Passau - Bratislava by boat & bike - map
At a glance
  • Beginning / End:
  • Duration of trip:
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance covered by bike:
     approx. 317 km/ 197 mi
  • Distance per day:
     22-68 km / 14-42 mi
  • Altitude profile:
    mostly flat
  • Profile:
    predominantly paved cycle paths separate from main roads, as well as quiet side streets

If you don’t feel like cycling, stay aboard the ship!

Eating and drinking
This tour includes full board. In the morning, you’ll get to enjoy an American style breakfast buffet, in the evenings, a 4-course dinner, in the afternoons, there’ll be coffee and cake, and we’ll also supply you with a packed lunch for cycling days or a 3-course lunch aboard the ship.

Passau - Bratislava by boat & bike

Round trip from Passau with MS Esmeralda from EUR 526

The Tour

Passau - Bratislava by boat & bike

You’re in for an active and relaxed river cruise/bike holiday between Passau and Bratislava. The European capitals of Vienna and Bratislava are waiting to be explored, and on two wheels you’ll have the chance to experience some of the prettiest stretches of the river Danube: the Danube valley, the Wachau and the Donau-Auen national park near Devin. This cycling tour is perfectly suitable for novices and experienced cyclists alike, and couples or groups can customise their itineraries to suit their preferences. Here you can find more details on the ship, the MS Esmeralda.

Passau - Bratislava by boat & bike - MS Esmeralda

Day 1 Arrival in Passau, boat trip
Passau’s historic centre has a very distinct Mediterranean flair about it. Embarkation at approx. 6:30 pm. Boat trip around 22:00 through the Danube valley.

Day 2 Schlögen - Linz, approx. 56 km/ 90 mi
 You’ll be cycling through the romantic Danube valley, home to the Schlögen Loop (Schlögener Schlinge). Today’s destination is Linz, Europe’s cultural capital of 2009. The Esmeralda will take you onwards to Ybbs overnight.

Day 3 Ybbs - Weißenkirchen, approx. 58 km/ 93 mi
 On today’s route, you’ll encounter the splendid Melk Abbey, as well as charming wine villages. Overnight, your ship will take you onwards to Vienna.

Day 4 Vienna, approx. 22 km/ 35 mi
How about a shopping trip on Mariahilfer Straße or relaxing and recharging in one of the local taverns (“Heuriger”) in Nußdorf? Or perhaps you want to explore the Hofburg or the Schönbrunn Palace, the Prater or the Danube island? Regardless of whether you’re walking or cycling, Vienna is home to a host of exciting spots to explore.

Day 5 Vienna - Bratislava, approx. 68 km/ 109 mi
Today’s cycling route through the Donau-Auen national park offers lots of nature and sights, such as Hof castle and Devin. Bratislava is perfectly explorable by bike. Overnight cruise to Tulln.

Day 6 Tulln - Weißenkirchen, approx. 56 km/ 90 mi
Once you leave the flower city of Tulln on the Danube cycle path, you will ride past Krems and Dürnstein towards Weißenkirchen. Overnight, the Esmeralda will take you to Grein.

Day 7 Grein - Linz, approx. 57 km/ 92 mi
From the baroque town of Grein, you’ll be cycling past castles such as Dornach and Wallsee until you reach Linz. Followed by an overnight boat trip to Passau.

Day 8 Passau and departure
Your trip Passau - Bratislava by boat & bike comes to an end. Around 10:30 am we will be arriving in Passau where this tour concludes.



Here are the details on MS Esmeralda.

Included in "Passau - Bratislava by boat & bike ":

  • 7 nights aboard in your chosen category
  • 7x breakfast
  • 7x packed lunches or three-course meals aboard
  • 7x dinner, four-course meals
  • afternoon coffee and cake served daily
  • 2 drinks with dinner per person
  • cabins are cleaned daily
  • bed linen and towels supplied
  • english speaking on-board tour operators
  • bike tours are introduced and discussed daily
  • detailed travel documents in english
  • passenger-, harbour- and lock dutie
  • on-board musicians
  • shared transfer from train station to ship and back
  • optional rental bike
  • optional excursion package


  • outside cabins, approx. 10 sqm (151 sq ft), with ensuite WC and shower
  • individually adjustable air-conditioning
  • movable ground-level beds
  • all cabins with opening panoramic windows
  • cabins 27-28 and 83-86 with slight noise, but onboard credit of 100 € per cabin

Excursion package:

  • city tour Vienna by bus (2,5 h)
  • city tour Bratislava (1 h)
  • ticket horticultural show Tulln

Rental bicycles:

  • We offer comfortable unisex-bikes with 7-gears with coaster brake or 21-gears and freewheel systems, equipped with a bike bag and a bike lock. We also offer e-bikes if desired.

Travel time 2021:

  • Arrival on wednesdays


All prices are per person in a double berth cabin.

2-bed cabin ECOEUR 526 
2-bed standardEUR 726958
without surcharge for single use
cabins 85 & 86
2-bed cabin
single ocupancy
+ 50%
2 children in separate
adjacent cabin

-25 %
excursion packageEUR 52
rental bike EUR  75
e-bike  EUR 160
private bikeswithout extra charge

The booking process

The Tour



  • Parking in Passau:
    - 40 EUR , parking available by the freight yard, including shared transfer
    Information on how to register for parking is included in your travel documents
  • Arrival in Passau via train:
    Passau Central station

  • Arrival at Munich airport:
    Distance to Passau approx. 160 km, excellent train connections, journey takes approx. 2.5 hours.
    Train ticket price per person: approx. EUR 35
    Rental car, one way per vehicle: EUR 100-150

Perfectly looked after:
During your tour, we are available between 8 am and 8 pm, 7 days a week. We are happy to help with any kind of problems you might be having. You will find this emergency number in your travel documents.

Please note:

  • As is the case with all boat trips, changes in travel itineraries due to the weather, the rivers’ water levels or technical issues can be undertaken at any time.
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