What to expect
Cycle through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary as you follow the blue waters of the Danube River. Explore some of the Danube’s most spectacular cities, including Vienna's musical landmarks, Bratislava's cobbled streets, and Budapest's romantic buildings. Stop off in idyllic villages and cosy taverns as you cycle past untouched forests, dramatic river bends and pristine islands.
Discover breathtaking castles and stunning palaces as you tour through Austria's UNESCO listed Wachau region. Spend a day off in Budapest visiting the market hall, restored old town and stunning churches or cycle to nearby Szentendre to see pretty houses and galleries.
At a glance
- Cycle through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary
- Easy cycling beside the Danube
- Tour through Austria’s UNESCO listed Wachau region.
- Visit Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Passau
Day 1 (Sun):
Passau – Engelhartszell
Make your way to the river-town of Passau, which sits at the crossroads of three rivers. Check in to your cabin from 4.30pm, ready for an evening cruise to Engelhartszell in Upper Austria. Your boat departs at 6 pm.
Day 2 (Mon):
26 miles (42 km)
Tour through the romantic fluvial landscapes of the Danube’s Great Loop – one of the river’s most beautiful sections and home to idyllic villages and cosy taverns. Rejoin the boat at the charming village of Ashach.
Day 3 (Tue):
Devin - Bratislava
27 miles (43 km)
Cycle along the former "Iron Curtain" and reach the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens and further on to Bratislava. Discover Bratislava’s small alleyways during an evening tour on foot. Sail to Budapest during the night.
Day 4 (Wed):
Budapest - Rest day or optional round trip to Szentendre
Optional 34 miles (54 km)
Awake to a fantastic view of the Danube and spend a day exploring Budapest, pedalling past riverside palaces. Join a choice of optional tours or explore by yourself, visiting the market hall, restored old town and stunning churches. Alternatively, ride to the galleries and pretty houses of Szentendre, a modest cycle out of the city.
Day 5 (Thu):
Danube Bend - Esztergom
27 miles (43 km)
Cruise through the picturesque, slightly hilly landscape of the Danube Bend, also known as the Hungarian Wachau. Cycle via the Baroque city Vác and onwards to experience the basilica at Esztergom.
Day 6 (Fri):
Vienna - Rest day
Take an optional bike or bus tour of Vienna and experience the famous architecture of the Hofburg Palace, St Stephen’s cathedral, and colourful Hundertwasser house. Enjoy an optional evening concert or operetta in the Hofburg or at a wine tavern. Sail on to Wachau during the night.
Day 7 (Sat):
Wachau - Krems - Melk
23 miles (37 km)
Tour through a region of soft hills, idyllic villages, apricot trees and wine terraces, passing fortresses and monasteries. Visit the blue church tower of Dürnstein and try wine tasting in Weißenkirchen. Enjoy your farewell gala dinner, cocktail and show
Day 8 (Sun):
Arrive in Passau late morning after a last look at the “Great Loop”, ready to disembark at approximately 10am. We recommend arranging connecting trips from 11.30 am onwards.
Please note: The captain reserves the right to alter the itinerary due to changes in weather and other conditionsP
MS Carissima - 12th May departure
This deluxe boat was renovated for 2017. All 75 cabins are 14 m² and feature a double bed which can be converted to two single beds.All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower, hair dryer, TV, safe and air-conditioning. Some cabins are located in the front and rear part of the ship where engine noise is possible. Half-height windows on the main deck cannot be opened but the cabins on the upper and middle deck provide full-size picture windows which do open.
There is a Panorama lounge with a bar plus a wellness area with sauna and whirlpool or alternatively jump into the pool (June to August) on the sun deck. Wifi is available on board (payable onboard, please note the connection can vary).
Dates & Prices
Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance - 12th May departure only
- 7 nights accommodation: with en-suite and air-conditioning
- Board basis: Full board including breakfast, packed lunch for cyclists (lunch on board for non-cyclists) and three course dinner with choice
- Services of an English speaking on-board guide with daily briefings of the bike tours
- Maps and route information
- GPS tracks available on request
- Welcome meeting with cocktail
- Local contact number for assistance
- Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bedlinen
- Mooring fees
- Coffee in the afternoon & late night snacks
- Daily live music
- Farewell Gala dinner with cocktail
- Flights and transfers
- Cycle helmets
- Bike hire
- Transfers to/from the docking in Passau
Twin/Double for sole use +55% (upper deck only - max two cabins per departure)
- Child under 3 with 1 full paying adult (90%)
- Child (3-12yrs) sharing with 1 full paying guest (20%)
Comfort Package Upgrade
- Cycling tour guide
- Ferry journeys
- Cider tasting in Upper Danube valley
- Wine tasting
- Guided city tour by bike in Vienna and hop off hop on service by bus in Budapest
- 2019 Comfort Package available - May 5 & 19, June 2 & 23, August 11, September 1, 15 & 29
Bike Hire & Extras
Bikes are provided with a pannier, an odometer, a pump, a lock and a repair kit. You will also receive a handlebar bag.
Hybrid bike with 21 gears
You can add these when you price your trip
News, Reviews & FAQs
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What's the etiquette with crew tips?
Tips are at your own discretion, an envelope is always left in the cabins on the last day.
Are shops open on Sunday?
Make sure you have snacks and drinks for Sunday as the majority of the shops are closed.
Will the itinerary ever change?
For Boat & Bike tours the boat will generally keep to the advertised itinerary, however the captain may have to adapt the itinerary due to the river or sea conditions.
How much space will I have in my cabin?
There is limited space in the cabins, so pack light and take a soft suitcase.
What are the average temperatures for this tour?
Can I stay on the boat during the day and not cycle?
Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling.
Can the boat cater for special dietary requirements?
Please advise us of any special requirements at time of booking and we will notify the boat operator in advance. Understandably, kitchen galley space is limited and it may not be possible to provide specialist products (eg. Gluten free). We suggest you bring a few items with you and, in some cases, these can be provided at a supplement.
Will I be cycling with other people?
Although there is no organised group, self-guided guests regularly find they come across their fellow passengers along the route during the day and may even get together to form their own cycling groups.
What does my on-board Tour Leader do?
Your on-board Tour Leader provides daily briefings ahead of the next day's ride. These are always beneficial, including information on the local area, main sights, and tips on good places to stop en route.
Can I book by myself?
Absolutely! Boat & Bike tours are very sociable and a good choice for single travellers wishing to mix with other guests and share your common interest of cycling.
What other customers have said
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A well organized boat/bike trip on an excellent cruise ship with an outstanding crew. My wife and I would recommend e-bikes as there are a few hills on the trip and if you want to explore some interesting buildings or churches in villages, they are often located at higher elevations! There are a few areas where some improvement is needed on instructions and directions -signs/maps - we are sure this will be addressed. The crew and officers were exceptional and Freedom Treks provided a good service with the personal touch prior to our trip. Trip is proving to be very popular with Canadians.Gavin MacLeod, Canada, June 2018
Very enjoyable holiday and a great way of seeing the countryside. The weather was good and we were treated to a lovely display of Autumn colours as we cycled along. The cycle path was easy with very little hills and our trip through the Wacau wine region was stunning. Budapest city tour by night was unforgettable with the vast array of lights and the chain bridge lit up like a pearl necklace. The Hungarian folklore and musical evening was most enjoyable as was our trip to Vienna which was made special by our most enthuastic guide. The cabins were very comfortable with good quality mattresses and bed linen and our final night at the 70s disco was brilliant. Thank you all.Patricia Cavanagh , UK, October 2017