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    Danube Waltz by BIKE + PREMIUM-BOAT Passau-Budapest

    MV Vivienne + MV Swiss Crown / Danube Highlights

    • Please note: You can only take part in this trip if you are vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19!
      As of Oct 2022, subject to change.

      Feel save, book flexible: FREE rebooking up to 6 weeks prior arrival to any alternative date in 2021 - applies to bookings between May 01 and June 15 2021 , the price of the newly selected date 2021 applies in the event of a rebooking.

      Rebooking FREE OF CHARGE until 28 days prior tour start; valid for all new bookings between May 01 and ***September 15 2021***. Valid for all tour-dates 2021 – the price of the newly selected date 2021 applies in the event of a rebooking.

      What an amazing cycling holiday you will have aboard the premiumships Vivienne and Swiss Crown! Reside and dine in luxury during the evenings and during the day get an up close and personal view of the enchanting Danube River while cycling.

      Cycle and sail from the charming Bavarian "Three River City" of Passau straight into the heart of the once glorious Imperial and Royal Monarchy Austria/Hungary, discover four fascinating countries and look forward visiting Europe’s most charming capitals on one glorious cycling holiday. The flat Danube Cycle Path offers easy going riding and a treasure trove of scenery, history and culture, all with the adventure of your overnight stays aboard an exclusive river cruise ship.

      Take time to explore Budapest’s imperial and art nouveau highlights, take a comprehensive tour through the coronation capital Bratislava with its baroque and gothic buildings and fountains and discover why Vienna is called the ‘Metropolis of Waltz’. After a great day of cycling and exploring relax onboard the MV Swiss Crown or MV Vivienne while listening to live music, or you could even head out to do more discovering on foot.

      Individual or guided tour: This tour is bookable as a guided tour with personal attention from a dedicated guide, cycling in a small group, enjoying some elicious appetizers.

      Tour Profile / Level 1

      The cycle route is completely flat with only slightly gradients, ideal for cyclists with less experience and children. Do not feel like cycling? Without effort you will also reach your destination by ship.

      Tour profile Passau-Budapest

      Day 1: Passau

      Boarding time at 4pm. Located at the meeting point of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers, Passau has numerous of interesting sites to visit. Use your free time and stroll through the cobblestoned old town centre, listen to the bells of Passau’s Gothic Town Hall or have a look at the world’s largest Catholic Church organ in the Passau Cathedral. At 6pm we cast off!

      Day 2: Great Loop / Engelhartszell-Aschach approx. 42 km

      Your first day’s cycling begins with a ride through the classic scenery of the ‘Great Loop’ Donauschlinge - one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube. Along the way you will encounter tiny villages and cozy cider taverns. In Austria’s only Trappist monastery at Engelhartszell you can taste their delicious liquors and cheese. The famous ‘Schlogener View’ provides a wonderful panorama of the surrounding Austrian countryside. The boat welcomes all cyclists back on board in the charming market town of Aschach.

      Day 3: Devin - Bratislava, approx. 43 km

      You pedal along the former ‘Iron Curtain’, cross the green line and reach the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens. Follow the bike path through Austria’s ‘vegetable garden’ to the coronation city of Bratislava and the slopes of the little Carpathians and discover the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava on an optional city tour.

      • Excursion: Bratislava - Bus + Walking Tour

        Enjoy a comfortable sightseeing tour in Bratislava by bus or slow train (depending on availability). The tour starts in the harbour and takes you past the famous Saint Martin’s Cathedral - the former coronation church for Hungarian Kings -, and the Church of the Trinitarian Order. You drive past the Grassalkovich-Palais - the present residence of the Slovakian president -, and the Information Centre of the European Union. You walk through the Viennese Gate to the Ehrenhof courtyard that offers a beautiful view of the Old Town. Afterwards the bus or train takes you back down from the hill to St. Michael’s Gate. Together with your guide you will discover the historic centre.

        • Price: € 25,00
          Duration: approx. 2 hours
          Participants: min. 25 pers.  

