Esztergom, Hungary borders Slovakia and lies on the Danube River. Flickr:tatli-delilik

Schonbrunn Palace gardens in Vienna, Austria. Flickr:Anthony Greyes
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Along the Danube-Passau-Belgrade-Vienna aboard the Primadonna

Germany, Serbia, Austria Bike + Barge Tours

Cycle the Danube Cycle path in Germany, Serbia, and Austria

  • Bike and boat tours along the Danube have always been a best seller and this tour will be no exception. Combine an active vacation with luxury, and you have the best of both worlds. Unlike other Danube bike and boat tours, this tour does not loop back but begins in Passau, ends in Vienna, and still includes all the "must see" such as Bratislava, Budapest, and Belgrade.

    Also unique to this tour is that you begin your tour with one overnight in a three-star hotel in Passau and embark the next day.

    The Danube Bike Trail is the most popular trail in Austria, and one of the most popular in all of Europe. It will become a favorite of yours as well.

    Highlights:

    • Danube River - Europe's second largest
    • Linz
    • Schlögener Loop
    • Wachau Valley
    • Belgrad
    • National parks
    • Capital city of Vienna
    • Budapest

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  • 2020

    Bunk bed cabin/main deck/astern (eco-cabin): $ 1470 £ 757 $ 1,331 890 $ 1532 kr 9494 $ 1,009

    Twin bed cabin/main deck/middle of deck: $ 1686 £ 869 $ 1,527 1021 $ 1758 kr 10891 $ 1,158

    Double cabin/upper deck/balcony: $ 2460 £ 1268 $ 2,229 1490 $ 2566 kr 15894 $ 1,689

    Double cabin/promenade deck/ balcony: $ 2626 £ 1353 $ 2,378 1590 $ 2738 kr 16960 $ 1,803

    *Please visit the boat page for a description of cabins and bed configurations.

    Single prices:

    Bunk bed cabin/main deck/astern (eco-cabin): $ 1800 £ 928 $ 1,630 1090 $ 1877 kr 11627 $ 1,236  

    Twin cabin/main deck/middle for single-use: $ 2454 £ 1265 $ 2,223 1486 $ 2559 kr 15851 $ 1,685

    Double cabin/upper deck with balcony for single-use: $ 4193 £ 2161 $ 3,798 2539 $ 4372 kr 27083 $ 2,879

    Double cabin/promenade deck with balcony for single-use: $ 4482 £ 2310 $ 4,060 2714 $ 4673 kr 28950 $ 3,077

    *Please visit the boat page for a description of cabins and bed configurations.

    extra options

    2020

    Electric bike: $ 145 £ 75 $ 132 88 $ 152 kr 939 $ 100 Beverage package on board (soft drinks, coffee/tea, Mosel sparkling wine, quality wine, beer): $ 279 £ 144 $ 253 169 $ 291 kr 1803 $ 192 Additional beds are possible! Please ask us for pricing.
    Main deck, up to 4 people (bunk beds)
    Upper/promenade deck, up to 3 people (75 x 185 cm sofa bed)

    please note

    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, Passau, is Munich (MUC). However closest international airport to the end of your tour, if stopping in Vienna, is Vienna International Airport (VIE). If you want to fly into and out of the same airport you can plan for your arrival and departure from Vienna International Airport. Otherwise, arrive to Munich, and depart from Vienna.

    Local Travel

    From Munich airport, to arrive to Passau, you must take a bus to Freising train station (approximately €2). It’s also possible to take a taxi from the Airport to Freising Station (approximately €25). From Freising, continue by train to Passau. The train ride is approx. 2 to 2½ hours (depending on connections) and costs €30 to €45 depending on type of train. At the end of your tour, the airport is easily accessible from the main train station by CAT, city airport train, travel time is 16 minutes. In fact, you can actually check in for your flight at Vienna Mitte train station! If you are arriving in Vienna and need to travel to Passau for your tour start, again train travel from the airport to the city center is very convenient and from Wien HBF (main train station) trains to Passau are approximately two hours and 16 minutes travel time.

    Climate

    The region has a moderate maritime climate, generally experiencing pleasantly mild winters and relatively cool summers. Please check local conditions prior to your departure. A good website to use to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com. Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit in Passau are: May 65°/46°and October 55°/41°.

