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Danube: Passau to Budapest and back

Waltzing along the Danube
Passau Round tour.
From €799 p.p.

Highlights of this tour

Cities of Vienna, Bratislava, & Budapest

Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary

Around 220 km / 135 miles

Barge with max. 170 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 Guided 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.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 8 days

By bike and boat from the “Bavarian Venice“ directly into the heart of the famous and glamorous former K+K monarchy Austria/Hungary. Look forward visiting three of Europe’s most charming capitals: Vienna, the metropolis of Waltz, Bratislava, the capital of coronation and Budapest, the „Paris of the East“. The bike tours lead you to the romantic „Great Loop“ (Schlögener Donauschlinge), the picturesque Danube Bend with Hungary’s largest cathedral and the legendary Wachau valley, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage with its small villages, beautiful palaces and castles.

Highlights

  • Passau at the intersection of three rivers
  • the “Great Loop” Schlögener Donauschlinge
  • UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site Wachau
  • Hungarian Danube Bend
  • the metropolises of Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest

 

On board of one of our comfortable cruise ships you enjoy an exclusive atmosphere – in the spacious, convenient cabins as well as in the stylish outdoor area. Experience the fantastic view to breath-taking landscapes – on the bike, from the pool on the sun deck, in the comfy seats of the panorama-lounge, and even during your amazing meals in the first class restaurant. This exciting bike trip will make your holiday unforgettable.

Individual bicycle tour: You´ll receive a detailed roadbook with maps and information to the routing 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.
Guided tours: possible on some dates, a supplement is charged.

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.

NOTE from the organizing tour operator: Until further notice and in the interests of all of our travel participants, all Danube bike and boat bookings in 2022 have full Covid 19 vaccination protection or a recovery certificate that is valid until the end of the booked trip. Basically, we want to make it clear that it is not our intention to patronize anyone. Of course, we respect the personal decision of our customers and the freedom of each individual. Nevertheless, we have a responsibility: Our guests should feel comfortable on our bike + boat tours on the Danube and come home healthy. In addition, we want to ensure that the trip runs smoothly without time-consuming test obligations or the like. Should the epidemiological situation ease in the course of the year, we reserve the right to adjust our decision.

Day to day program

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 – Engelhartszell

Boarding time at 4.00 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. At 6.00 p.m. we cast off!

Day 2: Great Loop | Engelhartszell – Aschach, approx. 42 km / 25.3 mi.

Your first day’s tour 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. The boat welcomes all cyclists back on board in the charming market town of Aschach.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, approx. 43 km

You pedal along the former ‘Iron Curtain’, cross the green line and reach the imposing Imperial Schlosshof Palace with its beautifully terraced gardens. Follow the bike path through Austria’s ‘vegetable garden’ to the coronation town Bratislava and the slopes of the Little Carpathians and discover the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava on an optional city tour.

Day 4: Budapest | Excursion to Szentendre, approx. 54 km (or day of rest)

The entrance to Budapest, Hungary’s capital is stunning. Savor the beauty of Budapest during a coach tour or a guided bike tour (optional) to discover many of the highlights of this beautiful city. You can also choose to cycle to the charming town of Szentendre with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art scene. You will get a very close experience of Hungarian culture at an evening Folklore show with traditional music, local appetizers and dance (optional).

Day 5: Danube bend – Esztergom, approx. 43 km

Situated in the middle of the Danube River the idyllic isle of Szentendre exudes silent Puszta romance. History, folklore and Hungarian way of life will accompany you on your way to Esztergom where the gorgeous basilica – Hungary’s largest Catholic Church – impresses its guests.

Day 6: Vienna (day of rest)

Discover Vienna’s most beautiful attractions. During a city tour by bike or bus (optional) you will experience Vienna’s most famous examples of architecture: the imperial Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the gorgeous ‘Ring’-boulevard and the State Opera House, the Burgtheater and town hall, and of course the colorful “Hundertwasserhaus”. Take time to relax in one or more of Vienna’s famous cafés, while the evening ends impressively at a classical concert (optional) at a famous Viennese Palace.

Day 7: Wachau | Krems – Melk, approx. 37 km

Your last biking day is a special highlight! A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Durnstein, while the blue spire of the monastery church is a landmark of the renowned Wachau Valley. Amidst dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards and castles, this hilly landscape enchants everybody who visits … you will be biking on cloud nine! In Weißenkirchen (possibility for wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfortable wine taverns along the bike path.

