Danube 4 Countries Bike and Boat – MV Carissima

  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Passau / Passau
  • Distance

    124 miles/200 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

  • Tour code

Price From £612


A bike and boat holiday along the most impressive and beautiful section of the mighty Danube River aboard the newly renovated MV Carissima. Highlights include the Danube Loop, the wonderful Wachau Valley, elegant Vienna, beautiful Bratislava and Budapest.

Join your ship, the MV Carissima, in Passau on the German/Austrian border and embark on a week’s cycling adventure through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Each day you will disembark for thrilling but easy rides along the riverbank passing castles, historic villages, romantic ruins and famous cities. The scenery is breathtaking and each bend in the river reveals something new.

Spitz - Wachau Valley - Danube

Spitz – Wachau Valley – Danube

The MV Carissima offers excellent accommodation in modern, well appointed double/twin bedded cabins arranged over 3 decks. Her sun deck and viewing decks are the perfect vantage points from which to watch the wonderful scenery drift by.

This is predominantly a self guided tour but on certain dates a guided option is offered – see the dates and prices page for more details

An easy cycling holiday on mostly level terrain, along riverbank cycle paths.

Itinerary & Map

This is an easy cycling holiday on mostly level terrain, along riverbank cycle paths.

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Day 1: Passau

Passau - Germany


Upon arrival in Passau make your way to your riverboat where boarding commences at 5pm. We cast-off at 6.30pm for a leisurely cruise through the serene and beautiful Danube Valley.
If you arrive early, Passau is a charming town with plenty to see and do. It is the point at which the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers all meet so there are plenty of river banks to stroll along but we also recommend making the climb to Veste Oberhaus, a medieval fortress and museum that offers a fantastic, panoramic view of the town and river.

Day 2: Danube Loop, 27 miles/42 kms

The Great Loop of the Danube River

Danube Loop

Enjoy a pleasant, gentle start to your cycling holiday pedalling alongside the river downstream through pretty towns and villages. Stop to visit the only Trappist monastery in Austria at Engelszell where you may wish to sample the locally produced and rather good liquors. Afterwards walk to a nearby viewpoint for a breath-taking view of the beautiful Danube loop before cycling on to the charming village of Aschach to rejoin the boat.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava , 11 to 27 miles/18 to 43 kms

Bratislava - Slovakia


Overnight the boat cruises downstream to Devin on the Austrian/Slovakian border. Today your ride takes you along the former Iron Curtain border, first to the grand and imposing Hof Palace and then on to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Join the guided tour of this fascinating city (optional) or explore it at your own pace. Highlights not to be missed are the gorgeous medieval old town in the centre of the city with its many winding lanes and beautiful squares, wonderful St Martins’s Cathedral and the city’s most prominent feature, Bratislava Castle.

Day 4: Budapest – Szentendre, 34 miles/54 kms

Parliament building - Budapest

Parliament building – Budapest

After a relaxing cruise downstream into Hungary you arrive in stunning Budapest, cruising past the  awe-inspiring Gothic Parliament building on the riverbank – have the camera ready! The river divides the city in two, Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east. After mooring up you can either cycle out to Szentendre a charming artists’ town 20 kms north of the city or explore Budapest at your own pace. Guests who book the Guided option  can join a guided tour of the city – included in their package.

Day 5: Danube Bend – Esztergom, 27 miles/43 kms

Esztergom castle - Hungary


Today the boat starts back upstream to the idylic artists’ island of Szentendre where you disembark to begin following a delightful route upstream. After a few kilometers you reach the the Danube Bend,  a particularly beautiful meander in the river’s course. Carry on upstream, enjoying the wide green valley and eventually you arrive in Esztergom,  home to Hungary’s largest Catholic Church. Re-board the Carissima and settle in for the night whle teh boat cruise upstream to Vienna.

Day 6: Vienna

Johann Strauss - Vienna - Austria

Johann Strauss  – Vienna

Today is your free day to explore Vienna – guests who book the Guided option  can join a guided tour of the city, included in their package. Visit Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the Imperial Palace. You may also want to take in the ‘Riesenrad’, the giant ferris wheel, made famous in the 1949 British film, ‘The Third Man’, and no trip to Vienna would be complete with out enjoying a coffee and cake in one of its famous coffee houses.

