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Passau - Budapest - Passau: MS Prinzessin Katharina

Highlights on the Danube: Passau – Budapest – Passau

Bike & Boat
8 Days / 7 Nights
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The impressive slope of the Danube in Schlögener, the homely landscape of the Wachau with its wine terraces, castles and palaces, the primitive floodplain forests of the Danube National Park and the Hungarian Danube bend alternate with the metropolises of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. The three-river city of Passau and the three capitals of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest - you can hardly get more in a week! The broad river of the Danube runs through all these cities and landscapes like a silver ribbon.

Highlights

Passau
Three rivers from three directions – the Danube from the west, the Inn from the south and the Ilz from the north – make the landscape around the Tri-River Corner a unique beauty.

Passau

Passau, Cathedral of St. Stephan
St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau is the mother church of the Danube East. Already around the year 450 there is a church in the late antique city of Batavis. The magnificent cathedral stands on the highest point of Passau's old town.

Dom St. Stephan

Slugged Danube slingshot
Surrounded by the Danube - this impression arises from the view from the tower of the castle ruins Haichenbach over the woods down to the Schlögener Schlinge, probably the most famous change of direction of the Danube on its way from the Black Forest to the Black Sea.

Schlögener Donauschlinge

Bratislava Castle
The four-towered landmark of the city has been inseparable from the cityscape for centuries. The first written mention of a border fortress dates back to 907. It was expanded during the reign of the Hungarian Emperor Sigismund in the 15th century, resulting in a palace with a central courtyard and four corner towers.

Burg Bratislava

Budapest, Great Market Hall
The Great Market Hall - officially called the Central Market Hall - is the largest covered market in Budapest, located in the 9th district on the outskirts of the city centre and Ferencváros in Fõvámtér 1 - 3.

Große Markthalle

 

Passau - Budapest - Passau: MS Prinzessin Katharina

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Bike & Boat
8 Days / 7 Nights
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The MS Princess Katharina was renovated in 2015 and impresses with classic elegance, a friendly crew and a decent interior. After a nice day of cycling, let yourself be pampered by the good cuisine in the panoramic restaurant and end the day in the cosy lounge or bar. A book corner, a small shop and a massage salon complete the offer. The spacious, partly covered sun deck has plenty of sun loungers for you. The 70 outdoor cabins (approx. 11 m²) for up to 140 passengers are equipped with shower/WC, hairdryer, air conditioning,

TV, on-board radio, telephone and a small fridge. On the upper deck there are 29 twin cabins and 2 single cabins  with French balcony with floor-to-ceiling windows to open. The cabins are equipped with a sofa bed and a pullman bed (stowed during the day). On the main deck there are 28 twin cabins and 1 single cabin. In the twin cabins you sleep in two sofa beds, which are placed over the corner. The panoramic windows in the main deck cabins are not to be opened.

Tour

Please plan your arrival in such a way that you will be able to board at the appropriate time of embarkation (4 to 5 p. m. ). In the afternoon, take a stroll through the old episcopal city of Passau, which is nestled between Inn, Ilz and Danube on the Bavarian/Austrian border. Around 7 p. m. the leash starts and the MS Princess Katharina leaves Passau to drive to Engelhartszell.

In Engelhartszell (the only Trappist monastery in Austria) the first cycle tour begins. Deeply cut and framed by wooded slopes, the Danube winds through a truly unique river landscape with the Danube loop as its highlight. In Aschach you board again and sail towards the sunset.

In the morning you reach Wien-Nussdorf. Today you have plenty of time to discover the beauties of Vienna: the Hofburg, St. Stephen's Cathedral, the magnificent boulevard Ringstraße with the State Opera, Burgtheater and Town Hall, or the famous Prater amusement park? There is truly enough to see! In the night boat trip to Budapest.

Early risers can enjoy a fantastic view of the majestic landscape of the Danube Bend and the breathtaking panorama of Budapest, especially from the boat. Once you arrive in Budapest, you have the choice. You can visit the countless sights of Budapest (Parliament, Gellert Hill, Heroes' Square, Market Hall, Chain Bridge. . . ) or take a bike trip to the small artists' town of Szentendre with its lovingly restored old town, numerous churches and art galleries. At night the ship then continues to Visegrad.

