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Danube Impressions

Passau - Vienna - Passau, Danube Cyclepath

Passau
Munich

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Passau
Munich

The Classic Bike Trail
Biking along the German/Austrian Danube is a very special pleasure because the hotel is always with you! Gently downhill, mostly supported by a tailwind, you are experiencing 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. In Vienna, a beautiful city rich in architecture and history, you will enjoy exploring the metropolis during a wonderful sightseeing tour by bike. In many ways it is a city that is hard to describe – you really have to see and feel it for yourself! Once you have finished sightseeing on your bicycle you can relax in one of the many cozy coffee bars or at a typical Viennese wine tavern. After a great day of cycling, relax on board listening live music or discover the port city.

Comfort Relax Package (Guided Tour)
You cycle in a small group guided by a local tour guide. Taste some Austrian delicacies: you will try sweet cider, at a wine tavern in the world famous Wachau region you savour a small
variety of regional wine specialties. You visit Austria’s oldest theatre in Grein and the sights of Vienna during a city tour by bike and Bratislava by the city express train.

  • Type of tour Guided, Self-guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 35 km
  • Passau, the Bavarian city of 3 rivers
  • The „Great Loop“ / Schlogener Donauschlinge
  • National park 'Donauauen'
  • The World Cultural Heritage Site Wachau
  • The cosmopolitan cities of Vienna and Bratislava

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: 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 boat ride through the romantic Danube Valley.

Day 2

Sunday: Mauthausen – Grein

35KM

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 back country of the “Strudengau” is slightly hilly but 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

Monday: Devin - Bratislava

43KM

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 the 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

Tuesday: 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 ‘Hunderwasserhaus’. There is enough time in the afternoon to scroll 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 Palace (optional).

Day 5

Wednesday: Wachau | Krems - Melk

37KM

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 a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfortable wine taverns right along the bike path.

Day 6

Thursday: Melk - Grein

50KM

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, not included).

Day 7

Friday: Great Danube Loop | Untermühl - Engelhartszell

35KM

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 breathtaking 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

Saturday: 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.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
5/27/2017 - 6/3/2017 Fully Booked Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories
6/17/2017 - 6/24/2017 Fully Booked Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories
6/24/2017 - 7/1/2017 Limited Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories Book now
7/1/2017 - 7/8/2017 Limited Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories Book now
7/8/2017 - 7/15/2017 Limited Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories Book now
7/15/2017 - 7/22/2017 Limited Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories Book now
7/22/2017 - 7/29/2017 Available Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories Book now
7/29/2017 - 8/5/2017 Limited Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories Book now
8/19/2017 - 8/26/2017 Fully Booked Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories
8/26/2017 - 9/2/2017 Limited Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories Book now
9/2/2017 - 9/9/2017 Limited Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories Book now
9/9/2017 - 9/16/2017 Available Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories Book now
9/16/2017 - 9/23/2017 Available Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories Book now
9/23/2017 - 9/30/2017 Available Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories Book now
9/30/2017 - 10/7/2017 Available Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories Book now
10/7/2017 - 10/14/2017 Available Passau Theodor Körner Various Categories Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Theodor Körner Main deck: 2-berth cabin ECO with bunk bed € 1114,- free of charge 50% reduction
Theodor Körner Main deck: 2-berth cabin ECO with bunk bed for single use € 836,- 0 0
Theodor Körner Main deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds € 1270,- free of charge 50% reduction
Theodor Körner Main deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds for single use € 953,- 0 0
Theodor Körner Upper deck: 2-berth cabin ECO with bunk bed € 1314,- free of charge 50% reduction
Theodor Körner Upper deck: 2-berth cabin ECO with bunk bed for single use € 986,- 0 0
Theodor Körner Upper deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds € 1510,- free of charge 50% reduction
Theodor Körner Upper deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds for single use € 1133,- 0 0
Theodor Körner Upper deck: Junior Suite with queen size bed € 1830,- free of charge 50% reduction
Theodor Körner Promenade deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds € 1570,- free of charge 50% reduction
Theodor Körner Promenade deck: 2-berth cabin with low beds for single use € 1178,- free of charge 50% reduction
Theodor Körner Promenade deck: Junior Suite with queen size bed € 1830,- free of charge 50% reduction
Theodor Körner Season surcharge May 6th - June 2nd, per person € 100,- 0 0
Theodor Körner Season surcharge August 19th - Sept. 1st, per person € 100,- 0 0
Theodor Körner Season surcharge June 17th - August 4th, per person € 150,- 0 0
Theodor Körner Season surcharge Sept. 2nd - October 6th, per person € 150,- 0 0
Theodor Körner Passenger- /port taxes (mandatory age 12 and older) per person € 59,- free of charge free of charge
Theodor Körner Comfort Relax (with tour guide) on May 20, June 17, July 29, August 26, Sept. 23, supplement per person € 215,- 0 0
Theodor Körner Collective transfer to/fromMunich one-way per person € 64,- 0 0
Theodor Körner Collective transfer to/from Munich round trip per person € 109,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
7-speed Unisex Hybrid bike with coaster and caliper brake 7-speed Unisex Hybrid bike with coaster and caliper brake KTM €70
21-speed Unisex hybrid bike 21-speed Unisex hybrid bike €70
E-Bike Unisex E-Bike Unisex €165
Using own bike Using own bike €15

