Bike and Ship Comfort in the Danube Valley 2024: Passau-Budapest-Passau on MS Primadonna

8 Days

The Danube by bike and on the MS Primadonna: Passau – Linz – Vienna – Bratislava – Budapest – Passau

Your trip

A cycling vacation without changing hotels under the Austrian flag with the best service!

Viennese cuisine and specialties from the Danube countries, whirlpool, sauna, Kneipp basin, massage and hairdresser as well as a large sun deck, friendly crew and fresh cuisine ensure your well-being on board. Enjoy the comfort of a floating 1st class hotel.

You will experience the most beautiful sections of the Europa Cycle Route 6 during this active vacation on the Danube without any special effort!

The Schlögener Schlinge, the Wachau, the Danube Floodplains National Park, Linz (Capital of Culture 2009), Tulln (Egon Schiele Museum), Vienna (one of the TOP livable cities in the world), Budapest (wonderful lighting at night), the Danube Bend, Bratislava (twin city of Vienna) and Melk (imposing monastery) round out the experience of your cycling vacation – to name just a few of the countless highlights….

Your ship: The MS Primadonna

The double-hull (catamaran) design, unusual for river cruise ships, gives the MS Primadonna a unique spaciousness and distinctive appearance. The 60-meter-long atrium with cozy seating areas, as well as the bar with breathtaking 9-meter-high glazing offer plenty of space for gatherings.
Wonderful hours you will experience on the open deck with whirlpool.

The small but nice wellness area with sauna, whirlpool, Kneipp basin and possibility for massage lets you forget the everyday life. The demands on the kitchen team are also high – let us spoil you! The much praised, warm crew and amenities offered by the MS Primadonna will make your stay an unforgettable cruise experience.

The cabins

All 82 cabins on the MS Primadonna are outside cabins with individually adjustable air conditioning, shower and toilet, hairdryer, TV, safe, telephone, minibar and spacious wardrobes. The cabins on the main deck are approx. 11.5 sqm, equipped with a non-opening porthole (main deck aft approx. 9.5 sqm – bunk beds/ideal for single occupancy). The spacious cabins on the upper and promenade decks are approximately 16.5 square meters in size and also have a balcony with bench seat and desk.

Occupancy up to max. 4 persons in main deck cabin (bunk beds/fold-in top beds) or max. 3 persons in upper deck cabin (75 x 185 cm sofa bed) possible on request.

Cabin main deck Cabin Panorama Deck

Deck plan

Gastronomy

Upscale, international level with specialties of the Danube countries, especially Viennese cuisine. The meals are prepared mainly with regional, Austrian food. In the morning you can expect an American breakfast buffet with organic corner, a light 3-course menu for lunch or packed lunch for cyclists; in the evening a 4-course menu. Afternoon tea / coffee incl. Cake; late night midnight snack.

Give us your dietary requests by late. known one week before departure. We will get back to you regarding fulfillment.

Technical data

113.5 m long and 17.4 m wide, 17 knots speed. 2 main engines. 3 auxiliary engines, 2 air conditioners; 1.7 m draft, 8.2 m above waterline. 4 decks.

Route / requirement

> Easy to ride, mostly flat route with no significant climbs. Should you wish to take a rest, you are welcome to cover individual daily stages by boat.

The trip is for people with reduced mobility. MS Primadonna has two barrier-free promenade and two upper deck cabins. Please note that all bus rides/transfers e.g. also during the city tours are NOT barrier-free. Provided that you can get on and off the bus independently, the transfers/city tours are welcome.

Rental bicycles

> Sturdy touring bikes 7-speed with hub gears and coaster brake or 21-speed with derailleur and freewheel (please specify when booking), comfort saddle, 28 inch with different frame heights, equipped with saddle bag.

> Electric bikes: 8-speed (freewheel); range between 60 and 80 km (depending on riding style); suitable for heights from 1.60 m – 1.90 m. Bookable on request and with surcharge.

Own bikes

It is generally possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk.

For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable.

For your own safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours.

Arrival

Railroad

Passau is very easy to reach by train. For schedules and tickets, visit www.bahn.de.

A transfer from the train station to and from the ship can be added upon request.

Car / Parking

> You can book an unguarded parking space for the duration of your trip at the Infopoint on the outskirts of Passau. Availability is limited.

> A transfer from the parking lot to the ship on embarkation day is usually included. Please refer to the travel documents for details.

Your travel schedule in brief

Day Location To From
Fri Passau (embarkation from 15:00)
Schlögen
23:00 18:30
Sa Linz 16:30 12:00
20:00
So Tulln
Vienna
08:00
12:30
10:00
22:00
Mo Štúrovo (SK)/
Esztergom (HU)
Budapest
09:30
16:30
12:00
Tue Budapest 21:15
Mi Bratislava 13:00 20:00
Do Krems
Pöchlarn
09:00
15:30
11:30
17:00
Fri Passau (disembarkation until 10:00) 09:00

Notice:

Schedule and program changes due to local conditions (including high water, low water, bad weather, etc.) on the order of the 1st Captain possible or reserved. Bike excursions, shore programs and arrival & layover times may also be affected.