      Day 4: Budapest | Excursion to Szentendre, approx. 54 km (or day of rest)

      The entrance to Budapest, Hungary’s capital is stunning. Savour the beauty of Budapest during a coach tour or a guided bike tour (optional) to discover many of the highlights of this handsome city. You can also choose to cycle to the charming town of Szentendre with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art scene. You will get a very close experience of Hungarian culture at an evening show with traditional music and dance (optional).

      • Excursion: Budapest Sightseeing Tour by BIKE

        Accompanied by an experienced bike guide you will visit the most famous sights. You cross the Danube on the famous Chain Bridge, and cycle past the Parliament building, cross the Liberty Square, and City Park, and get to the Heroe’s Square.

        • Pice: € 28,00
          Duration: approx. 2,5 hours
          Participants: min. 7 pers.
      • Excursion: Budapest Sightseeing tour by BUS

        Budapest - "The Queen of the Danube" - is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The Danube bank is lined with breathtaking magnificent buildings, such as the Parliament or the Castle. You will visit Heroes’ Square and discover impressive buildings of the past and modern times during a walk through the city park. A special highlight is the visit to the Historic Budapest Market Hall, which attracts with a variety of culinary specialties. 

        • Price: € 30,00
          Duration: approx. 3 hours
          Participants: min. 30 pers.

      Day 5: Danube bend - Esztergom, approx. 43km

      The wooded hills of Pilis, Visegrád and Börzsöny together with the meandering Danube create a wonderful landscape that has become a nature lover’s paradise. Situated in the middle of the Danube River the idyllic isle of Szentendre exudes silent Puszta romance. You cycle via the baroque village of Vác (influenced by the architects of Austria’s empress Maria Theresia) to the bishop town of Esztergom with its gorgeous basilica – Hungary’s largest Catholic Church.

      Day 6: Vienna (day of rest)

      Discover Vienna’s most beautiful attractions. During a city tour by bike or bus (optional) you will experience Vienna’s most famous examples of architecture: the imperial Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the gorgeous ‘Ring’-boulevard and the State Opera House, the Burgtheater and town hall and, of course, the colorful "Hundertwasserhaus". Take time to relax in one or more of Vienna’s famous cafés, while the evening ends impressively at a classical concert (optional) in one of Vienna‘s most famous palaces.

      • Excursion: Vienna City Tour by BIKE

        With your bike you will experience the most famous sights from a new, and completely different point of view. Riding along the Ringstraße boulevard  you will pass the State Opera, Johann Strauß Monument, Hofburg - the Habsburg family’s winter residence - and the city hall. Through the Old Town’s lanes you get to St. Stephan’s Cathedral where the tour ends. Many photo stops!

        • Price: € 35,00 
          Duration: approx. 3 hours 
          Participants: min. 7 pers.

      • Excursion: Vienna Historical City Tour by BUS

        Vienna is a town full of highlights that impresses its visitors. Get to know the most famous sights during a comfortable sightseeing tour by bus. You find many magnificent buildings like pearls on a string along the Ringstraße: the State Opera House, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Natural History,  Hofburg Palace, Parliament, City Hall, University and Votive Church. To get the best possible impression of this wonderful metropole you will discover the historic centre by foot.

        • Price: € 33,00 
          Duration: approx. 3,5 hours
          Participants: min. 25 pers.
      • Excursion: Waltz and Operetta Concert at Schönbrunn Palace

        Enjoy a concert in the location that Mozart returned to time and again throughout his career: the restored Schönbrunn Palace’s Orangery. The baroque Orangery was often used for pompous celebrations already during Imperial times. The most famous melodies by Mozart and Strauß presented by the renowned Schönbrunn Palace Festival Orchestra, accompanied by virtuoso vocals and dance fascinate the guests every evening anew.

        • Price: Cat. A € 75,00 | Cat. B € 53,00 | 
          Duration: approx. 3 hours 
          Participants: min. 30 pers.

      Day 7: Wachau / Krems - Melk, approx. 39 km

      Your last biking day is a special highlight! A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Durnstein, while the blue spire of the monastery church is a landmark of the renowned Wachau. Amidst dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards and castles, this hilly landscape enchants everybody who visits ... you will be biking on cloud nine! In Spitz (possibility to do a wine-tasting – optional) AT05_WeinverkostungSpitz you will find comfortable wine taverns along the bike path. After the Captain’s farewell dinner, lots of fun and entertainment can be experienced during the popular crew show.