Day 8: Passau

As you cruise back up the Danube enjoy the early morning sunshine as you wind your way to Passau, where you’ll disembark at approx. 10.00 a.m. Connecting travel should be booked for 11.30 a.m. onwards.

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.
  • Tour profile, level 1: The cycle route is completely flat with only slightly gradients, ideal for cyclists with less experience and children. Do not feel like cycling? Without effort you will also reach your destination by ship.
  • Individual bicycle tours: You´ll receive a detailed roadbook with maps and information to the routing 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 cruise director explains the evening before the next cycling path in the daily briefings and inform you about the specifics and gives tipps about sightseeing, possibilities to take a rest and specialties.
  • If you do not want to cycle, just stay on board and enjoy the passing landscape on the sun deck or relax in the infrared cabin. The crew is trying to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
  • In the event of extremely high or low water, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge stages by bus or even to cancel the trip at short notive without any legal claim arising therefrom (water levels are force majeure). The same applies for officially decreed repairs to locks or bridges, not announced in advance, or in the event of motor or propulsion damage to the ship without attributed fault.
    One the one hand, a riverboat is a “holiday hotel”, while on the other, it is also a means of transport that moves with motor power and must always be operated, even at night (partially with lock and bridge passages and the retractions and extensions of the structures caused as a result). Mistakes can happen with lock passages. This is the case for all Danube journeys and cannot be avoided.
    Please bear in mind that riverboats are restricted (bridge passages, locks) in size (length, height, width) and therefore cannot be compared with cruise liners in the sea. The cabins are limited in space but are nevertheless comfortable and furnished.

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.

  • Available
  • 2 or less available
  • On request
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Pricing overview - 2022
Cabin type For Season 1 Fortuna Season 1 Swiss Crown Season 2 Fortuna Season 2 Swiss Crown Season 3 Fortuna Season 3 Swiss Crown
Standard: Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. € 799 € 899 € 899 € 949 € 949 € 1049 Comfort: Twin cabin middle deck 2 pers. € 899 € 1049 € 999 € 1099 € 1049 € 1199 Superior: Fortuna -Twin cabin middle deck / Carissima on upper deck 2 pers. € 999 € 1199 € 1099 € 1249 € 1149 € 1349 Deluxe: twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. € 1199 Not available € 1299 Not available € 1349 Not available Suite 2 pers. € 1479 Not available € 1579 Not available € 1629 Not available
Included in this tour
  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
  • Port Charges
  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • Captain‘s greeting and welcome cocktail
  • Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
  • Full board: breakfast buffet, lunch onboard (non-cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists), afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose), late night snack
  • Fortuna: Standard drink package (valid from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Gala dinner and farewell cocktail
  • Farewell crew show
  • Daily live music
  • Cruise director onboard (does not cycle with the group)
  • Daily information meeting
  • Detailed roadbook per cabin, GPS Tracks
  • SGR Insolvency protection

 

Standard drink package: Non-alcoholic beverages, water by the glass, draft beer, non-alcoholic beer, open house wines (white, rose and red by the glass). Excluded: Coffee specialties, minibar items and cabin water

 

Excluded in this tour
  • Transfers to/from the ship
  • 2022: Fuel surcharge à € 65 p.p.
  • Other transfers
  • Rental bicycle / E-Bike
  • Rental Helmet
  • Entrance fees & excursions
  • Parking fee
  • Drinks on board
  • Personal (travel) insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Wifi
Bicycles/E-Bikes

21-/24-speed-tourbike:

Our bicycles are modern and high standard quality of KTM. We offer 28-Zoll-Unisex-tourbikes with deep comfort-entrance. The bikes are equipped with either 21 or 24-derailleur-gear (depending on ship) with override, caliper brakes and robust wheels. Our bicycles are mostly not older than 3 years. During the journey, you are liable for any damage, loss or theft. A corresponding bike insurance can be completed on board.

E-Bike (freewheel):

Our electric bicycles are designed to complement your pedaling, not to replace it. They are equipped with a torque sensor that measures how hard you push on the pedals. You set a power level—from low assistance to high—and the bike gives you power in proportion to your pedaling, allowing you to ride further, faster and with greater ease and enjoyment. Torque-sensed pedal assist has been described by customers as “like magic,” a “superman (or wonder woman) sensation,” as well as “the best antidepressant ever invented”.

