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From Passau to Belgrade aboard Swiss Crown

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The Danube by bike and by boat over 15 days and 14 nights full board in a loop from Passau. Pedal along the majestic river between Passau and Belgrade.

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Bike cruise between Passau and the Iron Gates on the Danube



The Danube is an exceptional cycling route recognized throughout Europe for its beauty and its beautiful, perfectly marked cycle paths. Embark on an exceptional bike cruise aboard the Swiss Crown between Passau and the Iron Gates on Eurovelo 6. Discover 4 countries through breathtaking landscapes between Vienna, Bratislava and Belgrade by bike and by boat.


Highlights of the stay :

  • castles and landscapes
  • Budapest, the Hungarian pearl of the Danube
  • Bratislava, Belgrade and Vienna
  • Iron gates

Day 1: arrival in Passau 


Boarding from 4 p.m. and departure at 5 p.m. Enjoy the view of Passau as you glide down the Danube at sunset. You pass thick forests before entering the lock at the Jochenstein power station on the border between Germany and Austria.


Day 2: Bend of the Danube | Obernzell - Obermühl. 35 km


Enjoy this day of cycling between Obernzell and Obermühl crossing the magnificent Danube bend of Schlögen, its small villages and natural expanses. Stop by Austria's only Trappist abbey in Engelhartszell and recharge with some home-made beverage. Along the way you can also visit one of the many cider taverns. Once you have reached Obermühl and your boat, you sail at sunset to your destination the next day.


Day 3: Devín - Bratislava. 15-43 km


A narrow cycle path runs along the ancient Iron Curtain from the ruins of Devin Castle to the splendid Schloss Hof, home to one of the most beautiful Baroque gardens in Europe. After taking in the countryside air, you arrive in the bustling city of Bratislava. A visit by small train is possible (optional) to discover the Slovak capital in which the Hungarian kings have long been crowned. This tour starts from the fortress perched on a hill overlooking the city and ends with a walk through the beautifully restored city center.


Day 4: Budapest | excursion to Szentendre. 27-54 km


Enjoy entering Budapest with the breathtaking view of the city’s most beautiful buildings. Discover the city split in two by the Danube on a guided tour (optional) or take a trip to the charming town of Szentendre renowned for its artists and galleries. Taste Hungarian traditions during a show with traditional music and folk dancing, accompanied by local wines and dishes (optional).


Day 5: Baja - Mohacs. 37 km


From the peaceful Baroque town of Baja, famous for its fish soup, stroll along the flood protection dikes of the Gemenc floodplain, through sleepy river landscapes and amid fields of sunflowers. At the end of the day's stage you take the ferry to the small town of Mohacs, Hungary's southernmost town on the Danube, famous for being the site of two epic battles against the Turks .


Day 6: Belgrade (rest day)


Explore the Serbian capital by bike or bus and take a trip back in time and learn about the rise and fall of Yugoslavia (optional). Watch a colorful folklore show with traditional dances from all parts of the country, followed by typical regional specialties in the famous bohemian district of Skadarlija with lively folk music from a Serbian group (optional).


Day 7: Cataract Canyons / Iron Gates National Park (free day)


Discover the beautiful fjord-like landscape near the ship's deck. The river crosses the Romanian Carpathians and the mighty foothills of the Balkan range. A spectacular landscape with steep gorges, dark forests, historical monuments and impregnable fortresses on the banks which are reflected in the blue waters of the river: this miracle of nature will take your breath away!


Day 8: Novi Sad - Ilok. 48 km


The imposing Petrovaradin Fortress is perched above the provincial capital of Vojvodina. After taking a cycle path upstream, take a ferry to reach the gentle hills of Fruska Gora, with its orchards, vineyards and idyllic farming villages. In the medieval town of Ilok, everything is about wine. In the evening you can taste famous Croatian wines at a local wine cellar (optional).


Day 9: Batina - Mohacs. 42 km


Today idyllic little villages and endless canola fields accompany you from Croatia to Serbia and Hungary. You experience unspoiled nature in Nemzeti National Park and after the ferry ride to Mohacs you will have enough time to visit the White Stork Museum or the Mohacs Battle Memorial.



Day 10: Kalocsa - Solt. 52 km


Kalocsa is the “paprika capital” of Hungary. The character of the city is strongly influenced by the colorful houses with brilliant floral designs, hand painted, and by the cathedral and its towers visible from afar. While visiting the Paprika Museum, you will learn a lot about Hungary's favorite spice. Continue on the cycle path along the flood protection dike through the vast expanse of Puszta. You cross fields and orchards as far as the eye can see to Solt, birthplace of the famous conductor Sir George Solti. Vecsey Castle and the 34,000-book library are worth a special visit.


