2024
MS Swiss Crwon

By Boat & Bike from Passau to Belgrade

Danube cruise to the Iron Gates

Passau – Bratislava Budapest Belgrade Iron Gates  Vienna Passau

  • Six countries in 15 days
  • Schlögener Schlinge, Artists' town of Szentendre, Iron Gates, fortress in Novi Sad
  • Paprika capital Kalocsa, Danube bend near Vác, Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna
  • Wine region Wachau
  • Daily routes ●●○○○, altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Bike & Boat: MS Swiss Crown

Days
15

Ø km per day
45

This trip by bike and boat from Passau to Belgrade takes you in about two weeks through the diverse landscapes along the Danube, the second longest river in Europe. In the Three Rivers City Passau on the German-Austrian border it starts. After passing the Schlögener Schlinge, you will be in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, the very next day. Your floating hotel, the ship MS Swiss Crown, is your constant companion on the journey by bike and boat from Passau to Belgrade. To cover long distances, it often sails overnight, so you can enjoy your days on the bike and in the cities extensively and without time pressure. From Bratislava it goes briskly to Budapest, to Belgrade and to the impressive valley gorge Iron Gates on the border of Serbia and Romania. The return journey to Passau is no less eventful. You will get to know the seemingly endless expanses of the Hungarian Puszta, cycle around the Danube Bend, spend a lot of time in Vienna and cycle through the hilly landscape of the Wachau, which boasts castle ruins and vineyards. The journey by bike and boat from Passau to Belgrade is perfect for touring six countries in the shortest possible time and at the same time getting to know the different cultures of each region from the water and on land.

Itinerary

  • Booking code
    DE-DOSET-15I
  • Start / Destination
    Passau
  • Duration
    15 days / 14 nights
  • Length
    approx 410 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 40 and 55 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
Map to By bike and boat from Passau to Belgrade

Your ship: MS Swiss Crown

Cozy, elegant and stylish – the premium ship MS Swiss Crown offers its guests all kinds of amenities that are underscored by a relaxed atmosphere. In addition to tastefully and comfortably furnished outside cabins, an à la carte restaurant, a sun deck with whirlpool and sun loungers, a panorama lounge with bar, as well as a wellness area and a library round out the offerings on board. Likewise, the ship's crew will take care of your physical well-being and make your stay as pleasant as possible.

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MS Swiss Crown

© Bike+Travel | Carina Eßbüchl

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

Welcome to the Danube! Your journey by bike and boat starts in Passau and takes you to Belgrade in the coming days. Excited? Don't worry, the embarkation in Passau will take place between 4 and 5 p.m. Then it's already cast off! Almost unnoticed you cross the border to Austria. Enjoy the first hours on board, while you are approaching Engelhartszell.

Passau old town

Passau old town

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Aschach, approx. 40 km, Aschach – Devín (boat)

On your bike! Before you turn your back on Engelhartszell, a short detour to the Stift Engelszell, the only Trappist monastery in Austria, is a good idea. Continue on to the Donauschlinge (Danube loop) near Schlögen. From one of the lookout points you can observe the Danube turning 180 degrees quite wonderfully. Only a few kilometers away you will reach Aschach. Stretch your legs a bit during a stroll through the historic town center before you leave for Bratislava in the afternoon.

Schlögener Schlinge

Schlögener Schlinge

Day 3: Devín – Bratislava, approx. 45 km, Bratislava – Budapest (boat)

In the morning you will have the opportunity to take a cycling trip along the former Iron Curtain from the impressive castle ruins in Devín to Hof Castle. The chateau has its origins in the 17th century and, together with its seven-tiered Baroque garden and outbuildings, is a real eye-catcher. Continue on to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. If you like, take a slow train city tour (not included) and get to know the beautiful old town below the castle, which can be seen from afar.