Country information

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

What you can look forward to ...

  • 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
  • a great crew on a comfortable ship

Day by day

Individual arrival in Passau :
Day 1

Individual arrival in Passau

Until ca.16 You should be at the ship or at the appointed info point at the train station or the parking lot for the transfer. For details, please refer to the travel documents, which we will send you in good time before departure. Please note to bring your own bikes to the ship independently, as far as you have booked the trip with your own bikes.

Welcome snack on board from ca.16:00.
Around 18:00: Cast off!!!

Do you still have a little time in Passau?

Danube Cycle Route PassauUse the first day to visit the episcopal residence of Passau with its baroque old town, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Three Rivers Corner and the castles Veste Oberhaus and Veste Unterhaus.

Do you already like to cycle in a little?

Danube Cycle Route Passau ViennaThen we have an idea for you: about 15 km and completely flat.

  1. Start your little door below the cathedral and cycle not towards the Danube but towards the Inn.
  2. Cross the Inn River with the Marienbrücke bridge and turn right at Kirchplatz into Ledergasse out of town in the direction of Schärding. Follow the alley straight out of town.
  3. Over a small, curved bridge, we cross the railroad tracks, poof, into Austria.
  4. Continue cycling along the cycle path up the river bank to Wernstein am Inn.
  5. There you cross the bike suspension bridge. You are, poof, back in Bavaria.
  6. Keep to the right and drive along the left bank of the Inn River back towards Passau. You will pass the university and on your right you will see the Marienbrücke again.

Done. Congratulations!

Dinner
Ship
Saturday: Bike tour Schlögen - Linz (approx. 56 km) :
Day 2

Saturday: Bike tour Schlögen – Linz (approx. 56 km)

In the morning handover of the rental bikes at the Schlögener Schlinge. From the UNESCO cultural heritage Schlögener Schlinge you cycle through the uninhabited Kaiserau to the baroque market Aschach and via Ottensheim to Linz.

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Sunday: Tulln - Vienna (approx. 31 or 52 km) :
Day 3

Sunday: Tulln – Vienna (approx. 31 or 52 km)

Individual tour of the Egon Schiele Museum (16 originals) & Garden Show in Tulln.

Bike tour from the flower city of Tulln, with beautiful views of the foothills of the Vienna Woods past Klosterneuburg (monastery – “Austria’s Escorial”) to Vienna. Individual sightseeing Vienna or on request “Vienna city tour by bike” to 95% on car-free bike paths (description/GPS data available).
After dinner from about 20:30 evening city tour by bus (2 hours) from Nußdorfer Platz.

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Monday: Esztergom - Szentendre (59 km) - Budapest (40 min. by train or + 22 km) :
Day 4

Monday: Esztergom – Szentendre (59 km) – Budapest (40 min. by train or + 22 km)

On the E6 through the Danube Bend on very nice car-free bike paths (75%), access roads (10%) and side roads (15%) to the ferry in Szob.

Passing Visegrád (castle, townscape, citadel) to Vác. By ferry to Szentendre Island and the wine-growing village of the same name. By train (approx. every hour) to Budapest and/or car-free to the ship.

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Tuesday: Sightseeing Budapest / Cycling tour to Margaret Island (approx. 22 or 55 km) :
Day 5

Tuesday: Sightseeing Budapest / Cycling tour to Margaret Island (approx. 22 or 55 km)

or city tour by bus from the ship (approx. 3 hrs.). In the afternoon on 100% car-free bike paths to the pedestrian zone for strolling and shopping and further to Margaret Island, the beautiful recreation area in the middle of the city. Bike tour of the island, which is about 8 km long and free of cars. Return to the ship ev. stop at the foot of the castle district (22 km flat).

Tip for active people: bike tour to Szentendre (approx. 55 km there & back).

In the evening by boat through the beautifully illuminated Magyar metropolis.

5 hours
Wednesday: Sightseeing Bratislava & bike tour Bratislava - Devin - Bratislava (approx. 33 or 48 km) :
Day 6

Wednesday: Sightseeing Bratislava & bike tour Bratislava – Devin – Bratislava (approx. 33 or 48 km)

Guided city tour Bratislava from the ship (1 hr.).

Car-free from the ship on the Danube Cycle Path via Wolfsthal to Hainburg (Austria’s Rothenburg) and to the Imperial Castle Eckartsau (incl.) Back or continue via Hof Castle and Devín (approx. 6 km busy side road)

Or: Big round trip Danube Cycle Path/Hainburg

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Thursday: Bike tour Krems - Pöchlarn (approx. 48 km) :
Day 7

Thursday: Bike tour Krems – Pöchlarn (approx. 48 km)

From the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage town of Krems you cycle to Dürnstein, probably the most famous spot in the Wachau. The small, winding town attracts tourists from all over the world.

The route continues through well-known wine-growing villages such as Weißenkirchen and Spitz to Melk. From afar, you can see the imposing monastery towering over the small town. The last bike kilometers of your journey will now take you to Pöchlarn, where the MS Primadonna is already waiting for you.

