Wachau Valley vineyards along the Danube River, Austria. Photo via Flickr:alchen_x

Schönbrunn Palace gardens in Vienna, Austria. Photo via Flickr:Anthony Greyes
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Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna

Austria, Germany Bike + Barge Tours

Bike Austria and the Historic Cities on the Danube Cycle Path!

  • Beginning in the German town of Passau, this tour quickly crosses the Austrian border as it follows the Danube Bike Path east downstream through tucked-away villages and serene landscapes.

    You experience the mighty Danube as it meanders through the "Great Loop" and enjoy the gorgeous landscape of the legendary Wachau with its castles and fortresses.

    Vienna, rich in architecture and history, cannot be described! You have to see it and feel it! At the Naschmarkt (famous food market), a stroll will become a cultural and culinary adventure. You can also relax at any of the cozy coffee bars or at a typical Viennese wine tavern.

    Highlights, vary by boat:

    • Passau - The City of Three Rivers
    • The Schloegen Danube Loop
    • Wachau - World Cultural Heritage site
    • Linz - Northern Austria's Capital
    • Vienna - City of music and culture

    Want to check out more bike and barge tours in Germany or a full list of bike tours along the Danube?

  • Normandie

    Oct 7

    Sept 23

    Sept 9

    All other departures

    Main deck £ 642 $ 1,334 749 $ 1138 NOK 7116 kr 6568 $ 854 £ 745 $ 1,548 869 $ 1321 NOK 8256 kr 7620 $ 991 £ 813 $ 1,690 949 $ 1442 NOK 9016 kr 8322 $ 1,082 £ 848 $ 1,762 989 $ 1503 NOK 9396 kr 8673 $ 1,127
    Main deck/astern*    
    Upper deck £ 762 $ 1,584 889 $ 1351 NOK 8446 kr 7796 $ 1,013 £ 865 $ 1,797 1009 $ 1534 NOK 9586 kr 8848 $ 1,150 £ 933 $ 1,940 1089 $ 1655 NOK 10346 kr 9550 $ 1,241 £ 968 $ 2,011 1129 $ 1716 NOK 10726 kr 9900 $ 1,287
    Upper deck/astern* £ 676 $ 1,405 789 $ 1199 NOK 7496 kr 6919 $ 899 £ 779 $ 1,619 909 $ 1382 NOK 8636 kr 7971 $ 1,036 £ 848 $ 1,762 989 $ 1503 NOK 9396 kr 8673 $ 1,127 £ 882 $ 1,833 1029 $ 1564 NOK 9776 kr 9024 $ 1,173
    Single cabin (upper deck) £ 976 $ 2,029 1139 $ 1731 NOK 10821 kr 9988 $ 1,298 £ 1079 $ 2,243 1259 $ 1914 NOK 11961 kr 11040 $ 1,435 £ 1148 $ 2,385 1339 $ 2035 NOK 12721 kr 11742 $ 1,526 £ 1182 $ 2,456 1379 $ 2096 NOK 13101 kr 12093 $ 1,572

    *Cabins at rear of the ship; perceptive engine and generator noise (when ship is in motion and in locks)
    Twin cabin for single use: 50% supplement of base price

    Discount:

    July 1, July 15, and August 26, 2019 on regular twin cabins on main and upper deck (valid for bookings from May 22): £ 86 $ 178 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114 Cabins are available for single use as well. Ask us for pricing.
     

    Arlene II

    Sept 2All other departures
    Main deck £ 813 $ 1,690 949 $ 1442 NOK 9016 kr 8322 $ 1,082 £ 848 $ 1,762 989 $ 1503 NOK 9396 kr 8673 $ 1,127
    Upper deck £ 916 $ 1,904 1069 $ 1625 NOK 10156 kr 9374 $ 1,219 £ 968 $ 2,011 1129 $ 1716 NOK 10726 kr 9900 $ 1,287
    Upper deck/astern* £ 831 $ 1,726 969 $ 1473 NOK 9206 kr 8497 $ 1,105 £ 882 $ 1,833 1029 $ 1564 NOK 9776 kr 9024 $ 1,173
    Upper deck/suite £ 1105 $ 2,296 1289 $ 1959 NOK 12246 kr 11304 $ 1,469 £ 1139 $ 2,367 1329 $ 2020 NOK 12626 kr 11654 $ 1,515
    Upper deck/single £ 1148 $ 2,385 1339 $ 2035 NOK 12721 kr 11742 $ 1,526 £ 1182 $ 2,456 1379 $ 2096 NOK 13101 kr 12093 $ 1,572

    *Cabins at rear of the ship; perceptive engine and generator noise (when ship is in motion and in locks)
    Twin cabin for single use: 50% supplement of base price

    Discount: 
    July 22, and August 19, 2019 on regular twin cabins on main and upper deck  (valid for bookings from May 22): £ 86 $ 178 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114 Cabins are available for single use as well. Ask us for pricing.

