Danube - Passau to Budapest

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Visiting: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary

Hotel & Bike

13 nights from £844 to £1813pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Superior, Comfort i
Code AU017
Good For Multi-Country, Riverside Routes, Solo
Distance 364mi/586km
Runs Apr - Oct !
Departs Mon, Sat, Sun
Fly to Munich !
Return from Budapest !

Overview

What to expect

Discover the Danube’s ever-changing landscapes as you follow the river on this 14-day tour from the German town of Passau and through Austria to Budapest, in Hungary. The cycle path is mostly flat but if 12 days sounds like a lot of pedalling, opt for an electric bike. Riding along green riverbanks and through forests, you’ll pass bird-filled wetlands, wooded slopes and the Great Loop, where the Danube meanders 180-degrees.

As you tour downstream, you’ll pass wild island reserves, quaint farming villages and fairytale castles which rise above the riverbanks. Cycling into the musical city of Vienna makes for a magnificent halfway highlight and look forward to setting foot in one of Europe’s youngest capital cities, Bratislava, towards the second half of the tour. Experience all this before arriving in the romantic river city of Budapest – one of Europe’s most beautiful and vibrant capitals.

  • Save 5% off the tour price when booked two months before departure - discount applied when we confirm your tour
  • Diverse riverbank scenery from wild islands to fairytale castles
  • Wooded slopes, reedy reserves and green hills
  • Magnificent cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Two weeks of gentle cycling on easy terrain with the option of e-bikes

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Passau

    Arrive in Passau, which sits at the confluence of three rivers. Take a stroll through the picturesque old town or enjoy a boat trip. 

  • Day 2: Passau - Schlögener Loop 26 miles (41 km)

    Cycle through the Upper Danube Valley to Schlögen. Reach Engelhartszell and visit the only Trappist monastery in Austria – try the delicious liqueurs from the convent. Continue to the beautiful Schlögener Loop, where the river makes a 180-degree bend.

  • Day 3: Schlögener Loop - Linz 34 miles (55 km)

    Cycle past the ferries that line the riverbanks as you continue through the Eferdinger basin to Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. Enjoy a stroll through the lovely old town in the evening.

  • Day 4: Linz - Region Strudengau/Grein 38 miles (60 km)

    Experience Enns, the oldest town in Austria. Pedal past beautiful meadows and tranquil hinterland, passing the Celtic village of Mitterkirchen, the majestic church in Baumgartenberg and the romantic castle of Clam. Arrive in the baroque town of Grein and visit the oldest theatre in Austria.

  • Day 5: Strudengau/Grein - Region Melk 31 miles (50 km)

    Ride past densely wooded rock formations, looking up to the Pilgrimage Church of Maria Taferl and Benedictine Monastery of Melk.

  • Day 6: Region Melk - Krems/Traismauer 31 miles (50 km)

    Tour through the stunning Wachau Valley, passing a landscape of terraced vineyards and apricot groves interspersed with castles, palaces and monasteries. On your way to the town of Krems, pass the winery villages of Spitz, Weißkirchen and Durnstein, stopping off at quaint taverns for a rest and a taste of Austria.

  • Day 7: Krems/Traismauer - Vienna 25 miles (40 km)

    Take a train to the flower-filled city of Tulln and continue by bike through the Vienna Woods to the city of Vienna, stopping off to visit the impressive monastery in Klosterneuburg en route.

  • Day 8: Vienna - Region Bad Deutsch Altenburg 26 miles (42 km)

    Ride through a peaceful nature reserve of diverse flora and fauna, and twittering birds. Discover the Roman spa village of Bad Deutsch Altenburg and the Archaeological Park of Carnuntum.

  • Day 9: Region Bad Deutsch Altenburg - Bratislava 20 miles (32 km)

    Follow the river through the Hainburg Hills and Carpathian Mountains. Cycle into Bratislava, one of Europe’s youngest capitals, and soak up the atmosphere with a stroll through the town.

  • Day 10: Bratislava - Györ 28 miles (45 km)

    Discover the wild and untouched landscape of the Szigetköz, home to Danube creeks, farming villages and more than 500 tiny islands. Take a short train ride to the baroque style old town of Györ.

