(3 reviews)

Self-guided Bike and Barge

Web code AT055

Austria, Hungary, Slovakia / Danube Waltz

From Passau to Budapest

This amazing itinerary will lead you from Passau, the Bavarian town at the hart of three rivers and unwind along the majestic Danube river going through three capitals: Vienna, the imperial city, Bratislava, lively mittel European town and finally Budapest, the impressive bridge between western and eastern world.
  • Day by Day


    1. Passau

    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 (40 km)

    Your first day begins with a ride through the classic scenery of the ‘Great Loop’ 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.


    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, where you can explore its hidden alleyways and corners.


    4. Bratislava – Budapest | Excursion to Szentendre (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.


    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or warnings issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain.


  • Route profile

    The Passau to Vienna cycling trail along the Danube river is one of the most famous and popular ones in Europe, because 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

    The precise embarkation point will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive a few days before departure.


    By Plane

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


    By Train

    The nearest arrival point is Passau Hbf. More information on www.bahn.com


    By Car

    If you drive you can book a parking place with us. You can leave your car by Globus/Eichberger: GLOBUS GARAGE Messestraße 6, 94036 Passau Tel +49 0851-988 48 66 You can choose:

    - parking place (uncovered), 75 €;

    - garage (covered) 90 €; The transfer to/from the ship is included in the price.


    The transfer takes place between 12:45 and 4 p.m. If you have to carry your own bike the cost will be 10 €.


  • Accommodation and meals



    The barge Fortuna is equipped with:

    - 14 Standard Twin cabins below deck (14m2)

    - 16 Comfort Double/Twin cabins middle deck (14m2)

    - 30 Superior Double/Twin cabins middle deck (14m2)

    - 17 Deluxe Double/Twin cabins above deck (14m2)

    - 8 Suite cabins above deck (24m2)


    The standard cabins feature two small viewing windows and twin beds, which are folded away during the day. The comfort cabins have fixed windows and a double bed which can be separated into twin beds. In the superior cabins there are opening panoramic window and in the deluxe cabins there is a French balcony with sliding door. The spacious suites on the upper deck have a mini bar, French balcony windows and feature a desk and an addit. sofabed to accomodate a 3rd person.

    All 85 comfortable 2-bed cabins have outside views, climate control and en-suite bathrooms. In addition cabins include TV, safe and hair dryer, suites offer a minibar.


    Common areas

    Step on board into a stylish and elegant atmosphere. From the bright and airy Panorama Salon, the comfortable Bar or the Sun Deck (in some areas roofed over) enjoy the picturesque riverside scenery as the ship glides through the water. In the elegant Panorama Restaurant a trained crew will pamper you with local and international specialities.






    The barge Carissima is equipped with:

    - 13 Standard Twin cabins below deck (14m2)

    - 32 Comfort Double/Twin cabins middle deck (14m2)

    - 30 Superior Double/Twin cabins above deck (14m2)


    All 75 de-luxe staterooms have 14 m² and feature a hotel-style double bed, which may be converted to two single beds. The half-height windows on the below deck cannot be opened, the staterooms on the above and middle deck provide full-size picture windows which do open. All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower, hair dryer, TV, safe and full air-conditioning.


    Common areas

    On board our comfortable cruise ship you enjoy an exclusive atmosphere – in the spacious, convenient cabins as well as in the stylish outdoor area. Experience the fantastic view to breathtaking landscapes – on the bike, from the pool on the sun deck, in the comfy seats of the lounge, and even during your amazing meals in the first class restaurant.



  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent:

    • unisex touring bikes with 21/24 gears and hand brakes
    • unisex e-bikes with hand brakes


    The bikes are equipped with:

    1 pannier bag

    1 front bar bag

    1 lock.


    You will be provided with a pump and a repair kit per cabin. Helmets are mandatory in Slovakia and Hungary, in Austria only for children under 14 years old.



  • Accompanying material

    Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material. It contains the link to download the tour information material in Pdf:


    • Tour notes      
    • Final tour details


    On the spot you will find the maps (one for each cabin) and the GPS tracks



  • By your side

    During the journey you can:


    • follow the tour leader with the payment of a supplement (option available only on fixed dates SU 22.05, 17.07, 2.10, 9.10.2022 and SA 28.05, 2.07, 3.09.2022). We remind you that our tour leaders are neither tour guides nor entertainers, but their role is that of coordinating the group and guide you along the route.
    • follow the map and cycle individually. Every evening or every morning our member of staff will illustrate the route of the day. They will be able to address any question or doubt. If you have any problem during the cycling stretch dont hesitate to contact the tour leader on his/her mobile


    Staff support
    In the Final Tour Details you will find the contact phone numbers you can call during the tour in case of emergency.

  • 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.

Tour details


from 799 €

8 days /7 nights

Tour type
Self-guided / Guided




Fortuna SU 24.04 - 9.10.2022

Carissima SA 28.05, 2.07, 3.09, 8.10.2022



Fortuna SU 22.05, 17.07, 2.10, 9.10.2022

Carissima SA 28.05, 2.07, 3.09.2022



Season 1 | 24.04 - 30.04.2022 and 1.10 - 10.10.2022

Season 2 | 1.05 - 31.05.2022 and 1.08 - 31.08.2022

Season 3 | 1.06 - 30.06.2022, 1.07 - 31.07.2022 and 1.09 - 30.09.2022


Price per person

Season 1 | 24.04 - 30.04.2022 and 1.10 - 10.10.2022


Fortuna | below deck

799 € in standard twin cabin

1239 € in standard single cabin


Carissima | below deck

899 € in standard twin cabin





  • 7 overnights
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • On board tour leader
  • Maps
  • GPS tracks
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Hotline service



  • 7 overnights
  • Full board (breakfast, dinner and a self-made packed lunch)
  • Cycling tour leader
  • Cider tasting in the Upper Danube Valley
  • Wine tasting
  • Guided city tour in Vienna and Budapest
  • Maps
  • GPS tracks
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Hotline service


Not included

  • Beverages on board
  • Museums, fees and extras in general
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”


Supplements per person



Season 2 | 1.05 - 31.05.2022 and 1.08 - 31.08.2022

100 € in standard twin cabin

155 € in standard single cabin


Season 3 | 1.06 - 30.06.2022, 1.07 - 31.07.2022 and 1.09 - 30.09.2022

150 € in standard twin cabin

232 € in standard single cabin


€ 100 middle deck comfort double/twin cabin

€ 200 middle deck superior double/twin cabin

€ 400 upper deck deluxe double/twin cabin

€ 680 upper deck suite double/twin cabin



Season 2 | 1.05 - 31.05.2022 and 1.08 - 31.08.2022

50 € in standard twin cabin


Season 3 | 1.06 - 30.06.2022, 1.07 - 31.07.2022 and 1.09 - 30.09.2022

150 € in standard twin cabin


€ 150 middle deck comfort double/twin cabin

€ 730 middle deck comfort single cabin | Season 1

€ 755 middle deck comfort single cabin | Season 2

€ 910 middle deck comfort single cabin | Season 3

€ 300 upper deck superior double/twin cabin


€ 255 guided option | 22.05; 28.05; 2.07; 17.07; 3.09; 2.10 and 9.10.2022


Rental bikes

€ 80 Touring bike

€ 180 E-bike


€ 25 own touring aboard

€ 35 own e-bike aboard


Extra nights in double / single room with breakfast

€ 55 / 80 in Passau | 3* hotel

€ 70 / 100 in Passau | 4* hotel

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