    Theodor Körner

    Season 1Season 2Season 3
    Main deck/eco £ 595 $ 1,236 694 $ 1055 NOK 6593 kr 6086 $ 791 £ 681 $ 1,414 794 $ 1207 NOK 7543 kr 6963 $ 905 £ 723 $ 1,503 844 $ 1283 NOK 8018 kr 7401 $ 962
    Main deck/eco for single use £ 852 $ 1,771 994 $ 1511 NOK 9443 kr 8717 $ 1,133 £ 981 $ 2,038 1144 $ 1739 NOK 10868 kr 10032 $ 1,304 £ 1045 $ 2,171 1219 $ 1853 NOK 11581 kr 10690 $ 1,390
    Main deck/twin £ 646 $ 1,343 754 $ 1146 NOK 7163 kr 6612 $ 860 £ 732 $ 1,521 854 $ 1298 NOK 8113 kr 7489 $ 974 £ 775 $ 1,610 904 $ 1374 NOK 8588 kr 7927 $ 1,031
    Main deck/twin for single use £ 929 $ 1,931 1084 $ 1648 NOK 10298 kr 9506 $ 1,236 £ 1058 $ 2,198 1234 $ 1876 NOK 11723 kr 10821 $ 1,407 £ 1122 $ 2,332 1309 $ 1990 NOK 12436 kr 11479 $ 1,492
    Upper deck/eco £ 681 $ 1,414 794 $ 1207 NOK 7543 kr 6963 $ 905 £ 766 $ 1,592 894 $ 1359 NOK 8493 kr 7840 $ 1,019 £ 809 $ 1,682 944 $ 1435 NOK 8968 kr 8278 $ 1,076
    Upper deck/eco for single use £ 981 $ 2,038 1144 $ 1739 NOK 10868 kr 10032 $ 1,304 £ 1109 $ 2,305 1294 $ 1967 NOK 12293 kr 11347 $ 1,475 £ 1173 $ 2,439 1369 $ 2081 NOK 13006 kr 12005 $ 1,561
    Upper deck/twin £ 766 $ 1,592 894 $ 1359 NOK 8493 kr 7840 $ 1,019 £ 852 $ 1,771 994 $ 1511 NOK 9443 kr 8717 $ 1,133 £ 895 $ 1,860 1044 $ 1587 NOK 9918 kr 9155 $ 1,190
    Upper deck/twin for single use £ 1109 $ 2,305 1294 $ 1967 NOK 12293 kr 11347 $ 1,475 £ 1238 $ 2,572 1444 $ 2195 NOK 13718 kr 12663 $ 1,646 £ 1302 $ 2,706 1519 $ 2309 NOK 14431 kr 13320 $ 1,732
    Upper deck/junior suite £ 912 $ 1,895 1064 $ 1617 NOK 10108 kr 9330 $ 1,213 £ 998 $ 2,073 1164 $ 1769 NOK 11058 kr 10207 $ 1,327 £ 1041 $ 2,162 1214 $ 1845 NOK 11533 kr 10646 $ 1,384
    Promenade deck/twin £ 801 $ 1,664 934 $ 1420 NOK 8873 kr 8190 $ 1,065 £ 886 $ 1,842 1034 $ 1572 NOK 9823 kr 9067 $ 1,179 £ 929 $ 1,931 1084 $ 1648 NOK 10298 kr 9506 $ 1,236
    Promenade deck/twin for single use £ 1161 $ 2,412 1354 $ 2058 NOK 12863 kr 11874 $ 1,544 £ 1289 $ 2,679 1504 $ 2286 NOK 14288 kr 13189 $ 1,715 £ 1353 $ 2,813 1579 $ 2400 NOK 15001 kr 13847 $ 1,800
    Promenade deck/junior suite £ 912 $ 1,895 1064 $ 1617 NOK 10108 kr 9330 $ 1,213 £ 998 $ 2,073 1164 $ 1769 NOK 11058 kr 10207 $ 1,327 £ 1041 $ 2,162 1214 $ 1845 NOK 11533 kr 10646 $ 1,384

    Eco cabins are bunk bed cabins

    Season 1: April 30, October 1, and October 8, 2020
    Season 2: July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, and August 27, 2020
    Season 3: May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, September 3, September 10, September 17, and September 24, 2020

    Arlene II

    Season ASeason B
    Main deck £ 826 $ 1,717 964 $ 1465 NOK 9158 kr 8454 $ 1,099 £ 861 $ 1,788 1004 $ 1526 NOK 9538 kr 8804 $ 1,145
    Upper deck £ 955 $ 1,984 1114 $ 1693 NOK 10583 kr 9769 $ 1,270 £ 989 $ 2,056 1154 $ 1754 NOK 10963 kr 10120 $ 1,316
    *Upper deck/astern £ 861 $ 1,788 1004 $ 1526 NOK 9538 kr 8804 $ 1,145 £ 895 $ 1,860 1044 $ 1587 NOK 9918 kr 9155 $ 1,190
    Upper deck/suite £ 1143 $ 2,376 1334 $ 2028 NOK 12673 kr 11698 $ 1,521 £ 1178 $ 2,447 1374 $ 2088 NOK 13053 kr 12049 $ 1,566
    Upper deck/single £ 1212 $ 2,519 1414 $ 2149 NOK 13433 kr 12400 $ 1,612 £ 1246 $ 2,590 1454 $ 2210 NOK 13813 kr 12750 $ 1,658

    Season A: May 10 and September 13, 2020
    Season B: May 24, June 7, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16, and August 30, 2020

    *Cabins at rear of the ship; perceptive engine and generator noise (when ship is in motion and in locks)
    Twin cabin for single use: 50% supplement of base price

    Normandie

    Season ASeason BSeason CSeason D
    Main deck £ 646 $ 1,343 754 $ 1146 NOK 7163 kr 6612 $ 860 £ 758 $ 1,575 884 $ 1344 NOK 8398 kr 7752 $ 1,008 £ 826 $ 1,717 964 $ 1465 NOK 9158 kr 8454 $ 1,099 £ 861 $ 1,788 1004 $ 1526 NOK 9538 kr 8804 $ 1,145
    Upper deck £ 775 $ 1,610 904 $ 1374 NOK 8588 kr 7927 $ 1,031 £ 886 $ 1,842 1034 $ 1572 NOK 9823 kr 9067 $ 1,179 £ 955 $ 1,984 1114 $ 1693 NOK 10583 kr 9769 $ 1,270 £ 989 $ 2,056 1154 $ 1754 NOK 10963 kr 10120 $ 1,316
    Upper deck/astern* £ 681 $ 1,414 794 $ 1207 NOK 7543 kr 6963 $ 905 £ 792 $ 1,646 924 $ 1404 NOK 8778 kr 8103 $ 1,053 £ 861 $ 1,788 1004 $ 1526 NOK 9538 kr 8804 $ 1,145 £ 895 $ 1,860 1044 $ 1587 NOK 9918 kr 9155 $ 1,190
    Upper deck/single  £ 1032 $ 2,145 1204 $ 1830 NOK 11438 kr 10558 $ 1,373 £ 1143 $ 2,376 1334 $ 2028 NOK 12673 kr 11698 $ 1,521 £ 1212 $ 2,519 1414 $ 2149 NOK 13433 kr 12400 $ 1,612 £ 1246 $ 2,590 1454 $ 2210 NOK 13813 kr 12750 $ 1,658

    Season A: April 18 and October 3, 2020
    Season B: May 2 and September 19, 2020
    Season C: May 16 and September 5, 2020
    Season D: May 30, June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, and August 22, 2020

    *Cabins at rear of the ship; perceptive engine and generator noise (when ship is in motion and in locks).
    Twin cabin for single use (those cabins not specifically designated for single use): 50% supplement of base price.

