Itinerary

Bike Cruise Danube: Passau – Vienna – Bratislava – Budapest

8 days / 7 nights | Ship: MS Normandie | Self guided cycling tours

On this bike tour you will enjoy many scenic and cultural highlights between Passau and Budapest: The Schlögener loop, the fascinating landscape of the Wachau with its vineyards, castles and palaces, the untouched alluvial forests of Donau Auen National Park and the picturesque Hungarian Danube Bend alternate with cities such as Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. The Danube runs like a silver thread through Budapest separating the city into the hilly Buda and the flat Pest. In Esztergom from afar greets the imposing dome of the basilica. Bratislava, the Slovak capital on the foothills of the Little Carpathians, with a charming old town invites you to a long stroll. In Vienna, the city of the waltz, you can enjoy a variety of attractions. Visit one of the small dreamy coffee houses or cozy wine taverns.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat): Passau – Engelhartszell

Arrival in Passau and boarding at about 5 p.m. Departure at 6.30 p.m. the MS Normandie departs to Engelhartszell, arrival at approx. 9 p.m.

Day 2 (Sun): Engelhartszell – Brandstatt – Bratislava – Great Loop (Cycling 46 km / 29 miles)

The day starts in Engelhartszell (the only Trappist monastery in Austria), where we head towards the "Great Loop" - one of the most beautiful and original sectors of the Danube. Your cycling will encounter small villages and cosy must-see taverns. You'll board again in Brandstatt. Then, you "sail into the night" towards Bratislava.

Day 3 (Mon): Bratislava, bike tour (Cycling 54 km / 34 miles, city tour optional)

Arrival at Bratislava around noon. You start cycling from Bratislava via Hainburg to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm further on to Devin and then back to Bratislava. During a tour by mini train and by foot in the evening (optional) you can discover hidden alleys of Bratislava, places and all the sights of this ambitious metropolis. In the night shipping to Budapest.

Day 4 (Tue): Sight-seeing Budapest, City tour by bus (opt.) oder cycling tour Szentendre (Cycling 40 km / 25 miles)

From the sundeck you can enjoy a fantastic view of the majestic landscape of the Danube Bend and the breathtaking panorama of Budapest. In the afternoon city tour by bus (optional) to explore the sights of Budapest. Or you cycle into the town of Szentendre with lovingly restored old town. In the evening 'Budapest at night with Folkloreshow' (optional). On the night boat trip to Visegrad.

Day 5 (Wed): Visegrad – Esztergom (Cycling  25–60 km / 16–38 miles)

Today's bike leg starts at Visegrad with its famous fortress and the ruins of the former palace. You can choose from 2 different routes: the longer one includes a side trip to the island of Szentendre and the baroque village of Vác. The other route leads you directly to the bishop-town of Esztergom with its gorgeous basilica overlooking the village.

Day 6 (Thu): Sight-seeing Vienna, City tour by bus or bicycle (opt.)

In Vienna you can experience the magnificent buildings and architectural masterpieces. Explore the famous boulevard Ringstrasse with Staatsoper, Burgtheater, Parliament and City Hall during a city tour by bike or bus. At night cruise to Rossatz in the Wachau.

Day 7 (Fri): (Wachau) Rossatz – Krems – Melk – Pöchlarn (Cycling tour 42–52 km / 26–33 miles)

For many guests on this bike tour we cycle one of the most beautiful stretches today: On the path through the hilly wine-culture landscape you pass through the Baroque village of Dürnstein with the tower of the Stiftskirche, a landmark of the Wachau. In Weißenkirchen invite cozy taverns on the bike path for a break. You can book an optional wine tasting in the 'Klosterhof im Weingarten' in Spitz. You reach the iconic Abbey of Melk, one of Austria's most important baroque buildings. You’ll board again in the small village Pöchlarn. After the farewell gala dinner, you start “sailing” back to Passau

Day 8 (Sat): Passau

Arrival: approx 11:30p.m., disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from 1 p.m. onwards.

Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.