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Danube Bike and Boat: Vienna-Melk-Budapest-Vienna

  • 7 nights | 20 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 1
  • Guided from: USD2974
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

Discover the most beautiful bike paths along the Danube while taking advantage of the convenience and comfort of a cruise on this guided tour.

You will learn to waltz with traditionally costumed dancers, taste local wines, and cycle by castles, cliffs, and bucolic countryside.

Visiting Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and Vienna, a renowned bike-friendly city you will be sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Daily program

Day 1: Vienna
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Sit back and enjoy a presentation about your vacation. The ship will depart for Melk.

Day 2: Melk – Durnstein (11 miles/18 km in the morning and 18 miles/29 km in the afternoon)
After getting acquainted with your bike, you’ll set out on your first trip to visit the Melk Abbey. The bike path winds through the Wachau Valley, a region listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dotted with charming villages and medieval castle ruins. After taking in the magnificent views of the valley, and you’ll continue your journey along the river until reaching Dürnstein, the final destination for the day. A picnic lunch will be prepared in advance of your trip, and we’ll also enjoy a tasting of the local wines. After our tour, we’ll return to our ship and cruise towards Bratislava.

Day 3: Bratislava (27 miles/44 km)
Today's bike trip will bring you to the "Freedom Cycling Bridge" and an outside view of the Schloss Hof, Prince Eugene of Savoy's Baroque-style country estate. We'll continue to the cliffs of the Sandberg expanse and then on to Devin Castle. Depicted on Slovak money and postage stamps, it has a commanding view of the confluence of the two significant rivers that form part of the country's borders: the Danube and the Morava. Once finished, we'll return to the ship and cruise to Kalocsa, Hungary.

Day 4: Kalocsa
Join us for a Classic excursion to the Puszta. Also known as the Great Plains, this vast, flat prairie was the wild west of Hungary in the 19th century. Dive into the heart of folklore and traditions while watching a horse show.

Day 5: Budapest (11 miles/18 km)
Today, you'll set out on a bike tour of the Hungarian capital to explore one of the richest cities in Europe. Considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Budapest is a surprising mix of historical ruins and modern living. Castle Hill provides an exceptional view of the city and river. Our tour will finish up on beautiful Margaret Island. Once reserved as an aristocratic resort, it is now a vast urban public garden. You'll have free time in the afternoon. Then join us for a visit to the famous Gellert Baths. At the end of our tour, you'll have some time to swim and enjoy the spa.

Feel free to partake in an evening of traditional entertainment in Budapest. We'll spend the night cruising to Esztergom.

Day 6: Budapest – Esztergom (24 miles/34 km)
Leaving from Esztergom, today's bike tour will bring us along the bike path that crosses the region and offers magnificent views of the bucolic countryside. On our way, we'll catch a glimpse of the Château Béla, built in 1732. Once a residence for the Krockow family, it is now a luxurious 5-star hotel. We'll return to the ship, and spend the afternoon cruising to Vienna. Tonight is our festive gala evening. Our ship will cruise through the night.

Day 7: Vienna (11 miles/18 km)
We'll begin the day with a bike trip to the Klosterneuburg Monastery, founded in 1114 by Saint Leopold III of Babenberg, the patron saint of Austria. In an eventful history spanning nine centuries, Klosterneuburg Monastery has developed into a religious, scientific, cultural and economic center. After our visit, we'll get back on our bikes for a guided tour of Vienna, a renowned bike-friendly city.

Day 8: Vienna
Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

May 25; Aug 3; Sep 21*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)
Low season: Aug 03, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018
High season: May 25, 2018 - Jun 01, 2018, Sep 21, 2018 - Sep 28, 2018

Prices

Upper Deck

Please provide passport details with your booking

Per person, double occupancy
USD3232
High season surcharge
USD63
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
USD829
Bike Rentals
Electrically-assisted bike
USD179
Discounts
Child, ages 2-9 (on base package price)
20%
Third person in triple cabin (on base package price)
30%
Middle Deck

Please provide passport details with your booking

Per person, double occupancy
USD3175
High season surcharge
USD63
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
USD829
Bike Rentals
Electrically-assisted bike
USD179
Discounts
Child, ages 2-9 (on base package price)
20%
Third person in triple cabin (on base package price)
30%
Main Deck

Please provide passport details with your booking

Per person, double occupancy
USD2974
High season surcharge
USD63
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
USD829
Bike Rentals
Electrically-assisted bike
USD179
Discounts
Child, ages 2-9 (on base package price)
20%
Third person in triple cabin (on base package price)
30%
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

CroisiEurope Terms and Conditions

Cancellation fees:

In case of cancellation, the cancellation fees will be as follows: if the cancellation happens:

  • More than 90 days from departure: $100 per person
  • From 90 to 60 days before departure: 35% of the total price
  • From 59 to 30 days before departure: 50% of of the total price
  • Less than 29 days before departure: 100% of the total price

