Durnstein in the Wachau Valley, Krems-Land, Lower Austria. Danube River bike tour. Photo courtesy of Radundreisen-Eurocycle

Egg painting at the Folk House in Kalocsa, Hungary. Photo via Flickr:Gary Bembridge
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Along the Danube-Iron Gates

Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania Bike + Barge Tours

Six countries, four capitals, and the Iron Gates National Park

  • We are pleased to offer this adventure-packed bike and boat tour through six countries with widely differing cultures that reveal the beauty of the majestic Danube River in all its glory and diversity.

    You will discover the breath-taking natural scenery of the Iron Gates, one of the most spectacular gorges in Europe and the vast expanse of the Pannonian plains. You will cycle through the Danube Bend in Hungary and the breadbaskets of Croatia and Serbia, through idyllic wine-growing regions, and past commanding fortresses, high above the river!

    Belgrade, the “white city”, is on the agenda, as well as bewitching Budapest, the “Paris of the East”. You will marvel at the baroque palaces in the picturesque Old Town of Bratislava and the elegant charm of Vienna, the city of the waltz.

    Scenic and cultural highlights, excellent food and a crew that caters to your every whim, guarantee that your cycling holiday will be a unique and unforgettable experience.

    Highlights:

    • The four capital cities along the Danube, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, and Belgrade
    • The mighty canyon of the Iron Gates National Park is the highlight of this cycling holiday
    • Kalocsa, the “Paprika Capital” and center of folk art
    • The commanding citadel Petrovaradin
    • Novi Sad, the magnificent capital of the Vojvodina
    • The basilica in Esztergom, the biggest church in Hungary
    • The Drava-Nemzeti National Park
    • The picturesque countryside of the Danube Bend
    • The fabulous Wachau region with its vineyards and castles

    Interested in more? Check out all of our Danube Bike Tours.

  • Season 1: April
    Season 2: June/August/September

    Theodor KörnerMain UpperPromenade
    S1: Eco Cabin (Bunk Bed) £ 1121 $ 2,259 1308 NOK 12426 kr 11470 $ 1,491 £ 1387 $ 2,795 1618 NOK 15371 kr 14189 $ 1,845  
    S1: 2 bed £ 1387 $ 2,795 1618 NOK 15371 kr 14189 $ 1,845 £ 1658 $ 3,341 1934 NOK 18373 kr 16960 $ 2,205 £ 1747 $ 3,520 2038 NOK 19361 kr 17872 $ 2,323
    S1: Junior Suite  £ 2018 $ 4,066 2354 NOK 22363 kr 20643 $ 2,684 £ 2018 $ 4,066 2354 NOK 22363 kr 20643 $ 2,684
    S2: Eco (Bunk bed) £ 1207 $ 2,432 1408 NOK 13376 kr 12347 $ 1,605 £ 1473 $ 2,967 1718 NOK 16321 kr 15066 $ 1,959  
    S2: 2 bed £ 1473 $ 2,967 1718 NOK 16321 kr 15066 $ 1,959 £ 1743 $ 3,513 2034 NOK 19323 kr 17837 $ 2,319 £ 1833 $ 3,693 2138 NOK 20311 kr 18749 $ 2,437
    S2: Junior Suite  £ 2103 $ 4,239 2454 NOK 23313 kr 21520 $ 2,798 £ 2103 $ 4,239 2454 NOK 23313 kr 21520 $ 2,798

    ECO or 2-bed cabin for single use: surcharge applies! Junior suites cannot be booked for single use.

