Day 1: Passau – Engelhartszell
Individual arrival to Passau, the "Three River City." Passau attracts many with the world's greatest church organ at the Stephansdom and its charming Old Town. Embarkation around 4:30pm and departure around 7:00pm. Enjoy your dinner on board and an evening cruise to Engelhartszell.
Day 2: Engelhartszell – Brandstatt – Bratislava – Great Loop (28 miles/46 km)
You start your stage in Engelhartszell (the only Trappist monastery in Austria) where we head towards the "Great Loop" – one of the most beautiful and original sectors of the Danube. Your cycling will encounter small villages and cozy must-see taverns. You'll board again in Brandstatt. Then, you sail into the night towards Bratislava.
Day 3: Bratislava (34 miles/54 km, optional city tour of Bratislava)
Arrival to Bratislava around noon. You start cycling from Bratislava via Hainburg to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm further on to Devin, and then back to Bratislava. During a tour by mini train and by foot in the evening (optional) you can discover hidden alleys of Bratislava, places and all the sights of this ambitious metropolis. During the night you'll cruise to Budapest.
Day 4: Budapest or Szentendre loop (rest day, optional city tour by bus/foot/bike, or 25 miles/40 km)
In the early morning, you enjoy the panoramic view of the Danube's gorgeous landscape on the Sundeck. The gateway to Budapest is overwhelming, as many of the famous tourist features are situated directly next to the river bank. In the afternoon you can explore the city during a city tour by bus or by foot (optional). Nearby, you find the Margaretheninsel which is outstandingly qualified for small bike tours or the charming town of Szentendre with Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life. In the evening you can enjoy Budapest by Night with an optional folklore program. During the night you'll cruise to Visegrad.
Day 5: Danube Bend, Visegrad – Esztergom (15-37 miles/25-60 km)
The Danube bend is definitely one of the most delightful and attractive parts and is called the Hungarian Wachau. Today's biking leg starts at Visegrad with its famous fortress and the ruins of the former palace. You can choose from 2 different routes: the longer one includes a side trip to the island of Szentendre and the baroque village of Vác, which has been influenced by the architects of the Austrian empress Maria Theresia. The other route leads you directly to the bishop-town of Esztergom, with its gorgeous basilica – Hungary's largest Catholic Church – overlooking the village. Overnight you'll cruise to Vienna.
Day 6: Vienna – Nussdorf (rest day or optional city tour by bus/foot/bike)
You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the Prater, the St. Stephens Cathedral, and the Hofburg. You can take a city tour by bike, bus, or foot (optional, not included). The gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House, and the town hall take you back in time. The evening ends impressively with a Waltz and Operetta concert (optional, not included). Overnight you cruise to Rossatz or Dürnstein (Wachau).
Day 7: Wachau – Melk – Pöchlarn (26-32 miles/42-52 km)
Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries, and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In Spitz (you have the option for a wine-tasting) you will find comfy wine taverns right along the bike path. You owe it to yourself to take a break! You’ll board again in the small village Pöchlarn. After the farewell gala dinner, you start cruising back to Passau.
Day 8: Passau
Every journey draws to an end. Once again from the deck you enjoy the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take one last look at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive relaxed to Passau. You'll arrive approximately at 10:00am, disembarking half an hour later. We recommend arranging your connecting trips from 12:00pm or later.