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. The day begins with a breakfast buffet, which offers a healthy start to the day, ranging from vegetable juices to the organic corner. For lunch, a 3 course menu is available with multiple options and a 4 course menu is available in the evenings , always also for vegetarians. In the late afternoon a traditional 5 o’clock tea is provided, including homemade cakes and pastries in the Primavera café. At midnight, when the cinema evening in the board theater is over, midnight refreshments await you. For cycling cruises, a packed lunch is prepared.

    Highlights:

    • Accommodations on the luxury river boat, the Primadonna
    • 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

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  • 2019

    Self guided

    May 10 departure

    Twin Cabin - Main Deck Astern (bunk beds): £ 628 $ 1,076 786 NOK 7533 kr 6953 $ 904

    Twin cabin/single use - Main Deck Astern (bunk beds): £ 767 $ 1,316 961 NOK 9210 kr 8501 $ 1,105

    Twin Cabin - Main Deck: £ 717 $ 1,229 898 NOK 8606 kr 7944 $ 1,033

    Twin cabin/single use - Main Deck: £ 1041 $ 1,784 1303 NOK 12487 kr 11527 $ 1,498

    Twin Cabin - Upper Deck: £ 1059 $ 1,815 1326 NOK 12708 kr 11730 $ 1,525

    Twin cabin/single use - Upper Deck: £ 1800 $ 3,087 2255 NOK 21606 kr 19944 $ 2,593

    Twin Cabin - Promenade Deck: £ 1139 $ 1,952 1426 NOK 13666 kr 12615 $ 1,640

    Twin cabin/single use - Promenade Deck: £ 1940 $ 3,326 2430 NOK 23283 kr 21492 $ 2,794

    All other departures 

    Twin cabin - Main Deck Astern (bunk beds): £ 746 $ 1,279 934 NOK 8951 kr 8262 $ 1,074

    Twin cabin/single use - Main Deck Astern (bunk beds): £ 915 $ 1,568 1146 NOK 10978 kr 10133 $ 1,317

    Twin cabin - Main Deck: £ 819 $ 1,405 1026 NOK 9833 kr 9076 $ 1,180

    Twin cabin/single use - Main Deck: £ 1194 $ 2,047 1495 NOK 14327 kr 13225 $ 1,719

    Twin cabin - Upper Deck: £ 1150 $ 1,971 1440 NOK 13800 kr 12738 $ 1,656

    Twin cabin/single use - Upper Deck:  £ 1960 $ 3,360 2454 NOK 23518 kr 21708 $ 2,822

    Twin cabin - Promenade Deck: £ 1230 $ 2,108 1540 NOK 14758 kr 13623 $ 1,771

    Twin cabin/single use - Promenade Deck: £ 2100 $ 3,599 2629 NOK 25195 kr 23257 $ 3,023

     

    extra options

    2019

    Electric bike rental: £ 65 $ 112 82 NOK 786 kr 725 $ 94 VIP dinner with captain - includes appetizer, drinks, small souvenir plus ship tour, max 10 people per evening (bookable/payable on board) : £ 20 $ 34 25 NOK 240 kr 221 $ 29 Beverage package: £ 135 $ 231 169 NOK 1620 kr 1495 $ 194

     

    please note

    Rates are per person 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.


Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations on board the comfort plus boat, the Primadonna

What’s Included

  • Self guided:
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in air conditioned cabin with safe and minibar
  • Welcome snack on arrival day
  • Daily 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 passenger and port fees
  • Daily personal route information for the following cycling day
  • On board tour representative
  • Comprehensive route description & cycling maps
  • 1 x partial body massage (approx. 20 min.) or 1 x hydrojet massage and 1 x traditional beard shave per cabin
  • Guided city tour by bus in Vienna
  • Guided city tour by bus in Budapest
  • Guided city tour in Bratislava on foot:
  • Welcome evening with crew including a complimentary drink
  • GPS data available for download

What’s Not Included

TourBike+Boat
TypeBoth
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From786 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019

Self guided, Fridays:  May 10, May 17, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, and September 6, 2019

 

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

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 9 am

*All distances are approximate. Timetable and program are subject to changes by the captain due to regional conditions (among other things high or low water, adverse weather, storms, etc.).

Day 1: Passau - Schlögen 
Arrive at fenced-in car park until 4 pm or arrival at Passau main station by 4.45 pm (e.g. arrival with train ICE 27). Bus transfer from car park or from main station to the ship available for an additional charge. Please be on board by 7 pm! Welcome snacks are offered on board from 4 pm and this evening you will enjoy a captain’s welcome dinner with a 4-course menu. The ship will depart Passau at 8 pm and navigate to Schlögen, arriving approximately 11:30 pm.

Day 2: Schlögen - Linz,  34 mi. (55 km)
Distribution of bicycle rentals at Schlögen Bend in the morning. Your cycling itinerary today will lead through the uninhabited narrow valley near Kaiserau to Ottensheim and further on to Linz (European Capital of Culture 2009). The ship will depart from Schlögen at 12 noon and will arrive in Linz at 4:15 pm. The ship will depart from LInz at 8:30 pm, heading to Tullin, arriving at 7:30 am.

Day 3: Tulln - Vienna, 22 mi. or 32 mi. (36 or 52 km)
Plan on a visit to the Museum of Egon Schiele and garden exhibition (with 65 gardens) in Tulln, followed by a cycle tour from Tulln (“city of flowers”), with a wonderful view
of the foothills of the Viennese Wood (Wiener Wald), past Klosterneuburg (monastery – Austrian Escorial) to Vienna. Individual sightseeing in Vienna or if you prefer, a city tour by bike, 95 % of which will take place on dedicated cycle tracks!  More information will be provided on board. After dinner, at 8:30 pm, a guided city tour is included by bus “Vienna by night”. Ship departs Tulln at 10 am, arriving in Vienna at noon. Departs Vienna at 11 pm and arrives in Komárnom at 9 am.

