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Passau – Budapest – Passau (Bike and Barge) – Updated for 2019
Bike and Barge | 8 days | 7 nights | From £849 per person
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Tour Highlights
• Sail along the Danube by Bike and Barge
• A unique way to see the Danube Cycle Path
• Stay aboard the MS Normandie
• A unique cycling holiday along the Danube without unpacking everyday!

Route features
Flat and slightly downhill, for relaxed cycling, suitable for beginners and children.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 1: Passau – Engelhartszell

Arrival in the “Three River City”. Passau attracts many with the world’s greatest church organ at the Stephansdom and it’s charming Old Town. Embarkation will be around 4:00 pm, departure around 7 pm. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Great Loop – Brandstatt – Bratislava, ca. 46 km

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: Bratislava, ca. 54 km

Arrival at Bratislava. 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.

Tip: discover the hidden alleys of Bratislava, places and all the sights of this ambitious metropolis during a tour by mini train and by foot. In the night shipping to Budapest.

Day 4: Budapest (day of rest) or roundtrip to Szentendre, ca. 40 km

In the early morning, you enjoy the panoramic view of the Danube’s gorgeous landscape on the Sundeck. The gateway to Budapest is overwhelming, as many of the famous tourist features are situated directly next to the river bank.

In the afternoon you can explore the numerous attractions of the city. Nearby, you find the Margaretheninsel which is outstandingly qualified for a small bike tour or the charming town of Szentendre with Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life. In the night shipping to Visegrad.

Day 5: Danube Bend | Visegrad – Esztergom, ca. 25 – 60 km

The Danube bend is definitely one of most delightful and attractive parts and is called the Hungarian Wachau. 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, which has been influenced by the architects of the Austrian empress Maria Theresia. The other route leads you directly to the bishop-town of Esztergom, with its gorgeous basilica – Hungary’s largest Catholic Church – overlooking the village. In the night shipping to Vienna.

Day 6: Vienna-Nussdorf / (Korneuburg may also be possible) (day of rest)

You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral, the Hofburg, the gorgeous boulevard “Ringstraβe” with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House or the town hall that takes you back to the past. In the night shipping to Rossatz or Dürnstein (Wachau).

Day 7: Wachau – Melk – Pöchlarn, ca. 42 – 52 km

Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody.

A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In the small village of Pöchlarn you will board again. After the farewell gala dinner, you start “sailing” back to Passau.

Day 8: Departure from Passau

Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge (“Great Loop”) before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Arrival: approx at 10:00 a.m., disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from noon onwards.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
Flat and slightly downhill, relaxed cycling. Suitable for beginners and children.

This beautiful journey leads along wonderful landscape and scenic villages. During the cruise on the MS Normandie from one spot to the next, you are offered interesting bike tours. Those tours will be adjusted individually with the tour guide, depending on the group and their potential.

The mentioned kilometres are ca-distances. There is a daily briefing in the evening for the next day. If wished, you can cycle tours also individually, maps will be provided for that. The tours can be managed from everyone in normal shape. If you do not want to cycle you can also stay on board or make a shorter bike tour.

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Tour Information

Holiday Information

About the MS Normandie

On joining this vessel you are immediately aware of the cosy and informal ambience on board. On the upper deck you will find the comfy panorama salon with its bar, on the main deck the comfortable restaurant (no direct access from the cabin-zone).

On deck there are both deck chairs and ordinary chairs and tables, which encourage conversation and communal activity in fresh air. MS NORMANDIE possesses altogether two 1-bed-cabins and forty-nine 2-bed-cabins. They are all outside cabins, giving some 10-11 square metres of space (2-bed) and about 7 qm (1-bed).

All 2-bed-cabins are equipped with two lower beds, one of which can be folded against the wall during the day to provide a more homely atmosphere, shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, safe, individual air-conditioning and a picture window. Only on the upper deck the windows may be opened. 1-bed cabins have one lower bed and are otherwise equipped with same features.

Technical details: Length 91,2 m, width 10,50 m, depth 1,60 m, max. 100 passengers. Currency on board: Euro. Credit cards: Mastercard and Visa.

Important Information

Embarkation: ca. 4-5 pm, disembarkation: ca.. 10:30 am.

Bicycles on board: unisex trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears with coaster breaking hubs or 7 speed freewheel hubs (subject to availability) and pannier bag. E-Bikes are available after prior request and at limited number. Please indicate your body height when you book

To bring your own bike: on request only – due to lack of space on sundeck.

Languages on board: German, English

Cycle tours: All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour. The bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions. All cycle tours can be classified as being easy.

Luggage: we recommend rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers. Please be aware that the cabin storage space is very limited.

Smoking: the interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.

Land excursions: we offer an optional (surcharge – not included in the tour price) excursion programme which can be booked directly on board at the cruise director only. Together with your travel documents you will get a brief description. Depending on the number of participants some excursions could be carried out in 2 languages (German/ English)

Routing/Program: basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses.

In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges.

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 crossing locks and bridges – and the preparation work – may cause noise. If you are sensitive please bring your own ear plugs.

Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six(6) months of the return of your cruise.

We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.

This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

Included services

7 nights in outside cabins of the MS Normandie with private facilities and air condition
Programme according itinerary from/to Passau
Captains greeting and Welcome-Drink
Daily cabin cleaning
Changing of towels and bed cloths if wanted
Full meals: 7x breakfast, 6x lunch snack on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, 6x afternoon coffee break, 6× 3-course-dinner and 1x farewell-dinner with farewell-drink
Passenger fees and port fees
Daily Live-Music
Daily informational meeting
Information pack with route book (one per cabin)
Tour guide on board (does not cycle with group)

Services not included:

Journey to and from Passau, shuttles, entrance fees and excursions, bike rental, travel insurances, parking fee, ferry fees, drinks on board, tips.

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Your Prices

Passau – Budapest – Passau (Bike & Barge), 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include full board accommodation.

Category C: Two-Bed Upper Deck (Astern cabins at the rear of the ship with engine motion noise)

29th April:
Cat C: £889
13th May | 27th May | 16th September | 30th September:
Cat C: £969
10th June | 17th June | 24th June | 8th July | 22nd July | 5th August | 19th August | 2nd September:
Cat C: £1009
Availability: 29th April to 30th September 2019
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Category B: Two-Bed Main Deck

29th April:
Cat B: £849
13th May | 27th May | 16th September | 30th September:
Cat B: £929
10th June | 17th June | 24th June | 8th July | 22nd July | 5th August | 19th August | 2nd September:
Cat B: £969
Availability: 29th April to 30th September 2019
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Category A: Two-Bed Upper Deck

29th April:
Cat B: £989
13th May | 27th May | 16th September | 30th September:
Cat B: £1059
10th June | 17th June | 24th June | 8th July | 22nd July | 5th August | 19th August | 2nd September:
Cat B: £1099
Availability: 29th April to 30th September 2019
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

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

Bike Insurance
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.

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Holiday Price: From £849
Single Supplement: On Request

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