Additional options & information - 2022
  • Rental bicycle (21/24-speed trekking bike with handbrakes): € 80 per week/person
  • Rental E-Bike: € 180 per week/person (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended.
  • Own bike: If you want to bring your own bike you have to pay €25 (in advance)
  • Own E-bike: If you want to bring your own E-bike you have to pay €35 (in advance)
  • FLEX tariff: € 39 p.p. (for new bookings as per 01 Nov. 2021)
    1 x rebooking free of charge without any special reason to a later departure date (in 2022 or 2023) up to 28 days prior departure. Tour price of the new travel date applies. Only possible for bookings for 2022 with MV Swiss Crown and MV FORTUNA for cabins in the STANDARD and COMFORT categories. Upgrade (additional price) to a higher cabin category is possible at the earliest 27 days before the start of the journey, depending on availability. The Flex tariff can only be selected directly when booking. A later change to the Flex tariff or a subsequent booking is not possible.
  • Save on the way, helmet required in Slovakia: We advise you wear a bike helmet (in Austria children till 12 yrs are obligated to wear a bike helmet, in Slovakia all bikers are obligated to wear a helmet (except in built-up areas). Please bring your own helmet . You can also buy a helmet on board. (limited stock).

 

Additional: Guided Tour: € 255 p.p. Departure dates: FORTUNA: May 22, July 17, October 2 and 9; Swiss Crown: May 28, July 2, September 3. 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. Included in the Guided tour price:

  • Cycling tour guide
  • Ferry crossings
  • Tasting of homemade cider at a cider producer in the Upper-Danube-Valley
  • Wine tasting with a local wine grower
  • Guided city tour by bike in Vienna & unguided by Hop On Hop Off bus in Budapest
  • Bike helmet rental (only adults)
    Minimum number of participants: 10. Maximum 18 participants (has to be reached 4 weeks prior to departure date).

 

Excursion program
Optional excursions (not included in the price of your tour) can be booked individually or as a package at a discount on board only.

  • Bratislava: City tour with scenic train and walking tour
  • Budapest: City tour by bike or HOP ON HOP OFF bus / Budapest by night folklore show at a traditional Hungarian Csarda
  • Vienna: City tour by bike or by bus / Classical waltz & operetta concert in one of Vienna’s famous palaces
  • Wachau: Wine tasting with a local wine grower in Wachau Valley

 

Parking Passau
incl. shuttle transfer to/from pier
– outdoor area € 71
– Parking garage € 83
(registration form in the travel documents or online, payable locally)

Minimum of participants
ship: 90 people / guided tour: 10 people (max. 18 pers.) (has to be reached 4 weeks prior cruise start)

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.



Reviews

Rated 8.9 out of 10 based on 25 reviews
5 stars

Dolena Wildman

This was our second bike boat trip with this company. They certainly did not disappoint! The trip was amazing! We took all the added excursions and thoroughly enjoyed them all. The food was delicious and there was lots of variety. Leslie our guide was super organized and helpful. He worked very hard to make sure everyone knew where to cycle.…

5 stars

David Martens

Have been on several boat/bike tours and Passau to Budapest is simply excellent; the boat, crew, meals, bikes, scenery…everything and everyone was just great. Especially cruise director Mr. Leslie – he was so organized, professional, friendly….the best we’ve encountered!

3 stars

Marylise Ballarin-Devins

I ‘m used to enjoy one week biking with Bostbike every year since 2013 and this year it was a second tour, but not with Boatbike, but with Radreisen. Uselly I prefer small boats to have a better contact with small group, but I wanted to try the famous Danauweg without the enormous number of people who normally go on…

5 stars

Lynn

We had a great week! The crew is awesome! Highly recommend getting the “comfort package ” and having a guide on your rides. Our guide was Axel… great guy.. very knowledgeable!

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Available ships for this tour

Ship Carissima Danube

Whirlpool/Sauna

Library

Panoramic windows

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 150 passengers
75 cabins
2 tours available with this ship
Ship Fortuna Danube

Stair lift

Library

Restaurant and separate lounge

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 170 passengers
85 cabins
1 tours available with this ship
Ship Swiss Crown Danube

Whirlpool/Sauna

Library

Spacious cabins

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 135 passengers
68 cabins
3 tours available with this ship

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