Danube Waltz – Danube Bike Boat Tour

Bike along the river Danube by day then take to your 'floating hotel' at nights. Stop in small dreamy villages and comfortable wine taverns along the way.  Experience the "Great Loop", a natural 180º turn in the river.  Immerse yourself in the legendary Wachau with its vineyards, enchanted castles and monasteries. Then onto Vienna with St. Stephen’s  Cathedral and the Naschmarkt (a famous food market)

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  • Start/Finish: Passau
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  • Duration: 8 Days
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Day 1: Saturday, Passau - Engelhartszell

This Episcopal city of Passau close to the Bavarian/Austrian border and is also known as the "City of three Rivers." Boarding the Cruise ship MS NORMANDIE is at 5 p.m. and departure around 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.

Day 2: Sunday, Engelhartszell – Untermühl – "Great Loop“ – Linz, 35 km | city tour Linz (opt.)

Need a boost? Then try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell. Supposedly, they have "special healing powers." Downstream leads you to pretty villages amidst a 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. cruise 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, 36 - 42 km | an optional visit to Greinburg castle.

In the early morning cruise 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 an easy bike ride the tour leads along the Danube, the alternative route, "Clam Castle," leads through the beautiful back country of the "Strudengau," it is a slightly hilly, but fantastic landscape. In Grein, the impressive Castle of Greinburg is worth a visit.

Day 4: Tuesday, Grein – Melk – Tulln, 50 km

Today's ride 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, 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 by coach/by foot (optional)

Right in front of Vienna's entrance, embedded in a breathtaking landscape, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. You can 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. In the afternoon, an optional tour by coach and by foot passes most of the famous sights of this beautiful city.

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

Be sure to see the places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg. Explore this beautiful city by bike and visit the gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall. There will still be enough time to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars. An optional Waltz and Operetta concert could round off the evening. Night cruise to Dürnstein or Rossatz.

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

The last biking day is a special highlight. Amongst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this rolling landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery is a landmark of Wachau. There is a wine tasting option in Spitz where you will also 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 peace-ful 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.

Key Details

  • Eight day, seven night itinerary.
  • This tour will start and end in Passau.

Helmets are compulsory for children up to 12 years of age in Austria but are not included with bike hire

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your holiday in The Danube including:

  • Passau - The City of 3 rivers
  • The Schloegen Danube Loop
  • The World Heritage Site of Wachau 
  • Upper Austria's capital Linz
  • The cosmopolitan city Vienna
  • Passau, the City of 3 rivers, the Schloegen Danube Loop

Getting to Austria

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in Austria.

By Car – Austria can be reached by car through the well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to Vienna International Airport.

For more information on getting to Austria please visit the Austrian Travel website.

Included
  • Accommodation
  • Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Coffee & Dinner)
  • Captain's Greeting with Welcome Cocktail
  • Daily Live Music
  • Port Fees (For guests aged 12 and over)
  • Farewell Dinner with Farewell Cocktail
  • Tour Pack
  • Port Fees
Excluded
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Any visitor taxes
  • Transport to and from Passau
  • No helmet hire available but can be purchased on board (limited number)

Day 1: Saturday, Passau - Engelhartszell

This Episcopal city of Passau close to the Bavarian/Austrian border and is also known as the "City of three Rivers." Boarding the Cruise ship MS NORMANDIE is at 5 p.m. and departure around 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.

Day 2: Sunday, Engelhartszell – Untermühl – "Great Loop“ – Linz, 35 km | city tour Linz (opt.)

Need a boost? Then try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell. Supposedly, they have "special healing powers." Downstream leads you to pretty villages amidst a 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. cruise 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, 36 - 42 km | an optional visit to Greinburg castle.

In the early morning cruise 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 an easy bike ride the tour leads along the Danube, the alternative route, "Clam Castle," leads through the beautiful back country of the "Strudengau," it is a slightly hilly, but fantastic landscape. In Grein, the impressive Castle of Greinburg is worth a visit.

Day 4: Tuesday, Grein – Melk – Tulln, 50 km

Today's ride 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, 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 by coach/by foot (optional)

Right in front of Vienna's entrance, embedded in a breathtaking landscape, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. You can 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. In the afternoon, an optional tour by coach and by foot passes most of the famous sights of this beautiful city.

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

Be sure to see the places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg. Explore this beautiful city by bike and visit the gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall. There will still be enough time to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars. An optional Waltz and Operetta concert could round off the evening. Night cruise to Dürnstein or Rossatz.

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

The last biking day is a special highlight. Amongst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this rolling landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery is a landmark of Wachau. There is a wine tasting option in Spitz where you will also 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 peace-ful 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.

Key Details

  • Eight day, seven night itinerary.
  • This tour will start and end in Passau.

Helmets are compulsory for children up to 12 years of age in Austria but are not included with bike hire

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your holiday in The Danube including:

  • Passau - The City of 3 rivers
  • The Schloegen Danube Loop
  • The World Heritage Site of Wachau 
  • Upper Austria's capital Linz
  • The cosmopolitan city Vienna
  • Passau, the City of 3 rivers, the Schloegen Danube Loop

Getting to Austria

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in Austria.

By Car – Austria can be reached by car through the well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to Vienna International Airport.

For more information on getting to Austria please visit the Austrian Travel website.

Included
  • Accommodation
  • Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Coffee & Dinner)
  • Captain's Greeting with Welcome Cocktail
  • Daily Live Music
  • Port Fees (For guests aged 12 and over)
  • Farewell Dinner with Farewell Cocktail
  • Tour Pack
  • Port Fees
Excluded
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Any visitor taxes
  • Transport to and from Passau
  • No helmet hire available but can be purchased on board (limited number)
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