NB : CUSTOMS Policy
For cruises from Seville, Venice, Dubrovnik (sea port harbors), and Danube cruises, we will request full details of passport information are compulsory for customs authorities.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION/VISAS:
All guests must have passports valid for six months following disembarkation and necessary visas when
boarding. Guests are advised to check with their travel agent of the U.S. Consulate Service to determine which documents they must obtain. If incorrect documents are obtained, guests will be unable to participate in particular shore excursions and may be denied boarding and/or entry into certain countries. Visa kits from an independent third party are provided upon request as a service to guests selecting Russia destination. Note: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name or you may be denied boarding. Travel documentation and visa requirements applying specifically to ocean cruise itineraries will be indicated as part of the tour operator advertising materials and will also be provided to your travel agent upon booking.
The tour operator accepts no responsibility for obtaining required visas nor for advising guests of visa or other immigration requirements.

DISABLED GUESTS:
You must report any disability requiring special attention while on the tour operator cruises itinerary to the tour operator at the time the reservation is made. All vessels and motorcoaches are equipped to European standards. Most transportation services, including the vessels and motorcoaches, are not equipped with elevators or wheelchair ramps. Only our 3-deck ships have elevators.
The tour operator will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled travelers, but
is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so nor is it responsible for any denial of services by vessel operators, air carriers, hotels, restaurants or other independent suppliers. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to a vacation participant for walking, dining, getting on and off vessels, motocoaches and other vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified and physically able companion must accompany travelers who need such assistance and must assume full
responsibility for their well being.

RESPONSIBILITY:
The tour operator accepts no liability or responsibility, whether occasioned by railroad, motorcoach, private car, boat, aircraft or any other conveyance, for any injury, damages, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason or defect, through the acts or defaults of any company or person, or in carrying out the arrangements of the cruise, as a result of any cause beyond the control of the tour operator.
Guests specifically release the tour operator from any and all claims for loss or damage to baggage or property or from personal injuries or death, or from loss delay, arising out of the acts, omissions or negligence of any independent contractors, such as air carriers, hotels, shore excursion operators, restaurateurs, transportation providers, medical personnel or other providers of services or facilities. All arrangements made for guests with independent contractors, including medical services, are made solely for convenience to participant and are done at the participant’s own risk. Medical personnel are independent contractors. The tour operator specifically disclaims all liability for damages for emotional distress, mental suffering or psychological injury or any kind, except to the extent prohibited by 46 U.S.C §183c(b).
Tickets, vouchers and any other travel documents are subject to all terms and conditions of the respective suppliers (some of which may limit suppliers’ liability). Under no circumstances shall the tour operator be construed as a carrier under a contract for safe carriage of the guest or his or her belongings. The tour operator identified herein shall be entitled to any and all liability limitations, immunities and rights applicable to them or any of them under the Strasbourg Convention on the limitation of Liability of Owners of Inland Navigation Vessels (CLNI), with protocols and amendments, together with the further provisions of the International Convention of Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976, with revisions and amendments (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Convention”).
The tour operator identified herein shall in addition be entitled to any and all exemptions from liability, liability limitations, immunities and rights applicable under the aforesaid 1976 Athens Convention as amended which limits the carrier’s liability for death of or personal injury to a passenger to no more than 46,666 special drawing rights as defined therein (approximately US$70,000 which fluctuates depending upon a daily exchange rate as printed in the Wall Street Journal) and the laws of the United States including Title 46 US Code Sections 30501-30509 and 30511, if and as applicable, and by those other and further limitations of liability set forth in the statutory and general maritime law of the United States, (including Title 46 U.S Code Section 181-186, 188), as well as any other applicable nation’s laws limiting liability.
The tour operator identified in this brochure shall be entitled to claim the benefit of whichever law, regulation, treaty or doctrine provides the greatest legal protections to the tour operator identified in this brochure.

REFUSAL OF PASSAGE:
The tour operator shall not be required to refund any amount paid by any guest who must leave the cruise prematurely for any reason, nor shall the tour operator be responsible for the lodging, meals, return transportation or other expenses by such guest.

ACTS OF GOD, STRIKE, OR OTHER CONDITIONS BEYOND CONTROL:
Neither the tour operator shall be liable for delay or inability to perform any condition in this brochure or any part thereof caused by or arising out of strikes, lockout or labor difficulties or shortages whether or not the carrier is party thereto, or explosion, fire, collision, standing or foundering of the vessel or its hull or machinery of fittings howsoever and wheresoever any or the same may arise or be caused, or civil commotion, riot, insurrection, war, government restraint, requisitioning of the vessel, political disturbance, acts or threats of terrorism, inability to secure or failure of supplies including fuel, Acts of God, force majeure or other circumstances beyond their control.

TRAVEL AGENT:
All travel agents and agents of any other nature with exception to the tour operator are solely your agents for purposed of the Passenger Ticket Contract and all other documents concerning the river or ocean cruise and any related arrangements made by the travel agent for any other or related travel, lodging, excursions, tours or facilities of any nature, neither the tour operator nor the operator or carrier of the river or ocean cruise vessel shall be responsible for any representation or conduct of your travel agent, including but not limited to any failure to remit your deposit of other funds to the tour operator as sales agent for the particular operator or carrier for which you shall at all times remain liable.

