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

    118 miles/190 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

  • Tour code

Price From £680


This popular Danube River Bike and Boat cycling holiday between Passau and Vienna aboard the comfortable river cruiser, Theodor Koerner, 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 Bratislava and Vienna, the beautiful Wachau Valley, the iconic Danube loop and the simple joy of pedalling alongside the famous river on a level, traffic-free cycle path.


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. We cast-off at 6.30pm 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: Mauthausen – Grein, 22 miles/ 35 kms



After breakfast disembark in Mauthausen for your first cycle ride. Consider a stop at the former concentration camp just outside the village which is very thought provoking. 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 downstream to Devin at the Austrian-Slovakian border.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, 27 miles/ 43 kms

Bratislava Castle - Slovakia

Bratislava Castle

After breakfast we disembark in Devin, a riverside town overseen by a brooding castle ruin and begin a very interesting day on the bikes. First, follow the former ‘Iron Curtain’ border to the elegant and impressive Hof Palace with its manicured gardens. Then ride through rural countryside, renowned for its rich soil and vegetable crops, to Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia. Here you have plenty of time to explore the winding streets of the small, attractive city. We recommend investing in the climb up to Bratislava Castle as the views of the Danube, the city and the surrounding countryside really are worth it. In the late evening the Theodor Koerner slips her moorings and cruises upstream through the night to Vienna.

Day 4: 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. In the late evening we bid Vienna farewell and cruise upstream to Krems.

Day 5: Wachau Valley – Krems – Melk, 23 miles/ 37 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 Weisskirchen which offers many opportunities for wine tasting. Re-board the boat in Krems and enjoy a short cruise upstream to the town of Melk.

Day 6: Melk – Grein, 31 miles/50 Kms



After breakfast there is plenty of time to visit the baroque Benedictine monastery that stands guard over the town of Melk. You then mount up and ride upstream into the Strudengau, a pretty, wooded valley where the river narrows considerably. In days gone by the fast flowing waters and narrow channel posed a serious problem for riverboat skippers but don’t worry, today it is merely a scenic valley to pedal through. Your destination today is the charming riverside town of Grein where you stop for the night.

Day 7: Danube Loop: Obermühl – Engelhartszell, 16 miles/25 kms

Engelhartszell - Austria - Danube


Your last day’s ride is a fitting finale as you pedal through the pristine countryside of the 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 Danube Loop. The best way to appreciate the loop is from a vantage point above the river. This does mean investing in a bit of a climb but most agree it is very much worth it. Ride on to Engelhartszell, a small riverside village. Nearby there is a monastery inhabited by silent but enterprising Trappist monks who make and sell some rather good liquors. Spend the final night of our trip in this pleasant location

Day 8: Passau

Enjoy a gentle morning cruise back to Passau, arriving around 10am. It’s then time to disembark and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Key* Guided option also available

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2019 Prices
Per person
11 May
25 May
08 Jun
31 Jul
01 Aug
31 Aug
01 Sep
30 Sep
Theodor Körner - Comfort
Lower Deck
Eco bunk cabin £680 £728 £680 £728              
Twin cabin £752 £799 £752 £799              
Eco bunk cabin - sole use £1020 £1091 £1020 £1091              
Twin cabin - sole use £1128 £1199 £1128 £1199              
Mid Deck
Eco bunk cabin £775 £822 £775 £822              
Twin cabin £866 £913 £866 £913              
Junior Suite £1017 £1064 £1017 £1064              
Eco bunk cabin - sole use £1162 £1233 £1162 £1233              
Twin cabin - sole use £1298 £1369 £1298 £1369              
Upper Deck
Twin cabin £894 £941 £894 £941              
Triple cabin (one bunk bed) £834 £879 £834 £879              
Junior Suite £1017 £1064 £1017 £1064              
Junior Suite - 3 persons £949 £993 £949 £993              
Twin cabin - sole use £1341 £1412 £1341 £1412              

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Deposit per person £200

Price Includes

7 nights on board the MS Theodor Körner. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 7 x Dinner, afternoon coffee/tea
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
Cyle touring guide
Cider and wine tasting
Ferry rides
City tour by bike in Vienna, Bratislava walking city tour + scenic train

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Parking and transfer to boat (pre-bookable, payable locally, outdoor area - €66, parking garage - €77)
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet (€25, payable locally)
Drinks on-board


Guided supplement (£190)
Transfer Munich Airport - Passau one way (£70)
Transfer Munich Airport - Passau return (£121)
Extra night in Passau double/twin, comfort (£53)
Extra night in Passau single, comfort (£76)
Extra night in Passau double/twin, superior (£60)
Extra night in Passau single, superior (£84)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£68)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£153)
Bringing own bike (£16)


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

The bikes provided on this tour are modern, alloy framed 21-speed hybrid models with comfortable saddle and upright riding position.

The bikes are equipped with a pannier and handlebar bag. Per room also a lock and puncture repair kit.

E-bikes are also available subject to availability at time of booking.

Helmets are not provided but are available to purchase on board (25 Euros) for adult sizes only. 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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Reviews from Flexitreks

By: Geoff Knight - August 2014

Lovely experience. Would want to do it again on a different route. It is expensive to us, but we see it as a luxury holiday and it was – we were treated so well and looked after. The Danube and cultural experience was great. Thank you to Mr Hummer & his crew for their professionalism all week.