Danube River through the Wachau Valley, Lower Austria. Photo via Flickr:Tom Walk

Bratislava Castle along the Danube in Slovakia. Photo courtesy of Donau Touristik
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Along the Danube - Passau - Vienna - Budapest aboard the Primadonna

Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia Bike + Barge Tours

Cycle along the Danube River between four countries on the famous Danube Bike Path

  • Get ready for a treat! This bike and boat tour along the mighty Danube is similar to our other Four Country Tour but is offered on a premium ship! The Primadonna is a top class river cruiser and combines luxury with all the benefits of a typical bike and boat tour. Because we are active vacationers, yet enjoy a touch of class as well, we feel this offering satisfies even the most discerning. The Danube landscape is unsurpassed and remains one of the top European destinations and on this tour, superb cuisine will top off your day. The chef and staff pride themselves on using organic ingredients and presenting top rated cuisine.

    Highlights:

    • Accommodations on the luxury river boat, the Primadonna
    • Cathedral tour in Esztergom
    • The Wachau wine-growing region
    • City tours of Bratislava and Budapest
    • Cycling the beautiful Danube Bike path through four countries
    • World class cuisine with specialties of the Danube countries, especially Viennese Cuisine. Primarily prepared with organic ingredients

    There are two different itineraries offered for this tour. One is the standard itinerary and the other, is a more "relaxed" itinerary which includes a massage, a few drinks with lunch and dinner, a full day in Vienna and a full day in Budapest.

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  • 2018 PRICES

    September 21 departure:

    Twin Cabin - Main Deck Astern (bunk beds): £ 823 $ 1,312 864 NOK 8640 kr 7975 $ 1,037

    Single supplement:€0

    Twin Cabin - Main Deck (one twin bed and one sofa bed): £ 965 $ 1,539 1013 NOK 10130 kr 9351 $ 1,216

    Single supplement: £ 441 $ 703 463 NOK 4630 kr 4274 $ 556

    Twin Cabin - Upper Deck (2 separate beds): £ 1290 $ 2,057 1354 NOK 13540 kr 12498 $ 1,625

    Single supplement: £ 905 $ 1,443 950 NOK 9500 kr 8769 $ 1,140

    Twin Cabin - Promenade Deck (2 separate beds): £ 1357 $ 2,165 1425 NOK 14250 kr 13154 $ 1,710

    Single supplement: £ 955 $ 1,524 1003 NOK 10030 kr 9258 $ 1,204

    All other departures (May 25, July 20, August 3, August 10):

    Twin Cabin - Main Deck Astern (bunk bed): £ 890 $ 1,419 934 NOK 9340 kr 8622 $ 1,121

    Single supplement: €0

    Twin Cabin - Main Deck (one twin bed and one sofa bed): £ 1031 $ 1,645 1083 NOK 10830 kr 9997 $ 1,300

    Single supplement: £ 474 $ 756 498 NOK 4980 kr 4597 $ 598

    Twin Cabin - Upper Deck (2 separate beds): £ 1371 $ 2,187 1440 NOK 14400 kr 13292 $ 1,728

    Single supplement: £ 966 $ 1,540 1014 NOK 10140 kr 9360 $ 1,217

    Twin Cabin - Promenade Deck (2 separate beds): £ 1439 $ 2,295 1511 NOK 15110 kr 13948 $ 1,813

    Single supplement: £ 1016 $ 1,621 1067 NOK 10670 kr 9849 $ 1,280

    extra options

    2017

    Electric bicycle rental:  £ 69 $ 109 72 NOK 720 kr 665 $ 86

    Transfer to/from train station, each way: £ 11 $ 18 12 NOK 120 kr 111 $ 14

    Helmet purchase on board: £ 25 $ 39 26 NOK 260 kr 240 $ 31

    2018

    Electric bike rental: £ 78 $ 125 82 NOK 820 kr 757 $ 98

    Transfer to & from any train station in Germany: £ 101 $ 161 106 NOK 1060 kr 978 $ 127 Includes transfer to/from the ship (fixed times)
     

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Munich or Salzburg.

    Local Travel

    Train to Passau. From Munich airport, ride is approximately 2½ hr. From Salzburg airport, ride is approximately 3½-4 hr. Train tickets and transfers can be arranged from anywhere in Germany! See pricing for details.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions just prior to arrival. A great website to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    This tour is a self guided tour.


Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations on board the comfort plus boat, the Primadonna

What’s Included

  • Standard tour 2017:
  • Accommodations for 7 nights in booked category
  • Welcome snack
  • Daily american breakfast buffet with organic food corner
  • Daily 3 course lunch or packed lunch for cyclists
  • Daily afternoon coffee/tea and cake
  • Daily 4 course dinner
  • Daily midnight snack in the panoramic bar
  • 7 or 21 speed hybrid bicycle with saddlebag (please specify preference at time of booking)
  • All harbor dues
  • Daily personal route information for the following cycling day
  • On board tour representative
  • Guided cathedral tour in Esztergom
  • Comprehensive route description & cycling maps
  • Relaxed Tour 2017
  • Accommodations for 7 nights in booked category
  • Daily american breakfast buffet with organic food corner
  • Daily 3 course lunch or packed lunch for cyclists
  • Daily afternoon coffee/tea and cake
  • Daily 4 course dinner
  • 2 drinks each (0,5 liter beer/non-alcoholic drinks, 1/8 liter quality wine, etc.) for lunch and dinner
  • All harbor dues
  • On board tour representative
  • Detailed route description & cycling maps
  • Guided tour cathedral Esztergom, entrance castle Schloss Hof
  • 3 nights on board entertainment
  • 2 concerts in Ybbs and Linz
  • City tour by bus in Budapest
  • 1 partial body massage and one shave per cabin
  • 7 or 21 speed hybrid bicycle with saddlebag (please specify preference at time of booking)

  • 2018
  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • Welcome snack
  • Daily american breakfast buffet
  • Daily 3 course lunch or packed lunch for cyclists
  • Daily afternoon coffee/tea and cake
  • Daily 4 course dinner
  • Daily midnight snack in the panoramic bar
  • 7 or 21 speed hybrid bicycle with saddlebag (please specify preference at time of booking)
  • All harbor dues
  • Daily personal route information for the following cycling day
  • On board tour representative
  • Comprehensive route description & cycling maps
  • 1 partial body massage and a traditional shave per cabin
  • Guided city tour by bus in Vienna
  • Guided city tour by bus in Budapest
  • Guided city tour in Bratislava on foot

What’s Not Included

  • Entrance fees and excursions not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From816 Rates
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Tour Dates

2018*
May 25, July 20, August 3, August 10, and September 21, 2018

*Intinerary in 2018 has changed! Please see updated itinerary below 

Skill Level

This is an easy self-guided bike and boat tour with average daily distances between 22 to 35 miles (35 and 56 km).You’ll be following the mostly flat Danube Cycle path.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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

2017

Standard tour:

Day 1: Arrival in Passau
Day 2: Schlögen - Linz, 33 mi. (53 km)
Day 3: Tulln - Vienna,  22 mi. or 32 mi. (36 or 52 km)
Day 4: Komárom – Esztergom, 35 mi. (56 km)
Day 5: Sightseeing in Budapest and cycling tour to Szentendre, 24 mi. (38 km)
Day 6: Sightseeing in Bratislava and cycling Bratislava - Hainburg, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 7: Cycling tour Krems to Pöchlarn, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 8: Departure from Passau

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Passau
After arrival on board, welcome refreshments are offered beginning at 4 p.m. The captain's welcome dinner, featuring a 4-course a la carte menu will take place at 8 pm. During dinner, the boat will set off to Schlögen.

MS Primadonna: departure Passau 8 pm/ arrival Schlögen 11:30 pm

Day 2: Schlögen - Linz, 33 mi. (53 km)
Following breakfast, your rental bikes will be distributed. The cycling tour takes you through the uninhabited narrow valley near Kaiserau to Ottensheim and then further on to Linz.
MS Primadonna: departure Schlögen/Obermühl 12 pm / arrival Linz 5:15 pm/ departure Linz 8:30 pm

Day 3: Tulln - Vienna,  22 mi. or 32 mi. (36 or 52 km)
You can enjoy an optional visit of the museum of Egon Schiele and garden exhibition (with 65 gardens) in Tulln. Afterwards, you cycle fromTulln (city of flowers) with a wonderful view of the foothills of the Wiener Wald, past Klosterneuburg to Vienna. You can begin sightseeing on your own or you can take a city tour by bike with 95 % on dedicated bike paths. You will find the maps and route description on board. Optional: After dinner at aprox. 8:30 pm city tour by bus “Vienna by night”.

MS Primadonna: arrival Tulln 7:30 am / departure Tulln 10 am / arrival Vienna 12 pm / departure Vienna 10 pm

Day 4: Komárom – Esztergom, 35 mi. (56 km)
Departing from Komáron, you'll cycle on the left bank through quaint villages on the beautiful and well maintained bike path. Cycle to Esztergom via Moca. At 5 p.m., there is a tour through the third largest cupola cathedral in Europe, which houses one of the largest altar pieces in the world. Cycle over the Gisela Bridge to Sturovo, directly opposite Esztergom.