ITINERARIES, PRICES/INCREASES AND OMISSIONS:
Itineraries are subject to change and may need to be altered or cancelled specifically because of water levels or wind factors. Prices shown in this brochure are subject to change with or without notice. Adjustments for currency and/or fuel fluctuations may apply. Airfares are subject to change if bookings are not paid in full. Optional shore excursions/tours/concerts, excess baggage charges, drinks, beverages and meals not included in the package are additional costs to the guest. The tour operator is not responsible for omissions, printing and/or presentation errors and reserves the right to make corrections as required.

PRICES: Our prices are indicated in U.S dollars ($) they are given per person and based on a double cabin. They are established on the basis of the prevailing economic conditions applicable from September 2014 and are calculated at an all-in rate including a series of service provisions described in the programmes and reserved by the customer but exclude all service provisions that the customer shall reserve and pay for on board and other costs and any expenditure occasioned by a fortuitous event (strike, riot, revolution, weather conditions, water levels, etc.).
They depend on various factors involved in their calculation such as the cost of transportation, cost of loading and unloading, port costs, fuel costs, royalties and other taxes, and remain subjected to revision.
Therefore, and pursuant to the statutory part of Book II of the Tourism Code, we reserve the right to review our prices in the event of variations in exchange rates, the cost of fuel (Brent barrel reference available on the E.I.A’s web site, economic conditions or any other service provision mentioned in the programmes.
The prices, all taxes included, shall be confirmed by the travel agent selling the cruise at the time of booking. In the event of modifications, the adjustment up or down shall not necessarily be operated upon the date of payment for service provisions, but upon the date of use which alone shall prevail. In any case, no price change can be made in the 30 days preceding the departure.
The cost of visas and tariffs for optional excursions are subject to modification at any time without prior notice by the competent authorities, and in this case, will be passed on in full to customers.
About the circuits of the brand the tour operator that mention it, prices are set according to the number of participants and are therefore likely to be revised or passed on in full to customers.
All services charged on board the boats should be paid on board, before the clients get off.
Unless stated otherwise in the program, for cruises the tour operator, prices are given as a rough guide and are guaranteed for a minimum of 25 people per excursion. If the minimum number of 25 people is not reached, a price adjustment may be applied on board ship when the excursion takes place, whether such excursion was purchased on board or in the context of an all-in excursions price on booking.

TRAVEL - DURATION – ACCOMMODATION: Durations shown do not match with the number of days spent at the destination, but with the entire trip, including transport, either a certain number of nights and do not necessarily correspond to a predetermined number of full days. If, owing to the schedules imposed by the various means of transport, the first and last days happen to be curtailed by a late arrival or a morning departure, no refunds shall be forthcoming. The duration of the voyage is calculated
as of the day of convocation to the day of return.
Meals on the first and last days are not included unless otherwise indicated in the programme, and will be at the passengers’ own expense.
All services on the last day end with breakfast. Some meals may be provided by the airline. The classification and category of the hotels and ships (off fleet from the tour operator) are provided by the local authorities in the country and according to their criteria, which may or may not correspond to the French norms. Any claim or complaint arising as a result of the categorisation of hotel or ship will not give rise to any refund or payment of compensation.

PAYMENT FOR THE VOYAGE – BOOKINGS AND SETTLEMENT OF ACCOUNTS: Bookings may be made at any time in any travel agency, subject to places available. Programs and prices shall be those listed on our sales contracts, which must be taken by the travel agent seller on the copy given to the traveler and signed up for acceptance. The prior information is available in our brochure, completed with any amendments, corrections communicated to the time of application for registration with the tour operator. The client acknowledges having read all these elements.
Your booking shall be considered firm as soon as have agreed and applied the conditions of the contract.
For the tour operator, the voyage cannot be guaranteed if full settlement of the balance owing has not reached us 30 days prior to the date of departure. Failure to pay the balance upon the dates thus defined constitutes default, which is subject to a clause of immediate resolution of the contract. For bookings made less than 30 days prior to the date of departure, the total sum shall be paid on booking.
For the tour operator, the voyage cannot be guaranteed if full settlement of the balance owing has not reached us 45 days prior to the date of departure. Failure to pay the balance upon the dates thus defined constitutes default, which is subject to a clause of immediate resolution of the contract. For bookings made less than 45 days prior to the date of departure, the total sum shall be paid on booking.
For failure to meet deadlines above, the company the tour operator reserves the right to take back seats if the customer has not paid the amounts expected by the company within eight days after the formal notice of payment sent by the tour operator.
By virtue of Articles L-441-3 and L-441-6 of the Commercial Code, all late payments shall bring about the application of late payment penalties equal to 1.5 times the legal rate of interest. Furthermore, no discounts shall be granted for early payment.
Travel documents and transport tickets shall be issued to the passenger after payment of the price in full.

ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS IN THE EVENT OF MODIFICATION BY THE CUSTOMER PRIOR TO DEPARTURE: For cruises: All modifications to the booking fifteen days prior to departure shall entail a charge of € 50 excluding VAT per person (excluding postage costs, which shall be charged as extra). Such charge is not refundable and is payable immediately by credit card or bank transfer only (no payments by check will be accepted). However, no modifications shall be accepted less than four days prior to departure. Such charges shall also be demanded in the event of transfer of the contract to a third party. Be careful, any change in the cruise date is considered as a cancellation and will be subject to cancellation charges.
For transfers: Should a modification require the change of one or more names of customers, on the date, or on the trip itinerary, we decline allliability as to acceptance or refusal by our various suppliers, particularly the airline companies. Modification charges in the order $ 100 excluding VAT added to the total ticket price excluding VAT per person may be demanded by said companies. In the event of refusal, the cancellation charge scales apply.

MODIFICATIONS TO AIRLINE SERVICES BY CUSTOMERS AFTER DEPARTURE: The tariffs of the airlines used to reach the ports of embarkation are subject to specific terms and conditions of reservation and issue. Once the voyage has started, no modifications are permitted by the airline companies or by the ship owner and no refunds shall be forthcoming. The ship owner shall not meet the accommodation expenses of passengers put ashore in the course of the cruise or at the end of
the cruise.

POSTAGE COSTS: Any costs such as guaranteed overnight delivery, express delivery, etc. rendered necessary by dint of a late booking, strikes by the postal services or other circumstances beyond our control shall be billed to the travel agency or to the customer.

CANCELLATION COSTS: Should the customer cancel, the refund of amounts paid will be made after deduction of the amounts (cancellation costs) stipulated in the contract.
If canceled made by the customer, the refund of amounts paid will be made deducting the cancellations fees per person specified in the contract, according to the cancellation date from the departure date, and costs that are non-refundable insurance fees, booking fees, visa fees and any other cancellation fees charged by our suppliers.
If one of the passengers in a double room or cabin cancels his booking, the remaining passenger shall pay the single cabin supplement. All cancellations must be sent to us by written (email or mail).

IMPORTANT: All all-in prices including air transport are subject to the general and special terms and conditions of cancellation of the designated airline companies. In the event of cancellation of one or more passengers, the following terms and conditions of cancellation shall be applied:

• Land, river and maritime services: pursuant to the general terms and conditions of the tour operator.
• Air transport: terms and conditions of the designated airline company, available on the web sites of the respective airlines or from our booking departments on request.

REFUNDS / DISCOUNTS: No refund shall be forthcoming if the customer fails to turn up at the times and places mentioned in the travel instructions sent to him. Likewise, if he cannot provide the police or
health documents required for his voyage (passports, visas, identity card, vaccination certificate, etc.). The tour operator cannot be held responsible for a delay to air, rail or land feeder services bringing about the passenger’s failure to appear at departure, regardless of the reason, even if such delay
is the result of a case of force majeure, a fortuitous circumstance or the
fault of a third party.
Curtailment of the cruise shall not give rise to a refund request or credit note of any kind, unless appropriate cancellation insurance has been taken out which includes such option in its general terms and conditions.
In this case, the refund shall be made directly by the insurance company. The waiver of any of the services included in the services of the cruise shall not entitle to any refund. Claims on the ground of possible price differences shall not be taken into consideration. The signature of the booking contract and payment of the invoice by the client imply his acceptance of the travel prices and terms. It is impossible for the tour operator to take into account, afterwards, reductions or special prices announced
after the trip is confirmed.
Reductions apply to the base price before airport taxes, extra costs, handling costs, visa and insurance costs.
The various reductions cannot be used concurrently and cannot be granted subsequent to booking. Reductions are not applicable to promotions.

REDUCTIONS FOR CHILDREN: Under 2 years of age, meal and accommodation costs are payable in situ; over 2 and under 10 years of age: 20% reduction on the price of the cruise excluding taxes,
supplements and administrative costs. This discount does not apply to the brand the tour operator (Mekong, Volga etc.).

TRIPLE CABIN REDUCTION: 30% reduction on the all-in cruise price shall be granted to the 3rd occupant of the same family in a triple cabin excluding taxes, supplements and administrative costs. This discount does not apply to the brand the tour operator (Mekong, Volga etc.).

INDIVIDUAL CABIN: Individual cabins are allowed in an amount of 10% of the total number. The number of individual cabins shall not exceed 12, on the total number on the boat.

