Now available: Guided cycling and cruising on the Danube
Delighted to offer you a fully guided version of the famous Danube Bike Trail. This tour visits no less than 4 countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. The river cruise ship Primadonna sails during the night and lets us off to explore and cycle to the next destination. The scenery changes every day and the cycling is part following the Danube, part to the beautiful cities. Castles and beautiful villages and the great cities of Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna await us.
The ship we are on for our tour is an elegant and luxurious vessel. It’s a catamaran, all cabins have a river view and some even have a balcony. Or visit the front of the ship for a panoramic view from the bar area. Jacuzzi and great dining await you! As we will be with our small group, we will be together for breakfast and dinner. During the day we will go with our own guide(s) and cycle. We invite you to be part of this new way of cruising and guided cycling!
The tour itself gives us the option to cycle on the most beautiful part of the Danube river, which stretches from the west of Germany and ends in the Black Sea! It’s a very popular bike path and for most Europeans one you must have been on once, at least! So we are excited about taking you there to show you its beauty.
Optional we can offer 4 days of cycling as a pretour, cycling from Salzburg to Passau. Along rivers contributing to the Danube. A tour on the borders of Austria and Germany, with lovely bike paths and views. Check out our calendar or inquire about possible dates.
Arrival at Passau, boarding the ship
We are welcome on board at the end of the afternoon. First, we will meet to go there between 3 and 4 pm. We will check out our cabins and have our first dinner on board. Our guide(s) will welcome you and explain what’s ahead, talk about safe biking and other info about what’s to be expected in the upcoming days. The ship will start sailing while we are having dinner en cruise through the evening until arriving at Schloegen at midnight.
Starting on the Danube Bike Path, cycling 55 km Schloegen to LInz (Austria)
Our bikes will be fitted at Schloegen and off we go! Our first ride is a special one right away: it’s a famous part of the Danube: the „Schlögener Schlinge“ which has been appointed a „Natural Wonder of Austria“ in 2008.
This rarity, called epigenetic cross valley, was being generated when the Danube carved its way through the soft layers of the Tertiary and created its meander-formed river bed, in the hard granitic rock. Because of the elevation of the landmass later on, the Danube carved itself nearly 300m into the ground and thereby created the dell, which almost forms a full circle. We cycle to Linz in Austria
Tulln to Vienna 31 or 51 km (Austria)
The city of flowers, Tulln is a lovely town, home of the Tulln Garden Exhibition. On our way, we will have a lovely view of the outskirts of the Vienna Forest, a very important “green lung” for the area and therefore designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO – a designation for areas with a special cultural and natural landscape. We will visit the Klosterneuburg Monastery, which not only is known for its vineyards but also for its altar dating back to the 11th century. After our tour here, we will continue to cycle to Vienna and explore the city. After dinner on board, a bus will show us around once more in Vienna, famous for its classical music and operas, not only for the worldwide broadcasted NewYearsConcert. Ship sails at 22.00 to its next destination.
Esztergom - Budapest
We arrive with our ship in Esztergom, on Hungarian soil now! From here a long day of cycling awaits us, with the option to skip the last 22 k of 81 k by hopping on a train! In case you don’t, you will cycle car-free into Budapest! As the ship docks in the south of the city, this will be your first introduction to this glorious city!
The ride to Budapest will start with a short visit of the Dome. A majestic building on the Hungarian side of the Danube.
Cycling through the Danube Bend, and crossing the river with ferries, we also visit the lovely little island of Szentendre, a wine region, and the village with the same name. From there the option to continue cycling starts. Or the train, to bring you to Budapest.
Budapest - Cycling and sightseeing
Today we will use our bikes to go sightseeing. We can enjoy the 100% car-free bicycle road through the inner city and further on to the Margareteninsel, a lovely recreational area in the middle of Budapest. We will also cycle to the historic centre where you can visit the Fishermans Bastion, the Matthiaschurch, the Offices and Residences of the President and the Prime Minister of Hungary, Museums, and Sculptures. A must-see area.
