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  • 7 nights | 26 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €799
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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 Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

Travel by bike and boat along the Danube River – a really special experience, because your "floating hotel" is accompanying you at all times!

Accompanied by a comfortable cruise ship you cycle along Europe's second largest river, the Danube, from the charming Passau, the Bavarian "three river city," straight into the heart of the once glorious Imperial and Royal Monarchy.

Enjoy three of the most enchanting European capitals: the lively Vienna, the Slovak coronation city of Bratislava at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains and Budapest, the "Hungarian Danube Queen." By bicycle, you will discover the stunning natural spectacle of the Schlögener Donauschlinge ("Great Loop"), the legendary Wachau with romantic towns and mighty castles amidst lovely vineyards, the untouched alluvial forests of the Danube National Park, as well as the picturesque Hungarian Danube bend where the important cupola of the basilica in Esztergom salutes from the distance.

Daily program

Day 1: Passau – Engelhartszell
Individual arrival to Passau, the "Three River City." Passau attracts many with the world's greatest church organ at the Stephansdom and its charming Old Town. Embarkation around 4:00pm and departure around 7:00pm. Enjoy your dinner on board and an evening cruise to Engelhartszell.

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Great Loop – Brandstatt – Bratislava (28 miles/46 km)
You start your stage in Engelhartszell (the only Trappist monastery in Austria) where we head towards the "Great Loop" – one of the most beautiful and original sectors of the Danube. Your cycling will encounter small villages and cozy must-see taverns. You'll board again in Brandstatt. Then, you sail into the night towards Bratislava.

Day 3: Bratislava (34 miles/54 km, optional city tour of Bratislava)
Arrival to Bratislava around noon. You start cycling from Bratislava via Hainburg to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm further on to Devin, and then back to Bratislava. Discover the hidden alleys of Bratislava, places and all the sights of this ambition metropolis during a tour by mini train and by foot. During the night you'll cruise to Budapest.

Day 4: Budapest or Szentendre loop (rest day, optional city tour by bus/foot/bike, or 25 miles/40 km)
In the early morning, you enjoy the panoramic view of the Danube's gorgeous landscape on the Sundeck. The gateway to Budapest is overwhelming, 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 bus or 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. During the night you'll cruise to Visegrad.

Day 5: Danube Bend, Visegrad – Esztergom (15-37 miles/25-60 km)
The Danube bend is definitely one of the most delightful and attractive parts and is called the Hungarian Wachau. Today's biking 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 Theresia. The other route leads you directly to the bishop-town of Esztergom, with its gorgeous basilica – Hungary's largest Catholic Church – overlooking the village. Overnight you'll cruise to Vienna.

Day 6: Vienna – Nussdorf (rest day)
You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the Prater, the St. Stephens Cathedral, and the Hofburg. The gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House, and the town hall take you back in time. Overnight you cruise to Rossatz or Dürnstein (Wachau).

Day 7: Wachau – Melk – Pöchlarn (26-32 miles/42-52 km)
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. You’ll board again in the small village Pöchlarn. After the farewell gala dinner, you start cruising back to Passau.

Day 8: Passau
Every journey draws to an end. Once again from the deck you enjoy the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take one last look at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive relaxed to Passau. You'll arrive approximately at 10:00am, disembarking half an hour later. We recommend arranging your connecting trips from 12:00pm or later.

Route map

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

Dates

Apr 29; May 13, 27; Jun 10, 17, 24; Jul 8, 22; Aug 5, 19; Sep 2, 16, 30, 2019
Low season: Apr 29, 2019 - May 12, 2019
Shoulder season: May 13, 2019 - Jun 09, 2019, Sep 16, 2019 - Oct 07, 2019
High season: Jun 10, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019

Prices

Upper deck
Per person, double occupancy
€939
Shoulder season surcharge
€80
High season surcharge
€120
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/2-bed cabin)
Low season
€470
Shoulder season
€510
High season
€530
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1-bed cabin)
€250
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with hand brakes
€70
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with pedal brakes
€70
Electrically assisted bikes
€165
Discounts
Child, ages 0-13 sharing a cabin with 1 full paying adult (discount on base package price)
20%
Main (lower) deck
Per person, double occupancy
€799
Shoulder season surcharge
€80
High season surcharge
€120
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/2-bed cabin)
Low season
€400
Shoulder season
€440
High season
€460
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with hand brakes
€70
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed with pedal brakes
€70
Electrically assisted bikes
€165
Discounts
Child, ages 0-13 sharing a cabin with 1 full paying adult (discount on base package price)
20%
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!

