Along the Danube - Passau - Vienna - Budapest aboard the Primadonna
Cycle along the Danube River between four countries on the famous Danube Bike Path
Get ready for a treat! This bike and boat tour along the mighty Danube is similar to our other Four Country Tour but is offered on a premium ship! The Primadonna is a top class river cruiser and combines luxury with all the benefits of a typical bike and boat tour. Because we are active vacationers, yet enjoy a touch of class as well, we feel this offering satisfies even the most discerning. The Danube landscape is unsurpassed and remains one of the top European destinations and on this tour, superb cuisine will top off your day. The chef and staff pride themselves on using organic ingredients and presenting top rated cuisine. The day begins with a breakfast buffet, which offers a healthy start to the day, ranging from vegetable juices to the organic corner. For lunch, a 3 course menu is available with multiple options and a 4 course menu is available in the evenings , always also for vegetarians. In the late afternoon a traditional 5 o’clock tea is provided, including homemade cakes and pastries in the Primavera café. At midnight, when the cinema evening in the board theater is over, midnight refreshments await you. For cycling cruises, a packed lunch is prepared.
- Accommodations on the luxury river boat, the Primadonna
- The Wachau wine-growing region
- City tours of Bratislava and Budapest
- Cycling the beautiful Danube Bike path through four countries
- World class cuisine with specialties of the Danube countries, especially Viennese Cuisine. Primarily prepared with organic ingredients
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Twin cabin - Main Deck Astern (bunk beds): £ 801 $ 1,613 € 934 $ 1420 NOK 8873 kr 8190 $ 1,065
Twin cabin/single use - Main Deck Astern (bunk beds): £ 982 $ 1,979 € 1146 $ 1741 NOK 10882 kr 10045 $ 1,306
Twin cabin - Main Deck: £ 879 $ 1,772 € 1026 $ 1560 NOK 9747 kr 8997 $ 1,170
Twin cabin/single use - Main Deck: £ 1281 $ 2,582 € 1495 $ 2272 NOK 14203 kr 13110 $ 1,704
Twin cabin - Upper Deck: £ 1234 $ 2,487 € 1440 $ 2189 NOK 13680 kr 12628 $ 1,642
Twin cabin/single use - Upper Deck: £ 2103 $ 4,239 € 2454 $ 3730 NOK 23313 kr 21520 $ 2,798
Twin cabin - Promenade Deck: £ 1320 $ 2,660 € 1540 $ 2341 NOK 14630 kr 13505 $ 1,756
Twin cabin/single use - Promenade Deck: £ 2253 $ 4,541 € 2629 $ 3996 NOK 24976 kr 23054 $ 2,997
Electric bike rental: £ 70 $ 142 € 82 $ 125 NOK 779 kr 719 $ 93 VIP dinner with captain - includes appetizer, drinks, small souvenir plus ship tour, max 10 people per evening (bookable/payable on board) : £ 21 $ 43 € 25 $ 38 NOK 238 kr 219 $ 29 Beverage package (soft drinks, coffee / tea, Mosel sparkling wine, quality wine, beer): £ 145 $ 292 € 169 $ 257 NOK 1606 kr 1482 $ 193
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Munich or Salzburg.
Train to Passau. From Munich airport, ride is approximately 2½ hr. From Salzburg airport, ride is approximately 3½-4 hr. Train tickets and transfers can be arranged from anywhere in Germany! See pricing for details.
Please check local conditions just prior to arrival. A great website to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.
Where You’ll Stay
Accommodations on board the comfort plus boat, the Primadonna
- Accommodation for 7 nights in air conditioned cabin with safe and minibar
- Welcome snack on arrival day
- Daily breakfast buffet
- Daily 3 course lunch or packed lunch for cyclists
- Daily afternoon coffee/tea and cake
- Daily 4 course dinner
- Daily midnight snack in the panoramic bar
- 7 or 21 speed hybrid bicycle with saddlebag (please specify preference at time of booking)
- All passenger and port fees
- Daily personal route information for the following cycling day
- On board tour representative
- Comprehensive route description & cycling maps
- 1 x partial body massage (approx. 20 min.) or 1 x hydrojet massage and 1 x traditional beard shave per cabin
- Guided city tour by bus in Vienna
- Guided city tour by bus in Budapest
- Guided city tour in Bratislava on foot:
- Welcome evening with crew including a complimentary drink
- GPS data available for download
What’s Not Included
Fridays: July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, September 6, and September 20, 2019
This is an easy self-guided bike and boat tour with average daily distances between 22 to 35 miles (35 and 56 km).You’ll be following the mostly flat Danube Cycle path.
Day 1: Arrival in Passau at 4pm
Day 2: Schlögen - Linz, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 3: Tulln - Vienna, 22 mi. or 32 mi. (36 or 52 km)
Day 4: Komárom – Esztergom, 35 mi. (56 km)
Day 5: Sightseeing in Budapest and cycling tour to Margareteninsel, 14 mi. (22 km)
Day 6: Sightseeing in Bratislava and cycling Bratislava - Devin - Bratislava, 20 mi. (33 km)
Day 7: Cycling tour Krems to Pöchlarn, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 8: Departure from Passau at 9 am
*All distances are approximate. Timetable and program are subject to changes by the captain due to regional conditions (among other things high or low water, adverse weather, storms, etc.).
