Location: Germany - Bavaria - Passau
Price: From € 659,-

Bike and Barge Danube: Passau – Budapest – Passau | MS Carissima

Highlights of the Danube/ 4 countries – 3 metropolises
By bike and boat from the “Bavarian Venice“ directly into the heart of the famous and glamorous former K+K monarchy Austria/Hungary. You can look forward to three of Europes most charming capitals: Vienna, the metropolis of Waltz, Bratislava, the capital of coronation and Budapest, the „Paris of the East“. The bike tours lead you to the romantic „Great Loop“ (Schlögener Donauschlinge), the picturesque Danube Bend with Hungarys greatest cathedral and the legendary Wachau valley, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage with the small villages and beautiful palaces and castles.

On board our comfortable cruise ship you enjoy an exclusive atmosphere – in the spacious, convenient cabins as well as in the stylish outdoor area. Experience the fantastic view to breathtaking landscapes – on the bike, from the pool on the sun deck, in the comfy seats of the lounge, and even during your amazing meals in the first class restaurant. This exciting bike trip will make your holiday unforgettable.

The MS Carissima is a very spacious ship of traditional shipbuilding skill with a very comfortable atmosphere.

Take time to explore Budapest’s imperial and art nouveau highlights, take a comprehensive tour through beautiful Bratislava with its baroque and gothic buildings and fountains and discover why Vienna is “The Waltz Capital”. After a great day of cycling and exploring, relax on board the MS Carissima while listening to live music, or you could even head out to do more discovering on foot.


  • Dates/Prices Passau-Budapest

  • Ship information

    MS Carissima

    The first thing you´ll experience when boarding is the friendly atmosphere and the coziness of this river ship. In the restaurant you will start your culinary excursion through the Danube countries – the fantastic view of the beautiful scenery will sweeten the diversity of flavors you are tasting. In the Panorama-Lounge, where the bar is located, you can enjoy a glass of wine with your new friends and travel mates while the gorgeous landscape is passing by. Comfortable lounge chairs and discreet colors make you stay a little longer…

    After an exciting day of cycling you can relax in the spa with sauna and whirlpool. For pleasant refreshment, jump into the pool (June-August) on the sun deck, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view. And if you are in the mood for reading, just borrow a book in the library! The comfortable ship will make your journey unforgettable. Wifi is available on board (payable on spot, connection can vary).

    All 75 de-luxe staterooms have 14 m² and feature a hotel-style double bed, which may be converted to two single beds. The half-height windows on the Main deck cannot be opened, the staterooms on the Upper and Middle deck provide full-size picture windows which do open. All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower, hair dryer, TV, safe and full air-conditioning. ECO cabins are located in the front/rear part of the ship (engine noise possible).

  • Program Passau-Budapest

    Tour Details Danube: Passau – Budapest – Passau | MS Carissima

    Day 1: Passau
    Boarding time at 4.30 p.m. Located at the confluence of Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau has numerous interesting sites to visit. Use your free time and stroll through the cobble stoned old town center, listen to the bells of Passau’s Gothic Town Hall or have a look at the world’s largest Catholic Church organ in the Passau Cathedral. At 6.00 p.m. we cast off!

    Day 2: Great Loop | Engelhartszell – Aschach, approx. 42 km / 25.3 mi.
    Your first day’s tour begins with a ride through the classic scenery of the ‘Great Loop’ Donauschlinge – one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube. Along the way you will encounter tiny villages and cozy cider taverns. In Austria’s only Trappist monastery at Engelhartszell you can taste their delicious liquors and cheese. The famous ‘Schlogener View’ provides a wonderful panorama of the surrounding Austrian countryside. The boat welcomes all cyclists back on board in the charming market town of Aschach.

    Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, approx. 43 km / 26 mi.
    You pedal along the former ‘Iron Curtain’, cross the green line and reach the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens. Follow the bike path through Austria’s ‘vegetable garden’ to the coronation city of Bratislava and the slopes of the Little Carpathians and discover the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava on an optional city tour.

