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Danube: Danube Experience | Iron Gates

Travel through 6 countries
Passau Round tour.
From €1599 p.p.

Highlights of this tour

Travel through 6 countries in 15 days

Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, & Belgrade

Almost 400 km/ 250 miles

Ship with max. 150 passengers

  • Guided cycling: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Independent cycling: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Independent cycling
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 15 days

Come with us on an adventure-packed boat and bike tour through 6 countries and widely differing cultures that reveals the beauty of the majestic Danube river in all its glory. Discover the breath-taking natural scenery of the Iron Gates, one of the most spectacular gorges in Europe, the vast expanse of the Pannonian plains, cycle through the Danube Bend in Hungary and the breadbaskets of Croatia and Serbia, through idyllic wine-growing regions and past commanding fortresses high above the river. Visit Belgrade, the “white city”, fall in love with bewitching Budapest, the “Paris of the East”, marvel at the baroque palaces in the picturesque Old Town of Bratislava and let yourself be carried away by the elegant charm of Vienna, the city of the waltz.
Scenic and cultural highlights, excellent food and a crew that caters to your every whim, guarantee that your cycling holiday will be a unique and unforgettable experience.

– The four capital cities along the Danube: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade
– The mighty canyon of the Iron Gates National Park is the highlight of this cycling holiday
– Kalocsa, the “Paprika Capital” and center of folk art
– The commanding citadel Petrovaradin
– Novi Sad, the magnificent capital of the Vojvodina
– The basilica in Esztergom, the biggest church in Hungary
– The Drava-Nemzeti National Park
– The picturesque countryside of the Danube Bend
– The fabulous Wachau region with its vineyards and castles

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.

Day to day program

Parts that are printed in italics parts will be covered by the ship.
When guests prefer a day of rest, they can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town..
The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

Day 1: Passau

Embarkation 4 p.m. in Passau; departure is at 5 p.m. Enjoy a final view of the beautiful city of Passau as you glide serenely into the sunset, past dark green forests before entering the lock at the Jochenstein power plant on the border between Germany and Austria.

Day 2: Great Loop | 2021: Obernzell – Obermühl, approx. 35 km/21 mi. / 2022: Engelhartszell – Aschach, approx. 42 km/26 mi.

Your first day’s cycling begins with a ride through the classic scenery of the ‘Great Loop’ Donauschlinge – one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube. Along the way you will encounter tiny villages and cozy cider taverns. In Austria’s only Trappist monastery at Engelhartszell you can taste their delicious liquors and cheese. The famous ‘Schlogener View’ provides a wonderful panorama of the surrounding Austrian countryside. At the charming village Obermühl  or Aschach you go aboard the barge and sail into the beautiful sunset.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, approx. 15 – 43 km/9 – 25.8 mi.

A narrow cycle path runs along the Iron Curtain from the castle ruins in Devin to the splendid palace of Schloss Hof, which boasts one of the most magnificent baroque gardens in Europe. There follows a stretch of untouched countryside and a short time later, you arrive in the vibrant city of Bratislava. Our miniature train tour of the Slovakian capital in which Hungarian kings were once crowned (optional) begins with a glorious view from the fortress perched on a hill overlooking the city and ends with a walk through the beautifully restored historic city center.

Day 4: Budapest | Excursion to Szentendre approx. 27-54 km/16.2-32.4 mi. (or day of rest)

Savour the entrance to Budapest and the stunning views of the city‘s most famous buildings. Discover the city that straddles the Danube on a guided tour (optional) or take a detour to the delightful little town of Szentendre with its many artists and galleries. Get a taste of the fiery Hungarian temperament at a Hungarian folklore show with traditional music and folk dance accompanied by wine and hearty local food (optional).

Day 5: Baja – Mohacs, approx. 37 km/22.2 mi. 

From the quiet baroque town of Baja that is famous for its fish soup, you’ll cycle along the flood protection dykes in the Gemenc floodplain, through sleepy river landscapes past fields of sunflowers. At the end of today’s stage, you take the ferry to the little town of Mohacs, Hungary’s most southerly town on the Danube and famously the site of two battles with the Ottoman Turks.

