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Danube Impressions by BIKE + BOAT Passau-Vienna-Passau

Swiss Crown | Empress Sisi´s Danube

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Tour profile / Level 1

The cycle route is completely flat with only slightly gradients, ideal for cyclists with less experience and children. Do not feel like cycling? Without effort you will also reach your destination by ship.

Tour profile Passau-Vienna

Day 1: Passau

Experience Mediterranean flair in Passau, the city of three rivers. You should definitely set aside some time on the day of your arrival for a walk through the picturesque baroque city with its narrow lanes and Passau cathedral home to the largest church organ in the world. After embarkation between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., it’s time to cast off and begin your cycling vacation with a romantic boat trip into the sunset, with a view of the Passau backdrop of church towers and domes slowly disappearing on the horizon.

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Brandstatt, approx. 45 km

Breathe in the fragrance of the dense forest and freshly mown meadows. Explore the pristine countryside of the Upper Danube valley on the former towpath as it runs past sleepy villages. Small, rustic inns at the edge of the trail invite you to linger, the aroma of fresh fish grilled according to tradition on a stick wafts through the air. The Schlögener Blick observation point offers a truly stunning view of the Schlögener Schlinge where the Danube carves its way through a gorge and doubles back on itself.

Day 3: Brandstatt – Linz, approx. 24 km

Catch some fresh country air again - at lunch time, you’ll reach the Upper Austrian capital of Linz. Discover the European Capital of Culture 2009 on a bright yellow miniature train (optional). The cathedral is the biggest church in Austria, the Pöstlingbergbahn the steepest adhesion railway in the world. Are you curious about the future? At the ARS Electronica Museum you can try out some of the most impressive examples of modern technology for yourself. Make sure you don’t miss it!

  • Excursion: Linz guided city walk

    On a guided city tour through Linz, you have the opportunity to experience the city’s most beautiful sights up close. Accompanied by an experienced guide, immerse yourself in the culture and history of Linz and discover all facets of this fascinating city in a relaxed manner.

    Price: € 22,-
    Duration: approx. 2 h
    Participants: min. 15 pers.

Day 4: Tulln – Vienna, approx 31 km

Right in front of Vienna’s entrance, embedded in a breathtaking scenery, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. You can already see the dome of this 900 year old baroque building from a distance. "Kahlenbergerdorf" with it’s wine taverns is only a hop from the shipping pier and definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna.

  • Excursion: Klosterneuburg Monastery Tour

    The tour guides you through the abbey’s centre, the medieval cloister, to see some of its most important works of art. You will see art pieces such as the seven-branched candelabra of Agnes from the 12th century and outstanding highlights of the Austrian High and Late Gothic periods in the medieval showroom.

    The highlight of the tour is the Verdun altar in the Chapel of St. Leopold, which is also where St. Leopold is buried. This enamel work, created in 1181 by Nicholas of Verdun, is considered a major testimony to the art of medieval goldsmithing. The altar impresses with its extraordinary quality in terms of art, technique, and content.

    The tour also leads through the abbey church, which is particularly impressive for its Baroque furnishings, the imperial oratorio of Charles VI and the 17th-century festival organ, which has been preserved in its original state.

    Price: € 14,00
    Duration: approx. 60 min
    Participants: min. 10 pers.

  • Excursion: Vienna City tour - 48h - Hop On Hop Off BUS

    During this sightseeing tour you will get closer to Vienna’s fascinating history. You will get to know breathtaking architecture, beautiful castles and gardens, impressive monuments and green parks. You will see Roman fundaments alongside with Gothic and Barock as well as modern buildings. The hop on hop off busses allow you to explore the town at your own pace and enjoy the panoramic view from the double deckers’ roofs while you get back ground information about the sights from the audio guide

    48-hours ticket 
    Price:
    € 38,-

Day 5: Vienna (day of rest)

On a city tour of Vienna all the sights are within reach from the saddle of your bike or on the HOP ON HOP OFF bus (optional). The magnificent Ringstraße will remind you of times long past and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries, while the Naschmarket is a feast for all the senses. End the evening on a magical note with a concert of waltz and classical operetta music in Sisi’s summer residence (optional).

