2021
By Bike and Boat on the Danube

Bike and Boat on the Danube

Four countries and three capitals!

 Passau – Budapest – Vienna – Passau

  • Three capitals: Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Melk Abbey, Schlögener Loop, Schönbrunn castle
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Bike & Boat MS Prinzessin Katharina

days
8

km / day avg.
50

You will travel through four countries and three capital cities on your bike and the MS Prinzessin Katharina. The splendour of court life radiates from all corners in Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava. Not only the aristocracy left its mark on the banks of the Danube – the churches and monasteries are some of the most beautiful buildings constructed in the Baroque era. Memories of the magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Passau and Melk Abbey will stay with you for a long time. This popular bike and boar tour is perfect for those who like to take their time and savour the surroundings. The stages take you along the pleasantly flat Danube Cycle Path, through impressive landscapes such as the Donauschlinge meander, the Wachau region and the natural landscape of the Strudengau. When your legs are tired, or you would prefer to relax, you can simply stay on board the ship.

Bike and Boat on the Danube
  • Booking code
    DE-DOSBK-08I
  • Start / Destination
    Passau
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 215 / 250 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 25 and 60 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○

Your cruiser MS Prinzessin Katharina

On board the premium boat MS Prinzessin Katharina you can look forward to classic elegance, a friendly crew and a dignified interior. Just like you would expect from a princess. Enjoy the special atmosphere and let yourself be spoiled by the kitchen. On its two passenger decks the Prinzessin Katharina also boasts a panorama restaurant, a comfortable lounge, two bars, and a large lounge. The reading corner, a small shop and a hairdresser's shop add the final touch to your amazing experience aboard the MS Prinzessin Katharina. On the broad sundeck you will find deck chairs, shaded places, and enough protection from the wind for everyone.

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The Danube in Passau
The Danube in Passau

Day 1: Individual arrival in Passau, Passau – Engelhartszell (boat)

Your ship will be awaiting you in the harbour with cocktails served by the crew from 5 pm. After the passengers have moved into their cabins, dinner is served on board. Your ship will embark on the short sail to Engelhartszell. Booked rental bikes will be available on board.

Engelhartszell, church
Engelhartszell

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Brandstatt, approx. 45 km, Brandstatt – Devin (boat)

In Engelhartszell you will visit the Trappist monastery, one of the most beautiful Baroque churches. The route will then take you through the romantic river landscape of the Donauschlinge meander, where it almost seems like the river is flowing backwards. You will soon reach Brandstatt by cycling through small villages. During the night, your cruiser will take you to Devin.

 

Lower Austria, Hof Palace
Hof Palace, Lower Austria

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, approx. 55 km, Bratislava – Budapest (boat)

The MS Prinzessin Katharina will land in Devin in the morning. The imposing ruins of Devin Castle, a place steeped in history, sit enthroned on a high rock. Even the Celts and the Romans had already settled here. On your bike you make your way towards Bratislava. You cycle along the Austrian-Slovak border. One of the highlights of your trip today is the beautiful palace Schloss Hof with its wonderful baroque gardens. In Bratislava you have the option of exploring the historic district in an old-timer train (not included). You will have a magnificent view of Slovakia's capital from the four-towered Bratislava castle.

 

Castlepalace, Budapest
Castlepalace, Budapest

Day 4: Rest day in Budapest or Cycle to Szentendre, approx. 40 km, Budapest – Visegrád (boat)

Welcome in the city of the operetta – Budapest! This lively metropolis, which has been a UNSECO world cultural heritage site since 1987, is one of the highlights of your journey. Explore Hungary’s capital or go on a bike tour to the enchanting small artist town Szentendre. Sit in one of the charming street cafes and soak up the atmosphere.

basilica, Esztergom
basilica, Esztergom

Day 5: Visegrád – Esztergom, approx. 25 / 60 km, Esztergom – Vienna (boat)

The Danube Bend, also known as Hungarian Wachau, is surrounded by an impressive landscape. Today’s bike tour begins in the small town Visegrád. You can choose between two routes: The shorter, direct option, or the longer route, which will take you to the Baroque town Vác. Either way you will reach Esztergom at the end of the stage, where Hungary’s largest church is located.

heroplace, Vienna
heroplace, Vienna

Day 6: Rest day in Vienna, Vienna – Wachau (boat)

In Vienna you can do a tour of the town by bike or bus (duration: 3 hours, not included). Prater Park, Ringstrasse – the circular road surrounding Vienna's centre and castle theatre, the state opera and town hall all await your visit. The boat remains in the port during the day leaving you time to discover Vienna. How about a trip through the castle with a break in the famous pastry shop and chocolatier, Demel?

Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey

Day 7: Wachau – Melk – Pöchlarn, approx. 50 km, Pöchlarn – Passau (boat)

Today the unique landscape of the Wachau awaits you. The old Wine Road takes you past countless historical buildings and castles, as well as charming Heurige – typically Austrian wine taverns. At the end of today’s stage you will be able to spot Melk Abbey from afar. It is one of the largest and most important Baroque buildings. In the evening we invite you to a gala dinner on board the ship.

