The Danube by Bike & Boat

tours / Cycling

The Danube by Bike & Boat information and booking

from
$1260
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Group size
    50-135
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights barge
Equipment Required
Bike helmet, wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking.

Highlights

  • Cycling through the stunning Wachau Valley and along the famous Danube bike path
  • Exploring the majestic city of Vienna and the three river town of Passau
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the Danube by boat and bike
  • Relaxing on board the comfortable MS Theodor Körner

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Europe's second longest river the Danube courses through ten nations en route to the Black Sea. This itinerary follows its journey through Austria and some of the most romantic European landscapes. From the cobblestoned streets of charming Passau head out into Germany's Bavaria winding your way past enchanting monasteries and majestic castles. By boat cruise the Danube through Upper Austria to Linz, a city of Baroque architecture and diverse history. Cycling across the Wachau Valley past meadows and forests you will encounter atmospheric landscapes and sites of arresting history. This portion of the Danube River Valley has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the preservation of its medieval landscapes. Arrive in the romantic Austrian capital of Vienna by boat, one of the most magical cities of Europe.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners the trip is based on full board which includes a buffet breakfast daily, 5 packed lunches, 1 full 3 course lunch and a 3 course dinner each night. vegetarian or other dietary requirements are catered for but we ask that you advise this in advance (at least 21 days prior to the trip commencement).
  • 7 nights accommodation in a bunk bed cabin on the main deck (air conditioned cabins with private facilities) - note that there is only one cabin in this category. if this is not available upgrade to a choice of cabin categories (triple, double, single on main, upper or promenade deck on ms theodor korner; - price varies according to chosen category)
  • Welcome drink
  • Bicycle with 7 gears and pannier (21 speed bikes (supplement applies), children trailers (max 2 children, 60kgs) on request)
  • Route description, maps & information material per cabin
  • Cruise director on board - does not cycle with the group
  • Farewell crew show, live music every night, gala dinner on last evening with farewell cocktail
  • Docking & harbour fees (eur 59 per person - *subject to change)
  • Guided departures are available on specified dates - supplement and additional inclusions apply. see below for details.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Passau
Boarding will begin at 5:00pm. Located at the junction of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau has a number of interesting sites including the Fortress “Veste Oberhaus” built in 1219 where there is an observation tower for a good view of the town and the river and St. Stevens Cathedral with the world’s largest church organ. This evening there will be a briefing where you will be provided information about the daily biking, sights and sightseeing trips. Dinner will follow.
Day 2 Cycle to Engelhartszell then by boat through the Schlögener Loop (41km)
This morning you will receive your bicycles from in front of the ship. Generally we provide bikes with 7 gears. The cycle begins around 10:30, following the Danube through the Austrian border town of Engelhartszell which is home to a former Cistercian abbey (1293-1786) and since 1925 the only Trappist monastery in Austria. From here you continue to Schlögen. The famous Schlögener Blick provides a wonderful view of the surrounding Austrian countryside.
Day 3 Cycle through the Danube valley and on to Linz (53km)
Cycle through the forest and past meadows in the Danube valley. After passing the Cistercian Abbey of Wilhering (Abbey of a thousand angels) you cycle into Linz with an option to ride on the bright yellow City-Express (optional, not included) and discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria.
Day 4 Cycle to Grein, via Mitterkirchen or via Clam Castle through back country (35km)
The cycle route follows the Danube banks to Grein. There is an alternate route through the beautiful countryside of the "Strudengau" which passes Clam Castle. This route is slightly hilly but the scenery is fantastic. In the afternoon you arrive at the town of Grein, dominated by the castle of “Greinburg”. In Grein you will find the oldest Austrian theatre which is open to visitors (optional tour), and there will be ample time to explore the old city quarter by foot which is right out of the middle ages, with baroque facades.
Day 5 Cycle to Melk and continue by boat to Vienna (50km)
This morning's cycle takes you through Strudengau where the river narrows and the current is very strong. Further along the river you enter the gentle Nibelungen valley enroute to Emmersdorf, separated from Melk by a single bridge. Well before you reach the town of Melk you can see the huge monastery and there will be ample time in the afternoon to explore the museum, abbey and absorb the sweeping view from its balcony. The monastery has been a spiritual and cultural centre for over 1000 years. On deck you enjoy the sunset and the beautiful evening illumination of the Wachau. Today’s final destination is Vienna.
Day 6 Optional city tour by bike, or free day
If you choose to join the 3.5 hour bike tour, you will disembark just after breakfast. The remainder of the day is at leisure in the beautiful city of Vienna. We will provide you with information to plan your sightseeing. You can discover this city of vitality during a sight-seeing tour by bus or use the metro system to plan your visit. The most famous places of interest like Prater, St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg are worth visiting. The gorgeous boulevard “Ringstraße” with Burgtheater, State Opera House and town hall reminds one of 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 Opera Concert at the Wiener Kursalon (optional) or at a wine tavern.
Day 7 Cycle through the Wachau Valley to Melk (29-42km)
Today, the prettiest section of the trip, you pedal through the renowned Wachau, with its truly romantic scenery of vineyards and quaint villages, enroute to Melk. Today's cycle will take you past small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins. In Weißenkirchen you will find comfy wine taverns right along the bike path where there is the possibility for wine-tasting. Our last evening on board will include a gala dinner and crew show.
Day 8 Trip concludes Passau
Enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley and take in your final view of the Schlogener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive relaxed at Passau at around 11am. Disembarking 30 minutes later, we recommend you arrange connecting trips from 12 p.m.