     

    extra options

    Normandie and Arlene 
     

    Additional Charges: 
    Electric bike rental (E-Bike protection included):  £ 81 $ 169 95 $ 144 NOK 903 kr 833 $ 108 Helmet purchase (limited numbers, payable onboard):  £ 34 $ 71 40 $ 61 NOK 380 kr 351 $ 46

    Extra nights:
    Please contact us.

    20% discount available for children under 13 sharing cabin with one adult

    We recommend to wear a bike helmet (mandatory use for helmets: In Austria for children till 12 years)

    Theodor Körner

    Guided package: £ 129 $ 267 150 $ 228 NOK 1425 kr 1315 $ 171 Electric bike: £ 86 $ 178 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114 Helmet purchase, +/-: £ 21 $ 45 25 $ 38 NOK 238 kr 219 $ 29 Extra nights Passau:
    3-star twin/double: £ 50 $ 103 58 $ 88 NOK 551 kr 509 $ 66 3-star single: £ 71 $ 148 83 $ 126 NOK 789 kr 728 $ 95 Transfer from/to Munich airport:
    One-way: £ 59 $ 123 69 $ 105 NOK 656 kr 605 $ 79 Roundtrip: £ 102 $ 212 119 $ 181 NOK 1131 kr 1044 $ 136

    Normandie and Arlene II

    Electric bike rental (E-Bike protection included):  £ 77 $ 160 90 $ 137 NOK 855 kr 789 $ 103 Helmet purchase (limited numbers, payable onboard):  £ 34 $ 71 40 $ 61 NOK 380 kr 351 $ 46

    Extra nights:
    Please contact us.

    20% discount available for children under 13 sharing cabin with one adult

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Closest international airport to your tour start in Passau is Munich International Airport (MUC) which is well connected to the city center by either train or express bus.

    Local Travel

    To travel directly to Passau from the airport by public transportation, you first must take a shuttle bus to Freising train station. Cost is approximately €3. From here you take a train to Passau. Train ride is approximately 2½ hr. depending on connections and costs €30 - €45 depending on type of train. You could also utilize a transfer service such as SMS Airport Shuttle. For those traveling on the Theodor Körner, see pricing for transfers that we can request for you. Passau has 3 different docking locations and we will inform you of exact ship location in Passau in your final travel information.

    Climate

    The region has a moderate maritime climate, generally experiencing pleasantly mild winters and relatively cool summers. Please check local conditions prior to your departure and remember that your tour will cover a significant distance and will stretch along the Danube from Passau to Vienna and back. A good website to use to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com. Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit in Passau are: April 56°/38°, May 65°/46°, June 71°/52°, July 74°/55°, August 72°/54°, September 66°/49°, and October 55°/41°.

    Remarks

    The ships used on this tour have an on-board tour director who does not cycle with the group. The tours are generally designed for self-guided cycling. The multi-lingual guide on board is always available in case of break down or emergency. On certain dates aboard the Theodor Körner, a fully guided package is available for a supplement. See dates
    Please be aware you will be part of an international group of people, but your tour guide and crew members are multilingual.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

Deluxe Class

Arlene II: Monday departures:

Season A: Sept 2, 2019

Season B: Aug 19, 2019

Following date is being offered at a discount: August 19, 2019. Regular twin cabins on main and upper deck. See pricing. Valid for bookings from May 23 on.

Comfort Class 

Normandie: Monday departures:

August 26, September 9, September 23, and October 7, 2019

Following date is being offered at a discount: August 26. Regular twin cabins on main and upper deck. See pricing. Valid for bookings from May 23 on.

 

 

Deluxe Class

Arlene II: Sunday departures

Season A: May 10 and September 13, 2020
Season B: May 24, June 7, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16, and August 30, 2020

Premium Class

Theödor Korner: Thursday departures from April 30 up to and including October 8, 2020

Season 1: April 30, October 1, and October 8, 2020
Season 2: July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, and August 27, 2020
Season 3: May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, September 3, September 10, September 17, and September 24, 2020

Guided tour possible on the following dates. See pricing: June 4, July 9, and September 3, 2020 (other dates  on request  with min. of 10 participants)

Comfort Class

Normandie: Saturday departures

Season A: April 18 and October 3, 2020
Season B: May 2 and September 19, 2020
Season C: May 16 and September 5, 2020
Season D: May 30, June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, and August 22, 2020

All tours and dates have a minimum number of participants required to confirm a departure.

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the Deluxe class vessel the Arlene II, the premium class vessel, the Theodor Körner, or the comfort class ship, the Normandie.

What’s Included

Normandie and Arlene II

  • Accommodation for 7 nights on board
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Full meals (breakfast, onboard light lunch for noncyclists / packed lunch for cyclists, and dinner)
  • Afternoon coffee break
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Farewell dinner on last night including cocktail
  • Daily live music
  • Tour leader on board (does not cycle with the group)
  • 7-speed unisex bicycle with hand brake and pedal brake or pedal break only (based on availability). Please indicate your preference at booking and we will do our best to confirm). Equipped with pannier bag
  • Bicycle protection
  • Information packet with route book (one per cabin)
  • GPS tracks available for download (2020)
  • Daily informational meeting
  • Port fees

Theodor Körner

  • 7 nights on board
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Full meals (breakfast, onboard light lunch for non-cyclists/bag lunch for cyclists, and dinner - choice of two or three dinner entrees each evening)
  • Dinner includes house wine, draft beer, and soft drinks
  • Afternoon coffee break
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • One Gala Dinner with a farewell cocktail and farewell crew show
  • Daily live music
  • Tour leader on board (does not cycle with the group)
  • 21-speed unisex bicycle including lock, handlebar bag, pannier, repair kit with pump
  • GPS tracks available for download
  • Information packet with route book (one per cabin)
  • Daily informational meeting
  • Port fees
  • If you book the Guided package also included:
    • Cycling tour guide
    • Ferry rides
    • Rental helmets (adults only)
  • What’s Not Included

    Extra Stay

    Extra nights can be arranged in Passau!

    TourBike+Boat
    TypeBoth
    SkillEasy
    Length8 days
    From749 Rates
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    Skill Level

    Relatively easy tour following the flow of the Danube. The route is mostly flat but there are some rolling hills especially coming out of the Danube valley. It takes place on good, asphalt bike paths very suitable for beginners and children. Daily distances can be adjusted.

    Tour Boats

    Day-To-Day Itinerary

    Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna Map

    Each boat has a slightly different itinerary so be sure to check the day to day details, what is included and not included, and visit the pricing section as well.