    Day 4: Budapest | excursion to Szentendre, approx. 54 km / 32.4 mi. or day of rest
    The entrance to Budapest, Hungary's capital, is stunning. Savour the beauty of Budapest during a coach tour or a guided bike tour (optional) to discover many of the highlights of this beautiful city. You can also choose to cycle to the charming town of Szentendre with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art scene. You will get a very close experience of Hungarian culture at an evening Folklore show with traditional music, local appetizers and dance (optional).

    Day 5: Danube bend – Esztergom, approx. 43 km / 26 mi.
    Situated in the middle of the Danube River the idyllic isle of Szentendre exudes silent Puszta romance. History, folklore and hungarian way of life will accompany you on your way to Esztergom where the gorgeous basilica – Hungary’s largest Catholic Church is impressing its guests.

    Day 6: Vienna (day of rest)
    Discover Vienna's most beautiful attractions. During a city tour by bike or bus (optional) you will experience Vienna’s most famous examples of architecture: the imperial Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the gorgeous ‘Ring’-boulevard and the State Opera House, the Burgtheater and town hall and, of course, the colorful “Hundertwasserhaus”. Take time to relax in one or more of Vienna’s famous cafes, while the evening ends impressively at a classical concert (optional) in the imperial palace Schönbrunn.

    Day 7: Wachau | Krems – Melk, approx. 37 km / 22.2 mi.
    Your last biking day is a special highlight! A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Durnstein, while the blue spire of the monastery church is a landmark of the renowned Wachau Valley. Amidst dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards and castles, this hilly landscape enchants everybody who visits … you will be biking on cloud nine! In Weißenkirchen (possibility to do a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfortable wine taverns along the bike path.

    Day 8: Passau
    As you cruise back up the Danube enjoy the early morning sunshine as you wind your way to Passau, where you’ll disembark at approx. 10.00 a.m. Connecting travel should be booked for 11.30 a.m. onwards.

    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
    When you do not want to cycle one day, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

  • Included

    – 7 nights in outside cabin with shower/toilet and air-conditioning in the booked category;
    – Program according to above mentioned tour details from/to Passau;
    – Captain’s greeting and welcoming cocktail;
    – Full board: breakfast buffet, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists), afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose), late night snack;
    – Bed linen and towels on board; daily cleaning of the cabin;
    – Gala-dinner with farewell cocktail;
    – Farewell crew-show;
    – Daily live music;
    – Detailed road book (one per cabin);
    – Daily information meeting;
    – Board guide on board (does not cycle with the group).

    – Transfers to/from the ship,
    – Reservation fee
    – Other transfers,
    – Rental bicycle,
    – Entrance fees & excursions,
    – Parking fee,
    – Drinks on board,
    – Personal (travel) insurances,
    – Gratuities (at your discretion).

    Comfort Relax Package (incl. tour guide) €219 p.p.: May 6 and 20, June 3 and 24, July 15, August 12, Sept. 2, 16 and 30, 2018
    Included in the price:
    – A locally known cycling tour guide
    – Ferry crossings
    – Tasting of homemade cider at a cider producer in the Upper-Danube-Valley
    – Wine tasting with a local wine grower
    – Guided city tour by bike in Vienna & unguided by Hop On Hop Off bus in Budapest
    (minimum number of participants: 8 persons, maximum 22 participants).

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated)
    Bike rent for 21 gear bike: €70 per week/person
    Electrically assisted-Bike: €165 per week/person
    Own bike: If you want to bring your own bike you have to pay €15 (in advance)
    Obligated port and tourist taxes €59 per person of 12 yrs. and older
    Children discount: 0-2,99 yrs. 90% in separate baby cot in 2-bed cabin with 2 full paying adults; 3-12,99 yrs. 20% in cabin with min. 1 full paying adult.
    Save on the way, helmet required in Slovakia: We advise you wear a bike helmet (in Austria children till 12 yrs are obligated to wear a bike helmet, in Slovakia all bikers are obligated to wear a helmet (except in built-up areas). Please bring your own helmet . You can also buy a helmet on board. (limited stock).

