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Passau – Belgrade – Passau (Bike & Barge) Cycling Holiday
Guided | 15 days | 14 nights | From £1249 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
– The four capital cities along the Danube Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade
– The mighty canyon of the Iron Gates National Park is the highlight of this cycling holiday
– Kalocsa, the “Paprika Capital” and centre of folk art
– The commanding citadel Petrovaradin
– Novi Sad, the magnificent capital of the Vojvodina
– The basilica in Esztergom, the biggest church in Hungary
– The Drava-Nemzeti National Park
– The picturesque countryside of the Danube Bend
– The fabulous Wachau region with its vineyards and castles

Cycle Route: Danube Cycle Path
Level 1+2: The route mainly follows the Eurovelo 6 cycle path; in A/SK/H it runs on asphalted paths over flat terrain; in HR/SRB country roads with little traffic and cycle paths not all of which are asphalted. 1 stage runs over hilly terrain. Don’t feel like cycling today? You can reach your destination easily by boat.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Passau

Embarkation 4.00 p.m. in Passau; departure is at 5.00 p.m. Enjoy a final view of the beautiful city of Passau as you glide serenely into the sunset, past dark green forests before entering the lock at the Jochenstein power plant on the border between Germany and Austria.

Day 2: Schlögen Danube Bend | Engelhartszell – Aschach, approx. 42 km

Enjoy a delightful day’s cycling from Engelhartszell (Austria’s only Trappist monastery) through the ruggedly romantic Danube Bend at Schlögen, one of the most beautiful sections of the river lined with sleepy farming villages.

Along the way, you can drop in at one of the many inviting cider taverns. Rejoin the ship in the idyllic market town of Aschach, with its long tradition of ship-building and shipping, before sailing into the night.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, approx. 43 km

A narrow cycle path runs along the Iron Curtain from the castle ruins in Devin to the splendid palace of Schloss Hof, which boasts one of the most magnificent baroque gardens in Europe. There follows a stretch of untouched countryside and a short time later, you arrive in the vibrant city of Bratislava.

Our miniature train tour of the Slovakian capital in which Hungarian kings were once crowned (optional) begins with a glorious view from the fortress perched on a hill overlooking the city and ends with a walk through the beautifully restored historic city centre.

Day 4: Budapest | Excursion to Szentendre approx. 54 km (or day of rest)

Savour the entrance to Budapest and the stunning views of the city‘s most famous buildings. Discover the city that straddles the Danube on a guided tour (optional) or take a detour to the delightful little town of Szentendre with its many artists and galleries.

Get a taste of the fiery Hungarian temperament at a Hungarian folklore show with traditional music and folk dance accompanied by wine and hearty local food (optional).

Day 5: Baja – Mohacs, approx. 37 km

From the quiet baroque town of Baja that is famous for its fish soup, you’ll cycle along the flood protection dykes in the Gemenc floodplain, through sleepy river landscapes past fields of sunflowers.

At the end of today’s stage, you take the ferry to the little town of Mohacs, Hungary’s most southerly town on the Danube and famously the site of two battles with the Ottoman Turks.

Day 6: Belgrade (day of rest)

Explore the fun-loving Serbian capital at the confluence of the Save and the Danube by bike or bus, take a journey in time from the past to the present and learn about the rise and fall of Yugoslavia (optional). In the evening, Belgrade is bathed in a sea of light.

Visit a colourful folklore show with traditional dances from all parts of the country, followed by typical regional specialities in the well-known bohemian district of Skadarlija with lively folk music from a Serbian band (optional).

Day7: Cataract Canyons /Iron Gates National Park (day of rest)

Experience the stunning fjord-like landscape at close quarters from the ship’s deck. The river cuts through the Romanian Carpathian mountains and the mighty foothills of the Balkan mountain range.

A spectacular landscape with steep gorges, dark forests with historic monuments and impregnable fortresses on the shores that are reflected in the blue waters of the river: this miracle of nature will take your breath away!

