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Passau - Vienna - Passau: bike & boat MS Prinzessin Katharina

Danube Scenery

Bike & Boat
8 Days / 7 Nights
individual tour
699.00 €
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Packed with great experiences, this bike and ship tour offers an elegant middle-class ship, unique nature, excellent bike paths as well as many culinary specialties. Look forward to the MS Prinzessin Katharina, your floating home on the blue Danube. Enjoy a cup of "Viennese Melange" in the cozy lounge and in the evening indulge in delicious dishes in the panorama restaurant on the upper deck. Marvel from the sun deck or on the way on your bike at enchanting scenery, such as the Schlögener Donau Loop and the Wachau. The excellently signposted and flat Danube Cycle Path guides you from the three-river city of Passau via Linz and Melk to the cosmopolitan city of Vienna. Numerous sights await you here. Immerse yourself in times long past during a city tour by bike. Historic magnificent buildings, such as the Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral, the imperial Hofburg and the famous baroque palace Schönbrunn let you feel the flair of the former empire. How nice that you have plenty of time here, because we have planned a complete free day for Vienna for you. In the world capital of music you will have time for a wide range of cultural activities: from waltzes, operettas and operas to musicals and symphony concerts. You will find relaxation in the cozy coffee houses, the quaint Heurigen of the suburbs or in the Vienna Prater with its famous Ferris wheel.


Passau in the southeast of Germany is located at the Austrian border. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau is worldwide known as "The Three Rivers City". The earliest evidence of human settlement dates back to the Neolithic.


St. Stephen's Cathedral Passau
St. Stephen's Cathedral is a baroque church built in 1688. Since 730, there have been many churches built on the site of the current cathedral.

St. Stephen´s Cathedral, Passau

Engelszell Trappist Convent
Engelszell Abbey, Austria's only Trappist monastery, was founded in 1293 and has a very eventful history behind it. The collegiate church with its 76 m high tower is one of the stylistically purest Rococo churches in Austria.

Engelszell Trappist Convent

Schloegen Oxbow
The Danube Valley has a very aesthetic appearance that hits its peak with the Schlögener Schlinge.

Schloegen Oxbow

Castle Museum Linz
The renaissance building of Linz Castle houses the most important objects from the art and cultural history of Upper Austria. Particular focus is on the collections of Gothic art and painting from the 19th century as well as the folklore exhibition.

Castle Museum Linz

Pöstlingerberg Tram Linz
For over a hundred years the Pöstlingberg railway has been impressing guests from all over the world with its extraordinary and idyllic course. 

Pöstlingberg tram

Passau - Vienna - Passau: bike & boat MS Prinzessin Katharina

Bike & Boat
8 Days / 7 Nights
individual tour
699.00 €
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The MS Prinzessin Katharina was renovated in 2015 and impresses with classic elegance, a friendly crew and dignified furnishings. After a beautiful day of cycling, let yourself be spoiled by the good cuisine in the panorama restaurant and end the day in the cozy lounge or in the bar. A book corner, a small store and a massage parlour are available as well. The spacious, partially covered sun deck has plenty of sun loungers ready for you. The 71 outside cabins (size approx. 11 m²) have shower/WC, hairdryer, air conditioning,

TV, on-board radio, telephone and a small refrigerator. On the upper deck there are 29 twin, and 2 single cabins with French balcony with floor-to-ceiling windows to open. The cabins are equipped with a sofa bed and a Pullman bed (stowed during the day). On the main deck there are 38 twin cabins and 1 single cabin. In the twin cabins, you will sleep in two sofa beds that are placed across the corner. The panoramic windows in the main deck cabins do not open.


Individual arrival in Passau. The bishop's town on the Bavarian/Austrian border is idyllically situated between the rivers Inn, Ilz and Danube and can be easily reached from Frankfurt in about 4.5 hours by car or train. Between 04:00 pm and 05:00 pm the embarkation takes place in Passau. Around 07:00 pm your floating home will set sail for Engelhartszell (arrival approx. 09:00 pm). On the way you will be officially welcomed as guests of the cruise on the Danube. The evening will end comfortably with dinner on board.