    *Important Information:

    In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to change the route and/or bridge parts of passages with buses.  Bicycle touring routes may also be affected. 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. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges or in case of unexpected breakdown of engine or power unit. 

    Please be aware that these ships, like all other ships on the Danube, are not just your "floating hotels" but also a machine, running engines,  also during the night. Especially crossing locks and bridges - and the preparation work - may cause noise. If you are sensitive to noises, please bring your own earplugs.

    Day 1: Passau - Engelhartszell, boarding time at 4:30 p.m. Departure at 7 p.m.  (2019: you can begin boarding at 4 pm)
    Day 2: Engelhartszell - Untermühl - "Great Loop" - Linz, 22 mi. (35 km)
    Day 3: Linz - Mauthausen - Grein, 22-26 mi. (36-42 km)
    Day 4: Grein - Melk - Tulln, 31 mi. (50 km)
    Day 5: Tulln - Vienna - Nussdork/ Korneuburg may also be possible, 22 mi. (35 km)
    Day 6: Rest day in Vienna-Nussdork/ Korneuburg
    Day 7: Wachau - Dürnstein - Pöchlarn, wine tasting optional, 24 mi. (39 km)
    Day 8: Passau, departure

    All distances are approximate.

    Day 1: Arrival in Passau, Passau - Engelhartszell
    The Episcopal city of Passau, close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the "City of Three Rivers." Boarding time is at 4:30 p.m. and departure around 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening cruise to Engelhartszell.  

    Day 2: Engelhartszell – Untermühl – "Great Loop" – Linz, 22 mi. (35 km) 
    Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell. It is said that they have special healing power. Downstream, the route leads you to quaint villages. For a change, take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop, where the river makes a very abrupt 180-degree turn. (approx. €3 per person.) The boat takes you from Untermühl to Linz. After dinner, ride on the bright yellow City-Express (optional, not included) and discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria.

    Day 3: Linz – Mauthausen – Grein, 22-26 mi. (36-42 km)
    In the early morning, the boat cruises to Mauthausen. Here you have the opportunity to visit the Mauthausen Memorial. The Celtic town of Mitterkirchen gives you an insight into the past. Cyclists that would like to take the easy route can ride along the Danube. The alternative route leads through the beautiful backcountry of the "Strudengau". It is slightly hilly, but the landscape is fantastic. In Grein, the impressive Castle of Greinburg is worth a visit (optional, not included).

    Day 4: Grein – Melk – Tulln, 31 mi. (50 km)
    Today you'll cycle through 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 may also be possible), 35 km | city tour (optional)
    The monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated at the entrance of Vienna. You can see the cupola of this 900-year-old baroque structure 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 (day of rest) 
    You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the Prater, the St. Stephen's Cathedral, and the Hofburg. You can take a city tour by bike (optional, not included). The gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House, and the town hall are all historic structures that take you back in time. There is enough time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars. The evening ends impressively with a Waltz and Operetta concert (optional, not included). In the evening, the boat takes you to Dürnstein or Rossatz.

    Day 7: Wachau  – Pöchlarn, 24 mi. (39 km)
    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 Weißenkirchen (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfy wine taverns right along the bike path. You owe it to yourself to take a break! In the evening farewell dinner and cocktail.    

    Day 8: 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 a last look at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Arrival is about 10 am, disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend postponing ongoing travel until noon.

    Language on board: German English

    Land excursions:
    Offered as an option with surcharge (not included in tour price), these excursions can be booked directly on board. You will receive more information with your final travel documents. Depending on the number of participants some excursions could be conducted in 2 languages (German/ English).

    2019

    Day 1: Passau, boarding time between 4 and 5 pm. 
    Day 2: Passau- "Great Loop" - Linz, 32 mi. (52 km)
    Day 3: Linz - Mauthausen - Grein, 22-26 mi. (36-42 km)
    Day 4: Grein - Melk - Tulln, 31 mi. (50 km)
    Day 5: Tulln - Vienna - Nussdorf/ (Korneuburg may also be possible), 22 mi. (35 km)
    Day 6: Vienna - Nussdorf / Korneuburg (day of rest)
    Day 7: Wachau - Emmersdorf, 22 mi. (35 km)
    Day 8: Passau, departure

    All distances are approximate. 

    Day 1: Passau, boarding time between 4 and 5 pm. 
    The Episcopal city close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the "City of three Rivers." Boarding time begins at 4 pm. The boat remains in Passau on the first night.

    Day 2: Passau - "Great Loop" - Linz, 32 mi. (52 km)
    Downstream, the route leads to pretty villages amid a natural landscape. Need a boost? Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell, which are said to have "special healing power." If you’d like to take a break from cycling, you can take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop, where the river makes a very abrupt 180-degree turn (approx. € 3.- per pers.). In Obermühl, you’ll board the boat and cruise to Linz. Tip: discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria while riding on the bright yellow City-Express.

    Day 3: Linz - Mauthausen - Grein, 22-26 mi. (36-42 km)
    In the early morning, the boat takes you to Mauthausen. You have the possibility to visit the memorial place, KZ-Mauthausen. The Celtic town, Mitterkirchen, gives you a look into the past. Today you have the option between two routes. For easy cycling,  the tour leads along the Danube. Alternatively, you can take a more difficult route to the "Clam Castle," through the beautiful backcountry of the "Strudengau". It is slightly hilly, but a fantastic landscape. Worth a visit in Grein is the impressive Castle of Greinburg.

    Day 4: Grein - Melk - Tulln, 31 mi. (50 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, 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 may also be possible), 22 mi. (35 km)
    Right in front of Vienna's entrance, embedded in a breathtaking landscape, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. From a distance, you can see the cupola of this 900-year-old baroque building. "Kahlenbergerdorf" and its wine taverns are definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna.

    Day 6: Vienna - Nussdorf / Korneuburg (day of rest)
    In Vienna, you should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephen's 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. Later in the evening the boat cruises to Krems.  

    Day 7: Wachau - Emmersdorf, 22 mi. (35 km)
    Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small, dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everyone. 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 the evening, you will enjoy a farewell dinner and cocktail.

    Day 8: Passau, departure
    Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last look at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive in Passau. Arrival in Passau is at approximately 10 am and disembarkation is at 10:30 am. We recommend arranging connecting trips from noon onwards.

