Boat and bike tour from Passau – Bratislava – Vienna to Passau | Self-guided or guided
The classic bike trail
From both the bicycle saddle and the sundeck of a nostalgic cruise ship, you will discover the enchanting Danube valley between Passau and Vienna comfortably and relaxed. A colorful mix awaits you: the southern Bavarian Passau spreads an Italian flair, the picturesque Danube Bend is an impressive natural spectacle, in the romantic Wachau you will get to know ancient wine culture between old castles and palaces.
Lively Bratislava presents itself with a mix of baroque and socialist styles, and in charming Vienna, immerse yourself in the splendor of the Habsburgs and swing in three-quarters stroke.
- Passau, the Bavarian city of 3 Rivers
- the „Great Loop“ SchloÅNgener Donauschlinge
- National Park „Donauauen“
- the World Cultural Heritage Site Wachau
- the cosmopolitan cities of Vienna and
- Bratislava with plenty of sights
Level 1: The cycle path is completely flat, at times on a gentle downhill slope and is ideal for bikers with less experience and children. The tour is rated easy on mostly flat terrain.
Day 1: Passau
Boarding time is at 4 p.m. The "Bishop City," close to the Bavarian/Austrian border, is also known as the "City of three Rivers." Use your free time and stroll through the old charming centre, visit the world largest catholic church organ in the cathedral and enjoy the easy atmosphere of a typical Bavarian beer garden. At 6.30 p.m. cast off! Your vacation starts with a cruise through the romantic Danube Valley.
Day 2: Mauthausen – Grein, approx. 35 km
Today's bike tour takes you directly along the Danube where you have enough time to enjoy the natural state of the meadow landscape. The Celtic village Mitterkirchen gives you an impression of the past. The alternative route, "Clam Castle," through the beautiful hinterland of the "Strudengau" region is slightly hilly but offers a fantastic scenery. Grein, with its mighty castle, is the final destination of today's stage. After a romantic sunset cruise you arrive at Devin with its castle ruin overviewing the Danube in the morning.
Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, approx. 43 km
From Devin you follow the former ‘Iron Curtain’, cross the former border and reach the imposing Baroque Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens. Cycle through Austria’s “vegetable garden” to the coronation city and former capital of Hungary - Bratislava located at the slopes of the Little Carpathians. Explore the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava on a city tour (optional).
Day 4: Vienna (day of rest)
During a city tour by bike or bus (optional) you will experience Vienna’s most famous examples of architecture: the imperial Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the gorgeous ‘Ring’- boulevard and the State Opera House, the Burgtheater and town hall and, of course, the colourful "Hundertwasserhaus". There is enough time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese cafés. The evening can end in numerous ways. For example by visiting a Waltz and Operetta concert at a famous Viennese Palace (optional).
Day 5: Wachau | Krems – Melk, approx. 37 km
Today’s biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this hilly landscape enchants everybody. You will be biking on cloud nine! A powerful ruin looms above the small baroque town of Durnstein, while the blue spire of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau valley. In Weißenkirchen (possibility for wine tasting – optional) you will find comfortable wine taverns right along the bike path.
Day 6: Melk – Grein, approx. 50 km
After breakfast you have plenty of time to visit the gorgeous baroque monastery of the Benedictine brethren of Melk. Today's stage is marked by diversity. Starting in the wide valleys of the Nibelungenau you follow the Danube and cycle further into the Strudengau – a narrow point of the Danube which used to be notorious amongst
skippers. Yours today’s final destination is the – already well known – city of Grein, home of Austria's oldest city theatre (optional).
Day 7: Great Danube Loop | Obermühl - Engelhartszell, approx. 25 km
Today you will cycle through the Danube Valley and will pass through many picturesque villages. Along the cycle path you may smell freshly grilled mackerels, with small pubs doing all they can to entice cyclists to stay. Make sure you follow the small walking trail to the lookout high above the Danube Loop – it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Danube Valley with the meandering Blue Danube! Need a refreshment? Try some of the special cordials at the Trappist monastery at Engelszell, your day’s destination.
Day 8: Passau
As you cruise back up the Danube enjoy the early morning sunshine as you wind your way to Passau, where you will arrive at about 10:00 a.m. and you’ll disembark about 30 minutes later. Connecting travel should be booked for 11.00 a.m. onwards.
- 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
- Port charges
- Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
- Captains greeting and Welcome cocktail
- Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
- Full board: breakfast buffet, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists),
- afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose from), late night snack
- Gala-dinner with farewell cocktail & Farewell-Crew-Show
- Daily live-music
- Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)
- Daily information meeting
- Detailed roadbook per cabin
Comfort Relax Package ADDITIONALLY includes
- Cycling tour guide
- Ferry rides
- Visit of Austria’s oldest theatre in Grein
- Tasting of homemade cider directly at the cider producer in the
- Wine tasting in the Wachau region
- Guided city tour by bike in Vienna
- City tour with the scenic train and walking tour in Bratislava
May 11, June 08, July 06 + 27, August 24, September 21 (further dates upon request – min. 8 participants)
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.
Hiking Package ADDITIONALLY includes
- Hiking guide for the following trips:
- Bad Kreuzen – Grein, approx. 13 km (+530/-725)
- Devin – Bratislava, approx. 12 km (+613/-529)
- Weissenkirchen – Bacharnsdorf, approx. 13 km (+741/-739)
- Krummnussbaum – Maria Taferl – Granz, approx. 13 km (+509/-515)
- Inzell - Freizell, approx. 12 km (+525/-545)
- Shuttlebus to the start/ending point of your hiking tour
- Donausteig souvenir
May 18, July 20, September 14 (further dates upon request – min. 8 participants)
Enjoy the breathtaking landscape and fantastic views on our guided hiking tours!
You will start every day with a ride on the shuttlebus which brings you to the tourstart and picks you up in the evening to bring you back to your ship. You will hike in a small group, discover hidden sights and get to know country, people, culture and tradition.
Minimum of participants
50 people (has to be reached 4 weeks prior cruise start)