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Danube bike path | Passau-Budapest Boat and Bike

The perfect Kombination - with boat and bike

Passau - Vienna - Budapest - Passau

Accompanied by a comfortable cruise ship you cycle along Europe's second largest river, the Danube, from the charming Bavarian “three river city” of Passau straight into the heart of the glorious former Imperial and Royal Monarchy. Enjoy three of the most enchanting European capitals: 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 greets you from the distance.



  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
Ilka Lange
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Ilka Lange


Arrival in the "Three River City". Passau attracts lots of visitors because the world's greatest church organ is there in the Stephansdom. Passau also has a very charming historical centre. Embarkation will be around 4:30 p.m., departure around 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.

The day starts in Engelhartszell (where there is the only Trappist monastery in Austria). From there, we head towards the "Great Loop" - one of the most beautiful and original sectors of the Danube river. You will go past small villages and cosy must-see taverns on your cycle tour. You'll board again in Brandstatt. Then, you "sail into the night" towards Devin.

Arrival in Devin in the morning. The cycle tour takes you to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof. After crossing the green line you cycle along the former “Iron Curtain” towards the coronation city of Bratislava at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. During a tour by mini train and by foot in the evening (optional) you can discover hidden alleys, places and all the sights of Bratislava, an ambitious metropolis. In the night the boat will move on to Budapest.

In the early morning, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Danube's gorgeous landscape from the sun deck. 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 city on a city tour by coach and by foot (optional). Nearby, you find the Margaretheninsel, which is an outstanding place for a small bike tour. The charming town of Szentendre with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life is also worth a visit. In the evening you can enjoy Budapest by night on a folklore program (opt.) In the night, the boat moves on to Visegrad.

The Danube bend is definitely one of most delightful and attractive parts and is called the Hungarian Wachau. Today's bike ride starts at Visegrad with its famous fortress and the ruins of the former palace. You can choose from two 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 the boat moves on to Vienna.

You should be sure to see the most famous sights like St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg. You can take a city tour by bike or by coach/foot (optional, not included). The gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall takes you back to the past. The evening ends impressively with a Waltz and Operetta concert (optional, not included). In the nigh, the boat moves on to Rossatz or Dürnstein (Wachau).

Your last day's cycle tour 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 Spitz (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional) you will find cosy wine taverns right alongside the bike path. You owe it to yourself to take a break! You’ll board the boat again in Pöchlarn, a small village. After the farewell gala dinner, you start “sailing” back to Passau. 

Every journey draws to an end. Once again you can enjoy the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley on deck. Take a last look at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive nice and relaxed in Passau. Arrival: approx at 10am. Disembark half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from noon onwards in case there is a delay.

Tour character

A flat and sometimes slightly downhill route. All in all a relaxed cycling tour suitable for beginners and children.

Rad und Schiff Donau
Netherlands with bike

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Season 1
May 21, 2018 | Jun 4, 2018 | Jun 18, 2018 | Jul 2, 2018 | Jul 16, 2018 | Jul 30, 2018 | Aug 13, 2018 | Aug 27, 2018 | Sep 10, 2018 |
Danube by bike & barge - MS Arkona - Main deck, DE-DOSBA-08I-H
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin as sgl room
Danube by bike & barge - MS Arkona- Main deck, DE-DOSBA-08I-O
Base price
Aufschlag 2-Bett-Premium-Kabine mit franz. Balkon
7-gear unisex (back pedal brake)
7-gear unisex (free wheel)
Electric bike

Services & Extras

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with own WC/toilet and air conditioning
  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • Welcome and farewell drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Changing of towels and bed cloths if desired
  • Full meals: breakfast, light lunch on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, afternoon coffee break, dinne
  • Live music every day
  • Daily informational meeting
  • 1 information pack with route book per cabin
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with group)
  • Harbour fees included
  • Passau main station: about 5 km from the pier
  • Parking space (fenced area) incl. transfer parking space – boat – parking space € 66 per week
  • Parking garage incl. transfer park garage – boat – park garage € 77 per week (Application form in your travel documents, pay there)

Number of participants

Min Number 50 persons


The ship MS ARLENE is one of the favoured middle class with a familiar atmosphere. You find a Panoramasalon on the upper deck and on the main deck is the good restaurant. The 2.bed-cabins on main and upper deck are approx. 10-11 m² huge with 2 bed shifted around the corner. The 1-bed-cabin is only bookable on the upper deck with a size of approx. 8-9 m².


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