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Danube 8-day Bike & Barge Tour over 4 countries (CRS)
Highlights of the Danube/ 4 countries – 3 metropolises by Bike and Barge from the “Bavarian Venice“ directly into the heart of the famous and glamorous former K+K monarchy Austria/Hungary. Look forward to visiting three of Europe’s most charming capitals: Vienna, the metropolis of Waltz, Bratislava, the capital of coronation and Budapest, the „Paris of the East“. The bike tours lead you to the romantic „Great Loop“ (Schlögener Donauschlinge), the picturesque Danube Bend with Hungary’s largest cathedral and the legendary Wachau valley, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage with its small villages, beautiful palaces and castles. On board your comfortable cruise ship you enjoy an exclusive atmosphere – in the spacious, convenient cabins as well as in the stylish outdoor area. Experience the fantastic view to breath-taking landscapes – on the bike, from the pool on the sun deck, in the comfy seats of the panorama-lounge, and even during your amazing meals in the first class restaurant. This exciting bike trip will make your holiday unforgettable
The first thing you will experience when boarding is the friendly atmosphere and the coziness of this river ship. In the restaurant you will start your culinary excursion through the Danube countries – the fantastic view of the beautiful scenery will sweeten the diversity of flavours you taste. In the Panorama-Lounge, where the bar is located, you can enjoy a glass of wine with your new friends and travel mates while the gorgeous landscape is passing by. Comfortable lounge chairs and discreet colors make you stay a little longer. After an exciting day of cycling you can relax in the spa with sauna and whirlpool. For pleasant refreshment, jump into the pool (June-August) on the sun deck, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view. And if you are in the mood for reading, just borrow a book in the library! The comfortable ship will make your journey unforgettable. Wifi is available on board (connection can vary, payable locally)
Main, Middle or Upper deck you have the choice! All 75 deluxe staterooms have 14 m² and feature a hotel-style double bed, which may be converted to two single beds. The half-height windows on the Main deck cannot be opened, the staterooms on the Middle and Upper deck provide full-size picture windows which do open. All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower or bathtub, hair dryer, TV, safe and full air-conditioning.
7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning (prices quoted are standard cabins, main deck)
Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
Captain‘s greeting and welcome cocktail
Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
Full board: breakfast buffet, lunch onboard (non-cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists), afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose), late night snack
Gala dinner and farewell cocktail
Farewell crew show
Daily live music
Cruise director on board (does not cycle with the group)
Daily information meeting
Detailed roadbook per cabin
Optional excursions (not included in the price of your tour) can be booked individually or as a package at a discount on board only. Bratislava: City tour with scenic train and walking tour Budapest: City tour by bike or HOP ON HOP OFF bus Budapest by night + folklore show at a traditional Hungarian Csarda Vienna: City tour by bike or by bus Classical waltz & operetta concert in one of Vienna’s famous palaces Wachau: Wine tasting with a local wine grower in Wachau Valley
Cycling tour guide
Tasting of homemade cider at a cider producer in the Upper Danube Valley
City tour by bike in Vienna & by HOP ON HOP OFF bus in Budapest
Wine tasting with a local wine grower
Bike helmet rental (only adults)
On one hand, a riverboat is a “holiday hotel”, while on the other, it is also a means of transport that moves with motor power and must always be operated, even at night (partially with lock and bridge passages and the retractions and extensions of the structures caused as a result). Mistakes can happen with lock passages. This is the case for all Danube journeys and cannot be avoided. Please bear in mind that riverboats are restricted (bridge passages, locks) in size (length, height, width) and therefore cannot be compared with cruise liners in the sea.
In the event of extremely high or low water, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge stages by bus or even to cancel the trip at short notice without any legal claim arising therefrom (water levels are force majeure). The same applies for officially decreed repairs to locks or bridges, not announced in advance, or in the event of motor or propulsion damage to the ship without attributed fault
If you would like to rent a bike (74 euro; 75 in 2020) or e-bike (168 euro; 175 in 2020 ) please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
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Boarding time at 4.30 p.m. Located at the confluence of Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau has numerous interesting sites to visit. Use your free time and stroll through the cobblestoned old town centre, listen to the bells of Passau’s Gothic Town Hall or have a look at the world’s largest Catholic Church organ in the Passau Cathedral. At 6.00 p.m. we cast off!
