Bike and ship in the valley of the Danube: Round trip Passau-Budapest with the MS Prinzessin Katharina

8 Days

Your trip

By bike and boat to three capitals in the heart of the old Danube monarchy

Map Danube Passau Budapest… a very special experience, because your “floating hotel” is always with you!

Forests, rocks, castles and the warm hospitality of the people along the river await you on this tour. You always cycle along the river mainly on car-free cycle paths and cross it now and then on rustic ferries, massive weirs and historic bridges.

The impressive natural spectacle of the Schlögener Donauschlinge, the fascinating landscape of the Wachau with its wine terraces, castles and palaces, the untouched floodplain forests of the Danube Floodplain National Park and the picturesque Hungarian Danube Bend alternate with vibrant metropolises such as Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.

The wide stream runs like a silver thread through Budapest, dividing the city into mountainous Buda and flat Pest. In Esztergom, the imposing dome of the basilica greets you from afar. Bratislava, formerly Pressburg, the Slovak capital at the foot of the Little Carpathians, invites you for an extended stroll with its charming old town.

Would you like a little flirt with Vienna, the city of the waltz? A firework of sights, small, dreamy coffee houses and cozy wine taverns await you on your bike & boat trip.

Your ship: The Princess Catherine

On board the premium ship MS Prinzessin Katharina you can expect classic elegance, a friendly crew and dignified furnishings. Enjoy the special ambience and let yourself be spoiled by the good cuisine. Spread over two passenger decks are a panoramic restaurant, a cozy lounge, two bars and an inviting foyer.

A book corner, a small store and a massage parlor complete the offer. On the spacious, partially covered sun deck, there are plenty of sun loungers at your disposal.

Board language: German & English

Cabins

All 71 cabins are outside cabins and comfortably and tastefully furnished.

They have shower/WC, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV, on-board radio, telephone and a small refrigerator.

Upper deck

29 double, 1 triple and 2 single cabins; all approx. 11 sqm in size and with French balcony (= floor-to-ceiling windows to open).

Twin cabins with a sofa bed as well as a Pullman bed (stowed during the day for added comfort).

In the 3-bed cabin, a 3rd bed folds down from the wall (max. 80 kg).

Main deck

38 double cabins, 1 single cabin, all about 11 sq.m., two sofa beds (standing across the corner), panoramic windows (cannot be opened).

Technical data of the vessel

year of built: 1990, renovation: 2015, flag: Malta, length: 110 m, width: 11,2 m, draft: 1 m, passengers: max. 140, Crew: approx. 30.

Requirements

> The bike tours are individual and unguided. They cover between 35 and 50 km a day (circa distances of the recommended cycling tours).

> Easy to ride route: the terrain is mostly flat, has hardly any inclines and is suitable for pleasure cyclists, beginners and children.

Should you wish to take a rest, you are welcome to cover individual daily stages by boat.

The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Rental bicycles

>7-speed unisex touring bikes or 8-speed e-bikes (limited availability), Velo de Ville brand (custom made).

The wheels are equipped with luggage carrier bag and each with hand brake, freewheel or coaster brake. Please specify your request when booking. Rental bike insurance is included in the price.

Own bikes

> Bringing your own bikes is only possible on request due to limited space. Please be sure to book the“own bike” option for this.

> You take them with you at your own risk. We cannot be held liable for any damage/loss etc. to your own bike during the entire bike trip or for transport damage. Neither on board nor on land.

For your own safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours. Helmets are compulsory in Austria for children under the age of 12.

Arrival / Parking in Passau

> Parking lot (fenced outdoor area) incl. Shuttle service to the ship and back: about € 90,- / week. Please be sure to book the option“Parking” with!

> Parking garage incl. Shuttle service to the ship and back: about € 100,- / week. Please be sure to book the option“Prakgarage” with!

You will receive a registration form in your travel documents and can pay on the spot. The prices may differ from the orientation values given here.

Short overview arrival & departure times

Day Location To From
Day 1 Passau, embarkation from 16:00 hrs 19:00
Day 1 Engelhartszell 22:00
Day 2 Engelhartszell 10:00
Day 2 Untermühl 12:00 15:00
Day 3 Devin 09:30 10:30
Day 3 Bratislava 12:00 21:00
Day 4 Budapest 10:00
Day 5 Budapest 02:00
Day 5 Visegrad 07:00 09:30
Day 5 Esztergom 12:00 16:00
Day 6 Vienna-Nussdorf or Korneuburg 14:00 22:30
Day 7 Rossatz/Dürnstein 07:30 09:00
Day 7 Pöchlarn 14:30 16:00
Day 8 Passau, disembarkation from approx. 11:30 a.m. 11:00

Please note:

Timetables and programs are subject to change without notice. If, for example, a route cannot be sailed due to low water, high water or bad weather, the skipper reserves the right to change the route for your safety (this is not a free reason for cancellation). The same applies to lock and/or bridge repairs ordered by the authorities and not announced in advance. Please also keep in mind that your riverboat is on the one hand your “vacation hotel”, but on the other hand it is also a piece of working equipment that moves with engine power and has to be operated constantly, even at night (partly with lock and bridge passages). We recommend that guests who are particularly sensitive to noise bring earplugs. The lock passages are associated with disruptions – this is the case with all Danube cruises – and unfortunately cannot be changed.