      Day 8: Passau

      As you cruise back up the Danube, enjoy the early morning sunshine as you wind your way to Passau, where you will disembark at about 11am. Connecting travel should not be booked earlier than 12pm.

      You are also welcome to book an extension at the 3*+ Hotel IBB Passau Sued DE04_IBBPassauSued_EN or 4* Passauer Wolf DE04_PassauerWolf_EN in Passau through us.

      General Information:

      In the event of extremely high or low water, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge stages by bus or even to cancel the trip at short notice without any legal claim arising therefrom (water levels are force majeure). The same applies for officially decreed repairs to locks or bridges, not announced in advance, or in the event of motor or propulsion damage to the ship without attributed fault.
      On one hand, a riverboat is a “holiday hotel”, while on the other, it is also a means of transport that moves with motor power and must always be operated, even at night (partially with lock and bridge passages and the retractions and extensions of the structures caused as a result). Mistakes can happen with lock passages. This is the case for all Danube journeys and cannot be avoided.
      Please bear in mind that riverboats are restricted (bridge passages, locks) in size (length, height, width) and therefore cannot be compared with cruise liners at sea. The cabins are limited in space but are nevertheless comfortable and furnished.

    • Shipping station and embarkation

      Shipping station Passau/Racklau
      Address: Racklau 3a (Passau - Winter dock)
      GPS: 48°57’48.33"N 13°43’07.80"E

      from 4pm to 5pm (earlier boarding of the ship is not possible due to the change of passengers). Checking in of luggage or private bikes is possible from 3pm at the earliest. Please do not arrive too early - the berth does not have a covered waiting area, seating or other infrastructure.

      Please do not leave the ship after boarding - when all guests are boarded, an earlier departure might be possible!

      The berth can be changed at short notice by the port authorities.
      If you cannot find your berth, please contact the cruise director on board (tel. no. in your travel documents).


      Arrival - Parking - Departure

      Arrival by car
      If you arrive in Passau with your own car, we offer you a place in the Globus parking hall. We will bring you with your luggage from the parking hall to the ship and back. >>More information on the parking service

      Arrival by train
      train station: Passau Hbf.
      The berth is about 3 km from the station. Cabs are available at the station.

      Bus from Passau HBF
      From Passau HBF: with bus line 8,10 and 11 to the station Stelzhamerstraße - approx. 650m from the shipping station Passau/Racklau.
      Details and scedules can be found >>here

      Please allow sufficient time for your train journey, as delays are also possible here. You should choose your connection so that you reach the port in time, at the latest 2 hours before departure. Please note that you are responsible for your own timely arrival at the port. Timetables and information you find at Deutsche Bahn or ÖBB.

      Arrival by plane
      Airport: Munich (MUC) 
      From Munich airport it is best to take the bus to Freising train station (travel time approx. 30 min.) and then continue by train to Passau (approx. 2 h)Timetables and information you find at Deutsche Bahn or ÖBB.

      We are also happy to organize a private transfer directly from the airport to Passau. For details please refer to the price section of the trip.



      Disembarkation will take place after the arrival of the ship (approx. 11am) and will take about 1 h. Please take this into account when planning your onward journey and do not book trains before 12pm.
      Note for privately departing guests: Taxis are in high demand in Passau on embarkation and disembarkation days - therefore longer waiting times must be expected.

      Further information is available on board from the cruise director or at the reception.



      Minimum number of participants Bike Cruise: 90 persons (must be reached at least 4 weeks before departure)
      Minimum number of participants guided tour (guided tour) : 10 persons (max. number of participants 18)


    • Included services

      • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning

      • Port charges

      • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau

      • Captains greeting and welcome cocktail

      • Full board: rich breakfast, lunch on board (non- cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists), afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose), late night snack

      • Gala dinner with farewell cocktail

      • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)

      • Daily information meeting

      • Detailed travel documents per cabin, GPS tracks + cycling tour app with voice navigation per cabin

        Additional services in guided tour

      • Cycling tour guide

      • Tasting of homemade cider directly at the cider farm in the Upper-Danube valley

