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Austria Danube Impressions 3 Country

Austria Danube Impressions 3 Country

Degree of difficulty - A/B

Biking along the German/Austrian Danube is a special experience because your hotel accommodation is always with you. Gently downhill, mostly supported by a tailwind, you will experience the impressive river as it meanders in the Donauschlinge ("Great Loop") and enjoying the gorgeous landscape of the legendary Wachau with its castles and fortresses. Reaching Vienna, you will enjoy the beautiful city rich in architecture and history, exploring the metropolis, during a wonderful sightseeing tour by bike.
In many ways it is a city that is hard to describe – you really must see and feel it for yourself! Once you have finished sightseeing by bicycle you can relax in one of the many cosy cafés or in a typical Viennese wine tavern.
After a great day of cycling and exploring relax onboard the MV Theodor Körner while listening to live music or discover the port city.

Day 1 (Sat) 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 begins with a cruise through the romantic Danube Valley.

Day 2 (Sun) Mauthausen – Grein (approx. 35 km by bicycle)
Today’s bike tour takes you directly along the Danube where you have enough time to enjoy the natural state of the meadow landscape. Visit the medieval village and former concentration camp at Mauthausen. The Celtic village Mitterkirchen gives you an insight into the past. The alternative route, "Clam Castle," through the beautiful backcountry of the "Strudengau" is slightly hilly but offers fantastic scenery. Grein, with its mighty castle, is the final destination of today’s route. After a romantic sunset cruise, you arrive in Devin with its castle ruin overviewing the Danube in the morning.

Day 3 (Mon) Devin – Bratislava (approx. 43 km by bicycle)
From Devin, you follow the former ‘Iron Curtain’, cross the former border and reach the imposing Baroque Palace of Schlosshof with its beautiful 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 an optional city tour.

Day 4 (Tues) Vienna (Rest day)
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 Opera concert at a famous Viennese Palaces (optional).

Day 5 (Wed) Wachau/Krems - Melk (approx. 37 km by bicycle)
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. In Weißenkirchen (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfortable wine taverns right along the bike path.

Day 6 (Thurs) Melk – Grein (approx. 50 km by bicycle)
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 Nibelungen 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 destination is the – already well known – city of Grein, home of Austria’s oldest city theatre (optional, not included).

Day 7 (Fri) Great Danube Loop|Obermuhl – Engelhartszell (approx. 25 km by bicycle)
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 - what a breath-taking panoramic view of the Danube Valley it provides of 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 (Sat) Passau (Disembarkation)
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.

2019 TOUR PRICES SELF GUIDED

Season 1 ( May & August ) :    Standard Cabins
€870 pps cabin main deck    /   
€990 pps upper deck   /     €1020 pps promenade deck 
Season 1 ( May & August ) :   ECO cabins ( bunk bed cabins located in the front/rear part of the ship (engine noise possible) ) 
€795 pps cabin main deck  /    €895 pps upper deck 
Season 1 ( May & August ) :   Junior Suite
€1150 pps cabin upper deck   /   €1150 pps cabin promenade deck 

Season 2 ( June,  July & September )  Standard Cabins
€920 pps cabin main deck  /    €1040 pps cabin mid-deck  /    €1070 pps cabin upper deck  
Season 2 ( June,  July & September ) ECO Cabins
€845 pps cabin main deck  /    €950 pps cabin mid-deck 
Season 2 ( June,  July & September ) Junior Suite
€1200 pps cabin mid-deck   /    €1200 pps cabin upper deck  

Comfort Relax Package - with Cycling Tour Guide (+ €235 per person) 
Dates: May 11 | June 08 | July 06 + 27 | August 24 | September 21

Tour Includes

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air condition 
  • 21-speed unisex frame hybrid bike with pannier and repair kit
  • Port charges
  • The program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • Captains greeting and Welcome cocktail
  • Full board: rich breakfast, 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
  • Nightly live-music
  • A tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)
  • Daily information meeting
  • Detailed roadbook (one per cabin)

+ €95.00 :   E Bike rental

Self Guided Tour Information

Tour can start Saturdays: May 11th to 21st September 2019

Cruise Ship MV Theodor Körner (all cabins with shower/toilet)

Completely renovated during the off-season 2013/2014 in trendy Art Deco style; a very spacious, nostalgic ship of traditional shipbuilding skill with a high level of comfort and a family atmosphere. Excellent service and attention to detail are the priority of the captain and crew who are looking forward to welcoming you on board.
Your bike tour through various countries is also a culinary expedition through the diversity of the national and the regional cuisine.
The ship possesses a restaurant, a panorama bar with a dance-floor, a salon with a sunny Patio as well as a broad sun deck with comfortable deck chairs. Books and magazines from our library provide reading pleasure, and parlour games offer all kinds of sport. After a full cycling day you will find relaxation in the sauna, and in the evening a musician will perform for you to dance!
Ship info:
Capacity (126 passengers),   
Length (87 m),    
Width (17 m),     
Speed (20 km/h),     
Crew (approx. 40),     
Voltage (220 Volt),     
Languages on board (German/English)
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Cabins & facilities
Junior suites (double bed incl. sofa with more space)
2-bed (2 separated lower beds)
2-bed ECO (bunk bed = 1 upper-, 1 lower bed)
• Additional bed (in a 2-bed cabin promenade deck / 2 lower beds and one upper bed and in Junior suites / double bed with an extendable sofa)
The comfortable 60 cabins (approx. 8-16 m²) are equipped with air conditioner, private facilities, TV, hairdryer. The windows can be opened in the cabins on the upper & promenade deck. Triple cabins are equipped with 2 lower beds and one folding bed above (promenade deck) or a sofa at the suites.
You can inform us about Your preferred cabin at booking but please be informed that we do not communicate the cabin number at booking as this is no principle of the treaty.
Passenger - Decks
Promenade deck (uppermost deck, windows to be opened)
Upper deck (middle deck, windows to be opened)
Main deck (lowest deck, panorama windows but not to be opened)
• Panorama bar
• Panorama salon
• Restaurant
• Infrared-Sauna
• Spacious Sun deck with lounge chairs
• Roofed terrace
• On Board shop
• WIFI (supplement)
The MV Theodor Körner is a spacious river cruiser designed according to traditional shipbuilder’s skills. It is characterised by the cosy ambience of its interior. Books and magazines from our library provide relaxation. Books and magazines in our air-conditioned library provide relaxation and reading pleasure as well as parlour games.
Please be aware that a cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night. Especially passing locks and bridges - and the preparation work - may cause noise

How to get to the start point in Passau:
• Munich Airport (MUC)

The closest airport to Passau is Munich Airport (München 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

It is possible to book a transfer from Munich to Passau through us: €80 one way / €130 return

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