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Danube Bike & Boat: Passau to Budapest - MV Carissima

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.7 Read 29 reviews
  • Visit 4 countries in 1 week as you cycle along the world-famous Danube River
  • Explore the characterful capital cities Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna
  • Ride along the easy-going, and waymarked Danube Cycle Path
  • Sample the regional dishes and delicacies of the areas you cycle and sail through
  • Cycle past castles and vineyards of the Wachau Valley, UNESCO World Heritage
Cycle and sail the River Danube travelling through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary on a relaxing cycling holiday. There is no better way to see as much in one week than by riding the Danube Cycle Path and at night relaxing on the sundeck of a traditional river cruiser. From the colourful Bavarian city of Passau, flat, easy going cycle paths lead to the famous Schlögener Loop and through the enchanting Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Journey through the Blue Danube where fairy-tale castles pepper the riverbanks and where Western meets Eastern Europe in the stunning city of Budapest. Indulge in the sweet treats of Vienna’s café culture and sail through the vineyards of the Wachau Valley to round off a delightful week of cycling and cruising one of Europe’s longest and oldest rivers.

What To Expect

Ideally suited to beginners, novices and families this cycle and sailing tour is on a flat cycle paths with the options for shorter bike routes each day. Visit no less than four countries and three capital cities as you travel past vineyards, orchards, castles and rolling hills, with each night spent on a charming traditional cruise boat.

Tour Style:

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


Bike and Boat | A combination of cycling and cruising or sailing, your overnight accommodation will be on boat or barge style accommodation.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Historical Journeys


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Activity Level & Terrain

This cycling trip is graded easy as the route is almost completely flat. The daily distances range from 18 to 54 km, although it is often possible to shorten your ride (by taking an alternative route, jumping on a ferry or train) and you could even decide to skip the ride altogether by staying onboard. You will be cycling on the Danube Cycle Path which follows dedicated cycle paths and some quiet roads. This tour is particularly well suited to families and novice cyclists as the route is flat and predominantly traffic-free. 


The route is waymarked throughout and in addition to this, you will receive daily briefings each evening about the route and highlights of the cycling day ahead. You will also be supplied with a detailed roadbook, information pack and access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App. The App allows you to follow the route using your smartphone, and this way you can look at the maps in more detail. Please note that this is a self-guided trip and the bike rides are not guided, unescorted.

Flood or low tide: In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by bus. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted in both situations, the water level is force majeure. The same applies for officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit.

Please be aware that your cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power even at night. Especially crossing locks and bridges - and the preparation work - may cause noise. If you are a light sleeper please bring earplugs.


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).

Solo Cyclists

This trip is available to solo cyclists, single cabins are subject to availability and a supplementary payment.


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 an en-suite cabin
  • All meals, including packed lunches
  • Bike Rental
  • Port Charges
  • Daily briefings and a tour guide on board
  • Information pack with a detailed route book (one per cabin)
  • Access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App
  • 24/7 local support and from the office at Macs Adventure
  • Travel To & From Passau
  • Personal Equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Helmet Rental
  • E-Bike Rental
  • Local ferries to cross the Danube River
  • E-Bike Rental

When To Go

This tour is available to start on selected Saturdays (MV Fortuna) or Sundays (MV Carissima) from April to October. Prices vary depending on the season and the type of cabin preferred.

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.

General Information

Optional Excursions

The following excursions can be booked onboard and paid for locally:

- Bratislava: City tour by excursion train and walkabout

- Budapest: Sight-seeing city tour by bike or bus, traditional Hungarian folklore show at Csarda

- Vienna: City tour by bus or bike, classical Waltz & Operetta Concert in one of Vienna's famous palaces

- Wachau: Wine tasting with a local wine grower


Bike Rental

7/21-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 a limited number of electric bikes available on request at a supplement. Children’s bikes, seats, tag-a-longs, 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 onboard.

Due to very limited space onboard there is limited availability to bring your own bike – please check with us at the time of booking. 

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Day 1: Arrive Passau Day 2: Engelhartszell to Aschach 26 miles / 42 km Day 3: Devin to Bratislava 31 miles / 49 km Day 4: Explore Budapest Day 5: Vác to Esztergom 27 miles / 43 km Day 6: Explore Vienna Day 7: Krems to Melk 23 miles / 37 km Day 8: Sail to Passau & Onward Travel

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