Passau-Budapest-Passau: MS-SE Manon

From Passau to Budapest sailing on the Danube

Experience an exceptional Bike and Boat holiday along the Danube, where you can enjoy the best of both worlds: the comfort of a "floating hotel" and the freedom of cycling. With this unique combination, you'll unpack your suitcase only once and settle into a luxurious outside cabin with a private bathroom, surrounded by excellent onboard service.

In the evenings, unwind in the lounge while the onboard musician serenades you, and take in the breathtaking landscapes gliding past. Each morning, start your day with a hearty breakfast and rest assured that the attentive crew has already prepared your bike for a delightful ride. As you pedal, the ship gracefully sails alongside, taking you to the next captivating port. Experience the perfect harmony of relaxation and adventure on your Bike and Boat holiday along the Danube.

Details about the bike cruise along the Danube

The impressive natural spectacle of the Schlögener Donauschlinge, the fascinating landscape of the Wachau with its wine terraces, castles and palaces, the pristine forests of the Donau-auen National Park and the picturesque Hungarian Danube Bend alternate with lively metropolises such as Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. 

The wide river runs like a silver thread through Budapest, dividing the city into the mountainous Buda and the flat plague. In Esztergom, the imposing dome of the basilica greets you from afar. Bratislava, the Slovak capital at the foot of the Little Carpathians, invites you for a long walk through a charming old town. You'l also spend time in Vienna too.

The Highlights of the Danube Bike and Boat Holiday at a glance

  • In the Imperial City of Vienna: Enjoy a Sachertorte in a traditional Viennese coffee house, an enchanting Fiaker tour through the streets of Vienna and a walk through the city to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

  • Budapest: The Paris of the North and the Pearl of the Danube. A fantastic metropolis, a large part of which can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  • Wachau: Dreamy villages, wine terraces, castles, monasteries and ruins are enchanting. The Baroque town of Dürnstein with the symbol of the Wachau and the imposing Melk Abbey.

Helpful information about the cycle tour along the Danube

On the eight-day bike and boat tour, the route runs alongside the well-developed Danube cycle path over flat terrain. For each section of the course, you can cycle comfortably for 25 to 55 kilometres. This combined trip is perfect for beginners or occasional cyclists.

Approximate timings (subject to sailing conditions)

Day 1: Passau (Embarkation at 1600) | Depart: 1900
Day 1: Engelhartszell | Arrival: 2100
Day 2: Engelhartszell | Depart: 1000
Day 2: Brandstatt | Arrival: 1330 |  Depart: 1500 
Day 3: Bratislava | Arrival: 0930 | Depart: 2030
Day 4: Budapest | Arrival: 0900
Day 5: Budapest | Depart: 0430
Day 5: Vac | Arrival: 0800 | Depart: 1000
Day 5: Esztergom | Depart: 1330 | Depart: 1600
Day 6: Vienna Nussdorf | Arrival: 1300 | Depart: 2300
Day 7: Rossatz/Durnstein | Arrival: 0800 | Depart: 1000 
Day 7: Pochlam | Arrival: 1400 | Depart: 1630
Day 8: Passau (Disembarkation at 1030) | Arrival: 1000

Tour information
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-Guided
  • Meals included
  • Total cycling distance: approx. 184 - 228 km
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Individual arrival in Passau. Embarkation from approximately 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Departure to Engelhartszell around 7 pm, arrival around 9 pm.

In Engelhartszell (Austria's only Trappist monastery), the cycling tour through the romantic river landscape of the Danube begins one of the most beautiful parts of the Danube with dreamy villages at the foot of lush green wooded slopes. In Brandstatt you will board again and continue the journey by ship to Bratislava.

ca. 43 - 49 km

Arrival by ship in Bratislava around 09:00. Cycle tour from Bratislava via Hainburg to the imposing Hofkasteel with its beautiful terraced garden and then back to Bratislava via Devin. Tip: take the Oldtimer train through the magical old town. Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Slovakia's capital from Bratislava Castle. At around 8:30 PM, you will sail on to Budapest.

PAY ATTENTION! In Slovakia, a bicycle helmet is mandatory outside built-up areas. You can bring this yourself or it can be purchased on board for €25

ca. 53 km

Early risers enjoy fantastic views of the majestic scenery of the Danube Bend from the sundeck and the breathtaking panorama, parliament and imposing bridges of Budapest. Arrive in Budapest around 09:00 am. Explore the countless sights of Budapest or take a bike ride to the small artist town of Szentendre with its lovingly restored Old Town, numerous churches and art galleries. At night the ship sails to Vác.

ca. 48 km


The Danube bend is definitely one of the most delightful and attractive parts and is called the Hungarian Wachau. Today's bike leg starts at the Baroque village of Vác, which the architects of the Austrian empress MariaTheresia have influenced. Cycling through the picturesque and gently undulating countryside your route leads you directly to the bishop-town of Esztergom, with its gorgeous basilica–Hungary's most prominent Catholic Church–overlooking the village. In the night shipping to Vienna.

ca. 27-60 km

Today is the time to discover the beauty of Vienna: perhaps the Hofburg, St. Stephen's Cathedral, the ring Boulevard with the State Opera, the Burgtheater or the Town Hall? Around 11 pm you will sail on to Dürnstein or Rossatz in the beautiful Wachau.