    Season 1: April 25
    Season 2: May 23, June 20, July 18, August 8, August 29, September 26

    CARISSIMA

    Season 1

    Season 2

    Standard (Main deck): 2-bed cabin-ECO* £ 1401 $ 2,822 1634 NOK 15523 kr 14329 $ 1,863 £ 1486 $ 2,995 1734 NOK 16473 kr 15206 $ 1,977
    Standard (Main deck): 2-bed cabin £ 1670 $ 3,365 1948 NOK 18506 kr 17082 $ 2,221 £ 1755 $ 3,537 2048 NOK 19456 kr 17959 $ 2,335
    Comfort (Middle deck):  2-bed cabin-ECO* £ 1658 $ 3,341 1934 NOK 18373 kr 16960 $ 2,205 £ 1743 $ 3,513 2034 NOK 19323 kr 17837 $ 2,319
    Comfort (Middle deck):  2-bed cabin £ 1935 $ 3,898 2257 NOK 21442 kr 19792 $ 2,573 £ 2020 $ 4,071 2357 NOK 22392 kr 20669 $ 2,687
    Superior (Upper deck):  2-bed cabin £ 2020 $ 4,071 2357 NOK 22392 kr 20669 $ 2,687 £ 2106 $ 4,244 2457 NOK 23342 kr 21546 $ 2,801
    Superior (Upper deck): 2-bed Single Use** £ 3057 $ 6,159 3566 NOK 33877 kr 31271 $ 4,065 £ 3189 $ 6,427 3721 NOK 35350 kr 32630 $ 4,242

    Cabin details and pictures can be found on the boat page here: Carissima Boat Page

    *ECO cabins are located in the front/rear part of the ship (operating noise possible)

    **Single Use cabins are limited to 2 per departure and only possible on upper deck.

    Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy of the cabin.

     

     

    extra options

    THEODOR KORNER

    Extra night in Passau hotel3 star4 star
    Double/twin £ 50 $ 100 58 NOK 551 kr 509 $ 66 £ 57 $ 114 66 NOK 627 kr 579 $ 75
    Single £ 71 $ 143 83 NOK 789 kr 728 $ 95 £ 79 $ 159 92 NOK 874 kr 807 $ 105

    Transfer 

    One-WayRound-Trip 
    Munich Airport - Passau £ 68 $ 136 79 NOK 751 kr 693 $ 90 £ 111 $ 223 129 NOK 1226 kr 1131 $ 147

    Transfer (can be requested from/to the city center (hotel) or train station, one way, 1 - 8 ppl):   £ 34 $ 69 40 NOK 380 kr 351 $ 46

    Electric bike: £ 94 $ 190 110 NOK 1045 kr 965 $ 125

    Discount (bringing own bike): £ 98 $ 197 114 NOK 1083 kr 1000 $ 130

    Helmets can be purchased on board for approx: £ 21 $ 43 25 NOK 238 kr 219 $ 29

    Other items available for purchase are cycling clothing and rain suits.

    CARISSIMA

    Comfort Relax Guided Package: £ 296 $ 596 345 NOK 3278 kr 3025 $ 393

    E-Bike: £ 94 $ 190 110 NOK 1045 kr 965 $ 125

    Discount for bringing own bike: £ 89 $ 180 104 NOK 988 kr 912 $ 119

     

    Extra night in Passau3 Star Hotel4 Star Hotel
    Double/twin £ 50 $ 100 58 NOK 551 kr 509 $ 66 £ 57 $ 114 66 NOK 627 kr 579 $ 75
    Single £ 71 $ 143 83 NOK 789 kr 728 $ 95 £ 81 $ 164 95 NOK 903 kr 833 $ 108

    Transfers:
    Munich Airport to Passau or v.v One-way: £ 68 $ 136 79 NOK 751 kr 693 $ 90 Munich Airport to Passau Round-trip: £ 111 $ 223 129 NOK 1226 kr 1131 $ 147 Pick-up or Drop-off Munich City Center, one-time surcharge per GROUP (1-8 pers.) surcharge: £ 34 $ 69 40 NOK 380 kr 351 $ 46  

     

    please note

    Children's discounts available.

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    The closest international airport to your tour start and tour end is Munich International Airport.

