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8 Days the Classic Danubian Boat and Cycling Holiday in Austria and Germany
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Passau - Obernzell, Germany; Linz - Grein - Tulln an der Donau - Vienna - Krems an der Donau - Emmersdorf an der Donau, Austria

Wonderful Germany and Austria Cycling Holiday

Join the tour along the German / Austrian Danube which will be a very special pleasure because your “swimming hotel” is always with you! Gently downhill, you will cycle along lush green river banks through small, dreamy villages in the impressive Danube landscapes. You will discover the breathtaking natural wonder of the "Great Loop” (a swift 180 degrees turn!) and immerse yourself in legendary Wachau with its vineyard terraces and enchanted castles and monasteries. Then, visit Vienna - an abundance of sights. Moreover, sights like St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the city hall are easy to reach during a wonderful sightseeing tour by bike. You can also relax at any of the cozy coffee houses or at a typical traditional Viennese wine tavern in the suburbs.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Type of transportation: cycling
  • Terrain: Slightly hilly
  • Starts in: Passau
  • Ends in: Passau
  • Difficulty level: Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 122 Miles / 197 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike or E-bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 165 EUR


  • 5 days of cycling
  • Cycle along lush green river banks
  • Explore Vienna, an abundance of sights
  • Ride through dreamy villages in the impressive Danube landscapes
  • Discover the breathtaking natural wonder of the "Great Loop”
  • Passenger fees and port fees
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Delicious meals


5 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: German
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The comfortable Ms Arlene II provides the right ambiance to make you feel at ease. The ship is being completely refurbished and upgraded in the winter of 2017 / 2018. In the tastefully furnished and fully air-conditioned restaurant on the main deck, you can enjoy your dinner. In the saloon / bar with panoramic windows on the upper deck, you can reflect on the day’s events enjoying a glass of fine wine.

All cabins on the vessel are outside featuring en-suite facilities with shower and hairdryer, TV, safe and individually controlled air-conditioning. the interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone. Smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.

Upper deck

The upper deck consists of eight suits (approximately 15 square meters) with a French balcony and sliding glass doors, two twin beds, and a small sitting area. Further 16 two-bed cabins (approximately 15 square meters) with two separate lower beds, as well as two single cabins (approximately 8-9 square meters). Both the two-bed and the single cabins on the upper deck are outfitted with opening panoramic windows.

Main deck

The 24 two-bed cabins also feature two separate lower beds and have windows with an opening ventilation flap. The spacious and partly shaded sun deck holds deck chairs, which invite passengers to enjoy the passing scenery in relaxation. Here, there is also the storage space for the bicycles. Look forward to interesting cycle tours, meeting nice people, and having enjoyable time aboard the ship.

Technical details

  • Year built: 1986
  • Refurbishment: 2017 / 2018 / 2019
  • Registry: Dutch
  • Length: 91,35 meters
  • Width: 10,45 meters
  • Draught: 1,45 meters
  • Passengers maximum: 98
  • Cabin size: 8 - 11 square meters
  • Crew: 20


Day 1: Passau - Obernzell

Passau is the episcopal city close to the Bavarian / Austrian border is also known as the "City of Three Rivers". The boarding time is approximately 16:00-17:00 and the departure are around 19:00. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Obernzell.

Day 2: Obernzell - Obermühl - "Great Loop" - Linz (35 kilometers / 22 miles)

Downstream, the way leads you to pretty villages amid natural landscape. Need a boost? Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell. Supposedly, they have "special healing power". For a change, take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop where the river makes a very abrupt 180-degree turn (approximately 3 EUR per person). Shipping from Obermühl to Linz. SE-Tours' tip for you is to discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria while riding on the bright yellow City-Express.

