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Passau – Vienna – Passau (Danube Cycle Path)
Bike and Barge | 8 days | 7 nights | From £569 per person
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Tour Highlights
• Sail along the Danube by Bike and Barge
• A unique way to see the Danube Cycle Path
• Stay aboard the MS Normandie
• A unique cycling holiday along the Danube without unpacking everyday!

Route features
Flat and slightly downhill, for relaxed cycling, suitable for beginners and children.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 1: Saturday, Passau – Engelhartszell

The Episcopal city close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the “City of three Rivers.” Boarding time is at 5 p.m., depar-ture around 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.

Day 2: Sunday, Engelhartszell – Untermühl – „Great Loop“ – Linz, 52 km | city tour Linz (opt.)

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: Monday, Linz – Mauthausen – Grein, 42 km | visit of castle of Greinburg (optional)

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 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: Tuesday, Grein – Melk – Tulln, 50 km

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 (museum).

Day 5: Wednesday, Tulln – Vienna-Nussdorf / (Korneuburg may also be possible), 35 km | City tour Hop on – Hop off (optional)

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. During the city tour by bus (optional, not included) in the afternoon, you will pass most of the numerous and famous sights of the beautiful city.

Day 6: Thursday, Vienna (day of rest) | city tour (opt.) | Waltz and Operetta concert (opt.)

You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the Prater, 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. 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). In the night shipping to Dürnstein.

Day 7: Friday, Wachau | Dürnstein – Pöchlarn 39 km | Wine-tasting (opt.)

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 Weißenkirchen (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional) 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: Saturday, Passau

Every journey draws to an end. 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 10 a.m., disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from noon onwards.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
Flat and slightly downhill, relaxed cycling. Suitable for beginners and children.

This beautiful journey leads along wonderful landscape and scenic villages. During the cruise on the MS Normanidie from one spot to the next, you are offered interesting bike tours. Those tours will be adjusted individually with the tour guide, depending on the group and their potential.

The mentioned kilometres are ca-distances. There is a daily briefing in the evening for the next day. If wished, you can cycle tours also individually, maps will be provided for that. The tours can be managed from everyone in normal shape. If you do not want to cycle you can also stay on board or make a shorter bike tour.

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Tour Information

Holiday Information

About the MS Normandie

On joining this vessel you are immediately aware of the cosy and informal ambience on board. On the upper deck you will find the comfy panorama salon with its bar, on the main deck the comfortable restaurant (no direct access from the cabin-zone).

On deck there are both deck chairs and ordinary chairs and tables, which encourage conversation and communal activity in fresh air. MS NORMANDIE possesses altogether two 1-bed-cabins and forty-nine 2-bed-cabins. They are all outside cabins, giving some 10-11 square metres of space (2-bed) and about 7 qm (1-bed).

All 2-bed-cabins are equipped with two lower beds, one of which can be folded against the wall during the day to provide a more homely atmosphere, shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, safe, individual air-conditioning and a picture window. Only on the upper deck the windows may be opened. 1-bed cabins have one lower bed and are otherwise equipped with same features.

Technical details: Length 91,2 m, width 10,50 m, depth 1,60 m, max. 100 passengers. Currency on board: Euro. Credit cards: Mastercard and Visa.

Important Information

Bicycles on board: Unisex trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears with coaster breaking hubs or 7 speed freewheel hubs (please indicate by the booking) and pannier bag. E-Bikes are available after prior request and at limited number. Please indicate your body height by booking.

Cycle tours: All distances are “approximate distances” of rec-ommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour.

The bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions.

All cycle tours can be classified as being easy.

Luggage: we recommend: rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers. Please be aware that the cabin storage space is very limited

Diet: (i.e.: lactosefree, glutenfree) possible on request and for an extra charge. Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.

Travel documents: EU-nationals need a valid passport. Please check the entry conditions with your local agency.

Smoking: The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.

Land excursions: The excursions mentioned in the programme are all optional (surcharge – not included in the tour price) and can be booked directly on board at the cruise director.

Routing/Program: Basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses.

In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure).

The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit. Please be aware that a cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night.

Especially crossing locks and bridges – and the preparation work – may cause noise. If you are sensitive please bring your own ear plugs.

Included services

- Program as mentioned in the tour course from/to Passau
– 7 overnights in cabins with shower/toilet/air-condition in the booked cabin category
– Full board: breakfast, small lunch or lunch package for your bike tours, coffee and cake in the afternoon, 3-course dinner
– Welcome of the captain and cocktail
– Daily live music
– Farewell dinner with cocktail
– Daily cleaning of cabins
– Change of towels and bed linen if required
– Daily bike tour briefings
– 1x route book for self-guided tours per cabin
– Board tour guidance
– Languages on board: German, English

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Your Prices

Passau – Vienna – Passau (Bike and Barge)
8 days, 7 nights

All prices are per person and include bike hire.

Category B: Two-Bed Main Deck

7th April | 14th April:
Cat B: £569
21st April | 6th October:
Cat B: £719
5th May | 22nd September:
Cat B: £829
2nd June | 8th September:
Cat B: £909
16th June | 30th June | 14th July | 11th August | 25th August:
Cat B: £949
Availability: 7th April to 6th October 2018
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Category A: Two-Bed Upper Deck

7th April | 14th April:
Cat A: £699
21st April | 6th October:
Cat A: £849
5th May | 22nd September:
Cat A: £969
2nd June | 8th September:
Cat A: £1039
16th June | 30th June | 14th July | 11th August | 25th August:
Cat A: £1079
Availability: 7th April to 6th October 2018
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

Bike Insurance
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.

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Holiday Price: From £569
Single Supplement: From £209

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