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Danube: Passau to Budapest and back

Waltzing along the Danube
Passau Round tour.
From €909 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.

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.

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.
  • 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.

  • Available
  • 2 or less available
  • On request
  • Not available
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Pricing overview - 2021
Cabin type For Season 1 Fortuna Season 1 Carissima Season 2 Fortuna Season 2 Carissima Season 3 Fortuna Season 3 Carissima
Standard-Eco: Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. Not available € 809 Not available € 859 Not available € 909 Standard: Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. € 799 € 909 € 899 € 959 € 949 € 1009 Comfort-Eco: twin middle deck 2 pers. Not available € 949 Not available € 999 Not available € 1049 Comfort: Twin cabin middle deck 2 pers. € 899 € 1049 € 999 € 1099 € 1049 € 1149 Superior: Fortuna -Twin cabin middle deck / Carissima on upper deck 2 pers. € 999 € 1139 € 1019 € 1189 € 1149 € 1239 Deluxe: twin cabin upper deck 2 pers. € 1159 Not available € 1259 Not available € 1309 Not available Suite 2 pers. € 1479 Not available € 1579 Not available € 1629 Not available
Pricing overview - 2022
Cabin type For Season 1 Fortuna Season 1 Carissima Season 2 Fortuna Season 2 Carissima Season 3 Fortuna Season 3 Carissima
Standard-Eco: Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. Not available € 799 Not available € 849 Not available € 949 Standard: Twin cabin lower deck 2 pers. € 799 € 899 € 899 € 949 € 949 € 1049 Comfort-Eco: twin middle deck 2 pers. Not available € 949 Not available € 999 Not available € 1099 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
  • 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

 

For the boat & bike tours along the Danube with the MS Fortuna is valid immediately AND also retroactively for all existing arrivals/bookings on August 8 and 15, 2021:

Standard drink package (valid from 09.00 – 24.00) INCLUSIVE.

– 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,
  • Other transfers
  • Rental bicycle / E-Bike
  • Rental Helmet
  • Entrance fees & excursions
  • Parking fee
  • Drinks on board
  • Personal (travel) insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Wifi
Additional options & information - 2021
  • Rental bicycle (21-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)
  • 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 23, July 18, October 3; CARISSIMA: April 24, May 8, June 5 and 12, July 3, August 21, September 18). 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 € 68
– Parking garage € 79
(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.

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)
  • 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; CARISSIMA: 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.

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.



Reviews

Rated 8.9 out of 10 based on 22 reviews
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!

4 stars

Jeff Stuckhardt

Our bike guide (Axel) was the best. The Carissima was a pleasant surprise, however the public spaces were uncomfortably warm. The food was excellent far exceeding my expectations. The wait staff was overworked and at times testy. The cruise director, Albert was cordial throughout the trip until the last day when he seemed no longer concerned about the needs of…

4 stars

Maureen Fitzpatrick

Overall a great deal – food was excellent, staff very professional, excursions very good and reasonable in price. The wifi was very inconsistent, the boat had a septic issue that needs immediate attention and some of the bike route directions provided were confusing. Having 1-2 TV stations in English or having English captions recommended as well.

5 stars

Jodi

This trip exceeded all of our expectations! Our experience motivated us to consider traveling this way more often.

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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
3 tours available with this ship
Ship Fortuna Danube

Stair lift

Library

Restaurant and separate lounge

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 170 passengers
85 cabins
2 tours available with this ship

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