Day 1. Arrival in Passau
The city of 3 rivers: the Danube, Inn and Ilz. Possible sightseeing on your own in Passau with a magnificent old town and the Baroque Cathedral with one of the world's largest pipe organs. Check-in on the boat from 16.00h. Welcome drink and dinner with live music on board. The tour starts with an evening sail through the romantic Danube Valley to Mauthausen.
Day 2. Mauthausen – Grein – Devín, approx. 35 km of cycling
From Mauthausen you'll cycle along the Danube river, passing through green meadows, past campsites and typical Austrian flowered houses. The Celtic village of Mitterkirchen will throw you back in time.
If you want a longer cycle route, you can cycle by the Clam Castle in the back country of Strudengau. The whole of the day's route goes through a varied landscape, past corn fields and forests. The stage finishes in the small enchanting town of Grein, with the Greinburg Castle and Austria's oldest theatre, where the boat awaits you at the quayside.
Day 3. Devín – Bratislava, approx. 43 km of cycling
After a calm night sail, you arrive in Devín in the morning, where the mighty castle ruin towers over the village and river. There are various route suggestions for this day. From Devín you can cycle along the former Iron Curtain that divided Eastern and Western Europe during the Cold War. After crossing the border, you soon reach the impressive Baroque Palace, Schloss Hof, with its artistic gardens.
The route continues through 'Austria's vegetable garden' to the coronation city and Hungary's former capital, Bratislava, located at the foot of the Carpathian mountain range. Explore Bratislava's sights and narrow alleyways.
Day 4. Free day in Vienna
You can spend this day in several ways depending on your wishes and interests. A very interesting guided bike tour around Vienna is offered with an English- or German-speaking guide. You can also choose to do a city tour on your own in Vienna. Or you can bike to the Viennese car-free vacation paradise, Donauinsel, which is an artificial island in the middle of the river with crisscrossing bike paths, swimming possibilities and cosy rest areas everywhere. In the evening you can visit one of the many small "heurigen" restaurants in Vienna/Nussdorf, or you can take the offer of concert tickets incl. bus transport to the popular Wiener concert evening. During the night the boat sails to Krems.
Day 5. Wachau/Krems – Melk, approx. 37 km of cycling
Today is a very special cycling day through some of Austria's most beautiful scenery. This hilly landscape between charming villages, apricot orchards, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, will enchant anyone. You will cycle in "the seventh heaven". Towering over the baroque village of Dürstein, with the winding streets and topped cobblestones, are the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart (King Richard I of England) was held captive. The blue spiral of the monastery church is a landmark of the Wachau Valley. The small town of Weissenkirchen is surrounded by vineyards, and there is ample opportunity for wine tasting at the many wine taverns along the bike path. Make sure not to miss tasting the local Marillen liqueur (apricot)
Day 6. Melk - Grein,approx. 50 km of cycling
After the lovely buffet breakfast, you have plenty of time to explore Melk's Baroque Benedictine Abbey. Today's cycling route is very diverse. Starting in the wide valleys of the Nibelungengau region, you'll follow the Danube into Strudengau – a narrow and notorious place among skippers. Today's final destination is the town of Grein with Austria's oldest theatre (possible to visit).
Day 7. Obermühl – Engelhartszell, 25 km of cycling
You will come through beautiful nature and small villages with cosy restaurants and "beer gardens" that invites you to stop for a well-deserved refreshment. A visit to the Engelszell Abbey ('Stift Engelszell' in German), known for its monastery liqueur, is an obvious recommended stop on the route. It's also today that you have the opportunity to ride up the slopes and get the nice view of where the Danube turns a full 180 degrees.
This last evening we'll celebrate with a gala dinner and entertainment on board.
Day 8. Passau, checkout
During breakfast, you can enjoy the last beautiful sailing through the Danube Valley, before arriving in Passau at approx. 10.00h followed by your individual return journey home. It's recommended that any train tickets you wish to book is with departure no earlier than 12.00h, as delays may occur.
Various excursions are offered throughout the week: City tour in Linz with the yellow "City Express", guided tours in Vienna by either bike or bus, as well as the popular concert evening in Vienna where for example you can hear music by Strauss in the old empire palace, Wiener Hofburg.
The excursions are booked and paid on board the boat.