FORMALITIES: Participants must meet the police and customs formalities in force at the time the voyage takes place and according to their nationality, and must have in their possession all tourist and transit visas and any health certificates required, and this for all countries through which the cruise itinerary passes. Thus, non-French citizens, foreign-born should inquire about the formalities, from their home consulate. We recommend that passengers check for any modifications with their travel agency or consulates, embassies and competent health services or by visiting websites such as http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr etc. A passenger who is not permitted to board a flight or finds himself denied entry into a country, owing to his failure to present documents required by the authorities and mentioned in the contract of sale or the invoice which he has signed, may not claim a refund of any kind. In the event of noncompliance, all costs incurred shall be at the total charge of the customer.
The passenger is required to provide the company with any information necessary to enable the latter to satisfy its own obligations on security. In situations where we arrange the entry documents for clients (visa), we will do so on the basis of the information supplied to us by the client. We cannot be held liable under any circumstances if any information provided proves to be erroneous. The requested documents must be sent to us by RECORDED DELIVERY (SIGNED FOR ON RECEIPT) within the required time frame and after having verified that they will be valid for the countries to be visited. These documents will not be returned until the day of departure. We will not be held responsible for any delay or nondelivery by the relevant authorities. The passenger must provide to the company every information necessary to enable it to fulfill its own obligations in the matter of security.
NB: Between publication of this brochure and the date of departure, certain modifications may occur. Indeed, the regulations of the different countries change frequently without notice, they are given in the
brochure only as a guide, it returns to the client to inform of the necessary steps at the time of his journey. The tour operator cannot be declared responsible for the failure to observe the formalities on which it advises upon reservation of dossiers at the latest and for fines resulting from the failure to observe the customs or health regulations of the countries visited.

CHILDREN / MINORS: Reservations from minors shall not be accepted by the travel agency but must be made by the parents or other adults of more than 18 years of age with the necessary authorizations. Minors of under 18 years of age are not permitted to travel on board unaccompanied.
They must be accompanied by parents or adults of more than 18 years of age. No alcoholic beverages shall be served to minors on board. Proof of the customer’s age may be requested by the ship’s personnel.

MEDICAL CONTRAINDICATIONS: All passengers shall ensure that they are medically, physically and / or in a psychic way fit to undertake a trip without endangering their life or the life of others. No medical services are offered aboard our ships.
Any passenger with a physical or mental incapacity, limited capacity of mobility, having an illness requiring treatment or medical care ,or pregnant women should inform the travel agent at the time of booking.
No reservations can be accepted for passengers whose physical or mental condition is likely to render their participation in the cruise or in the vacation impossible or dangerous for themselves or others, or who require forms of care or assistance impossible to guarantee aboard ship, notably because of unsuitable infrastructure. Some suppliers (hoteliers, airlines and cruise companies, etc) may require a medical certificate confirming that the passenger is fit to travel or they may refuse to accept the booking if they feel that they will be unable to guarantee any assistance or treatment deemed necessary for the health and well-being of the passenger. Participation in the voyage and in excursions is subject
to the condition of the passenger having sufficient mobility. If necessary, the disabled may be accompanied at their own expense to obtain the required assistance.
All personal accidents, diversions or forced stopover costs disrupting the course of the cruise shall be at the liability of the passenger having concealed his unfitness to travel.
We recommend the wearing of footwear suitable for life aboard and for excursions with non-slip soles.
Some vaccinations, although not mandatory, may be recommended by health authorities.

DENIED BOARDING AND PREMATURE DISEMBARKATION: Boarding may be denied to all passengers and a passenger’s cruise may be curtailed (at the risk and cost of the passenger put ashore) when, in the opinion of the ship’s captain or the senior officer on board, such passenger is not fit to travel, for administrative or other legitimate reasons, or disrupts or endangers other passengers. Such a passenger may be put ashore in any port of call whatsoever without the ship owner’s liability being invoked.
The river cruise operator may not be required to reimburse the days of the cruise not made by the passenger put ashore or to cover any costs occasioned by being thus put ashore.

COMPLIANCE WITH THE TIMING OF STOPOVERS: On stopovers, the latest time for returning to the ship and departure of the ship are mentioned aboard and stipulated by the senior officer on board. It behooves passengers to abide by such times. The company declines all liability in the event of failure to board at the appointed time. No refund or compensation shall be payable to the passenger.

EXCURSIONS: The excursions presented in the brochure are optional (unless otherwise stated).
The itineraries of the excursions defined in the programs are given as a rough guide and may be subject to variations owing to external circumstances (e.g. meteorological conditions, strikes, transports delays, closure of sites by the local authorities, etc.) or owing to local service providers. In actual fact, some of the places visited are subject to high levels of security (the Kremlin for example). The authorities in any country may therefore close any place in an untimely manner and prohibit all visits. We cannot be held responsible for the unexpected closure of any intended site and we will always do our best to arrange an alternative visit in such instances. In the event of cancellation of an excursion, the tour operator undertakes to do its utmost to offer replacement tours. In the event of definitive cancellation, the excursion shall be refunded. No complementary compensation may be claimed in such circumstances.
Unless stated otherwise in the program, for cruises the tour operator, prices are given as a rough guide and are guaranteed for a minimum of 25 people per excursion. If the minimum number of 25 people is not reached, a price adjustment may be applied on board ship when the excursion takes place, whether such excursion was purchased on board or in the context of an all-in excursions price on booking.
Excursions scheduled for the evening of or the morning after boarding are only guaranteed for customers who have paid the all-in excursion price (unless the minimum of 25 passengers is not reached. In this case, the special terms and conditions mentioned above shall be applied).