Day 3: Linz - Mauthausen - Grein (36 - 42 kilometers / 26 miles)

In the early morning, shipping to Mauthausen. Today, you have the possibility to visit the memorial-place KZ-Mauthausen. The Celtic town Mitterkirchen gives you an insight into the past. For easy cyclists, the tour leads along the Danube. The alternative route, "Clam Castle," through the beautiful backcountry of the "Strudengau" is slightly hilly but a fantastic landscape. The destination which is worth a visit in Grein is the impressive Castle of Greinburg.

Day 4: Grein - Melk - Tulln (50 kilometers / 31 miles)

Today's stage is marked by a diverse landscape. In 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. Today's final destination is Tulln, famous for its numerous market gardens where the famous Art Nouveau artist Egon Schiele was born.

Day 5: Tulln - Vienna-Nussdorf / Korneuburg (35 kilometers / 22 miles)

Right in front of Vienna's entrance, embedded in a breathtaking landscape, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. You can already see the cupola of this 900-year old baroque building from a distance. "Kahlenbergerdorf" with its wine taverns is definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna.

Day 6: Vienna-Nussdorf / Korneuburg (rest day)

You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg, the gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House, or the town hall that takes you back to the past. Take your time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars. In the night, shipping to Krems.

Day 7: Wachau - Emmersdorf (35 kilometers / 22 miles)

Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries, and ruins, this gentle 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 Emmersdorf, you embark Ms Arlene. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner and cocktail.

Day 8: Departure from Passau

Every journey draws to an end. Once again, you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take the last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge "Great Loop" before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Arrival is about 10:00, disembarkation half an hour later. SE-Tours recommends you to arrange connecting trips from noon onwards.


Basically, SE-Tours reserves the right to make changes of routing and program. 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. The same applies for officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges. 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 crossing locks and bridges - and the preparation work - may cause noise. If you are sensitive, please bring your own earplugs.

Tour information

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she / he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbor. The bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions. All cycle tours can be classified as being easy.

Bicycles on board

The unisex trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies model) have seven gears with coaster breaking hubs or seven-speed freewheel hubs (subject to availability) and pannier bag. Rental bike insurance is included in the price for one rental bike and covers both, theft and accidental damages. E-Bikes are available after prior request and at a limited number. Please indicate your body height when you book.

Personal bike

It is possible to bring your own bike though only on request and in limited quantities at no extra cost. SE-Tours will not be held liable for any damages - resulting from the transfer from ship to land and back or other - loss or theft. Repairs have to be conducted on your own. The breakdown service of SE-Tours' tour guides does not cover the usage of your own bicycles and is not included. Due to lack of space on the sundeck, bring your own bike is on request only.


This cycling holiday will take place in Austria and Germany. It will cover some destinations including Passau, Obernzell, Obermühl, Linz, Mauthausen, Grein, Melk, Tulln, Vienna-Nussdorf, Korneuburg, Wachau, and Emmersdorf.


During this cycling holiday, you will be served seven breakfasts, six lunch snacks on board (noncyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, six afternoon coffee breaks, six three-course-dinner, and one farewell-dinner with farewell-drink.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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)

SE-Tours offers an optional excursion program which can be booked directly on board at the cruise director only. Together with your travel documents, you will get a brief description. Depending on the number of participants, some excursions could be carried out in two languages (German / English).

What's included

  • 5 days of self-guided cycling
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Captains greeting and welcome-drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • VAT
  • Changing of towels and bedclothes if wanted
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunch snacks or packed lunches, 6 afternoon coffee breaks, and 6 dinners
  • 1 farewell-dinner with farewell-drink
  • Passenger fees and port fees
  • Daily live music
  • Daily informational meeting
  • Information pack with route book (one per cabin)
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)

What's not included

  • Transfer to and from Passau
  • Shuttles
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Travel insurances
  • Parking fee and ferry fees
  • Drinks on board
  • Tips
  • Parking space inclusive transfer to / from the ship - 66 EUR
  • Parking garage inclusive transfer to / from the ship - 77 EUR

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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