Day 6: Belgrade (day or rest)

Explore the fun-loving Serbian capital at the confluence of the Save and the Danube by bike or bus, take a journey in time from the past to the present and learn about the rise and fall of Yugoslavia (optional). In the evening, Belgrade is bathed in a sea of light. Visit a colorful folklore show with traditional dances from all parts of the country, followed by typical regional specialties in the well-known bohemian district of Skadarlija with lively folk music from a Serbian band (optional).

Day 7: Cataract Canyons / Iron Gates National Park (day of rest)

Experience the stunning fjord-like landscape at close quarters from the ship’s deck. The river cuts through the Romanian Carpathian mountains and the mighty foothills of the Balkan mountain range. A spectacular landscape with steep gorges, dark forests with historic monuments and impregnable fortresses on the shores that are reflected in the blue waters of the river: this miracle of nature will take your breath away!

Day 8: Novi Sad – Ilok, approx. 48 km/28.8 mi. 

The imposing Petrovaradin fortress perches high above the provincial capital of the Vojvodina. After cycling upstream along a flat cycle path you take a ferry to reach the gentle foothills of the Fruska Gora, with its orchards, vineyards and idyllic farming villages. Everything in the medieval town of Ilok revolves around wine. During an evening tour of the town, you will have the opportunity to sample some famous Serbian wines at a wine cellar (optional).

Day 9: Batina – Mohacs, approx. 42 km/25.3 mi. 

In the border triangle you cycle through the never-ending “Backa”. Small, idyllic villages and endless canola fields accompany you from Croatia to Serbia and Hungary. Farmers stop their work to greet you and now and then you will meet a carriage. You will experience hardly touched nature in Nemzeti National Park and after the ferry ride to Mohacs there is enough time for a visit at the White Stork Museum of the memorial of the Battle of Mohacs.

Day 10: Kalocsa – Solt, approx. 50 km/30 mi.

Kalocsa is the “Paprika Capital” of Hungary and the character of the town is strongly influenced by colorful houses with hand-painted, bright floral patterns and the cathedral with its towers that can be seen even from a distance as they rise into the skies from the flat Hungarian plain. Visiting the Paprika Museum you’ll learn all there is to know about Hungary’s favorite spice. Continue your journey on the well-built cycle path along the flood protection dyke through the vast expanse of the puszta, and corn fields and orchards that stretch as far as the eye can see until you reach Solt, birthplace of the famous conductor Sir George Solti. Vecsey Castle and the library with some 34,000 books are especially worth seeing.

Day 11: Danube Bend – Esztergom, approx. 43 km

The Danube is framed by steep wooded hills as it flows through the picturesque, hilly landscape of the “Hungarian Wachau”. Set in the middle of the Danube, the delightful island of Szentendre radiates real puszta romance. As you continue your journey on idyllic cycle paths through picturesque villages you’ll be able to experience the Hungarian zest for life at first hand. The dome of the imposing basilica in Esztergom that sits high over the Danube can be seen from far and wide. Hungary’s largest church, with its Tuscan-style high altar and a side chapel with red marble walls is especially worth seeing.

Day 12: Vienna (Bike excursion to Klosterneuburg, Danube Island,…)

After so many action-packed days of cycling, you deserve some relaxation. Enjoy the breath-taking view of the idyllic floodplain forest of the Donauauen National Park and the impressive skyline as you sail into Vienna. Go for a ride on the Danube Island – Vienna’s favorite recreational area, cycle out to the nearby Klosterneuburg Abbey or wander through the idyllic vineyards on Kahlenberg (with magnificent views over the city and the Danube). The day ends traditionally with a concert of classic waltz and operetta music in the Schönbrunn palace (optional).

Day 13: Vienna (day of rest)

Discover Vienna: from the saddle on a guided bike tour or on your own with the HOP ON HOP OFF Bus (optional). Ride through the historic city center at a leisurely pace and see the sights from close up. The magnificent Ringstraße will remind you of times long past and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries. Afterwards, there’s enough time to stroll through the quaint lanes or visit the Naschmarkt, a feast for the senses. End your day in Vienna in traditional fashion at a rustic wine tavern.

Day 14: Wachau | Krems – Melk, approx. 37 km

This final stage of your cycling tour can best be described as magical! The gentle hilly countryside of the Wachau with its picturesque villages, historic castles and palaces surrounded by apricot trees and terraced vineyards, is one of the loveliest stretches of the river. In Weißenkirchen the cycle path is lined with cosy vintner’s taverns and you should definitely treat yourself to a break here (optional wine tasting)!

