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Bike & Boat: Passau, Budapest and Vienna

Bike & Boat: Passau, Budapest and Vienna


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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
  • Activity level
  • Call usfor dates and prices
  • NEW FOR 2019  
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights single-centre accommodation in a hotel
  • All breakfasts, self-made packed lunches and evening meals included
  • Management by our sister company, Exodus
  • Route directions and maps
  • High quality bikes
  • Route notes and maps
  • Optional Upgrades
  • E-bikes available on request
  • Superior Cabins subject to availability
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  • Art & history, couples, families, lake & river routes

Austria / Germany: The Danube

Bike & Boat: Passau, Budapest and Vienna

  • Three iconic European capitals
  • Romantic towns and mighty castles
  • Danube National Park
  • Leisurely cycling along easy routes
  • 5 days cycling 95% well-surfaced cycle path, 5% road
  • 7 nights en board the MS Normandie, all cabins en suite and with air conditioning

The impressive Danube loop, the fascinating landscape of the Wachau region with its wine terraces, fortresses and palaces, the untouched forests of the Donauaen National Park and the picturesque Hungarian Danube bend; what better way to explore these beautiful destinations than by bike and boat? Leisurely cycling along quiet cycle paths, you encounter iconic cities such as Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest whilst your floating hotel accompanies you at all times. With free time at all the major destinations along your route, this is the perfect method to discover the scenery, culture and cuisine of the Danube area. The ship sails at a leisurely pace along the Danube to Budapest, then returns to Passau where the itinerary ends.


The weather here is comparatively stable, particularly during mid-summer, although it can get hotter than 30 deg. C at some points. Temperatures are similar to those experienced in the UK and rainfall, although relatively low, is possible throughout the year.

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Day-by-day itinerary

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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Start Passau

Make your own way to Passau. Embarkation generally starts from 5pm. Evening cruise to Engelhartszell whilst you enjoy your first evening on board the MS Normandie (dinner included)

Day 2: Cycle Engelhartszell to Brandstatt then sail to Bratislava 46km/28mi

After breakfast, the cycling stage starts today at Engelhartszell, which has the only Trappist monastery in Austria. You follow the romantic river landscape of the Danube loop, which is arguably one of the most beautiful sections along the river. After reaching the charming village of Brandstatt you board the ship which cruises through the night to arrive in Bratislava around midday the day later.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3: Bratislava cycle then sail to Budapest 54km/33mi

Enjoy a cycle loop from Bratislava, on to Hainburg and then to Schloss Hof; a baroque palace in Austria, located near the border of Slovakia. There is time to enjoy the beautiful terraced gardens before you cycle via the old castle of Devin, back to Bratislava. The Slovakian capital city can be experienced further by an optional city tour before the ship sails for Budapest later in the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4: At Budapest 40km/24mi

As the morning light breaks you will enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the beautiful landscape along this section of the Danube, before a spectacular entrance into Budapest, which has many of it's iconic buildings located right next to the river. The day is free for you to enjoy a city tour by coach or bike (not included), or ride a loop to the charming town of Szentendre with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life. In the evening there is the opportunity to join an optional Budapest by night tour.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Cycle to Esztergom and sail to Vienna 25km/15mi

The Danube bend is probably one of the most delightful and attractive parts of this trip, and today you will travel through the area known as the Hungarian Wachau. The bike leg starts at Visegrad with an opportunity to visit the famous fortress and the ruins of the former palace. There is a choice of two routes; the longer involves a side trip to the island of Szentendre if you did not visit the day before, and also visits the baroque village of Vac. The other route leads you directly to the bishop-town of Esztergom which boasts the largest Catholic Church basilica in Hungary. In the night the boat moves on to Vienna.

Cycle approx. 25km or 60km for longer route

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: At Vienna

Discover the iconic city of Vienna by bike or bus on an optional city tour today. Don't miss the most famous buildings: the Hofburg, St Stephen's Cathedral, Ringstrasse boulevard with the opera, theatre and town hall, the colourful Hunderwasser house and the ferris wheel at Wiener Prater. The evening is yours to spend at your leisure; take in one of Vienna's famous concerts at the Hofburg or enjoy a relaxing evening in a wine tavern.

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: To Pochlarn 42km/26mi

Your last ride is a special highlight! Today you cycle through small villages, enjoying the enchanting scenery dotted with apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins. Pedal past the iconic blue tower of the monastery of Dürnstein; a real landmark of the Wachau. In Weissenkirchen there is the opportunity to sample some of the region's deliciously light wines, before you board the ship again in Pöchlarn to enjoy a final farewell dinner before the journey back to Passau.

N.B. The longer cycling route today is 52km (32 miles)

Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Leave Passau

After breakfast enjoy a last look of the Schlogener Schlinge (Great Loop) before you arrive into Passau at approximately 10am. Disembarkation is half an hour later, and we recommend arranging connecting trips from noon onwards.

Meals included: Breakfast

Cycling conditions

This is a self-guided cycling trip for those who like to cycle independently, but with back up to take out the hard work and planning. We provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags stay on your floating hotel that you return to each evening.

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)

Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading.

Av. daily ride: 41 km (25miles).

No. of days cycling: 5.

Terrain & route:

Our routes follow mainly cycle paths and quiet roads. The cycling is generally along the riverbank but there is the occasional climb to reach riverside towns.

Vehicle Support:

There is no vehicle support for this trip. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no set group or leader. You will be staying on board a ship and all passengers will be travelling on the same route; some may be cycling more than others. There will always be the opportunity to opt out of the cycling and enjoy the cruise down the river. Each morning there will be a daily briefing where you will learn about the route and recommended points of interest. There may be optional extras that the staff on board can help organise for you.


Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. We have not suggested a minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. Please do be aware that on some occassions on this trip the cycling can be along busier roads so any children must be comfortable cycling alongside traffic.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities.

Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia


Most nationalities, including British, require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.


No visa required for British passport holders.


There are no specific health risks.

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

MS Normandie, Passau, Budapest and Vienna

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7 nights are spent on the MS Normandie (max. capacity 100 guests). All cabins have exterior views, air conditioning and are en suite. 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 panorama salon with its bar, on the main deck the comfortable restaurant (no direct access from the cabin-zone). On deck there are both deck chairs and ordinary chairs and tables, which encourage conversation and communal activity in fresh air. The MS Normandie has two 1-bed-cabins and forty-nine 2-bed-cabins. They are all outside cabins, giving some 10-11 square metres of space (2-bed) and about 7 qm (1-bed). All 2-bed-cabins 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, individual 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 otherwise equipped with the same features.

Single cabins are available on an on request basis. It is also possible to upgrade your cabin type to a more superior cabin. Please speak to your sales consultant for more details.

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, packed lunches (self-made), afternoon coffee break and dinners included. Welcome cocktail on arrival also included.

For breakfasts you should expect a buffet affair, with hot and cold choices, fruit and a selection of hot and cold drinks. Lunches are self-made and can be put together using the wide selection of breakfast foods. Dinners are generally three courses and consist of a soup or salad, a main course showcasing the local cuisine, and a variety of desserts.


Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.


Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. However, as this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

This 7 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Single-centre accommodation in a hotel

All breakfasts, self-made packed lunches and evening meals included

Management by our sister company, Exodus

Route directions and maps

High quality bikes

Route notes and maps

How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

Please call for prices

We do not currently have departure dates and prices available on-line. The season may have ended for this tour, or we are still in the process of adding these details to our website. Please contact us for further details.

Holiday details

Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed by our sister company, Exodus.


All breakfasts, self-made packed lunches and evening meals included

Tailor-made travel

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

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