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Passau – Bratislava – Budapest – Vienna – Passau
(Danube Cycle Path)

Bike and Barge | 8 days | 7 nights | From £849 per person
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Tour Highlights
• Sail along the Danube by Bike and Barge
• A unique way to see the Danube Cycle Path
• Stay aboard the MS Normandie
• A unique cycling holiday along the Danube without unpacking everyday!

Route features
Flat and slightly downhill, for relaxed cycling, suitable for beginners and children.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 1: Saturday, Passau – Engelhartszell

Arrival in the “Three River City”. Passau attracts many with the world’s greatest church organ at the Stephansdom and it’s charming Old Town. Embarkation will be around 5 p.m., departure around 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.

Day 2: Sunday, Engelhartszell – Brandstatt – Bratislava – Great Loop | 46 km

The day starts in Engelhartszell (the only Trap-pist monastery in Austria), where we head to-wards 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.

Day 3: Monday, Bratislava, bike tour | 54 km, city tour (optional)

Arrival at Bratislava around noon. You start cy-cling from Bratislava via Hainburg to the impos-ing Imperial Palace of Hof beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm further on to Devin and then back to Bratislava.

During a tour by mini train and by foot in the evening (op-tional) you can discover hidden alleys of Bratislava, places and all the sights of this ambitious metropolis. In the night shipping to Budapest.

Day 4: Tuesday, Budapest (day of rest)| city tour by coach/by foot or bicycle (optional)| roundtrip to Szentendre|40 km In the evening: “Budapest by Night” (opt.)

In the early morning, you enjoy the panoramic view of the Danube’s gorgeous landscape on the Sundeck. The gateway to Budapest is over-whelming, as many of the famous tourist features are situated directly next to the river bank. In the afternoon you can explore the city during a city tour by coach and by foot (optional).

Nearby, you find the Margaretheninsel which is outstandingly qualified for small bike tours or the charming town of Szentendre with Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life. In the evening you can enjoy Budapest by Night with folklore program (opt.) In the night shipping to Visegrad.

Day 5: Wednesday, Danube Bend | Visegrad – Esztergom | 25 – 60 km

The Danube bend is definitely one of most de-lightful 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 There-sia.

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.

Day 6: Thursday, Vienna-Nussdorf / (Korneu-burg may also be possible) (day of rest), city tour by bike or by coach/foot (optional) | Waltz and Operetta concert (opt.)

You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg. You can take a city tour by bike or by coach/foot (optional, not included).

The gorgeous boulevard “Ringstraβe” with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall takes you back to the past. The evening ends impressively with a Waltz and Operetta concert (optional, not included). In the night shipping to Rossatz or Dürnstein (Wachau).

Day 7: Friday, Wachau – Melk – Pöchlarn (42 – 52 km), wine-tasting (optional)

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 Weißenkirchen (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfy wine taverns right along the bike path. You owe it to yourself to take a break!

You’ll board again in the small village Pöchlarn. After the farewell gala dinner, you start “sailing” back to Passau.

Day 8: Saturday, Passau.

Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley.

Take a last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge (“Great Loop”) before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Arrival: approx at 10:00 a.m., disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from noon onwards.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
Flat and slightly downhill, relaxed cycling. Suitable for beginners and children.

This beautiful journey leads along wonderful landscape and scenic villages. During the cruise on the MS Normandie from one spot to the next, you are offered interesting bike tours. Those tours will be adjusted individually with the tour guide, depending on the group and their potential.

The mentioned kilometres are ca-distances. There is a daily briefing in the evening for the next day. If wished, you can cycle tours also individually, maps will be provided for that. The tours can be managed from everyone in normal shape. If you do not want to cycle you can also stay on board or make a shorter bike tour.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?


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Tour Information

Holiday Information

About the MS Normandie

On joining this vessel you are immediately aware of the cosy and informal ambience on board. On the upper deck you will find the comfy panorama salon with its bar, on the main deck the comfortable restaurant (no direct access from the cabin-zone).

On deck there are both deck chairs and ordinary chairs and tables, which encourage conversation and communal activity in fresh air. MS NORMANDIE possesses altogether two 1-bed-cabins and forty-nine 2-bed-cabins. They are all outside cabins, giving some 10-11 square metres of space (2-bed) and about 7 qm (1-bed).

All 2-bed-cabins are equipped with two lower beds, one of which can be folded against the wall during the day to provide a more homely atmosphere, shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, safe, individual air-conditioning and a picture window. Only on the upper deck the windows may be opened. 1-bed cabins have one lower bed and are otherwise equipped with same features.

Technical details: Length 91,2 m, width 10,50 m, depth 1,60 m, max. 100 passengers. Currency on board: Euro. Credit cards: Mastercard and Visa.

Important Information

Bicycles on board: Unisex trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears with coaster breaking hubs or 7 speed freewheel hubs (please indicate by the booking) and pannier bag. E-Bikes are available after prior request and at limited number. Please indicate your body height by booking.

Cycle tours: All distances are “approximate distances” of rec-ommended 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.

Luggage: we recommend: rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers. Please be aware that the cabin storage space is very limited

Diet: (i.e.: lactosefree, glutenfree) possible on request and for an extra charge. Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.

Travel documents: EU-nationals need a valid passport. Please check the entry conditions with your local agency.

Smoking: The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.

Land excursions: The excursions mentioned in the programme are all optional (surcharge – not included in the tour price) and can be booked directly on board at the cruise director.

Routing/Program: Basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. 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 undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit. Please be aware that a cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night.

Especially crossing locks and bridges – and the preparation work – may cause noise. If you are sensitive please bring your own ear plugs.

Included services

- Program as mentioned in the tour course from/to Passau
– 7 overnights in cabins with shower/toilet/air-condition in the booked cabin category
– Full board: breakfast, small lunch or lunch package for your bike tours, coffee and cake in the afternoon, 3-course dinner
– Welcome of the captain and cocktail
– Daily live music
– Farewell dinner with cocktail
– Daily cleaning of cabins
– Change of towels and bed linen if required
– Daily bike tour briefings
– 1x route book for self-guided tours per cabin
– Board tour guidance
– Languages on board: German, English

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Your Prices

Passau – Budapest – Passau (Danube Cycle Path), 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include full board accommodation.

Category B: Two-Bed Main Deck

28th April and 29th September:
Cat B: £849
12th May | 19th May | 1st September | 15th September:
Cat B: £929
26th May | 9th June | 23rd June | 7th July | 21st July | 28th July | 28th July | 4th August | 18th August:
Cat B: £969
Availability: 28th April to 29th September 2018
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Category A: Two-Bed Upper Deck

28th April and 29th September:
Cat A: £989
12th May | 19th May | 1st September | 15th September:
Cat A: £1059
26th May | 9th June | 23rd June | 7th July | 21st July | 28th July | 28th July | 4th August | 18th August:
Cat A: £1099
Availability: 28th April to 29th September 2018
Departure Days: Saturday
Duration: 8 days
E-Bike Rental: £99
Rental bike (7 gears, back pedal): Included

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

Bike Insurance
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.

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