A note for 2024: Due to clearing and blasting work, the Danube cycle path on the right bank of the Danube between Kobling and Kaiserau will be closed from April to at least 2024. Completely closed in mid-May 2024. The first Engelhartszell-Brandstatt bike tour therefore leads to Untermühl instead of Brandstatt.

Trips

Integrated in the bike tour program we offer you optionally a small excursion program. Please book and pay your participation directly on board. You will receive a brief description with your travel documents. Depending on the composition of the participants, the excursions may be offered bilingually German-English.

Country information

For information on travel advice and entry requirements to Austria and Hungary, please see our Country Information page. Please also see our notes on package tours.

Unforgettable

  • the steep narrowness of the Schlögener Donauschlinge
  • the lovely old town and mighty castle of Bratislava, capital of Slovakia
  • Budapest, capital of Hungary with its imperial palaces and the mighty parliament on the Danube quay
  • the artist village Szentendre at the gates of Budapest at the river
  • the cosmopolitan city of Vienna by boat and bike
  • the Wachau with its lovely wine villages, riverside forests and steep coasts

From day to day

Journey to Passau, boat trip to Engelhartszell :
Day 1

Journey to Passau / Boat trip Passau – Engelhartszell

Individual journey to Passau.
Nestled between the rivers Inn, Ilz and Danube, the bishop’s town lies on the Bavarian/Austrian border.

Embarkation from about 16:00 to 17:00. Around 19:00 Departure to Engelhartszell, arrival around 22:00

Dinner
Ship
Bike tour Engelhartszell - Untermühl, boat trip to Devin :
Day 2

Bike tour Engelhartszell – Untermühl (approx. 35 km) / Boat trip to Devin

In Engelhartszell (Austria’s only Trappist monastery) the bike tour begins through the romantic river landscape of the Donauschlinge, one of the most beautiful stretches of the Danube with dreamy villages at the foot of lush green wooded slopes.

In Untermühl you will board the ship again and continue your journey by boat.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Bike tour Devin - Bratislava :
Day 3

Bike tour Devin – Bratislava (ca. 10 – 44 km)

Arrival by ship in Devin in the morning. Along the former Iron Curtain, your bike path leads from the Devin castle ruins to the imposing Hof Castle and on to Bratislava. Tip: Take a ride on the vintage train through the enchanting old town. Enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the capital of Slovakia from the Pressburg.

At night boat trip from Bratislava to Budapest.

Budapest :
Day 4

Budapest (rest day) or bike tour Szentendre (approx. 48 km)

Budapest_Danube_ParliamentEarly risers will enjoy a fantastic view of the majestic landscape of the Danube Bend and the breathtakingly beautiful panorama of Budapest from the sun deck.

In the afternoon, explore Budapest’s countless sights or take a bike trip to the small artists’ town of Szentendre with its lovingly restored old town, numerous churches and artists’ galleries. At night boat trip to Visegrad.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Bike tour Visegrad - Esztergom :
Day 5

Bike tour Visegrad – Esztergom (ca. 25 – 60 km)

The bicycle tour through the Danube Bend is also an excursion into the history of Hungary. From the former royal seat of Visegrad, you cycle through the picturesque, gently rolling countryside of the Hungarian Wachau to Esztergom, where the magnificent basilica towers high above the castle district.

Two bike routes are available:

  • The longer variant includes a detour to Szentendre Island and the baroque town of Vác
  • The shorter one leads directly to Esztergom. At night boat trip to Vienna.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Vienna Nussdorf :
Day 6

Vienna-Nussdorf / if necessary Korneuburg (day off)

Today the sights of the Danube metropolis are on the program. Perhaps St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg, the magnificent Ringstrasse boulevard with the Burgtheater, State Opera House and City Hall? There are countless possibilities. Nevertheless, take enough time to stroll around or visit one of the famous Viennese cafés.

During the night the ship sails to Dürnstein or Rossatz in the Wachau.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Bike tour Wachau - Pöchlarn, boat trip to Passau :
Day 7

Bike tour Wachau – Pöchlarn (approx. 39 – 49 km); boat trip Pöchlarn – Passau

The rolling hills with dreamy villages, wine terraces, castles, monasteries and ruins will enchant you. The blue tower of the collegiate church of Dürnstein is a landmark of the Wachau.

Enjoy a last view of the imposing Melk Abbey, one of the most important baroque buildings in Austria, before you go back on board. In the evening festive farewell dinner. At night boat trip to Passau.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Departure from Passau :
Day 8

Departure from Passau

Once again enjoy the first rays of sunshine on deck and the peaceful morning silence of the Danube valley.
Around 11:00 am you will reach Passau. Afterwards disembarkation and individual journey home.

