Danube Bike and Boat Tour

Self-guided Lifestyle Bike Tour from $1215 NZD
(5/5) from 1 review

A bike and boat trip is a fantastic way to see the Danube’s most scenic section including the well-known ‘Great Loop’.

On this round trip from Germany to Hungary via Austria and Slovakia, cycle at your own pace along flat paths at the foot of steep forested hills, through pretty villages, markets and a National Park. Explore the picturesque town of Passau and the grand cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.

You’ll stay on one of two well appointed 4 star river boats with sun decks, a restaurant, panorama lounge and a bar. Meals are included, with a packed lunch provided each day. There are approximately 70 cabins (of varying types) on each boat.

The cycling is always self guided with the aid of a detailed route book that is provided on board. However on some departures there is the option to pay a surcharge for guided bike rides.

Reviews for Danube Bike and Boat Tour - Tour

Danube Bike Tour | Global Cycling Adventures

I had the ride of my life

Robyn Cole - Danube Bike & Boat October 12, 2015

Passau to Passau

Linz
  • Lifestyle
  • Grade
  • ALWAYS check availability with us before booking
  • Mostly Sunday departures (plus some Saturdays)
  • Cruise ships have approx 70 cabins
  • Tour prices listed are for standard twin or double cabins
  • Lower price for ECO cabin (front & rear of boat)
  • Surcharge for superior or deluxe cabins (upper decks)
  • Single cabin +55%
  • Tour prices are for self guided bike rides
  • Guided bike rides on specific departures (+EUR235pp)
  • Bike hire: hybrid EUR74 / e-bike EUR175
  • Own helmet or purchase on board
  • This tour is invoiced in EURO
Each ride on this self-guided tour is completely optional. Paths are paved, flat, and almost always by the river. The tour is suitable for children and beginners. Cycling distances vary according to your choice. Just hop on your bike and go — the Danube's Great Loop awaits!

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival in Passau (sail at 6pm)

No cycling

Passau sits on the edge of Germany near the Austrian border where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. This picturesque town is more than 2000 years old and has many interesting sites. Take time to stroll through the historic centre, with its baroque architecture constructed by the city's Prince Bishops. Board your 'floating hotel' in Passau at 4.30 pm and relax with a welcome cocktail and dinner as we start cruising downstream at 6 pm.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2

'The Great Loop' / Engelhartszell to Aschach

Cycling: approx. 42 km

Today begins with a ride through the classic scenery of 'Great Loop' Donauschlinge - one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube. Along the way you will encounter tiny villages and cozy cider taverns. In Austria's only Trappist monastery at Engelhartszell, you can taste their delicious liquor and cheeses. The famous 'Schlogener View' offers a wonderful panorama of the surrounding Austrian countryside. Finish the day's cycling at the charming market of Aschach where your boat will be waiting.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3

Aschach to Bratislava

Cycling: approx. 43 km

We cycle along the former 'Iron Curtain' and through Austria's 'green belt' to the imposing 18th century Imperial Palace of Hof, with its lavish interior and beautifully landscaped Baroque gardens. Then we follow the bike path to Slovakia's capital city, Bratislava, located at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. In the evening, you may choose to explore this city's hidden alleys and imposing architecture ranging from medieval times to the 21st century.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4

Bratislava to Budapest

Cycling: approx. 54 km (or rest day)

Sit on the deck this morning for panoramic views of the Danube's gorgeous landscape. The entrance to Budapest, Hungary's capital, is stunning as you'll pass many of the city's great buildings which line both sides of the river. You will also see Margaret Island, in the middle of the Danube in Central Budapest, ideal for exploring by bike. You may choose to cycle on a round trip to the charming town of Szentendre, with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art scene. Tonight, an optional show with music and dance will reveal Hungary's culture.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5

Budapest to Esztergom (via the 'Danube Bend')

Cycling: approx. 43 km

The Danube bend (also called the Hungarian Wachau), along with the wooded hills of Pilis, Visegrad and Borzsony is one of the prettiest parts of this journey. Within the Danube lies the idylic isle of Szentendre. Here you cycle via the baroque village of Vac (influenced by the architects of Austrian empress Maria Theresa) to the bishop town of Esztergom with its gorgeous basilica, Hungary's largest Catholic Church which overlooks the town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6

Vienna

Cycling: none

See Vienna's iconic attractions on a city tour by bike or bus (optional) — the Hofburg Palace, St Stephen's Cathedral, and the Ringstrasse circling the inner city. On the Ringstrasse see the State Opera House, Burgtheater (Court Theatre) and Town Hall. There's also the colourful and unconventional Hundertwasserhaus, and the ferris wheel at the Wurstelprater amusement park. Then, relax at one of the many coffee bars. The day could end impressively with a classical concert at one of Vienna's most famous palaces.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7

Vienna to Krems to Melk (The 'Wachau' Region)

Cycling: approx. 37 km

Your last biking day may just be a highlight as you pass quaint towns, apricot orchards, vineyards, castles and monasteries. A sizeable ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Durnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery is a landmark of the Wachau. Take a break at one of the many comfy wine taverns or walk your bike through the narrow alleys of Durnstein where King Richard the Lionheart was an involuntary guest in medieval times. Finally, you'll reach Melk, famed for its Benedictine monastery. Tonight is the gala farewell dinner and folklore show.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8

Melk to Passau and departure

No cycling

See the first rays of the sun as you sit on deck and soak up the peaceful atmosphere of the Danube Valley. Take a last look at the Schlögener Schlinge ('Great Loop') before arriving back in Passau where you'll disembark at approx 10am. We hope you are rested, relaxed and in good spirits and that you'll leave with great memories of the stunning Blue Danube.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • 7 nights on 4 star barge (outside cabins with ensuite & air conditioning)
  • Captain's greeting and welcome cocktail
  • Daily cabin cleaning, towels & linen
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Gala dinner with farewell cocktail
  • Daily live music
  • Port charges
  • Information & route book (1 per cabin)
  • Daily information meetings
  • Cruise director on board (does not cycle)

Tour Excludes:

  • Travel to & from Passau
  • Passport and/or travel visas (where applicable)
  • Bike hire (7 or 21 speed hybrid or e-bike)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips for crew
  • Optional excursions