The rolling hilly landscape with hidden dreamy villages, wine terraces, castles, monasteries and ruins has already enchanted everyone. Towering above the baroque town of Dürnstein is the church's blue tower, a symbol of the Wachau. In the afternoon, visit the imposing Melk Abbey, one of the most important Baroque buildings in Austria. You will board again in Pöchlarn. In the evening a festive farewell dinner, while the ship sails you back to Passau.

ca. 40 - 50 km

You will reach Passau around 10:00 a.m. relaxed and rested. Then disembarkation and individual journey home.

Route information

The well-developed Danube Cycle Path runs along flat terrain with no significant slopes and is suitable for everyone. And if you need a break, just stay on board for a day and enjoy the scenery passing by from the sundeck.

Prices and dates

Prices are per person in GBP and exclude flights

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Place of arrival: Passau
  Season 1
21.06.2024 | 28.06.2024 | 05.07.2024 | 26.07.2024 | 02.08.2024 | 09.08.2024 | 30.08.2024 | 06.09.2024 | 13.09.2024 | 20.09.2024 |
Passau-Budapest-Passau: MS SE Manon, Main Deck, DE-DOSBM-08I-H
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Fixed price for double cabin in single use 1,599.00
Passau-Budapest-Passau: MS SE Manon, Middle Deck, DE-DOSBM-08I-M
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Fixed price for double cabin in single use 1,919.00
Passau-Budapest-Passau: MS SE Manon, Upper Deck, DE-DOSBM-08I-O
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Fixed price for double cabin in single use 2,179.00
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Passau-Budapest-Passau: MS SE Manon, Main Deck, DE-DOSBM-08I-H
Base price
Fixed price for double cabin in single use
Passau-Budapest-Passau: MS SE Manon, Middle Deck, DE-DOSBM-08I-M
Base price
Fixed price for double cabin in single use
Passau-Budapest-Passau: MS SE Manon, Upper Deck, DE-DOSBM-08I-O
Base price
Fixed price for double cabin in single use
7-Speed Unisex Bike (Backpedal brake)
Unisex E-Bike (Backpedal brake)
Own bike
Prices per person in GBP

Included services and travel information



  • 7 nights in an outside cabin of the MS SE-Manon in the selected cabin category
  • Full board: 7x breakfast buffet, 6x lunch (package), 6x coffee/tea in the afternoon, 6x 3-course dinner, 1x farewell dinner
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Daily live music
  • Daily bike tour meeting
  • Travel folder 1 x per room (German, English with route and overview maps, detailed route description, places of interest, important telephone numbers, luggage labels)
  • GPS data available on request
  • SE-Tours tour guide

Not included

  • Bike rental
  • Excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
Arrival information
  • Airport: Munich or Nuremberg Airport(s)
  • Train: Passau station, approx. 5 km from the pier
  • Parking: Parking (fenced outdoor area) including transfer to the ship and back €75 per week. Parking garage including transfer to the ship and back €87 per week. Book online.
General information
  • A minimum number of 90 people applies for this trip (at least 21 days before departure)
  • Embarkation occurs between 4-5 p.m., and disembarkation after breakfast no later than 11:30 a.m.
  • Bicycles on board are equipped with a hand brake, freewheel or coaster brake (limited availability, please specify when booking as a non-binding preference) and bicycle bag
  • It is possible to bring your bicycles, but due to the limited space on the sundeck, you can only get your bicycle on request and to a limited extent. Any damage to your bike is at your own risk
  • Daily cycling tours are individual and unaccompanied, the tour guide remains on board. It is not mandatory to cycle the route, you can also stay on board and sail to the next port
  • This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility
  • Please bring your bike helmet (no onboard selling) and, if necessary, your high-visibility vest from home.
  • If the cycling stages and rest times allow, an excursion program is offered, this can only be booked on board and paid in cash. Depending on the composition of the participants, the excursions can be offered bilingually German-English
  • Sailing times, schedule and program changes are in principle reserved. For example, if a route cannot be completed due to low tide, high tide or bad weather, the captain reserves the right to change the route for your safety (this is not a valid reason to cancel your trip free of charge)
  • Engine and generator noises can be heard in the cabins at the front and rear of the ship
  • Because the reception of WIFI on board is poor to very bad while sailing, no WIFI is offered. We recommend that you temporarily extend the coverage area of ​​your mobile subscription with your provider
  • In Slovakia a bicycle helmet is mandatory outside built-up areas, bring your own or buy it on board for €25.
  • Please note: In Austria, helmets are compulsory for children under the age of 13, in Slovakia for all cyclists outside built-up areas and generally for children under the age of 15. High-visibility vests are compulsory in Slovakia and Hungary in poor visibility and at night.


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