Day 1: Passau - Schlögen
Arrive at fenced-in car park until 4 pm or arrival at Passau main station by 4.45 pm (e.g. arrival with train ICE 27). Bus transfer from car park or from main station to the ship available for an additional charge. Please be on board by 7 pm! Welcome snacks are offered on board from 4 pm and this evening you will enjoy a captain’s welcome dinner with a 4-course menu. The ship will depart Passau at 8 pm and navigate to Schlögen, arriving approximately 11:30 pm.
Day 2: Schlögen - Linz, 34 mi. (55 km)
Distribution of bicycle rentals at Schlögen Bend in the morning. Your cycling itinerary today will lead through the uninhabited narrow valley near Kaiserau to Ottensheim and further on to Linz (European Capital of Culture 2009). The ship will depart from Schlögen at 12 noon and will arrive in Linz at 4:15 pm. The ship will depart from LInz at 8:30 pm, heading to Tullin, arriving at 7:30 am.
Day 3: Tulln - Vienna, 22 mi. or 32 mi. (36 or 52 km)
Plan on a visit to the Museum of Egon Schiele and garden exhibition (with 65 gardens) in Tulln, followed by a cycle tour from Tulln (“city of flowers”), with a wonderful view
of the foothills of the Viennese Wood (Wiener Wald), past Klosterneuburg (monastery – Austrian Escorial) to Vienna. Individual sightseeing in Vienna or if you prefer, a city tour by bike, 95 % of which will take place on dedicated cycle tracks! More information will be provided on board. After dinner, at 8:30 pm, a guided city tour is included by bus “Vienna by night”. Ship departs Tulln at 10 am, arriving in Vienna at noon. Departs Vienna at 11 pm and arrives in Komárnom at 9 am.
Day 4: Komárno - Esztergom-Štúrovo, 35 mi. (56 km)
After the ship arrives at 9 am, cyclists disembark to enjoy their cycling itinerary.You depart from Komárom, cycling on the left bank through small, dreamy places on the very beautiful, car-free causeway, sometimes pedaling directly along the Danube past Moča to Esztergom. The boat departs at 12 noon, heading to Esztergon/Štúrovo arriving at 4 pm. Cyclists embark here for the evening. The ship navigates once again leaving at 8 pm, arriving in Budapest at 11 pm.
Day 5: Budapest, 14 mi. (22 km)
In the morning, you will enjoy a city tour by bus of Budapest which will leave directly from the boat landing station. The tour will take about 3.5 hours, with a stay in the city center of about 1.5 hours. From here you will be transferred back to the ship. In the afternoon, there is possibility for a round trip tour by bike on the 8 km long car-free Margareten Island in Budapest. The ship departs from Budapest at 7 pm and arrives in Bratislava at 11 am.
Day 6: Bratislava - Devin - Bratislava, 20 mi. (33 km)
You will enjoy a guided city tour through the historical center of Bratislava. Afterwards, on the Danube cycling route, you will pedal to Devin and the Bratislava Castle, one of the landmarks of the city – a National Cultural Monument. It is situated on a rocky hill of the Little Carpathians in the centre of the city and is overlooking the river Danube. It also provides an excellent view of Bratislava and Austria. Afterwards, cross the new cycling bridge, you arrive in Austria, to the magnificent palace of the Empress Maria Theresia, Castle Hof with its impressive Baroque gardens, staterooms, etc.). You will return to Bratislava to board the ship and enjoy a sailing dinner. Ship departs Bratislava at 6 pm arriving in Krems at 9 am.
Day 7: Krems - Pöchlarn, 30 mi. (48 km)
You will enjoy the cycling this day on the Danube cycling path in the Wachau from Krems (UNESCO world cultural heritage) via Dürnstein to Melk (monastery) and further on to Pöchlarn. After arriving at 9 am in Krems, the ship will depart at 11:30 am for Pöchlarn, arriving at 3:30 pm. Departs onces again at 5 pm, heading to Passau.
Day 8: Passau
Ship is scheduled to arrive in Passau at 8 am. Disembarkation at 10.00 am. Transfer to the parking spot or train station, if reserved.
In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to change the route and/or bridge parts of passages with buses. Bicycle touring routes may also be affected. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges or in case of unexpected breakdown of engine or power unit.
Please be aware that these ships, like all other ships on the Danube, are not just your "floating hotels" but also a machine, running engines, also during the night. Especially crossing locks and bridges - and the preparation work - may cause noise. If you are sensitive to noises, please bring your own ear plugs.
Along the Danube - Passau - Vienna - Budapest aboard the Primadonna Boats + Barges
Primadonna Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary Deluxe Class Boat Experience the elegance of the MS Primadonna, with spacious decks, spa facilities, restaurant, bar, atrium and much more, on a cycling holiday without having to pack and unpack each day. Your boat will await you at your destination every day. You can also feel free to spend some of your time on board where you can enjoy the Jacuzzi on the outdoor deck or the spa area, which is equipped with Jacuzzi, sauna, Kneip basin, etc. All meals on this Austrian cruise line are freshly cooked and have a particular emphasis on regional and organic products.