Cities of Vienna, Budapest & Bratislava
Culture & Nature along the Danube
Approx. 265 km/159 mi. cycling
Ship with max. 198 passengers
This bike cruise combines the comfort and service of our 4-star catamaran with the beauties of Europe’s first and best bike trail; it’s easy cycling because we follow the river! No matter whether you’re using your own bike or a rental bike or ebike, this car-free cycling tour includes all the most magnificent parts of the Danube River!
In just one week, you’ll visit some of the most breathtaking cities in central Europe: Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. You’ll start in Germany, pass through lovely scenery of forests, fields, and picturesque villages in Austria, then follow the Danube along the border between Slovakia and Hungary. You’ll see these countries in a completely different way than the average tourist: relaxed and active on a bike or ebike. What could be better?
Individual bicycle tour: You´ll receive a detailed route descriptions with maps as well as GPS data of the route on board. You do not cycle in a group – you cycle individually in your own tempo and are therefor able to time your day to your needs. Only the schedule gives you a time frame.
The ship – Your sailing hotel
In between cycling excursions, you cruise along with the ship, which travels to a new destination every day. You dine, sleep and eat breakfast on board. You’ll receive a packed lunch every day, and you can usually choose between a longer or shorter bike ride. It’s also possible to spend a day on board if you like. There are rental bikes on board, but you can also bring your own if you mention it when booking.
Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
Day 1: Passau | Passau – Schlögen
Individual arrival to Passau by train/car. We offer a transfer from the parking lot and the train station to the ship at fixed times (around 4:30 p.m.).
Located at the confluence of Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau has numerous interesting sites to visit. Use your free time and stroll through the cobblestoned old town center, listen to the bells of Passau’s Gothic Town Hall or have a look at the world’s largest Catholic Church organ in the Passau Cathedral. Welcome evening. At approx. 6.30 p.m. we cast off!
Day 2: Schlögen – Linz (56 km)
Starting from UNESCO World Heritage Site „Schlögener Schlinge“ through the uninhabited valley Kaiserau to the baroque market Aschach and via Ottensheim further on to Linz. Here you can explore, among other things, the St. Mary’s Cathedral, the castle and the picturesque main square, and take the world’s steepest cable car up the Pöstlingberg. Optional: “200 years of Anton Bruckner” concert on the Bruckner organ in Linz.
Day 3: Tulln – Vienna (31 km)
After breakfast individual visit of the Egon Schiele-museum and garden exhibition in Tulln. Bike tour from the flower-city Tulln, with nice view to the extensions of the Viennese forest past Klosterneuburg to Vienna. Individual visit of Vienna or tour by bike (+ 18 km). Optional: evening city tour by bus (2 hrs.)
Day 4: Esztergom – Szentendre (59 km) – Budapest (40 minutes by train/22 km by bike)
This stage starts in the historic city of Esztergom, on the border between Hungary and Slovakia. On the way to Szentendre, the Danube changes its direction and makes its way in a wide arc to the south, through the Hungarian mountains. This section of the river is also called the Danube Bend and is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Hungary. On the way you can visit the citadel with the medieval royal palace in Visegrád. Then continue along the Danube Cycle Path, which eventually leads to the 30-kilometer-long island of Szentendre. This densely forested natural paradise is a popular destination for Budapestites. Once you reach the picturesque artists’ village of Szentendre, you can decide whether to cycle the 22 kilometers to Budapest or take the train (about 40 minutes, payable on site).
Day 5: Visit Budapest / Bike tour to the Margarete’s island (22 km)
Today you can take the whole day to explore the beautiful capital of Hungary. You can choose between a 3-hour city tour by bus (optional) or a bike tour to Margaret Island. In the afternoon on 100 % car-free bike paths into the pedestrian zone to stroll around and/or shop and further on to the Margarete’s island, the wonderful recreation zone in the middle of the city. In the evening by ship through the beautifully illuminated Magyar metropolis.
Day 6: Visit Bratislava & bike tour Bratislava – Devin – Bratislava (58/75 km)
From one capital city to another: when you wake up, the ship is still on its way to Bratislava. You can relax on the sun deck after breakfast. After lunch and arrival, you can begin a 1-hour guided city tour of Bratislava (optional) or start the bike tour right away. The historical center of the Slovak capital is small and compact. So you can easily visit the most important sights like St. Martin’s Cathedral, the Old Opera House or the Old Town Hall on foot. Your bike tour takes you along the Austrian bank of the Danube via Wolfsthal to Hainburg. Here you should definitely take a short break to look at the picturesque alleys of this medieval town. In the middle of the natural idyll of the Donau-Auen National Park lies the Imperial Castle Eckartsau. Here you can experience the splendor of the Habsburg monarchy up close. Then either cycle back or opt for the longer bike ride via Hof Castle and Devín, back to Bratislava.
