Bike and Barge

Austria, Hungary, Slovakia

Danube Waltz

From Passau to Budapest aboard the MV Carissima

from 719 €

8 days/7 nights, ECO cabin main deck

Web code AT055

  • Info

    Tour type
    self-guided tour/ guided tour
    Price per person

    719 €  ECO cabin lower deck 

    849 €  ECO cabin middle deck

    789 € cabin lower deck

    949 € cabin middle deck

    1019 € cabin upper deck


    every Sunday from 28.04 al 6.10.19


    • 7 overnights
    • full board (breakfast,self made packed lunch and dinner)
    • on board English and German speaking tour guide 
    • bed linen and towels
    • Hotline service

    Not included

    • Transport to and from departure point
    • All drinks on board 
    • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
    • Extra transport
    • Anything that is not mentioned under included


    560 € single cabin upper deck 

    715 € single cabin upper deck (May and August)

    793 € single cabin upper deck (June, July, September)


    100 € mid season (May and August)

    150 €high season (June, July and September)


    74 € bike rental

    168 € e-bike

    15 € own bike 

    66/77 € parking place in Passau Passau (to be paid on site)

    235 € guided tour (only on 5.05, 19.05, 2.06, 23.06, 14.07, 11.08, 1.09, 15.09, 29.09.19)


    Extra night in double/single B&B

    58/83 € Passau 3*

    66/92 € Passau 4*



    Second or third person in cabin:

    90% 0-2 years old as third person with 2 adults

    20% 3-12 years old as second person with 1 adult

  • Day by Day

    1. Passau – Engelhartszell

    Boarding time 4.30 p.m. departure at 6 pm. Use your free time and stroll through the cobblestoned old town centre and have a look at the world’s largest Catholic Church organ in the Passau Cathedral. 


    2. Engelhartszell – Aschach – Devin (45 km)

    Your first day begins with a ride through the classic scenery of the meander Donauschlinge - one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube. Along the way you will encounter tiny villages and cozy cider taverns. You can taste  delicious liquors and cheese  while you pay a visit to Austria’s only Trappist monastery at Engelhartszell. The famous ‘Schlogener View’ provides a wonderful view of the surrounding Austrian countryside. The boat welcomes all cyclists back on board in the charming market town of Aschach. In the evening the barge arrives in Devin.


    3. Devin – Bratislava (45 km)

    You will pedal along the former ‘Iron Curtain’, cross the green line and reach the imposing Imperial Schlosshof Palace with its beautifully terraced gardens. Follow the bike path through Austria’s ‘vegetable garden’ and the slopes of the Little Carpathians till you reach the coronation city of Bratislava, were you can explore its hidden alleyways and corners on an optional city tour.


    4. Bratislava – Budapest (55 km) 

    The entrance to Budapest, Hungary's capital is impressive.Enjoy Budapest during a coach tour or a guided bike tour (optional) to discover many of the highlights of this beautiful city. You can also choose to cycle to the charming town of Szentendre with its lively atmosphere and interesting art scene. You can have a taste of Hungarian culture during an evening Folklore show with traditional music, local appetizers and dance (optional).


    5. Budapest – Esztergom (45 km)

    Situated in the middle of the Danube River, the idyllic isle of Szentendre shines in silent Puszta romance. History, folklore and Hungarian way of life will accompany you on your way to Esztergom where the gorgeous basilica – Hungary’s largest Catholic Church – will impress you. 


    6. Esztergom – Vienna 

    Discover Vienna's most beautiful attractions. During a city tour by bike or bus (optional) you will be able to admire Vienna’s most impressive architecture: the imperial Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the gorgeous ‘Ring’-boulevard, the State Opera House, the Burgtheater and town hall and of course the colorful "Hundertwasserhaus". Take time to relax in one of Vienna’s famous cafés, while the evening ends with a classical music concert (optional) in a famous Viennese Palace.


    7. Vienna – Melk (40 km)

    Your last biking day starts with a visit to a powerful ruin looming above the small Baroque town of Durnstein, while the blue spire of the monastery church is a landmark of the renowned Wachau Valley. Amidst dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards and castles, this hilly landscape enchants everybody who visits ... you will be biking on cloud nine! In Weißenkirchen (possibility for wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfortable wine taverns along the bike path.