Included

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with shower, toilet
  • Program according itinerary from/to Passau
  • Captains greeting and Welcome cocktail
  • Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bedclothes
  • Full board: rich breakfast, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists), afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose)
  • 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 (one per cabin)

Not included

  • € 20,- reservation charges
  • Ferry
  • Most tasting in the upper Danube valley
  • City tour with the Linz train
  • Visit Austria’s oldest theatre Grein
  • Wine tasting with the wine maker in the Wachau
  • Guided city tour of Vienna by bus
  • Personal insurance (optional)
  • Other drinks;
  • Admission charges

Comfort Relax Package Additional

  • Cycling tour guide
  • Ferry rides
  • Tasting of homemade cider directly at the cider farm in the Upper-Danube-Valley
  • Guided city tour by bike in Vienna
  • Visit of Austria’s oldest theatre in Grein
  • Wine tasting in the Wachau region
  • City tour by city express (excursion train) + walking tour in Bratislava

Special details

  • This tour will be operated by our local partner.
  • Please take good notice of our booking conditions.
  • No bicycle insurance available for this tour.
  • The following optional excursions  can be booked directly on board: (not included in the tour price)
    Grein: Visit of Austria’s oldest theatre
    Vienna: Sightseeing tour by bus or bike
    Waltz & operetta concert at the Imperial Palace
    Wachau: Wine tasting with a local wine grower
  • Minimum number of participants: 50 persons (has to be achieved at least 4 weeks before departure)
  • Minimum group size guided Relax Package: 10 persons.
  • Please note: these ships cannot be catagorized according to our degrees of comfort. Because the MS Theodor Körner do not belong to Cycletours Holidays’s fleet, they have their own distinctive services and comfort class.
  • All mileages are approximate distances of recommended routes. Please be aware that the cabin storage space is very limited. In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges or in case breakdown of engine or power unit through no fault of shipping company or tour operator.
    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.

Arrival info

Saturday is the day of arrival. You can bring your luggage on board from 3 PM, but embarkation will not start earlier than 4 PM.
Passau has two different ship landing stages:
Passau-centre: Fritz-Schäffer-Promenade/Untere Donauländer
Lindau: just outside of Passau at the Franz-Weismann-Straße.
Your travel documents will inform you about the exact mooring place.