SE Tours GmbH Terms and Conditions

Cancellation terms

  • Up to the 84th day prior to departure 20%
  • 83rd to 42nd day prior to departure 30%
  • 41st to 28th day prior to departure 60%
  • 27th to 4th day prior to departure 80%
  • From the 3rd day prior to departure or no show 90%

1. Package Travel Contract Conclusion/Travellers’ Duties
a) During the booking process (travel registration), Client makes a binding offer to the tour operator to conclude a Package Travel Contract. This offer is based on the folder and/or catalogue descriptions and additional information which Tour Operator provides for the relevant travel on the condition that they are available upon booking.

b) Registrations shall apply to all clients indicated on the registration. The registrant expressly declares that he/she will be responsible for contractual duties of any clients listed on the registration.

c) Booking may occur in writing, by electronic means (e-mail, internet).
d) The travel contract shall be concluded only after Tour Operator confirmed this in writing (by e-mail or letter).

e) Regarding bookings based on e-commerce (such as the internet), the following shall apply to contract conclusion:
Client is guided through each booking step; they will be able to correct their entries, delete or clear the entire online booking form. When clicking on “Book Now,” Client bindingly offers Tour Operator to conclude the travel contract, whereby an electronic confirmation of travel registration receipt does not represent travel contract acceptance. The contract is concluded once Client receives Tour Operator’s booking confirmation on a permanent data storage device.

However, the Package Travel Contract is immediately concluded based on a travel confirmation if this is displayed immediately after Client clicked on the “Book Now” button. In this case, the travel contract binding force shall not depend on Client saving or printing such travel confirmation or on them receiving this by letter. f) Any Tour Operator travel confirmations deviating from registration contents shall be considered a new offer from Tour Operator to which they are bound for ten (10) days from confirmation receipt. A travel contract shall be concluded based on the new offer if Client expressly and conclusively agrees to this or if they make any partial payments within that period.

g) Tour Operator points out that the law does not provide for a cancellation right regarding distance-selling (by letter, telephone, e-mail, telemedia or online services) package travel contracts, but only for a right to withdrawal and termination (see also item 5). A cancellation right exists, however, if contracts for travel services in terms of sec. 651a BGB were concluded outside business premises, unless negotiations on which contract conclusion is based were previously requested by Client; in the latter case, there is no cancellation right.

2. Payment

a) Should Client fail to make timely payments, Tour Operator may, after reminders without success and a grace period, withdraw from the travel contract and request cancellation costs in terms of item 5. Tour Operator reserves the right to charge on to Client any additional costs (such as bank fees) due to failed or incomplete payments.

3. Services and Prices

The scope of contract services is exclusively based on booking confirmations in connection with the catalog, folder and/or travel descriptions valid at the time of booking, including remarks and explanations therein; travel confirmations shall prevail in the case of contradictions.

b) Tour Operator reserves the right to make changes to catalog or folder information and/or travel descriptions for justified reasons, whereby Client must be informed about this.

4. Changes to Services

a) Changes to and deviations of single travel services from travel contract contents required after contract conclusion, such as due to special navigation situations, excluding those caused by Tour Operator in bad faith, shall be admissible unless significant, leading to significant changes of travel services and interfering with the overall travel structure. This shall also apply to changes to travel times and/or routes (for safety or weather conditions) upon which the captain in charge of the vessel shall decide. Any warranty claims shall not be affected to the extent to which service changes are defective. Tour Operator must immediately inform Client about travel service changes in a clear, comprehensive and highlighted way on a permanent data storage device.

b) In the event of significant changes to travel services, Client may withdraw from the travel contract without incurring any costs, whereby they must exercise this right within a reasonable period and/or immediately after being informed about any changes. Client has a right, but no obligation, to react to such information letter. Should Client respond to Tour Operator, they may agree to contract amendments, request participation in replacement travels (if offered to Client) or withdraw from the contract without any costs. If Client reacts not at all or not during legally prescribed period, the indicated changes shall be considered accepted.

