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Self-guided Bike and Barge

Web code AT081

Austria / Danube Cycle Path

From Passau to Wien on the MS Normandie

Combine one of the most beautiful destinations for river cruisers with the most popular cycle route in Europe - bike and barge along the Danube from Passau to Vienna! You cycle slightly downhill through the impressive Danube landscape and discover the legendary Wachau. And then Vienna - a city that can hardly be described, that you simply have to experience! During a city tour by bicycle, St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Town Hall or the Hofburg, the former winter residence of the Habsburgs, are within easy reach. At the Naschmarkt, strolling becomes a culinary experience. The highlights of the tour: the Schlögener Donauschlinge, the Wachau and the cosmopolitan city of Vienna.
  • Day by Day

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    1° Arrival in Passau. 

    The city of Passau, close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the "City of three Rivers” beceause it is on the confluence of Ilz, Inn and Danube rivers. 

    Boarding time is at 4:30 pm and departure around 7 pm. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening cruise to Engelhartszell.

     

    2° Engelhartszell – Linz (35 km/ 20 miles)

    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 p.p.) 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 this city, European Capital of Culture 2009. This takes about 30 minutes.

     

    3° Linz – Grein (35- 40 km/20-25 miles)

    In the morning you cruise to Mauthausen, where you can visit the Mauthausen Memorial and the celtic village of Mitterkirchen.

    If you prefer to take the easy route, you can ride along the Danube.  Sportive guests can choose the variant via Clam fortress, in the gorgeous hinterland of Strudengau. 

    Today's destination is Grein with his impressive Greinburg Castle.

     

    4° Grein – Tulln (50 km/30 miles)

    Today you’ll cycle throught the Strudengau - a narrow section of the Danube tricky to navigate. From Persenbeug, the valley starts to expand and the bike tour leads you to Melk with his baroque Benedictine abbey. Here you can return on board. On deck, enjoy the sunset during your cruise into Wachau Valley up to the city of Tulln.

     

    5° Tulln – Vienna/Nußdorf or Korneuburg (35 km/20 miles)

    Klosterneuburg abbey is located just outside Vienna. The dome of the 900-year-old baroque magnificent building is visible from afar, the Verdun Altar is one of the highlights of medieval goldsmith’s art. From the village of Kahlenbergerdorf it is worth a short hike through the vineyards to the panoramic terrace of the Kahlenberg. You will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the metropolis.

     

    6°  Vienna/Nußdorf or Korneuburg

    Discover the vibrant city of Vienna today. The most famous sights like Stephansdom and Hofburg, the magnificent Ringstrasse boulevard with the Burgtheater, the State Opera and the 

    City hall are perhaps on your program? In the afternoon there is still enough time for a stroll or to visit one of the famous Viennese cafés. With a waltz and operetta concert, this eventful day could end with a great atmosphere. During the night your ship leaves Vienna for Dürnstein or Rossatz in the Wachau Valley.

     

    7°  Vienna/Nußdorf or Korneuburg – Pochlärn (40 km/25 miles)

    The gentle hilly landscape with dreamy villages, wine terraces, castles, monasteries and ruins will enchant you.

    The blue tower of the collegiate church of Dürnstein is a landmark of the Wachau. Cosy Heuriger, local taverns, next to the cycle path, will attract you to wine tasting. Enjoy a last look at the imposing Melk Abbey before your arrival in Pöchlarn where you can go back on board. In the evening festive farewell dinner. 

    During the night boat trip to Passau.

     

    8° Passau

    In the morning you can enjoy the first rays of sunshine on deck and the peaceful silence of the Danube valley. Around 10 am you reach Passau. Disembarkation from approx. 10:30 am.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or warnings issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain.

     

  • Route profile

    The cycle path along the Danube is one of the most famous bike routes in Europe, thanks to the services that are offered along the way and because it is really very easy, completely flat and consisting in paved bike lanes or secondary roads. The only thing you might want to do is find out in advance which side of the river the town you want to visit is on. In fact, bridges and ferries are not always present.

     

  • How to get there

    The point of embarkation will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive some days before departure.