  • Cabin types and prices

    Departure dates 2018 (Sundays):

    Weekly every Sunday from April 29 till and incl. October 7, 2018

    Tour price 2018 per person in Euro (


    Departure dates


    29.04. + 07.10. 06.05., 13.05., 20.05., 27.05., 05.08., 12.08., 19.08., 26.08. 03.06., 10.06., 17.06., 24.06., 01.07., 08.07. 15.07., 22.07., 29.07., 02.09., 09.09., 16.09. 23.09., 30.09.
    2-pers. ECO 2-pers. 2-pers. ECO 2-pers. 2-pers. ECO 2-pers.
    Main deck


      629 699 729 799 779 849
    Middle deck


     759 859 859 959 909 1,009
    Upper deck


    929 1,029 –         1,079
    Port and harbour taxes € 59 per person as from 12 yrs./obligated surcharge


    Reservation fee: € 15 per booking/group (obligated surcharge)
    Bike rent for 21 gear bike: € 70 per week/person
    Electrically assisted-Bike: € 165 per week/person
    Own bike: if you want to bring your own bike you have to pay € 15 per bike (pay in advance)
    Supplement single cabin: + 50%. A twin cabin for single use is only available on the upper deck and only on request. Please contact us if you want such a cabin. (max. 2 per departure)

    Children discount: 0-2,99 yrs. 90% in separate baby cot in 2-bed cabin with 2 full paying adults; 3-12,99 yrs. 20 % in cabin with min. 1 full paying adult.

    Additional: Comfort Relax Package:  € 219 p.p.
    (departure dates: May 6 and 20, June 3 and 24, July 15, August 12, Sept. 2, 16 and 30)
    Included in the price: a locally known cycling tour guide ferry crossings tasting of homemade cider at a cider producer in the Upper-Danube-ValleyWine tasting with a local wine grower  guided city tour by bike in Vienna & unguided by Hop On Hop Off bus in Budapest (minimum number of participants: 8 persons, maximum 22 participants).

  • Good to know

    – 21 speed Unisex trekking bike with freewheel (on request 7 speed Unisex hybrid bike with backpedal brake)
    – Electrically assisted bike / pedelec
    – Child seat, child trailer or tag-along bike
    – All rental bikes are equipped with 20 l panniers and a handle bar bag
    – Helmets + cycling clothing available for purchase on board
    Please mention your body height by booking

    The cycling tours are individual and self-guided. A guided tour is at extra cost. The bike tours vary between 29 and 50 km in length. All quoted distances are “approximate distances” for the recommended cycling tours.
    Track characteristics: The cycle route is completely flat, at times on a gentle downhill slope and is ideal for cyclists with less experience and for children. The tour is rated as easy and you cycle on mostly flat terrain.
    Luggage: we advise you to bring good shoes (for example sport shoes), bike helmet, a warm sweater, rain wear, sun hat & sun lotion.
    Travel document: Nationals of EU member states will need a valid identity card or passport for this trip.
    Diet: (for example lactose or gluten free diet) on request possible. Has to be requested at least 14 days before the departure date. Please bring your own special diet products.
    Route description/disclaimer: On the one hand, a riverboat is a “holiday hotel”, while on the other, it is also a means of transport that moves with motor power and must always be operated, even at night (partially with lock and bridge passages and the retractions and extensions of the structures caused as a result). Mistakes can happen with lock passages. This is the case for all Danube journeys and cannot be avoided. Please bear in mind that riverboats are restricted (bridge passages, locks) in size (length, height, width) and therefore cannot be compared with cruise liners in the sea.
    The cabins are limited in space but are nevertheless comfortable and furnished. In the event of extremely high or low water, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge stages by bus or even to cancel the trip at short notice without any legal claim arising therefrom (water levels are force majeure). The same applies for officially decreed repairs to locks or bridges, not announced in advance, or in the event of motor or propulsion damage to the ship without attributed fault.
    Excursions: The optional excursions as mentioned in the tour details can only be booked (and paid) on board by piece or as a package.

    Parking lot (fenced outdoor area) incl. transfer to the ship and back €66
    Parking garage incl. transfer to the ship and back (application form on request ) €77
    To be paid on site.

    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065

    The minimum number of participants is 50.

    Stand: June 13, 2017

    The organisation/executive tour operator: Rad & Reizen GmbH, Vienna (A).
    The tour operator is entitled to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants has not been reached. We recommend using a travel and cancellation insurance.

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