Bratislava

Aerial view of Bratislava

Day 4: Rest day in Budapest or excursion to Szentendre, approx. 55 km, Budapest – Baja (boat)

The next capital city is waiting for you! In the morning you will already catch a glimpse of some of Budapest's famous buildings, which are located directly on the banks of the Danube. Upon arrival, join a city tour (not included) or explore the Hungarian metropolis on your own. Visit the Parliament building, the Fishermen's Bastion and the Castle Palace and enjoy typical Hungarian specialties. If you feel like biking, we recommend a bike tour to the artist town of Szentendre. Overnight, the ship will take you to Baja.

Szentendre

Artist town Szentendre

Day 5: Baja – Mohács, approx. 40 km, Mohács – Belgrade (boat)

From the small town of Baja, known nationwide for its fish soup, the Bajai Halászlé, you will travel along the Danube through quiet river landscapes and past fields. Before reaching Mohács, you will cross the river by ferry. The town became famous for two important battles in the 16th and 17th centuries. Likewise, the Busójárás, a carnival festival, attracts countless visitors every year. In the early evening, your tour will depart from Passau by bike and boat to Belgrade.

Aerial view Belgrade

Aerial view of Belgrade

Day 6: Rest day in Belgrade

In the morning you will reach Belgrade. If you like, join a city tour by bike and by bus (not included). Or simply explore the capital of Serbia individually. Visit Belgrade Castle, located at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. Stroll through the extensive grounds and enjoy the view of the city and the rivers again and again. Or how about a detour to the artists' quarter Skadarlija with its small galleries and restaurants? In the late evening, the ship picks up speed towards the Iron Gate.

Belgrade Cathedral

Cathedral of St. Sava in Belgrade

Day 7: Cataracts Route / Iron Gates National Park (rest day)

Today you will spend the day on the ship. Enjoy the passing landscapes and sit back and relax. The Danube cuts through the Romanian Carpathians and the foothills of the Balkan Mountains on this route. With the Iron Gates you will reach one of the most famous breakthrough valleys of the Danube. There is something wildly romantic about ancient castles and monuments, dense forests and steep gorges passing you by. So beautiful and yet so eerie – who doesn't get a shiver down their spine?

Iron Gates National Park

Iron Gates National Park

Day 8: Novi Sad – Ilok, approx. 50 km, Ilok – Batina (boat)

In the morning you will reach Novi Sad. Particularly worth seeing is the Petrocaradin Fortress on the right bank of the Danube. It was the most important fortress in Europe in the 17th century. Remarkable is the inverted clock in the clock tower, where the big hand shows the hour, the small one the minutes. Back on the bike, we continue along the Danube and the Fruška Gora National Park to Ilok, the easternmost town in Croatia. It is a center of regional wine growing. If you like, you will go by slow train to a wine tasting (not included). In the late evening we will go by boat to Batina in Croatia.

Novi Sad

Novi Sad

Day 9: Batina – Mohács, approx. 45 km, Mohács – Kalocsa (boat)

Welcome to the border triangle of Croatia, Hungary and Serbia! Starting from Batina, we cycle not far from the Danube through the Duna-Dráva Nemzeti Park. The national park is home to rare plant and animal species, some of which are found only here. Stop en route to visit the memorial commemorating the momentous Battle of Mohács in 1526. In the evening, the ship leaves Mohács and heads for the Hungarian town of Kalocsa.

Batina

Danube near Batina

Day 10: Kalocsa – Solt, approx. 50 km, Solt – Vác / Schlögener Schlinge (boat)

Enjoy the passing landscapes until you reach Kalocsa, the capital of paprika, in the morning. Mostly available in ground form, it is an ideal souvenir to take home. Likewise, Kalocsa is known for its colorful embroideries. On the bike you will ride through the seemingly endless expanses of the Puszta. On the way there are always opportunities to cool off in the Danube. Leisurely you will reach Solt. There you have the opportunity to watch a show of the Csikós, Hungarian horse herders (not included). Overnight the ship will take you towards the Danube bend.

Danube bend

Danube bend near Vác

Day 11: Vác / Danube Bend – Esztergom, approx. 45 km, Esztergom – Vienna (boat)

On the tour by bike and boat from Passau to Belgrade, you will reach the Danube Bend in the north of Hungary in the morning. The Danube runs here in an almost right-angled bend and squeezes through steep mountain slopes. You will cycle briskly through small farming villages. Soon you catch sight of the imposing dome of Esztergom Cathedral. It is one of the largest churches in the world and looks back on a history of more than 1,000 years. In the afternoon, you will travel by boat overnight to Vienna.

