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Danube Waltz 8-Day Bike and Barge Tour over 4 Countries
By bike and boat from the “Bavarian Venice“ directly into the heart of the famous and glamorous former K+K monarchy Austria/Hungary. Look forward 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 our comfortable cruise ships 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 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.
Two premium ships have been selected to take you on this journey:
The first exquisite premium ship (146 passengers) sets new standards in comfort and spaciousness and offers a tasteful, high-quality ambience in a luxurious style. Experience a fantastic view of breathtakingly beautiful natural landscapes, sometimes from the saddle of a bicycle, sometimes from the inviting, partially covered sun deck. The 76 outside cabins are spacious 15 - 30 m², present themselves in light colors and modern design with optimal use of space and are in no way inferior to a first-class hotel room. All cabins have double beds, which can also be separated into 2 single beds, private facilities, hairdryer, telephone, satellite TV, safe and individually adjustable air conditioning; Suites offer a front row seat with a view and are add. equipped with minibar (against surcharge) and coffee machine.
The second premium ship (135 passengers) is stylish, elegant and timelessly beautiful - this is how the 4* SUPERIOR ship presents itself as it glides gently along the Danube river. You will immediately feel at home on board as soon as you enter the spectacular foyer. Designed in warm wood tones, the ship radiates a comfort and leaves nothing to be desired. The simple elegance of the timelessly beautiful staterooms, which are decorated with great attention to detail, will inspire you. Sit back, enjoy the serene, relaxed atmosphere, the fantastic views of breathtakingly beautiful natural landscapes, sometimes from the bicycle seat, sometimes from the inviting, partially covered sun deck. Let yourself be pampered by the friendly, accommodating crew and create on board relationships alongside memories to last a lifetime.
Pricing given is for standard twin bed cabins. If you would like superior cabins or upper deck pricing ask us [email protected]
Excursion Program (not included, to be booked on board):
If you would like to rent an E-Bike (189 EUR) or Trekking Bike (89 EUR), please contact [email protected] when booking.
Slow Tours offers a number of Bike and Barge Tours in Europe
Boarding time at 4.00 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. cast off!
Great Loop | Engelhartszell - Aschach, approx. 43 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. 45 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 colourful "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. 39 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. In Spitz (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/surroundings, where you’ll disembark at approx. 11.00 a.m. Connecting travel should be booked for 12.00 noon onwards.
Tours marked with are special prices.
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|Apr 28 2024||May 05 2024||140||Single rooms||1,548€|
|May 05 2024||May 12 2024||140||Single rooms||1,704€|
|May 12 2024||May 19 2024||140||Single rooms||1,704€|
|May 18 2024||May 25 2024||140||Single rooms||1,704€|
|May 19 2024||May 26 2024||140||Single rooms||1,704€|
|May 26 2024||Jun 02 2024||140||Single rooms||1,704€|
|Jun 01 2024||Jun 08 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Jun 02 2024||Jun 09 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Jun 09 2024||Jun 16 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Jun 16 2024||Jun 23 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Jun 23 2024||Jun 30 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Jun 30 2024||Jul 07 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Jul 07 2024||Jul 14 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Jul 14 2024||Jul 21 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Jul 21 2024||Jul 28 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Jul 28 2024||Aug 04 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Aug 04 2024||Aug 11 2024||140||Single rooms||1,704€|
|Aug 11 2024||Aug 18 2024||140||Single rooms||1,704€|
|Aug 18 2024||Aug 25 2024||140||Single rooms||1,704€|
|Aug 25 2024||Sep 01 2024||140||Single rooms||1,704€|
|Aug 31 2024||Sep 07 2024||140||Single rooms||1,704€|
|Sep 01 2024||Sep 08 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Sep 08 2024||Sep 15 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Sep 14 2024||Sep 21 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Sep 15 2024||Sep 22 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Sep 22 2024||Sep 29 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Sep 29 2024||Oct 06 2024||140||Single rooms||1,859€|
|Oct 06 2024||Oct 13 2024||140||Single rooms||1,548€|
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