Day 1: Arrival to Passau
The Episcopal city close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the "City of three Rivers." Boarding time is 4:30pm, departure around 7:00pm. In the evening enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening cruise to Engelhartszell.
Day 2: Engelhartszell – Danube loop – Linz (22 miles/35 km, optional city tour of 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. Shipping 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 miles/36-42 km, optional visit of castle of Greinburg)
In the early morning cruise to Mauthausen. You have the option to visit the memorial-place KZ-Mauthausen. The Celtic town Mitterkirchen gives you insight into the past. For leisure cyclists the tour leads along the Danube. The alternative route, "Clam Castle," through the beautiful back country of the "Strudengau" is slightly hilly, but a fantastic landscape. In Grein, the impressive Castle of Greinburg is worth a visit (optional, not included).
Day 4: Grein – Melk – Tulln (31 miles/50 km)
Today's stage is marked by a diverse landscape. At the beginning 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 (museum).
Day 5: Tulln – Vienna-Nussdorf, possibly to Korneuburg (22 miles/35 km, optional city tour by bus or foot)
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 its 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 foot (optional, not included) in the afternoon, you will pass most of the numerous and famous sights of the beautiful city.
Day 6: Vienna (rest day, optional city tour by bike)
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 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). During the night you'll cruise to Dürnstein or Rossatz.
Day 7: Wachau – Pöchlarn (25 miles/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 Spitz (option for a wine-tasting, not included) 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.
Day 8: Passau
Every journey draws to an end. Once again you can enjoy the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last look at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive relaxed to Passau. You'll arrive around 10:00am, disembarking half an hour later. We recommend you arrange connecting trips from 12:00pm or later.