  • Excursion: Vienna City Tour by BIKE

    With your bike you will experience the most famous sights from a new, and completely different point of view. Riding along the Ringstraße boulevard  you will pass the State Opera, Johann Strauß Monument, Hofburg - the Habsburg family’s winter residence - and the city hall. Through the Old Town’s lanes you get to St. Stephan’s Cathedral where the tour ends. Many photo stops!

    Price: € 38,- 
    Duration: approx. 3 hours 
    Participants: min. 7 pers.

  • Excursion: Vienna City tour - 24h - Hop On Hop Off BUS

    During this sightseeing tour you will get closer to Vienna’s fascinating history. You will get to know breathtaking architecture, beautiful castles and gardens, impressive monuments and green parks. You will see Roman fundaments alongside with Gothic and Barock as well as modern buildings. The hop on hop off busses allow you to explore the town at your own pace and enjoy the panoramic view from the double deckers’ roofs while you get back ground information about the sights from the audio guide.

    24-hours ticket
    Price:
    € 36,-

  • Excursion: Waltz and Operetta Concert at Schönbrunn Palace

    Enjoy a concert in the location that Mozart returned to time and again throughout his career: the restored Schönbrunn Palace’s Orangery. The baroque Orangery was often used for pompous celebrations already during Imperial times. The most famous melodies by Mozart and Strauß presented by the renowned Schönbrunn Palace Festival Orchestra, accompanied by virtuoso vocals and dance fascinate the guests every evening anew.

    Price:
    Cat. A € 89,-
    Cat. B € 69,-
    Cat. C € 55,-
    Duration: approx. 3 hours 
    Participants: min. 30 pers.

Day 6: Wachau Valley roundtrip, approx. 37 km

An unforgettable day in the picturesque Wachau. Cycle through delightful wine-growing villages surrounded by terraced vineyards and apricot trees. The charming little town of Dürnstein with its narrow lanes is an absolute highlight. In Weißenkirchen – the most important wine-growing village in the World Cultural Heritage Landscape – you can discover the first rate famous Wachau wines (optional wine tasting). AT05_WeinverkostungSpitz Along the way you will also spot one of the most beautiful baroque ensembles in Europe: The Abbey of Melk AT03_StiftMelk_EN.

Day 7: Grein – Mauthausen, approx. 36 km

A beautiful and varied route with impressions in all facets lies ahead of you! From the medieval town of Grein (Austria’s oldest municipal theatre, visit optional)) you cycle through the idyllic hinterland of the Strudengau, with a bit of luck you will be guided through the romantic Clam Castle by the lord of the castle himself and take a journey back in time to prehistory in the Celtic village of Mitterkirchen. The Mauthausen Memorial Concentration Camp is located on a hill near the town.

  • Excursion: Grein - Guided tour in Austria’s oldest City Theatre

    In 1791 Grein’s inhabitants established the historic theatre in the town hall’s granary. Today this unique cultural monument is Austria’s oldest theatre that appears in largely original condition, and performances do still take place regularly. During the guided tour you will learn about the town’s history and listen to stories about the theatre.

    Price: € 9,-
    Duration: approx. 1 hr
    Participants: min. 12

Day 8: Passau

Enjoy the first rays of sun and the early morning tranquillity one last time from the deck of the ship before you reach Passau/ surroundings, your heart bursting with memories. Disembarkation: approx. 11.00 a.m. We recommend that you do not make any arrangements for onward connections departing before 12.00 a.m. To be on the safe side, later departure times would be even better.

You are also welcome to book an extension at the 3*+ Hotel IBB Passau Sued DE04_IBBPassauSued_EN or 4* Passauer Wolf DE04_PassauerWolf_EN in Passau through us.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

In the event of extremely high or low water, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge stages by bus or even to cancel the trip at short notice without any legal claim arising therefrom (water levels are force majeure). The same applies for officially decreed repairs to locks or bridges, not announced in advance, or in the event of motor or propulsion damage to the ship without attributed fault.
On one hand, a riverboat is a “holiday hotel”, while on the other, it is also a means of transport that moves with motor power and must always be operated, even at night (partially with lock and bridge passages and the retractions and extensions of the structures caused as a result). Mistakes can happen with lock passages. This is the case for all Danube journeys and cannot be avoided.
Please bear in mind that riverboats are restricted (bridge passages, locks) in size (length, height, width) and therefore cannot be compared with cruise liners at sea. The cabins are limited in space but are nevertheless comfortable and furnished.

