Danube Explorer to Budapest

tours / Cycling

Danube Explorer to Budapest information and booking

  • Duration
    8 days
  • Group size
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

  • 7 nights barge
Equipment Required
Bike helmet (can be purchased on board for between 17 and 40 Euro paid locally), wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking.


  • Cycling through the stunning Wachau Valley and along the famous Danube bike path
  • Arriving in Vienna and Budapest by boat and exploring these magnificent cities
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the Danube by bike
  • Relaxing on board the comfortable barge

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

From the cobblestone streets of charming Passau to the Austrian capital of Vienna and the majestic city of Budapest, this journey by ship and bike offers the opportunity to experience life on the Danube and the surrounding countryside at your own pace. Using our comfortable boats as a base, enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the legendary Wachau, Bratislava, the Slovakian capital at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains and the icon studded cities of Vienna and Budapest. Note: This trip is not exclusive to UTracks clients and you will be joining a group of up to 174 passengers from around the world.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners the trip is based on full board which includes a buffet breakfast daily, 5 packed lunches, 1 full 3 course lunch and a 3 course dinner each night (2 choices for main course). vegetarian or other dietary requirements are catered for but we ask that you advise this in advance (at least 21 days prior to the trip commencement).
  • 7 nights accommodation in air conditioned cabins with private facilities, choice of cabin categories (triple, double, single on main and upper deck on ms my story - price varies according to chosen category). the trip price is based on a two bed cabin on the main deck positioned where engine and docking noises may be more evident. for other categories a supplement applies.
  • Welcome drink
  • Bicycle with 7 gears and pannier (21 speed bikes and children trailers (max 2 children, 60kgs) on request)
  • Route description, maps & information material per cabin
  • Cruise director on board
  • Crew show, live music every night, gala dinner on last evening with farewell cocktail
  • Docking & harbour fees (eur 59,- p.p. - subject to change)


Day 1 Arrive Passau, cruise to Engelhartszell
Boarding will begin at 5:00pm and the ship will depart at approximately 6:00pm. Located at the junction of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau has a number of interesting sites including the Fortress “Veste Oberhaus” built in 1219 where there is an observation tower for a good view of the town and the river and St. Stevens Cathedral with the world’s largest church organ. Cruise to the traditional town of Engelhartszell. As we cruise information will be provided about the daily biking, sights and sightseeing trips. Dinner will follow.
Day 2 Cycle through the 'Great Loop' to Engelhartszell and on to Aschach (41km)
This morning you will receive your bicycles from in front of the ship. Generally we provide bikes with 7 gears. The cycle begins through the classic scenery of the "Great Loop” Donauschlinge where small villages developed through the river trade of years gone by. On your way you will encounter tiny villages and cosy cider taverns. In Austria’s only Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell you can taste their delicious liquors and cheese. The famous “Schlogener View” provides a wonderful vista of the surrounding Austrian countryside. On arrival in the charming town of Aschach you reboard the boat.
Day 3 Cycle to Bratislava (18/49km)
From Devin, you will cycle through Austria's "vegetable garden" to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm. After crossing the green line you cycle along the former "Iron Curtain" towards the coronation city of Bratislava at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. You can discover the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava on an optional bus and walking tour.
Day 4 Arrive Budapest by boat, round trip to Szentendre (40km) or free time
Our boat arrives into Budapest in the morning and the panoramic view of the Danube bend is quite stunning. The day is free to explore the many sights of the city, with the vast majority located on the river banks. You can also choose to cycle on a round trip to the charming town of Szentendre with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art scene. In the evening there will be an optional tour of Budapest.
Day 5 Cycle Visegrad to Esztergom (24/57km), then by ship to Vienna
Today the cycle begins in Visegrad with its famous fortress and the ruins of the former palace. You can choose from two routes, the longer including a side trip to the island of Szentendre and the baroque village of Vác which has been influenced by the architects of Austria’s empress Maria Theresia. The alternative route takes you directly to the bishop town of Esztergom with its gorgeous basilica – Hungary’s largest Catholic Church – overlooking the village. During the night we sail back to Vienna.
Day 6 At leisure in Vienna, optional 3 hour cycle tour of city
If you choose to join the 3 hour bike tour, you will disembark just after breakfast. The remainder of the day is at leisure in the beautiful city of Vienna. We will provide you with information to plan your sightseeing. You may choose to take a circuit through Hofburg with a visit to the Sisi museum or a short break in the antique bakery Demel. Or there is the middle ages area between Hafnersteig, Heiligenkreuzerhof and the Blut – and Domgasse. Evening options include a Waltz and Operetta concernt or a glass of wine at a Viennese wine tavern or at the Imperial Palace.
Day 7 Cycle through the Wachau Valley to Emmersdorf (29/42km)
Today, the prettiest section of the trip, you pedal through the renowned Wachau, with its truly romantic scenery of vineyards and quaint villages, enroute to Emmersdorf. Today's cycle will take you past small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Durnstein. In Weißenkirchen you will find comfy wine taverns right along the bike path where there is the possibility for wine-tasting. Our last evening on board will include a gala dinner and crew show.
Day 8 Morning sail the Danube valley, disembark Passau, trip concludes
During breakfast our ship continues to Passau and disembarkation is around 12 midday.