The bike tour through the deeply cut river bend of the Danube Bend is also an excursion into the history of Hungary. From the former royal residence of Visegrad you cycle through the picturesque, gently hilly countryside over the Szentendre peninsula to the baroque town of Vác. After a visit to the only triumphal arch of Hungary, we head back to Visegrad via small Hungarian villages. In Visegrad we board again and the ship departs towards Bratislava.

In the morning you will reach Bratislava. In Bratislava, it is worth taking the classic train through the enchanting old town and up to the castle. Enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the capital of Slovakia from the Bratislava Castle. At night the ship leaves Bratislava and sails up the Danube into the beautiful Wachau.
2025: As an alternative you may explore the surroundings of Bratislava during a guided bike tour along the Danube.

The gentle hilly landscape of the Wachau, characterized by dreamy villages, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins has enchanted everyone. Above the baroque town of Dürnstein is the blue tower of the Collegiate Church, a symbol of the Wachau. In the afternoon you will reach the imposing Melk Abbey, one of the most important baroque buildings in Austria. In Pöchlarn we go back on board. A festive farewell dinner awaits you in the evening. At night the MS Princess Katharina drives back to Passau.

After a week full of great impressions, you reach Passau relaxed and rested around 11:00 a. m. After disembarkation you begin the individual journey home.

Timetable changes due to low water and flooding, construction works or damage to the vessel are reserved, if necessary partial routes are covered by bus (this is not a free reason for cancellation).

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Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

SERVICES/INFO

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities in the booked cabin category
  • Programme according itinerary from/to Passau
  • All passenger fees and port fees
  • Captains greeting and Welcome-Drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning. Changing of towels and bed cloths as necessary.
  • Full meals: 7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch for cyclists or lunch snack on board (non cyclists), 6x afternoon
    coffee break, 6x 3-course-dinner and 1x farewell-dinner with farewell-drink
  • Daily informational meeting
  • Information pack with route book (one per cabin)
  • 2025: Digital travel documents in the GUIBO app incl. GPS data for the cycle tours
  • Tour guide on board
Things to know about your trip:

Below you will find specific information about the tour Passau-Budapest-Passau with MS Prinzessin Katharina. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.

Parking facilities in Passau

In Passau you can book a parking space (fenced outdoor area) incl. transfer to the ship and back for a total of € 78.00 (2025: € 80.00) per week. A parking garage incl. transfer to the ship and back costs € 92.00 (2025: € 94.00) per week. You will receive a registration form for the parking lot and the underground garage with your travel documents or online. Payment for the parking lot or garage is made on site.

Information about the Globus garage in Passau

Arrival by train

The central station of Passau is about 5 km away from the ship. Please take a Taxi from the station to the ship.

Lactose-free and gluten-free food

If you require a lactose-free or gluten-free diet, this is possible on board, but there is a surcharge for this, which must be paid on site. Please let us know at the time of booking or at least 14 days before arrival if you require a lactose-free or gluten-free diet.

Changes of the itinerary and program

In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. The same applies for officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges. 

Noises on board of the MS Prinzessin Katharina

Please be aware that a cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night. Especially crossing locks and bridges - and the preparation work - may cause noise. If you are sensitive please bring your own ear plugs.

Available rental bikes

7 gears unisex trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies’ model) and 8 gears E-Bikes with normal mount (ladies’ model). Brand: Velo de Ville (special production for SE-Tours). Each with hand brake, coaster breaking hubs or  freewheel hubs (subject to availability - please indicate as non-binding customer request when booking) and pannier bag. E-bikes are available after prior request and at limited number only.
It is possible to bring your own bike only on request - due to the lack of space on the sundeck. Please note that only e-bikes with a removable battery can be taken along.

Excursions on board

The excursions which are mentioned in the itinerary are bookable on board.

Special food

If you need special food (lactose free or gluten free) please let us know 14 days before arrival latest. The special food is available paying an extra fee. Please be aware that it might be possible that you have the products on your own.

Extra costs which are not included in the tour price

Entrance fees and excursions, ferry fees, tips, drinks and personal expenses are not included in the tour price.

7 day hotline service

In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.

Passport and visa requirements

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.

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