    Local Travel

    Arrival:
    Utilizing public transportation: from the airport, you first take a bus to Freising, and then train to Passau. Total travel time is about 3 1/2 hours.
    Collective transfer can be reserved from the airport to the ship. See pricing.
    If traveling from Munich Center, you can take a train to Passau or again, collective transfer can be reserved.
    Departure:

    • Check out of cabin by 9 a.m.
    • Arrival in Passau: approx. 9:30 a.m.
    • Disembarkation: estimated time 10 a.m
    • Please note, that after the arrival in Passau the ship must be anchored (duration approx. 30 min.).
    • Onward journeys: We recommend that you plan on 11 a.m. as the earliest departure from Passau.
    • Departure train travel to airport: travel time is about 2 1/2 hours to Freising , from here, bus to airport.
    • Departure transfer: Please see pricing.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to use when researching average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more weather related information is: weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    Don’t forget to request helmets and/or transfers with your booking!

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveller's responsibility to insure proper documentation


Tour Dates

Saturdays, April 27, June 15, August 3, August 31, and September 28, 2019

Season 1: April
Season 2: June/August/September

Deluxe Class Boat

CARISSIMA:

SATURDAY departures: April 25, May 23, June 20, July 18, August 8, August 29, September 26

Guided Tour Package offered on April 25, June 20, August 8 (other dates on request with a minimum of 10 participants)

 

Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate self guided bike and boat tour. The route mainly follows the EuroVelo #6 cycle path. In Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, the path is asphalted and the terrain is flat. In Serbia, the route follows a combination of country roads, with very little traffic, and designated cycle paths, not all of which are asphalted. There are significant hills on one stage of the route (Day 5 Baja-Mohacs) which does warrant a moderate rating. Remember that you can always stay on board!

Where You’ll Stay

In 2019, on the premium class boat, the Theodor Korner. In 2020, aboard the deluxe class boat, the Carissima.

What’s Included

2019 and 2020

  • 14 nights in air conditioned cabin with private bathroom
  • Captain’s cocktail reception
  • Cabins cleaned daily
  • Towels and bed linens
  • Buffet breakfast, lunch on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, dinner (choice of 2-3 main dishes)
  • Afternoon Coffee Break
  • Late Night Snack
  • Gala dinner with farewell cocktail
  • Crew Show
  • Daily live music
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)
  • Daily information meeting
  • Detailed route booklet (one per cabin)
  • 21-speed touring bike equipped with pannier and handlebar bag
  • Port fees
  • GPS tracks can be provided on request

2020

  • Included with Comfort Relax Guided Package:
  • Tour Guide that cycles with you
  • Ferry rides
  • City tour by bus in Budapest
  • City tour by bus in Belgrade
  • City tour by bus in Vienna
  • Helmet Rental (adults only)

What’s Not Included

  • Optional excursions
  • Drinks on board
  • Electric bike, available for supplement. Electric bikes are back pedal bike, equipped with a torque sensor that measures how hard you push on the pedals, however you do set assistance level
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length15 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Along the Danube-Iron Gates Map

2019 Itinerary - Theodor Korner

Day 1: Passau
Day 2: Schlögen Danube Bend | Engelhartszell – Aschach, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 4: Budapest | Excursion to Szentendre, 34 mi. (54 km) (or rest day)
Day 5: Baja – Mohacs, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 6: Belgrade (rest day)
Day 7: Cataract Canyons /Iron Gates National Park (rest day)
Day 8: Novi Sad – Ilok, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 9:  Batina - Mohacs, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 10: Kalocsa – Solt, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 11: Danube Bend – Esztergom, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 12: Vienna (Bike excursion to Klosterneuburg, Danube Island…)
Day 13: Vienna (rest day)
Day 14: Wachau | Krems – Melk, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 15: Passau

*All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc. 

Day 1: Passau
Embarkation is at 3.00 p.m. in Passau. Do note that the boat will depart at 5.00 p.m. so be prompt.  On board, you will enjoy a final view of the beautiful city of Passau as you glide serenely into the sunset, past dark green forests, before entering the lock at the Jochenstein power plant on the border between Germany and Austria. 

