2020
Bike and boat from Passau to Vienna

Boat and bike from Passau to Vienna

Discover the Austrian Danube on the MS Normandie

 Passau – Vienna – Passau

  • Vienna, UNESCO-World Heritage Wachau, Schlögener Loop
  • Daily routes ●○○○○
  • Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Bike & Boat MS Normandie

8
days

40
km / day avg.

A river cruise on the Danube is an unforgettable experience. Being able to hop on to your bike and discover the beauty of Austria at first hand gives your holiday that special sporty flair! Starting in Passau, the town of three rivers, you soon arrive at the very impressive Schlögener Loop, one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube. Similarly impressive are the numerous monasteries along the way, Upper Austria's capital, Linz, and the wild Strudengau region. And as if they weren't spectacular enough, your bike and boat cruise ends in the cosmopolitan city of Vienna. Kaiserschmarrn pancakes and Tafelspitz beef are on the agenda as are St. Stephen's Cathedral and Castle Schönbrunn.

Bike and boat from Passau to Vienna
  • Booking code
    DE-DOSWN-08I
  • Start / Destination
    Passau
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 200 km
    Daily routes ●○○○○
    between 35 and 50 km, Ø 40 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○

Your cruiser MS Normandie

Spend relaxing hours on the MS Normandie. On board this beautiful mid-range boat, which was fully modernized in 2010, you will find a welcoming family atmosphere. Meet your fellow passengers on the large sun deck or chat in the popular panorama saloon.

MS Normandie- Ship view
MS Normandie, Passau
Passau

Day 1: Individual arrival in Passau, Passau – Engelhartszell (boat)

Your ship will be awaiting you in the harbour with cocktails served by the crew from 5 pm. After the passengers have moved into their cabins, dinner is served on board. Your ship will embark on the short cruise to Engelhartszell. Booked rental bikes will be available on board.

Danube, Schlögen river bend
Schlögen river bend

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Untermühl, approx. 35 km, Untermühl – Linz (boat)

Before you get on your bike, you should not miss the opportunity to visit the Trappist monastery. It is well known for its ‘healing’ herbal schnapps. The Danube Cycle Path will then take you along the Schlögen river bend – an impressive natural spectacle. The Danube appears to have changed directions and it almost seems like the river is flowing backwards. From Untermühl your cruiser will take you to Linz.

 

Ms Normandie, Mauthausen
Mauthausen

Day 3: Linz – Mauthausen (boat), Mauthausen – Grein, approx. 40 km

Enjoy pedalling along the Danube, passing its meadows and shady woodlands. This leg of the route includes a number of highlights: The Celtic village of Mitterkirchen provides visitors with an insight into the past, the Baroque Monastery in Baumgartenberg is home to educational institutes, the route to the romantic Clam Fortress leads you through the dreamy Strudengau countryside to reach the small, enchanting town of Grein.

 

Danube, Tulln
Tulln

Day 4: Grein – Melk, approx. 50 km, Melk – Tulln (boat)

The legendary Strudengau awaits you first – a narrowing of the Danube once feared by the Danube boatsmen due to its terrible currents. In Persenbeug you can admire the impressive Danube Power Station. From here the valley widens; you continue on to Melk, whose well-known monastery can be seen from afar. After an atmospheric twilight tour through the Wachau region, you will reach the garden city Tulln.

Vienna, cyclists
Vienna

Day 5: Tulln – Vienna, approx. 35 km

Cycle along the Vienna Woods to the monastery of Klosterneuburg. The dome of the magnificent 900 year-old Baroque building is one of the highlights of the medieval goldsmith craft. You are now approaching the charming Danube metropolis and former imperial and royal capital Vienna. An excursion to one of the Heurige wine taverns on the Kahlenberg hill is worthwhile, where you will have a stunning view of the world city.

Vienna, tourists
Vienna

Day 6: Vienna (day off), Vienna – Dürnstein (boat)

The boat remains anchored in the same position all day, so can go off and discover the beautiful city of Vienna independently if you like. Experience the medieval romantic atmosphere between Hafnersteig, Heiligenkreuzerhof, Blut- and Domgasse. The MS Normandie departs from the Austrian capital during the night to head for either Dürnstein or Rossatz in the Wachau Valley.

Danube, Dürnstein
Dürnstein

Day 7: Dürnstein – Pöchlarn, approx. 40 km, Pöchlarn – Passau (boat)

Cycling through the Wachau region you will see vineyards, apricot trees, palaces and castle ruins. In Dürnstein you will be greeted by the blue tower of the abbey church, symbolic of the UNSECO world cultural heritage landscape. You will have countless opportunities to get off your bike, relax and savour the landscape. The grapes, apricots and the young wine taste better nowhere than among the grapevines. You go aboard again in Pöchlarn and enjoy the evening over a farewell dinner. The MS Normandie takes you back to Passau overnight.

Passau, Veste Oberhaus
Passau, Veste Oberhaus

Day 8: Individual departure

Once more on your bike and boat Tour from Passau to Vienna you will be able to savour the tranquillity of the morning in the Danube valley, before reaching Passau at about 10 am and disembarking.