      • Ferry rides

      • Guided city tour by bike in Vienna  + by bus in Budapest

      • Wine tasting in the Wachau region

      • Rental helmet (for adults)

      Individual Cyclingtour

      You´ll receive a detailed roadbook with maps and infomation to the routing on board. You do not cycle in a group – you cycle individually in your own tempo and are therefor able to time your day to your needs. Only the schedule gives you a time frame.
      Our cruise director explains the evening before the next cycling path in the daily breefings and informs you about the specifics and gives tipps about sightseeing, possibilities to take a rest and specialities.
      If you do not want to cycle, just stay on board and enjoy the passing landscape on the sun deck or relax in the infrared cabin. The crew is trying to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

      Guided tour

      You cycle in a small group guided by a local tour guide. Taste some Austrian delicacies: you’ll try sweet cider in a wine tavern in the world-famous Wachau region you will also get to savour a small variety of regional wine specialties. During a guided tour by bike or bus you will pass by numerous famous sights in Vienna and Budapest.

    • Dates


        Season / Period
        • S1   30.04. - 07.05.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S2   07.05. - 14.05.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S2   14.05. - 21.05.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S2   21.05. - 28.05.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S2   28.05. - 04.06.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S3   04.06. - 11.06.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S3   11.06. - 18.06.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S3   18.06. - 25.06.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S3   25.06. - 02.07.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S3   02.07. - 09.07.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • Special:€150,- discount p.p. (booking from 08.05.)
        • S3   09.07. - 16.07.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • DEAL: 25% OFF in 2-bed / NO SINGLE suppl. – booking after June 2
        • S3   16.07. - 23.07.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S3   23.07. - 30.07.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S3   30.07. - 06.08.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • Special:€150,- discount p.p. (booking from 08.05.)
        • S2   06.08. - 13.08.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S2   13.08. - 20.08.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S2   20.08. - 27.08.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S2   27.08. - 03.09.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S3   03.09. - 10.09.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S3   10.09. - 17.09.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S3   17.09. - 24.09.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S3   24.09. - 01.10.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S1   01.10. - 08.10.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual
        • S1   08.10. - 15.10.23
        • MV VIVIENNE / Individual


        % Reduction for children in cabin
        0-2,99 years in baby cot* -100%
        3-11,99 years in cabin with min. 2 full paying adults (Vivienne: Cat.Juniorsuite, Swiss Crown: Cat.Standard) -30%
        3-11,99 years in cabin with min. 1 full paying adult (Cat.Standard) -10%
        *baby cot must be brought individually  
        Bicycle & equipment
        21-speed bike 89
        E-bike 189
        Bringing own bike 29
        Bringing own e-bike 39
        Additional night
        Passau 3*+ (dbl/sgl) 51/80
        Passau 4* (dbl/sgl) 72/105
        one way PRIVATE (total, 1-8 pers.), from/to Munich Airport 240
        one way PRIVATE (total, 1-8 pers.), from/to Munich Hotel      290

        ** please update us to your exact requirements; flight details and i.a. hotelname required

        Best - Price - Guarantee

        If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
        All prices per person in EUR

        Welcome on Board!

        Your accommodation during your river cruise will be one of our premium-ships MV Vivienne or MS Swiss Crown. Get entchanted by the comfortable and elegant atmosphere of our premium ships.


        The exquisite premium ship MV Vivienne (renovated 2020) sets new standards in comfort and spaciousness and offers a tasteful, high-quality ambience in a luxurious style. Experience a fantastic view of breathtakingly beautiful natural landscapes, sometimes from the saddle of a bicycle, sometimes from the inviting, partially covered sun deck. >>Ship´s description / details


        The 68 outward-facing cabins are spacious 14m² (single cabin 12m²) and convince with elegant, comfortable interior. The cabins have a double bed (can be separated to 2 single beds), shower/toilet, hairdryer, SAT TV, safe, coffee maker and individually adjustable air conditioning. >>Ship´s description / Details



      • Bicycle & Equipment

        Our bicycles are modern and high stardard quality of KTM. We offer 28-Zoll-Unisex-tourbikes with deep comfort-entrance. The bikes are equipped with either 21 or 24-derailleur-gear (depending on ship) with override, caliper breaks and robust wheels. Our bicycles are mostly not older than 3 years.  During the journey, you are liable for any damage, loss or theft. A corresponding bike insurance can be completed on board.

