Boat & Bike Danube MS Carissima

Boat and bike Danube | Passau - Budapest - Passau

Danube bike path

What an amazing cycling holiday you will have aboard the MS Carissima! Reside and dine in luxury during the evenings and during the day get an up close and personal view of the enchanting Danube River while cycling.

Cycle from the charming Bavarian "Three River City" of Passau straight into the heart of the once glorious Imperial and Royal Monarchy, discover four fascinating countries and visit three European capitals on one glorious cycling holiday. The flat Danube Cycle Path offers easy going riding and a treasure trove of scenery, history and culture, all with the adventure of your overnight stays aboard a traditional river cruise ship.

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
  • Minimum number of participants: 50
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Boarding time at 4:30 p.m. Located at the meeting point of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers, Passau has numerouss of interesting sites to visit. Use your free time and stroll through the cobblestoned old town centre, 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!

Your first day’s cycling 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. (approx. 42 km)

You pedal along the former ‘Iron Curtain’, cross the green line and reach the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens. Follow the bike path through Austria’s ‘vegetable garden’ to the coronation city of Bratislava and the slopes of the Little Carpathians and discover the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava on an optional city tour. (approx. 43 km)

The entrance to Budapest, Hungary’s capital is stunning. Savour the beauty of Budapest during a coach tour or a guided bike tour (optional) to discover many of the highlights of this handsome 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 show with traditional music and dance (optional). (approx. 54 km)

The wooded hills of Pilis, Visegrád and Börzsöny together with the meandering Danube create a wonderful landscape that has become a nature lover’s paradise. Situated in the middle of the Danube River the idyllic isle of Szentendre exudes silent Puszta romance. You cycle via the baroque village of Vác (influenced by the architects of Austria’s empress Maria Theresia) to the bishop town of Esztergom with its gorgeous basilica – Hungary’s largest Catholic Church. (approx. 43 km)

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) in one of Vienna‘s most famous palaces.

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. 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 to do a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfortable wine taverns along the bike path. After the Captain’s farewell dinner, lots of fun and entertainment can be experienced during the popular crew show. (approx. 37 km)

As you cruise back up the Danube enjoy the early morning sunshine as you wind your way to Passau, where you will disembark at about 10:00 am. Connecting travel should not be booked earlier than 11:30 am..

Tour character

The Danube Cycle Path leads through flat terrain without any notable climbs and is suitable for everyone. Not in the mood for a bike ride? You can also reach your destination by boat without any effort

Netherlands with bike

Prices and events

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Services & Extras

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities (shower or bathtube) and air conditioning
  • Programme according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • Captains greeting and welcome cocktail
  • Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
  • Full board: rich breakfast, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists), afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose), late night snack
  • Gala dinner with farewell cocktail
  • Farewell crew show
  • Daily live music
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)
  • Daily information meeting
  • Detailed roadbook per cabin

Services not included

  • Journey to/from Passau
  • shuttles
  • entrance fees and excursions
  • bike rental
  • ferry fares
  • travel insurances
  • parking fee
  • drinks on board, tips.
  • 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)

In case of flood or low tide the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages with buses. In extreme case  the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure).  The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine and power unit.Please be aware that your ship, like all other ships on the Danube, is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during night. Especially crossing locks and bridges – and the preparation work – might cause noises. If you are sensitive to noises please bring your own earplugs.



5 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
5 stars
Peter Niederberger DE | 15.10.2018
Großartig, wunderschöne Reise, leider konnte wegen Niedrigwasser Budapest nicht angelaufen werden, Ersatz: Busfahrt
Es war eine rundum gelungene Reise

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