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Danube Waltz

Passau-Vienna–Bratislava–Budapest-Passau

Passau
Munchen Airport

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Passau
Munchen Airport

Pearls of the Danube, 4 countries – 3 metropolises
By bike and boat from the “Bavarian Venice“ directly into the heart of the famous and glamorous former K+K monarchy Austria/Hungary. You can look forward to 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 greatest cathedral and the legendary Wachau valley, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage with the small villages and beautiful palaces and castles.

Comfort Relax Package (Guided Tour)
You cycle in a small group guided by a local tour guide. Taste some Austrian delicacies: you will try sweet and bitter cider; at a wine tavern in the world-famous Wachau region you savour a small variety of regional wine specialities. During a guided tour by bike or bus, you will pass by numerous of the sights of Vienna and Budapest.

  • Type of tour Guided, Self-guided
  • Level 1
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 40 km
  • Passau intersection of three rivers
  • World Heritage Site Wachau
  • Metropolises Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna
  • Hungarian Danube Bend

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Sunday: Passau

Boarding time at 4.30 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. we cast off!

Day 2

Monday: Great Loop | Engelhartszell – Aschach

41KM

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

Tuesday: Devin – Bratislava

40KM

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

Wednesday: Budapest | Szentendre,

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 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

Thursday: Danube bend – Esztergom

43KM

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 is impressing its guests.

Day 6

Friday: 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, while the evening ends impressively at a classical concert (optional) in one of Vienna‘s most famous palaces.

Day 7

Saturday: Wachau | Krems – Melk

37KM

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

Sunday: 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 approx. 10.00 a.m. Connecting travel should be booked for 11.00 a.m. onwards.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
4/30/2017 - 5/7/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
5/7/2017 - 5/14/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
5/14/2017 - 5/21/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
5/28/2017 - 6/4/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
6/4/2017 - 6/11/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
6/11/2017 - 6/18/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
6/18/2017 - 6/25/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
6/25/2017 - 7/2/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
7/2/2017 - 7/9/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
7/9/2017 - 7/16/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
7/16/2017 - 7/23/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
7/23/2017 - 7/30/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
7/30/2017 - 8/6/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
8/6/2017 - 8/13/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
8/13/2017 - 8/20/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
8/20/2017 - 8/27/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
8/27/2017 - 9/3/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
9/3/2017 - 9/10/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
9/10/2017 - 9/17/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
9/17/2017 - 9/24/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
9/24/2017 - 10/1/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
10/1/2017 - 10/8/2017 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort Plus
10/8/2017 - 10/15/2017 Limited Passau Carissima Comfort Plus Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Carissima Main deck: 2-berth cabin ECO, bunk bed € 1196,- free of charge 20% reduction
Carissima Main deck: 2-berth cabin, low beds € 1318,- free of charge 20% reduction
Carissima Main deck: 2-berth cabin for single use € 989,-
Carissima Middle deck: 2-berth cabin ECO, bunk bed € 1396,- free of charge 20% reduction
Carissima Middle deck: 2-berth cabin, low beds € 1596,- free of charge 20% reduction
Carissima Upper deck: 2-berth cabin, low beds € 1796,- free of charge 20% reduction
Carissima Upper deck: 2-berth cabin, low beds for single use € 1347,- 0 0
Carissima Season surcharge in 2-berth cabin May 7th - June 3rd, per person € 100,- 0 0
Carissima Season surcharge in 2-berth cabin August 6th - Sept. 2nd, per person € 100,- 0 0
Carissima Season surcharge in 2-berth cabin June 4th - August 5th, per person € 150,- 0 0
Carissima Season surcharge in 2-berth cabin Sept. 3rd - Sept. 30th, per person € 150,- 0 0
Carissima Season surcharge cabin single use May 7th - June 3rd € 150,- 0 0
Carissima Season surcharge cabin single use August 6th - Sept. 2nd € 150,- 0 0
Carissima Season surcharge cabin single use June 4th - August 5th € 225,- 0 0
Carissima Season surcharge cabin single use Sept. 3rd - Sept. 30th € 225,- 0 0
Carissima Passenger- /port taxes (mandatory age 12 and older) per person € 59,- free of charge free of charge
Carissima Comfort Relax (with tour guide), on May 7+21, June 4+25, July 16, August 13, Sept. 3+ 17, Oct. 1, supplement per person € 215,- 0 0
Carissima Collective transfer from/to Munich one-way per person € 64,- 0 0
Carissima Collective transfer from/to Munich round trip per person € 109,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
21-speed Unisex hybrid bike 21-speed Unisex hybrid bike €70
7-speed Unisex Hybrid bike with coaster and caliper brake 7-speed Unisex Hybrid bike with coaster and caliper brake KTM €70
E-Bike Unisex E-Bike Unisex €165
Using own bike Using own bike €15

