Danube River - Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 7 nights

VISITING: Germany, Austria

Why we love this tour

"A fantastic mix of easy riverside cycling with evenings eating and relaxing on the boat while you motor to your next cycle destination. The on-board guide provides great daily insights into the routes on this self-guided tour."

Traditional river towns and spectacular cities of Vienna and Linz

Relaxing riverside scenery and the dramatic Wachau National Park

Gentle cycle paths, ideal for occasional cyclists or families with older children

Superior, Deluxe
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Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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Families, Multi-Country, Riverside Routes, Solo

Spend a week by the blue Danube river, cycling alongside its banks and sleeping on a traditional riverboat each night. As you follow the river from Germany to Austria you’ll find captivating cities and baroque buildings embedded in green landscapes. Pedalling downstream from the pretty German town of Passau, the Danube cycle path flows gently downhill, making this tour ideal for occasional cyclists or families with older children. 

The musical city of Vienna is a real highlight towards the end of the trip and you can look forward to a whole day here to experience grand palaces, horse-drawn carriages and delicious Viennese coffee. Before you cruise back to Passau, the rugged peaks, apricot trees and wine terraces of Wachau National Park bring this tour to a climax – look forward to stunning fortresses, idyllic villages and magnificent monasteries.

For 2020 departures you have a choice of two boats on this tour that follow very similar itineraries. Alternatively, travel on the Danube River - Passau To Vienna which has a slightly different itinerary.


MS Normandie - 2020 departures

The MS Normandie is a superior boat with a panoramic salon and bar on the upper deck and restaurant on the main deck. On deck there are deck chairs and ordinary chairs and tables, perfect for relaxing and watching the scenery float past and chatting to fellow cyclists. There are 49 twin-bedded cabins, all with single beds and two single cabins. All have shower, wc, hairdryer, TV, safe, centralised air-conditioning and a picture window. Cabin windows on the upper deck can be opened. *Guests in rear upper deck cabins will hear engine and generator noise when the boat is moving. 

MS Normandie

MS Normandie

MS Arlene II - 2020 departures

The Ms Arlene II was refurbished in 2019. The restaurant is on the main deck and the saloon/bar with panoramic windows is on the upper deck. The large partly shaded sun deck is a great place to relax on a deck chair and enjoy the scenery. The upper deck has 8 suites (15m2) with a twin bed and panoramic a floor to ceiling window. There are 16 upper deck twin cabins (10m2), six rear twin upper deck cabins (you will hear engine and generator noise when the boat is moving) and two upper deck single cabins (8m2) – both the twin and single cabins have windows that open. On the main deck there are 24 twin cabins with a ventilation window that partially opens. All the cabins are en-suite with a shower, hair dryer, TV, safe and air-conditioning.

MS Arlene II

MS Arlene II

MS Prinzessin Katharina - 2021 departures

This classically elegant deluxe boat has a panoramic restaurant, saloon, two bars, a small shop, a hair salon and a large sun deck.  The cabins are approximately 11m² and are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower, hair dryer, TV, a small fridge, safe and air-conditioning. The upper deck cabins have a French balcony with floor to ceiling windows that can be opened. The main deck cabins have windows that do not open.  

MS Prinzessin Katharina

MS Prinzessin Katharina

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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation on a superior or deluxe boat with en-suite and air-conditioning

Board basis: Full board including breakfast, packed lunch for cyclists or light lunch on board (non-cyclists) and 3 course dinner

Services of an English speaking on-board guide with daily briefings of the bike tours

Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)

Welcome meeting with cocktail

Local contact number for assistance

Daily cabin cleaning

Mooring fees

Coffee in the afternoon

Daily live music (MS Normandie only)

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Cycle helmets

Bike hire

Transfers to/from the docking in Passau

Entrance fees and excursions

Ferry fees

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Pannier per bike, handlebar bag (one per cabin), repair kit, spare inner tube, pump and lock per cabin all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike.

Hybrid bike

7 gears



With pannier



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Friendly service with expert knowledge

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Full financial protection

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly to Munich, Vienna or Linz, then take the train (ÖBB) to Passau.

Alternatively by train, take the Eurostar from London to Brussels, change for Frankfurt am Main and change for Passau.

How do I get back?

Take the train (ÖBB) from Passau, then Fly from Munich, Vienna or Linz.

What is an ‘Easy’ cycle holiday?

Your days will involve gentle riding, mainly on flat terrain and with minimal effort required. Easy cycling holidays are suitable for most people whether you are a regular cyclist or not, however we recommend at least a few practice rides before your holiday!

Will the itinerary ever change?

For Boat & Bike tours the boat will generally keep to the advertised itinerary, however the captain may have to adapt the itinerary due to the river or sea conditions.

How much space will I have in my cabin?

There is limited space in the cabins, so pack light and take a soft suitcase.

What are the average temperatures for this tour?
Can the boat cater for special dietary requirements?

Please advise us of any special requirements at time of booking and we will notify the boat operator in advance. Understandably, kitchen galley space is limited so a vegan diet is not possible to cater for. The boat operator is able to provide suitable alternatives for Gluten free and Lactose free diets. We suggest you bring a few items with you and, in some cases, these can be provided at a supplement. 

Can I stay on the boat during the day and not cycle?

Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling. 

Will I be cycling with other people?

Although there is no organised group, self-guided guests regularly find they come across their fellow passengers along the route during the day and may even get together to form their own cycling groups.

Can I book by myself?

Absolutely! Boat & Bike tours are very sociable and a good choice for single travellers wishing to mix with other guests and share your common interest of cycling.

What does my on-board Tour Leader do?

Your on-board Tour Leader provides daily briefings ahead of the next day's ride. These are always beneficial, including information on the local area, main sights, and tips on good places to stop en route.

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