Day 2: Schlögen Danube Bend | Engelhartszell – Aschach, 26 mi. (42 km)
Enjoy a delightful day’s cycling from Engelhartszell (Austria’s only Trappist monastery) through the ruggedly romantic Danube Bend at Schlögen. It is  one of the most beautiful sections of the river, lined with sleepy farming villages. Along the way, you can drop in at one of the many inviting cider taverns. Rejoin the ship in the idyllic market town of Aschach, with its long tradition of shipbuilding and shipping, before sailing into the night.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, 27 mi. (43 km)
A narrow cycle path runs along the Iron Curtain from the castle ruins in Devin to the splendid palace of Schloss Hof, which boasts one of the most magnificent baroque gardens in Europe. There follows a stretch of untouched countryside and a short time later, you arrive in the vibrant city of Bratislava. The miniature train tour of the Slovakian capital in which Hungarian kings were once crowned (optional) begins with a glorious view from the fortress perched on a hill overlooking the city and ends with a walk through the beautifully restored historic city centre.

Day 4: Budapest | Excursion to Szentendre, 34 mi. (54 km) (or rest day)
Savour the entrance to Budapest and the stunning views of the city‘s most famous buildings as this is a site to behold. You will have the option to discover the city that straddles the Danube on a guided tour (optional) or take a detour to the delightful little town of Szentendre with its many artists and galleries. Get a taste of the fiery Hungarian temperament at a Hungarian folklore show with traditional music and folk dance accompanied by wine and hearty local food (optional).

Day 5: Baja – Mohacs, 23 mi. (37 km)
From the quiet baroque town of Baja that is famous for its fish soup, you’ll cycle along the flood protection dykes in the Gemenc floodplain, through sleepy river landscapes past fields of sunflowers. At the end of today’s stage, you take the ferry to the little town of Mohacs, Hungary’s most southerly town on the Danube and  the site of two battles with the Ottoman Turks. *You will encounter some hilly terrain on today's route so the biking is more moderate in difficulty.

Day 6: Belgrade (rest day)
Explore the fun-loving Serbian capital at the confluence of the Save and the Danube by bike or bus, take a journey in time from the past to the present and learn about the rise and fall of Yugoslavia (optional). In the evening, Belgrade is bathed in a sea of light. Visit a colourful folklore show with traditional dances from all parts of the country, followed by typical regional specialities in the well-known bohemian district of Skadarlija with lively folk music from a Serbian band (optional).

Day 7: Cataract Canyons /Iron Gates National Park (rest day)
Experience the stunning fjord-like landscape at close quarters from the ship’s deck. The river cuts through the Romanian Carpathian mountains and the mighty foothills of the Balkan mountain range. Showcased for you will be a spectacular landscape with steep gorges, dark forests with historic monuments and impregnable fortresses on the shores that are reflected in the blue waters of the river: this miracle of nature will take your breath away!

Day 8: Novi Sad – Ilok, 30 mi. (48 km)
The imposing Petrovaradin fortress perches high above the provincial capital of the Vojvodina. After cycling upstream along a flat cycle path you take a ferry to reach the gentle foothills of the Fruska Gora, with its orchards, vineyards and idyllic farming villages. Everything in the medieval town of Ilok revolves around wine. During an evening tour of the town, you will have the opportunity to sample some famous Serbian wines at a wine cellar (optional).

Day 9: Batina - Mohacs, 26 mi. (42 km)
Start cycling through the never-ending „Backa“ through the small, idyllic villages and endless canola fields from Croatia to Serbia and Hungary. Farmers stop their work to greet you and now and then you will meet a carriage. You will experience an almost untouched nature at the Nemzeti National Park. After a ferry ride to Mohacs, there is enough time for a visit at the White Stork Museum or the memorial of the Battle of Mohacs.