5. Withdrawal by Client

a) Client has the right, prior to departure, to withdraw from the travel by making a declaration to Tour Operator. If travel agencies were involved in the booking process, such declarations may also be made to them. We recommend making written declarations which shall become effective once received by Tour Operator.

b) Should Client withdraw prior to departure or fails to begin the journey, Tour Operator may request reasonable compensation, unless Tour Operator is liable for such withdrawal or unless special circumstances at the destination or places in the immediate vicinity considerably interfere with the journey. Circumstances shall be considered unavoidable and special if beyond Tour Operator’s control and if their consequences could not have been avoided even if all reasonable precautionary measures had been taken. Compensation shall depend on the travel price, less the amount of saved expenses for Tour Operator and income from using travel services in any other way. Tour Operator determined the below lump-sum compensation considering the period between the withdrawal and departure and considering expected saved expenses and income from using travel services in other ways. Compensation shall be calculated based on the below withdrawal scale after a declaration of withdrawal was received: River and sea cruises

  • up to 30 days prior to departure 20%
  • 29-22 days prior to departure 50%
  • from 21 days prior to departure 75%
  • on the day of travel or no-show 90%

Bike and ship journeys

  • up to 84 days prior to departure 20%
  • 83-42 days prior to departure 30%
  • 41-28 days prior to departure 60%
  • 27-4 days prior to departure 80%
  • from 3 days prior to departure or no-show 90%

c) Client shall have the right to show to Tour Operator that reasonable compensation which the latter may request is lower than lump-sum compensation requested by them.

d) Instead of the above lump-sum compensation, Tour Operator reserves the right to request higher, individually calculated compensation if they show that they incurred significantly higher expenses than the relevant lump-sum compensation amount. In this case, Tour Operator must indicate the exact amount considering saved expenses and income from using the services in other ways and they must provide reasons. e) Premiums for travel insurance contracts concluded via Tour Operator must be paid in full in addition to lump-sum compensation.

f) Client’s legal right in terms of sec. 651e BGB to name substitute participants shall not be affected by the above.
6. Booking Alterations

a) After contract conclusion, Client may not request travel times, destinations, places of departure, accommodations or types of transport to be changed (booking alterations). If, upon Client’s request, but without changing the overall structure, bookings are altered not later than 50 days prior to departure, service lump sums of EUR 30.00 must be paid by each traveler requesting alterations.

b) Client’s requests for alterations submitted to Tour Operator later than 50 days prior to departure shall be possible only through cancellation subject to charges in terms of item 5 (Withdrawal by Client) and subsequent new booking.

7. Unused Services

Should Client not use services which Tour Operator was ready and able to contractually perform for reasons within Client’s control, they shall have no claim for pro-rata travel price reimbursements. Tour Operator shall try and make service providers reimburse any expenses which they saved, whereby this is not required if such expenses are insignificant.

8. Withdrawal and Cancellation by Tour Operator
a) Withdrawal Due to a Lack of Participants
If travel descriptions or other documents being of the essence indicate a minimum number of participants, Tour Operator may withdraw from the travel contract up to 21 days prior to departure if they do not receive the minimum number of bookings. Should travels be cancelled for this reason, Tour Operator shall immediately reimburse to Client any payments made for the travel price.

b) In the event of withdrawal for the above reason, Tour Operator shall not reimburse any third-party service costs (train/flight tickets) which Client incurred outside Tour Operator’s service offer.

c) Cancellation and Exclusion for Behavioural, Mental or Physical Reasons
Tour Operator may totally or partially withdraw from the travel contract prior to departure or totally or partially cancel this after departure, without time limits, if Client, in the opinion of the captain or the tour operator travel guides,

