Itinerary Passau - Budapest
Bike Cruise Danube: Passau – Budapest – Passau
8 days / 7 nights | Ship MS Primadonna | Self guided bike tours
The MS Primadonna is the second largest cruise ship on the Danube. Experience the elegance of the MS Primadonna, with spacious decks, spa facilities, restaurant, bar, atrium and much more, on a cycling holiday without hotel changes! The Primadonna will await you at your destination every day. You can also feel free to spend some of your day stages on board, where you can enjoy the Jacuzzi on the outdoor deck or in 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.
Highlights of this Bike & Barge Tour
✔ Staying on the premium ship MS Primadonna
✔ Easy cycling along the enchanting Danube
✔ Discovering charming capitals on a glorious cycling holiday
✔ Visiting idyllic wine-growing regions
Day 1 (Fri): individual arrival at Passau
Arrive at the mooring place or at fenced-in car park by 4pm. Collective transfer (guests and luggage) from car park to the ship . (No discount for non-use of car park and transfer.) Welcome refreshments are offered on board from 4pm; at 8pm, the captain's welcome dinner, with a 4-course a la carte menu, begins and the line departs!
Day 2 (Sat): Schlögen/Obermühl – Linz (Cycling 55 km / 34 miles)
Distribution of bicycle rentals at Schlögen Bend in the morning. Individual cycling tour through the uninhabited Engtal bei Kaiserau to Ottensheim and further on to Linz.
Day 3 (Sun): Tulln – Vienna (Cycling 36 or 52 km / 23 or 33 miles)
Self guided visit of Egon-Schiele Museum and Garden exhibition in Tulln. THE GARDEN TULLN is Europe's first ecological garden show every year from April to October. Enchanting ski resorts, the largest adventure and nature playground in Lower Austria, a 30 meter high treetop trail and a water park with a boat tour invite you. Cycling tour from Tulln to Klosterneuburg and futher on to Vienna. Visit Vienna on your own by foot or by bike (95% car-free cycle paths). After dinner city tour by bus VIENNA BY NIGHT.
Day 4 (Mon): Komárom – Esztergom (Cycling 56 km / 35 miles)
Depart from Komáron, cycling on the left bank through small, dreamy places on the very beautiful, car-free causeway, partially directly on the Danube. Cycle to Esztergom via Moca. Cycle over the Gisela Bridge to Sturovo, directly opposite Esztergom.
Day 5 (Tue): sightseeing in Budapest & cycling tour Margaret Island (Cycling 22 km / 14 miles)
In the morning, there is a city tour of Budapest directly from the boat landing station (approx. 3 hrs). In the afternoon take a cycling tour on the Margaret Island. The 8 kms long Margaret Island provides a peaceful hideaway from busy downtown Budapest with large green areas, flowery gardens, old trees, and lots of entertainment. After the tour back to your ship Primadonna.
Day 6 (Wed): sightseeing in Bratislava & cycling tour Bratislava – Devin – Bratislava (Cycling 33 km / 20 miles)
In the morning, guided city walk through the historical centre of Britislava from the ship (approx. 1 hr). On the Danube cycling route and a back road to Devin/National memorial of Slovakia. Or you extend your cycle tour with a detour over the new cycling bridge to Austria, to the magnificant palace of the Empress Maria Theresia, Schloss Hof (significant Baroque gardens, staterooms, etc.). Back to the mooring place in Bratislava.
Day 7 (Thu): Krems – Pöchlarn (Cycling tour Wachau, 48 km / 30 miles)
Follow the Danube cycling path from Krems (UNESCO) to the city Pöchlarn via Dürnstein (castle ruin, panorama) and Spitz.
Day 8 (Fri): Disembarkation / Passau
Arrival in Passau at ca. 8:00 am – Bus transfer to train station or car park (if booked) after breakfast at approx. 9:00 am.
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.
Cruise Ship Primadonna
The luxurious cruise liner, the only one on the Danube to fly the Austrian flag, was built in Germany in 1998 and underwent a general overhaul in 2009. The spacious facilities – the hotel hall is 60 meters long – is a lively place to meet people and socialise and includes the panoramic restaurant "Primagusto", the panoramic bar "Primaaperitivo", the Danube arena "Primavista" and the "Primatheatro". There is airconditioning on the entire ship (and are individually adjustable in the cabins). The second largest Danube cruise ship is 113.5 meters long and 17.4 meters wide. The architecture makes a stay on the MS Primadonna a first class experience, with the interesting double hull design (catamaran), the 6 meter high bow ventrification, as well as a glass floor in the reception, which draws one's attention to the underwater world. There are a Jacuzzi, sun chairs and cosy seating arrangements on the outdoor deck. The spa area offers a large, indoor Jacuzzi, a Kneip pool and a sauna. Massages are available by advance reservation.
All 80 Cabins on the MS Primadonna are outside cabins with individually adjustable air conditioning, with shower and toilet, hair dryer, satellite television, telephone, mini-bar and spacious wardrobes. The main deck cabins are approximately 12 m2 and are equipped with a large, unopenable porthole. The spacious cabins on the upper and promenade decks are appr. 16m² and are equipped with a balcony with bench seat.
