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Danube Waltz Bike and Boat Passau – Budapest – Passau

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  • 7 nights | 20 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 1
  • Self-guided from: €789
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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

By bike and boat from the "Bavarian Venice" directly into the heart of the famous and glamorous former K+K monarchy Austria/Hungary. You can look forward to three of Europes most charming capitals: Vienna, the metropolis of Waltz, Bratislava, the capital of coronation and Budapest, the "Paris of the East." The bike tours lead you to the romantic "Great Loop" (Schlögener Donauschlinge), the picturesque Danube Bend with Hungary's greatest cathedral, and the legendary Wachau

The bike tours lead you to the romantic "Great Loop" (Schlögener Donauschlinge), the picturesque Danube Bend with Hungary's greatest cathedral, and the legendary Wachau Valley, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage with the small villages and beautiful palaces and castles.

The wide stream of the Danube flows like a silver belt through Budapest, separating the hilly Buda and the flat Pest. The important cupola of the basilica in Esztergom salutes from the distance. At the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, the Slovak capital Bratislava invites with its charming Old Town to a vast stroll. What about a small flirt with Vienna, City of Waltz? A firework of sightseeing, small dreamy coffee bars, and cozy wine taverns are expecting you.

On board our comfortable cruise ship you enjoy an exclusive atmosphere – in the spacious, convenient cabins as well as in the stylish outdoor area. Experience the fantastic view to breathtaking landscapes – on the bike, from the pool on the sun deck, in the comfy seats of the panorama-lounge, and even during your amazing meals in the first class restaurant. This exciting bike trip will make your holiday unforgettable.

A Guided Package is available on May 5, 19; Jun 2, 23; Jul 14; Aug 11; Sep 1, 15, 29, 2019 (minimum 8 participants). This upgrade includes a guide and additional experiences along the tour route. Please see the Included Services tab for details.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival to Passau; On to Engelhartszell
Boarding time is at 4:30pm. Located at the confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers, Passau has a number of interesting sites to visit. Use your free time and stroll through the cobblestoned historic town center, listen to the bells of Passau's Gothic Town Hall, or visit the world largest Catholic Church organ in the cathedral. At 6:00pm we cast off!

Day 2: Great Loop, Engelhartszell – Aschach (26 miles/42 km)
The first day's tour begins through the classic scenery of the "Great Loop" Donauschlinge - one of the most beautiful and original sectors of the Danube. On your way, you will encounter tiny villages and cozy cider taverns. In Austria's only Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell, you can taste their delicious liquors and cheese. The famous "Schlogener View" provides a wonderful view of the surrounding Austrian countryside. The boat welcomes all cyclist back on board in the charming market of Aschach.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava (27 miles/43 km)
You pedal along the former "Iron Curtain," cross the green line, and reach the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens. Follow the bike path through Austria's "vegetable garden" to the coronation city of Bratislava and the slopes of the Little Carpathians and discover the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava on an optional city tour.

Day 4: Budapest | Szentendre (34 miles/54 km, or rest day)
The entrance to Budapest, Hungary's capital, is stunning. Savor the beauty of Budapest with a coach tour or a guided bike tour (optional) to discover many of the highlights of this beautiful city. You can also choose to cycle to the charming town of Szentendre with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art scene. You will get a very close experience of Hungarian culture at an evening show with traditional music and dances (optional).

Day 5: Danube Bend – Esztergom (27 miles/43 km)
Situated in the middle of the Danube river the idyllic isle of Szentendre exudes silent Puszta romance. History, folklore, and the Hungarian way of life will accompany you on your way to Esztergom where the gorgeous basilica, Hungary’s largest Catholic Church, impresses all who visit.

Day 6: Rest day in Vienna
Discover Vienna's most beautiful attractions. During a city tour by bike or bus (optional) you will experience Vienna's most famous examples of architecture: the imperial Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the gorgeous "Ring"-boulevard and the State Opera House, the Burgtheater and town hall, as well as the colorful "Hunderwasserhaus." Take time to relax in one or more of Vienna's famous cafes while the evening ends impressively at a classical concert (optional) at the famous Viennese Palace.

Day 7: Wachau | Krems – Melk (23 miles/37 km)
Your last biking day is a special highlight! A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Durnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of the renowned Wachau Valley. Amidst dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards, and castles, this hilly landscape enchants everybody who visits. You'll be biking on cloud nine! In Weißenkirchen (possibility for an optional wine-tasting) you will find comfy wine taverns right along the bike path.

Day 8: Departure from Passau
As you cruise back up the Danube, enjoy the early morning sunshine as you wind your way to Passau, where you'll disembark at approximately 10:00am. Connecting travel should be booked after 11:30am.

