8 day Guided OR Independent Tour The most famous bike tour in Europe along the beautiful Blue Danube, however this time we enjoy our moving hotels as we cruise and cycle through the Austrian countryside to Vienna before returning to Passau, Germany. Biking along the Danube – always gently downhill, mostly with a helpful tailwind, […]
8 day Guided OR Independent Tour
The most famous bike tour in Europe along the beautiful Blue Danube, however this time we enjoy our moving hotels as we cruise and cycle through the Austrian countryside to Vienna before returning to Passau, Germany.
Biking along the Danube – always gently downhill, mostly with a helpful tailwind, you will experiencing the impressive meanders of the Donauschlinge (“Great Loop”). Enjoying the gorgeous landscape of the legendary Wachau region you will immerse in the untouched woods of the National Park Donauen (”Danube Meadow”).
And then Vienna – a city hard to describe– you have to feel it! Sights like St. Stephen´s Cathedral, the town hall or the Riesenrad (Ferris wheel) are all viewed during a sight-seeing tour by bike. At the Naschmarkt (famous food market) a stroll will become a cultural and culinary adventure. Recreation will be found at cosy coffee bars and at the typically Viennese wine taverns at the periphery. The Austrian hospitality and cuisine will make this trip an unforgettable experience.
Day by Day Itinerary
Where the rivers Inn, Ilz and Danube unite, the bishop’s town Passau is located at the Bavarian/Austrian border. Embarkation 05:00 p.m. The MV Theodor Körner is waiting for you in the harbour of Passau and the crew bids you welcome onboard. Dinner onboard with a welcome drink and music.
Passau – Schlögen (approx. 40 km)
Downstream, the path leads you to pretty villages amid natural landscape. Need a boost? Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelszell. Follow the small walking trail to the viewpoint high above the Danube Loop – what a breath-taking panoramic view of the Danube valley!
Danube Loop – Linz, app. 53 km
You cycle through the Danube valle, along the cycle path with the smell of freshly grilled mackerel and small pubs inviting cyclists to stay. After passing the Cistercian Abbey of Wilhering (Abbey of thousand angels) ride on the bright yellow City-Express (optional, not included) and discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria.
Mauthausen – Grein (35 km)
In the morning opportunity to visit the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial. The easy cycle route follows the Danube banks, while an alternative route through the beautiful back country of the “Strudengau” passes “Clam Castle”, is slightly hilly, but a fantastic landscape. The former Celtic village Mitterkirchen gives you an insight of the past. Today’s final destination is Grein, with its castle and Austria’s oldest theatre (optional visit, not included).
Grein – Melk – Vienna (approx. 55 km)
Today’s stage is marked by a diverse landscape. At the beginning you traverse the Strudengau – a narrow point of the Danube which used to be notorious amongst skippers. The valley expands from Persenbeug and the bike tour leads you further to Melk with its gorgeous baroque monastery of the Benedictine monkhood.
On deck you enjoy the sunset and the beautiful evening illumination of the Wachau region.
Vienna (day of rest).
City tours by bike or bus, Waltz Concert (optional). You can discover this city of vitality during a sight-seeing tour by bike or bus. The most famous places of interest are the Prater Amusement Park, St. Stephens Cathedral and the Royal Hofburg. The gorgeous boulevard “Ringstraße” with its Burgtheater, State Opera House and Town Hall reminds one of Vienna’s imperial past. There is enough time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars. The evening ends impressively with a Waltz and Opera Concert at the Wiener Kursalon (optional) or at a wine tavern.
Wachau – Rossatz – Emmersdorf (approx. 29 or 42 km)
Your last bike touring day has a special highlight! Surrounded by small towns, apricot orchards, vineyards, castles, monasteries and medievel ruins, this hilly landscape is simply enchanting. This is pure biking enjoyment! In Spitz and Weissenkirchen you will find wine taverns directly besides the bike path. You owe it to yourself to take a break! After a ceremonial gala dinner this evening lots of fun and entertainment can be experienced during the folklore show.
Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the sunrise and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Disembarkation: 2:30 p.m.
|Flat paved cycle paths along both sides of the Danube, suitable for beginner cyclists, children and experienced cyclists alike!|
|Airport / Transfers|
|We suggest flying into Munich. We can supply semi-private transfers from Munich Airport to Passau for $100.00 per person each way (min. 2 persons).|
YOUR SHIP – ms THEODORE KORNER, 3+ star
Completely renovated in winter 2013/2014 in trendy Art Deco style; a very spacious, nostalgic ship of traditional shipbuilding skill with a high level of comfort and a family atmosphere. Excellent service and attention to detail are the priority of the captain and crew who are looking forward to welcoming you on board. Your bike tour through various countries is also a culinary expedition through the diversity of the national and the regional cuisine.
