Bike & Ship Danube 2024: Passau – Vienna – Bratislava – Belgrade – Iron Gate – Vienna on the MS Primadonna

12 Days

The Danube by bike and on the MS Primadonna: Passau – Linz – Vienna – Bratislava – Belgrade – Iron Gate – Vienna

Your trip

A cycling vacation on the ship through three countries under the Austrian flag with the best service!

The most beautiful sections of the E6 European Cycle Route between Passau and the Iron Gate
experience here on a great bike & boat trip through the vastness of Hungary, the Danube Bend
or the breakthrough valley through the wild Carpathians.

Visit with us the National Park Duna-Dráva and Kopački rit and the Silver Lake in Serbia.

The Schlögener Schlinge, the Wachau, the Donau-Auen National Park, Linz, Tulln, Vienna, the Danube Bend, Bratislava and the imposing Melk Abbey round off 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

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
  • 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

Bike tour Wachau approx. 45 km

To Melk with its imposing monastery and on to the wine-growing towns of Spitz, Dürnstein and Krems (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Danube Floodplains and Bratislava :
Day 3, Sunday

Cycling tour Danube floodplains and Bratislava, approx. 45 km

optional: guided city tour Bratislava (1 h) | car-free to Danubiana Meulensteen Island (indiv. Sightseeing: Gale-
rie, cafes, etc.) | across the Lužný Bridge and along the Danube Cycle Path to the Šamorín boat station.

Puszta (58 km): optional: guided tour Cathedral K

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship

Puszta bike tour, about 60 km

Guided tour of Kalocsa Cathedral and Baroque Bishop’s Palace with Suffragan Stephen’s Crown. car-free past herds of cattle, pigs and horses to the baroque town of Baja (town hall tower, old town) | interesting sculptures along the most famous pilgrimage route in Hungary

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Sava Cycle Route :
Day 5, Tuesday

Sava cycle route, approx. 45 km

in the morning city tour with Kalemegdan Fortress (2.5 hrs.) | along the car-free Sava cycle path to Ada Ciganlija Island | to Savsko Jezero Lake | back via the fabulous Brankov cycle bridge to Zemun and the car-free Waterfront district. Magnificent view of the illuminated party metropolis of Eastern Europe

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Iron Gate and Kladovo :
Day 6, Wednesday

Cycling tour Iron Gate and Kladovo, about 30 km

in Kladovo by bike to the Turkish fortress Fetislam | on side roads to a winery near Vrbica/Korbovo (incl. wine tasting) | further to the remains of Trajan’s Bridge | back to the ship | passage 120 km rocky stretch Iron Gate approx. 19:30 (sunset approx. 20 hrs.)

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Silver Lake :
Day 7, Thursday

Silver Lake bike tour, approx. 45 km

Golubac (largest fortress in Serbia, individual tour) | Veliko Gradište bike tour on car-free, flat paths to Silver Lake/Srebrno Jezero and back

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Novi Sad :
Day 8, Friday

Cycling tour through the old metropolis of Vojvodina, 34 km

magnificent cityscape, former capital of Southern Hungary | on the car-free Danube cycle path to a Čarda with the possibility of a stop | back | optional: city tour with Peterwardein Fortress

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship

Cycling tour Duna-Dráva National Park, 48 km

Sightseeing of the battle site Mohács | through the Duna-Dráva National Park to Kölked (Stork Museum) and further to the Battle Monument Sátorhely & back

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Budapest :
Day 10, Sunday

Sightseeing Budapest and car-free cycling tour to Margaret Island, 24 km

and into the city center or optional: city tour by bus (3 hrs.) | active tour: along the Danube Cycle Path to enchanting Szentendre & back (+ 34 km) | ride through the
festively illuminated Danube metropolis

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship
Esztergom :
Day 11, Monday

Esztergom bike tour

Cathedral and Slovak Danube Cycle Route (56 km): indiv. Sightseeing of the “Mother of the Catholic Church of Hungary” | on car-free causeways through small, dreamy places like Moča to the fortress town of Komárno (from the Roman Kelemantia to the Habsburg fortress Monostori Erőd) | entrance to the fortress
Monostori

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ship

Disembarkation by 10:30 am for the journey home. Transfer to Passau or extra night in Vienna

Breakfast
Ship

Services

The package includes:

  • Bicycle cruise with 11 x full board incl. port fees in the booked double cabin DU/WC/TV/Tel./Safe/Minibar/adjustable air conditioner
  • Passenger transfer to the ship (fixed times) in Passau
  • 2 x hydrojet waterbed muscle massage (approx. 15 min.) per cabin
  • Onboard tour guide with daily itinerary briefing
  • Route description and maps (also GPS data on request)
  • Return transfer bus / train Vienna - Passau
  • Entrance to Golubac Fortress (Serbia) and wine tasting (Kladovo) according to itinerary

Dates and prices

Travel start: Fridays only in …
Season 1 from 07.06. – 18.06.
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
Main deck: 2 bed cabin 1.750 €
Main deck: 2-bed cabin single use 2.200 €
Main deck aft double cabin (1) 1.400 €
Main deck aft double cabin single use (1) 1.400 €
Upper deck: 2 bed cabin 2.700 €
Upper deck: 2-bed single use 4.050 €
Panorama deck: 2-bed cabin 2.850 €
Panorama deck: 2-bed single use 4.275 €
(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 0 €
Rental bike tours 100 €
Rental bike e-bike 200 €
Excursion package (1) 160 €
Extra night Vienna double room with breakfast 100 €
Extra night Vienna SR with breakfast 150 €
Private parking Passau, unguarded, fenced 70 €
(1) Concert on the Bruckner organ in Linz, city tour Vienna, ticket Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, minimum participation 20 persons

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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