Bike and ship in the Danube Valley 2023 & 24: Round trip Passau-Vienna with the MS Princess Katharina

8 Days

Your trip

By bike and boat into the heart of the old Danube monarchy

Map Danube Tour… a very special experience, because your “floating hotel” is always with you!

Forests, rocks, castles and the warm hospitality of the people along the river await you on this tour. You always cycle along the river mainly on car-free cycle paths and cross it now and then on rustic ferries, massive weirs and historic bridges.

Slightly downhill you cycle through the impressive Danube landscape and discover the legendary Wachau.

And then Vienna – a firework of sights! A city that can hardly be described, that you simply have to experience! During a city tour by bike, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the City Hall or the Giant Ferris Wheel are within reach. At the Naschmarkt, a stroll through the market becomes a culinary experience. You can relax in the cozy coffee houses and quaint Heurigen in the suburbs.

Your ship: The Princess Catherine

On board the premium ship MS Prinzessin Katharina you can expect classic elegance, a friendly crew and dignified furnishings. Enjoy the special ambience and let yourself be spoiled by the good cuisine. Spread over two passenger decks are a panoramic restaurant, a cozy lounge, two bars and an inviting foyer.

A book corner, a small store and a massage parlor complete the offer. On the spacious, partially covered sun deck, there are plenty of sun loungers at your disposal.

Board language: German & English

Cabins

All 71 cabins are outside cabins and comfortably and tastefully furnished.

They have shower/WC, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV, on-board radio, telephone and a small refrigerator.

Upper deck

29 double, 1 triple and 2 single cabins; all approx. 11 sqm in size and with French balcony (= floor-to-ceiling windows to open).

Twin cabins with a sofa bed as well as a Pullman bed (stowed during the day for added comfort).

In the 3-bed cabin, a 3rd bed folds down from the wall (max. 80 kg).

Main deck

38 double cabins, 1 single cabin, all about 11 sq.m., two sofa beds (standing across the corner), panoramic windows (cannot be opened).

Technical data of the vessel

year of built: 1990, renovation: 2015, flag: Malta, length: 110 m, width: 11,2 m, draft: 1 m, passengers: max. 140, Crew: approx. 30.

Requirements

> The bike tours are individual and unguided.

> You will cover between 35 and 50 km per day (approximate distances of the recommended cycling tours)

The terrain is mostly flat, has hardly any inclines and is suitable for pleasure cyclists, beginners and children. Should you wish to take a rest, you are welcome to cover individual daily stages by boat.

The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Rental bicycles

7-speed unisex touring bikes or 8-speed e-bikes (limited availability), Velo de Ville brand (custom made).

Each with handbrake, freewheel or coaster brake (please specify as non-binding customer request when booking)

Equipped with luggage carrier bag; incl. Rental bike insurance

Own bikes

Bringing your own bikes is only possible on request due to limited space. Please be sure to book the option“own bike” with!

You take them with you at your own risk. We cannot be held liable for any damage/loss etc. to your own bike during the entire bike trip or for transport damage. Neither on board nor on land.

For your own safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours. Helmets are compulsory in Austria for children under the age of 12.

Arrival / Parking in Passau

> Parking lot (fenced outdoor area) incl. Shuttle service to the ship and back: about € 90,- / week. Please be sure to book the option“Parking” with!

> Parking garage incl. Shuttle service to the ship and back: about € 100,- / week. Please be sure to book the option“Prakgarage” with!

You will receive a registration form in your travel documents and can pay on the spot. The prices may differ from the orientation values given here.

Short overview arrival & departure times

Day Location To From
Day 1 Passau, embarkation from 16:00 hrs 19:00
Day 1 Engelhartszell 22:00
Day 2 Engelhartszell 10:00
Day 2 Aschach 13:30 16:00
Day 2 Linz 18:30
Day 3 Linz 04:30
Day 3 Mauthausen 07:00 10:00
Day 3 Grein 12:30
Day 4 Grein 10:00
Day 4 Melk 14:00 22:00
Day 5 Tulln 04:00 09:30
Day 5 Vienna-Nussdorf /ggf. Korneuburg 13:00
Day 6 Vienna-Nussdorf /ggf. Korneuburg 22:30
Day 7 Rossatz/Dürnstein 07:30 09:30
Day 7 Pöchlarn 14:00 16:00
Day 8 Passau, disembarkation from. approx. 11:30 11:00

Please note:

Timetables and programs are subject to change without notice. If, for example, a route cannot be sailed due to low water, high water or bad weather, the skipper reserves the right to change the route for your safety (this is not a free reason for cancellation). The same applies to lock and/or bridge repairs ordered by the authorities and not announced in advance. Please also keep in mind that your riverboat is on the one hand your “vacation hotel”, but on the other hand it is also a piece of working equipment that moves with engine power and has to be operated constantly, even at night (partly with lock and bridge passages). We recommend that guests who are particularly sensitive to noise bring earplugs. The lock passages are associated with disruptions – this is the case with all Danube cruises – and unfortunately cannot be changed.