     

    By plane

    You can reach Passau by flying to Vienna or Munich.

    Contact us for a free airfare quotation.

     

    By train

    You can get to the train station of Passau and then take a bus to the hotel (duration: 10/15 minutes).

     

    By car

    If you are arriving by car, don’t forget that you need the vignette (road tax; cost: 9 €) to drive on the motorways in Austria.

     

    Parking

    - Passau mains station is about 5 km away from the pier

    - Parking space (fenced area) incl. transfer parking space – boat – parking space € 68 per week (to book in advance)

    - Park garage incl. transfer park garage – boat and return €79 per week (to book in advance and to pay on spot)

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    Normandie

    On the upper deck you will find the comfy panorama salon with its bar, on the main deck the comfortable restaurant (no direct access from the cabin-zone).

    On deck there are both deck chairs and ordinary chairs and tables, which encourage conversation and communal activity in fresh air.

    Normandie possesses altogether 2 one-bed-cabins and 49 two-bed-cabins. They are all outside cabins, giving some 10-11 square meters of space (two-bed) and about 7 qm (one-bed).

    All two-bed-cabins are equipped with two lower beds, one of which can be folded against the wall during the day to provide a more homely atmosphere, shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, safe, central air-conditioning and a picture window.

    Only on the upper deck the windows may be opened. one-bed cabins have one lower bed and are otherwise equipped with same features.

     

    Overnight and full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) are included. The service you have booked will be specified in the boarding voucher with the acronym FB (Full board). 

     

     

    Watch Normandie photo gallery.

     

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent: 

    - unisex bike 7-gear, hand brake and pedal brake or hand brakes only (subject to availability), back bags and rental bike insurance (please indicate by the booking)

    - E-Bike (advance reservation, limited number) with pannier bag and rental bike insurance

     

     

    Accessories

    All rented adult bikes are equipped with: 

    - a pannier (wateroroof)

    - a combination lock 

    - repair kit with tools, extra innertube and pump

     

  • Accompanying material

    Upon settlement of the payment a few days before departure, you will receive via email the following:

    - embarkation voucher with details about the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point

    - Tour Notes

    - Final Tour Details

    If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us before departure.

     

    Tour maps will be delivered on site (one for cabin).

     

  • By your side

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30 

    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

     

  • 2 Client reviews
    • Flavia

      Departure 12-19 August 2019

      Online from 26 August 2019

      Vacanza da consigliare, ottima la sistemazione in barca che permette un viaggio nel viaggio.
      I percorsi si snodano tra una natura rigogliosa, ricca di fiori e piante ma prevedono anche visite culturali e gastronomiche a base di prodotti tipici del territorio.
      Gli itinerari sono semplici e ben segnalati.
      Il personale di bordo è sempre pronto a dare assistenza.
      La scelta del cibo a bordo è l'unico neo andrebbe migliorata.
    • Barbara

      Departure 29 July - 05 August 2019

      Online from 10 August 2019

      La vacanza è stata perfetta. Le tappe, gli itinerari, l'organizzazione in generale era perfetta.

Tour details

 

from 659 €

8 days /7 nights, full board

Tour type
self-guided tour
 
Price per person

659 € main deck cabin


Departures

Saurday 18.04, 2.05, 16.05, 30.05, 13.06, 27.06, 11.07, 25.07, 08.08, 22.08,05.09, 19.09 e 03.10.2020

 

Included

  • 7 overnights
  • full board (breakfast, self made packed lunch and dinner)
  • port fees
  • accompanying material
  • on board tour guide (Germand and English)
  • bed linen and towels
  • Hotline service
  • gps tracks

 

Not included

  • Transport to and from departure point
  • All drinks on board 
  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • odometer and helmet
  • gps device
  • Anything that is not mentioned under included

 

Supplements per person

450 € single cabin upper deck

150 € cabin upper deck

+ 50% DUS (double cabin for single use)

130 € standard season (02.05 and 19.09.2020)

210 € medium season (16.05 e 05.09.2020)

250 € high season (from 30.05 al 22.08.2020)

 

75 € rental bike

165 € e-bike

 

Reductions

110 € astern cabin

 

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