        We offer the following bycicle options:

        • Touring bikes with freewheel
        • E-Bikes (Pedelecs)

        All bicycles have a deep comfort entry (wave frame) *, men’s frames are available from a height of 188 cm.

        Children bikes, children seat, children trailer and tagalong can be booked.

        Our bicycles are equipped with:

        • puncture-proof tires
        • 1 good sized, waterproofed pannier bag
        • 1 handle bar bag
        • air pump
        • per cabin you will receive a service kit with breakdown tools and a bicycle lock

        The on-board shop offers quality bicycle helmets, cell phone holders and cycling gear (such as jerseys, pants, sweaters, rain jackets, rain ponchos).

        Electric bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs
        Our modern e-bikes (pedelecs) are quality branded bikes with hub gear, freewheel, powerful electric motor and gradually selectable pedal assistance.
        The battery range depends on support level, driving style, body weight and terrain. The more hilly the railing, the higher the body weight, the more battery capacity is consumed.
        You save your battery by starting with as low support as possible and increasing it if necessary.

        Note: E-bikes are a great development, but should be - due to their driving characteristics (high weight + high speed) - booked only by very safe and experienced cyclists with a very good sense of balance. Not suitable are electric bikes for people who rarely ride a bicycle

        IMPORTANT: please reserve Ebikes early, as they are only available in very limited numbers.

        Bike breakdown
        Can also occur with very new and good bikes. A puncture of the wheel will be fixed by yourself, for bigger damages please contact your cruise director. Please do not make any repair-service without our agreement on our bikes. For smaller technical problems with the bike please contact the cruise director or a member of the crew at the end of the bike-leg.

        Private Bikes
        You are welcome to bring your own bike. Please bring spare tube and tool bag as well as a lock and check the bike for functionality before your departure.
        The bicycles will be parked on the sun deck (not covered), unfortunately, parking inside of the ship is not possible for safety reasons.
        Due to the very limited space, the bicycles stand close to each other, at bridge crossings they must be laid flat. For organizational reasons, the bikes (also customer’s own) are sometimes not brought on board overnight, but are locked at the pier in front of the ship.
        Your bike has to be brought ashore and back by our crew almost daily from the sun deck via a narrow staircase. We try to handle your bikes as gently as possible, but in rare cases small scratches or damages cannot be avoided completely.
        IMPORTANT: Please be sure to remove any bike boxes/baskets permanently mounted on the luggage rack and any side mirrors attached to the handlebars. Our crew needs unobstructed access. Batteries must also be removed for loading and unloading.
        For the transport of your daily luggage, we provide you free of charge with a waterproof Ortlieb pannier (20 l), which you can easily attach to your luggage rack.
        Please note: neither the ship, nor the shipping company, our crew or RAD & REISEN are liable for any damage, loss or theft.

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        • Booking handling 6
        • Travel documents 6
        • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
        • Accomodation 6
        • Board 6
        • Route description 5
        • On-site assistance 6
        • Route-character 6
        • Bicycle + equipment 5
        • Price-performance ratio 6
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        • Overall satisfaction 6
        • Booking handling 5
        • Travel documents 6
        • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
        • Accomodation 6
        • Board 6
        • Route description 6
        • On-site assistance 6
        • Route-character 6
        • Bicycle + equipment 6
        • Price-performance ratio 6
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        • Overall satisfaction 6
        • Booking handling 6
        • Travel documents 6
        • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
        • Board 6
        • Route description 6
        • On-site assistance 6
        • Route-character 6
        • Price-performance ratio 6
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        • Overall satisfaction 6
        • Booking handling 5
        • Travel documents 5
        • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
        • Accomodation 6
        • Board 6
        • Route description 6
        • On-site assistance 6
        • Route-character 6
        • Bicycle + equipment 5
        • Price-performance ratio 6
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        • Booking handling 6
        • Travel documents 6
        • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
        • Accomodation 6
        • Board 6
        • Route description 4
        • On-site assistance 5
        • Route-character 5
        • Bicycle + equipment 5
        • Price-performance ratio 5
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