From there it is only 20 minutes to cycle back to the ship. We have all day, the ship will sail out after dinner, a beautiful way to enjoy the city one last hour!
Bratislava, cycle tour to Devin 33 km (Slovenia, Austria)
While we are having breakfast the ship is approaching another great capital: Bratislava. We are in Slowakia now, on our way back.
Our cycle tour is going in the direction of Devin, a National Monument with great views. Onwards to the Castle of Hof, which is in Austria, and back to the ship in Bratislava.
We will also pay a visit to Bratislava itself first!
Krems - Poechlarn 48 km (Austria
This part of the Danube Radweg is very beautiful. We are in Austria and will pass some vineyards, castles, monasteries and the like. Starting in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Krems, we visit Durnstein, a little village, attracting tourists from all over the world.
Let’s move on, through the wine-growing region and its villages to the very impressive Monastery of Melk, worth cycling or walking up to. And then continue along the Danube, through the romantic region of the Danube called Strudengau. Our last cycle destination is Poechlarn, where the Primadonna awaits us. Time to hand in our bikes. During dinner we can enjoy one last sail, the ship will arrive in Passau the next morning.
Passau, end of tour
The last night on board brings us back to Passau, where all the fun started. Passau itself is definitely worth spending another day, but between 8.00 and 10.00 we need to disembark. If all goes according to plan, a bus takes us to the train station, where we will arrive at around 10 am.
Looking back on a lovely week of cruising and cycling on the prettiest river of all, the impressive Danube.
Our rivercruise ship the PRIMADONNA
The PRIMADONNA is a beautiful fully updated river cruise ship. It can take up to 160 guests and has options on different levels of cabins and comfort. The standard cabins we offer as a price example offer two low beds and a small window. Like on the IRIS more or less. There are upgrades available to more spacious cabins on the Promenade and Upper Deck which offers cabins with a small balcony and wall to ceiling sliding doors.
The PRIMADONNA has 4 levels of cabins on offer. You can check the different prices at “what’s included and optional”.
Superior cabins on Upper and Promenade Deck
Upgrades possible to Upper and Promenade Deck
Every cabin gets one free Hydro Jet treatment and also one free Beard Shave per cabin.
A nice way to spend some time on the ship at the sundeck
Please ask for our info sheet about the trip to know all about the details of the ship, the cabin, the services and the inclusions!
On this tour, offered by BikePlanet Tours on the PRIMADONNA, the following is included:
Welcome snack on arrival
7 days of sailing, breakfast buffet (American style), lunch/packed lunch and 4-course dinners on PRIMADONNA
Afternoon tea/coffee on board including Kuchen (cakes!), in case we are there on time (4 pm)
Daily midnight snack at the Panorama bar
2 hydro jet massages of 15 minutes per cabin for 1 guest. And 1 free beard shave or hair wash and dry.
City tours in Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava
1 Tour guide for 18 guests, cycling with the guests + maps
Panniers, water bottle and helmets
The price mentioned on this tour page is a price for a Standard Cabin on the Main Deck. The window can’t open on the lower part of the ship.
There are two more spacious cabins with a balcony and floor to ceiling doors: the Promenade Deck and the Upper Deck. The Upper Deck is below the Promenade Deck and above the Main Deck.
The pricing in 2023:
Standard cabin Main Deck (mid/front)
(sharing a double cabin) per person € 1550.–
Deluxe cabin Upper Deck
(sharing a double cabin) per person € 2050.–
Deluxe cabin Promenade Deck
(sharing a double cabin) per person € 2180,–
Standard cabin Main Deck (mid/front) € 2100
Deluxe cabin Upper € 3250
Deluxe cabin Promenade Deck € 3470
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE REGULAR BIKE RENT IS INCLUDED,
AND THE RENT OF E-BIKES IS ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY!
You are allowed to bring your own (regular or e-) bike to the ship.
Bike rent on the ship, to be ordered ahead:
Regular Bike with 21 gears provided by Primadonna included
E-bike + 100 euro