The Danube by bike and boat: Passau, Vienna and Budapest

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Tour

Bike and boat tours, E-bike tours

Duration

8 days

Distance

219Km

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Self-guided

The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!
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2/5 Medium-Easy

Moderate-Easy, between 25 and 65 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 150 and 300 meters.

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Ring

The starting point is the same as the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1: Passau – Engelhartszell
Arrival in Passau, a charming city located at the conjunction of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, also known as The city of three rivers. We recommend a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, which houses the world's largest organ. If you have time, take advantage of one of the concerts held there; it's an acoustic experience you won't easily forget. Boarding at 4:00 pm. Around 6:00 pm, the first stretch of navigation on the Danube, towards Engelhartszell. Dinner and overnight stay on board.

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Aschach (42 km)
The bicycle stage starts in the classic and suggestive scenery of the spectacular Schlögen loop, one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube. You will find yourselves in an extremely charming area, where the river makes a U-turn in the midst of a valley dotted with small villages. In Engelhartszell's only Trappist monastery, you can taste delicious liqueurs and cheeses made by the monks themselves. You will find the boat waiting for you in Aschach. Dinner and overnight stay on board.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava (43 km)
Today's bike route will take you along the Iron Curtain, the imaginary line that divided Eastern Europe under Soviet influence from Western Europe under the influence of the United States during the cold war. The cycling path of the Danube will lead you to the beautiful Imperial Palace of Hof, with its terraced gardens and the evocative 17th century residence, a hunting residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy. After crossing Europe's largest and unspoiled floodplain, you will reach Bratislava, at the foot of the Carpathians. You can choose to proceed with a guided tour to discover the treasures of the historic center: the castle, Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin, or the old town hall (not included). Dinner and overnight stay on board.

Day 4: Circular tour Budapest – Szentendre – Budapest (54 km), or free day
The morning will pass, gently navigating the bends of the Danube, before entering Budapest. The entry into the city, where many of the main tourist attractions are located directly on the river, is impressive. You can visit the city by taking a guided bike or bus tour (not included) or, alternatively, you can continue by bike to Szentendre, an ancient Roman stronghold, today a pleasant tourist location with a lively artistic life. At the end of the day, you can participate in a typical evening to experience the local folklore (not included). Dinner and overnight stay on board.

Day 5: Danube Bend – Esztergom (43 km)
Today's stage will take you cycling through the Hungarian Wachau, a valley with truly unique landscapes and perfect for exploring by bike. You'll reach the characteristic episcopal town of Esztergom, famous for housing the largest Catholic church in Hungary. Dinner and overnight stay on board.

Day 6: Free day in Vienna
Today you will have a whole day to discover the Austrian capital, savoring the unique atmosphere of the ancient imperial city. You can discover it by bike or on a bus (not included), visit St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Prater, a large amusement park, or the Hofburg complex, which was the center of Austrian power for more than six centuries. Finally, don't miss a walk on the Ringstrasse, a long avenue on which some of the city's most important buildings and monuments are located: the National Theater (Staatsoper), the parliament, the Burgtheater. In the afternoon you will have all the time to rest in one of the many Viennese cafes, and then, perhaps in the evening, attend a concert or a waltz in the Wiener Kursalon or in a typical place (not included). Dinner and overnight stay on board.

Day 7: Wachau/Krems – Melk (39 km)
Today a magnificent bicycle stage awaits you. The area around the Danube that you will explore alternates between timeless small villages, apricots, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins on the hills. You will definitely be enchanted by this fairy-tale landscape where it will really be a pleasure to pedal. You will cross the baroque town of Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, and in Spitz you can stop to taste one of the many regional wines in one of the typical taverns that overlook the bike path (wine tasting not included). Dinner and overnight stay on board.

Day 8: Passau
On the last day of the tour, during the morning, you can enjoy the first rays of sun from the deck of the boat, immersed in the peace of the Danube Valley. A final stretch of navigation will bring you back to Passau in total relaxation. Disembarking from around 11:00 am. We recommend you plan your return trip considering departures from 12:00 pm onwards.

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✅ What is included in the trip?

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • Welcome briefing
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary
  • GPS or navigation APP
  • Port charges
  • Captain‘s greeting and welcome cocktail
  • Lunch onboard (non
  • cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists)
  • Dinner (2/3 dishes to choose)
  • Gala dinner and farewell cocktail
  • Daily information meeting
  • Farewell crew show

❌ What is not included?

  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • City tax
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Bike rental
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"

💸 Cancellation fees

  • Time Range
  • Full refund
  • More 84 days of departure
  • 80%
  • From 83 to 84 days before departure
  • 70%
  • From 41 to 83 days before departure
  • 40%
  • From 27 to 41 days before departure
  • 20%
  • From 3 to 27 days before departure
  • 10%

The Danube by bike and boat: Passau, Vienna and Budapest

  • To cycle surrounded by the meadows and orchards of Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary
  • To be left breathless by the unique sights of the Schlögen loop, the Wachau valley and the Danube National Park
  • To ride the Danube cycle path, one of the most famous and popular in Europe
  • To combine beautiful bike routes with river cruise sections on a cozy river boat with a swimming pool
  • To immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of three of the most beautiful European cities: Passau, Vienna and Budapest
  • To enjoy a bike and boat tour on the most fascinating river in Europe, with easy bike rides and plenty of relaxation

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Some of our tours are not available or bookable at the moment. If you are interested in this tour, then ask our team for more information on upcoming availability, or on a similar tour available or bookable immediately!

🙋 Frequently asked questions

  • Can I bring my own bike?

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