Need a boost? Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell. Supposedly, they have "special healing power." Downstream, the way leads you to pretty villages amid natural landscape. For a change take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop, where the river makes a very abrupt 180 degree turn (approx. € 6,- per pers.). Shipping from Brandstatt (2024: Aschach) to Linz. Tip: discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria while riding on the bright yellow City-Express.

In the early morning shipping to Mauthausen. You have the possibility to visit the memorial-place KZ-Mauthausen. The Celtic town Mitterkirchen gives you an insight of the past. On your way to Grein you pass the pintoresque landscape Machland. 

Today's stage is marked by a diverse landscape. At the beginning, there is 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 brethren. During the night the MS Prinzessin Katharina brings you to Tulln, famous for its numerous market gardens where the famous Art Nouveau artist Egon Schiele was born.

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

You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg, the gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House or the town hall that takes you back to the past. Take your time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars.
In the night shipping to Dürnstein or Rossatz.

Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In the evening farewell dinner and cocktail.

Every journey draws to an end. Arrival in Passau is about 11 am, disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from 1:30 pm onwards.

Basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. The same applies for officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges.


Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services / Info

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities in the booked cabin category
  • Programme according itinerary from/to Passau
  • All passenger fees and port fees
  • Captains greeting and Welcome-Drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning. Changing of towels and bed cloths as necessary.
  • Full meals: 7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch for cyclists or lunch snack on board (non cyclists), 6x afternoon
    coffee break, 6x 3-course-dinner and 1x farewell-dinner with farewell-drink
  • Daily informational meeting
  • Information pack with route book (one per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • Tour guide on board
Worth knowing about the tour Passau-Vienna-Passau

Below you will find specific information about the tour Passau-Budapest-Passau with MS Prinzessin Katharina. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.

Parking facilities in Passau

In Passau you can book a parking space (fenced outdoor area) incl. transfer to the ship and back for a total of € 78.00 per week. A parking garage incl. transfer to the ship and back costs € 92.00 per week. You will receive a registration form for the parking lot and the underground garage with your travel documents or online. Payment for the parking lot or garage is made on site.

Information about the Globus garage in Passau

Arrival by train

The central station of Passau is about 5 km away from the ship. Please take a Taxi from the station to the ship. You will find detailled information on train connections on the website of the Deutsche Bahn.
Deutsche Bahn

Lactose-free and gluten-free food

If you require a lactose-free or gluten-free diet, this is possible on board, but there is a surcharge for this, which must be paid on site. Please let us know at the time of booking or at least 14 days before arrival if you require a lactose-free or gluten-free diet.

Changes of the itinerary and program

In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. The same applies for officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges. Special childrens discounts and cancellation fees apply.

Noises on board of the MS Prinzessin Katharina

Please be aware that a cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night. Especially crossing locks and bridges - and the preparation work - may cause noise. If you are sensitive please bring your own ear plugs.

Available rental bikes

7 gears unisex trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies’ model) and 8 gears E-Bikes with normal mount (ladies’ model). Brand: Velo de Ville (special production for SE-Tours). Each with hand brake, coaster breaking hubs or freewheel hubs (subject to availability - please indicate as non-binding customer request when booking) and pannier bag. E-bikes are available after prior request and at limited number only.
It is possible to bring your own bike only on request - due to the lack of space on the sundeck.

Conditions of the bike paths

The Danube Cycle Path is a perfectly developed cycle path; free from car traffic. It leads through mostly flat terrain
and is also perfect for touring beginners.

Excursions during the tour

We offer an optional (surcharge - not included in the tour price) excursion programme which can be booked directly on board at the cruise director only

Special food

If you need special food (lactose free or gluten free) please let us know 14 days before arrival latest. The special food is available paying an extra fee. Please be aware that it might be possible that you have the products on your own.

Extra costs which are not included in the tour price

A fuel surcharge, which may apply due to the sharp rise in fuel prices, is not included in the cruise price and must be paid in cash on arrival on board the ship. We will inform you of the amount of the surcharge, if any, in the travel documents approx. 3-4 weeks before arrival.

7 day hotline service

In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.

Passport and visa requirements

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.

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