Trips

Integrated in the bike tour program we offer you optionally a small excursion program. Please book and pay your participation directly on board. You will receive a brief description with your travel documents. Depending on the composition of the participants, the excursions may be offered bilingually German-English.

Country information

For information on travel advice and entry requirements to Austria, please see our Country Information page. Please also see our notes on package tours.

Unforgettable

  • the steep narrowness of the Schlögener Donauschlinge
  • the entrance by ship to the cosmopolitan city of Vienna
  • the Wachau with its lovely wine villages, riverside forests and steep coasts

From day to day

Journey to Passau / Boat trip Passau - Engelhartszell :
Day 1

Journey to Passau / Boat trip Passau – Engelhartszell

Individual journey to Passau.
Nestled between the rivers Inn, Ilz and Danube, the bishop’s town lies on the Bavarian/Austrian border.

Embarkation from about 16:00 to 17:00. Around 19:00 Departure to Engelhartszell, arrival around 22:00

Dinner
Ship
Bike tour Engelhartszell - Aschach; boat trip to Linz :
Day 2

Bike tour Engelhartszell – Aschach, approx. 45 km and boat trip to Linz

Today you start on your first cycling stage! Worth seeing is the monastery of Engelhartszell, known for the beautifully renovated church, but also for the “healing” herbal schnapps. You cycle downstream on the former Treppelweg.

For a special change of pace, take a ride on the walnut-shell-sized longitudinal ferry (approx. € 6,- / person) through the Schlögener Schlinge. From Aschach you can reach Linz by ship. Tip: Discover the city with the bright yellow Cityexpress.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Boat trip Linz - Mauthausen; bike tour Mauthausen - Grein (approx. 36 - 40 km) :
Day 3

Boat trip Linz – Mauthausen; bike tour Mauthausen – Grein (approx. 36 – 40 km)

Early in the morning you start with a boat trip to Mauthausen. In the morning you will have the opportunity to visit the concentration camp memorial. You can get a deep insight into the past in the Celtic village in Mitterkirchen.

The route continues through the wide fertile plain of the Machland. The destination of the day’s stage is the charming town of Grein. Due to its idyllic location also called the pearl of the Strudengau.

Danube bike path Greinburg

Worth seeing: Greinburg Castle, Austria’s oldest residential castle. The castle is closed on Mondays and can only be visited as part of the optional excursion offered.

Bike tour Grein - Melk (approx. 47 -50 km); boat trip Melk - Tulln :
Day 4

Bike tour Grein – Melk (approx. 47 -50 km); boat trip Melk – Tulln

Your bike tour today starts in the fascinating landscape of the “wild Strudengau” – that narrow part of the Danube, which was once considered notorious among boatmen. The cycle path continues to Melk with its magnificent Benedictine monastery. Here you will board the ship again.

At night boat trip through the Wachau (UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage) and arrival in the garden city of Tulln.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Bike tour Tulln - Vienna-Nussdorf/ possibly Korneuburg (approx. 35 km) :
Day 5

Bike tour Tulln – Vienna-Nussdorf/ possibly Korneuburg (approx. 35 km)

Klosterneuburg Abbey is located just outside the gates of Vienna. The dome of the 900-year-old baroque magnificent building is visible from afar, the “Verdun Altar” is one of the highlights of medieval goldsmith art.

From the wine tavern Kahlenbergerdorf a short hike through the vineyards to the panorama terrace of the Kahlenberg is worthwhile. You will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the metropolis of millions.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Vienna-Nussdorf / if necessary Korneuburg (day off) :
Day 6

Vienna-Nussdorf / if necessary Korneuburg (day off)

Today the sights of the Danube metropolis are on the program. Perhaps St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg, the magnificent Ringstrasse boulevard with the Burgtheater, State Opera House and City Hall? There are countless possibilities. Nevertheless, take enough time to stroll around or visit one of the famous Viennese cafés.

During the night the ship sails to Dürnstein or Rossatz in the Wachau.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Bike tour Wachau - Pöchlarn (approx. 39 - 49 km); boat trip Pöchlarn - Passau :
Day 7

Bike tour Wachau – Pöchlarn (approx. 39 – 49 km); boat trip Pöchlarn – Passau

The rolling hills with dreamy villages, wine terraces, castles, monasteries and ruins will enchant you. The blue tower of the collegiate church of Dürnstein is a landmark of the Wachau.

Enjoy a last view of the imposing Melk Abbey, one of the most important baroque buildings in Austria, before you go back on board. In the evening festive farewell dinner. At night boat trip to Passau.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Departure from Passau :
Day 8

Departure from Passau

Once again enjoy the first rays of sunshine on deck and the peaceful morning silence of the Danube valley.
Around 11:00 am you will reach Passau. Afterwards disembarkation and individual journey home. We recommend booking train connections from about 13:30.