    2020

    Day 1: Passau, boarding time between 4 and 5 pm.  Departure by ship at 7 pm to Engelhartszell.
    Day 2: Engelhartszell - Untermühl - Great Loop - Linz, 22 mi. (35 km)
    Day 3: Linz - Mauthausen - Grein, 22-26 mi. (36-42 km)
    Day 4: Grein - Melk - Tulln, 31 mi. (50 km)
    Day 5: Tulln - Vienna - Nussdorf/ (Korneuburg may also be possible), 22 mi. (35 km)
    Day 6: Vienna - Nussdorf / Korneuburg (day of rest)
    Day 7: Wachau - Pöchlarn, 24 mi. (39 km)
    Day 8: Passau, departure

    All distances are approximate. 

    Day 1: Passau, boarding time between 4 and 5 pm.  Departure by ship at 7 pm to Engelhartszell
    The Episcopal city close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the "City of three Rivers." Boarding time begins at 4 pm. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail toEngelhartszell.

    Day 2: Engelhartszell - Untermühl - Great Loop - Linz, 22 mi. (35 km)
    Downstream, the route leads to pretty villages amid a natural landscape. Need a boost? Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell, which are said to have "special healing power." If you’d like to take a break from cycling, you can take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop, where the river makes a very abrupt 180 degree turn (approx. € 3.- per pers.). In untermühl , you’ll board the boat and cruise to Linz. Tip: discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria while riding on the bright yellow City-Express.

    Day 3: Linz - Mauthausen - Grein, 22-26 mi. (36-42 km)
    In the early morning the boat takes you to Mauthausen. You have the possibility to visit the memorial place, KZ-Mauthausen. The Celtic town, Mitterkirchen, gives you a look into the past. Today you have the option between two routes. For easy cycling,  the tour leads along the Danube. Alternatively, you can take a more difficult route to the "Clam Castle," through the beautiful backcountry of the "Strudengau". It is slightly hilly, but a fantastic landscape. Worth a visit in Grein is the impressive Castle of Greinburg.

    Day 4: Grein - Melk - Tulln, 31 mi. (50 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, 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 may also be possible), 22 mi. (35 km)
    Right in front of Vienna's entrance, embedded in a breathtaking landscape, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. From a distance, you can see the cupola of this 900 year old baroque building. "Kahlenbergerdorf" and its wine taverns are definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna.

    Day 6: Vienna - Nussdorf / Korneuburg (day of rest)
    In Vienna, you should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephen's 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. Later in the evening the boat cruises to Krems.  

    Day 7: Wachau - Pöchlarn, 24 mi. (39 km)
    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 the evening, you will celebrate your tour and new found friends with a  farewell dinner and cocktail.

    Day 8: Passau, departure
    Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last look at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive in Passau. Arrival in Passau is at approximately 10 am and disembarkation is at 10:30 am. We recommend arranging connecting trips from noon onwards.

    Language on board: German Englishlish

    Land excursions:
    Offered as an option with surcharge (not included in tour price), these excursions can be booked directly on board. You will receive more information with your final travel documents. Depending on the number of participants some excursions could be conducted in 2 languages (German/ English).

    Day 1: Passau
    Day 2: Engelhartszell – Brandstatt, 28 mi. (45 km)
    Day 3: Brandstatt – Linz, 16 mi. (26 km)
    Day 4: Mauthausen - Grein, 22 mi. (35 km)
    Day 5: Vienna (day of rest)
    Day 6: Wachau Valley, roundtrip, 16 - 25 mi. (25 - 40 km)
    Day 7: Weißenkirchen - Pöchlarn, 22 mi. (35 km)
    Day 8: Passau

    All distances are approximate.

    Day 1: Passau
    Experience Mediterranean flair in Passau, the city of three rivers. You should definitely set aside some time on the day of your arrival for a walk through the picturesque baroque city with its narrow lanes and Passau cathedral home to the largest church organ in the world. Your cycling holiday begins after embarkation (4.00 p.m.) when you sail into the sunset as Passau’s magnificent silhouette with its church towers and domes slowly fades into the horizon behind you.

    Day 2Engelhartszell – Brandstatt, 28 mi. (45 km)
    Breathe in the fragrance of the dense forest and freshly mown meadows. Explore the pristine countryside of the Upper Danube valley on the former towpath as it runs past sleepy villages. Small, rustic inns at the edge of the trail invite you to linger, the aroma of fresh fish grilled according to tradition on a stick wafts through the air. The Schlögener Blick observation point offers a truly stunning view of the Schlögener Schlinge where the Danube carves its way through a gorge and doubles back on itself.

    Day 3: Brandstatt – Linz, 16 mi. (26 km)
    Catch some fresh country air again - at lunchtime, you’ll reach the Upper Austrian capital of Linz. Discover the European Capital of Culture 2009 on a bright yellow miniature train (optional). The cathedral is the biggest church in Austria, the Pöstlingbergbahn the steepest adhesion railway in the world. Are you curious about the future? At the ARS Electronica Museum, you can try out some of the most impressive examples of modern technology for yourself. Make sure you don’t miss it!

    Day 4: Mauthausen - Grein, 22 mi. (35 km)
    A beautiful and varied route lies ahead of you as you explore the idyllic hinterland of the Strudengau by bike: the Celtic Village of Mitterkirchen, the Baroque monastery of Baumgartenberg and the romantic ruins of Burg Clam castle. Then it’s time to enjoy the little medieval town of Grein with its Baroque facades, imposing castle and the oldest municipal theatre in Austria. After a romantic journey sailing past towns and villages full of twinkling lights, you arrive - just like Sisi did way back then - in the City of Waltz early in the morning.

    Day 5: Vienna (day of rest)
    On a city tour of Vienna all the sights are within reach from the saddle of your bike or on the HOP ON HOP OFF bus (optional). The magnificent Ringstraße will remind you of times long past and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries, while the Naschmarkt market is a feast for all the senses. End the evening on a magical note with a concert of waltz and classical operetta music in Sisi’s summer residence (optional).

    Day 6: Wachau Valley, roundtrip, 16 - 25 mi. (25 - 40 km)
    An unforgettable day in the picturesque Wachau. Cycle through delightful wine-growing villages surrounded by terraced vineyards and apricot trees. The charming little town of Dürnstein with its narrow lanes is an absolute highlight. In Weißenkirchen – the most important wine-growing village in the World Cultural Heritage Landscape – you can discover the first rate famous Wachau wines.