Breakfast
Ship

Services

The package includes:

  • 7 nights in outside cabin in the booked cabin category
  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • All passenger and port charges
  • Captain's reception with welcome drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning, change of bed linen and towels as needed
  • Full board: 7 x breakfast, 6 x small lunch or packed lunch for bike tours, 6 x coffee and cake in the afternoon, 6 x 3-course dinner and 1 x farewell dinner with farewell drink
  • Onboard musician
  • Route book for individual tours (1 x per cabin)
  • Daily bike tour briefing
  • GPS data for the bike tours
  • Onboard tour guide

... not included, however, are:

  • Arrival and departure
  • Parking fees (registration form in the travel documents)
  • Transfers
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • City maps
  • Bike rental
  • Ferry fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks and expenses of personal use

Dates and prices

Dates and prices 2024

Start date 2024: every Saturday in …
Season 1 13.04. – 20.04. and 05.10. – 12.10.
Season 2 27.04. – 04.05. and 28.09. – 04.10.
Season 3 11.05. – 18.05. and 25.05. – 22.06. and 13.07. – 27.07. and 17.08. – 31.08.
The day of arrival determines the season. The minimum number of participants is 80 people. In case of non-attendance we have to cancel the trip until 21 days before the start of the trip. All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Main deck aft (1): double cabin 800 € 900 € 1.000 €
Main deck double cabin 950 € 1.050 € 1.150 €
Main deck single cabin 1.250 € 1.350 € 1.450 €
Main deck double cabin single use 1.425 € 1.525 € 1.625 €
Upper deck double cabin triple occupancy 900 € 1.000 € 1.100 €
Upper deck double cabin 1.150 € 1.250 € 1.350 €
Upper deck single cabin 1.450 € 1.550 € 1.650 €
(1) Cabins in the front and rear of the ship, engine and generator noise possibly perceptible.
Additional services
Parking garage: on request 95 € 95 € 95 €
Parking lot: on request 80 € 80 € 80 €
Bring your own bike (1) 30 € 30 € 30 €
(1) limited available, only on request
Rental bicycles
E-bike 200 € 200 € 200 €
Touring bike 90 € 90 € 90 €
Children discounts
Child up to 13 years in a 3-bed cabin with min. 2 full payers 20%

Dates and prices 2023

Start date 2023: every Saturday in …
Season 1 15.04. – 21.04. and 07.10. – 14.10.
Season 2 22.04. – 06.05. and 23.09. – 30.09.
Season 3 10.06. – 12.08.
The day of arrival determines the season. The minimum number of participants is 80 people. In case of non-attendance we have to cancel the trip until 21 days before the start of the trip. All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Main deck aft (1): double cabin 800 € 900 € 1.000 €
Main deck double cabin 900 € 1.000 € 1.100 €
Main deck single cabin 1.200 € 1.300 € 1.400 €
Main deck double cabin single use 1.350 € 1.500 € 1.650 €
Upper deck double cabin triple occupancy 900 € 1.000 € 1.100 €
Upper deck double cabin 1.100 € 1.200 € 1.300 €
Upper deck single cabin 1.400 € 1.500 € 1.600 €
(1) Cabins in the front and rear of the ship, engine and generator noise possibly perceptible.
Additional services
Parking garage: on request
Parking lot: on request
Rental bicycles
E-bike 190 € 190 € 190 €
Touring bike 80 € 80 € 80 €
Children discounts
Child up to 13 years in a 3-bed cabin with min. 2 full payers 20%
Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. Please note:
Bringing your own bikes is only possible on request due to limited space.
You take them with you at your own risk.
We cannot be held liable for any damage/loss etc. to your own bike during the entire bike trip or for transport damage. Neither on board nor on land.

Which bikes can I rent?

7-speed unisex touring bikes or
8-speed e-bikes (limited availability)
Brand: Velo de Ville (custom made)
Each with handbrake, freewheel or coaster brake (please specify as non-binding customer request when booking)
Equipped with luggage carrier bag; incl. Rental bike insurance

What demands do the routes make on fitness and ability?

The bike tours are individual and unguided.
You will cover between 35 and 50 km per day (approximate distances of the recommended cycling tours)
The terrain is mostly flat, has hardly any inclines and is suitable for pleasure cyclists, beginners and children.
Should you wish to take a rest, you are welcome to cover individual daily stages by boat.
The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Is there wifi on board?

YES. Basically, you can use WLAN free of charge from Passau to just before Bratislava. Restrictions will occur in Slovakia & Hungary as well as in locks and narrow sections of the valley, among others.

Is there a child discount or family discount?

Yes! Children discount: up to 13 years in a 3-bed cabin with min. 2 full-paying guests: – 20%. Please select “Child 1 Standard” for a main deck occupancy and “Child 1 Comfort” for an upper deck cabin.

What does main / upper deck aft mean?

In the forward and aft sections of the ship, engine and generator noise may be audible when the ship is moving or stationary. The cabins are cheaper. We do NOT recommend it for people who need to rest and have sensitive hearing.

Is there a minimum number of participants?

Yes. The minimum number of participants is 80 people. If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we must cancel the trip up to 21 days before the start of the trip.

Please note: Daily route suggestions are available on board with maps and route description. Due to weather and nautical conditions, different berths must sometimes be navigated to, so that the tours shift minimally. You will be briefed in detail each day in a tour pre-meeting.

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