Danube Bike and Boat – MS Theodor Koerner

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  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Passau / Passau
  • Distance

    108 miles/174 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

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Price From £565


This popular Danube River Bike and Boat cycling holiday between Passau and Vienna aboard the comfortable river cruiser, Theodor Körner, showcases the most impressive and beautiful section of the mighty river. Enjoy easy daily cycle rides along the riverbank through spectacular scenery including the Danube Loop, and Wachau Valley.

You’ll board your river cruiser in Passau on the German/Austrian border. If you have time we recommend a pre or post night stay in this wonderful old town which sits astride the confluence of three rivers – the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz.

You then enjoy 7 days of cruising and cycling past charming riverside towns, beautiful, unspoilt valleys and wonderful historic palaces and castles. Highlights include the historic cities of Passau and Vienna, the beautiful Wachau Valley, the iconic Danube loop and the simple joy of pedaling alongside the famous river on a level, traffic-free cycle path.

Wachau Valley

Wachau Valley

The MS Theodor Körner offers comfortable facilities including a lounge bar, dining room, small library, sundeck and 60 modern cabins.

This is an easy cycling holiday on level terrain following riverside cycle paths.

Itinerary & Map

This trip offers easy cycling along quiet roads and riverside cycle paths on mostly level terrain.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

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Day 1: Passau

Passau - Germany


Upon arrival in Passau make your way to your riverboat where boarding commences at 4pm and then we cast-off for a leisurely cruise through the serene and beautiful Danube Valley.
If you arrive early, Passau is a charming town with plenty to see and do. It is the point at which the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers all meet so there are plenty of river banks to stroll along but we also recommend making the climb to Veste Oberhaus, a medieval fortress and museum that offers a fantastic, panoramic view of the town and river.

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Danube Loop – Brandstatt, 28 miles/45 kms

Danube Loop

Danube Loop lookout – worth the climb!

Your first ride starts in Engelhartszell, a pretty riverside village. The route leads you through the pristine countryside of the Upper Danube Valley. Steep, tree clad hillsides sweep down to the river sometimes giving way to lush meadows at the water’s edge. The level quiet cycle path is a joy to pedal along and eventually you reach today’s highlight, the Schlögener Schlinge or Danube Loop. The best way to appreciate this majestic and picturesque bend in the river is from the vantage point high on the opposite hillside. This does mean investing in a 20 minute hike up a winding forest trail but most agree it is very much worth it. Afterwards you continue your ride through a magical section where nature still holds sway and it’s just you, the bike path and the lush forested hillsides, no roads or cars in sight. Eventually you rejoin the Theodore Körner in the pleasant little hamlet of Brandstatt where she remains moored for the night.

Day 3: Brandstatt – Linz, 16 miles/26 kms

Cycling along the Danube near Schlögen

Cycling along the Danube

An easy ride today as you continue following the riverside cycle path downstream to Linz. Austria’s third largest city and capital of Upper Austria, Linz is a bustling place with lots to offer. You could take the Pöstlingbergbahn, one of the steepest adhesion railways in the world, up to to a nearby hilltop for some fantastic views across the city. The ARS Electronica Museum is a great place to learn about the latest developments in modern technology and offers some really cool interactive learning opportunities. Or you could just stroll through the streets of the old town, perhaps taking a seat at one of the outdoor cafes in the Hauptplatz (main square) where the locals gather for a drink and to socialize. The Theodore Körner remains moored in Linz for the evening

Day 4: Mauthausen – Grein, 22 miles/ 35 kms



After a short breakfast cruise you disembark in Mauthausen for your first cycle ride. Consider a short detour to the former concentration camp just outside the village which is very thought provoking. You then follow a wonderful riverside cycle path downstream through a pretty, rural landscape of meadows and woodland. After a while reach the village of Mitterkirchen where it’s possible to visit the site of an ancient Celtic settlement. Those with energy to spare can detour inland to admire the impressive Klam Castle otherwise the route continues alongside the great river to the charming riverside town of Grein where the boat is waiting for you. The boat then cruises through the night to Austria’s capital – Vienna.

Day 5: Vienna

Johann Strauss - Vienna - Austria

Johann Strauss – Vienna

Today is yours to explore Vienna at your leisure. Some of the highlights not to be missed include the Prater Wheel – made famous in the movie, The Third Man – St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace. If art is your thing then head for the Kunsthistorisches Museum which houses one of the world’s finest old master collections. Allow time also to simply stroll through the centre and visit one of the famous Viennese cafés. In the evening you may wish to visit a Waltz and Opera concert at the famous Viennese Palace (optional).

Day 5: Wachau Valley roundtrip, 15 to 25 miles/ 25 to 40 kms

Duernstein - Wachau Valley - Austria*


Today you have a real treat in store as you pedal through the stunning Wachau Valley. Many regard this as the most beautiful stretch of the Danube. Picture-perfect, riverside villages, apricot orchards, vineyards and hilltop castles characterise this stunning landscape that captivates all who visit. The charming village of Dürnstein with its haunting ruin and iconic church is definitely a highlight as is quaint Weißenkirchen which offers many opportunities for wine tasting.