Day 10: Kalocsa – Solt, 31 mi. (50 km)
Kalocsa is the “Paprika Capital” of Hungary and the character of the town is strongly influenced by colourful houses with hand-painted, bright floral patterns and the cathedral with its towers that can be seen even from a distance as they rise into the skies from the flat Hungarian plain. Visiting the Paprika Museum you’ll learn all there is to know about Hungary’s favourite spice. Continue your journey on the well-built cycle path along the flood protection dyke through the vast expanse of the puszta, and corn fields and orchards that stretch as far as the eye can see until you reach Solt, birthplace of the famous conductor Sir George Solti. Vecsey Castle and the library with some 34,000 books are especially worth seeing.

Day 11: Danube Bend – Esztergom, 27 mi. (43 km)
The Danube is framed by steep wooded hills as it flows through the picturesque, hilly landscape of the “Hungarian Wachau“. Set in the middle of the Danube, the delightful island of Szentendre radiates real puszta romance. As you continue your journey on idyllic cycle paths through picturesque villages you’ll be able to experience the Hungarian zest for life at first hand. The dome of the imposing basilica in Esztergom that sits high over the Danube can be seen from far and wide. Hungary’s largest church, with its Tuscan-style high altar and a side chapel with red marble walls, is especially worth seeing.

Day 12: Vienna (Bike excursion to Klosterneuburg, Danube Island…)
After so many action-packed days of cycling, you deserve some relaxation. Enjoy the breath-taking view of the idyllic floodplain forest of the Donauauen National Park and the impressive skyline as you sail into Vienna. Go for a ride on the Danube Island – Vienna’s favourite recreational area, cycle out to the nearby Klosterneuburg Abbey or wander through the idyllic vineyards on Kahlenberg (with magnificent views over the city and the Danube). The day ends traditionally with a concert of classic waltz and operetta music in a historic Viennese palace (optional).

Day 13: Vienna (rest day)
Discover Vienna: from the saddle on a guided bike tour or on your own with the HOP ON HOP OFF Bus (optional). Ride through the historic city centre at a leisurely pace and see the sights from close up. The magnificent Ringstraße will remind you of times long past and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries. Afterwards, there’s enough time to stroll through the quaint lanes or visit the Naschmarkt, a feast for the senses. End your day in Vienna in traditional fashion at a rustic wine tavern.

Day 14: Wachau | Krems – Melk, 23 mi. (37 km)
This final stage of your cycling tour can best be described as magical! The gentle hilly countryside of the Wachau with its picturesque villages, historic castles and palaces surrounded by apricot trees and terraced vineyards, is one of the loveliest stretches of the river. In Weißenkirchen the cycle path is lined with cosy vintner’s taverns and you should definitely treat yourself to a break here (optional wine tasting)!

Day 15: Passau
Enjoy the first rays of the sun and the early-morning tranquillity of the Danube valley one last time. Catch a final view of the Danube Bend at Schlögen – before you reach Passau, your heart bursting with memories and impressions. Disembarkation at approx. 10.00 a.m. Independent homeward travel. We recommend that you do not make any arrangements for onward connections departing before 11.00 a.m. To be on the safe side, later departure times would be even better.

Excursions:

Bratislava: City tour on a scenic train, walk through the historic city center
Budapest: City tour by bike or by HOP ON HOP OFF Bus
Budapest by night and folklore show in a Hungarian Csarda
Belgrade: City tour by bike or bus
Belgrade by night with Folklore Show
Ilok: Wine-tasting at a wine cellar
Vienna: City tour by bike or bus
Concert of waltz and operetta music in a historic Viennese palace (2018: Schonbrunn palace)
Wachau: Wine-tasting at a vintner in the Wachau

*Important Information:

In the case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages with buses. In extreme situations, 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 the case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit.

Please be aware that your ship,  like all other ships on the Danube, is not only your hotel for the tour,  but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night. Especially crossing locks and bridges - and the preparation work - may cause noise. If you are sensitive to noises, please bring your own ear plugs.

Be sure to check out all of our featured bike and boat tours, or our full list of bicycle tours.