  • requires assistance but travels without companions;
  • is in a mental or physical state rendering Client unfit for traveling or turning him/her into a threat for himself/herself or others;
  • carries dangerous items, intoxicants or certain alcoholic beverages intended for consumption during the journey;
  • obviously does not meet a physical or mental requirement set out in the travel description,
  • continuously interferes with the performance
  • of travel services, despite being warned and granted a grace period, or violates the contract in a way that contract annulment is justified.
    d) Regarding contract cancellations and/or exclusions, Tour Operator reserves a claim for the travel price, whereby they must deduct from this saved expenses and income which they gain from differently using unused services, including benefits which they received from service providers. Costs for return journeys shall be borne by Client.
    9. Withdrawal by Tour Operator due to Unavoidable, Special Circumstances
    a) Tour Operator may withdraw from the contract prior to departure if they are prevented from contract fulfillment for unavoidable, special circumstances and if they indicate such withdrawal immediately after becoming aware of this.
    b) Withdrawal in terms of item 9a has the effect of Tour Operator no longer having a claim for the contractual travel price and being obliged to travel price reimbursement and to make the relevant repayments without undue delay, in each case within 14 days from the withdrawal. 10. Client’s Duty to Cooperate; Warranty; Cancellation by Client
    a) Defect Notification
    If travel is performed contrary to the contract, Client may request rectification.
    Client must notify Tour Operator’s on-board travel guides of such defects without undue delay; should there be no such guides, they must inform the captain and/or Tour Operator at their registered office. On-board travel guides are requested to rectify defects if possible, whereby they may not acknowledge any claims. Should Tour Operator be unable to rectify defects due to Client culpably failing to notify them, Client may assert neither price reduction claims in terms of sec. 651m BGB nor damages in terms of sec. 651n BGB.
    b) Tour Operator may refuse rectification if this requires unreasonable efforts. However, they may also rectify by rendering equivalent substitute services, such as using other vessels or traveling along other routes.
    c) Time Limits Prior to Cancellation
    If Client intends to cancel the travel contract due to defects, they must previously grant Tour Operator a reasonable grace period for rectification. Should rectification fail within that reasonable period, Client may cancel the travel contract – preferably in writing – based on legal provisions. This shall also apply if Client cannot be expected to participate in the journey due to a defect and for reasons clearly understandable for Tour Operator. No time limit for rectification shall be required if rectification is impossible or if Client’s special interests justify immediate contract cancellation.

d) Travel Documents
Client must inform Tour Operator if they do not receive required travel documents (such as cabin vouchers) within the period indicated by Tour Operator.
11. Limitation of Liability
a) Tour Operator’s contractual liability for damage not resulting from injuries to life, limb or health and not caused in a culpable manner shall be limited to three times the travel price. Any additional claims due to international conventions shall not be affected by this limitation. b) Tour Operator shall not be liable for defaults, personal and property damage related to services which they only brokered as third-party services (such as outings, visits to theaters) if travel descriptions and confirmations, expressly and by stating both the contract partners’ identities and addresses, indicate them as third-party services in a clear way so that Client understands that they are not included in the package and that they were separately selected. However, Tour Operator shall be liable if and to the extent that damage incurred by travelers is based on violations of their information and organization duties.
12. Claims Exclusion, Limitation and Assignment
a) Claims under sec. 651i BGB must be asserted against Tour Operator or the travel agency which made the booking, whereby assertion on a permanent data storage device is recommended. Client’s claims due to travel defects shall become time-barred after two years and the limitation period shall commence on the day following the end of the travel.
b) Should any negotiations be pending between Client and Tour Operator concerning claims or circumstances as the basis of a claim, limitation shall be suspended until Client or Tour Operator refuse to continue negotiations; limitation shall occur not earlier than three months from the end of suspension.
c) Client shall have no right to totally or partially assign to third parties claims against Tour Operator without Tour Operator’s approval; this shall not apply to co-traveling family members. 13. Passport, Visa and Health Provisions
a) Client must comply with all laws, regulations, instructions and provisions from countries and ports to which they travel as well as any rules and instructions from Tour Operator and/or their authorized staff.
b) Prior to contract conclusion, Tour Operator shall inform EU citizens to whom no special regulations apply (such as dual citizenship, statelessness, passport entries, refugee identification cards) about general passport and health provisions and about possible changes prior to departure. Other citizens and those having dual citizenship must refer to the consulate in charge.
c) Client shall be responsible for obtaining and carrying travel documents requested by authorities, any required vaccinations and compliance with customs and foreign currency provisions. Any disadvantages due to of non-compliance shall be at the expense of Client, unless Tour Operator causes them in a culpable manner due to providing wrong or insufficient information.
14. Travel Restrictions Applicable to Persons with Reduced Mobility
a) Bike and ship journeys are not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