Day 8: Novi Sad – Ilok, approx. 48 km

The imposing Petrovaradin fortress perches high above the provincial capital of the Vojvodina. After cycling upstream along a flat cycle path you take a ferry to reach the gentle foothills of the Fruska Gora, with its orchards, vineyards and idyllic farming villages.

Everything in the medieval town of Ilok revolves around wine. In the evening you will have the opportunity to sample some famous Croatian wines at a local wine cellar (optional).

Day 9: Batina – Mohacs, approx. 42 km

In the border triangle you cycle through the never-ending ‘‘Backa’‘ Small, idyllic villages and endless canola fields accompany you from Croatia to Serbia and Hungary. Farmers stop their work to greet you and now and then you will meet a carriage.

You will experience hardly touched nature in Nemzeti National Park and after the ferry ride to Mohacs there is enough time for a visit at the White Stork Museum or the memorial of the Battle of Mohacs.

Day 10: Kalocsa – Solt, approx. 50 km

Kalocsa is the “Paprika Capital” of Hungary and the character of the town is strongly influenced by colourful houses with hand-painted, bright floral patterns and the cathedral with its towers that can be seen even from a distance as they rise into the skies from the flat Hungarian plain.

Visiting the Paprika Museum you’ll learn all there is to know about Hungary’s favourite spice. Continue your journey on the well-built cycle path along the flood protection dyke through the vast expanse of the puszta, and corn fields and orchards that stretch as far as the eye can see until you reach Solt, birthplace of the famous conductor Sir George Solti. Vecsey Castle and the library with some 34,000 books are especially worth seeing.

Day 11: Danube Bend – Esztergom, approx. 43 km

The Danube is framed by steep wooded hills as it flows through the picturesque, hilly landscape of the “Hungarian Wachau“. Set in the middle of the Danube, the delightful island of Szentendre radiates real puszta romance.

As you continue your journey on idyllic cycle paths through picturesque villages you’ll be able to experience the Hungarian zest for life at first hand. The dome of the imposing basilica in Esztergom that sits high over the Danube can be seen from far and wide. Hungary’s largest church, with its Tuscan-style high altar and a side chapel with red marble walls is especially worth seeing.

Day 12: Vienna (Bike excursion to Klosterneuburg, Danube Island…)

After so many action-packed days of cycling, you deserve some relaxation. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the idyllic floodplain forest of the Donauauen National Park and the impressive skyline as you sail into Vienna.

Go for a ride on the Danube Island – Vienna’s favourite recreational area, cycle out to the nearby Klosterneuburg Abbey or wander through the idyllic vineyards on Kahlenberg (with magnificent views over the city and the Danube). The day ends traditionally with a concert of classic waltz and operetta music in the Schönbrunn palace (optional).

Day 13: Vienna (day of rest)

Discover Vienna: from the saddle on a guided bike tour or on your own with the HOP ON HOP OFF Bus (optional). Ride through the historic city centre at a leisurely pace and see the sights from close up.

The magnificent Ringstraße will remind you of times long past and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries. Afterwards, there’s enough time to stroll through the quaint lanes or visit the Naschmarkt, a feast for the senses. End your day in Vienna in traditional fashion at a rustic wine tavern.

Day 14: Wachau | Krems – Melk, approx. 37 km

This final stage of your cycling tour can best be described as magical! The gentle hilly countryside of the Wachau with its picturesque villages, historic castles and palaces surrounded by apricot trees and terraced vineyards, is one of the loveliest stretches of the river. In Weißenkirchen the cycle path is lined with cosy vintner’s taverns and you should definitely treat yourself to a break here (optional wine tasting)!

Day 15: Passau

Enjoy the first rays of sun and the early-morning tranquility of the Danube valley one last time. Catch a final view of the Danube Bend at Schlögen – before you reach Passau, your heart bursting with memories and impressions.

Disembarkation at approx. 10.00 a.m. Independent homeward travel. We recommend that you do not make any arrangements for onward connections departing before 11.00 a.m. To be on the safe side, later departure times would be even better.

