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Passau-Budapest-Passau 8-day Bike & Barge Tour

  • 8days
  • Germany

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Bike and Barge Tour on the Danube: Passau to Budapest

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 metropoles of Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna.


All 75 cabins are outside cabins (approx.14 m²) and are comfortably equipped with hotel-style beds. They feature en-suite facilities with shower* (*cabin no. 306, 307, 308, 309 with bathtub), satellite TV, safe, hair dryer, internal telephone line and individual adjustable air conditioning. Upper Deck:  cabins featuring French balconies (= floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door). Middle Deck: The huge panorama windows can be opened. Main Deck: The small windows cannot be opened.  (Height approx. 40 cm).

The inviting spa area offers a holiday for body and soul, and in the small sauna and in the whirlpool, you may want to rest and relax. For endurance and fitness training, there is a small number of cardio equipment available. The barge has a reading lounge with small library, an elegant place for a quiet time to devour your summer reads. In the restaurant with panorama windows, enjoy the views over the passing scenery while the crew serves your meal or while you recall the moments of the day over a glass of wine listening to relaxing music. The spacious sun deck is partly shaded and features plenty of deckchairs. A special highlight is the outdoor pool at the aft of the ship.

There is an elevator running between Middle and Upper Deck! The ship is not wheelchair accessible. Smoking is permitted on the open deck, all the other spaces on board are non-smoking areas

Included in the Bike and Barge Tour:

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • All passenger fees and port fees
  • Captains greeting and Welcome cocktail
  • Full board: breakfast buffet, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists), dinner (2/3 dishes to choose from), afternoon coffee break
  • Farewell dinner with a farewell drink
  • Bed linen and towels on board changed as necessary
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)
  • Detailed road book (one per cabin) plus GPS tracks
  • Daily information meeting for bike tour instructions

Not Included in the Tour:

  • Transfers to/from the docking place in Passau
  • Rental bicycle (79 EUR) or e-bike (189 EUR) 
  • Other transfers, shuttles
  • Entrance fees & excursions
  • Drinks on board
  • City maps
  • Ferry fees
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)


  • Parking fee (parking space approx 75 EUR, parking garage approx 87 EUR)
  • Departures from Friday to Friday

Upper deck from 1299 EUR p.p. shared cabins available on request. Main deck from 1199 EUR p.p shared cabin available on request. 

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 EUR p.p. on board (limited stock).

Covid 19 info updated Nov 2022

  • For all trips from 2023 onwards, guests only need to provide a negative test result for Covid-19 from an official testing station (max. 24 hours old, no self-tests). The costs for the tests are to be paid by each guest and the certificate is to be brought/shown at embarkation. There are NO testing facilities available on board.
  • A Covid-19 vaccination certificate is therefore no longer required, but is expressly recommended by us. Even if vaccination is not mandatory for travel, it protects against severe courses of the disease.
  • We still recommend to wear a FFP2 mask or a surgical mask.

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  • Day 1

    Passau – Engelhartszell

    Arrival in the "Three River City". Passau attracts many with the world's greatest church organ at the Stephansdom and it’s charming Old Town. Embarkation will be around 4:00 pm, departure around 7 pm. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.

  • Day 2

    Engelhartszell - Great Loop - Untermühl, ca. 36 km

    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 Untermühl. Then, you "sail into the night" towards Bratislava.

  • Day 3

    Bratislava, ca. 52 km

    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. 40 km

    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

    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.

  • Day 6

    Vienna-Nussdorf / (Korneuburg may also be possible) (day of rest)

    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

    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. Arrival in Passau is approx. at 10:00 am, disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from noon onwards.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Apr 28 2023 May 05 2023 150 Single rooms 1,499€
Double rooms 999€
May 05 2023 May 12 2023 150 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,099€
May 12 2023 May 19 2023 150 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,099€
May 19 2023 May 26 2023 150 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,099€
May 26 2023 Jun 02 2023 150 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,099€
Jun 02 2023 Jun 09 2023 150 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,099€
Jun 09 2023 Jun 16 2023 150 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,099€
Aug 11 2023 Aug 18 2023 150 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,099€
Aug 18 2023 Aug 25 2023 150 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,099€
Aug 25 2023 Sep 01 2023 150 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,099€
Sep 01 2023 Sep 08 2023 150 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,099€
Sep 08 2023 Sep 15 2023 150 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,099€
Sep 15 2023 Sep 22 2023 150 Single rooms 1,649€
Double rooms 1,099€

Car rental in Germany

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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