Donau - 4 countries and 3 capitals

Germany – Hungary | Bike cruise along Danube | Degree of difficulty 1

Experience the highlights along the Danube on a lovely hotel ship. Enjoy the wonderful landscapes and the 3 beautiful capitals: Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna.

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Impressions from the Danube

Accompanied by a cruise ship you cycle along Europe's second larg-est river Danube from the charming Bavarian “three river city” of Pas-sau straight into the heart of the once glorious Imperial and Royal Monarchy.

Enjoy three of the most enchanting European capitals: the lively Vienna, the Slovak coronation city of Bratislava at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains and Budapest, the "Hungarian Danube Queen"! By bicycle you discover the stunning natural spectacle of the Schlögener Donauschlinge ("Great Loop"), the legendary Wachau with romantic towns and mighty castles amidst lovely vineyards, the untouched alluvial forests of the Danube National Park, as well as the picturesque Hungarian Danube bend where the important cupola of the basilica in Esztergom salutes from the distance. The highlights of the tour: Passau, the City of 3 rivers, the Schloegen Danube Loop, the Hungarian Danube Bend, the World Heritage Site Wachau, the metropoles of Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna.

Daily programme

Day 1: Passau – Obernzell
Arrival in the "Three River City". Passau attracts many with the world's greatest church organ at the Steph-ansdom and it’s charming Old Town. Embarkation will be around 4:00 pm, departure around 7 pm. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Obernzell.

Day 2: Obernzell - Great Loop – Aschach – Devin, ca. 40 km 
The day starts in Obernzell, the former summer resi-dence of the bishops from Passau and leads you via Engelhartzell (the only Trappist monastery in Austria), towards the "Great Loop" - one of the most beautiful and original sectors of the Danube. Your cycling will encounter small villages and cosy must-see taverns. You'll board again in Aschach. Then, you "sail into the night" towards Devin.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, ca. 54 km 
Arrival at Devin in the morning. The cycle tour takes you to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof. After cross-ing the green line you cycle along the former “Iron Cur-tain” towards the coronation city of Bratislava at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Tip: discover the hidden alleys of Bratislava, places and all the sights of this ambitious metropolis during a tour by mini train and by foot. In the night shipping to Budapest.

Day 4: Budapest (day of rest) or roundtrip to Szentendre, ca. 40 km 
In the early morning, you enjoy the panoramic view of the Danube's gorgeous landscape on the Sundeck. The gateway to Budapest is overwhelming, as many of the famous tourist features are situated directly next to the river bank. In the afternoon you can explore the numerous attractions of the city. Nearby, you find the Mar-garetheninsel which is outstandingly qualified for a small bike tour or the charming town of Szentendre with Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life. In the night shipping to Visegrad.

Day 5: Danube Bend | Visegrad – Esztergom, ca. 25 - 60 km
The Danube bend is definitely one of most delightful and attractive parts and is called the Hungarian Wachau. Today's bike leg starts at Visegrad with its famous fortress and the ruins of the former palace. You can choose from 2 different routes: the longer one includes a side trip to the island of Szentendre and the baroque village of Vác, which has been influenced by the architects of the Austrian empress Maria Theresia. The other route leads you directly to the bishop-town of Esztergom, with its gorgeous basilica – Hungary's largest Catholic Church – overlooking the village. In the night shipping to Vienna.

Day 6: Vienna-Nussdorf / (Korneuburg may also be possible) (day of rest) 
You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral, the Hofburg, the gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House or the town hall that takes you back to the past. In the night shipping to Krems (Wachau).

Day 7: Wachau – Emmersdorf, ca. 35 km
Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, mon-asteries and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Ba-roque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In the small village of Emmersdorf – located just opposite Melk – you will board again. After the farewell gala dinner, you start “sailing” back to Passau. Day Port Arr Dep.

Day 8: Departure from Passau
Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Arrival: approx at 10:00 a.m., disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from noon onwards.


On joining this vessel you are immediately aware of the cosy and informal ambience on board. On the upper deck you will find the comfy pano-rama salon with its bar and the small sauna (advance booking at the reception only) on the main deck the comfortable restaurant (no direct access from the cabin-zone). On deck there are both deck chairs and ordi-nary chairs and tables, which encourage conversa-tion and communal activity in fresh air. MS NORMANDIE possesses altogether two 1-bed-cabins and forty-nine 2-bed-cabins. They are all out-side cabins, giving some 10-11 square metres of space (2-bed) and about 7 qm (1-bed).

All 2-bed-cabins on main and upper deck are equipped with two lower beds, one of which can be folded against the wall during the day to provide a more homely atmosphere, shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, safe (deposit), central air-conditioning and a picture window. Only on the upper deck the windows may be opened. 1-bed cabins have one lower bed and are other-wise equipped with same features.

Technical details: Length 91.2 m, width 10.50 m, depth 1.60 m, max. 100 passengers. Currency on board: Euro. Credit cards: MasterCard and Visa.

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Week 24: Arrival Date 09.06.2023 duration 7 nights

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Week 26: Arrival Date 24.06.2023 duration 7 nights

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Week 28: Arrival Date 08.07.2023 duration 7 nights

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Practical information

Services included:

  • 7 nights in outside cabins
  • Programme according itinerary from/to Passau
  • Captains greeting and Welcome-Drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Changing of towels and bed cloths if wanted • Full meals: 7x breakfast, 6x lunch snack on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, 6x afternoon coffee break, 6x 3-course-dinner and 1x farewell-dinner with farewell-drink
  • Passenger fees and port fees
  • Daily Live-Music
  • Daily informational meeting
  • Information pack with route book (one per cabin)
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with group)

Services not included:
Journey to and from Passau, shuttles, entrance fees and excursions, bike rental, travel insurances, parking fee, ferry fees, drinks on board, tips.

Terms & Conditions:

Ruby Rejser is the agent and intermediary for this tour. The organizer is SE-tours and the tour takes place according to the organizer's terms & conditions.
See terms & conditions and read about SE-tours here 

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