    Day 7: Weißenkirchen - Pöchlarn, 22 mi. (35 km)
    Enjoy this stage of your cycling holiday passing through the wild and romantic scenery along the mighty Danube with its rustic wine-growing villages set amongst the vineyards. In Spitz, situated on the “1000-Eimer Berg”, take the ferry to the sleepy southern bank of the river and after a leisurely ride reach the imposing Benedictine Abbey of Melk, one of the loveliest Baroque ensembles in Europe. Having passed the town of Pöchlarn, which featured in the Nibelungen saga, settle down to enjoy the stunning views of the rugged and romantic Nibelungengau.

    Day 8: Passau
    Enjoy the first rays of the sun and the early morning tranquillity one last time from the deck of the ship before you reach Passau, your heart bursting with memories. Disembarkation: approx. 9 a.m. We recommend that you do not make any arrangements for onward trains departing before 10.30 a.m. To be on the safe side, later departure times would be even better.

    Language on board: German Englishlish

    Land excursions:
    Offered as an option with surcharge (not included in tour price), these excursions can be booked directly on board. You will receive more information with your final travel documents. Depending on the number of participants some excursions could be conducted in 2 languages (German/ English).

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    Tour Reviews

    • Robert L. 1 day ago     Verified Reviewer

      We had never done a Bike & Boat tour before so were hoping it would all work out. And it did fantastically! Ours was a family trip and even our 9-year-old son completed the entire bike route no problem. Such a pleasure to be in the country biking through fields, along the river, even on narrow roads through the small towns and villages we passed through. It was an amazing way to really see the countryside and interact with local people to briefly get a glimpse of their way of life. And the scenery was beautiful and peaceful. An amazing experience for our family and we look forward to doing more trips like this in the future.

      Boat: Normandie

    • Karen F. 3 weeks ago     Verified Reviewer

      The bike and barge tour was great! The bike route along the Danube was easy to follow but sometimes the days seemed repetitive. We found the last day of riding the most picturesque. The boat crew was awesome- everyone spoke English well except for the tour guide who struggled with communicating the day to day instructions. The food was very good and plentiful.

    • Susan E. 1 month ago     Verified Reviewer

      Bike/Barge was a great way to spend time with family and see the sights of the Danube. Accommodation on the boat was comfortable, staff friendly and it certainly made for a very relaxing & easy holiday.

      Boat: Normandie

    • Lynn F. 8 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      Our second trip ( the Danube to Vienna) was different, but equally as nice. This time the “barge” was a huge river boat (a la Viking), but that was OK. The scenery was lovely, the little towns quaint, they could have done better with the information about our route, but I guess it was OK. A bit different in that the boat traveled at night and moved us up the river to our next starting point. Again, the food was great, the passengers friendly... only one rainy day that time... not bad! I’ve told friends about this company and I look forward to our next trip with Tripsite!

      Boat: Normandie

    • Martin K. 8 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      Most memorable part? Biking the Danube with castles on the hills

    • Brent F. 9 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      Bikes were in terrible condition. My while broke down with 10 miles left on the first day. My wife’s bike had a flat that the crew was just going to fill with air. My sister-in-laws bike broke down 5 miles out on the third day. Food was poor. Very few English speakers among the crew. Directions and maps for the rides were poor or non existent. When we complained we were told. “Well you made it back didn’t you?”

      Boat: Normandie

    • Allison B. 9 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      Most Memorable Part? Quaint towns, lovely countryside, old world charm. Our trip will linger in our minds.

      Boat: Arkona

    • Jeanne L. 10 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      Great family reunion and scenic vacation. E-bikes made it easy for less experienced bicyclists to keep up with trained cyclists. Nice to hear all 8 of us laughing while riding!

      Boat: Primadonna

    • David R. 10 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      Hard to pick one part...The cycling and scenery each day was stunning. Vienna must be experienced. The staff and the food on the Arkona was outstanding.

      Boat: Arkona

    • Mok L. 10 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      The Danube / bike path was wonderful , My bike was a red girls bike that clunked “hate it”, my wife’s ebike was great, the food was good except the hair in couple of dishes, the tour dir and the hotel mgr were friggen rude (not just us to about 14 others ) would Never take a SE tour again. The people we met on board were great, Austria was very nice. Omg Austria wine was fantastic. thx Mik

      Ps
      Still like Tripsite’s

      Boat: Normandie

    • Michael S. 11 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      There were so many great memories, but I really loved the town of Melk and all the little towns in the Wachau area that we passed through our last day. It was like biking through fairy land. Fall is the perfect time for sampling the local new wines. And our guide, Regina, was tops!! Can’t imagine a better tour guide!

      Boat: Arkona

    • Cheryl H. 11 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      Wonderful trip. Beautiful scenery and the boat staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful.

      Boat: Arkona

    • Phyllis C. 11 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      Very pleasant trip. The route included portions along the river as well as through picturesque villages, farmland, and vineyards. Daily mileage was perfect for us casual riders. The last day of riding through the Wachau area was the most enjoyable; we wish there would have been more time to explore the tasting rooms and shops in Dürnstein.
      There was only a minor problem in communication with the tour director over the the time of an optional paid activity that several members of the group did not get to attend. I didn't feel the problem was addressed well.

      Boat: Arkona

    • Deirdre R. 11 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      Most Memorable Part? The biking, totally. It’s ok if your friend chooses not to ride, there are others en route who make it pleasant. The staff were overly attentive! So helpful

      Boat: Arkona

    • Lois K. 12 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      The entire trip was greater than expected! The staff bent over backwards to accommodate. The gorgeous Danube!

      Boat: Arkona

    • Lynn F. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Our trip was along the Danube to Vienna. It was a wonderful trip, the scenery was lovely, and we were lucky with the weather... it only drizzled one afternoon! The little towns we went through were really cute & charming. We felt the tour guide could have done a better job by telling us the distances between start and finish in terms of time & kilometers. We managed quite well, but it would have been nice to know. Otherwise, the whole trip was fantastic!

      Boat: Normandie

    • Barbara H. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      The most memorable part of our trip was getting on our bikes daily and biking next to the river with lovely towns and countryside. Quite free!
      Our meals were just wonderful! We requested vegan meals and were delighted with each and every meal! This whole trip was special!

      Boat: Normandie

    • Robert L. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      We loved this trip! The best way to experience Europe’s beautiful rivers and countryside is over the handlebars!

      Boat: Normandie

    • Mari H. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      We thoroughly enjoyed our Danube Bike and Boat trip. It was a perfect balance of freedom and guided travel. The pace was perfect and the crew and staff on the ship were great. We can’t wait to book another bike trip through you.