Breakfast
Ship

Services

The package includes:

  • 7 nights in outside cabins in the booked cabin category
  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • All passenger and port charges
  • Captain's reception with welcome drink
  • Full board: 7 x breakfast, 6 x small lunch or packed lunch for bike tours, 6 x coffee and cake in the afternoon, 6 x 3-course dinner and 1 x farewell dinner with farewell drink
  • Onboard musician
  • Route book for individual tours (1 x per cabin)
  • Daily bike tour briefing
  • Daily cabin cleaning; change of bed linen and towels as needed
  • Onboard tour guide
  • GPS data for the bike tours

on the other hand, are not included:

  • Arrival and departure
  • Transfers
  • Parking fees (registration form in the travel documents)
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • City maps
  • Bike rental
  • Ferry fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks and expenses of personal use

Dates and prices

Dates and prices 2023

Trip start: Saturday
Season 1 22.04. – 29.04. and 30.09. – 07.10.
Season 2 06.05. – 12.05. and 16.09. – 23.09.
Season 3 13.05. – 15.09.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Main deck aft double cabin 699 € 799 € 899 €
Main deck double cabin 799 € 899 € 999 €
Main deck single cabin 1.099 € 1.199 € 1.299 €
Main deck double cabin single use 1.199 € 1.349 € 1.499 €
Upper deck double cabin triple occupancy 799 € 899 € 999 €
Upper deck double cabin 999 € 1.099 € 1.199 €
Upper deck single cabin 1.299 € 1.399 € 1.499 €
Additional services
Parking garage 87 € 87 € 87 €
Parking lot 75 € 75 € 75 €
Rental bicycles
E-bike 189 € 189 € 189 €
Touring bike 79 € 79 € 79 €
Children discounts
Child up to 13 years in a 3-bed cabin with min. 2 full payers 20%

Dates and prices 2024

Start of the journey 2024: every Saturday in …
Season 1 20.04. – 27.04.
Season 2 04.05. – 11.05. and 21.09. – 28.09.
Season 3 18.05. – 25.05. and 22.06. – 13.07. and 27.07. – 17.08. and 31.08. – 20.09.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Main deck aft double cabin 700 € 800 € 900 €
Main deck double cabin 850 € 950 € 1.050 €
Main deck single cabin 1.150 € 1.250 € 1.299 €
Main deck double cabin single use 1.275 € 1.375 € 1.475 €
Upper deck double cabin triple occupancy 850 € 950 € 1.050 €
Upper deck double cabin 1.050 € 1.150 € 1.250 €
Upper deck single cabin 1.350 € 1.450 € 1.550 €
Additional services
Parking garage 95 € 95 € 95 €
Parking lot 80 € 80 € 80 €
Bring your own bike (1) 30 € 30 € 30 €
(1) limited available, only on request
Rental bicycles
E-bike 200 € 200 € 200 €
Touring bike 90 € 90 € 90 €
Children discounts
Child up to 13 years in a 3-bed cabin with min. 2 full payers 20%

Questions

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. Please note:
Bringing your own bikes is only possible on request due to limited space.
You take them with you at your own risk.
We cannot be held liable for any damage/loss etc. to your own bike during the entire bike trip or for transport damage. Neither on board nor on land.

Which bikes can I rent?

7-speed unisex touring bikes or
8-speed e-bikes (limited availability)
Brand: Velo de Ville (custom made)
Each with handbrake, freewheel or coaster brake (please specify as non-binding customer request when booking)
Equipped with luggage carrier bag; incl. Rental bike insurance

What demands do the routes make on fitness and ability?

The bike tours are individual and unguided.
You will cover between 35 and 50 km per day (approximate distances of the recommended cycling tours)
The terrain is mostly flat, has hardly any inclines and is suitable for pleasure cyclists, beginners and children.
Should you wish to take a rest, you are welcome to cover individual daily stages by boat.
The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Is there a minimum number of participants?

Yes. The minimum number of participants is 80 people. If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we must cancel the trip up to 21 days before the start of the trip.

Is there a child discount or family discount?

Yes! Children discount: up to 13 years in a 3-bed cabin with min. 2 full-paying guests: – 20%. Please select “Child 1 Standard” for a main deck occupancy and “Child 1 Comfort” for an upper deck cabin.

What does main / upper deck aft mean?

In the forward and aft sections of the ship, engine and generator noise may be audible when the ship is moving or stationary. The cabins are cheaper. We do NOT recommend it for people who need to rest and have sensitive hearing.

Is there a minimum number of participants?

Yes. The minimum number of participants is 80 people. If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we must cancel the trip up to 21 days before the start of the trip.

Please note: Depending on water levels, nautical conditions and logistical changes, there may be other routes. You will be informed on board in a timely and comprehensive manner. You will receive specially printed maps and route descriptions. If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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