MS Primadonna: arrival Komárom 9 a.m / departure Komárom 12 pm / arrival Esztergom- Sturovo 4 pm / departure Esztergom-Sturovo 87pm/ arrival Budapest 11 pm

Day 5: Sightseeing in Budapest and cycling tour to Szentendre, 24 mi. (38 km)
In the morning, there is an optional city tour of Budapest. You can meet the group directly at the boat landing station. The tour takes approximately 3.5 hours. The tour ends in the city center giving you some time to explore and then return tranfer to the boat. In the afternoon,  by ship (departing at 2 pm) to the artists’ island Szentendre. Another option is to cycle through the Danube knee from Vac to Visegrad (16.5 km)

MS Primadonna: departure Budapest 4 pm / arrival Szentendre 5 pm / departure Szentendre 6 pm / arrival Visegrad 7 pm / departure Visegrad 8 pm

Day 6: Sightseeing in Bratislava and cycling Bratislava - Hainburg - Bratislava, 32 mi. (51 km)
Optional: In the morning, a guided city tour is scheduled through the historical center of Bratislava.  Next, you'll ride along the Danube cycling route and also cycle a short stint on a back road to Devin/National memorial of Slovakia. The route takes you over the new cycling bridge to Austria, to the magnificent palace Schloss Hof. Here you can learn about the rich history surrounding the palace and enjoy Baroque gardens, grand staterooms, and the Manor Farm. 

MS Primadonna: arrival Bratislava 9 am / departure Bratislava 5 p.m / 

Day 7: Cycling tour Krems to Pöchlarn, 30 mi. (48 km)​
Follow the Danube cycling path from Krems, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site, via Dürnstein to Melk and further on to Pöchlarn.

MS Primadonna: arrival Krems 8 am / departure Krems 11:30 am / arrival Pöchlarn 3:30 pm / departure Pöchlarn 5:00 pm

Day 8: Departure from Passau
Arrival in Passau around 8:45 am If you've booked a bus transfer back to the main station, it will leave at approximately at 9:30 am.

MS Primadonna: arrival Passau 8:45 am

Relaxed Itinerary:

Day 1: Passau
Day 2: Ybbs - Melk/Dümstein, 28/52 km
Day 3: Bratislava - Devin - Schloss, 38 km
Day 4: Budapest
Day 5: Esztergom - Sturovo - Komárno, 55 km
Day 6: Vienna, 20 km
Day 7: Grein - Linz, 56 km
Day 8: Passau

2018

Day 1: Arrival in Passau at 4pm
Day 2: Schlögen - Linz, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 3: Tulln - Vienna,  22 mi. or 32 mi. (36 or 52 km)
Day 4: Komárom – Esztergom, 35 mi. (56 km)
Day 5: Sightseeing in Budapest and cycling tour to Margareteninsel, 14 mi. (22 km)
Day 6: Sightseeing in Bratislava and cycling Bratislava - Devin - Bratislava, 20 mi. (33 km)
Day 7: Cycling tour Krems to Pöchlarn, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 8: Departure from Passau at 9am

*All distances are approximate.

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Customer Feedback

  • Susan W. 2 weeks ago

    The cruise was wonderful supported by a fantastic crew on the ship who went out of their way to provide a very positive experience.
    I had left my phone at a restaurant on the bike route and it was returned to me within 3 hours...I was so grateful.
    Having a tour guide would have been very helpful on certain days of the trip...ie Vienna.
    I was very disappointed with the fact that the biking portion of the Wachau valley that was in the itinerary had been eliminated without our knowing until the night before.
    it was to have been a highlight for our group and the cruise company said that it was Never a part of the biking route.!
    We rented e bikes at an extra cost for the 4 of us because of the distance to be covered that day and otherwise would not have.

    All of the cycling group received the same information from Tripsite about the Wachau valley and we were all disappointed.

    Otherwise I would highly recommend this trip but do feel that you should update your itinerary so that people aren't disappointed.

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  • York C. 2 weeks ago

    Great trip. Boat and river cruise portion of the trip was more than expected. Service and the crew on the boat were excellent, including the food.
    Quality of bicycles was excellent. They were mechanically perfect. The only down side of the entire trip were the nightly route planning meetings and the quality of the maps and route guides. It was obvious that the tour leader giving the route agenda had never ridden the bike paths. Her English was not very good which made it even more difficult to understand the route(s). We had to fend for ourselves (asking people on the street for directions) numerous times because the routes were just not made clear. Also, the route was not what was not the same as what was spelled out on the website.
    Overall, we were very satisfied with the trip.

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  • Carolyn H. 1 month ago

    We had a a great time . The only feedback I would give is that most of the passengers were German and there was very little information given in English.

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  • Linda T. 1 month ago

    We really enjoyed our experience on the Primadonna! Food was delicious and staff were very attentive. Biking the countryside was a definite highlight! Our most spectacular and memorable part of the trip would be cruising into Budapest at night! It was breath taking!!
    We really had a great time and look forward to doing another bike trip soon.

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  • Antonina G. 4 months ago

    Loved the ship-the Primadonna. We liked it that the servings were not big and that you could ask for seconds. Appreciated the lunches they prepared. It was a great trip. Staff was helpful and efficient.

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Along the Danube - Passau - Vienna - Budapest aboard the Primadonna Boats + Barges

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Primadonna Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary Comfort Plus 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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