    • Pauline L. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      We really loved going through the locks on the Danube and the rides everyday were fabulous with the detailed instructions. There was a castle, ruin, vineyard or cafe around every bend!

      Boat: Theodor Körner

    • Doug N. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      It was a great trip. We traveled with another couple and they also very much enjoyed the trip. Room on the boat was comfortable, food was good, bikes were good. A nice combination of fresh air, exercise and comfort. Have already recommended to others.

      Boat: Normandie

    • John J. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Most Memorable Part? The people I met on board - staff and guests - and the scenery.

      Boat: Normandie

    • Rachel J 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      An Amazing Adventure! I enjoyed every minute of this trip. The staff was courteous and accommodating, the food was delicious and the biking and sites were extraordinary. I'll recommend this to all my friends and family.

    • Barbara H. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Fabulous bike/barge adventure in Germany/Austria! We'll be back! The cycling was on beautiful paths along the Danube. The food and service onboard were extraordinary.

      Boat: Normandie

    • Mari H. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      The new friends we made! We absolutely enjoyed the other travelers we ate with every meal! They became great friends despite language differences. It was a fantastic trip. We blogged our trip!

      Boat: Normandie

    • Kimberly W. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      The scenery along the Danube was outstanding and riding thru the vineyards on our last day was beautiful. Would do it all over again!!

    • Kimberly W. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      The MS Normandie took us on a fabulous adventure down the Danube from Passau to Vienna. The last day of biking was the most memorable as we rode thru some gently rolling hillsides and were enveloped by vineyards and orchards. The quiet and the beauty of the scenery was breathtaking!
      Because it was all so beautiful we would on a daily basis become distracted and veer off the designated route (or maybe we were lacking in the map-reading skills). Therefore, after the second day we decided to each rent an e-bike so that it wouldn't be a huge deal if we got off the beaten path and put on extra miles. Best decision we made all week! Our new equipment helped us to keep up with some new found(older) friends who were rocking the routes every day.
      The evenings were mostly composed of a nice slow 4-course meal (stellar offerings) and catching up with friends and family via the sketchy internet service. I would suggest you bring along a game or two and some books.
      Read more… >Couldn't have imagined a more complete and perfect vacation. We just had to get ourselves to and from the launch and dock sites and the staff of the MS Normandie took care of the rest!

      Boat: Normandie

    • Patricia L. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      The majority of the Danube cycling routes are truly beautiful. We were worried about the bikes only having 7 speeds, however it was only an issue when we made the climb to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. Otherwise, they were fine. The staff on the Normandie were fabulous, as was the food. I esp. want to thank Ani and Mikki who were a huge help to us prior to the trip. We had lots of questions and they always answered them quickly and thoroughly. I plan on continuing to book my trips with Tripsite. What a great company!

      Boat: Normandie

      • Cheryl 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

        Pat, how was the "doing your own navigation? " my friend is afraid to go w/o a guide. Are you literally following the Danube? We're looking at may.

        • Patricia Leonard 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

          Hi Cheryl, the tour guide will review routes every evening, so you can bring your tour book to the meetings and take notes. We only got confused once when a route was poorly marked, but even then we ended up on the correct path. Also, most young people in Austria speak perfect English, plus there are always other cyclists around for clarification. This was our first "self-guided" tour too, and it was fabulous!

    • Robert W. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      The entire trip was memorable for me. I took lots of video and still shots. My plan is to create some YouTube videos to share the experience. I have wanted to do the ride along the Danube for several years and I finally got my chance. It was everything I expected and more. I am now looking at the choices for my next cycling adventure in Europe.

      Boat: Normandie

    • Margaret M. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Walking and biking around Vienna. It is a beautifully restored city with so many historic buildings and places to take your breath away. Our bike guide Bernd added to the experience by translating for us all the history and important information as we were the only English speakers on the trip.

      Boat: Normandie

    • Jim and Margaret Molineux 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      We have just returned from our boat/bike adventure and enjoyed it immensely. Being the only English speaking passengers on the trip, we were in the care of the multilingual SE bike tour guides; Bernd, Andreas and Wolfgang. And look after us they did. With all the tours and information in German, we would have missed so much if it hadn't been for Bernd showing up everywhere to translate for us. The staff on board were helpful, courteous and efficient. Food was gourmet and even with cool and often wet weather, tours were interesting and biking was exhilarating. Bikes were brand new, maps were clear and information given beforehand made navigating easy. Ebikes are the way to go if climbing hills is difficult; although it is mostly flat.
      We would absolutely do this again with Trip Site or SE Tours.

      Boat: Normandie

    • H. Hausch 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Really liked our trip director Andreas. The Theodor Koerner excellent boat with superb staff.

      Boat: Normandie

    • E. Heide 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      We would have like more written details of the areas we were seeing. We also would have liked a stronger wifi connection. Food and service was excellent.

      Boat: Normandie

    • E. Correll 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Bicycling Passau to Vienna with the MS Normandie was a great experience. The bicycle route was mostly flat and in top condition. The views along the way were scenic and enjoyable. The small villages were charming and the larger cities were very beautiful. Our accommodations and meals on the boat were wonderful. One of my favorite experiences of the week was the optional trip to the opera house in Vienna. I am especially glad I didn't miss it. This was my third Tripsite tour and overall this adventure was everything and more that I had hoped for. I would highly recommend it to anyone that loves cycling. I think it is suitable for all skill levels. I will say that on this tour the guides daily instructions were minimal. His input was very basic and quite a disappointment compared to past guides. No photo slide show with instructions such as, "when you see this landmark or sign be sure to turn here." The guide books with maps that were provided were of great assistance, Read more… however, and we were able to compensate for the most part by carefully following these written instructions. There was also a small tourist guide book in each room from which you could read about points of interest in each city and village along the way. As I said, overall this was a fantastic week and my friend and I loved every minute!

      Boat: Normandie

    • J Lillis 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Wonderful trip. Our room smelled really bad when we arrived. Mentioned it to the cleaning staff and they said it was the air conditioner. They were on the problem immediately and made sure we had no further problem. Bit of confusion with bike insurance, but on contacting Tripsite on our return this was dealt with immediately (thank you!). Might want to consider having a basic first aid kit onboard I fell in Vienna and badly sprained my ankle - no breaks fortunately. Had to get ice from he bar as there was nothing else available they couldn't give me much as it was needed for the drinks.