 

2020 Itinerary - Carissima

Day 1: Passau, embarkation at 4 pm, boat departs at 5
Day 2: Schlögen Danube Bend | Engelhartszell – Aschach, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 4: Budapest | Excursion to Szentendre, 34 mi. (54 km) (or rest day)
Day 5: Baja – Mohacs, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 6: Belgrade (rest day)
Day 7: Cataract Canyons /Iron Gates National Park (rest day)
Day 8: Novi Sad – Ilok, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 9:  Batina - Mohacs, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 10: Kalocsa – Solt, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 11: Danube Bend – Esztergom, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 12: Vienna (Bike excursion to Klosterneuburg, Danube Island…)
Day 13: Vienna (rest day)
Day 14: Wachau | Krems – Melk, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 15: Passau

*All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc. 

Day 1: Passau
Embarkation is at 4:00 p.m. in Passau. Do note that the boat will depart at 5.00 p.m. so be prompt.  On board, you will enjoy a final view of the beautiful city of Passau as you glide serenely into the sunset, past dark green forests, before entering the lock at the Jochenstein power plant on the border between Germany and Austria. 

Day 2: Schlögen Danube Bend | Obernzell - Obermuhl, 22 mi. (35 km)
Enjoy a delightful day’s cycling from Obernzell through through the ruggedly romantic Danube Bend at Schlögen. It is  one of the most beautiful sections of the river, lined with sleepy farming villages. Stop for a break at Austria's only Trappist monastery in Engelgartszell and enjoy a home-distilled beverage or drop in at one of the many inviting cider taverns along your way. Rejoin the ship in the charming village of Obermuhl, before sailing into the night.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, 9-27 mi. (15-43 km)
A narrow cycle path runs along the Iron Curtain from the castle ruins in Devin to the splendid palace of Schloss Hof, which boasts one of the most magnificent baroque gardens in Europe. There follows a stretch of untouched countryside and a short time later, you arrive in the vibrant city of Bratislava. The miniature train tour of the Slovakian capital in which Hungarian kings were once crowned (optional) begins with a glorious view from the fortress perched on a hill overlooking the city and ends with a walk through the beautifully restored historic city centre.

Day 4: Budapest | Excursion to Szentendre, 17-34 mi. (27-54 km) (or rest day)
Savour the entrance to Budapest and the stunning views of the city‘s most famous buildings as this is a site to behold. You will have the option to discover the city that straddles the Danube on a guided tour (optional) or take a detour to the delightful little town of Szentendre with its many artists and galleries. Get a taste of the fiery Hungarian temperament at a Hungarian folklore show with traditional music and folk dance accompanied by wine and hearty local food (optional).

Day 5: Baja – Mohacs, 23 mi. (37 km)
From the quiet baroque town of Baja that is famous for its fish soup, you’ll cycle along the flood protection dykes in the Gemenc floodplain, through sleepy river landscapes past fields of sunflowers. At the end of today’s stage, you take the ferry to the little town of Mohacs, Hungary’s most southerly town on the Danube and  the site of two battles with the Ottoman Turks. *You will encounter some hilly terrain on today's route so the biking is more moderate in difficulty.

Day 6: Belgrade (rest day)
Explore the fun-loving Serbian capital at the confluence of the Save and the Danube by bike or bus, take a journey in time from the past to the present and learn about the rise and fall of Yugoslavia (optional). In the evening, Belgrade is bathed in a sea of light. Visit a colourful folklore show with traditional dances from all parts of the country, followed by typical regional specialities in the well-known bohemian district of Skadarlija with lively folk music from a Serbian band (optional).

Day 7: Cataract Canyons /Iron Gates National Park (rest day)
Experience the stunning fjord-like landscape at close quarters from the ship’s deck. The river cuts through the Romanian Carpathian mountains and the mighty foothills of the Balkan mountain range. Showcased for you will be a spectacular landscape with steep gorges, dark forests with historic monuments and impregnable fortresses on the shores that are reflected in the blue waters of the river: this miracle of nature will take your breath away!