  • Day 11: Györ - Komarno region/Komarom 35 miles (57 km)

    Visit the museum and National Stud of Babolna – world famous for breeding Arabian horses. Cycle through rolling hills to the village of Komarom.

  • Day 12: Komarom - Region Esztergom 32 miles (52 km)

    Pedal alongside the banks of the Slovakian Danube, passing through quaint villages. Pass the Roman fort of Kelemantia before arriving at the basilica of Esztergom, the largest Catholic cathedral in Hungary, and take a tour of this elegant city. 

  • Day 13: Esztergom - Budapest 38 miles (62 km) - plus boat ride

    Ride through hilly landscapes to where the Danube divides, creating Szentendre Island. Cycle onto the island and tour through typical Hungarian villages, famous for their handicraft boutiques and the open-air museum of Skanzen. Continue by boat to the romantic city of Budapest.

  • Day 14: Depart from Budapest

    Check out after breakfast or extend your stay to explore Budapest.

Accommodation

Category A ( 3* and 4* hotels)

We use a pool of 3* and 4* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • A mix of 4* hotels and high standard 3* hotels
  • Breakfast included, half board available
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Category B ( 3* hotels & inns)

We use a pool of quaint inns and 3* hotels (4* hotels in Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest) to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • Quaint inns, 3* hotels and pensions. 4* hotels in Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.
  • Breakfast included, half board available
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please choose your hotel category, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance

Price includes

  • 13 nights accommodation in the category of your choice
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation (Up to 2 pieces of luggage per person, max 20kg. Max 30kg per person)
  • Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)
  • One bottle of wine per room in Wachau
  • One tasting session of regional products
  • Welcome drink in Passau
  • Train journey: Krems - Tulln (incl. bike)
  • Train journey: Mosonmagyarovar - Györ (incl. bike)
  • Ship or train: Szentendre - Budapest
  • Local contact number for assistance

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Cycle helmets (from €20, payable locally)
  • Tourist tax where applicable

Child / 3rd or 4th bed reductions

  • Reduction for child (up to 6yrs) sharing with 2 adults (100%)
  • Reduction for child (7-11yrs) sharing with 2 adults (50%)
  • Reduction for child (12-14yrs) sharing with 2 adults (25%)
  • Reduction for 3rd adult sharing with 2 full paying adults (10%)

 

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Bikes are provided with a pannier, a pump and a lock (hybrid bikes also have an odometer). Per room you will also receive a handlebar bag.

mens bike
Bike hire
£127

21 gears

E-bike
E-bike hire
£274
Helmet purchase - must be booked in advance
£27

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half Board - Category A
£304pp
Half Board - Category B (excluding Vienna)
£238pp

Airport transfers

One-way Munich to Passau on Day 1 - per person (shared transfer, max. wait 60 minutes)
£75pp
Return Munich to Passau on Days 1 & 14 - per person (shared transfers, max. wait 60 minutes)
£127pp

Transfers

Bus ticket Budapest - Vienna
£24pp
Train ticket Vienna - Passau
£44pp

Extra nights

4 star Vienna B&B - 2 share
£61pp
4 star Vienna B&B - single
£87pp
4 star Passau B&B - 2 share (Cat A)
£61pp
4 star Passau B&B - single (Cat A)
£80pp
4 star Budapest B&B - 2 share (Cat A)
£52pp
4 star Budapest B&B - single (Cat A)
£91pp
3 star Passau B&B - 2 share (Cat B)
£51pp
3 star Passau B&B - single (Cat B)
£67pp
4 star Budapest B&B - 2 share (Cat B)
£46pp
4 star Budapest B&B - single (Cat B)
£76pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Munich, Linz or Vienna

Take the train (ÖBB) from any of the above airports to Passau.

Getting back

Transfer to Vienna from Budapest and then take the train (ÖBB) to Passau.

Fly from Budapest, Munich, Linz or Vienna

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We had an excellent holiday. The trip was easy, the weather was kind to us and we enjoyed exploring the beautiful cities and towns along the route. We met a number of other cyclists along the way and the camaraderie was great- swapping stories and discussing our next trips over a long cold beer was fun.

Maggie Wardle, UK, August 2017
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Took away the hassle of booking hotels and carrying heavy luggage.

Paul Hepworth, October 2016

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