Day 7: Wachau Valley: Rossatz – Melk, 23 miles/37 kms

Duernstein - Wachau - Danube

Duernstein – Wachau Valley

Today we leave the city and head back upstream into the Danube countryside. There’s a real treat in store today as you get to enjoy a leisurely cycle ride through the stunning Wachau Valley. Picture perfect villages, apricot orchards, vineyards and hilltop castles characterise this stunning landscape that captivates all who visit. The charming village of Duernstein with its haunting ruin and monastery church is definitely a highlight as is Weisskirchen which offers many opportunities for wine tasting.. A farewell dinner on board in the evening  brings this very pleasant day to a close.

Day 8: Passau

Enjoy a gentle morning cruise back to Passau with one last look at the Danube Loop on the way. You arrive in Passau at approximately 11am.

Dates & Prices

2017 Arrival Dates
Key* Guided option also available
May7 *1421 *28
June4 *111825 *
July2916 *2330
August613 *2027
September3 *1017 *24
October1 *8
Season 1:April & October
Season 2:May & August
Season 3:June, July & September
2017 Prices
Per person
Sleeps x
Sleeps x
Season 1, Eco cabin £612 £703   £885 £1021      
Season 1, Midship cabin £668 £794 £885 £968 £1158 £1294    
Season 2, Eco cabin £703 £794   £1021 £1158      
Season 2, Midship cabin £759 £885 £977 £1104 £1294 £1431    
Season 3, Eco cabin £749 £840   £1089 £1226      
Season 3, Midship cabin £804 £931 £1022 £1173 £1363 £1499    
Accom Type 7                
Accom Type 8                
Accom Type 9                
Accom Type 10                

Price Includes

7 nights aboard the MV Carissima
Board basis: Full board*
Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
Services of on-board cruise director
Afternoon coffee and tea
Maps and route information
Daly information meeting
GUIDED TOUR - See below & supplements
Cyle touring guide
Cider and wine tasting
Ferry rides
City tour by bike or bus in Vienna & Budapest

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements below)
Cycle helmets (€25, payable locally)
Drinks onboard


Guided supplement (£196)
Transfer Munich - Passau one way (£59)
Transfer Munich - Passau return (£115)
Extra night in Passau double/twin 3 star (£59)
Extra night in Passau single 3 star (£76)
Extra night in Passau double/twin 4 star (£60)
Extra night in Passau single 4 star (£79)
Bike hire, includes lock and pannier (£66)
Electric bike (£154)


Free for children up to 2 years sharing with 2 adults
20% for 1 child, 3-12 years sharing with an adult


* Full board - Daily buffet breakfast, packed lunch & dinner, excluding drinks
Deposit per person £175

Practical Information


Unisex hybrid bike

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern, alloy framed 21-speed hybrid models with comfortable saddle and upright riding position, perfect for sightseeing. They are equipped with a pannier for your personal possessions.

E-bikes are also available as are child seats, child bikes and trailer bikes. All are subject to availability at time of booking.

Helmets are not provided but are available to purchase on board (prices range from 20 to 40 euros). Please note that cycle helmets are mandatory in Austria for children up to 12 years old.).


MV Carissima (Deluxe)

Carissima - sundeck

Carissima – sundeck

Following an extensive re-fit during the winter of 2016/17 the Carissima boasts a range of spacious, high-standard cabins coupled with an array of stylish public areas and facilities.

Her 75 deluxe cabins, each occupying 14m², are arranged over three decks. All offer a comfortable, hotel-style double beds, which can also convert into two single beds, a private shower/toilet, TV, safe and air conditioning. The cabins on the lower deck feature half-height windows which cannot be opened. The mid and upper deck cabins offer full-size, picture windows that can be opened to the fresh air.

Carissima - double cabin

Carissima – double cabin

Some of the upper, promenade deck cabins are available as deluxe suites and consist of two adjoining cabins, one of which is configured as a lounge.

A number of cabins towards the front and rear of the lower and mid decks are susceptible to engine noise and these ‘eco’ cabins are offered at a discount.

Carissima - Restaurant

Carissima – Restaurant

The stylish lounge and bar on the upper deck offers a comfortable, convivial atmosphere as well as large, panoramic windows. The light and airy restaurant is located on the middle deck and also features large windows, allowing diners to enjoy the scenery drifting by. The spa towards the stern features a sauna and a whirlpool for soothing those muscles after the day’s exertions and on the sun-deck there is also a small pool.

A hearty breakfast is provided each morning and cyclists can then pick up their packed lunches before leaving for the day’s ride. Those remaining on board enjoy lunch in the restaurant where the evening meal, always a culinary delight, is also served.

Getting there

Fly to Vienna, Munich or Salzburg airports and then travel by train onwards to Passau.

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