      Boat: Normandie

    • Susan Dawood 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Never brought it up to the bike staff, but gears on my bike were difficult to manage. I attributed it to my having small hands, but I also thought the gears should be replaced soon, for the next "small handed" guest.

      It was a wonderful experience and we were fortunate to have beautiful weather the entire week.

      Boat: Normandie

    • David Pomfret 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      We had a fantastic time it was a highlight of the trip; can't say about the bikes as we had our own.

      Boat: Normandie

    • Brent McLean 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Would be nice to sit with other people at meals. Everyone was great and it felt like we were on a camping trip.

      Boat: Normandie

    • Hong Gao 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      It was a great trip, thank you.

      Boat: Normandie

    • Sharon Cratsenberg 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Perfect weather, gorgeous scenery, wonderful riding--loved every minute of the trip.

      Boat: Normandie

    • Corinne Bauer 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Fabulous guides, wonderful scenery, food, very helpful Tripsite staff. Will be taking another trip as soon as I can!

      Boat: Normandie

    • John Bowyer 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Wonderful trip along the Danube. If you are biker you will find the bikes lacking. My wife with her spinal cord injury used an electric assist which worked very well.

      Boat: Normandie

    • Susan Knight 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Amazing scenery, great company, delicious food, kind staff and somewhere comfy to sleep - with no unpacking! However,the crux of these trips stems from the quality of the guides. Our first trip, to Vienna, Had a guide that knew the route well, but smoked at every stop, and wanted to always eat dinner at somewhere he could buy alcohol; we preferred to eat our rolls in the fresh air, which sometimes was tricky. He tended to ride off without checking we were all ready, leaving riders behind until someone caught him. Our second trip (Merzig to Koblenz) had a lady guide who was not at all familiar with the area, but used her GPS to locate landmarks and routes (sometimes taking the shortest, not the most scenic). She didn't give an initial safety talk, she changed the route from the easy one offered to a more scenic but quite difficult one, causing one older, inexperienced lady to fall (end of trip for her and her husband,, hospitalisation for almost a fortnight, skingraft). Our Read more… replacement guide tried hard, but couldn't seem to match the route to the one we'd booked, so we missed seeing things we'd looked forward to. So our last trip, Koblenz to Amsterdam, was not one we would recommend unless they sorted the route out. Apart from the above, we'd recommend this mode of travel.

      Boat: Normandie

    • Margaret Knode 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Staff was incredible. Only change I would make is in the dining room. To be allocated to a table with the same people for every meal was restrictive. We go on trips to meet people from different countries and to make new friends. On speaking with other travellers they mentioned that open seating would have made the whole experience that much more enjoyable. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining companions, but what if you didn't you were stuck all week.

      Can't say enough about how accommodating the staff were, especially in the dining room. Many thanks! Want to do the trip again next year add bring my siblings.

      Boat: Normandie

    • Brett McGillivray 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Besides information on the bike routes, I enjoyed the information on side trips.

      Boat: Normandie

    • Harvey & Sharon Rishe 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Although we are seasoned travelers and fairly fit cyclists, we were new to bike & boat touring, and as a result we probably drove TripSite's Carla crazy! But her patience never faltered; she was generous and gracious with answers to our interminable questions and we arrived in Passau well informed and ready to have a great time.

      Our expectations were met and exceeded. Not only had Carla prepared us well, but Rad & Reisen proved to be a world class organization. The accommodations were lovely, the gourmet meals splendid, the route information excellent, the professionalism and friendliness of the crew impeccable, and the camaraderie among fellow travelers delightful. Not to mention the gorgeous Danube scenery, the interesting villages, and beautiful Vienna!

      We were so happy with TripSite and Rad & Reisen that we are already researching our next bike and boat trip with them! Thank you for a lifetime of wonderful memories.

      Harvey & Sharon Read more… Rishe
      Salt Lake City, Utah

      Boat: Normandie

    • K. Augustyn 5 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      I will say that this Danube barge/bike trip was probably one of the best vacations I have ever taken. My friends who took the trip with me feel the same way and we are considering doing another one next year. We will definitely consider the barge/bike cruises that you have to offer. Again, thank you very much!

      Boat: Normandie

    • Joanne MacRae 5 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      This was our best trip to Europe as it involved lots of fresh air and exercise in a dream like setting. We sang "the Sound of Music" as we cycled across the German border into Austria.

      The bicycles were top notch. The food on board was fabulous and the customer service was excellent. We were so pleased with the Pack and Pedal Europe organization for giving us lots of valuable information before we arrived on board. We felt we were well prepared for the bike and boat adventure. The whole experience exceeded our expectations! I would definitely advise anyone to take the "Comfort Relaxed Tour" as it identified us with a group of fellow cyclers on journey with an experienced guide who introduced us to the culture and cuisine of local villages in Austria. We appreciate all of the travelling tips and advice we received from Pack and Pedal as all of our inquiries were answered promptly. I highly recommend this tour to anyone. The bicycles were in top working Read more… order and cycling on the paved pathways along the Danube was a breeze for anyone in decent physical shape. We can't wait to return and take another trip!

      Boat: Normandie

    • Emily Hull-Parsons 6 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      We just returned from our trip and wanted you to know how much we enjoyed it! Thanks for your help.

      The shirt and shorts were a big hit!

      Boat: Normandie

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    Normandie Photo

    Normandie Austria, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia Comfort Class Boat New bicycles for the 2019 season Last refurbished in 2011, the Normandie has a total of forty-nine 2-bed cabins and two single cabins with one bed. The cabins are equipped with two lower beds, shower / toilet, shampoo and soap, TV, safe, hairdryer, central air conditioning and panoramic windows. The windows on the upper deck can be opened. The beds during the day turn into sofas. The 1-bed cabins have a lower bed. On the upper deck you will find the cozy Panorama Lounge with bar and on the main deck, a lovely restaurant.

    Arlene II Photo

    Arlene II France, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary Deluxe Class Boat The Arlene II, formerly the Arlene, was upgraded before the 2018 season. All cabins on the vessel are outside featuring en-suite facilities with shower and hair dryer, TV, safe, and individually controlled air-conditioning.

    Theodor Körner Photo

    Theodor Körner Austria, Germany Premium Class Boat The MS THEODOR KÖRNER is a very spacious ship known for its comfortable and nostalgic atmosphere. The guest is treated like a king with the crew members doing their best to fulfill every wish

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