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Map & Route Information

Route Profile
Level 1+2: The route mainly follows the Eurovelo 6 cycle path; in A/SK/H it runs on asphalted paths over flat terrain; in HR/SRB country roads with little traffic and cycle paths not all of which are asphalted. 1 stage runs over hilly terrain. Don’t feel like cycling today? You can reach your destination easily by boat.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Passau – Belgrade – Passau tour stays on-board the MS Theodor Korner Bike and Barge Ship.

Included Services

14 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
Port charges
Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
Captains welcome and welcome cocktail
Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
Full board: breakfast buffet, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists), afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose from), late night snack
Gala dinner with farewell cocktail
Crew Show
Daily live music
Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)
Daily information meeting
Detailed road book per cabin

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About the MV Theodor Korner

A ship that feels like home! The spacious traditional ship was beautifully renovated in a trendy art deco style in winter 2013/2014 and exudes a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Nothing is too much trouble for the crew and you will be pampered at every turn with regional and international specialties.

After dinner, the generously proportioned Panorama Bar, where the board band plays dance music, is a popular place to socialise. The comfortable lounge is a haven of tranquillity – with board games and a library for your entertainment.

After an action-packed day’s cycling, enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the sun-deck as the sun goes down or relax in the infra-red sauna. The MV Theodor Körner also offers WIFI free of charge (Bar and reception area).
Technical details

• Capacity (126 passengers)
• Length (87 m)
• Width (17 m)
• Draft (1,7 m)
• Speed (20 km/h)
• Crew (approx. 40)
• Voltage (220 Volt)
• Languages on board (German/English)

Cabins & facilities

60 comfortable cabins (approx. 8-16 m²) with large picture windows, shower /WC, flat panel TV, hair-dryer, min-safe and air-conditioning.

2-bed ECO: Bunk bed (1 upper and 1 lower bed, approx. 8-9 m²)

2-bed: 2 single lower beds (approx. 10-11 m²)
Junior Suite: Double bed, slightly more spacious (approx. 13-16 m²)

3-bed: in Junior Suites (couch), 3-bed cabin on Promenade Deck (bunk bed)

The comfortable 60 cabins (approx. 8-16 m²) are equipped with air conditioner, private facilities, TV, hairdryer. The windows can be opened in the cabins on the upper & promenade deck. Triple cabins are equipped with 2 lower beds and one folding bed above (promenade deck) or a sofa at the suites.

You can inform us about Your preferred cabin at booking but please be informed that we do not communicate the cabin number at booking as this is no principle of treaty.

Passenger – Decks

• Promenade deck (uppermost deck, windows to be opened)
• Upper deck (middle deck, windows to be opened)
• Main deck (lowest deck, panorama windows but not to be opened)

On-Board Facilities

• Panorama bar
• Panorama salon
• Restaurant
• Infrared-Sauna
• Spacious Sun deck with lounge chairs
• Roofed terrace
• Board shop
• WIFI (supplement)

The MV Theodor Körner is a spacious river cruiser designed according to traditional shipbuilder’s skills. It is characterised by the cosy ambience of its interior. Books and magazines from our library provide relaxation. Books and magazines in our air-conditioned library provide relaxation and reading pleasure as well as parlour games.

Please be aware that a cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night. Especially passing locks and bridges – and the preparation work – may cause noise.

Restaurant / Kitchen

The full board consists of: breakfast, packed lunch for bikers (resp. light meal for guests on board), dinner. On 4 evenings you have the choice between 2-3 menus. Not claimed meals cannot be refunded. Your table number will be provided during boarding. Special meals have to be ordered latest by 3 weeks prior departure.

On-Board and Excursions

A musician will provide evening entertainment. On the last evening the crew invites you to an evening of entertainment, good mood and fun!

Excursions can only be booked on board with our cruise director.

