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Four Countries 8-days Bike and Barge Tour (Man)
Accompanied by a cruise ship you cycle along Europe's second-largest river Danube from the charming Bavarian “three river city” of Passau straight into the heart of the once glorious Imperial and Royal Monarchy. Enjoy three of the most enchanting European capitals: the lively Vienna, the Slovak coronation city of Bratislava at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains and Budapest, the "Hungarian Danube Queen"! By bicycle, you discover the stunning natural spectacle of the Schlögener Donauschlinge ("Great Loop"), the legendary Wachau with romantic towns and mighty castles amidst lovely vineyards, the untouched alluvial forests of the Danube National Park, as well as the picturesque Hungarian Danube bend where the important cupola of the basilica in Esztergom salutes from the distance. The highlights of the tour: Passau, the City of 3 rivers, the Schloegen Danube Loop, the Hungarian Danube Bend, the World Heritage Site Wachau, the metropoles of Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna.
Onboard our comfortable premium ship you will find a relaxed and cosy atmosphere. After the bike tour, you can use the small inviting wellness area with sauna and whirlpool, read a book in the pleasant library or relax in the panorama salon. Then enjoy your dinner in the restaurant with panoramic view. The spacious and partly shaded sun deck holds deck chairs, which invite you to enjoy the passing scenery. Here is also the storage space for the bicycles. A special highlight is the outdoor pool (8,70 m x 4,50 m).
All 75 cabins are outside cabins, about 14 m² in size, comfortably furnished with hotel beds and featuring en-suite facilities with shower/WC* (*cabins no. 306, 307, 308, 309 with bathtub), hairdryer, TV, safe, in-house telephone, minibar and individually adjustable air conditioning.
Middle deck and upper deck can be reached by lift. Upper deck: cabins with french balcony (= floor-to-ceiling windows which can be opened). Middle deck: cabins with large panorama window – can be opened.
Main deck: cabins with a small window (height approx. 40 cm) – cannot be opened
Technical details: Year of construction: 1999. Refurbishment: 2019. Registry: Netherlands. Length: 110 m. Width: 11.40 m. Draft: 1.50 m. Passengers: max. 150. Crew: approx. 30. Currency on board: Euro. Credit cards: Mastercard and Visa are accepted
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour. The bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions. All cycle tours can be classified as being easy.
If you would like to rent a bike (75 EUR) or e-bike (165 EUR) helmet (40 EUR), please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
Slow Tours offers other Bike & Barge tours in Europe
Passau – Engelhartszell
Arrival in the "Three River City". Passau attracts many with the world's greatest church organ at the Stephansdom and its charming Old Town. Embarkation will be around 4:00pm, departure around 7pm. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.
Engelhartszell - Great Loop - Brandstatt – Bratislava, ca. 46km
The day starts in Engelhartszell (the only Trappist monastery in Austria), where we head towards the "Great Loop" - one of the most beautiful and original sectors of the Danube. Your cycling will encounter small villages and cosy must-see taverns. You'll board again in Brandstatt. Then, you "sail into the night" towards Bratislava.
Bratislava, ca. 54km
Arrival at Bratislava. You start cycling from Bratislava via Hainburg to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm further on to Devin and then back to Bratislava. Tip: discover the hidden alleys of Bratislava, places and all the sights of this ambitious metropolis during a tour by mini-train and by foot. In the night shipping to Budapest.
Budapest (day of rest) or roundtrip to Szentendre, ca. 40km
In the early morning, you enjoy the panoramic view of the Danube's gorgeous landscape on the Sundeck. The gateway to Budapest is overwhelming, as many of the famous tourist features are situated directly next to the river bank. In the afternoon you can explore the numerous attractions of the city. Nearby, you find the Margaretheninsel which is outstandingly qualified for a small bike tour or the charming town of Szentendre with Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life. In the night shipping to Visegrad.
Danube Bend | Visegrad – Esztergom, ca. 25 - 60km
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 Visegrad with its famous fortress and the ruins of the former palace. You can choose from 2 different routes: the longer one includes a side trip to the island of Szentendre and the baroque village of Vác, which has been influenced by the architects of the Austrian empress Maria Theresia. The other route leads you directly to the bishop-town of Esztergom, with its gorgeous basilica – Hungary's largest Catholic Church – overlooking the village. In the night shipping to Vienna.
Vienna-Nussdorf / (Korneuburg may also be possible) (day of rest)
You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral, the Hofburg, the gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House or the town hall that takes you back to the past. In the night shipping to Rossatz or Dürnstein (Wachau).
Wachau – Melk – Pöchlarn, ca. 42 - 52km
Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In the small village of Pöchlarn, you will board again. After the farewell gala dinner, you start “sailing” back to Passau.
Departure from Passau
Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Arrival in Passau is approx. at 10am, disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from noon onwards.
We reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal).
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Sep 07 2021||Sep 14 2021||150||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Sep 14 2021||Sep 21 2021||150||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Sep 21 2021||Sep 28 2021||150||Single rooms||1,425€|
|May 06 2022||May 13 2022||150||Single rooms||1,499€|
|May 13 2022||May 20 2022||150||Single rooms||1,499€|
|May 20 2022||May 27 2022||150||Single rooms||1,499€|
|May 27 2022||Jun 03 2022||150||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Jun 03 2022||Jun 10 2022||150||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Jun 10 2022||Jun 17 2022||150||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Aug 05 2022||Aug 12 2022||150||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Aug 12 2022||Aug 19 2022||150||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Aug 19 2022||Aug 26 2022||150||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Aug 26 2022||Sep 02 2022||150||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Sep 02 2022||Sep 09 2022||150||Single rooms||1,499€|
|Sep 09 2022||Sep 09 2022||150||Single rooms||1,499€|
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