Passau – Belgrade – Passau (Bike & Barge) Cycling Holiday
Guided | 15 days | 14 nights | From £1559 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”
– The commanding citadel Petrovaradin
– Novi Sad, the magnificent capital of the Vojvodina
– The Basilica in Esztergom
– The Drava-Nemzeti National Park
– The 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 asphalted paths over flat terrain; in HR/SRBcountry 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
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 | Obernzell – Obermühl, approx. 35 km
Enjoy a delightful day’s cycling from Obernzell through the ruggedly romantic Danube Bend at Schlögen, one of the most beautiful sections of the river lined with sleepy farming villages and a natural landscape. Get a break at Austria’s only Trappist
monastery in Engelhartszell and refill your energy with home-distilled drinks. Along the way, you can drop in at one of the many inviting cider taverns. At the charming village Obermühl you go aboard the barge and sail into the beautiful sunset.
Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, approx. 15 – 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. After a stretch of untouched countryside is followed and a short
time later, you arrive to 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. 27-54 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 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 southernmost town on the Danube and famously the site of two battles with the Turks.
Day 6: Belgrade (day of rest)
Explore the fun-loving Serbian capital at the confluence of the Sava 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).
Day 7: 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 is about 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 untouched nature in the 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 sky
from the flat Hungarian plain. Visiting the Paprika Museum you’ll learn a lot 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. You will cycle through 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 can be seen from far. 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 breath-taking view of the idyllic floodplain forest of the Donauauen National Park and the impressive skyline as you sail to Vienna. Go for a bike ride on the Danube Island – Vienna’s favourite recreational area, cycle to the nearby Klosterneuburg Abbey or wander through the idyllic vineyards of Kahlenberg (with magnificent views over the city and the Danube). The day ends traditionally with a concert of classic waltz and operetta music at a famous Viennese Palais (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 at point-blank range. The magnificent Ringstraße boulevard will remind you of times a long time ago 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. Let your day in Vienna end at a rustic wine tavern.
Day 14: Wachau | Krems – Melk, approx. 37 km
This final stage of your cycling tour can be described as magical! The gentle hilly countryside of the Wachau valley with its picturesque villages, historic castles and palaces surrounded by apricot trees and terraced vineyards, is one of the loveliest
stretches. In Weißenkirchen the cycle path is lined with cosy vintner’s taverns and you should definitely have a break in this area. (optional wine tasting)!
Day 15: Passau
Enjoy the first rays of sunlight and the early-morning tranquillity 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 journey. We recommend not to make any arrangements for onward connections departing before 11.00 a.m.
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
The Passau – Belgrade – Passau tour stays on-board the MV Carissima Bike and Barge Ship.
- 14 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
– Port charges
– Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
– Captains greeting 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
The first thing you´ll experience when boarding is the friendly atmosphere and the cosiness of the river ship. In the restaurant you will start your culinary excursion through the Danube countries – the fantastic view of the beautiful scenery will sweeten the diversity of flavours you taste. In the Panorama-Lounge, with its bar, you can enjoy a glass of wine with your new friends and travel mates while the gorgeous landscape is passing by. Comfortable lounge chairs and discreet colours make you stay a little longer.
After an exciting day of cycling you can relax in the spa with sauna and whirlpool. For pleasant refreshment, jump into the pool (June-August) on the sun deck, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view. And if you are in the mood for reading, just borrow a book from the library! The comfortable ship will make your journey unforgettable. Wi-Fi is available on board (connection can vary, payable locally).
3 passenger-decks: Upper deck + Middle deck (windows can be opened), Main deck (windows cannot be opened)
All 75 outside cabins have 14 m² and feature a hotel-style double bed. The cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower or bathtub, hair dryer, TV, safe and full air-conditioning.
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.
• 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
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.
Passau – Belgrade- Passau, 15 days, 14 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.
2020 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 25th April 2020
Season 2: 23rd May | 20th June | 18th July | 8th August | 29th August | 26th September 2020
Arrival selected Saturdays
Main Deck: (Prices per person including bike hire)
2-Bed Standard ECO Front/Rear area of the ship (operating noises possible): £1559
2 bed Standard: £1859
Middle Deck: (Prices per person including bike hire)
2 bed Comfort ECO Front/Rear area of the ship (operating noises possible): £1849
2 bed Standard Comfort: £2159
Upper Deck: Prices per person including bike hire
2 bed Superior: £2249
Main Deck: (Prices per person including bike hire)
2-Bed Standard ECO Front/Rear area of the ship (operating noises possible): £1659
2 bed Standard: £1959
Middle Deck: (Prices per person including bike hire)
2 bed Comfort ECO Front/Rear area of the ship (operating noises possible): £1939
2 bed Standard Comfort: £2249
Upper Deck: (Prices per person including bike hire)
2 bed Superior: £2349
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Hotel Category Descriptions
MV Carissima 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.
Holiday Price: £1559
Single Supplement: From £On Request