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Danube Waltz 8-Day Bike and Barge Tour over 4 Countries

  • 8days
  • Germany

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Highlights of the Danube (Self-Guided)

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.

Accommodation:

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]

Highlights:

  • Passau at the intersection of three rivers
  • The “Great Loop” chlögener Donauschlinge
  • UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site Wachau
  • Hungarian Danube Bend
  • The metropolises of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest

Included services

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
  • Port Charges
  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • Captain‘s greeting and welcome cocktail
  • Full board: breakfast buffet, lunch or packaged lunch (on cycling days), afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose), late night snack
  • Gala dinner and farewell cocktail
  • Cruise director onboard (does not cycle with the group)
  • Board Musician
  • Daily information meeting
  • Detailed travel documents per cabin, GPS tracks + cycling tour app / cabin

Not included

  • Drinks
  • Gratitudes
  • Journey to and from Passau
  • Shuttles
  • Bike rental
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • City maps
  • Ferry fees
  • Travel insurances
  • Parking fees

Excursion Program

  • 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, Waltz & operetta concert in one of Vienna’s famous Palais
  • Wachau: Wine tasting with a local wine grower in the Wachau Valley

This tour can also be Guided Cycling (+299 EUR) for dates: May 28, June 18, July 16, Aug 6, Sept 3 & 24 (2023). Please enquire with [email protected] for this option. 

If you would like to rent an E-Bike (189 EUR) or Trekking Bike (89 EUR), please contact [email protected] with booking information. 

Additional Information

  • Parking in Passau (incl. shuttle transfer to/ from pier). Outdoor area 75 EUR or garage 87 EUR (registration form in the travel documents or online, payable locally)
  • Minimum 90 people to operate
  • Room upgrades are available upon request. 

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  • Day 1

    Passau/surroundings 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!

  • Day 2

    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.

  • Day 3

    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.

  • Day 4

    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).

  • Day 5

    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

  • Day 6

    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.

  • Day 7

    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

  • Day 8

    Tag: Passau/surroundings 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.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Apr 30 2023 May 07 2023 140 Single rooms 1,548€
Double rooms 999€
May 07 2023 May 14 2023 140 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,099€
May 14 2023 May 21 2023 140 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,099€
May 20 2023 May 27 2023 140 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,099€
May 21 2023 May 28 2023 140 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,099€
May 28 2023 Jun 04 2023 140 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,099€
Jun 03 2023 Jun 10 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 04 2023 Jun 11 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 11 2023 Jun 18 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 18 2023 Jun 25 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jun 25 2023 Jul 02 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 02 2023 Jul 09 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 09 2023 Jul 16 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 16 2023 Jul 23 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 23 2023 Jul 30 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Jul 30 2023 Aug 06 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Aug 06 2023 Aug 13 2023 140 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,099€
Aug 13 2023 Aug 20 2023 140 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,099€
Aug 20 2023 Aug 27 2023 140 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,099€
Aug 27 2023 Sep 03 2023 140 Single rooms 1,704€
Double rooms 1,099€
Sep 02 2023 Sep 09 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Sep 03 2023 Sep 10 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Sep 10 2023 Sep 17 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Sep 16 2023 Sep 23 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Sep 17 2023 Sep 24 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Sep 24 2023 Oct 01 2023 140 Single rooms 1,859€
Double rooms 1,199€
Oct 01 2023 Oct 08 2023 140 Single rooms 1,548€
Double rooms 999€
Oct 08 2023 Oct 15 2023 140 Single rooms 1,548€
Double rooms 999€

Car rental in Germany

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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