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Danube: Cycling along the Donauschlinge

Meander along the Great Loop
Passau Round tour.
From €739 p.p.

Highlights of this tour

Plenty of sights in Vienna

the “Great loop”and UNESCO Site Wachau

Around 200 km / 147 miles

Ships with max. 150 passengers

Guidance
  • Guided cycling: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Independent cycling: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Independent cycling Guided cycling
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 8 days

It was in Passau that Sisi began her journey along the Danube as a young bride to Vienna, where she was eagerly awaited by her Emperor Franz. Follow in the footsteps of the Austrian empress by bicycle and on a nostalgia ship as you discover breathtakingly beautiful river scenery with small sleepy villages, castles and palaces set in gorgeous countryside and enjoy warm Austrian hospitality at every stage of your cycling tour.
The region is a gourmand’s paradise and famous for its cakes, pastries and other irresistible culinary treats. After Wiener Schnitzel, Sachertorte and apricot dumplings it’ll be much easier to burn up the miles…
Wines from the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Landscape Wachau enjoy an international reputation, Linz, the capital of Upper Austria is home to the biggest church in Austria. And then there’s Vienna… Enchanting, charming and perhaps slightly eccentric, the City of Waltz will capture your heart in an instant. Magnificent buildings from the imperial age bear witness to the impressive history of times gone by.

Highlights

  • Passau, the Bavarian city of 3 Rivers
  • the „Great Loop“ Schlögener Donauschlinge
  • cultural capital Linz
  • the World Cultural Heritage Site Wachau
  • the cosmopolitan city of Vienna with plenty of sights

A cycling holiday to Vienna: a great mix of cycle rides along the Danube, a lovely stay aboard a boat and a trip to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

The ship – Your sailing hotel
In between cycling excursions, you cruise along with the ship, which travels to a new destination every day. You dine, sleep and eat breakfast on board. You’ll receive a packed lunch every day, and you can usually choose between a longer or shorter bike ride. It’s also possible to spend a day on board if you like. There are rental bikes on board, but you can also bring your own if you mention it when booking.

Day to day program

Day 1: Passau | Passau – Engelhartszell

Experience Mediterranean flair in Passau, the city of three rivers. You should definitely set aside some time on the day of your arrival for a walk through the picturesque baroque city with its narrow lanes and Passau cathedral home to the largest church organ in the world.
Your cycling holiday begins after embarkation (4.00 p.m.) when you sail into the sunset and Passau’s magnificent silhouette with its church towers and domes slowly fades into the horizon behind you.

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Brandstatt, approx. 45 km / 28.1 mi.

Breathe in the fragrance of the dense forest and freshly mown meadows. Explore the pristine countryside of the Upper Danube valley on the former towpath as it runs past sleepy villages. Small, rustic inns at the edge of the trail invite you to linger, the aroma of fresh fish grilled according to tradition on a stick wafts through the air. The Schlögener Blick observation point offers a truly stunning view of the Schlögener Schlinge where the Danube carves its way through a gorge and doubles back on itself.

Day 3: Brandstatt – Linz, approx. 26 km / 16.25 mi.

Catch some fresh country air again – at lunch time, you’ll reach the Upper Austrian capital of Linz. Discover the European Capital of Culture 2009 on a bright yellow miniature train (optional). The cathedral is the biggest church in Austria, the Pöstlingbergbahn the steepest adhesion railway in the world. Are you curious about the future? At the ARS Electronica Museum you can try out some of the most impressive examples of modern technology for yourself. Make sure you don’t miss it!

Day 4: Mauthausen – Grein , approx. 35 km / 21.9 mi.

A beautiful and varied route lies ahead of you as you explore the idyllic hinterland of the Strudengau by bike: the Celtic Village of Mitterkirchen, the Baroque monastery of Baumgartenberg and the romantic ruins of Burg Clam castle. Then it’s time to enjoy the little medieval town of Grein with its Baroque facades, imposing castle and the oldest municipal theater in Austria. After a romantic journey sailing past towns and villages full of twinkling lights, you arrive – just like Sisi did way back then – in the City of Waltz early in the morning.

Day 5: Tulln – Vienna, approx. 35 km / 21.9 mi.

Right in front of Vienna’s entrance, embedded in a breathtaking scenery, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. You can already see the dome of this 900 year old baroque building from a distance. “Kahlenbergerdorf” with it’s wine taverns is only a hop from the
shipping pier and definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna. During a city tour by bus in the afternoon. You will pass most of the numerous and famous sights and have a guided walking tour though the historic center of Austria’s capital (optional, not included).

