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Cycling & Boat Passau - Wien, MS Prinzessin Katharina

Danube in three-four time.

Travelling by bike & boat is particularly popular amongst cyclists. On this holiday, enjoy the wonderful nature along the River Danube by bike whilst being accompanied by your "floating hotel" - the MS Normandie. On this bike & boat holiday, you travel from Passau, the 3 river city, via Upper and Lower Austria all the way to Vienna and back. Enjoy the impressive Danube landscape whilst treating yourself to the many regional specialities as well as the quality Wachau wine. Try the hearty dumplings or the light and sweet 'Most' (apple wine). After a leisurely cycle tour along the Danube, you will arrive in Vienna, a cosmopolitan city. In 2016 Vienna was selected for the sixth time in a row as the best city to live in worldwide. 

Cosmopolitan City and a Centre of Music: In three-four time through Vienna

There are numerous attractions for you to explore on a city tour by bike. Dive into the long forgotten Habsburg Empire and visit some of the 177 palaces. Historical stately buildings like the gothic style St. Stephen's cathedral, the Imperial Palace, the art nouveau of the Secession building, the famous baroque Schönbrunn palace, town hall and the natural history and art museum are all sites where you can sense the former empire's flair. 

In the global capital of music, you can expect a diverse cultural offer ranging from Waltz, light opera and opera to musicals or symphony concerts. You are sure to find somewhere to relax in one of the cosy coffee houses or at the "Wiener Prater", perhaps on its famous and huge giant wheel. Viennese food offers true culinary delights. You sure can round off your bike tour with lots of specialities. 

Having packed everything up including all your memories, you get back on board the lovely middle-class boat MS Normandie. You head back into the nature where you can enjoy the enchanting landscape such as the Donau Schlinge and the Wachau. Have a cup of Viennesse coffee in the ship's cosy panorama salon or enjoy some tasty food in the restaurant on the main deck.

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Itinerary

Arrival as arranged by you in Passau. The city is located on the Bavarian/Austrian border between the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers. Embarkation between 4-5 pm. 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. 

 

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 (approx. €3 per person) 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. 

approx. 35 km

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.

approx. 35 – 40 km

Today's stage 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, you enjoy the sunset and the beautiful evening illumination of the Wachau. At night shipping to Tulln, famous for its numerous market gardens where the famous Art Nouveau artist Egon Schiele was born.

approx. 50 km

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).

approx. 35 km

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.

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.

approx. 40 km

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 11 am. This is where your trip ends.

Tour character

Flat and slightly downhill, for relaxed cycling, suitable for beginners and children.

Prices & dates

All data for 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Passau
  Season 1
23.04.2022 | 01.10.2022 |
Saturday
Season 2
07.05.2022 | 17.09.2022 |
Saturday
Season 3
21.05.2022 | 04.06.2022 | 18.06.2022 | 02.07.2022 | 16.07.2022 | 30.07.2022 | 13.08.2022 | 27.08.2022 |
Saturday
Cycling & Boat: Passau-Wien-Passau, MS Prinzessin Katharina, main deck, 8 days, DE-DOSWP-08I-H
Base price
799.-
939.-
1'079.-
Supplement 1-bed cabin 355.- 355.- 355.-
Surcharge 2-bed cabin for single use 50% 50% 50%
Reduction 2-bed cabin superior deck (front/rear of ship) -119.- -119.- -119.-
Cycling & Boat: Passau-Wien-Passau, MS Prinzessin Katharina, upper deck, 8 days, DE-DOSWP-08I-O
Base price
1'035.-
1'179.-
1'319.-
Supplement 1-bed cabin 415.- 415.- 415.-
Reduction 3-bed cabin -235.- -235.- -235.-
Season 1
Apr 23, 2022 | Oct 1, 2022 |
Saturday
Season 2
May 7, 2022 | Sep 17, 2022 |
Saturday
Season 3
May 21, 2022 | Jun 4, 2022 | Jun 18, 2022 | Jul 2, 2022 | Jul 16, 2022 | Jul 30, 2022 | Aug 13, 2022 | Aug 27, 2022 |
Saturday
Cycling & Boat: Passau-Wien-Passau, MS Prinzessin Katharina, main deck, 8 days, DE-DOSWP-08I-H
Base price
Supplement 1-bed cabin
Surcharge 2-bed cabin for single use
Reduction 2-bed cabin superior deck (front/rear of ship)
Cycling & Boat: Passau-Wien-Passau, MS Prinzessin Katharina, upper deck, 8 days, DE-DOSWP-08I-O
Base price
Supplement 1-bed cabin
Reduction 3-bed cabin
799.-
355.-
50%
-119.-
1'035.-
415.-
-235.-
939.-
355.-
50%
-119.-
1'179.-
415.-
-235.-
1'079.-
355.-
50%
-119.-
1'319.-
415.-
-235.-
Filter
bycicle 7-gear unisex freewheel
Velo 7-Gang Rücktritt
E-bike
Elektrovelo mit Rücktritt
99.-
99.-
199.-
199.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services and information

Services

Included:

  • Program as mentioned in the tour course from/to Passau
  • 7 overnight stays in cabins in the booked cabin category
  • Full board: 7 x breakfast buffet, 6 x small lunch or lunch package for your bike tour, 6 x coffee and cake in the afternoon, 6 x  3-course dinner and 1 x goodbye diner
  • Welcome and farewell drink
  • Musicians on board
  • Daily cleaning of cabins, change of towels and bed linen if required
  • Port fees included
  • Daily bike tour briefing
  • 1x route book for self-guided tours per cabin
  • GPS data is available
  • Board tour guidance

Note:

  • Extra nights in Passau are possible in request
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection)
Information

Arrival/Parking/Departure:

  • Parking space (fenced area) incl. transfer parking space – boat – parking space CHF 79.- per week
    Park garage incl. transfer park garage – boat – park garage CHF 95.- per week
    (Application form in your travel documents, pay there)

 

Other important information: 

  • The distance travelled is approximate and may differ from the actual distance.  
  • Travel cancellation insurance, including travel interruption insurance is recommended. 

Accommodation

Ratings

4.7 of 5 Stars (12 Ratings)
5 stars
Robert Z. CH | 28.06.2022
Magnifique! Vélo facile pour tout le monde
Nous avons cette opportunité de faire à vélo ce Danube et c’était juste extraordinaire. Nous avons visité à notre guise de jolis villages . Pris le temps de vivre. On revient l’année prochaine
4 stars
Nicole Wasserfallen CH | 12.08.2017
Schöne Fahrradferien
Das Schiff ist gut eingerichtet, nicht mehr ganz neu, aber heimelig. Die Kabinen sind sehr einfach und ein bisschen in die Jahre gekommen. Zwei schmale Einzelbetten.Das Essen war super! Die Besatzung sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Der Reiseleiter war top! Er kennt die Strecken wie seine Westentasche und die Besprechungen waren sehr hilfreich. Die Fahrräder sind in gutem Zustand aber ein bisschen schwer. Wer sich gewöhnt ist ein E-Bike zu fahren, sollte sich das für diese Strecke überlegen.
5 stars
Nicole Droz CH | 20.09.2016
Excellente
Nous avons apprécié de dormir sur le bateau et de partir à vélo chaque jour. Excellente formule. Très bonne organisation.
5 stars
Christiane Kunz CH | 12.09.2016
Super organisation, sérieux
nous avons eu beaucoup de plaisir lors de cette croisière. En faisant du vélo la journée, tout est bien organisé, les étapes sont bien calculées, le personnel est très agréable.
4 stars
Christian Seelhofer CH | 18.07.2016
Donau mit Rad und Schiff
Sehr schöne Reise. Radreisen waren interessant, die Radstreifen manchmal etwas viel den Hauptstrassen entlang. Stadtbesichtigung in Budapest super. Stadtbesichtigung Wien zu kurz und zu oberflächlich. Das Schiff und Kabinen mit gutem Komfort. Schiffpersonal super. Reiseführung mit Jan super. Die Reise werde ich sicher weiterempfehlen.
3 stars
Albert Grolimund CH | 05.06.2016
Radreisende mit Mängel
Schiff mit komfortablen Kabinen im Oberdeck! Sauber, 2x täglich Tücherwechsel. Räder guter Zustand jedoch nicht reserviert wie vom Reiseveranstalter versprochen. Chaotischer Reiseleiter! Personal im allgemeinen freundlich. Frühstück-Angebot gut, Abendessen könnte für ein 4Stern besser und reichhaltiger sein. Überraschung am vorletzten Tag: Couvert für Trinkgeld mit Empfehlung, sollte dringend in den Reiseunterlagen erwähnt werden!
5 stars
JEAN-FRANCOIS RUCHONNET CH | 01.06.2016
BELLE DECOUVERTE
NOUS SAVIONS QUE LES LANGUES DU VOYAGE ETAIENT L'ALLEMAND ET L'ANGLAIS,MAIS PERSONNE NE PARLAIT LE FRANCAIS,C'EST NOTRE SEUL REGRET!!
5 stars
Ernst Hartmann CH | 04.10.2015
Schwimmendes 5-Sterne Hotel
Diese Reise war eine der schönsten sehr gut organisierten Aktiv-Ferien mit einem unübertrefflichen Service an Bord der MS-Normandie. Wir freuen uns schon auf die nächsten Aktivferien mit Ihnen.Freundlich grüsst Ev und Ernst Hartmann
5 stars
Max Günter CH | 24.09.2015
Super
Alles war super.Wir hatten allerdings nur schönes Wetter.
5 stars
Heinz Bärtschi CH | 21.09.2015
sehr gut
es stimmte einfach rundum alles.
5 stars
Kurt Arnold CH | 27.08.2015
Nur der Wettergott hat gepatzt!
Alles bestens organisiert von A - Z. Super Informationen des Guides Jan, mit Humor an den Mann/Frau gebracht anlässlich der Infotreffen. Personal auf dem Schiff sehr freundlich und zuvorkommend, aufmerksam aber nicht aufdringlich. Eine Superreise für Genuss-Radfahrer.
5 stars
John Diehl CH | 10.09.2014
Super schön.. super organisiert
Es war eine tolle Reise. Bestens organisiert. Schönes Schiff. Gutes Essen. Super Crew. Nur zum Empfehlen.

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