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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)
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.

  • Type of tour Guided, Self-guided
  • Level 1
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 43km, average per day
  • 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

42KM

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

43KM

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 | Excursion to Szentendre (or day of rest)

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 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

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 the imperial palace Schönbrunn.

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 Valley. 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 11.30 a.m. onwards.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
4/29/2018 - 5/6/2018 Available Passau Carissima Comfort de Luxe Book now
5/6/2018 - 5/13/2018 Available Passau Carissima Comfort de Luxe Book now
5/13/2018 - 5/20/2018 Available Passau Carissima Comfort de Luxe Book now
5/20/2018 - 5/27/2018 Available Passau Carissima Comfort de Luxe Book now
5/27/2018 - 6/3/2018 Fully Booked Passau Carissima Comfort de Luxe
6/3/2018 - 6/10/2018 Available Passau Carissima Comfort de Luxe Book now
6/10/2018 - 6/17/2018 Available Passau Carissima Comfort de Luxe Book now
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10/7/2018 - 10/14/2018 Available Passau Carissima Comfort de Luxe Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Prices are per cabin
Carissima Main deck: 2-berth cabin ECO, bunk bed April+October € 1258,- 90% reduction 20% reduction
Carissima Main deck: 2-berth cabin ECO, bunk bed May+August € 1458,- 90% reduction 20% reduction
Carissima Main deck: 2-berth cabin ECO, bunk bed June+July+Sept. € 1558,- 90% reduction 20% reduction
Carissima Main deck: 2-berth cabin, low beds April+Oct. € 1398,- 90% reduction 20% reduction
Carissima Main deck: 2-berth cabin, low beds May+August € 1598,- 90% reduction 20% reduction
Carissima Main deck: 2-berth cabin, low beds June+July+Sept. € 1698,- 90% reduction 20% reduction
Carissima Middle deck: 2-berth cabin ECO, bunk bed April+October € 1518,- 90% reduction 20% reduction
Carissima Middle deck: 2-berth cabin ECO, bunk bed May+August € 1718,- 90% reduction 20% reduction
Carissima Middle deck: 2-berth cabin ECO, bunk bed June+July+Sept. € 1818,- 90% reduction 20% reduction
Carissima Middle deck: 2-berth cabin, low beds April+Oct. € 1718,- 90% reduction 20% reduction
Carissima Middle deck: 2-berth cabin, low beds May+August € 1918,- 90% reduction 20% reduction
Carissima Middle deck: 2-berth cabin, low beds June+July+Sept. € 2018,- 90% reduction 20% reduction
Carissima Upper deck: 2-berth cabin, low beds April+Oct. € 1858,- 90% reduction 20% reduction
Carissima Upper deck: 2-berth cabin, low beds May+August € 2058,- 90% reduction 20% reduction
Carissima Upper deck: 2-berth cabin, low beds June+July+Sept. € 2158,- 90% reduction 20% reduction
Other rates:
Carissima Passenger- /port taxes (mandatory age 12 and older) per person € 59,-
Carissima Comfort Relax (with tour guide), on May 6+20, June 3+24, July 15, August 12, Sept. 2+16+30 supplement per person € 219,-
Carissima Transfer from/to Munich Airport, one-way per person € 64,-
Carissima Transfer from/to Munich Airport, round trip per person € 109,-

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
Bringing own bike Bringing own bike €15

Included

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
  • Season supplement
  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • Captain‘s greeting and welcome cocktail
  • Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
  • Full board: breakfast buffet, 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
  • Cruise director 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
  • Passenger-/port taxes (mandatory age 12 and older):  € 59,- per person
  • Cabin for single occupancy: supplement of 50% (only available on the Upper deck; max. 2 cabins/departure)
  • Transfer from/to Munich city centre or train station to/from Passau: € 40,- one-time surcharge (1-8 pers.)
  • 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/ cancellation insurance (optional)
  • Other drinks
  • Admission charges

 

Special details

  • This tour will be operated by our local partner
  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions
  • This program is subject to change without notice
  • 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: 8 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 from Munich Airport 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 transfer from Munich city centre/train station to Passau:  €  40,- one-time surcharge (1-8 pers.) 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 € 65,- and € 80,- 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 separately by minibus.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What biking level is the Danube Waltz tour?

    The cycle route is completely flat, at times on a gentle downhill slope and is ideal for cyclists with less experience and for children. The tour is rated as easy and you cycle on mostly flat terrain.

  • 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

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). Main, Middle or Upper Deck. On the MV Carissima YOU have the choice 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).  
  • Offical name MS Carissima
  • Length 110 m
  • Width 11.40 m
  • Capacity 150 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

Danube Waltz

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