Day 15: Passau

Enjoy the first rays of sun and the early-morning tranquility of the Danube valley one last time. Catch a final view of the Danube Bend at Schlögen – before you reach Passau, your heart bursting with memories and impressions. Disembarkation at approx. 10 a.m. Independent homeward travel. We recommend that you do not make any arrangements for onward connections departing before 11 a.m. To be on the safe side, later departure times would be even better.

Good to know
  • Cycling route distances in the travel program are approximate.
  • On some days you can choose between a longer and a shorter cycling route. Please note that on the shorter routes you may not be able to visit all the highlights mentioned.
  • If you prefer not to cycle on a particular day, you’re welcome to stay on board and relax while the ship cruises to the next landing place.
  • The tour itinerary and route are subject to possible changes due to nautical, technical or meteorological reasons, or other unforeseen events.
  • On the arrival day, you can leave your luggage on board the ship from 11.00 am.
  • Detailed cycling maps, route tips and a GPS app are available for guests who wish to cycle individually and at their own pace. The tour guide is always available via cell phone in case of questions, breakdowns or emergencies.

Prices & information

Prices & availability

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.

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Pricing overview - 2022
Cabin type For August May, June - July, September
Twin ECO Main deck 2 pers. € 1499 € 1599 Twin cabin Main deck 2 pers. € 1859 € 1959 Twin ECO Middle deck 2 pers. € 1859 € 1959 Twin cabin Middle deck 2 pers. € 2179 € 2279 Twin Upper deck 2 pers. € 2279 € 2379
Included in this tour
  • 14 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: breakfast buffet, 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
  • Crew-Show
  • Daily live-music
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)
  • Daily information meeting
  • Detailed roadbook (one per cabin), GPS tracks
  • SGR Insolvency protection
Excluded in this tour
  • Transfers to/from the docking place in Passau;
  • Rental bicycle or e-bike (optional);
  • Other transfers;
  • Parking fee,
  • Entrance fees & excursions;
  • Drinks on board;
  • Personal insurances;
  • Gratuities (at your discretion);
Additional options & information - 2022
  • Bike rent for 21 gear bike: € 139 per person
  • Electrically assisted-Bike: € 249 per person
  • You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.
  • Own bike: if you want to bring your own bike you have to pay €50 (in advance)
  • Own E-bike: if you want to bring your own bike you have to pay €70 (in advance)
  • Diet: (for example lactose or gluten free diet) on request possible. Has to be requested at least 14 days before the departure date. Please bring your own special diet products.
  • Guided Tour (incl. cycling tour guide): € 380 p.p.. Personal attention from a dedicated guide you cycle in a small group where you explore a lot of local cultures, discover hidden sites and secret places and enjoy some delicious appetizers. Including in the price: * Cycling tour guide * Ferry ride * City tour Budapest by bus * City tour Belgrade by bus * City tour Vienna by bus * Rental helmet (adults only).
  • Excursion program: The optional excursions as mentioned in the tour details (not incl. in the tour price) can only be booked (and paid) individually or as a package at a discount on board only.

Bratislava:  City tour with the scenic train and walking tour
Budapest: City tour by bike or by Hop on Hop off bus / Budapest by night + traditional Hungarian folklore show at a Csarda
Belgrade: City tour by bike or bus / Belgrade by night with folklore show
Ilok: Wine-tasting at a local wine cellar
Vienna: City tour by bike or bus; / Waltz & operetta concert at a famous Viennese Palais
Wachau: Wine tasting with a local winegrower

Parking Passau
incl. shuttle transfer to/from pier
– outdoor area
€ 109
– parking garage € 123
(registration form in the travel documents or online, payable locally)

Route description/disclaimer: Itinerary and program barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: Rad & Reisen, Vienna (A). The tour operator is entitled to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants has not been reached. If the tour will not take place, all deposits/payments will be fully refunded.

Travel during corona time

On our tours we make sure that you can travel safely! We follow all possible safety measures on board by observing hygiene rules, equipping staff with face masks and with extra cleaning and sufficient ventilation. All guests, crew and tour leaders complete a health declaration in advance, and during the trip we take care that everyone stays healthy!
For more information and the latest updates click here.

Available ships for this tour

Ship Carissima Danube



Panoramic windows

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 150 passengers
75 cabins
3 tours available with this ship

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