    Important Information

    We ask that when booking, you provide names as they appear on your passport. Once confirmed, we will ask for detailed passport information which is required for border crossings. You are responsible for the accuracy of this information.

    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 traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

One night in 3-star hotel in Passau and 7 nights on the Deluxe class boat, the Primadonna

What’s Included

  • 1 overnight in Passau in a 3 star hotel with dinner on arrival in the evening and breakfast the next morning
  • 7 overnights on board the Comfort plus class vessel, the Primadonna
  • Daily breakfast buffet on board
  • Daily 3 course lunch or packed lunch for the bike tour
  • Daily afternoon coffee/tea incl. cake
  • Daily 4-course dinner
  • Daily midnight snack in the Panorama bar
  • All passenger and port fees
  • 1 partial body massage (20 min.) OR 1 Hydrojet massage (15 minutes) per main deck cabin
  • On-board guide and daily personal route-information
  • Route description and road maps of the routes
  • GPS data of the routes
  • Ferry from Kobling - Obermühl including bike
  • Sightseeing tour in Budapest
  • Sightseeing tour in Belgrade and transfer to Novi Sad
  • Parking space Passau for the duration of the journey if needed
  • Bus transfer Vienna – Passau directly from the ship to the parked car in Passau if needed
  • 7 or 21 speed (please specify preference at time of booking) city touring bicycle (high handlebars and very upright riding position) with pannier
    • 7-speed bikes have both hand brakes & backpedal brakes
    • 21-speed bikes have hand brakes
    • Men and women's frames available. Please reference the boat page for pictures of the bikes.

What’s Not Included

TourBike+Boat
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length9 days
From890 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

 9-day tour

Thursdays, May 21 and October 8, 2020

Skill Level

This is an easy bike and boat tour that for the majority of the time follows the very popular Danube Bike Path. The route is quite flat, and well marked.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Along the Danube-Passau-Belgrade-Vienna aboard the Primadonna Map

Day 1: Passau, 12.5 mi. (20 km)
Day 2: Passau - Obermühl, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Bratislava and Schloss Hof, 24 or 29 mi.(38 or 46 km)
Day 4: Budapest,  12.5 mi. (20 km)
Day 5: Mohács, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Belgrade and Novi Sad, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 7: Baja, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 8: Vac, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 9: Disembarkation in Vienna 

*Important Information:

In 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 case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit. 

Please be aware that these ships, like all other ships on the Danube, are not just your "floating hotels" but also machines propelled by engines which many times operate during the night. Navigating locks and bridges often time results in increased noise level. If you are sensitive,  please bring your own earplugs.

Day 1: Passau, 12.5 mi. (20 km)
Individual arrival to Passau and overnight in a three-star hotel. Bike rental will be distributed. Bikes can be taken for a test ride along the Inn Bike Path, a very scenic, well maintained, and signposted trail. A  highlight during your ride would be a visit to the Wernstein Castle.

Day 2:  Passau - Obermühl, navigation to Bratislava,  31 mi. (50 km)
Your luggage will be transferred to the ship while you begin your cycling adventure. You bike from the hotel in Passau through the upper Danube valley passing Engelhartszell and to the UNESCO world natural heritage site “Schlögener Schlinge”. This wooded, barely populated region counts as one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube in Austria. Further on to ferry across the river to Obermühl, where the MS Primadonna lies already at anchor. The crew welcomes you on board with a welcome snack and a refreshment. Check-in to your cabin and refresh followed by a welcome dinner and introduction of the crew as the ship navigates to  Bratislava.

Day 3: Bratislava and Schloss Hof, 24 or 29 mi. (38 or 46 km)
Bratislava is a green city, covered by parks and woodlands, forests and vineyards that reach almost into the city center. You cycling itinerary leads through the nature park March to the imperial castle Hof, a palace that is part of the imperial estates of Maria Theresia of Austria. You can add some miles if you prefer and cycle via Hainburg and the national park Donau Auen to the castle Hof and back to Bratislava. At 8 pm, the boat begins navigation to Budapest.

Day 4: Budapest,  12.5 mi. (20 km)
Today is all about Budapest. In the morning, you can enjoy an exclusive city tour by bus directly from the ship. In the afternoon, you are free to hop on your bike and cycle the bikes paths into the Magyar metropolis.

