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

Bratislava Castle along the Danube in Bratislava, Slovakia. Photo courtesy of Donau Touristik

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.


  • 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

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Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations on board the comfort plus boat, the Primadonna

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Daily american breakfast buffet
  • Daily afternoon coffee/tea and cake
  • Welcome snack & captain’s welcome dinner (4-course menu) on day 1
  • Farewell dinner with 4-course menu on Day 7
  • Daily midnight snack in the panoramic bar
  • 7 or 21 speed hybrid bicycle with saddlebag
  • All harbor dues
  • Daily personal route information for the following cycling day
  • On board tour representatives
  • Cathedral tour in Esztergom
  • Evening city sightseeing tour by ship through the illuminated Magyar metropolis
  • Comprehensive route description & cycling maps
  • In 2017, 4-course dinners and 3-course lunches or packed lunches are included throughout the week

What’s Not Included

  • Remaining meals (can be included for a supplement)
  • Entrance fees and excursions not mentioned
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
From716 Rates
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Tour Dates

2017 DATES
May 19, July 7, July 14, August 11, 18, and Sept 29, 2017

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

Day 1: Arrival in Passau
Day 2: Schlögen/Obermühl - Linz, 33 mi. (53 km)
Day 3: Vienna or cycling tour through Danube Floodplains National Park, 30 mi. (48 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 Pochlarn, 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 p.m. During dinner, the boat will set off to Schlögen.

MS Primadonna: departure Passau 8:00 p.m. / arrival Schlögen/Obermühl 11:00 p.m.

Day 2: Schlögen/Obermühl - 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 12:00 p.m / arrival Linz 5:15 p.m. / departure Linz 10:00 p.m.

Day 3: Vienna or cycling tour through Danube Floodplains National Park, 30 mi. (48 km)
Follow the dedicated bike path from Vienna to Hainburg through the Danube Floodplains National Park. Hainburg is the most significant, gothic city fortification in Austria. You can also choose to take the recommended route for the city tour by bicycle from/to the ship (17 km) to the largest portion of the car-free cycling routes.

MS Primadonna: arrival Vienna 8:30 a.m. / departure Vienna 3:00 p.m. / arrival Hainburg 6:00 p.m. / departure Hainburg 11:30 p.m.

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 8:00 a.m. / departure Komárom 12:00 p.m. / arrival Esztergom- Sturovo 5:00 p.m. / departure Esztergom-Sturovo 8:00 p.m. / arrival Budapest 11:00 p.m.

Day 5: Sightseeing in Budapest and cycling tour to Szentendre, 24 mi. (38 km)
In the morning, there is a city tour of Budapest. You can meet the group directly at the boat landing station. The tour takes approximately 3 hours and can be booked and paid for on the boat (cost is €9). The tour ends in the city center giving you some time to explore. In the afternoon, go by ship (departing at 3 p.m.) to the artists’ island Szentendre or take a cycling tour on the Danube cycling path from the ship in Budapest to Szentendre.

MS Primadonna: departure Budapest 3:00 p.m. / arrival Szentendre 5:00 p.m. / departure Szentendre 7:30 p.m.

Day 6: Sightseeing in Bratislava and cycling Bratislava - Hainburg, 22 mi. (35 km)
In the morning is a guided city tour through the historical center of Bratislava. This can be booked and paid for on board (€ 5). 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. The day ends in Hainburg.

MS Primadonna: arrival Bratislava 9:00 a.m. / departure Bratislava 1:00 p.m / arrival Hainburg 3:00 p.m. / departure Hainburg 8:45 p.m.

Day 7: Cycling tour Krems to Pochlarn, 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 8:00am / departure Krems 11:30am / arrival Pöchlarn 3:30pm / departure Pöchlarn 5:00pm

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

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

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Primadonna Comfort Plus Class Boat The MS Primadonna is the second largest cruise ship on the Danube. Experience the elegance of the MS Primadonna, with spacious decks, spa facilities, restaurant, bar, atrium and much more, on a cycling holiday without hotel changes! The Primadonna will await you at your destination every day. You can also feel free to spend some of your day stages on board, where you can enjoy the Jacuzzi on the outdoor deck or in 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.