Day 11: Bend of the Danube - Esztergom. 43 km


The Danube is surrounded by rugged wooded hills that cut through the picturesque, hilly landscape of the “Hungarian Wachau”. Located in the middle of the Danube, the charming island of Szentendre exudes true Puszta romance. As you continue your way on pretty cycle paths through picturesque villages, you can experience the Hungarian joie de vivre. The dome of the imposing Esztergom Basilica can be seen from afar. The largest church in Hungary, with its Tuscan-style high altar and side chapel with red marble walls, is worth a visit.


Day 12: Vienna (loop to Klosterneuburg / Danube Island)


After those days of cycling, you deserve a little relaxation. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the idyllic floodplain forest of Donauauen National Park and the awe-inspiring skyline as you cruise towards Vienna. Cycle along Danube Island, Vienna's favorite recreation area, to Klosterneuburg Abbey or stroll through the charming Kahlenberg vineyards (with stunning views of the city and the Danube ). The day traditionally ends with a concert of classical waltzes and operetta in a famous Viennese palace (optional).


Day 13: Vienna (free day)


Discover Vienna on a guided bike tour or on your own with the HOP ON HOP OFF bus (optional). Cycle through the historic city center at a leisurely pace and admire the scenery. The beautiful Ringstraße boulevard will remind you of times gone by and the cafes will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries. You will have time to stroll through the picturesque alleys or visit the Naschmarkt. End your day in Vienna in a rustic wine tavern.


Day 14: Wachau | Krems - Melk. 37 km


This last step of your bike ride is magical! The gentle rolling countryside of the Wachau Valley, with its picturesque villages, castles and historic palaces surrounded by apricot trees and terraced vineyards, is one of the most beautiful stretches. In Weißenkirchen the cycle path is lined with cozy winegrowers' taverns and you should really take a break in this area (wine tasting optional)!


Day 15: Passau


Enjoy the first rays of the sun and the morning tranquility of the Danube Valley one last time. Disembarkation around 10:00 am.

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General informations :

  • 15 days and 14 nights
  • Boat comfort level: Deluxe
  • Languages ​​spoken on board: English and German
  • Child rates: contact us

The dates :

Departure from Passau on Saturdays in 2022


- Low season: 08/13

- High season from May to September: 07/05, 11/06, 16/07 and 17/09

Included :

  • Full board stay (picnic lunch)
  • welcome cocktail
  • afternoon snack
  • Gala dinner with farewell cocktail at the end of the stay
  • musicians on board
  • daily debriefing on the itinerary
  • road book 
  • GPS tracks

Not included :

  • Transport to the place of departure
  • Personal expenses
  • Visits
  • Parking 

The options :

  • VTC or VAE rental
  • Personal bike supplement (compulsory if no bikes rented)
  • Helmet
  • Bike theft insurance (for rented bikes)
  • cancellation insurance
  • Extra night (s) in a 3 * or 4 * hotel in Passau

Level :

1 2 3 4 5 6


Ground :

Flat, very smooth roads and paths. Cycle paths all along the Danube.

Weather :

Continental, mild sun, pleasant temperatures.


Technicality :

- 0 to 59 km of hiking per day, or 3 to 5 hours of cycling.
- Easy to follow route. No difficulties, accessible to all.


Bibliography :

The Danube from Passau to Vienna
Other guides and cycling maps on cartovelo.fr


The participants :

On board you will meet an international community of all ages, men, women, singles and couples with children.


Support :

Here are the people responsible for your bike and boat holidays:
On board, the captain and his crew (16 people). They are responsible for the smooth running of the vacation on the boat, and take the boat from stage to stage. The cook prepares the meals.


Meals :

Breakfasts : on the boat you will find a buffet breakfast with hot and cold dishes.
Lunches : on the boat: 3 courses offered / by bike: picnic provided
Snack : after the daily route, you will find, upon arriving on the boat, various drinks such as tea and coffee.
Dinners : 3 courses
Drinks not included.


The bike :

By default, the rented bikes are 7-speed, German backpedal branded bikes. On request, it is possible to rent a VTC with 21 speeds.
If you take your own bike, it cannot be insured against theft by our company, you will have to make the necessary arrangements with your usual insurer. Do not forget your anti-theft. The return of your bike will be at your expense.

In Austria, helmets are compulsory for adults and children.


Transportation :

By train : regular from Vienna to Passau.
By car : E56 motorway to Passau.
By plane : Vienna International Airport.


Your vehicle :

Possibility of parking in a car park in Passau, unguarded and closed, to be paid on site.

Cancellation insurance :

In order to guarantee the reimbursement of costs in the event of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. To learn more, click here.

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