Services

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning

  • Port charges

  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau

  • Captains greeting and Welcome cocktail

  • Full board: rich breakfast, packed lunch (onboard lunch for non cyclists), afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose)

  • Gala-dinner with farewell cocktail

  • Daily live-music

  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)

  • Daily information meeting

  • Detailed travel documents per cabin, GPS tracks + cycling tour app with voice navigation per cabin


    Additional services for guided tour

  • Cycling tour guide

  • Ferry rides 

  • Rental helmets (adults only)


Individual Tour

You´ll receive a detailed roadbook with maps and infomation to the routing on board. You do not cycle in a group – you cycle individually in your own tempo and are therefor able to time your day to your needs. Only the schedule gives you a time frame. Our cruise director explains the evening before the next cycling path in the daily breefings and informs you about the specifics and gives tipps about sightseeing, possibilities to take a rest and specialities. If you do not want to cycle, just stay on board and enjoy the passing landscape on the sun deck or relax in the infrared cabin. The crew is trying to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Guided Tour

You cycle in a small group guided by a local tour guide. Taste some Austrian delicacies: you’ll try sweet cider in a wine tavern in the world- famous Wachau region you will also get to savour a small variety of regional wine specialties. During a guided tour by bike or bus you will pass by numerous famous sights along the Danube

Dates & Prices

Dates

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    Season / Period
    Type
    Information
    Booking
    • S1   27.04. - 04.05.24
    • Individual
    • SOCs in all categories O/R
    • S2   25.05. - 01.06.24
    • Individual
    • S3   08.06. - 15.06.24
    • Individual
    • S3   15.06. - 22.06.24
    • Individual
    • S3   22.06. - 29.06.24
    • Individual
    • S3   29.06. - 06.07.24
    • Individual
    • ***SPECIAL***
    • S2   06.07. - 13.07.24
    • Individual
    • S2   13.07. - 20.07.24
    • Individual
    • S2   20.07. - 27.07.24
    • Individual
    • S2   27.07. - 03.08.24
    • Individual
    • S2   17.08. - 24.08.24
    • Individual
    • S2   24.08. - 31.08.24
    • Individual
    • S3   07.09. - 14.09.24
    • Individual
    • S3   21.09. - 28.09.24
    • Individual
    • S3   08.06. - 15.06.24
    • Guided
    • S2   06.07. - 13.07.24
    • Guided
    • S3   21.09. - 28.09.24
    • Guided

    Extras

    % Reduction for children
    0-2,99 years in baby cot* -100%
    3-11-99 years in same cabin with min. 2 full paying adults**; cat. Standard -30%
    3-11,99 years in same cabin with min. 1 full paying adult; cat. Standard -10%
      
    *baby cot must be brought individually, just available in Cat. standard and comfort
    ** 3rd bed in cabin - body height max. 140 cm
     
    Bicycle & Equipment
    24-speed bike 89
    E-bike 189
    Binging own bike 29
    Bringing of own e-bike (max. 23 kg excluding battery) 39
    Rental helmet (only bookable in advance) 15
       
    Additonal night
    Passau 4* (dbl/sgl) 74/109
      
    Transfers ¹
    one way PRIVATE (total, 1-8 pers.) from/to Munich Airport 270
    one way PRIVATE (total,1-8 pers.) from/to Munich city centre 320

    ¹ please update us to your exact requirements; flight details and i.a.hotelname required


    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Ship

    Welcome aboard the MS SWISS CROWN!

    Stylish, elegant and timelessly beautiful - this is how the premium ship MS Swiss Crown presents itself as it glides gently along the Danube river. You will immediately feel at home on board as soon as you enter the spectacular foyer. Designed in warm wood tones, the ship radiates a comfort and leaves nothing to be desired. The simple elegance of the timelessly beautiful staterooms, which are decorated with great attention to detail, will inspire you. Sit back, enjoy the serene, relaxed atmosphere, the fantastic views of breathtakingly beautiful natural landscapes, sometimes from the bicycle seat, sometimes from the inviting, partially covered sun deck. Let yourself be pampered by the friendly, accommodating crew and create on board relationships alongside memories to last a lifetime.