b) Some river and sea cruise vessels dispose of cabins which are suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Upon request, Tour Operator will provide information on suitability consider- ing Client’s needs; Client must indicate special needs during the booking process.

15. Brokerage of Third-Party Services

a) Via Tour Operator, Client can purchase train tickets at special conditions not tied to specific trains as a part of an The tour operator journey. In this case, Tour Operator is only the broker and not liable for any train delays or cancellations.

b) When booking other third-party services, such as insurance contracts, not included in our services description, T our Operator shall be liable only for brokering such third-party services, but not for rendering the services themselves; the relevant contract partners’ general terms and conditions and cancellation conditions shall apply.

16. Duties of Care with Bike and Ship Journeys

a) Only if you disregard the on-board travel guides’ instructions as to the use and the protection of items or if you act in a (grossly) negligent or intentional manner causing the damage or the loss shall you be liable for any damage to or the loss of bicycles and equipment provided to you.

b) Client shall be personally responsible for complying with traffic rules.
17. Insurance
We recommend purchasing overseas health insurance including return transport, accident, luggage and cancellation insurance.

18. Information on the Verbraucherstreit- beilegungsgesetz (VSBG [German Act on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Consumer Matters])/Venue

a) With regard to the German Act on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Consumer Matters, Tour Operator points out that they do not participate in ADR proceedings. If such proceedings become compulsory after these Terms and Conditions of Travel went to press, Tour Operator shall adequately inform Client about this. Regarding any travel contracts based on electronic legal transactions, Tour Operator refers to the EU oline dispute resolution platform at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/.

b) German law shall apply. Client may bring charges against Tour Operator only at the latter’s registered office. The courts of Bremer- haven shall be the venue for general merchants, persons not having a general venue in Germany, persons transferring their place of residence or their habitual abode to other countries after contractual conclusion, persons whose place of residence or habitual abode is unknown at the time of filing the complaint and for litigations as a defendant. However, this shall not apply if prevailing international conventions provide otherwise.

Dated: May 2018

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  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.5
  • Value 4.5
  • Included meals 4.5
  • Bikes & equipment 4.5
  • Hotels or boat 4
  • Scenery 4.5
  • Ease of navigation 3.5
  • Tour documents 3
  • Local tour company services 3.5
  • Route selection 4

Reviews

Thom October 25, 2016

Lovely trip on the Danube River with biking to keep us in shape!

A great trip to four cities and capitals in Eastern Europe. Comfortable accommodations, friendly staff, good meals, easy biking. Weather was chilly and grey at this time of the year. The Danube is NOT blue if the sky is grey and it is drizzling!

Medium October 18, 2016

Very good trip with a couple glitches.

A week can only touch on the highlights of what the Danube has to offer for bikers, and this tour accomplished that, leaving us with ideas for more in-depth exploring. The boat was fine, the meals were good and the crew was great, but the WiFi access was almost nonexistent; had to go to Starbucks or other coffee houses in cities to check email. The cruise director was a last minute replacement with insufficient English to answer most questions... a nice guy but not well organized. Fortunately, the routes had been well planned, though the slide shows provided scant info, so we could have benefitted from a handout each day describing the route specifics, sites of interest and perhaps suggestions on restaurants.