The ship offers a restaurant, a panorama-bar, a salon with sunny patio as well as a spacious sun deck with lounge chairs that are at your disposal. Books and magazines in our air-conditioned library provide relaxation and reading pleasure as well as parlour games. After an eventful cycling day you will find relaxation in the sauna, and in the evening a musician will perform for you to dance!
Our 61 comfortable cabins are from 8 to 16m², and equipped with either 2 adjoined beds, 2 separate beds, or with bunk beds, ALL with en suite (shower and toilet), flat-screen TV, radio, air conditioning, large picture windows, safe and hair-dryer. Some also have a 3rd bed possible. Cabin types are:
2-bed-ECO: bunk bed (app. 8-9 m2)
2-bed: 2 low beds (app. 10-11 m2)
1-bed: single cabin or 2-bed-ECO/single occupancy
Junior Suite: queen size bed (app. 13-16 m2)
Addit. bed: Junior-Suites (sleeping couch), 2-bed cabins Promenade Deck (bunkbed)
Technical details: manufactured in 1965, general renovation 2013, length 87m, breadth 17m, draft 1,7m, speed 25km/h, 65 cabins, 135 passenger maximum
Language on board: German, English
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
We suggest flying into Munich. We can supply semi-private transfers from Munich Airport to Passau for $85.00 per person each way (min. 2 persons).
Schedule & Price
Departure Dates 2014
Every Saturday from April 19th to October 4th.
ARRIVALS in April & October: 2nd person pays HALF
Guided tours are on the following dates: May 3, June 7, July 12, Aug. 16, Sep. 20
|Promenade deck -2 single beds Promenade deck – junior Suite
Main deck – 2 bed ECO
Main deck – 2 single beds
Main deck – 1 double bed
Upper deck – 2 bed ECO
Upper deck – 2 single beds
Upper deck – Junior Suite
Upper deck – 1 double bed
|Single cabin supplement:||90%|
|3rd person in cabin (subject to availability)||$900|
|Supplement for departures in May and September||$75|
|Supplement for departures June to August||$150|
Guided tour option
|This tour includes:|
|* 7 nights in outside cabins with AC and private bathroom
* Programme according itinerary from/to Passau
* Welcome cocktail
* Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bedlinens
* Full board: breakfast, lunch on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch /lunch box for cyclists; afternoon coffee break or snack; full dinner
* Gala-Dinner with Farewell-Cocktail
* Farewell Crew Show
* Daily Live Music
* Bike rental (modern 7-gear comfort bike with backpedal brakes and pannier)
* 1x detailed map and information pack per cabin
* Daily tour information meeting
* Cruise director/tour guide on board (does not accompany cyclists)
* Harbour fees and port taxes of Euro 59.00 per person
|• Additional nights in Passau
• Airport transfers
• Entrance and sightseeing fees, optional tours, and ships gratuities are not included
|Optional Land Excursions:|
|The following optional excursions (surcharge – not included in tour price) can be booked directly on board with the cruise director.Vienna: City tour by bus | City tour by bike | Waltz & Operetta concert at the Imperial Palace
Linz: City tour with the yellow excursion train
Grein: Visit of Austria’s oldest theatre
Wachau: Wine tasting at a local vineyard
|GUIDED TOUR – ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS:|
|* Cycling tour guide
* 2 ferry rides
* Cider-tasting in the Upper-Danube-valley
* City tour of Linz by excursion train
* Visit of Austria’s oldest theatre in Grein
* Wine-tasting in the Wachau region
* Guided city tour Vienna by bike and/or bus
|Your tour guide provides daily route notes, maps, advice etc each morning however the daily bike tours are unescorted.
All mileages are approximate distances of recommended routes.
Please notice that storage space in cabins is very limited.
Please be aware that your ship MS My Story, like all other ships on the Danube, is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power often during night. Especially crossing locks and bridges, the preparation work may cause noise.
|Schedule: In case of flood or low tide the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages with buses. In extreme cases the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered (previously not announced) repair work on locks or bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine and power unit. We reserve the right to change the Schedule when low/high water bars the ship from passing through a certain area. Some parts can be negotiated by bus (free of charge).|