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

    136 miles/219 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

  • Tour code

Price From £690


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 p.m. 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 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 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. Guests who book the Guided option  can join a hop on hop off bus tour.

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 Carissima 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 – 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: 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 11am.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Key* Guided option also available

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2019 Prices
Per person
28 Apr
01 May
31 May
01 Jun
31 Jul
01 Aug
31 Aug
01 Sep
30 Sep
06 Oct
MV Carissima - Superior
Lower Deck
Eco double/twin £690 £786 £833 £786 £833 £690          
Double/twin £757 £853 £901 £853 £901 £757          
Mid Deck
Eco double/twin £814 £910 £958 £910 £958 £814          
Double/twin £910 £1006 £1054 £1006 £1054 £910          
Upper Deck
Double/twin £977 £1073 £1121 £1073 £1121 £977          
Twin for sole use £1514 £1663 £1737 £1663 £1737 £1514          

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Deposit per person £200

Price Includes

7 nights aboard the MV Carissima. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 7 x Dinner, afternoon coffee/tea
Captains's greeting and 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
City tour by bike in Vienna & by Hop On Hop Off Bus in Budapest

Price Excludes

Transfers (see supplements)
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet (€25, payable locally)
Drinks on-board
Parking and transfer to boat (pre-bookable, payable locally, outdoor area - €66, parking garage - €77)


Guided supplement (£227)
Transfer Munich Airport - Passau one way (£74)
Transfer Munich Airport - Passau return (£127)
Extra night in Passau double/twin, comfort (£58)
Extra night in Passau single, comfort (£82)
Extra night in Passau double/twin, superior (£66)
Extra night in Passau single, superior (£91)
Bike hire with pannier & lock. See practical information (£74)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£166)
Bringing own bike (£16)


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

The bikes provided on this tour are modern, alloy framed 21-speed hybrid models with comfortable saddle and upright riding position.

The bikes are equipped with a pannier and handlebar bag. Per room also a lock and puncture repair kit.

E-bikes are also available subject to availability at time of booking.

Helmets are not provided but are available to purchase on board (25 Euros) for adult sizes only. Please note that cycle helmets are mandatory in Austria and Germany for children up to 12 years old and you will need to bring your own.



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 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, hair dryer and air conditioning.

On the lower deck, there is 10 double cabins and 3 ECO double cabins. All cabins on the lower deck feature half-height secured windows.
On the mid deck, there is 30 double cabins and 2 ECO double cabins and on the upper deck, there is 30 double cabins. All cabins on the mid and upper deck have full-size picture windows that can be opened to the fresh air.

Carissima - Restaurant

Carissima – Restaurant

ECO cabins are situated towards the front and rear of the lower and mid decks and are susceptible to engine noise.

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.

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