Day 6: Vienna (day of rest)

On a city tour of Vienna all the sights are within reach from the saddle of your bike or on the HOP ON HOP OFF bus (optional). The magnificent Ringstraße will remind you of times long past and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries, while the Naschmarket market is a feast for all the senses. End the evening on a magical note with a concert of waltz and classical operetta music in Sisi’s summer residence (optional).

Day 7: Wachau Valley roundtrip, approx. 35 km / 21.9 mi.

An unforgettable day in the picturesque Wachau. Cycle through delightful wine-growing villages surrounded by terraced vineyards and apricot trees. The charming little town of Dürnstein with its narrow lanes is an absolute highlight. In Weißenkirchen – the most important wine-growing village in the World Cultural Heritage Landscape – you can discover the first rate famous Wachau wines.

Day 8: Passau

Enjoy the first rays of sun and the early morning tranquility one last time from the deck of the ship before you reach Passau, your heart bursting with memories. Disembarkation: approx. 10 a.m. We recommend that you do not make any arrangements for onward trains departing before 11.00 a.m. To be on the safe side, later departure times would be even better.

Good to know
  • Cycling route distances in the travel program are approximate.
  • On some days you can choose between a longer and a shorter cycling route. Please note that on the shorter routes you may not be able to visit all the highlights mentioned.
  • If you prefer not to cycle on a particular day, you’re welcome to stay on board and relax while the ship cruises to the next landing place.
  • The tour itinerary and route are subject to possible changes due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons, or other unforeseen events.
  • On the arrival day, you can leave your luggage on board the ship from 11.00 am.
  • Detailed cycling maps, route tips and a GPS app are available for guests who wish to cycle individually and at their own pace. The tour guide is always available via cell phone in case of questions, breakdowns or emergencies.

Prices & information

Prices & availability

Below you see an overview of the available (blue) dates; the yellow dot means that this date has 2 or less cabins available, orange is ‘on request’ and red means that on this date there aren’t any cabins available. Then click on the preferred date. After this, choose your ship (some tours have only one ship, and therefore there is no choice), the number of cabins in the required (and available) category, any desired additional products, and ‘local costs’ (such as special dietary needs, which you usually pay for onboard). On the right side, you’ll find the ‘Booking Summary.’ After completing your preferences and necessary information click ‘Book now’ to finalize your booking.

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Pricing overview - 2021
Cabin type For Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Standard-Eco: Twin Eco cabin lower deck 2 pers. € 739 Not available Not available Standard: Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. € 839 € 849 € 899 Comfort-Eco: Twin Eco cabin middle deck 2 pers. € 879 Not available Not available Comfort: Twin cabin middle deck 2 pers. € 979 € 949 € 999 Superior: Twin cabin middle deck 2 pers. Not available € 1049 € 1099 Superior: Twin cabin on upper deck 2 pers. € 1069 Not available Not available Deluxe: Twin cabin on upper deck 2 pers. Not available € 1209 € 1259 Suite 2 pers. Not available € 1529 € 1579
Pricing overview - 2022
Cabin type For Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Standard-Eco: Twin Eco cabin lower deck 2 pers. € 599 € 699 € 799 Standard: Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. € 699 € 799 € 899 Comfort-Eco: Twin Eco cabin middle deck 2 pers. € 729 € 829 € 929 Comfort: Twin cabin middle deck 2 pers. € 829 € 929 € 1029 Superior: Twin cabin Upper deck 2 pers. € 929 € 1029 € 1129
Included in this tour
  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • Captains greeting and Welcome cocktail
  • Full board PLUS: breakfast buffet, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or lunch package (cyclists), afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose from)
  • Bed linen and towels on board
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Gala-dinner with farewell cocktail
  • Farewell Crew-show
  • Daily live music
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)
  • Detailed road book (one per cabin), GPS tracks
  • Daily information meeting for bike tour instructions
  • SGR Insolvency protection
Excluded in this tour
  • Transfers to/from the docking place in Passau
  • Rental bicycle or e-bike (optional)
  • Other transfers
  • Parking fee
  • Entrance fees & excursions
  • Drinks on board
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • WiFi
Additional options & information - 2021
  • Bike rent for 21-/24 gear bike: €80 per week/person.
  • Electrically assisted-Bike: €180 per week/person (pre-booking, limited available).
  • Own bike: if you want to bring your own bike you have to pay €25 (in advance).
  • Own E-bike: if you want to bring your own E-bike you have to pay €35 (in advance)

 

Additional: Guided Tour: € 150 p.p., possible on the departure dates: August 1 and September 26, 2021. Further dates upon request – min. 10 participants, max. 18 persons (has to be reached 4 weeks prior to departure date).
Personal attention from a dedicated guide you cycle in a small group where you explore a lot of local cultures, discover hidden sites and secret places and enjoy some delicious
appetizers.

