are a given when you're touring along the Danube River. But going with bikes.com offers you an organized, convenient, and fun way to tour!
Boating and biking combo ran the gamut of quaint to formal, lazy lounging to partying the night away.
The ease of having my hotel room the same place each night made the trip for me...no stress!