Sophisticated, international standard with specialities of the Danube countries, especially Viennese cuisine. The meals are prepared primarily with organic ingredients. In the morning, there is an American breakfast buffet with an organic food corner. For lunch, there is a light, 3-course, a la carte menu or a packed lunch for cyclers. In the evening, there is a 4-course a la carte menu and once a week there is a large gala buffet. In late afternoon, we offer tea or coffee and cake. Additionally, there is a "Primadonna Snack Bar" in late evening.
113.5 m long and 17.4 m wide, 17 knots speed. 2 main engines. 3 auxiliary engines, 2 air conditioners; 1.7 m draught, 8.2 m above the water level. Second largest cruise line on the Danube.
Travel Dates & Prices 2023
Bike Cruise Passau - Budapest MS Primadonna
Travel Dates and Prices 2023 per Person
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Prices 2023 per Person in €
May, Sep 22
Jun 09 - Sep 15
Twin below deck ECO
Twin below deck
Twin upper deck
Twin promenade deck
Optional services / Notes
E-bike hire (8 gears) freewheel + pannier
Single below deck front/rear
Single below deck
single cabin upper-/promenade deck
Parking space in Passau, transfer 2 pers. included
- Single cabin main deck rear without supplement (on request)
- Reduction children in a cabin with 2 adults: Till 5,9 years: 100%, till 11,9 years: 50%, from 12 years: 25%.
- Minimum number of participants: 50
- 7 nights in a double cabin with SHW/WC/TV/AC in the booked categories
- Daily american breakfast buffet
- Daily 3-course lunch or lunchpackage for cycling tours
- Daily afternoon coffee/tea and cake
- Welcome refreshments on arrival day
- Daily 4-course dinner
- Daily midnight snack in the Panoramabar
- One partial body massage (20 min.)
- Fenced-in parking space in Passau & transfer to/from ship
- All harbour fees
- Daily personal route information for the following cycling day
- On board tour representatives
- Comprehensive route description & cycling maps
- City tour Vienna by night
- City tour Budapest
- City tour (walking) in Bratislava
Rental bikes and e-bikes
The rental bikes are smooth-running 7-speed bikes with hub gears, coaster brake and comfortable saddle. If you wish, you can also book 21-speed bikes with freewheel at no extra charge. Please specify which bikes you prefer when booking. All bikes are available in different frame sizes. Including luggage carrier bag on both sides for the day's luggage. These quality bikes (Schauff, Kettler, KTM) are well maintained and thus ensure puncture-free bike tours. When you pick up your bike, you can try it out and the on-site staff will adjust it to your liking.
The e-bikes are 8-speed Kalkhoff bikes (Agattu Impulse or similar) with hub gears, 28" tires, suspension handlebars, with frame heights of 50, 55 and 60cm, high running ability and a daily range of at least 70 km on the flat (depending on how you ride). The dead weight of the e-bikes is only 19 kg and the bikes are easy to ride even without electric drive. On request, you can also rent a model with a low entrance. The e-bikes have two hand brakes, there are no e-bikes with coaster brakes available.
For your own safety, we recommend that you wear a bicycle helmet.
You can bring your own bike free of charge, but at your own risk. We cannot be held liable for any damage to your own bike during the entire bike tour. Even with your own wheels you will receive a luggage carrier bag on loan.
The cycle route is mostly flat or leads slightly downhill, ideally suited for pleasure cyclists. If you don't feel like cycling, you can also cover the route on board and enjoy the shore landscape from the ship.
30 drink vouchers
This is independent of cabin occupancy and can be booked once or multiple times. Redeemable for non-alcoholic beverages (up to 0.5 l), coffee/tea, quality wines by the glass (according to the card; 0.125 l), beer/alcohol-free (up to 0.5 l) (bottled wines, cocktails & spirits are excluded). Please order directly when booking, the package can no longer be purchased on board.
The meals on board
On board you will be spoiled with international specialties of the Danube countries, especially Viennese cuisine. The meals are prepared mainly with organic food. In the morning, an American breakfast with organic corner awaits you. At noon there is a light 3-course menu for all guests staying on board or a packed lunch for the cyclists. Tea or coffee including cake is available in the late afternoon. In the evening a 4-course choice menu is served and at the end of the day a 'Primadonna snack' in the late evening.
Arrival and parking
Private parking in Passau included (NO discount for non-use). Collective transfer of guests & luggage from the parking lot to the ship. (Transfer time from parking lot approx. 16:30, from Passau train station possible on request, approx. 16:45. You will receive exact times with the travel documents).
Arrival by train
If you arrive by train WITHOUT your own bikes:
To Passau-Hbf and individually by cab to the Infopoint (Approx. € 10,- to 15,- / 3 to 4 km). Collective transfer (guests and luggage) from the Infopoint to the ship.
Schedule and program changes due to local conditions (including high water, low water, severe weather) on the order of the 1st Captain possible or reserved. In case of extreme high or low water, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of the journey by bus or to cancel the trip even at short notice, without any legal claim resulting from this (water level is force majeure). The same applies in the case of officially ordered lock and/or bridge repairs that were not announced in advance or in the case of engine or drive damage to the ship through no fault of the ship.