    8. Passau

    As you cruise back up the Danube enjoy the beauty of the lanscape on your way to Passau, where you’ll disembark at approx. 10.00 a.m. Any connection for further travel should be booked from 11.30 am. onwards.



    The itinerary may be subject to unexpected changes before and/or during your holiday, due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as: extreme weather conditions, unannounced road or repair works or law enforcements.


  • Route profile

    The Passau to Vienna cycling trail along the Danube river is one of the most famous and popular ones in Europe, becasue of its lack of difficulty which makes it accessible to any cyclist. It’s so well sign posted that you will not get lost. The Danube river will be right by your side to guide you all along anyhow. When you plan your visits to points of interest be aware that some of the vilages on either side of the river are not very well connected as bridges and ferries  are not that frequent. 


    As you proceed from Vienna to Budapest the road quality varies because the cycling trail is mostly on the Austrian side while in Slovachia and Hungary you will mostly cycle on low traffic roads. Also the road signs are not near as frequent, nonetheless it won’t be difficult to follow your itinerary, which is a bit kore hilly as well. 



  • How to get there

    By Plane

    The closest airports to Passau are Vienna or alternatively Munich. You will have to then commute to Passau by train


    Ask for a free airfare quote upon booking.


    By train 

    Find schedules and connections at



    If you drive you can leave your car by Globus/Eichberger: GLOBUS GARAGE Messestraße 6, 94036 Passau Tel +49 0851-988 48 66 Opening hours: 12:30-17:00.


  • Accommodation and meals

    Overnight and full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) are included. The service you have booked will be specified in the boarding voucher with the acronym FB (Full board). Drinks are not  included. 


    The cruise ship MV Carissima


    All 75 de-luxe cabins are 14 m2 and feature a hotel-style double bed, which may be converted into two single beds. 


    The half-height windows on the Main deck cannot be opened, the staterooms on the Middle and Upper deck provide full-size windows which do open. All cabins are ensuite, hair dryer, TV, safe deposit box and full air-conditioning are available. ECO cabins are located in the front/rear part of the ship (operating noises are possible).


    In the restaurant you will start your culinary excursion through the Danube countries – the fantastic view of the beautiful scenery will sweeten the diversity of flavours you taste.


    In the Panorama-Lounge, where the bar is located, you can enjoy a glass of wine with your friends and travel mates while the gorgeous landscape is passing by.


    After an exciting day of cycling you can relax in the spa with sauna and whirlpool. From June to August you can jump into the pool on the sun deck, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view. 


    And if you are in the mood for reading, just borrow a book in the library. The comfortable ship will make your journey unforgettable. 


    Wifi is available on board (connection payable locally can vary).



    Watch Carissima photo gallery.




  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:

    • 21-speed-Unisex trekking bike freewheel (7-speed-Unisex bike, backpedal upon request)
    • Electrically assisted bike / pedelec


    All rental bikes are equipped with:

    • lock
    • 20 lpanniers and a handle bar bag
    • repair kit per cabin

    In Slovakia helmets are mandatory. You can bring your own helmet or buy it on board.


  • Accompanying material

    Upon settlement of the payment a few day before departure, you wll receive via email the following:

    • embarkation voucher with details about the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point
    • Tour Notes
    • Final Tour Details

    If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us before departure.


    Tour maps will be delivered on site.



  • By your side

    Every morning or evening our tour leader  will illustrate the route of the day. Don’t hesitate to ask him/her any question or doubt. If you have any problem during the day, you will be able to reach the tour leader on his/her mobiles. Languages spoken on board are English and German. 


    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30 
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
  • 3 Client reviews
    • Gary

      Departure 21-28 July 2019

      Online from 02 August 2019

      Overall a good experience.
    • Ellen

      Departure 21-28 July 2019

      Online from 02 August 2019

      Biking is a wonderful way to see the countryside. Plus we had a tour guide which really enhances the trip. This was my first bike/boat trip and I will definitely plan more.
      It was terrific and everyone on the boat went overboard (no pun intended!!!) to accommodate us.
      Thank you so much. Your efforts were very much appreciated!!
    • Antonio

      Departure 06-13 May 2018

      Online from 18 May 2018

      Girolibero ha uno staff puntuale ed affidabile. Non abbiamo avuto nessun problema. Organizzazione perfetta.
      La ciclabile del Danubio è bella, ben tenuta, nessun problema di orientamento.