Even if they are proposed by our local representatives as an extra service to passengers, they are bought freely on the spot and do not form a component part of the holiday booked through the tour operator from France.
All descriptions and tariffs shown are for guidance purposes only. Any dispute, accident or incident in their conduct must be solved on the spot with the body concerned and do not in any way engage the responsibility of the tour operator or the travel agency from which the trip was booked.

PERSONAL ITEMS / LUGGAGE: Animals, hazardous objects and products, such as illegal substances, firearms, blunt objects and knives, explosives, oxygen, compressed air or inflammable products, etc. are strictly prohibited on board. The ship owner reserves the right to deny boarding to passengers in possession of such items. Passengers shall be answerable for all damage suffered by the ship owner owing to the failure to abide by the aforementioned obligations.
Loss of objects or material damage thereto shall be declared on board in writing to the Purser’s Office during the cruises and the head attendant or as part of a circuit or a stay. Such declaration shall be forwarded to us by the passenger within three days of disembarkation.
Except in cases of fault on its part, the company may not be held responsible for the loss, theft, pilferage of and/or damage to the passenger’s property. Our crew is at your disposal for the handling of your luggage and its liability may not be invoked. The limit on liability is € 450 per passenger, it only applies to trips aboard boats of the fleet the tour operator. For travels and cruises of the tour operator, the responsibility lies with the owners and local providers. During the whole duration of the trip, luggage, as well as the watching of the belongings is the responsibility of the passengers. The tour operator underline to the travelers the fact that it cannot in any way be held responsible for items left and does not support
their research or their repatriation. Therefore the forgetting of luggage owing to the customer’s oversight shall result in the charging of any additional costs incurred in recovering it. We advise our passengers to take out luggage insurance.
In the event of loss, late delivery or damage to luggage in the context of air transfers, it is the passenger’s responsibility to fill in the luggage complaint form at the airport with the airline company. The original shall be required by the latter for processing all claims.

VALUABLE ITEMS: The ship owner shall not be answerable for the loss of or damage to valuable items, money, financial documents, jewellery, and personal property. We request you not to leave valuable items unattended.
Furthermore, we advise you not to leave in the luggage you entrust to carriers any valuable items, keys or identity papers, or medicinal products essential to your health. We cannot be held responsible in the event of damage to and loss or theft of personal effects.

COMPLAINTS: Any assessment of a subjective nature will be considered with interest but may not be recoverable. If there were problems during the trip, it is strongly recommended to inform immediately your attendant or purser to find a solution in due case. In case of non-delivery or non-use of a local performance in accordance with client’s decision, no refund can be made. All complaints must be forwarded to us within 10 days of disembarkation by any means allowing for receipt confirmation to
the seller, in accordance with the Tourism Code, and shall be taken into consideration to the extent that such complaint has been observed. The customer shall attach to his letter the assessment form submitted to him with his travel documentation, and shall also attach all proofs in support
of his complaint. The tour operator informs you that the response time varies from 1 to 3 months following the period of survey among services, hotels or service providers necessary for any claim.
After contacting quality customer service and in the absence of a satisfactory response within maximum 90 days, the customer can complain to the ombudsman of Tourism and Travel, whose details and
conditions of entry are available on this website: www. mtv.travel. In the event of litigation between traders or commercial companies, the courts of Strasbourg alone shall be competent.

PURCHASES: All purchases made in situ are the sole responsibility of customers (for example: counterfeit and other articles...).

CANCELLATION OF CRUISES BY The tour operator: The ship owner reserves the right to cancel cruises for circumstances of force majeure, recurrent climatic or natural events (high tides and low tides, cyclones, etc.) or which may render it impossible to enjoy certain service provisions for reasons relating to passenger safety, and this at any time prior to departure, with no other obligation than to reimburse sums paid. In such a case, the customer may not claim any complementary indemnity.
The tour operator shall, insofar as this is possible, offer the passenger a replacement cruise of equivalent value. The passenger shall be entitled, as he chooses, to take advantage of such replacement cruise or else receive a refund under the terms set out in these conditions. Should the passenger accept the replacement cruise, no reimbursement or payment of compensation shall take place. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel one or other cruise up to 21 days prior to departure in the event of insufficient bookings; the customer may not claim any indemnity in this specific case. The minimum number of participants is set to 80 people for the cruises from the brand the tour operator and 130 to 200 people for cruises on the Volga depending on the ship standards, 30 people for cruises on the Dnieper River, 40 people for cruises on the Mekong and 25 persons for ground extensions.

