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
  • NOTE:  This tour has limited availabitliy for 2018.  Please contact us before you book.

    Season 1 (S1): September
    Season 2 (S2): June/August

    Theodor Körner

     MainUpper Promenade
    S1: Eco cabin (Bunk bed) £ 940 $ 1,671 1147 NOK 11279 kr 10411 $ 1,353 £ 1183 $ 2,104 1444 NOK 14199 kr 13107 $ 1,704  ---
    S1: 2-bed cabin £ 1183 $ 2,104 1444 NOK 14199 kr 13107 $ 1,704 £ 1429 $ 2,541 1744 NOK 17149 kr 15830 $ 2,058 £ 1511 $ 2,686 1844 NOK 18133 kr 16738 $ 2,176
    S1: Junior Suite--- £ 1757 $ 3,123 2144 NOK 21083 kr 19461 $ 2,530 £ 1757 $ 3,123 2144 NOK 21083 kr 19461 $ 2,530
    S2: Eco cabin (Bunk bed) £ 1022 $ 1,817 1247 NOK 12262 kr 11319 $ 1,471 £ 1265 $ 2,249 1544 NOK 15183 kr 14015 $ 1,822 ---
    S2: 2 bed cabin £ 1265 $ 2,249 1544 NOK 15183 kr 14015 $ 1,822 £ 1511 $ 2,686 1844 NOK 18133 kr 16738 $ 2,176 £ 1593 $ 2,832 1944 NOK 19116 kr 17646 $ 2,294
    S2: Junior Suite--- £ 1839 $ 3,269 2244 NOK 22066 kr 20369 $ 2,648 £ 1839 $ 3,269 2244 NOK 22066 kr 20369 $ 2,648

    ECO or 2-bed cabin for single use: surcharge applies! 

    Port Charges: £ 81 $ 144 99 NOK 974 kr 899 $ 117 (mandatory from age 12 up)

    REDUCTIONS: 

    Children's discounts available ages 3-12 years. Please ask

    Discount third person in Triple Cabin. Please ask

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

    Theodor KörnerMain UpperPromenade
    S1: Eco Cabin (Bunk Bed) £ 1072 $ 1,905 1308 NOK 12862 kr 11873 $ 1,543 £ 1326 $ 2,357 1618 NOK 15910 kr 14686 $ 1,909  
    S1: 2 bed £ 1326 $ 2,357 1618 NOK 15910 kr 14686 $ 1,909 £ 1585 $ 2,817 1934 NOK 19018 kr 17555 $ 2,282 £ 1670 $ 2,969 2038 NOK 20040 kr 18499 $ 2,405
    S1: Junior Suite  £ 1929 $ 3,429 2354 NOK 23148 kr 21367 $ 2,778 £ 1929 $ 3,429 2354 NOK 23148 kr 21367 $ 2,778
    S2: Eco (Bunk bed) £ 1154 $ 2,051 1408 NOK 13845 kr 12780 $ 1,661 £ 1408 $ 2,503 1718 NOK 16894 kr 15594 $ 2,027  
    S2: 2 bed £ 1408 $ 2,503 1718 NOK 16894 kr 15594 $ 2,027 £ 1667 $ 2,963 2034 NOK 20001 kr 18462 $ 2,400 £ 1752 $ 3,115 2138 NOK 21024 kr 19406 $ 2,523
    S2: Junior Suite  £ 2011 $ 3,575 2454 NOK 24131 kr 22275 $ 2,896 £ 2011 $ 3,575 2454 NOK 24131 kr 22275 $ 2,896

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

     

    extra options

    Extra night in Passau hotel3 star4 star
    Double/twin £ 47 $ 83 57 NOK 561 kr 517 $ 67 £ 53 $ 95 65 NOK 639 kr 590 $ 77
    Single £ 67 $ 119 82 NOK 806 kr 744 $ 97 £ 72 $ 128 88 NOK 865 kr 799 $ 104

    Transfer 

    SingleRound-trip 
    Munich - Passau £ 61 $ 108 74 NOK 728 kr 672 $ 87 £ 98 $ 173 119 NOK 1170 kr 1080 $ 140

    Electric bike: £ 82 $ 146 100 NOK 983 kr 908 $ 118 Helmet purchase: (payable on board)

    Port charges included in tour price in 2019

    Extra night in Passau hotel3 star4 star
    Double/twin £ 48 $ 84 58 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68 Pending
    Single £ 68 $ 121 83 NOK 816 kr 753 $ 98 Pending

    Transfer 

    SingleRound-trip 
    Munich Airport - Passau £ 65 $ 115 79 NOK 777 kr 717 $ 93 £ 106 $ 188 129 NOK 1269 kr 1171 $ 152

    Transfer can be requested from/to the city center (hotel) or train station, one way,  per group, 1 - 8 people, total: £ 33 $ 58 40 NOK 393 kr 363 $ 47

    Electric bike: £ 90 $ 160 110 NOK 1082 kr 998 $ 130

    Discount (bringing own bike): £ 93 $ 166 114 NOK 1121 kr 1035 $ 135

     

    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

    Train to Passau or take advantage of the optional airport transfers. For groups of 6, a collective private transfer is very cost effective.

    Remarks

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


Tour Dates

June 2, August 4, September 29, 2018

VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY! Please contact us before booking.

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

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

 

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

On the comfort plus boat, the Theodor Korner

What’s Included

  • 14 nights in air conditioned cabin with private bathroom
  • Captain’s cocktail reception
  • Cabins cleaned daily
  • Towels and bed linen
  • Buffet breakfast, lunch on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, afternoon coffee and cake, dinner (choice of 2-3 main dishes), 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
  • 2019: Port charges

What’s Not Included

  • Optional excursions
  • Drinks on board
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length15 days
From1147 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Along the Danube-Iron Gates Map

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 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 | 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.

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Customer Feedback

  • Mary R. 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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. 2 weeks 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 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 1 week 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. 10 months 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.

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