Danube Impressions

Danube Impressions is a tour aboard a river cruise ship and is great for allowing you to cycle the Danube without ever needing to change hotels.

The cruise ship offers 61 cabins on three decks and with a maximum capacity of 135 people, this is a lovely way to experience a cycling holiday - no packing and unpacking of bags - just meander down the Danube on your bike and after a day of sight seeing and cycling, the boat will be ready to greet you some way down the river.

Itinerary & prices - see below

Getting here

Munich or Vienna are both possible airports - we can arrange transfers by car or by train

Danube Impressions

The Itinerary

Day 1: Passau

Experience Mediterranean flair in Passau, the city of three rivers.

You should definitely set aside some time on the day of your arrival for a walk through the picturesque baroque city with its narrow lanes and Passau cathedral home to the largest church organ in the world. Your cycling holiday begins after embarkation (4.00 p.m.) when you sail into the sunset and Passau’s magnificent silhouette with its church towers and domes slowly fades into the horizon behind you.

Day 2: Mauthausen – Grein, app. 35 km

Today, the bike tour takes you directly along the Danube where you have a choice of route: take the route via the Celtic village Mitterkirchen and see a flavour of the past; or, the alternative route, "Clam Castle," and travel through the beautiful back country of the "Strudengau" – bit more hilly, but a rewarding landscape. Grein is the destination of today's stage, place of Austria's oldest city theatre and a striking castle.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, approx. 43 km 

From Devin you follow the former ‘Iron Curtain’, cross the former border and reach the imposing Baroque Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens. Cycle through Austria’s “vegetable garden” to the coronation city and former capital of Hungary - Bratislava located at the slopes of the Little Carp

Day 4: Vienna (rest day)

Enjoy Vienna during a city tour by bike or bus (optional). You will pass most of the numerous and famous sights. The gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall.

You can visit St. Stephens Cathedral and have a short guided walking tour through the old town centre.

There is enough time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars. The evening can end with a Waltz and Opera concert at the Hofburg (optional, not included).

Day 5: Wachau | Krems – Melk, approx. 37 km

Today’s biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this hilly landscape enchants everybody. You will be biking on cloud nine! A powerful ruin looms above the small baroque town of Durnstein, while the blue spire of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau valley. In Weißenkirchen (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfortable wine taverns right along the bike path..

Day 6: Melk – Grein, approx. 50 km 

After breakfast you have plenty of time to visit the gorgeous baroque monastery of the Benedictine brethren of Melk. Today's stage is marked by diversity. Starting in the wide valleys of the Nibelungenau you follow the Danube and cycle further into the Strudengau – a narrow point of the Danube which used to be notorious amongst skippers. Yours today’s final destination is the – already well known – city of Grein, home of Austria's oldest city theatre (optional).

Day 7: Great Danube Loop | Obermühl - Engelhartszell, approx. 25 km 

Today you will cycle through the Danube Valley and will pass through many picturesque villages. Along the cycle path you may smell freshly grilled mackerels, with small pubs doing all they can to entice cyclists to stay. Make sure you follow the small walking trail to the lookout high above the Danube Loop - what a breathtaking panoramic view of the Danube Valley it provides of the meandering Blue Danube! Need a refreshment? Try some of the special cordials at the Trappist monastery at Engelszell, your day’s destination.

Day 8: Passau

As you cruise back up the Danube enjoy the early morning sunshine as you wind your way to Passau, where you will arrive at about 10:00 a.m. and you’ll disembark about 30 minutes later. Connecting travel should be booked for 11.00 a.m. onwards.

Add the Comfort Relax Package :

Dates possible are May 19; June 16; July 28; August 25 and September 22 - for a supplement of £199 the extras include:

  • Cycling tour guide
  • Ferry rides
  • Visit to Austria’s oldest theatre in Grein
  • Tasting of homemade cider directly at the cider producer in the Upper-Danube-Valley
  • Wine tasting in the Wachau region
  • Guided city tour by bike in Vienna
  • City tour with the scenic train and walking tour in Bratislava

Add on excursion options:

The following optional excursions (not included in the tour price) can be booked directly on board:

Linz: City tour with the yellow excursion train

Grein: Visit of Austria’s oldest theatre

Vienna: Sightseeing tour by bus or bike; Waltz & operetta concert at the Imperial Palace

Wachau: Wine tasting with a local wine grower


Prefer to chat?

  • Call us on 0203 137 7678 or; email us your questions

What we like

  • No packing and repacking - the boat comes with you
  • Eclectic mix of nations are generally on-board

Tour Profile

  • The cycle route is completely flat, at times on a gentle downhill slope and is ideal for bikers with less experience as well as for children. The tour is rated easy on mostly flat terrain.

What's included

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • Captains greeting and Welcome cocktail
  • Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
  • Full board: rich breakfast, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists), afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose from), late night snack
  • Gala-dinner with farewell cocktail
  • Farewell-Crew-Show
  • Daily live-music
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)
  • Daily information meeting
  • Detailed road book (one per cabin)

Other things to consider

Do also budget for:

  • Local tax
  • lunches
  • flights
  • transfers (if required)

The Ship

  • The MS Theodor Korner was completely renovated in 2013/2014 in a trendy art-deco style.
  • It is a very spacious and nostalgic ship of traditional ship building with a high level of comfort and a great family atmosphere.  
  • The ship has a restaurant, a panoramic bar with a dance-floor, a salon with a sunny patio as well as a broad sun deck with comfy chairs.  
  • Books and magazines from the library provide reading pleasure and there is a games room too.  After an eventful day of cycling you will find relaxation in the sauna and in the evening a musician will perform for you too!


  • The ship has 60 comfortable cabins approximately 8 - 16m² all equipped with air conditioning, private facilities, television and hairdryer.
  • The windows can be opened in the cabins on the upper and promenade deck.
  • Triple cabins are equipped with 2 lower beds and one folding bed above (promenade deck) or a sofa in the Suites.

Holiday insurance

Holiday insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

If you have a policy in place - that's great - if not the policy on our site is available from MPI  This covers all the key areas.

  • MS Theodor Koerner

    £685- £1140

    (£pp on std occ)


    The MS Theodor Korner is a river cruise ship and is great for allowing you to cycle the Danube without ever needing to change hotels

    It offers 61 cabins on three decks and with a maximum capacity of 135 persons, this is a lovely way to experience a cycling holiday - no packing and unpacking of bags - just meander down the Danube on your bike and after a day siteseeing and cycling, the boat will be ready to greet you some way down the river.

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