Internet / Mobile phone

If you want to be reachable on board in urgent cases, please leave our office number at your family (page 2). We will forward you the message as soon as possible. The ship also offers Wi-Fi (chargeable). We only have very limited internet connections on board. If possible we send urgent E-Mails for you.

Life on board

There is no special dress code on board. Casual clothing is sufficient. For the concert and the gala dinner some passengers are dressed more elegant. We suggest appropriate clothing for the bike-tours as e.g. cycling pants, bike-gloves, sportive shoes, etc…sun- and rain protection – please don’t forget! A warm sweater for rather cool evenings on deck. Swim wear for using the opportunity on hot days along your bike-leg.

Medical care

For emergency cases doctors are also shortly available ashore.

Smoking on board

Please note that the whole ship (incl. cabins, restaurant, café) is absolutely a non smoking area. Smoking is allowed only on the open sundeck.


On cruise ships gratuities will be collected at the end of the cruise in a box at the reception. This form of giving a tip is useful to credit all crew-members. A noncommittal directive would be approx. € 5,- to 6,- per person and day.

The cruise director is not included in this system. If you have been satisfied with his work during the week – there will be a tip box available directly at the cruise director’s desk.

Currency/ Payment

All prices are in EURO. With each order you receive a receipt to sign. The invoice can be paid in cash or with credit card (VISA or Master Card) on the day of departure at the reception. Please be informed: Excursions are only payable in cash!

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About the bikes...

Bicycle & Equipment:

Our bicycles are modern and high standard quality of KTM. We offer 28-Zoll-Unisex-tourbikes with deep comfort-entrance. The bikes are equipped with 21-derailleur-gear with override, caliper breaks and robust wheels. Our bicycles are mostly not older than 3 years.

We offer…

• 21-speed-bikes UNISEX* with caliper breacks and override
• E-Bikes (Pedelecs) UNISEX

with 28” wheels in frame sizes 46 / 51 / 56 cm .*For men taller than 186 cm we offer men frames.

Our bicycles are equipped with:

• 1 good sized, waterproofed pannier bag
• 1 handle bar bag
• Repair kit
• Air pump
• Lock

Following can be purchased in the onboard shop:

• Helmets (approx. € 25,-)
• Cycling clothes
• Raining suits

On request 7 speed UNISEX hybrid bike with coaster and caliper brake as well as children seat, children trailer and tagalong.

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Your Prices

Passau – Belgrade- Passau, 15 days, 14 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.

2019 Cycling Holiday Prices:

Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: April 2019
Season 2: June, August, September 2019
Arrival selected Saturdays

Season 1

Promenade Deck: Prices per person including bike hire
2-Bed Promenade: £1949 | Book online here >>
Junior Suite Promenade: £2249 | Book online here >>

Upper Deck: Prices per person including bike hire
ECO Bunk Bed Upper: £1549 | Book online here >>
2-Bed Upper: £1849 | Book online here >>
Junior Suite Upper: £2249 | Book online here >>

Main Deck: Prices per person including bike hire
ECO Bunk Bed Main: £1249 | Book online here >>
2-Bed Main: £1549 | Book online here >>

Season 2

Promenade Deck: Prices per person including bike hire
2-Bed Promenade: £2039 | Book online here >>
Junior Suite Promenade: £2339 | Book online here >>

Upper Deck: Prices per person including bike hire
ECO Bunk Bed Upper: £1639 | Book online here >>
2-Bed Upper: £1939 | Book online here >>
Junior Suite Upper: £2339 | Book online here >>

Main Deck: Prices per person including bike hire
ECO Bunk Bed Main: £1349 | Book online here >>
2-Bed Main: £1639 | Book online here >>

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Hotel Category Descriptions
MV Theodor Korner Bike and Barge Ship

Extra nights are available to book on this tour!
Prices are per person per night and based on two sharing. Single supplements apply.

For extra nights, you will stay in the same hotel. Please let us know if you wish to book extra nights at the start or at the end of the tour when completing your ‘Booking Request’.

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

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Holiday Price: £1249
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