Danube, Passau
Passau

Day 8: Individual departure or extended stay

This morning you will be able to enjoy the morning peacefulness of the Danube Valley and cast a last look at the Schlögen Bend, before reaching Passau at about 10.00 am, where your boat and bike tour at the Danube ends. If you would like to stay in the city where the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz meet, we would be happy to extend your stay at the Danube.

Season times and prices 2021

Arrival on Saturdays from 17.04.2021 to 09.10.2021Early booking discount: -30 €

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Basic Price

Main deck

Season A

17.04.
09.10.

Season B

01.05.
25.09.

Season C

02.05. - 11.09.

Additional fee single use of double cabin 50%

Upper deck

Season A

17.04.
09.10.

Season B

01.05.
25.09.

Season C

02.05. - 11.09.

Additional fee single cabin 350

All prices per person in a double cabin, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 7 overnight stays on board in the selected category
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 6 x dinner)
  • Coffee and cake in the afternoon
  • Welcome drink
  • 1 Farewell dinner with farewell drink
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • Bed linen and towels supplied and changed as needed
  • Harbour and passenger fees
  • Daily routing discussion, On-board tour guide
  • GPS tracks available on request
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per cabin)
  • 7 day Service Hotline
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Not included:

  • Drinks on board
  • Entry fee and costs for excursions
  • Tips

The minimum number of 80 participants must be reached 21 days prior to the arrival date.

Changes are possible on a ship journey due to the weather, water level, or technical conditions. We reserve the right to make changes.

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Accommodation

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MS Prinzessin Katharina

MS Prinzessin Katharina

MS Prinzessin Katharina

Restaurant

MS Prinzessin Katharina, restaurant

MS Prinzessin Katharina

Cabin on the main deck

MS Prinzessin Katharina, cabin on the main deck

MS Prinzessin Katharina

Cabin on the upper deck

MS Prinzessin Katharina, cabin on the upper deck

MS Prinzessin Katharina

Cabin on the upper deck with unfolded bed

MS Prinzessin Katharina, cabin on the upper deck with unfolded bed

MS Prinzessin Katharina

Bar

MS Prinzessin Katharina, bar

MS Prinzessin Katharina

Sun deck

MS Prinzessin Katharina, sundeck

MS Prinzessin Katharina

  • Outer cabins: approx. 11 m² with ground-level beds, central air conditioning, shower / WC, TV, hairdryer, small fridge
  • Main deck: 38 two bed cabins with two sofa beds arranged in the shape of an L and 1 single cabin; windows cannot be opened
    On the main deck you can also book the cheaper cabins in the forward and aft areas of the MS Princess Katharina. Here, however, you can hear engine and generator noises when the ship is moving and in locks.
  • Upper deck: 29 2 bed cabins with one sofa bed and one pullman bed (folded during the day to free up more room), 2 single cabins and one three bed cabin; every cabin has a french balcony with floor-to-ceiling windows you can open.

Boat facts

  • Built in 1990
  • Renovated in 2015
  • 2 passenger decks | 70 outer cabins
  • Maximum capacity: 140 passengers
  • Length: 110 m
  • Width: 11,2 m
  • Draught: 1 m
  • Crew: approx. 30
  • Fittings: sun deck with deck chairs, panorama restaurant, lounge, 2 bars, book corner and small shop
  • Language on board: German
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Additional bookable services

All prices are per person
Main deck
Upper deck

Surcharge for single use of double cabin

50 %

Additional fee single cabin

350 €

Discount cabins in the front/back

-100 €

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
75 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
165 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 7-gear unisex bike hub gears with back-pedal brakes or free-wheel (limited number)
  • E-Bike, 8-speed unisex wheel with back-pedal or freewheel (limited number)
Fittings

Saddle back

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Rental Bike

7-gear Rental Bike

75 €

E-bike

165 €

Bike and Boat on the Danube: From Passau to Budapest
  • Booking code
    DE-DOSBK-08I
  • Start / Destination
    Passau
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 215 / 250 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 25 and 60 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Parking information
    Fenced, not-covered parking space incl. transfer to / from the boat: 68 €
    Parking garage incl. transfer to / from the boat: 79 €
    You will get the application form with your travel documents.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Note
    In Austria helmets are mandatory for children up to 12 years. In Slovakia for children up to 15 years and for all cyclists outside of towns.
  • Minimum number of participants
    The minimum number of 80 participants must be reached 21 days prior to the arrival date.
    Changes to boat trips due to weather, water levels or technical conditions are possible; the right to change is reserved.
  • Own bikes
    If you do not need a rental bike, please indicate in the booking form, whether you arrive with your own bike or your own E-Bike.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.

days
8

km / day avg.
50