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Danube Waltz by Bike & Boat

ITINERARY

Visit: Passau, Engelhartszell, Aschach, Devin, Bratislava, Budapest, Esztergom, Vienna, Wachau, Melk, Passau

Day 1: Passau

Boarding will commence at 4:30 p.m. Located at the meeting point of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers, Passau has a number of interesting sites to visit. Use your free time to stroll through the cobblestoned old town centre, listen to the bells of Passau’s Gothic Town Hall or admire the world's largest Catholic Church organ in Passau Cathedral. At 6.00 p.m. we cast off!

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Great Loop - Engelhartszell-Aschach approx. 42 km

Your first day's cycling 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Devin - Bratislava, approx. 43 km

Today you will pedal along the former 'Iron Curtain', cross the green line and reach the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens. Follow the bike path through Austria’s 'vegetable garden' to the coronation city of Bratislava and the slopes of the Little Carpathians. Discover the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava on an optional city tour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Budapest  - Szentendre, approx. 54km

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 highlights of this handsome 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 show with traditional music and dance (optional).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Danube bend - Esztergom, approx. 43km

The wooded hills of Pilis, Visegrád and Börzsöny together with the meandering Danube create a wonderful landscape that has become a nature lover's paradise. Situated in the middle of the Danube River, the idyllic isle of Szentendre exudes silent Puszta romance. You will cycle via the baroque village of Vác (influenced by the architects of Austria’s empress Maria Theresia) to the bishop town of Esztergom with its gorgeous basilica, Hungary's largest Catholic Church.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 colorful "Hundertwasserhaus". Take time to relax in one or more of Vienna's famous cafés. The evening will end impressively at a classical concert (optional) in one of Vienna's most famous palace "Schoenbrunn"

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: 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. Amidst dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards and castles, this hilly landscape enchants everybody who visits, it will be like biking on cloud nine! In Weißenkirchen (possibility to do a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfortable wine taverns along the bike path.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Passau

As you cruise back up the Danube enjoy the early morning sunshine as you wind your way to Passau, where you will disembark at 10:00 am. 

Meals: Breakfast

 

Included:

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
  • Programme according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • Captains greeting and welcome cocktail
  • Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
  • Full board: rich breakfast, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists), afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose), late night snack
  • Gala dinner with farewell cocktail
  • Farewell crew show
  • Daily live music
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)
  • Daily information meeting
  • Detailed roadbook per cabin

Not included:

  • Excursion Packages
  • Cycling tour guide
  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses

Comfort Relax Package:

Personal attention from a dedicated guide you cycle in a small group where you explore a lot of local cultures, discover hidden sites and secret places and enjoy some delicious appetizers.

Additional Inclusions: 

  • Cycling tour guide
  • Tasting of homemade cider at a cider producer in the Upper Danube Valley
  • Ferry rides
  • Guided city tour by bike in Vienna & by HOP ON HOP OFF bus in Budapest
  • Wine tasting with a local wine grower

 

The cruise ship MV Carissma****

The first thing you´ll 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 are tasting. 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 on spot).

All 75 de-luxe 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 Upper and Middle deck provide full-size picture windows which do open. All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower, hair dryer, TV, safe and full air-conditioning. ECO cabins are located in the front/rear part of the ship (operating noise possible).

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (rr)

 

Package Information

  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Type: Biking Tour
  • Departures: April - October 2018
  • Cities Visited: Passau, Engelhartszell, Aschach, Devin, Bratislava, Budapest, Esztergom, Vienna, Wachau, Melk, Passau
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