Passau - Vienna, MS Normandie
Along the Danube bike path with bike and boat
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- self guided
Arrival in Passau
Boat: Passau – Engelhartszell
Arrival as arranged by you in Passau. The city is located on the Bavarian/Austrian border between the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers. Embarkation begins at 5pm. At 7pm, the boat leaves the harbour bringing you to Engelhartszell where you will arrive at about 9pm. During the boat ride, you will enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner.
Cycling: Engelhartszell – Untermühl | Boat: Untermühl – Linz
Engelhartszell abbey is well-worth a visit. It is well-known for its lovely church its "healthy" Schnaps. To mix things up a bit, take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop where the river makes a very abrupt 180 degree turn.
From Untermühl, you cruise to Linz. We recommend you take the yellow city express to explore the sites here in the European Capital of Culture 2009. This takes about 30 minutes.
Boat: Linz – Mauthausen | Cycling: Mauthausen – Grein
In the morning you cruise to Mauthausen. There you can visit the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial and gain deep insights into the past of Mitterkirchen, a Celtic village. The easy cycle path takes you directly along the Danube.
Sportier guests can choose the varient via Clam fortress, which is located in the gorgeous hinterland of Strudengau. Today's destination is Grein where Greinburg castle (in pos
Sportive guests choose the variant via fortress Clam in the gorgeus hinterland of Strudengau. Your destination of the day is Grein, where the castle Greinburg (in possession of lordship of Saxony – Coburg) is awaiting your visit.
Cycling: Grein – Melk | Boat: Melk – Tulln
Your bike tours starts amid “wild Strudengau's" fascinating landscape, which is a narrow section of the Danube that was infamous amongst skippers. In Persenbeug, the valley gets broader and the bike tour heads to Melk where there is a noble baroque Benedictine abbey. You can reboard the boat here. Enjoy the sunset on deck during your cruise to Wachau. Today's destination is the city of Tulln.
The history of Tulln in Lower Austria is both long and eventful. It started more than two thousand years ago during the Roman equestrian camp Comagena. The well preserved Roman tower built by the banks of the Danube is still an emblem for this period.
Cycling: Tulln – Vienna-Nussdorf/Korneuburg
Just before arriving in Vienna you will see Klosterneuburg abbey embedded in the landscape. The roof of this 900-year-old baroque building can be seen already from afar, the Lord’s Table is a highlight of medieval goldsmith’s art. Kahlenbergerdorf is located next to the shipping pier.
After a hike through the vineyards you can enjoy the view across the metropolis. In the afternoon you have the possibility to discover Vienna, the city of vitality during a city tour by coach or by foot (optional).
Vienna (rest day)
Boat: Vienna – Wachau/Dürnstein (at night)
Today you can experience the pulsating city of Vienna first hand during a city tour by bike. You shall go past the well-known places of interest like Prater, Stephans cathedral and the Hofburg ss well as the boulevard Ringstraße with the Burgtheater, opera and town hall, which are all a remainded about times long ago.
In the afternoon there is enough time for a stroll or to visit a typical viennese café. Enjoy the evening at a concert or operetta in the Hofburg. The boat departs Vienna at night to cruise towards Wachau.
Cycling: Wachau/Dürnstein – Pöchlarn | Boat: Pöchlarn – Passau (at night)
Today, your last day of cycling, is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot treet, vineyards, castles, monastries and ruins, this slightly hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In Spitz (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional), you will find comfy wine taverns right along the bike path. You have earnt yourself a break! In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner and cocktail.
Enjoy the sun on deck and the silence of the Danube valley for the last time. Take in the last opportunity for a view of the Danube loop before you arrive in Passau at around 10am. This is where your trip ends.
Flat and slightly downhill, for relaxed cycling, suitable for beginners and children.
- Program as mentioned in the tour course from/to Passau
- 7 overnights in cabins with shower/toilet/air-condition in the booked cabin category
- Full board: breakfast, small lunch or lunch package for your bike tour, coffee and cake in the afternoon, 3-course dinner
- Welcome of the captain and welcome drink
- Daily live music
- Farewell dinner with cocktail
- Daily cleaning of cabins
- change of towels and bed linen if required
- Daily bike tour briefing
- 1x route book for self-guided tours per cabin
- Board tour guidance
- Port fees included
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Passau mains station is about 5 km away from the pier
- Parking space (fenced area) incl. transfer parking space – boat – parking space € 66 per week
Park garage incl. transfer park garage – boat – park garage €77 per week
(Application form in your travel documents, pay there)
Number of participants
- Min. 50 people
- Timetable and program are subject to change. At extreme flooding or low water the boat company reserves the right to transport you by bus or to cancel the whole tour. There is no demand against that (water level is subject to force majeure clause). This is also validating for unforeseeable incidents like the reparation of a water gate/bridge or in case of an engine breakdown of the boat.
- Please keep in mind that your boat is your hotel on the one hand and your motor-driven transport on the other hand. It has to move on at night as well. If you are sensitive to noise, please bring earplugs with you.
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Enjoy a great bike tour where you get to sleep on board a boat each evening. The MS Normandie is a very middle-class barge with a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.