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8 Days Bike and Boat Danube 2018 Cycling Holiday in Germany, Slovakia, and Austria

Passau, Germany; Bratislava, Slovakia; Grein - Vienna - Melk - Tulln an der Donau - Engelhartszell an der Donau, Austria

Popular Cycling Holiday Germany, Slovakia, and Austria

The most popular river cruise destination and Europe's most favored cycling path await you. Enjoy the panorama along the beautiful Danube River. Experience a great variety of highlights such as the magnificent Benedict Monastery of Melk or the impressive meander at “Schlögen” and relax on board of your floating hotel during this special cycling tour.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: hilly and mostly flat
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist does not need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride on unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day) to moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrains sometimes, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 118 miles / 190 kilometers
  • Bike type: Touring bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 168 EUR per person per stay

Highlights

  • Cruise along the river
  • Backcountry and rolling hills
  • Follow Europe's Danube cycle path
  • Comfort aboard the MS Theodor Körner
  • Medieval villages and famous sites
  • Daily tasty meals and snacks
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Luggage transport

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction
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Accommodation

The MS Theodor Körner is a nostalgic boat of traditional architecture with ample space and a very comfortable atmosphere. The crew is at your disposal and the restaurant awaits you with regional and international specialties.

The boat offers a restaurant with a small library and parlor games with air-conditioning, a panorama bar, café with a sun terrace, and a well-sized sun deck with deck chairs. In the evening, a musician plays dance music.

There are three passenger decks, the promenade deck, upper deck with windows to open, and the main deck. The Theodor has 60 outside cabins, approximately eight to 16 square meters, and comfortably equipped with large windows, a shower or water closet, satellite TV, hairdryer, safe, and air-conditioning.

The two-bed eco cabins have two bunk beds, eight to nine square meters in size. The two-bed rooms have beds side by side and are 10 to 11 square meters in size. The junior suite has a double bed and is more spacious, 13 to 16 square meters in size. An extra bed is available in the junior-suite as a sofa and in the two-bed cabin in the promenade deck as a bunk bed.

The MS Theodor Körner is 87 meters in length, 17 meters in width, is 170 meters in its depth of flotation, has a maximum speed of 25 kilometers per hours, has 65 cabins, and hold a maximum capacity of 135 passengers.

You will stay in Passau, Germany on night one.

Get comfortable in Grein, Austria on night two.

Unwind in Bratislava on night three.

Make Vienna your home on night four.

Doze off in Melk on night five.

Relax in Tulln on night six.

Have a well-earned rest in Engelhartszell on night seven.

Program

Day 1: Individual arrival in Passau

You will enjoy a stroll through the beautiful old town with the world-largest church organ in the cathedral of Passau and enjoy a delicious “Bavarian Lager” in a typical beer garden before your embark the MS Theodor at approximately 04:00 p.m.

Day 2: Mauthausen – Grein (approximately 22 miles / 35 kilometers)

A beautiful original landscape along the Danube cycling path awaits you on day two. Explore on your cycle route the idyllic backcountry of the Strudengau region. Experience Grein, a lovely medieval city with baroque facades, the oldest theater, and the Greinburg Fortress.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava (approximately 27 miles / 43 kilometers)

The fortification of Devin, one of the oldest castles of Slovakia, offers a miraculous view of the national park to Danube meadows. You will cycle along the former iron curtain by the field march to the imposing Castle Hof with its splendid terraced garden which counts as the nicest baroque gardens of Europe. A small piece of untouched nature follows shortly after you are in the pulsating metropolis of Bratislava.

Day 4: Vienna (day at leisure)

During a bike sightseeing tour, you will have the opportunity of exploring the impressive buildings of the great city. You will cycle slowly past world-famous sights such as the Prater, St. Stephan Cathedral, and the Imperial Palace. The magnificent buildings along the Ringstraße are a remembrance of ancient times.

In the afternoon, you will have spare time visiting one of the traditional Viennese coffee shops and in the evening, you can visit a waltz or operetta concert in the Wiener Kursalon.

Day 5: Wachau or Krems – Melk (approximately 23 miles / 37 kilometers)

Day five is a truly special highlight! The landscape with rolling hills will enchant everybody with lovely picturesque villages, apricot trees, vineyards, fortresses, monasteries, and ruins. It will be pure cycling pleasure! In Weißenkirchen, wine tasting is possible. You definitely should have a break in one of the charming wine taverns.