CHANGES TO PROGRAMMES, ITINERARIES AND TIMETABLES: In the event of strike, bad weather conditions endangering the operation of the vessel safely or extraordinary circumstances, as explained in the Recitals above EC Regulation or for any other legitimate reason, the tour operator may at all times and without notice, advance or delay a departure or a stopover or, if need be, change ports of call, and may not be held responsible to passengers in the event of cancellation, earlier or later departure or arrival, modification or substitution.
The tour operator may not be held responsible for any failure to abide by the arrival and departure times given in this brochure, and this regardless of the port of call.
As part of the programming the tour operator, we reserve the right to the ships captains, cruise directors, leaders and representatives of premises the tour operator to modify the itineraries and order of excursions in our programs at any given moment if circumstances demand it.
Generally speaking, and this is the universal principal, the ship’s captain’s primary mission is the safety of passengers on board. Regardless of the ship or the destination, he is the sole master on board and may decide at any time to divert the ship or cancel a port of call. The ship’s captain may cancel the cruise or modify the itinerary of the cruise if he judges it appropriate to the interests of passengers and the safety of the vessel.
Should the cruise be interrupted for reasons of force majeure, the customer shall be refunded for the days of the cruise not effected but may not claim any complementary indemnity.
Should such modifications or cancellations of the voyage occur, Articles R 211-9 to R 211-11 of the Tourism Code shall apply.
Possible unforeseen circumstances (civil or religious festivals, political demonstrations, strikes, breakdowns, traffic jams, changes by government authorities, or other legitimate reason) may bring about modifications to visits or excursions for which the tour operator cannot be held responsible
and which shall not permit the customer to request compensation.
Some destinations are subject to particular meteorological and climatic conditions. Some ports of call may be reversed, curtailed or cancelled, particularly for the reasons stated above, without giving rise to
indemnification. In the event of cancellation, excursions purchased on board shall be reimbursed. No other compensation shall be payable. A particular port of call cannot be taken to be the objective of a programme, which is intended to explore a region in a general way and discover the
pleasures of sailing.

CHANGE IN CABIN CATEGORY OR NUMBER BY THE SHIPOWNER: For technical or operational reasons, river companies or ship-owners may allot the passenger a cabin other than the one set or chosen upon the reservation. In that event the new allotted cabin should be at least in the same category. Such change shall not be considered a valid cancellation reason for the client, nor a significant change in the contract and shall entitle to no compensation.

TRANSPORT: The considerable increase in air and rail traffic, events beyond our control (strikes, technical incidents, meteorology, etc.) and safety imperatives mean that charter and regular airline companies and railway companies are not always able to respect the schedules. Delays, both on departure and on return, are possible and are beyond the control of the carrier, the tour operator and the travel agency. No compensation other than that laid down in prevailing legislation shall be granted,
regardless of the subsequent professional or personal consequences. The customer is therefore recommended to allow a reasonable period of time, particularly for the return flight, in the event of connecting flights or important appointments. French provincial departures established by
The tour operator on specially chartered flights are guaranteed for a minimum of 80 passengers.
Modifications to times and dates imposed by the railway or airline companies may occur both at departure and on arrival, causing the journey to be shortened or extended. The tour operator, acting in the capacity of intermediary between the buyer and the railway or airline company, shall strive to find the most suitable solutions but may not be held responsible for the consequences of any such delays or modifications. No compensation shall be forthcoming in such circumstances.
Furthermore, we decline all liability for air and rail transfers not booked through the tour operator. Our customers travelling to or from the cruise by their own means are recommended to book tickets which can be changed or refunded. Cruises may not be cancelled by the customer owing to rail or air traffic. For your information, airline companies recommend the re-confirmation of the return flight. It is incumbent on passengers to do so within the times allowed.
Tickets issued in the context of our programmes or booked directly by the customer, which are not used on the outward and/or return journey, shall not be reimbursed, even if postponed to a later date or if the holiday is cancelled. Giving up one’s seat to take a different flight or train shall not give rise to a refund on the unused ticket or to the payment of the cost of the new ticket.
All complaints regarding travel prior or subsequent to the cruise, whether by air or by land, and any costs (taxi, parking, hotels, modifications to reservations, tickets which cannot be changed, etc.) shall not give rise to any compensation in situ or upon return. Likewise in cases of arrivals at a station or an airport different from the station or airport of departure (e.g.: Paris Orly, Paris Roissy).
Pursuant to Decree No 2007-669 of 2 May 2007 on the obligation to inform passengers of the identity of the airline carrier, the customer shall be informed of the identity of the contractual carrier(s) or of the
carrier(s) likely to fulfill the flight purchased de facto. The vendor shall inform the customer of the identity of the actual airline company which shall handle the flight(s). Such information shall be communicated eight days at the latest prior to the date laid down in the transport contract or at the time the contract is concluded if this occurs fewer than eight days prior to the start of the journey. In the event of modification to the identity of the carrier, the customer shall be informed thereof and this
at the time of check-in at the latest.
The passenger ticket used in airline and railway companies, or else the control card, constitutes the only contract between the latter and the customer. The customer is responsible for his transport document, shall therefore accept the consequences of any loss, theft or destruction of his transport document and shall not be entitled to invoke our liability.
The baggage allowance is generally 20 kg per person on regular flights and 15 kg on charter flights. Excess baggage charges shall be paid to the company during check-in. The transport of bulky items (wheelchairs, breathing apparatus, pushchairs, etc.) should be pointed out when booking and may be subject to a variable supplement depending on the airline company. Certain airline companies charge for assistance at airports and service provisions on board.
In the event of damage to or non-delivery of luggage by the airline company, Customer shall immediately report the irregularity to the competent authorities on the arrival airport in order to complete a declaration of loss or damage. Then, within 7 days maximum, to claim compensation, the passenger will have to send to the airline this declaration accompanied by necessary original documents. The passenger shall also keep all originals of his transport documents. The airline company shall take no further action unless such procedure is undertaken and such documents presented. The tour operator, acting in the capacity of intermediary between the buyer and the airline company, shall strive to find the most suitable solutions but may not be held responsible for the consequences of any such damage to or loss of luggage. No compensation shall be forthcoming from the tour operator in such circumstances.