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Friday: Disembarkation & Farewell to Passau :
Day 8

Friday: Disembarkation & Farewell to Passau

Arrival in Passau at approx. 9:00 a.m. – After breakfast at approx. 10:00 a.m. bus transfer to the main train station or parking lot included.

Breakfast
Ship

Services

The package includes:

  • Bike cruise Passau - Budapest - Passau with 7 x full board incl. Port charges in the booked double cabin DU/WC/TV/Tel/Safe/Minibar/Seat/ - -
  • - adjustable air conditioner
  • - Welcome snack on the day of arrival
  • - daily american breakfast buffet
  • - daily 3-course lunch or packed lunch for the bike tour
  • - daily afternoon coffee/ tea incl. Cake
  • - daily 4-course dinner
  • - daily midnight snack in the panorama bar
  • Transfer from the parking lot/ info point to the ship on arrival day & back to the parking lot on departure day (or from/to Passau train station if notified)
  • all port fees
  • Rental bike incl. Saddle bag (7-speed coaster or 21-speed freewheel), if booked
  • 2 x Hydrojet massage (approx. 15 minutes each) and one traditional bar shave or on-board hairdresser (wash/blow dry) per cabin (appointment to be made on board)
  • Onboard tour guide and daily personalized itinerary information
  • detailed route description and cycling maps as well as GPS data of the route

You can still add:

  • a 30-drink voucher package (can be booked once or multiple times) redeemable for soft drinks (up to 0.5 l), open wines (0.125 l), beer, coffee & tea (bottled wines, cocktails and spirits excluded). Please let us know when booking or pay directly on board.

Dates and prices

Travel start: Fridays only in …
Season 1 04.10. – 11.10.
Season 2 03.05. – 24.05., 05.07. – 25.07., 26.07. – 02.08. and 06.09. – 03.10., new: 19. – 26.07., 23.08. – 30.08.
Season 3 16.08. – 05.09.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Main deck: 2 bed cabin 1.000 € 1.210 € 1.260 €
Main deck: 2-bed cabin single use 1.250 € 1.550 € 1.600 €
Main deck aft double cabin (1) 810 € 950 € 1.000 €
Main deck aft double cabin single use (1) 810 € 950 € 1.000 €
Upper deck: 2 bed cabin 1.620 € 1.720 € 1.810 €
Upper deck: 2-bed single use 2.430 € 2.580 € 2.670 €
Panorama deck: 2-bed cabin 1.720 € 1.850 € 1.940 €
Panorama deck: 2-bed single use 2.580 € 2.775 € 2.865 €
(1) Cabins in the rear part of the ship, engine and generator noise perceptible when the ship is moving or in the locks.
Additional offers
Bring your own bike or e-bike free of charge
Rental bike tours 100 €
Rental bike e-bike 200 €
Excursion package (1) 100 €
Private parking Passau, unguarded, fenced 70 €
(1) City tour Vienna & Budapest, City tour Bratislava, Concert on the Bruckneror-
gel in Linz. Minimum number of participants: 20

Reductions 2023

> Children in double cabin main deck od. Upper deck with 2 full payers: 100 % up to 5,9 years for arrival Fr from 01.04. – 30.10.2023

> Child discount in adjoining cabin of parents with 2 full-paying adults: 25% 2 children up to 15.9 years in the separate adjoining cabin (only main deck) of parents on arrival Thu, Fri from 01.04. to 31.04.2010. – 30.10.2023

> Reduced price for 3-/4 bed occupancy with 2 full-paying guests: only € 35.- per night for the 3. respectively 4th person on arrival Fri from 01.04. – 30.10.2023

Questions about questions

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.

Is there wifi on board?

YES. In principle, you can use WLAN free of charge from Passau to shortly before Bratislava. Restrictions may occur in Slovakia & Hungary as well as in locks and bottlenecks in the valley…. There are two central terminals for checking your e-mails with limited data volume on the ship. Compensation for non-availability must be excluded on the part of the shipping company.

Which bikes can I rent?

Sturdy touring bikes 7-speed with hub gears and coaster brake or 21-speed with derailleur and freewheel (please specify when booking), comfort saddle, 28 inch with different frame heights, equipped with saddle bag. Included in the tour price.

Electric bikes: 8-speed (freewheel); range between 60 and 80 km (depending on riding style); suitable for heights from 1.60 m – 1.90 m. Bookable on request and with surcharge.

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.

Are there child discounts or family discounts?

Yes. You will receive a discount if you choose to enroll your child as a 3. or 4th person to a cabin with full payers.
Children under 6 years are fei.
Children under 12 years pay 50%. Please select ‘Child 1
Children under 16 years pay 75%. Please select ‘Child 2
You can also accommodate 2 children in a separate adjacent cabin to the parents. In this case we will give you 25% discount compared to the normal price. Please indicate this when booking.

Is there a minimum number of participants?

Yes. The minimum number of participants is 70 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.

What are 'Drinks Extra'?

You can buy a beverage voucher as a 30-drink package, redeemable on board for all soft drinks (up to 0.5 l), open wines (0.125 l), beer, coffee & tea. Bottled wines, cocktails and spirits are excluded. Please book 1 or more times “Drinks Extra”.

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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