    >> ships brochure for download


    Cabins

    The 68 outward-facing cabins are spacious 14 m² and convince with elegant, comfortable interior. The cabins have a double bed (can be separated to 2 single beds), shower/WC, hairdryer, SAT TV, safe, coffee maker, minibar and individually adjustable air conditioning.

     

    Kabine Standard / HauptdeckSTANDARD Cabin
    The approx. 14m² cabins are located on the main deck, equipped with a double bed (which can be moved apart) and smaller, raised windows (NOT openable). In some cabins a 3rd bed (bunk bed) can be used for children.


    COMFORT Cabin
    The approx. 14m² cabins are located on the middle deck, equipped with a double bed (which can be moved apart). The panoramic window can be opened.

     

    SUPERIOR Cabin
    The approx. 14m² cabins are located on the upper deck, equipped with a double bed (which can be moved apart) and private balcony.

     

    MINISUITE
    The approx. 16m² cabin is located on the middle deck, equipped with a double bed (which can be moved apart) and a panoramic window.

     

    We will gladly accept your non-binding cabin request when booking. However, information about cabin numbers is expressly not part of the contract.


    Ship information

    Built: 2000 / renovation 2018/2019
    Capacity: 135 passangers
    Lenght: 110m 
    Wide: 11,40m
    Draft: 1,50m
    Speed: 22 km/h
    Crew: ca. 36
    Electricity: 220 Volt
    Language on board: German and English


    Deck information

    • Main deck (lower deck) - cabins STANDARD (small windows - can not be opened)
    • Middle deck - cabins COMFORT (panorama window - can be opened), 1x MINISUITE (panorama window - can be opened)
    • Upper deck - cabins SUPERIOR (balcony) 

    >> Virtual 3D-Tour


     

    Board facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Stylish Lounge with Panoramabar
    • Library
    • Wellness area with sauna + steam bath
    • Whirlpool
    • Sundeck with long-chairs & tables
    • Onboard-Boutique
    • WIFI (payable locally, connection may vary)

    The stylish lounge with its comfortable club chairs and a cozy Panoramabar offers a very special atmosphere. In the first-class restaurant you undertake a culinary foray through the Danube countries and their variety of flavors. Rest and relaxation await you in the wellness area after an eventful day of cycling, and on the spacious, partially covered sun deck you can enjoy a glass of wine together with like-minded people and a very special spectacle of nature.
    In a small onboard boutique you can buy souvenirs and souvenirs for those who stayed at home, but also useful equipment for your bike tours (clothing, helmets, bags, etc.). And if you feel like reading a good book, just help yourself to the onboard library. On board you will be greeted by a warm ship’s crew, who will make your stay as pleasant as possible and read your every wish from your eyes. WIFI available on board (connection may vary, payable locally).


    Life on Board!


     

    Bicycle

    Bicycles and Equipment

    Our bicycles are the most modern quality bikes of the brand KTM, which were specially designed for the requirements and the wishes of our guests. This resulted in easy-running, robust touring bikes with low comfort entry and puncture-proof tires. The elevated handlebars allow for comfortable and back-friendly riding. The bikes in our fleet are usually not older than 3 years. During the duration of the trip you are liable for damage, loss or theft. Bike insurance can be purchased on board.

    The following bikes are available for rent:

    • 24-Speed UNISEX* with comfort entry, hand brakes and freewheel
    • E-Bikes (Pedelecs) UNISEX with freewheel and 28" tires in frame sizes 43 / 45 / 50 cm. max. permissible total weight 130kg

    *Men’s frames are provided for men over 188 cm tall.

    Our rental bikes are equipped with: Pannier, handlebar bag, air pump. Per cabin you will receive a service kit with tools and a bike lock. In the on-board store you will receive quality bicycle helmets as well as cycling clothing (e.g. jerseys, pants, sweaters, rain jackets, rain ponchos).

    On request, 7-speed UNISEX* touring bikes with hand and coaster brakes can be provided, as well as child seats and child trailers.


    Electric Bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs

    We provide modern quality e-bikes (pedelecs) with 5/8-speed hub gears and low UNISEX comfort entry. The bikes have a powerful Bosch mid-motor and strong 500wh battery. IMPORTANT: please reserve ebikes early, as they are only available in very limited numbers.