RESPONSIBILITY OF CARRIERS: The consequences of accidents / incidents which may occur during airline transport are governed by the provisions of the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions or local regulations governing domestic transport in the country concerned.

RESPONSIBILITY OF PASSENGERS: Each passenger (or, if the passenger is a minor, his parents or guardians) is responsible and undertakes to compensate the company for any damage to furniture, equipment or other items owned by the boat, for damage in hotels or on airplanes used by the passenger as part of his trip.
Each passenger (or, if the passenger is a minor, his parents or guardians) is responsible and undertakes to compensate the company for all fines or contraventions imposed upon the company owing to an act, omission or violation of a law, whether it be a voluntary act or not on the part of the passenger.
Passports must be in order for the countries through which the ship passes. It is the responsibility of the passenger to ensure the validity and conformity of his passport.

RESPONSIBILITY OF the tour operator: In its capacity as organiser of cruises, both as owner and charterer, the obligations of the tour operator are defined by the combined provisions of the Tourism Code and those specifically and lawfully applicable to the navigation of the ship assigned to the cruise and, in the absence of such a law, to those of the Law of 15th June 1895, and to these terms and conditions with which the cruise passenger hereby states that he is fully cognisant. The responsibility of the tour operator may only be invoked for reasons pertaining to the ship’s crew and to the ship. All anomalies shall be pointed out to the Purser.
The tour operator may not be held responsible for any damage suffered by passengers on dry land: injuries, accidents, loss, irregularities, delays, lack of means of transport, etc. imputable to external companies such as airline companies, hotels, reception agencies, restaurateurs, suppliers, etc. All services thereto pertaining (transport, accommodation, transfers…) reserved in addition to the cruise do not fall under its responsibility. The limitation of The tour operator for bodily damage is SDR 60.000 (SDR: Special Drawing Rights: international currency) per passenger on boats of the fleet the tour operator according to the rules of the Strasbourg Convention (CLNI) on the limitation of liability of boat owners.
INSURANCE: Regarding the civil liability of the tour operator in respect of passengers and third parties, the tour operator is insured for bodily and material accidents by a “Protection and Indemnity Club (P&I)” guarantee. Regarding the professional civil liability of the cruise organiser, the latter is insured pursuant to the provisions of the Tourism Code. The contract covers underwritten by Allianz within the guaranteed type of damage, per claim and per insurance year the injury to the tune of € 10 million, property damage and consequential damage to the tune of € 3,000,000 professional liability up to € 5,000,000 (for all injury, damage and consequential).
Professional civil liability insurance: insurance policy no. 43884621 Financial cover provided by A.P.S.T. – 15, Avenue Carnot – 75017 Paris REPATRIATION ASSISTANCE GUARANTEE: Insurance including medical repatriation and people assistance is included in all our cruises. It is contract nr.302953 taken out with Mondial Assistance. For further information please enquire.

From 1st Nov 2016: It is contract nr.58224397 taken out with Europ Assistance. For further information please enquire.

OPTIONAL INSURANCE: For your comfort and safety, we strongly advise that you take out the cancellation, luggage damage, civil liabilityand stay interruption insurance offered by the tour operator and taken out with Mondial rate to specify at booking (rate applicable on the total amount of your file).

From 1st Nov 2016: taken out with Europ Assistance.

GENERAL INFORMATION: All the information published in our brochures concerning timetables, itineraries and hotel and ship facilities were correct at the time the brochure was published and may be subject to modifications. In such cases, customers will be advised of any such amendments at the booking stage. Maps, photographs and illustrations are provided purely for guidance purposes and are not contractual.

PROTECTION OF PERSONAL DATA: Pursuant to the French Data Protection Act of 6 January 1978 and the provisions on the protection of personal data, the information given to the tour operator by its cocontractor is required to process his order and is essential to the management of service provisions. With the customer’s consent, such data may also be used by the tour operator to send him its promotional or commercial offers, by electronic or postal mail. The co-contractor has the right of access to and rectification of all data which concern him, which he can exercise by writing to the tour operator, Marketing Department, 12 Rue de la Division Leclerc, 67000 Strasbourg, France, specifying his surname, first name and address.

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