Day 7: Weißenkirchen – Spitz – Melk – Pöchlarn, 22 miles/35 kms



Today’s scenic and highly enjoyable ride leads you first to the beautiful wine village of Spitz where, after a quick look around, you board the ferry to the Danube’s southern shore. The route then continues upstream to the town of Melk. The imposing Benedictine Abbey with its ornate Baroque facade stands guard over the town and river and can be seen from some distance away. Take a stroll around the old town before pedalling on to the town of Pöchlarn where the Theodor Körner is waiting for you. An afternoon cruise through the picturesque Nibelungengau region brings this pleasant day to a close.


Day 8: Passau

Enjoy a gentle early morning cruise back to Passau. It’s then time to disembark, by 9am, and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2020 Arrival Dates
Key* Guided option also available

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2020 Prices
Per person
30 Apr
01 May
30 Jun
01 Jul
31 Aug
01 Sep
30 Sep
01 Oct
08 Oct
Theodor Körner - Comfort
Lower Deck
Eco Bunk £565 £706 £659 £706 £565            
Eco Bunk - sole use £847 £1058 £988 £1058 £847            
Twin £621 £762 £715 £762 £621          
Twin - sole use £931 £1143 £1073 £1143 £931            
Mid Deck
Eco bunk £659 £800 £753 £800 £659            
Eco Bunk - sole use £988 £1200 £1129 £1200 £988            
Twin £753 £894 £847 £894 £753            
Twin - sole use £1129 £1341 £1270 £1341 £1129            
Junior suite £913 £1054 £1007 £1054 £913            
Upper Deck
Twin £790 £932 £885 £932 £790            
Twin - sole use £1185 £1397 £1327 £1397 £1185            
Triple £738 £870 £826 £870 £738            
Junior suite £913 £1054 £1007 £1054 £913            

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Deposit per person £245

Price Includes

7 nights on board the MS Theodor Körner, outside cabins. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 7 x Dinner, afternoon coffee/tea
House wine, draught beer & soft drinks included with dinner
Captain's greeting and welcome cocktail and farewell gala dinner with a cocktail
Services of on-board tour guide and daily information meeting
Maps & route information
Port fees
GUIDED TOUR - See below & supplements
Cycle touring guide
Ferry rides
Helmet for adults (guided clients only)

Price Excludes

Transfers (see supplements)
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet (self-guided clients, €25, payable locally)
Drinks on-board
Parking and transfer to boat (pre-bookable, payable locally, outdoor area - €68, parking garage - €79)


Guided supplement (£133)
Transfer Munich Airport - Passau one way (£68)
Transfer Munich Airport - Passau return (£117)
Transfer Munich downtown - Passau one way (min 2 pax) (£88)
Transfer Munich downtown - Passau return (min 2 pax) (£137)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£67)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£155)
Bringing own bike (£25)


Free for children up to 2 years in baby cot, sharing with 2 adults
50% for 1 child, 3-12 years sharing with an adult

Practical Information


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Example of bike used on this tour

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively:
Self-guided – adult helmets are available for rent (payable locally, €25). This must be advised at the time of booking.
Guided – helmets are available on arrival.

Please note that cycle helmets are mandatory in Austria and Germany for children up to 12 years old and you will need to bring your own.


On-board payments: Cash and credit cards accepted.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

MS Theodor Koerner (Comfort)

Theodor Koerner

Theodor Koerner – Upper deck cabin

The MS Theodor Koerner is a comfortable river cruiser offering a very good standard of accommodation and facilities. She offers a restaurant, panorama bar with dance-floor, a saloon with sunny patio as well as a broad sun deck with comfortable deck chairs. The on-board sauna is a great place to recover after a day in the saddle.

Theodor Koerner - Junior Suite

Theodor Koerner – Junior Suite

Her 60 cabins are arranged over three decks – lower, mid and upper (the latter is also known as the Promenade Deck).
The upper deck features 26 twin cabins (10-11 m²) with two separate beds, 2 triple cabins (10-11 m²) with 2 separate beds plus one upper folding bed, 1 Junior suite (13-16 m²) with a double bed plus a small sofa and 1 further Junior suite with a double bed plus a sofabed where a 3rd person can sleep.
The mid deck features 13 twin cabins (10-11 m²) with two separate beds, 3 Junior suites (13-16 m²) with a double bed plus a sofabed where a 3rd person can sleep and 4 ECO cabins (8-9 m²) with a bunk bed.
On the lower deck you will find 8 twin cabins (10-11 m²) with two separate beds and 2 ECO cabins (8-9 m²) with a bunk bed.
All have en-suite facilities, large picture windows (the windows on the mid and upper decks can be opened), TV, hair-dryer, mini-safe and air conditioning.

A hearty breakfast is provided each morning and cyclists can then pick up their packed lunches before leaving for the day’s ride. Those remaining on board enjoy lunch in the restaurant where the evening meal, always a culinary delight, is also served.

Getting there

Fly to Vienna, Munich or Salzburg airports and then travel by train to Passau.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 1 review 4.0
  • Date - 04/08/2019
  • Name - David Guest
  • Service rating -
  • Service comment - Flexitreks was responsive and helpful when the tour we originally tried to book proved to be fully subscribed.
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  • Product comment - The briefings and routes were particularly well thought-out, the distances (and general absence of inclines) suited us and the features en route were often fascinating.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thanks David, I'm glad we were able to get you on this popular bike and boat tour on the Danube.
    Product : Thanks David, the Danube is certainly hard to beat when it comes to easy cycling with lots of sights along the way.