(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 (45 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

    You will begin embarking from 4.30 p.m onward. The boat will start sailing at 6 pm so please be on time. Do advise in case of delay. 


    By Plane

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


    Ask for a free airfare quote upon booking


    By train 

    Find schedules and connections at www.bahn.com



    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), 68 €;

    - garage (covered) 79 €; 


    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

    Overnight and full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) are included. The service you have booked will be specified in the boarding voucher with the acronym FB (Full board). Drinks are not  included. 



    The Carissima is 110 m long x 11 m wide and can accomodate 150 guests. The barge was completely renovated in 2016/2017. It has a panorama restaurant, a salon with a bar, a sun deck with a swimmingpool (June-August) and a spa with sauna and whirlpool.


    The cabins

    All 75 de-luxe cabins are 14 m2 and feature a hotel-style double bed, which may be converted into two single beds. All cabins are ensuite, hair dryer, TV, safe deposit box and full air-conditioning are available. 


    Standard : main deck, 2 separated beds, windows not to be opened 

    Comfort: middle deck, doublebed to be separated, windows to be opened

    Superior: upper deck, doublebed to be separated, windows to be opened

    ECO standard: main deck, front/rear area of the ship (operating noises possible)

    ECO comfort: middle deck, front/rear area of the ship (operating noises possible)


    In brief:

    • Passengers (max): 150
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi-Fi: to be paid on spot
    • Hairdryer
    • Wellness area


    Watch Carissima photo gallery.





    The Fortuna has a panorama salon, a comfortable bar and a sun deck (in some areas roofed over) and a panorama restaurant. In the ship you find a foyer with reception and shop, a cosy library,

    an Internet corner and a lift between the middle and top decks as well as a stair lift to the sun deck. Wi-Fi is available on board (although signal strength can vary, to be paid for on the ship).


    The cabins

    The ship has 85 cabins 14/15 mq which feature a hotel-style double bed, which may be converted into two single beds. Only the standard cabins can be only twin cabins. All cabins are ensuite, hair dryer, TV, safe deposit box and full air-conditioning are available. The suites are 25/28 mq.


    Standard : Main deck, 2 separated beds, windows not to be opened 

    Comfort: Middle deck (front area of the ship), double bed to be separated, 2x panorama windows not to be opened

    Superior: Middle deck, double bed to be separated, 2x panorama windows to be opened

    Deluxe: Upper deck, double bed to be separated, french balcony

    Suite: Upper deck, double bed to be separated, french balcony, add. sofa


    In brief:

    • Passengers (max.): 170
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • 220 Volt sockets
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi-Fi: to be paid on spot
    • Hairdryer


    Watch Fortuna photo gallery.


  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can book:

    - 21-speed-Unisex trekking bike freewheel 

    - 7-speed-Unisex bike, backpedal 

    - Electrically assisted bike with hand brakes.



    All rental bikes are equipped with:

    - 20 lpanniers and 

    - handle bar bag

    - lock (per cabin)

    - repair kit (per cabin)


    Helmets are mandatory in Slovakia and Hungary, in Austria only for children under 14 years old. Helmets are available for purchase onboard (30 €). 



  • Accompanying material

    Upon settlement of the payment a few day before departure, you will receive via email the following:

    - rembarkation voucher with details about the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point

    - Tour Notes

    - Final Tour Details


    Tour maps will be delivered on site.


    If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us before departure.



  • By your side

    During the journey you can either:

    -  follow the tour leader (with a supplement in specific dates and from 6 people on request). 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


    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30 

    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

  • 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 819 €

8 days/7 nights, ECO cabin main deck

Tour type
self-guided tour/ guided tour


Price per person


819 €  ECO cabin standard 

949 €  ECO cabin comfort

889 € standard cabin

1.049 € comfort cabin

1.119 € superior cabin



819 € standard cabin

949 € comfort cabin

1.049 € superior cabin

1.199 € deluxe cabin

1.499 € suite cabin



  • 7 overnights
  • full board (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner)
  • on board English and German speaking tour guide 
  • gala dinner
  • daily cabin cleaning, bed linen and towels
  • harbour charges
  • Hotline service


guided tour: 

  • English/German speaking tour leader 
  • Tasting of homemade cider at a cider producer in the Upper Danube Valley
  • Wine tasting with a local wine grower 
  • Ferry rides 
  • Guided city tour by bike in Vienna 
  • HOP ON HOP OFF bus visit in Budapest


Not included

  • Transport to and from departure point
  • All drinks on board 
  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • Extra transport
  • Anything that is not mentioned under included



480 € standard single cabin Fortuna

550 € comfort single cabin Fortuna

650 € superior single cabin Carissima


50 € high season (June, July and September)


75 € bike rental

175 € e-bike

25 € own bike 


68/79 € parking place/garage in Passau Passau (to be paid on site)

119 € transfer from Munich train station– Passau 


235 € guided tour Fortuna (only on 24.05, 19.07, 4.10.20)

235 € guided tour Carissima (only on 9.05, 6.06, 13.06, 4.07, 1.08, 22.08, 12.09, 19.09.20)


Extra night in double/single room with breakfast:

58/83 € Passau 3*

66/95 € Passau 4*



100 € low season Fortuna (April, October)


Second or third person in cabin:

90% 0-2 years old as third person with 2 adults

20% 3-12 years old as second person with 1 adult


Good to know

This tour offers the chance to choose if pedalling alone (taking advantage of a very detailed route description) or with the whole group, following the tour leader. For the guided option a supplement of 235 € per person applies. 

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