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Passau - Vienna - Passau, MS Arlene II

Beautiful Blue Danube

Culture meets cuisine, that’s the motto of this bike and boat trip. Historic sights, romantic landscapes and enjoyable highlights can be experienced during your holiday along the Danube – by bike and boat! Dreamlike villages and charming towns line the route: the three-river city of Passau, the diverse city of Vienna, the cultural city of Linz – and not forgetting the dreamy Wachau make the journey something special.

Deep relaxation and full of happiness you cycle comfortably along the blue Danube from stage to stage. If a stage is too long, it will easily be covered by boat. As you can see, there is certainly enough time to recover!

The details of the tour from Passau to Vienna and back

You begin your varied journey in the three-river city of Passau. The first day starts comfortably, because you travel by ship to Obernzell. So much is clear: you can look forward to this river cruise! Relaxation, enjoyment and cuisine are the focus of the holiday.

What can you expect? In addition to charming cultural hotspots, you will be spoiled with culinary delights on board the MS Arlene II. A rich breakfast buffet, lunch snacks, cakes and coffee as well as a three-course meal in the evening. But that’s not all, your ship offers the perfect opportunity to relax away from cycling and to enjoy the sunshine on deck.

Tour highlights at a glance:

  • Melk Abbey: During your tour you pass the beautiful Benedictine Monastery, Melk Abbey. Collegiate church, library, marble hall and the park of the magnificent Baroque building still impress today. Incidentally, Melk Abbey is a symbol of the Wachau and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The diverse city of Vienna: discover the many facets of the city on an extended city walk. Cultural sights, traditional delicacies and an incredible flair are waiting in the metropolis of Vienna. Tip: Enjoy the charm of the city in one of the famous Viennese cafes.
  • Wachau: On the way back to Passau you will be enchanted again: from the dreamy villages, the vineyards, the castles and ruins of the Wachau. Enjoyment is a top priority in this region. Fancy a wine tasting? Taste the delicious wines in one of the cosy wine taverns.

Useful information about the bike and boat tour

On the journey you will cover a total of around 200 kilometres by bike. The daily stages amount to about 34 to 40 kilometres. Due to the flat paths, the routes are ideal for recreational cyclists. So, hop on the saddle and off you go!

 

Easy
Easy
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
  • Minimum number of participants: 50 persons
Catharina Binder
Catharina Binder
+43 6219 7444 145 Contact

Itinerary

Arrival to Passau as organised by you. This Episcopal city close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the "City of three Rivers" as the Inn Ilz and Danube all meet here. You may aboard the boat at 4:00 pm. The boat will depart at around 5pm. Your ship remains in the port of Passau for the night.

The way leads you past pretty villages and amid natural lanscape. To mix things up a bit, you can take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop, where the river makes a very abrupt 180 degree turn (optional). From Untermühl you take the boat to Linz. After dinner, you can have a ride on the bright yellow City Express (optional, not included) and disover Linz, the capital of Upper Austria (approx. 30 minutes) 

In the early morning you travel to Mauthausen by boat. You have the possibility to visit Mauthausen concentration camp memorial in the morning. The Celtic village in Mitterkirchen gives you a great insight into the past. The easy bike route runs alongside the Danube. For those sportier cyclists, we recommend that you cycle via Clam Castle through Straudengau's beautiful back country. This route is slightly hilly, but has fantastic scenery. Today's destination is Grein, home of Greinburg castle, which is Austria's oldest residential castle (optional, not included).

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 takes you to Melk where there is a gorgeous Benedictine baroque monastery. On deck, you can 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).

The bike tour through the Danube bend takes you on a trip through the history of Hungary too. You cycle from the former King's residence through the picturesque, slight hilly Hungarian Wachau landscape to Esztergom where the gorgeous basilica towers over the medieval quarter. You have two cycle rides to choose between today. The longer option includes a diversion to Szentendre island and to the baroque town Vác. The shorter route goes directly to Esztergom. The boat moves on to Vienna during the night. 

Vienna tour by bike (optional), Waltz and Opera evening (optional)

Today you get to explore Vienna, a very lively city by bicycle (optional). You will go past the famous sights like St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg. The gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraße" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall takes you back in time. In the afternoon there is plenty of time to go for a stroll or to visit one of the famous Viennese cafes. The evening ends  with a Waltz and Operetta concert (optional, not included). In the night, the boat moves on to Dürnstein or Rossatz in the Wachau.

Wine tasting (optional)

Your last day's cycling is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. The blue tower on the monastery church in Dürnstein is a true landmark in Wachau. In Spitz (possibility for 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 there is a farewell dinner and cocktail. The boat moves on to Passau in the night. 

Every journey draws to an end. For the last time on this holidays, you can enjoy the first sunbeams on deck again in the morning and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last look at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive nice and relaxed in Passau. Arrival is about 11am. Please disembark within 30 minutes of arrival. We recommend to arrange onward travel from noon onwards.

Tour character

The well-built Danube cycle path is flat, or slightly downhill and is therefore perfect for beginners or for families with children. 

 

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
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Season 1
May 10, 2020 | Sep 13, 2020 |
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Season 2
May 24, 2020 | Jun 7, 2020 | Jun 21, 2020 | Jul 5, 2020 | Jul 19, 2020 | Aug 2, 2020 | Aug 16, 2020 | Aug 30, 2020 |
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Bike & boat Passau-Vienna - MS Arlene II - main deck, 8 days, DE-DOSWA-08I-H
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
Bike & boat Passau-Vienna - MS Arlene II - upper deck, 8 days, DE-DOSWA-08I-O
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
Extra charge 2-bed-cabin suite
Discount astern cabin
1-bed-cabin
869.00
50%
1,019.00
50%
220.00
-110.00
300.00
909.00
50%
1,059.00
50%
220.00
-110.00
300.00
Price
Rental bike 7-gear with pedal break
Rental bike 7-gear with freewheel
Electric bike
75,00
75,00
165,00

Services and infos

Included:

  • Program as mentioned in the itinerary from/to Passau
  • 7 overnight stays in cabins with shower/toilet in the booked cabin category
  • Full board: 7 x breakfast buffet, 6 x small lunch or lunch package for your bike tours, 6 x coffee and cake in the afternoon, 7 x 3-course dinner
  • Welcome and farewell drink
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • Change of towels and bed linen if required

 

  • Port fees included
  • Daily bike tour briefings
  • 1x route book for self-guided tours per cabin
  • GPS data is available
  • On board tour guidance
  • Rental bike insurance

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Passau main station is about 5km from the pier
  • Parking space (fenced area) incl. transfer parking space – boat – parking space EUR 68 per week
    Park garage incl. transfer park garage – boat – park garage EUR 79 per week
    (Application form in your travel documents, pay there)

Number of participants:

  • min. 50 people

Notes:

  • Extra nights in Passau are possible on request!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here!

Accommodation

Catharina Binder
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Catharina Binder, Customer service

Ratings

4 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
4 stars
Wilfried Brandau DE | 17.06.2019
Rad und Schiff
Alle Radtouren waren gut erklärt und schön. Besondere Highlits waren die Radtouren in Budapest und Wien. Besonders zu erwähnen die Perfekte Betreuung der Reiseleiterin Petra
Catharina Binder
Catharina Binder answered:
Ich danke Ihnen sehr herzlich für Ihre netten Worte! Der Donau-Radweg ist immer etwas ganz Besonderes!

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