By bike and boat into the heart of the old Danube monarchy
… 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.
The impressive natural spectacle of the Schlögener Donauschlinge, the fascinating landscape of the Wachau with its wine terraces, castles and palaces, the untouched floodplain forests of the Donauauen National Park await you just as much as the cycling metropolis of Vienna: a firework of sights, small, dreamy coffee houses and cozy wine taverns await you on your bike & boat trip.
Set off on your bike to explore the city on a city tour by bike to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, City Hall, Hundertwasser House and the Giant Ferris Wheel.
Your ship: The MS Manon
A relaxed and cozy atmosphere awaits you on board the premium ship MS MANON. Relax after your bike ride in the small inviting wellness area with sauna, whirlpool and fitness equipment. Enjoy your rest in the library or relax in the panoramic salon.
In the restaurant with panoramic view, the kitchen and crew will take care of your physical well-being. On the spacious sundeck, where the bikes are also stored, you can enjoy the view. A special highlight is the outdoor pool (8.70 m x 4.50 m, approx. May to August, weather permitting) at the stern of the ship….
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
All 74 cabins are outside cabins for 2 persons. They are about 14 m² in size and comfortably furnished with hotel beds. All cabins have shower and WC*. Cabins No. 306, 307, 308, 309 even have a bathtub. Hairdryer, TV, safe, in-house telephone and individually regulated air conditioning serve your comfort.
An elevator connects the middle deck with the lobby and restaurant. The upper deck and sundeck are accessible by stair lift. The main deck can be reached exclusively via the stairs.
Panorama deck: cabins with French balcony (floor-to-ceiling windows that can be opened).
Upper deck: The large panoramic windows can be opened.
Main deck: The small windows (height approx. 40 cm) cannot be opened.
Technical data of the vessel
Year of manufacture 1999 . Renovation 2019 . Flag Netherlands . Length 110 m . Width 11.40 m . Draft 1.50 m . Crew about 30 . Passengers max. 148.
> The bike tours are individual and unguided. They cover between 35 and 50 km a day (circa distances of the recommended cycling tours).
> Easy to ride route: 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.
>7-speed unisex touring bikes or 8-speed e-bikes (limited availability), Velo de Ville brand (custom made).
The wheels are equipped with luggage carrier bag and each with hand brake, freewheel or coaster brake. Please specify your request when booking. Rental bike insurance is included in the price.
> Bringing your own bikes is only possible on request due to limited space. Please be sure to book the“own bike” option for this.
> 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. Only e-bikes with removable battery can be taken on board.
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: Please be sure to book the option“parking” with!
> Parking garage incl. Shuttle service to the ship and back: Please be sure to book the“Prakgarage” option as well!
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
|Passau, embarkation from 16:00 hrs
|Passau, disembarkation from approx. 10:30 a.m.
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.
Please bring your own bicycle helmet.
Please note: at low tide, the pool may need to be emptied to reduce the draft of the vessel and will not be available.
This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. We recommend that you take out international health insurance and travel cancellation insurance.
A note for 2024: Due to clearing and blasting work, the Danube cycle path on the right bank of the Danube between Kobling and Kaiserau is completely closed. The first Engelhartszell-Brandstatt bike tour therefore leads to Untermühl instead of Brandstatt.
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.
- the cosmopolitan city of Vienna by boat and bike
- the steep narrowness of the Schlögener Donauschlinge
- the Wachau with its lovely wine villages, riverside forests and steep coasts