Day 8: Novi Sad – Ilok, 30 mi. (48 km)
The imposing Petrovaradin fortress perches high above the provincial capital of the Vojvodina. After cycling upstream along a flat cycle path you take a ferry to reach the gentle foothills of the Fruska Gora, with its orchards, vineyards and idyllic farming villages. Everything in the medieval town of Ilok revolves around wine. During an evening tour of the town, you will have the opportunity to sample some famous Serbian wines at a wine cellar (optional).

Day 9: Batina - Mohacs, 26 mi. (42 km)
Start cycling through the never-ending „Backa“ through the small, idyllic villages and endless canola fields from Croatia to Serbia and Hungary. Farmers stop their work to greet you and now and then you will meet a carriage. You will experience an almost untouched nature at the Nemzeti National Park. After a ferry ride to Mohacs, there is enough time for a visit at the White Stork Museum or the memorial of the Battle of Mohacs.

Day 10: Kalocsa – Solt, 31 mi. (50 km)
Kalocsa is the “Paprika Capital” of Hungary and the character of the town is strongly influenced by colourful houses with hand-painted, bright floral patterns and the cathedral with its towers that can be seen even from a distance as they rise into the skies from the flat Hungarian plain. Visiting the Paprika Museum you’ll learn all there is to know about Hungary’s favourite spice. Continue your journey on the well-built cycle path along the flood protection dyke through the vast expanse of the puszta, and corn fields and orchards that stretch as far as the eye can see until you reach Solt, birthplace of the famous conductor Sir George Solti. Vecsey Castle and the library with some 34,000 books are especially worth seeing.

Day 11: Danube Bend – Esztergom, 27 mi. (43 km)
The Danube is framed by steep wooded hills as it flows through the picturesque, hilly landscape of the “Hungarian Wachau“. Set in the middle of the Danube, the delightful island of Szentendre radiates real puszta romance. As you continue your journey on idyllic cycle paths through picturesque villages you’ll be able to experience the Hungarian zest for life at first hand. The dome of the imposing basilica in Esztergom that sits high over the Danube can be seen from far and wide. Hungary’s largest church, with its Tuscan-style high altar and a side chapel with red marble walls, is especially worth seeing.

Day 12: Vienna (Bike excursion to Klosterneuburg, Danube Island…)
After so many action-packed days of cycling, you deserve some relaxation. Enjoy the breath-taking view of the idyllic floodplain forest of the Donauauen National Park and the impressive skyline as you sail into Vienna. Go for a ride on the Danube Island – Vienna’s favourite recreational area, cycle out to the nearby Klosterneuburg Abbey or wander through the idyllic vineyards on Kahlenberg (with magnificent views over the city and the Danube). The day ends traditionally with a concert of classic waltz and operetta music in a historic Viennese palace (optional).

Day 13: Vienna (rest day)
Discover Vienna: from the saddle on a guided bike tour or on your own with the HOP ON HOP OFF Bus (optional). Ride through the historic city centre at a leisurely pace and see the sights from close up. The magnificent Ringstraße will remind you of times long past and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries. Afterwards, there’s enough time to stroll through the quaint lanes or visit the Naschmarkt, a feast for the senses. End your day in Vienna in traditional fashion at a rustic wine tavern.

Day 14: Wachau | Krems – Melk, 23 mi. (37 km)
This final stage of your cycling tour can best be described as magical! The gentle hilly countryside of the Wachau with its picturesque villages, historic castles and palaces surrounded by apricot trees and terraced vineyards, is one of the loveliest stretches of the river. In Weißenkirchen the cycle path is lined with cosy vintner’s taverns and you should definitely treat yourself to a break here (optional wine tasting)!

