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Danube Bike & Boat: Passau to Vienna - MV Carissima

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  • Explore the best Austria has to offer along the world-famous Danube River
  • Glide through the wine-growing villages and vineyards of the Wachau Valley
  • Enjoy a classic waltz and operetta concert in Vienna, Austria’s Capital City
  • Ride along the easy-going, way marked Danube Cycle Path
  • Feel the warmth of the sunset while cruising after a good days cycling
Cycle and sail down the world-famous Danube in Austria, taking in some of the most exciting sections of one of Europe’s great waterways. Your boat becomes your home for the week, while you get to discover sleepy valleys, historic castles, and wine-growing towns and villages. There is a treasure trove of attractions on this trip, with visits to Vienna and the Wachau Valley being the main highlights. Sample the local cuisine, and listen to the sounds of Vienna at one of the opera palaces. Cycling along the easy pathways is the best way to experience the Danube region, where every day is different from the last. You have a knowledgeable tour guide on board who will brief you on each day's cycle and will be able to tell you where the secret sights and eateries are on each day.

What To Expect

This trip is ideally suited to beginners or cyclists who want a hassle free trip. The trip is full board and unpacking once is a big appeal. This is a multi nationality cruise and a great chance to meet new like minded people. The cycling is along mostly traffic free paths and there are many traditional and interesting towns every day to stop off and visit.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.


Bike and Boat, E-Biking | A combination of cycling and cruising or sailing, your overnight accommodation will be on boat or barge style accommodation., E-Bikes with electronic motors to assist available to hire on this holiday (subject to availability), to make things easier

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, First Timers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 5 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys


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Grade & Terrain

Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate. The daily distance ranges from 26 to 45km. You will be cycling on the Danube Cycle Path which follows traffic-free cycle paths and some quiet roads. This tour is particularly well suited to families and novice cyclists as the route is flat, path predominantly traffic-free and you have the option of staying on board if you don't feel like cycling.


The route is waymarked throughout and we supply you with a detailed route map, guidebook, information pack and access to the GPS tracks in our Smartphone App. The onboard tour guide will also give you a briefing each evening to inform you about the route and highlights of the next day's cycle. You should have no problem finding your way!

Accommodation Information

MV Carissima

You will be staying on floating hotel MV Carissima (4*), which is a traditional river cruiser with comfortable cabins, spread over three passenger decks. There are Standard cabins on the main deck, Comfort cabins on the middle deck, and Superior cabins on the upper deck. There are some ECO cabins at the front and rear of the ship, where some operating noises may be possible. Please note that windows on the upper and middle deck can be opened, but not on the main deck. 

All 75 comfortable cabins (14 m²) have a private bathroom with a shower (or bathtub), hairdryer, TV, safe and full air-conditioning. There is a lounge and bar area with panoramic views, a restaurant, a library, spa facilities (sauna and whirlpool, free of charge), and a large sundeck with a swimming pool (swimming pool is only opened from June to August).

This trip is available to solo cyclists and this is a fantastic trip to get to know fellow cyclists. Single cabins are limited and subject to availability, please note that on the MV Carissima only Superior cabins are available for single occupancy.


All meals onboard are included; breakfast, lunch on board for non-cyclists or a packed lunch for cyclists, afternoon coffee break, dinner each evening and a late-night snack. The restaurant serves authentic food, reflective of the region and country that you are sailing through. Drinks packages are also available onboard and can be booked on arrival. Please let us know in advance (at the time of booking) if you have any special dietary requirements.

  • 7 x Overnight in a cabin of your choice on MS Carissima
  • All meals (and drinks during evening meals)
  • 21-speed bike hire
  • Daily entertainment (music)
  • Tour guide on board, daily briefings
  • Information pack, detailed route notes and map
  • Access to routes on the Macs Adventure Smartphone App
  • Captains dinner with farewell cocktail and crew show
  • 24/7 support locally and from our office
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to and from Passau
  • Personal equipment
  • Helmet(s)
  • Excursions as detailed in the itinerary as optional
  • Ferry rides
  • Additional nights
  • E-Bike upgrade

When To Go

This tour is available to start on Thursdays from April to October: Prices vary depending on the season and the type of cabin preferred. When traveling from May to September please keep in mind that these are the busiest months, and July and August are the hottest time of year. This trip books out extremely quickly, so we recommend booking early if you have specific travel dates in mind or if you are travelling in a group. We would suggest between 8 and 6 months in advance if you would prefer traveling in May and around 10 months in advance for September, this way you will have a better chance of getting your preferred cabin option.

Getting to the Start

Passau is located in Germany close to the Austrian border. It has a railway station and is easily accessible.

By Air: Passau has direct train connections to Linz (1h30), Salzburg (2h45), Munich (2.5h) and Vienna (3.5h), which are the most convenient airports. Please visit the DB Bahn website to check the times. We can arrange transfers from Munich Airport to Passau.

By Train: Visit the DB Bahn website to check train times and book tickets to Passau from European destinations. You may also wish to try Rail Europe for European rail tickets and passes.

By Car: Parking is available in Passau from between €58 and €69 per week including return transfers to the ship.

Baggage Transfer

The MV Carissima will be your floating hotel for the week transporting your belongings while you discover the Danube Cycle Path on two wheels. 

An important note on your luggage: Hardcover suitcases do take up a lot of room in your cabin, you may find softer, wheeled luggage a better option. All pieces of luggage must be labelled with a luggage tag with the name of the ship + name of passenger + cabin number which you will receive on arrival. The crew will bring the luggage directly to your cabin as you are checking-in.

General Information

Optional Excursions

The following excursions can be booked onboard.

- City tours by bus
- City tour by bike
- Classic waltz and operetta concert at a Viennese palace

- Wine tasting with a Wachau wine grower

- City tour by bus
- City walk 


Bike Rental: 7-speed unisex hybrid bikes with coaster (back pedal)/caliper brakes are included in the cost of your trip. If you would prefer we also have an option of 21-speed hybrid bikes. Electric bikes are available on request at an additional supplement. Children’s bikes, seats, tagalongs, and trailers are also all available on request. All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and a speedometer. Helmets are not included as part of the rental package and we ask that you bring your own helmet or buy one on board. Due to very limited space onboard there is limited availability to bring your own bike – please check with us.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury.

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Day 1 Arrive Passau & Embark Day 2 Engelhartszell to Brandstatt 28 miles / 45 km Day 3 Brandstatt to Linz 16 miles / 26 km Day 4 Mauthausen to Grein 22 miles / 35 km Day 5 Tulln to Vienna 22 miles / 35 km Day 6 Explore Vienna Day 7 Wachau Valley 22 miles / 35 km Day 8 Passau & Disembarkation

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