Day 6: Melk – Grein (approximately 31 miles / 50 kilometers)

The day's cycling route, a true highlight during your holiday, will bring you through the great landscapes of the Strudengau and Nibelungengau to the magnificent baroque Benedictine Abbey of Melk, a must for every cycling tour from Passau to Vienna.

After an illuminated journey through the Wachau Valley, on board the MS Theodor Körner, you will reach the garden city of Tulln.

Day 7: Donauschlinge or Obermühl – Engelhartszell (approximately 16 miles / 25 kilometers)

Quite near and right in the middle, you will enjoy cycling through the Upper Danube Valley, among lovely villages and original scenery. Little romantic restaurants along the way invite for a stop and the smell of freshly grilled fish from the Danube is in the air.

Austria's only cloister is located in Engelhartszell, the day's final destination. The Engelszell cloister is also famous for its aromatic herbal schnapps and herbal liqueurs. After a ceremonious gala dinner, the crew of the Theodor MS Körner will present a small show program that will surprise you.

Day 8: Arrival in Passau – individual departure or extra nights

Every holiday comes to an end. You will enjoy, again, the peaceful Danube Valley, a last glance onto the Schlögener Schlinge, before reaching Passau with wonderful impressions. You will disembark at approximately 09:30 a.m. and any transfer reservation for your departure should be arranged from approximately 11:00 a.m.

Bikes

21-speed unisex bike

  • Model: KTM touring bike
  • Bicycle frame: Aluminium-frame for ladies
  • Gears: 21-speed derailleur gears, freewheel, Shimano Acera
  • Brakes: 2 caliper brakes, Shimano V-Brakes
  • Tires: 28 inches, hollow section rim or sturdy tires, Schwalbe Marathon or Continental
  • Saddle: premium gel saddle, Selle Royal
  • Frame height: from 188 meters in height

7-speed unisex bike (on request)

  • Model: KTM Cityline
  • Bicycle frame: Aluminium-frame for ladies
  • Gears: 7-speed hub gears, Shimano Nexus
  • Brakes: back pedal brakes, 2 caliper brakes, Shimano V-Brake
  • Tires: 28 inches hollow section rim or sturdy tires, Schwalbe Marathon Plus or Continental
  • Saddle: premium gel saddle, Selle Royal
  • Frame height: 46 (150 to 160 centimeters), 51 (160 to 175 centimeters), 56 (176 to 187 centimeters)

Electrically powered bike

  • Model: KTM Amparo XL, KTM Macina, or Flyer
  • Bicycle frame: Aluminum, unisex
  • Gears: 8-speed hub gears, Shimano Nexus
  • Brakes: backpedal brake, 2 caliper brakes, Magura Hydraulic
  • Tires: 28 inches, hollow section rim or sturdy tires, Schwalbe Marathon Plus or Continental E-Contact
  • E-Bikes available: 153 to 195 centimeters
  • Saddle: premium gel saddle, Selle Royal

Skill level

Beginner

  • can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Included excursions

  • Stroll through Passau and its cathedral
  • Yummy Bavarian Lager in a beer garden

Location

This cycling holiday will take place in Mauthausen, Strudengau, Grein, Vienna, Wachau, Krems, Melk, Obermühl an der Donau, Upper Danube Valley, Engelhartszell an der Donau, and Schlögener Schlinge in Austria. You will also explore Passau in Germany and Devin and Bratislava in Slovakia.

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Cycling

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Restaurant
  • River

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Library

Food

During this cycling holiday, you will get to indulge in full-board meals. You will be served with breakfast, lunch or a packed lunch, dinner, midnight snacks, afternoon coffee, and pastries daily. You will also get to enjoy a cocktail drink for the welcoming by the captain as well on the farewell gala dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Experience a waltz or operetta concert in the Wiener Kursalon
  • Go sightseeing around Vienna
  • Grab some coffee at a traditional Viennese café
  • Stop along the Danube Valley’s romantic restaurants
  • Wine tasting in one of the taverns of Weißenkirchen

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily full-board meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight snacks)
  • Afternoon coffee and pastries
  • Captain's greeting with a welcome drink
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Daily information meeting with the guide on board
  • Daily individual, unguided cycling tours
  • Farewell gala dinner and cocktail
  • Crew's farewell show
  • Daily live music
  • Information material (cycling map with English tour description) per cabin

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.
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