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Austria Danube Waltz

Austria Danube Waltz

Degree of difficulty - A/B

Our trip meanders along Europe’s iconic Danube river, which carves its way through four great European countries, Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia .

We travel in a large comfortable boat with an expansive lounge and sundeck perfect for relaxing after cycling each day. In Austria we visit tiny villages and cozy cider taverns, in Hungary we approach the capital of Bratislava on the river to appreciate fully this majestic capital, in Vienna we do a city bike tour to take in the best of this city.

All this linked together by wonderful scenery dotted with vineyards, majestic castles and palaces and the untouched forests of the Danube National park.

Day 1 (Sun) Passau
Boarding time at 5 p.m. Located at the meeting point of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers, 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 6.30 p.m. we cast off!

Day 2 (Mon) Great Loop/Engelhartszell – Aschach (approx. 26 mi. /42 km by bicycle)
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.

Day 3 (Tues) Devin – Bratislava (approx. 11-27 mi./18-43 km by bicycle)
You 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 and discover the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava on an optional city tour.

Day 4 (Wed) Budapest / Szentendre (approx. 34mi. / 54 km by bicycle)
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 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).

Day 5 (Thurs) Danube Bend – Esztergom (approx. 27 mi / 43 km by bicycle)
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 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.

Day 6 (Fri) Vienna (Rest day)
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) in one of Vienna‘s most famous palaces.

Day 7 (Sat) Wachau / Krems – Melk (approx. 23 mi. /37 km by bicycle)
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 ... you will be biking on cloud nine! In Weißenkirchen (possibility to do a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfortable wine taverns along the bike path.

Day 8 (Sun) Passau (Disembarkation)
Enjoy the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley on deck. Take a last look at the Schlögener Schlinge (‘Great Loop’) before you arrive relaxed in Passau. Disembarkation is at approx. 9.30 a.m. We recommend arranging connecting trips from 10.30 a.m. onwards.

Please see our full tour dossier for more information 

SEASON 1: Sundays in April & Oct
€865 per person sharing standard cabin main deck
€1025 per person sharing standard cabin middle deck
€1095 per person sharing standard cabin upper deck
€795 per person sharing eco cabin main deck
€925 per person sharing eco cabin mid deck

SEASON 2: Sundays in May & Aug
€965 per person sharing standard cabin main deck
€1125 per person sharing standard cabin middle deck
€1195 per person sharing standard cabin upper deck
€895 per person sharing eco cabin main deck
€1025 per person sharing eco cabin mid deck

SEASON 3: Sundays in June, July & Sept
€1015 per person sharing standard cabin main deck
€1175 per person sharing standard cabin middle deck

€1245 per person sharing standard cabin upper deck
€945 per person sharing eco cabin main deck
€1075 per person sharing eco cabin mid deck

Single cabins are available at a 55% supplement on upper deck only

+ €235 for guided Comfort Relax group 

Tour Includes

• 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
• Captain‘s greeting and welcome cocktail
• Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
• Full board: rich breakfast, lunch onboard (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
• Detailed road book per cabin ( one per cabin )
• Tour guide on board (does not cycle with self guided passengers but does with group tour passengers)
• Daily information meeting

Included in the comfort relax group tour price only:
• 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
• Hop on Hop off bus in Budapest
• Wine tasting with a local grower

Not included in the tour:
• Drinks onboard (Tally sheet to be paid to the captain)
• Meals ashore
• Entrance fee to excursions/attractions (individual visits)
• Tips for crew and guides
• Cross river boat transfer on day 2 & 5 on self guided tours

Optional extra’s:
• E-bikes available for a supplement of +€95
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental 21-speed hybrid bike €10 / per week or rental E-bike €20 / week
   (not insured deliberate damages)

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

5-May, 19-May,
2-June, 23-June,
1-September, 15-September, 29-September,

Self Guided Tour Information

Sunday start from 28 April – 6 October 2019

Cruise Ship MV Carissima **** (all cabins with shower/toilet)

On board our 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 breathtaking landscapes – on the bike, from the pool on the sun deck, in the comfy seats of the lounge, and even during your amazing meals in the first class restaurant. This exciting bike trip will make your holiday unforgettable. A warm and charming crew is waiting for you to make your stay on board as comfortable as possible.

Ship information
Capacity:150 passengers    
Crew: approx. 35
Length: 110 m  /  Breadth: 11.4 m    
Speed: 21 km/h 
Electricity: 220 Volt

Cabin information Standard, Comfort or Luxury
On the MV Carissima you have the choice All 75 de-luxe staterooms are 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. For those who would like a bit more luxury: Some cabins on the promenade deck have a connecting door and can be rearranged to a spacious DELUXE-suite with living room and bedroom (prices on request). ECO cabins are located in the front/rear part of the ship (engine noise possible).

Passenger - decks
The first thing you´ll experience when boarding is the coziness of this river ship. In the restaurant there is a fantastic view of the beautiful scenery which 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 travel mates while the gorgeous landscape is passing by.  There are comfortable lounge chairs to relax in after a day on the bike.

After an exciting day of cycling you can relax in the spa with sauna and whirlpool. For pleasant refreshment, jump into the pool (open from 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 (payable on spot, connection can vary).

Restaurant / Kitchen
The full board consists of: breakfast, packed lunch for bikers (resp. light meal for guests on board), dinner. On four evenings you have the choice between 2-3 menus. Not claimed meals cannot be refunded. Your table number will be provided during boarding. Special meals have to be ordered latest by 3 weeks prior departure.

Board- und Excursion program
A musician will provide evening entertainment. On the last evening the crew invites you to an evening of entertainment, good mood and fun!   Excursions can only be booked on board with our cruise director.

Internet / Mobile phone
If you want to be reachable on board in urgent cases, please leave our office number at your family. We will forward you the message as soon as possible. The ship also offers Wi-Fi (chargeable). We only have very limited internet connections on board. If possible we send urgent E-Mails for you.

Life on board
There is no special dress code on board. Casual clothing is sufficient.   We suggest appropriate clothing for the bike-tours as e.g. cycling pants, bike-gloves, sportive shoes, etc…sun- and rain protection – please don’t forget! A warm sweater for rather cool evenings on deck. Swim wear for using the opportunity on hot days along your bike-leg.

How to get to the start point in Passau:
• Munich Airport (MUC)

The closest airport to Passau is Munich Airport (München Flughafen / MUC) with its huge number of cheap flights to mostly German and European destinations.
Passau is around 160 km (100 miles) from Munich Airport. Driving time is around 90 minutes.
Public transportation - from the airport, take taxi or bus 635 to Freising (they leave at 21 after each hour, and takes approx 18 mins). Direct trains run from Freising to Passau hourly- (about € 22-28,- per person).

Alternatives require transfers in either Plattling or Regensburg. Total journey time varies from 2h20 to three hours.

• Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
Many international/intercontinental passengers will enter Germany at Frankfurt International Airport (FRA). It is, both faster and cheaper to take the ICE train from Frankfurt to Passau rather than taking a connecting flight to Munich. Many direct trains are available with more options requiring an easy transfer at Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. Total journey time is just over four hours.
The following websites will help you with train connections between Vienna and Passau.
Bahn.de or Oebb.at

It is possible to book a transfer from Munich to Passau through us: €80 one way / €130 return

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