Danube 4 Countries Bike and Boat – MV Carissima

  • 4.9
    (4 reviews)
  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Passau / Passau
  • Distance

    136 miles/219 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

  • Tour code

Price From £813


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.

A typical week on board the Carissima

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.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

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Day 1: Passau

Passau - Germany


Upon arrival in Passau make your way to your riverboat where boarding commences at 4.30 pm. The boat casts off at 6pm 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. 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 Engelhartszell where you may wish to sample the locally produced and rather good liquors. 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 , 27 miles/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 prominent feature, Bratislava Castle.

Day 4: Bratislava – 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 or explore Budapest at your own pace.

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

Esztergom castle - Hungary


Today the boat starts back upstream to the idyllic 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 boat and settle in for the night while the boat cruise upstream to Vienna.

Day 6: Vienna

Johann Strauss - Vienna - Austria

Johann Strauss  – Vienna

Today is your free day to explore Vienna. 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. In the evening you may wish to visit a Waltz and Opera concert at the famous Viennese Palace.

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

Duernstein - Wachau - Danube

Duernstein – Wachau Valley

Today you 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 Dürnstein 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 10am.

Dates & Prices

2021 Arrival Dates
Key* Guided option also available

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2021 Prices
Per person
24 Apr
08 May
15 May
05 Jun
31 Jul
21 Aug
11 Sep
18 Sep
MV Carissima - Superior
Lower Deck
Eco Double/Twin £813 £863 £913 £863 £913            
Double/Twin £913 £963 £1013 £963 £1013            
Mid Deck
Eco Double/Twin £953 £1003 £1053 £1003 £1053            
Double/twin £1053 £1104 £1154 £1104 £1154            
Upper Deck
Double/Twin £1144 £1194 £1244 £1194 £1244            
Twin - sole use £1773 £1850 £1928 £1850 £1928            

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Deposit per person £280

Price Includes

7 nights aboard the MV Carissima, outside cabins. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 7 x Dinner, afternoon coffee/tea
Captains's greeting, welcome cocktail and farewell gala dinner with a cocktail
Services of on-board cruise director and daily information meeting
Maps & route information
Port fees
GUIDED TOUR - See below & supplements
Cycle touring guide
Cider and wine tasting
Ferry rides
Guided: City tour by bike in Vienna & Hop On Hop Off Bus in Budapest
Helmet for adults (guided clients only)

Price Excludes

Transfers (see supplements)
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet for self-guided clients (€25, payable locally)
Drinks on-board
Parking and transfer to boat (pre-bookable, payable locally, outdoor area - €68, parking garage - €79)


Guided supplement (£241)
Regular bike hire with pannier & lock. See practical information (£76)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£170)
Bringing own regular bike (£27)
Bringing own electric bike (£37)


90% for baby up to 2 years sharing with 2 adults
20% for 1 child, 3-12 years sharing with an adult

Practical Information


Unisex hybrid bike

Example of bike used on this tour

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively:
Self-guided – Adult helmets are available for rent (payable locally, €25). This must be advised at the time of booking.
Guided – helmets are available on arrival.


On-board payments: Cash and debit/credit cards accepted.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

MV Carissima (Superior)

Carissima - sundeck

Carissima – sundeck

The MV Carissima boasts a range of spacious, high-standard cabins coupled with an array of stylish public areas and facilities.

mid/upper deck - double (converts to twin)

mid/upper deck – double (converts to twin)

Her 75 air-conditioned cabins, each occupying 14m², are arranged over three decks. All offer comfortable, hotel-style double beds, which can also convert into two single beds, a private shower/toilet, TV, safe, hair dryer and air conditioning.

On the lower deck, there are 10 double cabins and 3 ECO double cabins. All cabins on the lower deck feature half-height secured windows.
On the mid deck, there are 30 double cabins and 2 ECO double cabins. All cabins on the mid deck have full-size picture windows that can be opened to the fresh air.
ECO cabins are situated towards the front and rear of the lower and mid decks and are more susceptible to engine noise.

On the upper deck, there are 30 double cabins. All cabins on the upper deck have full-size picture windows that can be opened to the fresh air.

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’, opened from June to August only.

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.

Daily afternoon coffee/tea break.

Getting there

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

Scheduled transfers can be organised to/from Munich Airport, see Dates & Prices – Supplements.

Research flights from the UK here

Research onward rail connections.


Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 4 reviews 4.9
  • Date - 29/08/2019
  • Name - John Young
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  • Service comment - Well organised. All ran smoothly.
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  • Product comment - Well organised. Very friendly staff. Great food and service. Our waiters name was Elad; very attentive. Cycling also worked extremely well.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks John, we're so glad you enjoyed your Danube cycling holiday aboard the Carissima.
  • Date - 20/06/2019
  • Name - Anonymous
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  • Service comment - Communication was good - when we asked for GPX files they were immediately sent to us.
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  • Product comment - It was a great holiday - good company. good food, great cycling, great scenery, wonderful boat and fabulous weather. Our only minor complaint was the time spent waiting for each course during dinner and hence the length the dinner took. Also at the end of the meal, tea/coffee wasn't automatically offered - we had to call a waiter and ask for tea/coffee, and therefore further waiting.
  • Flexitreks response - Glad you had a great holiday your comments regarding how long it took to serve dinner have been passed to the crew.
  • Date - 18/06/2019
  • Name - Louise Harper
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  • Service comment - Priced matched genuinely wanted my business
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  • Product comment - Exceeded expectations this will be s regular holiday from now on
  • Flexitreks response - Well we can't ask for more than that, thanks Louise!
  • Date - 14/05/2019
  • Name - Sarah McCallion
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  • Service comment - As always Ally was extremely helpful and provided us with lots of detail including various options regarding internal transfers which were spot on and easy to follow plus much cheaper options too. Brill!
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  • Product comment - The carissima was a wonderfully friendly and intimate ship. The cruise director Albert and musician Jan were fantastic hosts. The cycling was easy and the routes were safe. Scenery was spectacular. The trip from start to finish was fantastic.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Thank you for your kind words Sarah, we're always happy to help.
    Product : Thank you so much for the wonderful review Sarah. We know the Carissima is rather special but it's still nice to hear other people think so too.