Day 7: Krems – Pöchlarn (48 km)
This last section is one of the highlights of this bike and boat trip. You start your day in the 1000-year-old city of Krems with its beautiful old town. Then, you will continue through the Wachau region with its characteristic orchards and vineyards. In this fascinating environment you will pass the wine villages Spitz and Weißenkirchen and the castle ruin Dürnstein. Below the ruins is a monastery with a distinctive blue tower. When you reach the medieval town of Melk, you will see the imposing Benedictine Abbey of Melk Abbey (UNESCO World Heritage Site) from afar. The baroque abbey and the old town of Melk are definitely worth a visit. And from the hill you have a great view of the Danube and the surrounding countryside. Our day ends in Pöchlarn. Here you will find, among other things, the birthplace of the famous expressionist painter Oskar Kokoschka.
Day 8: Passau
Arrival in Passau at approx. 9 a.m. – after the breakfast at approx. 10 a.m. bus transfer to the train station/parking space and home journey.
To view the availability of this tour and/or book online please click on the button below. A new screen will open.
Below you see an overview of the available (blue) dates; the yellow dot means that this date has 2 or less cabins available, orange is ‘on request’ and red means that on this date there aren’t any cabins available. Then click on the preferred date. After this, choose your ship (some tours have only one ship, and therefore there is no choice), the number of cabins in the required (and available) category, any desired additional products, and ‘local costs’ (such as special dietary needs, which you usually pay for onboard). On the right side, you’ll find the ‘Booking Summary.’ After completing your preferences and necessary information click ‘Book now’ to finalize your booking.
Unisex Touring bike – 7 gears with coaster brake | small 26″ or normal 28″
The 7-speed touring bike with coaster brake is from the Schauff or Kalkhoff brands. This touring bike is suitable for all road surfaces. It has 7-speed hub gears. A Shimano front brake and a coaster brake ensure safe braking. The frame shape of this rental bike is designed to fit all road surfaces. The frame shape of this rental bike primarily offers comfort. The so-called wave frame has no top tube at all, which makes it possible to get on and off the bike safely. The riding position is straight and very comfortable.
26″ bicycles: suitable for a body height between 1.45 – 1.60 m. 28″ bicycles: suitable for a body height between 1.61 – 1.90 m
Unisex Touring bike – 21 gears with freewheel | 28″
The 21-speed touring bike with freewheel function is from the brands Schauff or Kalkhoff. This touring bike is suitable for all road surfaces. It features a 21-speed derailleur. A Shimano front and rear brake ensure safe braking. This touring bike comes in two frame styles.
The frame shape of this rental bike offers comfort, sportiness and stability in one. The so-called trapezoidal frame allows a lower entry due to the top tube inclined to the saddle and thus a comfortable mounting and dismounting. The seating position is slightly tilted forward with this type of frame.
The frame shape of this rental bike primarily offers comfort. With the so-called wave frame, the top tube is missing entirely and thus a safe mounting and dismounting is given. The riding position is straight and very comfortable.
Men’s Touring bike – 21 gears with freewheel | 28″ (on request available for tall men)
The 21-speed touring bike with freewheel function is from the brands Schauff or Kalkhoff. This touring bike is suitable for all road surfaces. It features a 21-speed derailleur. A Shimano front and rear brake ensure safe braking. In the frame shape of this bike, the top tube runs almost horizontally. The so-called diamond frame is characterized by high stability and is suitable for sporty riding styles. The seating position is slightly tilted forward and stretched.
Men’s Touring bike – 7 gears with backpedal brake | 28″ (on request available for tall men)
The 7-speed touring bike with backpedal brake is from the brands Schauff or Kalkhoff. This touring bike is suitable for all road surfaces. It features a 7-speed gear hub. A Shimano front and a backpedal brake ensure safe braking. In the frame shape of this bike, the top tube runs almost horizontally. The so-called diamond frame is characterized by high stability and is suitable for sporty riding styles. The seating position is slightly tilted forward and stretched.
Unisex E-Bike – 7 gears with freewheel | 28″ (supplement)
The 7- or 8-speed electric bike with freewheel function is from the Kalkhoff brand. This electric bike is suitable for all road surfaces. It has a 7- or 8-speed gear hub. A high braking power and good dosage due to the hydraulic rim brakes ensure safety. The frame shape of this rental bike primarily offers comfort. With the so-called wave frame, the top tube is missing entirely and thus a safe mounting and dismounting can be enabled. The riding position is straight and very comfortable. This electric bike has a powerful 250W motor and a powerful 621Wh battery. The motor is extremely durable and suitable for all weather conditions.
The bike has a comfortable gel saddle or a saddle equipped with Slow Fit Foam. Furthermore, this touring bike has a quick release. This allows you to quickly adjust the saddle of your rental bike to the seating position that suits you best without tools.
This rental bike is equipped with a Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyre. With this so-called “unflat” tyre, the puncture protection is incorporated into the casing with a 5 mm thick insert made of high-quality and resilient materials. For this reason, these tyres are much more resilient and offer increased protection against a puncture.
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