What to expect
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.
At a glance
- 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
Day 1 (Thu):
Arrive in Passau
Meet your boat in the town of Passau, which sits at the crossroads of three rivers. Step aboard at 4pm before sailing down the Danube while enjoying your welcome evening and dinner.
Day 2 (Fri):
Engelhartszell – Brandstatt
28 miles (45 km)
Today you pass through the beautiful countryside of the Upper Danube valley whilst cycling from Engelhartszell to Brandstatt passing small villages and inns with wonderful local delicacies. We recommend following the small walking trail up to the viewpoint high above the Danube Loop for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Danube Valley and river below!
Day 3 (Sat):
Brandstatt – Linz
16 miles (26 km)
Cycle along the river bank from Brandstatt to the wonderful, cultural city of Linz. Take time to visit the cathedral, the biggest church in Austria, and also the Pöstlingbergbahn, which is the steepest adhesion railway in the world.
Day 4 (Sun):
Mauthausen – Grein
22 miles (35km)
Today's beautiful cycling takes you through the Strudengau region. Visit the Baroque monastery and impressive ruins of Burg Clam castle, before exploring the medieval town of Grein where you can see the striking castle and the oldest municipal theatre in Austria before sailing to Vienna.
Day 5 (Mon):
Vienna (rest day)
See Vienna’s most famous examples of architecture on an optional city tour by bike or bus. From the imperial Hofburg Palace and St. Stephens Cathedral to the gorgeous ‘Ring’ boulevard and the vibrant "Hundertwasserhaus". In the afternoon, take time to walk around the city's imperial streets and stop for an indulgent cake in one of the famous Viennese cafés. Choose to end the day by visiting a Waltz and Opera concert at a famous Viennese Palace (optional).
Day 6 (Tue):
16 - 25 miles (25 - 40 km)
Take a loop ride through the beautiful Wachau wine growing region with its UNESCO World Heritage landscape. Take time to taste the Wachau wines in Weissenkirchen that are produced on the terraced vineyards that you pedal past.
Day 7 (Wed):
Weißenkirchen – Pöchlarn
22 miles (35km)
Cycle along the Danube passing more rural vineyards from Weißenkirchen to Spitz where you take the ferry to the southern bank for a leisurely ride to the Baroque Benedictine Abbey of Melk. End your day in the town of Pöchlarn and enjoy a gala dinner as you head back to Passau on the boat.
Day 8 (Thu):
Depart from Passau
You will arrive in Passau in the morning. Disembarkation in Passau will be at approximately 9 am. We recommend arranging connecting trips from 10.30 am onwards.
Please note: The captain reserves the right to alter the itinerary due to changes in weather and other conditions.
MS Theodor Körner
The MS Theodor Körner is a traditional, spacious boat which has been lovingly renovated during the winter of 2013/14 in an Art Deco style. There is plenty of communal space; a panoramic bar where there is often a musician in the evenings, a saloon with library and parlour games and a sun deck with chairs for watching the scenery pass by. There are 61 cabins with large windows, shower, wc, hair dryer, flat screen TV, safe and air-conditioning. Choose between cabins with bunk beds (8-9m2), twin cabins (10-11m2) with optional extra bed (upper and promenade decks), more spacious junior suites with double bed and optional extra bed and single cabins (or bunk cabin for single use).
Dates & Prices
Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance - 2020 departures
- 7 nights accommodation: MS Theodor Körner with en-suite and air-conditioning
- Board basis: Full board PLUS including breakfast, lunch on board (packed lunch for cyclists) and three course dinner with choice of main plus house wine, draught beer and soft drinks included with 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 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
- Flights and transfers
- Cycle helmets (mandatory for children 12 years and under)
- Bike hire
- Transfers to/from the docking in Passau
- Parking (including transfers) - payable locally - 79 Euros.
- Excursions to Austria's oldest theatre in Grein, city tour of Vienna
- 0 - 2 year olds free of charge in a cot
- 3 to 12 years in cabin with min. 1 full paying adult - 50%
- Age 13+ - in 2 bed cabin with 2 full paying adults - 20%
- Guided package available - June 4, July 9, September 3
- Cycling tour guide
- Ferry journeys
- Rental helmet
- Minimum 10 people, Maximum 22 people
Bike Hire & Extras
Bikes are provided with a handlebar bag, pannier, an odometer, a pump, a lock and a repair kit.
Hybrid bike with 21 gears
You can add these when you price your trip
News, Reviews & FAQs
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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.