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Passau – Budapest – Passau

Highlights of 4 Danube countries
Passau Round tour.
From €799 p.p.
Biking Burgundy

Highlights of this tour

Accompanied by a cruise ship you cycle along Europe’s second largest river Danube from the charming Bavarian “three river city” of Passau straight into the heart of the once glorious Imperial and Royal Monarchy. Enjoy three of the most enchanting European capitals: the lively Vienna, the Slovak coronation city of Bratislava at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains and Budapest, the “Hungarian Danube Queen”! By bicycle you discover the stunning natural spectacle of the Schlögener Donauschlinge (“Great Loop”), the legendary Wachau with romantic towns and mighty castles amidst lovely vineyards, […]

Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary

Day of rest & exploration in Budapest

Around 200 km / 147 miles

Ships with max. 100 passengers

Guidance
  • 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
Difficulty
  • 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.
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8 days

About this tour

Accompanied by a cruise ship you cycle along Europe’s second largest river Danube from the charming Bavarian “three river city” of Passau straight into the heart of the once glorious Imperial and Royal Monarchy.

Enjoy three of the most enchanting European capitals: the lively Vienna, the Slovak coronation city of Bratislava at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains and Budapest, the “Hungarian Danube Queen”! By bicycle you discover the stunning natural spectacle of the Schlögener Donauschlinge (“Great Loop”), the legendary Wachau with romantic towns and mighty castles amidst lovely vineyards, the untouched alluvial forests of the Danube National Park, as well as the picturesque Hungarian Danube bend where the important cupola of the basilica in Esztergom salutes from the distance.

The highlights of the tour: Passau, the City of 3 rivers, the Schloegen Danube Loop, the Hungarian Danube Bend, the World Heritage Site Wachau, the metropolis of Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna.

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.

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Day to day program 2023

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 – Engelhartszell

Arrival in the “Three River City”. Passau attracts many with the world’s greatest church organ at the Stephansdom and its charming Old Town. Embarkation will be around 4 pm, departure around 7 pm. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Great Loop – Brandstatt, ca. 46 km | Brandstatt – Bratislava

 

The day starts in Engelhartszell (the only Trappist monastery in Austria), where we head towards the “Great Loop” – one of the most beautiful and original sectors of the Danube. Your cycling will encounter small villages and cosy must-see taverns. You’ll board again in Brandstatt. Then, you “sail into the night” towards Bratislava.

Day 3: Pr. Katharina: Bratislava (day of rest) | Bratislava – Budapest |
SE-Manon: Bratislava, ca. 52 km | Bratislava – Budapest

Pr Katharina: Arrival at Bratislava around noon. Today discover the small lively capital of Slovakia. Tip: Enjoy a magnificent panoramic view from the castle and take a ride on a mini train through the enchanting old town. Alternatively, explore the city during a guided bike tour. In the night shipping to Budapest.

SE-Manon: Arrival at Bratislava. You start cycling from Bratislava via Hainburg to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm further on to Devin and then back to Bratislava. Tip: discover the hidden alleys of Bratislava, places and all the sights of this ambitious metropolis during a tour by mini train and by foot. In the night shipping to Budapest.

Day 4: Budapest (day of rest) or roundtrip to Szentendre, ca. 48 km | Budapest – Visegrad

In the early morning, you enjoy the panoramic view of the Danube’s gorgeous landscape on the Sundeck. The gateway to Budapest is overwhelming, as many of the famous tourist features are situated directly next to the river bank. In the afternoon you can explore the numerous attractions of the city. Nearby, you find the Margaretheninsel which is outstandingly qualified for a small bike tour or the charming town of Szentendre with Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life. In the night shipping to Visegrad.

Day 5: Danube Bend | Visegrad – Esztergom, ca. 27 – 60* km | Esztergom – Vienna

The Danube bend is definitely one of most delightful and attractive parts and is called the Hungarian Wachau. Today’s bike leg starts at Visegrad with its famous fortress and the ruins of the former palace. You can choose from 2 different routes: the longer one includes a side trip to the island of Szentendre and the baroque village of Vác, which has been influenced by the architects of the Austrian empress Maria Theresia. The other route leads you directly to the bishop-town of Esztergom, with its gorgeous basilica – Hungary’s largest Catholic Church – overlooking the village. In the night shipping to Vienna.
(*60 km-tour is designed for strong cyclists only).

Day 6: Vienna-Nussdorf / (Korneuburg may also be possible) (day of rest) | Nussdorf – Rossatz

You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral, the Hofburg, the gorgeous boulevard “Ringstraβe” with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House or the town hall that takes you back to the past. In the night shipping to Rossatz or Dürnstein (Wachau).

Day 7: Wachau – Melk – Pöchlarn, ca. 40- 49 km | Pöchlarn – Passau

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 small village of Pöchlarn you will board again. After the farewell gala dinner, you start “sailing” back to Passau.