Great Loop | Engelhartszell – Aschach, approx. 42 km
Your first day’s tour begins with a ride through the classic scenery of the ‘Great Loop’ Donauschlinge - one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube. Along the way you will encounter tiny villages and cozy cider taverns. In Austria’s only Trappist monastery at Engelhartszell you can taste their delicious liquors and cheese. The famous ‘Schlogener View’ provides a wonderful panorama of the surrounding Austrian countryside. The boat welcomes all cyclists back on board in the charming market town of Aschach.
Devin – Bratislava, approx. 43 km
You pedal along the former ‘Iron Curtain’, cross the green line and reach the imposing Imperial Schlosshof Palace with its beautifully terraced gardens. Follow the bike path through Austria’s ‘vegetable garden’ to the coronation town Bratislava and the slopes of the Little Carpathians and discover the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava on an optional city tour.
Budapest | Excursion to Szentendre, approx. 54 km (or day of rest)
The entrance to Budapest, Hungary's capital is stunning. Savour the beauty of Budapest during a coach tour or a guided bike tour (optional) to discover many of the highlights of this beautiful city. You can also choose to cycle to the charming town of Szentendre with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art scene. You will get a very close experience of Hungarian culture at an evening Folklore show with traditional music, local appetizers and dance (optional).
Danube bend – Esztergom, approx. 43 km
Situated in the middle of the Danube River the idyllic isle of Szentendre exudes silent Puszta romance. History, folklore and Hungarian way of life will accompany you on your way to Esztergom where the gorgeous basilica – Hungary’s largest Catholic Church – impresses its guests.
Vienna (day of rest)
Discover Vienna's most beautiful attractions. During a city tour by bike or bus (optional) you will experience Vienna’s most famous examples of architecture: the imperial Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the gorgeous ‘Ring’-boulevard and the State Opera House, the Burgtheater and town hall, and of course the colorful "Hundertwasserhaus". Take time to relax in one or more of Vienna’s famous cafés, while the evening ends impressively at a classical concert (optional) at a famous Viennese Palace.
Wachau | Krems – Melk, approx. 37 km
Your last biking day is a special highlight! A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Durnstein, while the blue spire of the monastery church is a landmark of the renowned Wachau Valley. Amidst dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards and castles, this hilly landscape enchants everybody who visits ... you will be biking on cloud nine! In Weißenkirchen (possibility for wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfortable wine taverns along the bike path.
As you cruise back up the Danube enjoy the early morning sunshine as you wind your way to Passau, where you’ll disembark at approx. 10.00 a.m. Connecting travel should be booked for 11.30 a.m. onwards
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Aug 11 2019||Aug 18 2019||120||Single rooms||1,735€|
|Aug 18 2019||Aug 25 2019||120||Single rooms||1,735€|
|Aug 25 2019||Sep 01 2019||120||Single rooms||1,735€|
|Sep 01 2019||Sep 08 2019||120||Single rooms||1,815€|
|Sep 08 2019||Sep 15 2019||120||Single rooms||1,815€|
|Sep 15 2019||Sep 22 2019||120||Single rooms||1,815€|
|Sep 22 2019||Sep 29 2019||120||Single rooms||1,815€|
|Sep 29 2019||Oct 06 2019||120||Single rooms||1,815€|
|Oct 06 2019||Oct 13 2019||120||Single rooms||1,579€|
|May 09 2020||May 16 2020||120||Single rooms||1,379€|
|May 16 2020||May 23 2020||120||Single rooms||1,379€|
|Jun 06 2020||Jun 13 2020||120||Single rooms||1,455€|
|Jun 13 2020||Jun 20 2020||120||Single rooms||1,455€|
|Jul 04 2020||Jul 11 2020||120||Single rooms||1,455€|
|Jul 11 2020||Jul 18 2020||120||Single rooms||1,455€|
|Aug 01 2020||Aug 08 2020||120||Single rooms||1,379€|
|Aug 22 2020||Aug 29 2020||120||Single rooms||1,379€|
|Sep 12 2020||Sep 19 2020||120||Single rooms||1,455€|
|Sep 19 2020||Sep 26 2020||120||Single rooms||1,455€|
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