Danube River – Passau to Vienna – Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 7 nights

VISITING: Germany, Austria

Why we love this tour

"See the best of this wonderful stretch of the Danube River, staying aboard a spacious boat. The viewpoint above the Danube Loop is well worth the walk, for stunning panoramic views of the Danube Valley and river below!"

New and improved itinerary for 2020

Spend time exploring the Danube's "Great Loop" and captivating cities

Take a break from cycling to relax on deck

Gentle flat routes, perfect for occasional cyclists and those new to this type of holiday

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Fly to
Good for
Families, Foodies, Riverside Routes

This exciting tour encompasses the best of the Austrian Danube. Get to know Wachau, a UNESCO world heritage wine region and explore the cultural capital of Linz. Take advantage of a full rest day to discover Vienna's famous architecture and traditional cafes, before your boat turns and heads back upriver to Passau. The gentle cycle routes along the Danube make this an ideal tour for occasional cyclists and those new to this type of holiday. During dinners, you can enjoy the complimentary house wine, draught beer or soft drinks.

Alternatively, travel on the Danube River tour which has a slightly different itinerary with longer rides and a choice of two boats.

Find out why the Danube is best discovered by bike with our staff photo diary from Catherine, head of Freedom Treks, who stayed on the Theodor Körner in May 2017.


MS Carissima

This deluxe boat was renovated for 2017. All 75 cabins are 14 m² and feature a double bed which can be converted to two single beds.All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower, hair dryer, TV, safe and air-conditioning. Some cabins are located in the front and rear part of the ship where engine noise is possible. Half-height windows on the main deck cannot be opened but the cabins on the upper and middle deck provide full-size picture windows which do open.

There is a Panorama lounge with a bar plus a wellness area with sauna and whirlpool or alternatively jump into the pool (June to August) on the sun deck. Wifi is available on board (payable onboard, please note the connection can vary).

MS Carissima

MS Carissima

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What's included

Price includes

7 nights accommodation: MS Carissima with en-suite and air-conditioning

​Board basis: Full board including breakfast, lunch on board (packed lunch for cyclists) and three course dinner with choice of main

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 a cocktail

Local contact number for assistance

Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen

Mooring fees

Daily live music

Afternoon coffee

Farewell Gala dinner with cocktail

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Cycle helmets (mandatory for children 12 years and under)

Bike hire

Transfers to/from the docking in Passau

​Excursions to Austria's oldest theatre in Grein, city tour of Vienna

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Bikes are provided with a handlebar bag, pannier, an odometer, a pump, a lock and a repair kit.

Hybrid bike

Hybrid bike with 21 gears




Bringing own bike



(Extra night prices are per room)

Extra Nights

Passau: (4* Hotel) Double room (B&B)
Passau: (4* Hotel) Single room (B&B)
Passau: (3* Hotel) Double room (B&B)
Passau: (3* Hotel) Single room (B&B)

Other Extras


Guided Upgrade Package - min of 10 before guaranteed - selected dates only, see above.


One-way Munich to Passau on Day 1 - per person (shared transfer, max. wait 60 minutes)


Return Munich to Passau on Days 1 & 8 - per person (shared transfers)



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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!

How much space will I have in my cabin?

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

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.

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 and it may not be possible to provide specialist products (eg. Gluten free). 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.

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.

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.

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