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The Danube by Bike & Boat

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5.0 Based on 6 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Bicycle tour
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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 150
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Footprint carbonneutralCO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Passau, Germany
  • Ends Passau, Germany
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Exploring the majestic city of Vienna and the three river town of Passau
  • Cycling through the stunning Wachau Valley and along the famous Danube bike path
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the Danube by boat and bike
  • Relaxing on board the comfortable barge, your home for the week
Start and end in Passau, the tour "Danube By Bike & Boat" is a self-guided bicycle trip that takes 8 days. You will be touring through Engelhartszell, Passau, Melk and 3 other destinations in Slovakia, Germany and Austria. "The Danube By Bike & Boat" is a private tour which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please check the package includes section for more details.

Explore the highlights of the Danube from Passau to Vienna and return by bike and boat. Europe's second longest river, the Danube, courses through ten nations en route to the Black Sea. This itinerary follows its journey through three European countries and some of the most romantic European landscapes. From the cobblestone streets of charming Passau head out into Austria, winding your way past enchanting monasteries and majestic castles. By boat cruise the Danube through Upper Austria to reach the romantic Austrian capital of Vienna, one of the most magical cities in Europe. Heading west, the pace slows down, with a memorable cycle across the Wachau Valley past rolling vineyards, hill top castles, meadows and forests to encounter atmospheric landscapes and sites of arresting history. Enjoy the atmosphere of life on board with like minded active travellers, sampling local culinary delights and relaxing atop the sundeck with splendid views of the changing scenery.
5 - Excellent
Based on 6 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 25 2019
5 - Excellent
The MV Theodor Korner cabins were on the small side, but comfortable enough. But overall the trip was excellent. The crew and staff on board were all very friendly and helpful, and given the number of passengers, the food was... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 21 2019
5 - Excellent
This is possibly the best experience we have ever had in our extensive travels. Such a great way to see the countryside, Very relaxed and friendly, fun atmosphere. Way beyond our expectations. Thanks to our tour company.
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 17 2019
5 - Excellent
Our trip exceeded our expectations - the biking routes were well planned, easy to follow and thought out to provide the best possible scenery and sight seeing, even though the weather wasn't as good as we would have liked it. The... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Dec 05 2018
5 - Excellent
The Danube by Bike & Barge was a perfect introduction to a cycling holiday for my husband & I who rarely cycle. The main route was mostly flat, daily distances were very manageable and easy to cycle. And options existed for those... Read more
  • Day 1 : Arrive Passau (Germany)
  • Day 2 : Cycle to Brandstatt from Engelhartszell (45km/28mi)
  • Day 3 : Cycle to Linz (26km /16mi)
  • Day 4 : Cycle to Grein via Mauthausen and Mitterkirchen (35km/22mi)
  • Day 5 : Cycle Tulln to Vienna (35km/22mi)
  • Day 6 : Rest day Vienna
  • Day 7 : Wachau valley round trip cycle (35km/22mi)
  • Day 8 : Cruise to Passau and disembark, trip concludes
  • 7 nights accommodation on board MV Swiss Crown. Price shown is for a 2 bed cabin on the Main Deck (lower deck). For other categories of berths in cabins on Middle (comfort) or Upper (superior) decks - a supplement applies. All cabins are outside cabins with air-conditioning and ensuite facilities. There is 1 single cabin (main deck) and 1 mini suite (middle deck).
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners. The trip is based on full board which includes a buffet breakfast daily, 5 packed lunches, 1 full 3 course lunch and a 3 course dinner each night (2-3 choices for main course). Vegetarian or other dietary requirements are catered for but we ask that you advise this in advance (at least 21 days prior to the trip commencement).
  • Welcome drink, farewell crew show, live music every night, gala dinner on last evening with farewell cocktail
  • 21 or 24 speed bike rental with pannier and handlebar bag (children trailers (max 2 children, 40kgs) on request. A limited number of electric bikes are available for hire, approx 12-15 per departure - must be pre-booked and a supplement applies)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per cabin, navigational app to use on your smartphone
  • Cruise director on board - does not cycle with the group, provides daily briefings
  • Docking & harbour fees
  • Emergency hotline
  • Travel to and from Passau
  • *Parking in Passau including transfer to and from the boat (reservation necessary, payable locally); Closed parking lot EUR66 approx, Parking garage EUR77 approx
  • *Private or shuttle transfers from Munich Airport to Passau – price on request according to number of participants
  • *Taxi costs between Passau train station to the boat dock - allow approx EUR5-15
  • Optional excursions - booked and paid locally (detailed information and pricing is provided on board):-
  • *Linz: city tour with scenic train
  • *Vienna: Hop On Hop Off bus, City tour by Bike, Concert Schönbrunn - Orangerie
  • *Wachau valley: Wine tasting
  • *Grein: Visit Austria's oldest theatre
  • Drinks other than afternoon tea and coffee on board
  • Meals not detailed in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Bike insurance is available locally - allow EUR15 for hybrid bike, EUR50 for electric bike (subject to change)
  • Helmets - can be purchased on board for EUR29 (subject to change, advance reservation recommended)
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided tour. Guided cycling packages are available on select dates - supplement and additional inclusions apply. See below for details.
  • Supplement for bringing your own bike - ask us for details
  • Wifi (onboard surcharge applies from 100MB)
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Danube by Bike & Boat tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 01 August 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 01 August 2022, a deposit of 314 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Danube by Bike & Boat tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this The Danube by Bike & Boat tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • How do I plan a 15-day trip to Europe?

    If you are planning to visit multiple countries, you should prepare a tentative list of destinations you are interested in. If it is your first trip, stick to major cities and cultural centers for the sake of simplicity and convenience. Also, be flexible and optimize your travel time and budget. Be open to changing your itinerary depending on schedules and ticket prices.

  • Where to travel in Europe?

    Europe has swathes of spectacular landscapes, a rich history, and vibrant cultures. Therefore, deciding on the best travel destinations on the continent can be difficult. However, you can narrow down on highlights by choosing one overarching theme for your trip. 

    If you are looking forward to immersing yourself in art and history, then Italy, Spain, and France should be on the top of your list. Head for Switzerland, Norway, or Croatia if nature is what you love the most. For beaches and water sports, you will be hard-pressed to find better destinations than Greece, Portugal, and Montenegro.

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  • How to travel around Europe cheap?

    Bus services like FlixBus and BusAbout offer a convenient means of transport if you wish to move from one city to another within the same country. Although these services do travel between countries, they might not be the best choice due to a longer travel time.

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  • What is the best travel insurance for Europe?

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    There are a number of things that you should be aware of while purchasing travel insurance. If it is comprehensive medical insurance plans that you are interested in, make sure to find out what all the plan covers. If you are concerned about certain scenarios, then check out customizable travel insurance policies and find out if the provider can cover you for those situations. You also need to determine if there are reasonable coverage limits. Check deductibles and compensation limits in the insurance policy for this.

    While insurance is important, it is mostly a safeguard against emergencies. If you are on a budget, you can go with the second- or even third-best option and prioritize getting your money’s worth instead of purchasing the most comprehensive coverage.

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