Day 8: Departure from Passau

Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge (“Great Loop”) before you arrive relaxed at Passau.

Pr. Katharina: Arrival: approx. at 11 am, disembarkation half an hour later.
SE-Manon: Arrival: approx. at 10 am, disembarkation half an hour later.


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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Prices & information

Pricing overview - 2023
Cabin type For Season A Season B Season C Season D Season E
2-Bed lower deck front/astern* 2 pers. € 799 € 899 € 999 Not available Not available 2-Bed lower deck 2 pers. € 899 € 999 € 1099 € 999 € 1099 Single cabin lower deck 1 pers. € 1199 € 1299 € 1399 Not available Not available 2-Bed Middle deck 2 pers. Not available Not available Not available € 1199 € 1299 2-Bed Upper deck 2 pers. € 1099 € 1199 € 1299 € 1299 € 1399 3-Bed Upper deck 3 pers. € 899 € 999 € 1099 Not available Not available Single Upper deck 1 pers. € 1399 € 1499 € 1599 Not available Not available
Included in this tour
  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • Captains greeting and Welcome cocktail
  • Full board: 7x breakfast-buffet, 6x lunch snack on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, 6x afternoon coffee break, 6x 3-course-dinner and 1x farewell-dinner with farewell-drink
  • Bed linen and towels on board
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Prinzessin Katharina: On-board musician
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)
  • Detailed road book (one per cabin)
  • GPS Tracks
  • Daily information meeting for bike tour instructions
  • Port and Tourist taxes
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)
  • SGR Insolvency protection
Bicycles/E-Bikes

Bicycles on board: 28-inch unisex trekking bicycles of the brand Velo de Ville (custom built) with normal mount (ladies model), Shimano 7 gears with hand brake and coaster breaking hubs or 7 speed freewheel hubs (subject to availability, please indicate as non-binding customer request when booking), lock and pannier bag.

E-Bikes:  modern high quality unisex E-bikes of the brand Velo de Ville (custom built) with 8-gear hub and Pedelec cycling support triggered by using the pedals with 3 support modes, robust wheels and comfortable to ride for both men and women. The energy supply is provided by a detachable lithium battery with a range of up to 65 km. The range is subject to body weight, amount of support used, wind, cycling style and terrain. E-Bikes with hand brake and coaster breaking hubs or 7 speed freewheel hubs (subject to availability and limited, please indicate as non-binding customer request when booking).

Additional options & information - 2023
  • Rental bicycle (incl. rental bike insurance): € 79 per week/person (with hand brake, coaster breaking hubs or freewheel hubs (subject to availability – please indicate as non-binding customer request when booking)
  • Rental E-Bike (incl. rental bike insurance): € 189 per week/person (with hand brake, coaster breaking hubs or freewheel hubs (subject to availability – please indicate as non-binding customer request when booking; only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended.
  • Safe on the way, helmet required in Slovakia!: We advise you wear a bike helmet (in Austria children under 12 yrs are obligated to wear a bike helmet, in Slovakia children till 15 yrs and all bikers (except in built-up areas) are obligated to wear a helmet. Please bring your own helmet. You can also buy a helmet (UVEX I-VO) for €40 p.p. on board (limited stock).

 

Parking in Passau:

  • Parking space inclusive transfer to/from ship    75
  • Parking garage inclusive transfer to/from ship  € 87
    (registration form in the travel-documents, payable on site)

 

Minimum number of participants: 80 guests (Prinzessin Katharina) or 90 guests (SE-Manon) (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure).

Legal notice:
Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: SE Tours GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany. Other conditions may apply to this tour: further details on request.



Reviews

based on 52 reviews on

Although the Fortuna is a bit dated, and scheduled for replacement next year, we found our upper level cabin to be very comfortable with plenty of storage space. The onboard experience exceed expectations.very friendly and accommodating staff, good food and excellent dining service, comfortable lounge with nightly entertainment and complimentary wine and beer 7a to 10p. The cruise director was…

customer

Very well organized and friendly. Super staff and great food, well done

Rene Arnet

Generally a good experience, but with room for improvement. The ship was fine, the crew was wonderful. We had great dinners, but breakfast was lacking and without much variety. The part of the trip that really needs improvement is the quality of the bikes…they’re pretty terrible. I’d recommend this trip to friends, but tell them to somehow bring their own…

Monica Kerr

Very good experience, will definitely be a repeat customer. Room was great, bathrooms larger than large cruise ships, food was very good, breakfasts could have offered different options but overall good.Staff was very good.

Tom Kimberley


Available ships for this tour

Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Motor ship Prinzessin Katharina Danube

Hair salon

Two bar areas

Library

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 140 passengers
71 cabins
2 tours available with this ship
Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Motor ship SE-Manon Danube

Restaurant with separate lounge

Spa facilities (Sauna/Whirlpool/Fitness)

Outdoor pool

Individually controlled air conditioning

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

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