Day 1. Arrival in Passau
Passau is located where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. If you arrive in Passau with time to spare, we recommend you take a stroll through the cobblestoned streets and listen to the town hall carillon or check out one of the world's largest pipe organs in the amazingly beautiful cathedral.
Check-in on the boat is at 16.30h and departure for an evening sail to Engelhartszell is at 18.00h.
Day 2. Engelhartszell – Aschach approx. 42 km of cycling
In Austria's only Trappist Monastery, located in Engelhartszell, you can taste their delicious locally produced liqueurs and cheeses. From Engelhartszell you cycle through the romantic river valley "Donauschlinge", where the river turns 180 degrees, and which is one of the most beautiful landscapes on the whole tour. After crossing the river with one of the small bicycle ferries, you can enjoy the most beautiful panoramic sceneries while cycling through pleasant villages with winding streets and "beer gardens", tempting you to make a stop and get a well-deserved and refreshing radler (half beer, half soda). In the charming market town of Aschach, you again board the Carissima and sail to Devín in Slovakia.
Day 3. Devín – Bratislava, 18-43 km of cycling
You cycle along the former Iron Curtain and across the "Green Belt ", which was a no man's land during the Cold War, where nature was allowed to flourish without outside influence, and where wildlife could travel freely through Europe. You will pass by the impressive Imperial Palace, Schloss Hof, with its terraced park. The route also runs through Austria's 'vegetable garden' and along the slopes of the Little Carpathians mountain range. After arriving in Bratislava, you have the choice of going on a guided city tour (not included). Late in the evening we'll sail to Budapest.
Day 4. Budapest or Szentendre, approx. 54 km of cycling or free day
From the sun deck you can enjoy the stunning scenery when entering Budapest.
World-famous sights are located right on the river, such as the impressive government buildings, the Market Hall with Hungarian specialties and crafts, the small Margaret Island, which is ideal for a short bike ride, and parks with lovely green spaces.
The day is at your disposal and you can choose between two different excursions, by bus or by bike. You can also choose to cycle to the charming town of Szentendre which exudes atmosphere.
The evening can be enjoyed with music and a great view of the illuminating parliament buildings located right on the river.
Day 5. Budapest – Esztergom, approx. 43 km of cycling
The cycle route from Visegrad to Szentendre is beautiful and romantic, after which you take a ferry following the curves of the river. After the day's cycling, it's a must to explore Esztergom where Hungary's largest Catholic church, the Basilica, is a great piece of cultural heritage and a beauty in itself. In Esztergom you again board the boat to enjoy your dinner and sail to Vienna/Nussdorf.
Day 6. Vienna, Free day
You can spend this day in several ways depending on your wishes and interests. An interesting guided tour of Vienna is offered, either by bike or by bus. You can also choose to do a city tour on your own with a possible visit to the amusement park Wiener Prater. Or you can bike to the Viennese car-free vacation paradise, Donauinsel, an artificial island in the middle of the river with crisscrossing bike paths, swimming possibilities and cosy rest areas everywhere. Late in the evening we sail to Krems.
In the evening it's possible to go to a classical music concert (not included).
Day 7. Krems – Melk, approx. 37 km of cycling
The last beautiful cycling stage of the tour starts in Krems and goes through one of Austria's most beautiful landscapes, the Wachau wine region, which is now a UNESCO natural heritage site. You will experience the magnificent village of Dürnstein with its mountaintop castle and old winding cobblestone streets, beautiful vineyards, lovely vistas and small wine villages with cosy 'gasthöfe' and a local atmosphere. This is the heart of Wachau where you can taste the local Marillen liqueur or maybe just enjoy the ambiance and landscapes before boarding the boat again in Melk.
After a wonderful day of cycling, we'll celebrate this last evening of the tour with a gala dinner and entertainment on board.
Day 8. Passau, Checkout
During breakfast you can enjoy the last beautiful sailing through the Danube Valley, before arriving in Passau at approx. 10.00h, followed by your individual return journey home. It's recommended that any train tickets you wish to book is with departure no earlier than 11.00h, as delays may occur.