Esztergom Cathedral

Esztergom Cathedral

Day 12: Stay in Vienna with excursions

After the eventful last few days, relaxation is on the agenda today. Enjoy the view of the natural Danube floodplains and the approaching skyline of the Austrian capital on the ship during the entrance to Vienna. After arriving in Vienna, get on your bike and explore the elongated Danube Island in the middle of the river, take a trip to the nearby Klosterneuburg Abbey or go for a hike through the vineyards of the Kahlenberg – panoramic views of Vienna included. In the evening, you have the opportunity to attend a waltz and operetta concert at Schönbrunn Palace (not included).

Kahlenberg Vienna

Kahlenberg with view of Vienna

Day 13: Rest day in Vienna, Vienna - Wachau (boat)

Today in Vienna you can leave the bike once and explore the city quite comfortably on foot. Visit the Vienna Hofburg, St. Stephen's Cathedral or stroll through the Museum Quarter. Treat yourself to a large piece of Sacher cake and a Viennese Melange in one of the traditional coffee houses and let the flair of the city take effect on you. However, if you still want to pedal, take part in a guided city tour by bike (not included) or decide spontaneously for a sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour (not included).

Vienna Imperial Palace

Vienna Imperial Palace

Day 14: Wachau / Krems – Melk, approx. 40 km, Melk – Passau (boat)

After leaving Vienna yesterday evening, you will reach the Wachau in the early morning with the small town of Krems. The landscape of the Wachau is characterized by wine terraces, castles and monasteries – simply wonderful! Stop in a Heurigen in the village of Spitz and taste different wines (not included). Following the course of the Danube, you will reach Melk. Already from a distance you can see the Melk Abbey. The Benedictine abbey is considered a landmark of the Wachau and impresses with one of the most beautiful Baroque ensembles in Europe. In the afternoon, your ship sets off on its way back to Passau.

Melk Abbey

Landmark of the Wachau: Melk Abbey

Day 15: Individual departure

After you have reached Passau in the early morning, disembarkation takes place around 10:30 a.m. After that your journey by bike and boat from Passau to Belgrade ends and you start your individual journey home.

Three rivers city Passau

Three rivers city Passau

Dates / Prices / Services

Season times and prices 2024

Arrival on Saturdays from 04.05.2024 to 28.09.2024

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

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Main deck

Season A
04.05.
03.08.
28.09.
from2409 €

Middle deck

Season A
04.05.
03.08.
28.09.
from2809 €

Upper deck

Season A
04.05.
03.08.
28.09.
from3159 €

All prices per person in a double cabin

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Services

  • 14 nights on board in the chosen category
  • Full board (14 x breakfast, 13 x lunch / packed lunch, 14 x dinner, 14 x midnight snack)
  • Coffee and cake in the afternoon
  • Welcome drink
  • Gala dinner with farewell cocktail
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Bed linen and towels are provided (no bath towels)
  • Board music
  • All port, bridge and lock fees
  • Daily bike tour briefing, on-board tour guide
  • Parking space when bringing your own bike or e-bike
  • Program as per itinerary
  • Travel documents (1 x per cabin), maps on board
  • Service hotline (7 days, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
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Not included:

  • Admission fees and excursions
  • Drinks on board and tips for tour guide and crew

Minimum number of participants to be reached up to 4 weeks before departure: 90 people

Changes in the itinerary due to weather, water level or technical conditions are possible and remain reserved