Day 15: Passau
Enjoy the first rays of the sun and the early-morning tranquillity of the Danube valley one last time. Catch a final view of the Danube Bend at Schlögen – before you reach Passau, your heart bursting with memories and impressions. Disembarkation at approx. 10.00 a.m. Independent homeward travel. We recommend that you do not make any arrangements for onward connections departing before 11.00 a.m. To be on the safe side, later departure times would be even better.

Excursions:

Bratislava: City tour on a scenic train, walk through the historic city center
Budapest: City tour by bike or by HOP ON HOP OFF Bus
Budapest by night and folklore show in a Hungarian Csarda
Belgrade: City tour by bike or bus
Belgrade by night with Folklore Show
Ilok: Wine-tasting at a wine cellar
Vienna: City tour by bike or bus
Concert of waltz and operetta music in a historic Viennese palace
Wachau: Wine-tasting at a vintner in the Wachau

*Important Information:

In the case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages with buses. In extreme situations, 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 the case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit.

Please be aware that your ship,  like all other ships on the Danube, is not only your hotel for the tour,  but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night. Especially crossing locks and bridges - and the preparation work - may cause noise. If you are sensitive to noises, please bring your own ear plugs.

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  • Gayle D. 6 months ago

    Simple the thrill of cycling through Europe along the Danube River.

  • Deirdre S. 7 months ago

    Fantastic experience...staff could not have been better....the food was unreal!....everyone of the staff went out of their way to help... even through a surprise birthday celebration for me.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

  • Mary R. 11 months ago

    The cruise through the iron gate was a highlight of this trip. Cruise director did a great job throughout the cruise. Weather was much warmer than average and many days of biking were at 90 degrees F on roads and trails with little cover or shade so were somewhat more difficult than anticipated. It was a great experience but people need to be aware that most of the riding in the Eastern European countries are on the side of roads sometimes without a bike lane and there was some traffic.

    • Wendy 11 months ago

      Did you just do the trip? I am seriously considering this trip with my husband. Would end of April or mid June be better? Those are the 2019 dates offered we are considering.
      Any other tips/advice or details you can add would be appreciated. Thanks

      • Mary R. 11 months ago

        Wendy - This tour was a little different than our first bike and barge which was on the Mosell in Germany. On that tour we rode bike trails almost exclusively and we were not traveling such a great distance on the river so our rides were quite leisurely with not having to really be back to the boat until dinner time. However, because of the long distance on the Danube to get to the Iron Gate and back, many of the ride had to be completed in a much shorter time frame so were more about the bike ride and less about the villages and towns in between. Two or three of the days were primarily on bike trails but the rest were either on the road or a couple times across dikes that were long and boring. However, overall, we enjoyed the experience, especially crossing into the various countries and the time in the capitals. There were only six of the 110 that were from the US so we really enjoyed the diversity of the 10 countries represented on the boat. As far as the weather, I would Read more… check the average temperatures for the area for both April and June. Our temps of 90 degrees F during the day were quite unusual for the area. The average temperatures in June were supposed to be comfortable in the low 70's during the day and low to middle 60's at night. I haven't checked April but it might be quite cool then and not sure about rain.

        • Wendy 11 months ago

          Mary,
          Thanks ever so much for all of the useful information you provided. We have booked next June and are quite excited. We love the bike and boat combination. It’s a great opportunity to have a nice mix of travel/touring and exercise. We did Brussels to Bruges last year and loved it. Mantova to Venice is booked for this fall.
          Again thanks much. Who knows. Maybe our paths will cross on some trip.

  • Jim S. 2 years ago

    We traveled aboard the Theodor Korner, a classic river boat with loads of character and an extremely helpful and courteous staff. We enjoyed sharing the experience with fellow travelers we met on board. Dinners were great as were evenings spent on the deck relaxing with a drink and discussing the day's ride and excursions with our new friends. There is no better way to see and experience places - villages, cities, and rural countryside - than by bike and a boat and bike trip can't be beat for convenience and comfort. We also liked that this tour lasted for two weeks, allowing us to feel truly connected to the places we were visiting.

    Boat: Theodor Körner

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