Airport

The nearest international airport to the embarkation point in Passau is  Munich Airport (MUC). Passau is reachable within about 2.5  hours by public transport from Munich.
You also can book a shuttle transfer to the barge. That ride takes about 1.5 hours. Prices: € 64,- per person one-way, € 109,- both directions. Waiting time max. 60 min. after check in at the transfer desk.
A private Minibus transfer also can be ordered. No waiting time at the airport. € 300,- one-way, € 580,- both directions (max. 8 passengers).

Train

The nearest train station is Passau. The mooring place is located between 2 and 6 km (1.25 and 3.75 miles) from the station. You can take a taxi to the barge.

Car

For short loading and unloading, you can directly drive to the landing stage. Short loading and unloading permitted.
In Passau there are several parking possibilities. There is a guarded parking in Passau (Globus Parking). This parking needs to be reserved in advance (detailed information will be included in your travel documents). Costs for this parking are between € 58,- and € 69,- for 7 nights.  These costs include 2 transfers (parking-ship-parking). A transferbus will bring you near the ship. You have to walk the last meters (walking distance approx. 4-5 min.). Your luggage will be delivered seperately by minibus.

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Frequently asked questions

  • How do I get from the airport to the destination place and is this transfer included?

    Our sale and information department can inform you on this manner. These transfers are usually not included (see the included section for each tour).

  • What happens if it rains?

    Most people wear rainwear and get on their bicycle. If the weather makes cycling absolutely impossible (this doesn’t happen very often!) the guide will arrange an alternative programme which might include a longer visit to one of the towns along the way or cultural excursions.

  • What insurances does Cycletours offer?

    Cancellation insurance (insurance company Unigarant)

    Holidays usually are reserved and paid weeks or even months in advance. If you need to cancel or abort the tour, that always leaves you with financial consequences. Therefore we recommend to arrange a cancellation insurance.
    This insurance reimburse cancellation costs due to a serious impediment such as an accident, illness or death of relatives in the 1st or 2nd degree.

    Cancellation insurance incl. flight:

    when paying 1% extra over the travel sum of your Bike & Barge tour + flight ticket, then the cancellation expense is insured should you need to cancel or should one of these components unexpectedly be cancelled. This on the condition that no alternative arrangement can be made, so the trip cannot be taken.

  • What is the average age of the participants?

    The ages vary between 35 and 75, but of course we have younger and older guests. During school vacations there are more children on board.

  • What packing list do you suggest?

    What you need to bring with you

    Specialised cycle clothing may be handy but not strictly necessary. What you do need (among other things) is the following:
    •    shorts/ long trousers/ track suit/ legging
    •    shirts/ sweater/ rain clothing
    •    gloves (in case you booked a tour for April and October. It can be chilly in the morning)
    •    good shoes
    •    sunglasses/ cap/ swimming costume
    •    extra towel
    •    soap/ insect repellent
    •    hairdryer (220V)

More questions

Price starting from € 557,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Theodor Körner
Theodor Körner

About the barge

Spacious, nostalgic ship completely redecorated in winter 2013/14 and offers a comfortable atmosphere in modern Art Deco style. 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 national and regional cuisine. The ship offers 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 disport. After an eventful cycling day you will find relaxation in the sauna. In the evening a musician will perform for you to dance! The MV Theodor Körner also offers Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary).

3 Passenger Decks: Promenade Deck + Upper Deck (windows may be opened)
Main deck,Sun deck

Cabin plan

60 comfortable cabins (approx. 8 - 16 m2) with large picture windows, own bathrooms, flat-panel TV, hair dryer, mini-safe, air conditioning
2-berth cabin-ECO: bunk bed (1 upper and 1 low bed, app. 8-9 m2)
2-berth cabin: 2 low beds (app. 10-11 m2)
Single cabin: single cabin or 2-berth-ECO for single occupancy
Junior Suite: queen size bed (app. 13-16 m2)
Additional bed: Junior-Suites (sleeping couch), 2-bed cabins Promenade Deck (bunk bed)

  • Offical name MS Theodor Körner
  • Length 87 m
  • Width 17 m
  • Capacity 135 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

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