Guided tour additionally includes:

  • Cycling tour guide
  • Ferry rides
  • Rental helmet (adults only)

 

Excursion program
Optional excursions (not included in the price of your tour) can be booked individually or as a package at a discount on board only.
Vienna: City tour by bike or HOP ON HOP OFF bus / Waltz & operetta concert in the Schönbrunn Palais
Linz: City tour by Linz City Express
Wachau: Wine tasting with a local winegrower
Grein: Visit of Austria’s oldest theater

 

Parking Passau
incl. shuttle transfer to/from pier
– outdoor area: € 68
– Parking garage:€ 79
(registration form in the travel documents, payable locally)

Minimum of participants
Ship: 90 people (has to be reached 4 weeks prior cruise start)
Guided Tour: 10 people (max. 18 people)
has to be reached 4 weeks prior cruise start)

Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: Rad & Reisen, Vienna (A). The tour operator is entitled to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants has not been reached. If the tour will not take place, all deposits/payments will be fully refunded.

Additional options & information - 2022
  • Bike rent for 21 gear bike: €80 per week/person.
  • Electrically assisted-Bike: €180 per week/person (pre-booking, limited available).
  • Own bike: if you want to bring your own bike you have to pay €25 (in advance).
  • Own E-bike: if you want to bring your own E-bike you have to pay €35 (in advance).

 

Additional: Guided Tour: € 165 p.p., possible on the departure dates: June 4, July 30, October 1. Further dates upon request – min. 10 participants, max. 18 persons (has to be reached 4 weeks prior to departure date).
Personal attention from a dedicated guide you cycle in a small group where you explore a lot of local cultures, discover hidden sites and secret places and enjoy some delicious
appetizers.

Guided tour additionally includes:

  • Cycling tour guide
  • Ferry rides
  • Rental helmet (adults only)

 

Excursion program
Optional excursions (not included in the price of your tour) can be booked individually or as a package at a discount on board only.
Vienna: City tour by bike or HOP ON HOP OFF bus / Waltz & operetta concert in the Schönbrunn Palais
Linz: City tour by Linz City Express
Wachau: Wine tasting with a local winegrower
Grein: Visit of Austria’s oldest theater

 

Parking Passau
incl. shuttle transfer to/from pier
– outdoor area: € 71
– Parking garage:€ 83
(registration form in the travel documents, payable locally)

Minimum of participants
Ship: 90 people (has to be reached 4 weeks prior cruise start)
Guided Tour: 10 people (max. 18 people)
has to be reached 4 weeks prior cruise start)

Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: Rad & Reisen, Vienna (A). The tour operator is entitled to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants (50 persons) has not been reached. If the tour will not take place, all deposits/payments will be fully refunded.

Travel during corona time

On our tours we make sure that you can travel safely! We follow all possible safety measures on board by observing hygiene rules, equipping staff with face masks and with extra cleaning and sufficient ventilation. All guests, crew and tour leaders complete a health declaration in advance, and during the trip we take care that everyone stays healthy!
For more information and the latest updates click here.



Reviews

Rated 8.8 out of 10 based on 12 reviews
5 stars

Kathryn

Our experience was better than expected. The crew were very helpful and accommodating throughout the week. All meals were well done with good selection. The other passengers we met added to a positive experience. The bikes were comfortable to ride and occasionally we would interpret the trail incorrectly but we were able to get back without much difficulty.

4 stars

Kri$0

If you look for active hollidays, but keep interested with good travelling conditions, good meals… that’s it.

5 stars

R & M Davies

We had a great experience from beginning to end. The bikes were comfortable to ride, the crew were all friendly, the food was great, and the routes were well explained.

5 stars

Beni Bliezer

It was a great week, we enjoyed very much, the ship was very good the crew the food everything. And of course the riding.

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Available ships for this tour

Ship Carissima Danube

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Library

Panoramic windows

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 150 passengers
75 cabins
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Ship Fortuna Danube

Stair lift

Library

Restaurant and separate lounge

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 170 passengers
85 cabins
2 tours available with this ship

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