Itinerary Passau - Puszta

Cycle cruise along the Danube to the picturesque Puszta in Hungary
Passau - Puszta - Passau

8 days / 7 nights | from / to Passau | Ship MS Primadonna | Self guided bike tours

Experience an unforgettable cycle cruise along the Danube, from Passau to the picturesque Puszta in Hungary and back to Passau. Immerse yourself in the fascinating landscape as you cycle along the river and discover the beauty of the Danube region. On your journey you will reach the enchanting Puszta, a region in Hungary known for its vast plains, idyllic villages and traditional Hungarian culture. Explore the picturesque landscape by bike and be enchanted by the hospitable atmosphere of the Puszta. Here you can sample traditional Hungarian dishes, experience folklore performances and perhaps even enjoy an exciting horse show. The combination of cycling along the Danube and exploring the fascinating Puszta makes this cycle cruise an unforgettable adventure full of cultural and scenic treasures.

Highlights of this Bike & Barge Tour

✔  Staying on the premium ship MS Primadonna

✔  Passau - picturesque old town at the corner of three rivers

✔  Puszta - vast plains, idyllic villages and traditional Hungarian culture

✔ Bratislava - picturesque old town and imposing castle

✔ Budapest - Fisherman's Bastion, Castle Palace, St Stephen's Basilica

✔ Natural wonder Schlögener Schlinge


Day 1 (Fri): Arrival Passau

Individual arrival in Passau by train or car. Transfer from the Donau Touristik private car park or Passau main station to the ship. Embarkation from 16:30 hrs. During the welcome dinner at around 19:00, it's time to cast off. Through the Danube bend at Schlögen, you will sail along the longest hillside and ravine forests in Central Europe at Aschach (crossing at around 21:30).

Day 2 (Sat): Ybbs – Dürnstein (Cycling 54 km / 34 miles)

Handover of the hire bikes. Past Säusenstein to Melk (abbey) and through the wine-growing villages of Spitz and Weißenkirchen to Dürnstein.

Day 3 (Sun): Komárno - Štúrovo/Esztergom | Slovakian Danube cycle path (Cycling 56 km / 34 miles)

Along the car-free cycle path on/near the Danube to Kelemantia (Roman fort), Moča and Štúrovo/Esztergom (cathedral). By boat through the Danube bend past Visegrád. Crossing Budpest at around 22:00.

Day 4 (Mon): Baja - Kalocsa - Budapest (Cycling 49 km / 33 miles).

To the baroque town of Baja (town hall, cathedral) and via the Danube cycle path and the most famous pilgrimage route in Hungary (all car-free) to Kalocsa (capital of the Puszta). Lunch on board and in the afternoon via car-free paths to the centre (cathedral, paprika museum). Optional: guided tour of the cathedral and bishop's palace.

Day 5 (Tue): Budapest | cycle tour Budapest/Szentendre (Cycling 22 km / 14 miles)

Optional: City tour (duration approx. 3 hours with a stop in the castle district). Continue on car-free cycle paths to Margaret Island, Parliament and Market Hall. Active version: Via the Danube cycle path to the artists' town of Szentendre and back (+ 52 km).

Day 6 (Wed): Šamorín - Bratislava | Slovakian Danube Cycle Route (Cycling 24 km / 15 miles)

Car-free and along/near the Danube to the centre of Bratislava. Lunch on board. Afterwards time for individual sightseeing. Optional: guided city tour with Bratislava Castle Park (duration approx. 2 hours). Active version: cycle tour to the magnificent palace of Empress Maria Theresa Schloss Hof (+ 48 km).

Day 7 (Thu): Grein - Linz-Urfahr | Austrian Danube Cycle Path  (Cycling Wachau 62 km /38 miles)

Car-free cycle past the castles of Dornach, Clam, Wallsee and Pragstein and the Pleschinger lakes to Linz. Return the hire bikes at the Donau Touristik office (near Hauptplatz/Pfarrplatz). Optional: "200 years of Anton Bruckner" concert on the Bruckner organ in Linz.

Day 8 (Fri): Disembarkation / Passau

Disembarkation until 10:00 am. Bus transfer to the Danube car park/train station in Passau and return journey.

All times are estimated and always subject to change due to high or low water, changed lock times and other unforeseeable force majeure!

Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.