Passau – Vienna – Passau ( by boat )
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Cruise down the Danube while cycling along it's banks. Your accommodation is 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.
Our tour starts and finishes in Passau, the city where Sisi began her journey along the Danube as a young bride to Vienna, eagerly awaited by her Emperor Franz. Follow in the footsteps of the Austrian empress by bicycle in a region which 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. After visiting this magnificent city the tour winds its way back to Passau
The short distances to cycle each day and the wonder of taking a boat trip down the Danube make this a great tour for children
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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.
Engelhartszell – Brandstatt, approx. 45 km
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.
Brandstatt – Linz, approx. 26 km
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!
Mauthausen – Grein, approx. 35 km
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 theatre in Austria. After a romantic journey sailing past towns and villages full of twinkling lights, you arrive in Tulln late in the evening.
Tulln – Vienna, approx. 35 km
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 centre of Austria’s capital (optional, not included).
Vienna, Rest Day
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).
Wachau Valley roundtrip, approx. 35 km
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
Passau and surroundings
Enjoy the first rays of sun and the early morning tranquillity one last time from the deck of the ship before you reach Passau/ surroundings, your heart bursting with memories. Disembarkation: approx. 9 a.m. We recommend that you do not make any arrangements for onward trains departing before 10.30 a.m. To be on the safe side, later departure times would be even better.
- 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air condition
- Port charges
- The program according to itinerary from/to Passau
- Captains greeting and Welcome cocktail
- Full board: breakfast, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists), afternoon coffee break,
dinner incl. house wine, draught beer and soft drink (2/3 dishes to choose from)
- Gala-dinner with farewell cocktail
- Board Musician
- A tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)
- Daily information meeting
- Detailed roadbook (one per cabin)
- Detailed travel documents, cycling guide App, GPS tracks per cabin
On guided tour:
Tour guide cycling with the group
+ €90 Bike rental
+ €190 E-Bike rental
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2023 SELF GUIDED TOUR PRICES
There are four type of cabins to chose from:
Standard: Main deck, double bed to be separated, windows not to be opened
Comfort: Middle deck, double bed to be separated, windows to be opened
Superior: Upper deck, double bed to be separated, private balcony
Minisuite: Middle deck, double-bedded to be separated, windows to be opened, minibar
SEASON 1 ( April & October )
€899 Standard cabin
€1079 Comfort cabin
€1279 Superior cabin
SEASON 2 ( August)
€999 Standard cabin
€1179 Comfort cabin
€1379 Superior cabin
SEASON 3 ( May, June, July & September )
€1099 Standard cabin
€1279 Comfort cabin
€1479 Superior cabin
Guided Group Tour Package - available on June 10, July 8, September 23
+ €209 per person ( accompanied by a cycling guide )
There is a 55% supplement for those who want a single cabin. Subject to availability.
A child reduction is available. Please contact us in the office for more details.
Self Guided Tour Information
Self Guided Tours run on all boat departures:
June 10, June 17, June 24,
July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29,
August 19, August 26,
September 9, September 23
Group Cycling is available on June 10, July 8, September 23
(add. dates available from a minimum of 10 people upon requests)
How to get to the start point in Passau:
- Munich Airport (MUC)
The closest airport to Passau is Munich Airport (Mõnchen Flughafen / MUC) with its huge number of cheap flights to mostly German and European destinations.
Passau is around 160 km (100 miles) from Munich Airport. Driving time is around 90 minutes.
Public transportation - from the airport, take taxi or bus 635 to Freising (they leave at 21 after each hour, and takes approx 18 mins). Direct trains run from Freising to Passau hourly- (about € 22-28,- per person).
Alternatives require transfers in either Plattling or Regensburg. Total journey time varies from 2h20 to three hours.
- Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
Many international/intercontinental passengers will enter Germany at Frankfurt International Airport (FRA). It is, both faster and cheaper to take the ICE train from Frankfurt to Passau rather than taking a connecting flight to Munich. Many direct trains are available with more options requiring an easy transfer at Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. Total journey time is just over four hours.
The following websites will help you with train connections between Vienna and Passau.
Bahn.de or Oebb.at
Its possible to book a private transfer from Munich to Passau one way (1-8 people): €300 from City Centre / €250 from Airport
MV Swiss Crown
The MS Swiss Crown is a large 4*-river cruise ship that can carry a maximum of 135 passengers.
built in 2000
renovated in 2018/2019
length 110 m (360 ft), width 11.40 m (37 ft),
load draft 1.60 m (4.9 ft)
crew approx. 35 men/women
sails under a Swiss flag
3 decks: main deck, middle deck and upper deck
languages spoken on board: English, German
WiFi available, payable onsite
credit cards are accepted (Mastercard, Visa)
the approx. 14 m² cabins are located on the main deck, equipped with a double bed (which can be moved apart) and smaller, raised windows (NOT openable). In some cabins a 3rd bed (bunk bed) can be used for children.
the approx. 14 m² cabins are located on the middle deck, equipped with a double bed (which can be moved apart). The panoramic window can be opened.
the approx. 14 m² cabins are located on the upper deck, equipped with a double bed (which can be moved apart) and private balcony.
the approx. 16 m² cabin is located on the middle deck, equipped with a double bed (which can be moved apart), panoramic window, minibar and coffee station