Included

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • 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
  • Tour guide onboard (does not cycle with the group)
  • Daily information meeting
  • Detailed road book per cabin

Comfort Relax Package Additional

  • 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

Not Included

  • € 20,- reservation charges
  • Ferry to Engelhartszell, AU, Visegrad and Szob
  • Most tasting in the upper Danube valley
  • City tour of Vienna and Budapest by bus
  • City tour by city express Bratislava
  • Visit to Basilica of Esztergom
  • Wine tasting with the wine maker in the Wachau
  • Personal insurance (optional)
  • Other drinks
  • Admission charges

 

General information

  • All bike tours are unescorted. All mileages are approximate distances of recommended routes. Please be aware that the cabin storage space is very limited.
    In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice.
    No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure).
    The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges or in case of breakdown of engine or power unit through no fault of shipping company or tour operator.
    Please be aware that a cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine that works with engine power that may cause noise during the night, when passing locks and bridges and during preparation work.
  • Minimum of participants:
    50 people (has to be reached at the latest 4 weeks before cruise start)
  • Guided Comfort Relax Package:
    10 people (max. 22)

Arrival info

Saturday is the day of arrival. You can bring your luggage on board from 3 PM, but embarkation will not start earlier than 4 PM.
Passau has two different ship landing stages:
Passau-centre: Fritz-Schäffer-Promenade/Untere Donauländer
Lindau: just outside of Passau at the Franz-Weismann-Straße.
Your travel documents will inform you about the exact mooring place.

Airport

The nearest international airport to the embarkation point in Passau is  Munich Airport (MUC). Passau is reachable within about 2.5  hours by public transport from Munich.
You also can book a shuttle transfer to the barge. That ride takes about 1.5 hours. Prices: € 64,- per person one-way, € 109,- both directions. Waiting time max. 60 min. after check in at the transfer desk.
A private Minibus transfer also can be ordered. No waiting time at the airport. € 300,- one-way, € 580,- both directions (max. 8 passengers).

Train

The nearest train station is Passau. The mooring place is located between 2 and 6 km (1.25 and 3.75 miles) from the station. You can take a taxi to the barge.

Car

For short loading and unloading, you can directly drive to the landing stage. Short loading and unloading permitted.
In Passau there are several parking possibilities. There is a guarded parking in Passau (Globus Parking). This parking needs to be reserved in advance (detailed information will be included in your travel documents). Costs for this parking are between € 58,- and € 69,- for 7 nights.  These costs include 2 transfers (parking-ship-parking). A transfer bus will bring you near the ship. You have to walk the last meters (walking distance approx. 4-5 min.). Your luggage will be delivered seperately by minibus.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Can you choose your own itinerary without a guide?

    Cyclists can choose a longer route than the group takes. The guide will gladly advise you on the choice of an alternative route.

  • Can you rejoin the barge before the end of a stage?

    No, the ship doesn’t take the same route that the cyclists do. Sometimes the route may be altered because of weather conditions or repairs to bridges or locks and then the guests and the guide can arrange with the skipper to be met at a different place. Naturally you can always stay on board for one or more days.

  • How long are the daily cycling stages?

    The average daily distance on our Bike & Barge tours in Holland is 50 kilometers (32 miles).  But don’t forget that Dutch countryside is very flat and the stages, taken at a leisurely pace, take seven to eight hours including a number of breaks and visits.
    The time spent on your bicycle is about 4 hours per day.

  • What happens if it rains?

    Most people wear rainwear and get on their bicycle. If the weather makes cycling absolutely impossible (this doesn’t happen very often!) the guide will arrange an alternative programme which might include a longer visit to one of the towns along the way or cultural excursions.

  • What insurances does Cycletours offer?

    Cancellation insurance (insurance company Unigarant)

    Holidays usually are reserved and paid weeks or even months in advance. If you need to cancel or abort the tour, that always leaves you with financial consequences. Therefore we recommend to arrange a cancellation insurance.
    This insurance reimburse cancellation costs due to a serious impediment such as an accident, illness or death of relatives in the 1st or 2nd degree.

    Cancellation insurance incl. flight:

    when paying 1% extra over the travel sum of your Bike & Barge tour + flight ticket, then the cancellation expense is insured should you need to cancel or should one of these components unexpectedly be cancelled. This on the condition that no alternative arrangement can be made, so the trip cannot be taken.

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Price starting from € 670,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Carissima
Carissima

About the barge

Carissima Boat with 75 de-luxe staterooms featuring 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 love the 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).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 (payable on spot, connection can vary).
  • Offical name MS Carissima
  • Length 110 m
  • Width 11.40 m
  • Capacity 150 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

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