    Breakdowns

    Punctures can occur even with new wheels and the best maintenance. Fix punctures yourself, for major damage please contact our on-site staff. Please do not have any repairs done to the bikes without consulting the cruise director.


    Bringing of own bikes

    You are welcome to bring your own bike. Please bring spare tube and tool bag as well as a lock and check the bike for functionality before your departure. The bikes will be parked on the sun deck (not covered), unfortunately parking inside the ship is not possible for safety reasons.

    Due to the very limited space available, the bicycles stand close to each other, when crossing bridges they must be laid flat. For organizational reasons, the bicycles (also customer’s own) are sometimes not brought on board overnight, but are locked at the pier in front of the ship. Your bike has to be brought ashore and back by our crew almost daily from the sun deck via a narrow staircase. We try to handle your bikes as gently as possible, but in rare cases small scratches or damages cannot be avoided.

    IMPORTANT: Please be sure to remove any bike boxes/baskets permanently mounted on the luggage rack and any side mirrors attached to the handlebars. Our crew requires unobstructed access. Batteries must also be removed for loading and unloading. The weight of the e-bikes must not exceed 23kg without the battery.

    For the transport of your daily luggage, we provide you free of charge with a waterproof Ortlieb pannier bag (20 l), which you can easily attach to your luggage rack.


    Rental bike disclaimer

    € 18,- per Touring Bike
    € 50,- per E-Bike

    If a traveller rents a bike, he is basically liable for damages and theft. When booking our rental bike disclaimer, we assume liability so that in case of loss or damage to the rental bike (when properly used and secured) no financial responsibility must be paid. Excluded from this are only lost keys, batteries and chargers of e-bikes, as well as damage due to intent or gross negligence.

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    Shipping station and embarkation

    Shipping station Passau/Racklau
    Address: Racklau 3a (Passau - Winterhafen)
    GPS: 48°34’29.55"N 13°25’49.42"E

    Embarkation
    from 4pm to 5pm (earlier boarding of the ship is not possible due to the change of passengers). Checking in of luggage or private bikes is possible from 3pm at the earliest. Please do not arrive too early - the berth does not have a covered waiting area, seating or other infrastructure.

    Please do not leave the ship after boarding - when all guests are boarded, an earlier departure might be possible!

    The berth can be changed at short notice by the port authorities.
    If you cannot find your berth, please contact the cruise director on board (tel. no. in your travel documents).

     


    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by car
    If you arrive in Passau with your own car, we offer you a place in the Globus parking hall. We will bring you with your luggage from the parking hall to the ship and back. >>More information on the parking service

    Arrival by train
    train station: Passau Hbf.
    The berth is about 3 km from the station. Cabs are available at the station.

    Bus from Passau HBF
    From Passau HBF: with bus line 8,10 and 11 to the station Stelzhamerstraße - approx. 650m from the shipping station Passau/Racklau.
    Details and scedules can be found >>here

    Please allow sufficient time for your train journey, as delays are also possible here. You should choose your connection so that you reach the port in time, at the latest 2 hours before departure. Please note that you are responsible for your own timely arrival at the port. Timetables and information you find at Deutsche Bahn or ÖBB.

    Arrival by plane
    Airport: Munich (MUC) 
    From Munich airport it is best to take the bus to Freising train station (travel time approx. 30 min.) and then continue by train to Passau (approx. 2 h)Timetables and information you find at Deutsche Bahn or ÖBB.

    We are also happy to organize a private transfer directly from the airport to Passau. For details please refer to the price section of the trip.

     


    Disembarkation

    Disembarkation will take place after the arrival of the ship (approx. 11am) and will take about 1 h. Please take this into account when planning your onward journey and do not book trains before 12pm.
    Note for privately departing guests: Taxis are in high demand in Passau on embarkation and disembarkation days - therefore longer waiting times must be expected.

    Further information is available on board from the cruise director or at the reception.

     


    Participants

    Minimum number of participants Bike Cruise: 90 persons (must be reached at least 4 weeks before departure)
    Minimum number of participants guided tour (guided tour) : 10 persons (max. number of participants 18)

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