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Accommodation

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MS Swiss Crown

MS Swiss Crown

MS Swiss Crown

Cabin on the main deck

Swiss Crown, Hauptdeck

MS Swiss Crown

Cabin on the middle deck

Swiss Crown, Mitteldeck

MS Swiss Crown

Cabin on the upper deck

Swiss Crown, Oberdeck

MS Swiss Crown

Lobby

Swiss Crown, Lobby

MS Swiss Crown

Restaurant

Swiss Crown, Restaurant

MS Swiss Crown

Panorama bar

 Swiss Crown, Panoramabar

MS Swiss Crown

Wellness area

MS Swiss Crown, Wellnessbereich

MS Swiss Crown

Sun deck

Swiss Crown, Sonnendeck

MS Swiss Crown

  • 68 outside cabins (each approx. 14 m², double beds can be separated into two single beds)
  • Main deck: 12 standard cabins, non-opening windows, some cabins are equipped with a third bed (upper bed, suitable for children), 1 single cabin, non-opening window
  • Middle deck: 25 comfort cabins, opening panoramic window, 1 mini-suite, 16 m², opening panoramic window
    Single occupancy not possible
  • Upper deck: 29 Superior cabins, private balcony
    Single occupancy not possible
  • Amenities per cabin: bathroom with shower/ WC, safe, hairdryer, satellite TV, air conditioning (individually adjustable), minibar, coffee maker

Facts about the ship

  • Built in 2000
  • Renovated in 2018 / 2019
  • Maximum occupancy: 135 passengers
  • Length: 110 m
  • Width: 11.40 m
  • Draft: 1.50 m
  • Facilities: sun deck with whirlpool, seating areas and deck chairs; restaurant, library, on-board store, panoramic lounge with bar, wellness area with sauna and steam bath, WiFi (connection may vary)
  • Board languages: German, English
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For our younger cyclists

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From 0 to 2 years

-100%

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From 3 to 11 years

-30%

All prices are per person

Applies for accommodation in rooms with 2 full-paying guests.

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Additional services

Additionally bookable services

Main deck
Middle Deck
Upper Deck

Surcharge for single use of double cabin (on request)

55 %

Supplement guided cycling tours

479 €

479 €

All prices are per person

Additional nights Additionally bookable services

Room
Breakfast
Main deck
Middle Deck
Upper Deck
Passau (4*)
 DBL

75 €

75 €

 SGL

109 €

109 €

All prices are per person

Package with guided bike tours

You can easily turn your individual trip by bike and boat from Passau to Belgrade into a guided bike tour. To do this, simply book our package with bike tour guide.

Here, a bike tour guide accompanies you on the daily bike tours. In small groups of 10 to a maximum of 18 people, you will learn many details about the country and its people and get shown hidden sights or secret places.

In addition, you will get to know Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade on a city tour comfortably by bus .

Included Services:

  • Bike tour guide
  • City tour by bus in Vienna
  • City tour by bus in Budapest
  • City tour by bus in Belgrade
  • Fees for ferries
  • Bike rental helmet (for adults)

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Rental bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
99 €
E-Bike
E-Bike
279 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 24-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with freewheel
  • E-bike / pedelec
Features

Pannier, handlebar bag

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24-gear rental bike

99 €

E-bike / pedelec

279 €

All prices are per person

Brief info

  • Booking code
    DE-DOSET-15I
  • Start / Destination
    Passau
  • Duration
    15 days / 14 nights
  • Length
    approx. 410 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 40 and 55 km, Ø 45 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Notes
    Cycle helmets are mandatory in Austria for children up to the age of 12 years; in Slovakia for children up to14 years, for adults outside of towns; in Croatia for children up to 15 years. In Hungary and Serbia, helmets are not mandatory.. Please inquire about any changes before traveling.
    A warning vest obligation exists in Croatia and Hungary outside of towns, especially at dusk, at night and in poor visibility (rain, fog).
  • Parking information
    Fenced, unroofed parking lot or parking garage incl. transfer to / from the ship; prices on request
    The registration form for this you will receive with the travel documents.
  • Minimum number of participants
    Minimum number of participants to be reached up to 4 weeks before departure: 90 people
    For ship trips, changes due to weather, water level or technical conditions are possible and remain reserved.
  • Own bicycles
    If you do not need a rental bike, please specify in the booking form whether you arrive with your own bike or your own electric bike.
  • Tour operated by
    Local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    The trip is only conditionally suitable for people with limited mobility. Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding your individual needs.
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By bike and ship from Passau to Belgrade

Days
15

Ø km per day
45