Day 5: Mohács into Belgrade, 28 mi. (45 km)
You will cycle a loop around the Nemzeti National Park into the small but historic Mohács. Four hundred years ago two crucial battles were fought near here. The Ottomans won the first in 1526 and swept north, the Habsburgs the second in 1687, finally driving the Ottomans out of East-Central Europe. There are several fascinating churches and the Town Hall is an interesting Moorish style building with cream and pink stonework and green dome. You will stop at the EU outer border for border control and navigate onward to Belgrade.

Day 6: Belgrade and Novi Sad, 19 mi. (30 km)
The morning will find you arriving in Belgrade, an upcoming Serbian metropolis, where you can tour by bike and have time for individual sightseeing. The MS Primadonna turns back to Novi Sad at 13.30 h - for you an interesting sightseeing tour starts by bus or by foot (transfer from Novi Sad to Primadonna). Late dinner on board and continuation of the journey.

Day 7: Baja, 19 mi. (30 km)
Baja is not only the home of the famous fish soup but also known as one of the most beautiful small towns of the region. The cycle path to the city center is lovely and the good news is that there are several excellent ice cream shops and old Viennese coffeehouses situated along the path. Alternatively, you may do a round trip on the Sugovica and the Petofi Island.

Day 8: Vac, 25 mi. (40 km)
From peaceful Vac you set off by ferry to the other shore. (payable locally). Initially on a moderately traveled road to Tahitótfalu and Léanyfalu, then on a beautiful bike path to the “artist village” Szentendre with its colorful houses, baroque buildings, and narrow streets. On the shores of the Danube, you will enjoy locals selling arts and crafts, local specialties, and drinks. You will return to the ship via the same route.

Day 9: Disembarkation in Vienna 
Disembarkation in Vienna-Nussdorf. If you would like to return to Passau, there is a bus transfer included directly from the ship back to Passau. This will be appealing if you have driven to Passau and have parked a car there. Otherwise, you may want to book extra time in Vienna, for sure!

*Important Information:

In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to change the route and/or bridge parts of passages with buses.  Bicycle touring routes may also be affected. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted in either situation. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges or in case of unexpected breakdown of engine or power unit. 

Please be aware that this ship, like all other ships on the Danube, is not just your "floating hotel" but also a machine with running engines, and undergoes nighttime navigation. Increased noise level will occur while navigating locks and bridges. If you are sensitive to noise, please bring your own earplugs.

 

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Tour Reviews

  • Brian O. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The boat and staff were nice.
    Food was plentiful and good
    Our hotel the night before did not have our registration, very difficult to get anyone on a phone
    The people we picked up the bikes from were surly and just plain painful
    The bike was the same weight as a Sherman tank
    The boat was poorly equipped for handling bikes although the crew worked hard to make it less painful
    We never had enough time to ride and see the sights, we were always under the gun to get back to the boat
    Really thought we were going to be able to sit and have lunches and drinks and see all the sights during our rides
    As it turned out there was only one day where we weren’t in a deadly hurray and even that day we had 20 minutes to drink a beer at a local outside bar
    Came back in the dark often, dangerous
    Directions we revived sucked! Language interpretation was always an issue
    The boat was often not where we expected it to be when we returned
    Read more… >Still enjoyed my vacation but it could have been so much better

    Boat: Primadonna

  • Anna F. 5 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Primadonna was superb. We had a very relaxing holiday. Crash between boats in Budapest happened the night before the start of our trip so any delays because of this perfectly understandable. The fact that the Danube was very high was again outside the control of the trip personnel and we appreciated the effort put into making our trip so enjoyable.

    Boat: Primadonna

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Primadonna Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary Deluxe Class Boat Experience the elegance of the MS Primadonna, with spacious decks, spa facilities, restaurant, bar, atrium and much more, on a cycling holiday without having to pack and unpack each day. Your boat will await you at your destination every day. You can also feel free to spend some of your time on board where you can enjoy the Jacuzzi on the outdoor deck or the spa area, which is equipped with Jacuzzi, sauna, Kneip basin, etc. All meals on this Austrian cruise line are freshly cooked and have a particular emphasis on regional and organic products.

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