Day 4: Komárno - Esztergom-Štúrovo,  35 mi. (56 km)
After the ship arrives at 9 am, cyclists disembark to enjoy their cycling itinerary.You depart from Komárom, cycling on the left bank through small, dreamy places on the very beautiful, car-free causeway, sometimes pedaling directly along the Danube past Moča to Esztergom. The boat departs at 12 noon, heading to Esztergon/Štúrovo arriving at 4 pm.  Cyclists embark here for the evening. The ship navigates once again leaving at 8 pm, arriving in Budapest at 11 pm.

Day 5: Budapest, 14 mi. (22 km)
In the morning, you will enjoy a city tour by bus of Budapest which will leave directly from the boat landing station. The tour will take about 3.5 hours, with a stay in the city center of about 1.5 hours. From here you will be transferred back to the ship. In the afternoon, there is  possibility for a round trip tour by bike on the 8 km long car-free Margareten Island in Budapest. The ship departs from Budapest at 7 pm and arrives in Bratislava at 11 am.

Day 6:  Bratislava - Devin - Bratislava, 20 mi. (33 km)
You will enjoy a guided city tour through the historical center of Bratislava. Afterwards, on the Danube cycling route, you will pedal to Devin and the Bratislava Castle, one of the landmarks of the city – a National Cultural Monument. It is situated on a rocky hill of the Little Carpathians in the centre of the city and is overlooking the river Danube. It also provides an excellent view of Bratislava and Austria. Afterwards, cross the new cycling bridge, you arrive in Austria, to the magnificent palace of the Empress Maria Theresia, Castle Hof with its impressive Baroque gardens, staterooms, etc.). You will return to Bratislava to board the ship and enjoy a sailing dinner.  Ship departs Bratislava at 6 pm arriving in Krems at 9 am.

Day 7: Krems - Pöchlarn, 30 mi. (48 km)
You will enjoy the cycling this day on the Danube cycling path in the Wachau from Krems (UNESCO world cultural heritage) via Dürnstein to Melk (monastery) and further on to Pöchlarn. After arriving at 9 am in Krems, the ship will depart at 11:30 am for Pöchlarn, arriving at 3:30 pm. Departs onces again at 5 pm, heading to Passau.

Day 8: Passau
Ship is scheduled to arrive in Passau at 8 am.  Disembarkation at 10.00 am. Transfer to the parking spot or train station, if reserved.

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*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 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 unexpected 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 a machine, running engines,  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

  • Jeanne D. 2 weeks ago

    The serene beauty of the country side of Germany, Austria and Hungry. Riding a bike through these wonderful countries was very special. The barge ride was very relaxing after a day of riding.

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  • Laney B. 2 weeks ago

    The scenery was beautiful and the accommodations were great. The riding was a pleasure start to finish. We loved it all and would do it again in a heartbeat!

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  • Ken S. 2 weeks ago

    We really enjoyed the Abbey in Melk, Tulln Gardens and the short walk about tour in Bratislavia

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  • Mary B. 2 weeks ago

    The most memorable part of the trip was sitting on the top deck in the evening, wrapped in a blanket, watching the clouds sail past the moon as the barge moved on to our next city on the Danube.
    Ensure you respond to the call to choose a table for meals on the barge if you wish to sit with or close to friends.
    Stay an extra night in Passau if you have the time...there is a lot to see and do.
    If possible, do some cycling before your trip to prepare you for the daily tours.
    If you would prefer to cycle with a guide let your agent know and they may be able to arrange it. It may be an option and worth an extra cost if it would make your trip more enjoyable.

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  • Jeanne D. 1 month ago

    The serene beauty of the country side of Germany, Austria and Hungry. Riding a bike through these wonderful countries was very special. The barge ride was very relaxing after a day of riding.

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  • David F. 2 months ago

    Breakfast good. Bagged lunches okay but not great and they only had sparkling water which I don't like and can't drink. No option to get still water without paying extra. Dinners good but not great. Only one meal very good. Most upset about not being able to drink the water from the room sink (which was announced over the PA system just before dinner after we had been onboard for a few hours)and then having to pay for still safe water for the cabin, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Bike barge nightly talk about the following day was always the second talk of the evening (made for later evenings or no room in the bar). Would have liked to share the first time slot for half of the evenings.
    Concierge staff outstanding and serving staff in the dinning room good.

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  • Linda T. 12 months ago

    Most Memorable Part? Cruising into Budapest at night. It was breath taking!!

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  • Susan W. 1 year 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 Read more… update your itinerary so that people aren't disappointed.

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    • Jehiel from Tripsite 9 months ago

      Hi Susan,
      I wanted to apologize that a portion of the Wachau Valley had to be eliminated from the itinerary. This was because of the low tides and the impossibility of docking at this location.
      For 2018 we solved this problem. Only habours running the whole year will be part of the itinerary.
      Glad you still had a time!

  • York C. 1 year 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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    • Carla from Tripsite 9 months ago

      Hi York,
      Thanks so much for your feedback! We have good news.... the route guides & maps are currently being updated for the 2018 season. We hope to avoid any confusion in the upcoming tours.
      Unfortunately the guide on board was a replacement and not as knowledgable as our usual guides. On rare occasions there is sickness or other factors that prevent our normal guides from being on board.
      So glad to hear you still had a great tour!
      Sincerely,
      Carla

  • Carolyn H. 1 year 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 year 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. 2 years 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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