Optional excursion programs (bookable on board, not included in the tour package):

  • Bratislava city tour with scenic train and walking tour
  • Budapest city tour by bike or Hop-On-Hop-Off bus; Budapest by night and folklore show at a traditional Hungarian Csarda
  • Vienna city tour by bike or bus; classical waltz and operetta concert in one of Vienna's famous palaces
  • Wachau wine tasting with local wine grower

Route Map

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

Dates

Sundays, Apr 28–Oct 06, 2019
Low season: Apr 28, 2019 - May 04, 2019, Oct 06, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019
Shoulder season: May 05, 2019 - Jun 01, 2019, Aug 04, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019
High season: Jun 02, 2019 - Aug 03, 2019, Sep 01, 2019 - Oct 05, 2019

Prices

Upper deck, MV Carissima
Per person, double occupancy
€1019
Shoulder season surcharge
€100
High season surcharge
€150
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€561
Shoulder season
€616
High season
€643
Guided Package, per person (available only May 5, 19; Jun 2, 23; Jul 14; Aug 11; Sep 1, 15, 29, 2019)
€235
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€74
Electrically assisted bike
€168
Extra Nights, Passau
Per person, double occupancy
€58
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€83
Transfer
Per person/one way, Munich Airport to Passau
€69
Per person/round trip, Munich Airport to Passau
€119
Surcharge, Per vehicle (1-8 persons), Munich city center to Passau
€40
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
90%
Child, ages 3-12 sharing a room with at least 1 full paying adult (on base package price)
20%
Middle deck, MV Carissima
Per person, double occupancy
€949
Shoulder season surcharge
€100
High season surcharge
€150
Guided Package, per person (available only May 5, 19; Jun 2, 23; Jul 14; Aug 11; Sep 1, 15, 29, 2019)
€235
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€74
Electrically assisted bike
€168
Extra Nights, Passau
Per person, double occupancy
€58
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€83
Transfer
Per person/one way, Munich Airport to Passau
€69
Per person/round trip, Munich Airport to Passau
€119
Surcharge, Per vehicle (1-8 persons), Munich city center to Passau
€40
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
90%
Child, ages 3-12 sharing a cabin with at least 1 full paying adult (on base package price)
20%
Main deck, MV Carissima
Per person, double occupancy
€789
Shoulder season surcharge
€100
High season surcharge
€150
Guided Package, per person (available only May 5, 19; Jun 2, 23; Jul 14; Aug 11; Sep 1, 15, 29, 2019)
€235
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€74
Electrically assisted bike
€168
Extra Nights, Passau
Per person, double occupancy
€58
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€83
Transfer
Per person/one way, Munich Airport to Passau
€69
Per person/round trip, Munich Airport to Passau
€119
Surcharge, Per vehicle (1-8 persons), Munich city center to Passau
€40
Discounts
Child, ages 0-2 sharing a cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
90%
Child, ages 3-12 sharing a cabin with at least 1 full paying adult (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!

Eurocycle Terms and Conditions

CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellation fees for all bike and boat/bike and river cruise tours:

  • Up to 84 days prior to tour start 10% of tour price
  • 83-42 days prior to tour start 30% of tour price
  • 41-28 days prior to tour start 60% of tour price
  • 27-4 days prior to tour start 80% of tour price
  • up to 3 days prior to tour start or NO SHOW 90% of tour price

The following exceptional cancellation fees are applied for all applicable hotel nights:

  • Up to 28 days prior to tour start 20% of tour price
  • 27 - 14 days prior to tour start 30% of tour price
  • 13 - 8 days prior to tour start 50% of tour price
  • 7 - 4 days prior to tour start 70% of tour price
  • up to 3 days prior to tour start or NO SHOW 90% of tour price

A NO-SHOW is in effect, if a client does not show for tour departure, is not willing to join tour departure or missed departure by his own fault. No refunds are possible for discontinuance of tour or for any services not utilized. We strongly recommend a travel and/or cancellation insurance.

In the event of extremely high or low water, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge stages by bus or even to cancel the trip at short notice without any legal claim arising therefrom (water levels are force majeure). The same applies for officially decreed repairs to locks or bridges, not announced in advance, or in the event of motor or propulsion damage to the ship without attributed fault

LIABILITY FOR LUGGAGE TRANSPORT AND CLIENT'S OWN BICYCLES
The daily luggage transport subjects any luggage to a greater deal of "wear and tear". We recommend the use of sturdy bags. Only one piece of luggage per person with a maximum weight of 20 kg can be transported. We are not responsible for minimal damage on handles and corners of the bag, caused by daily usage. For substantial damage or loss, the maximum insurance amount is € 360,00 per person.

The transport of client's own bicycle is at their own risk. We are not responsible for eventual damage that may occur. We strongly recommend a baggage and bicycle insurance. 

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS 
Effective are the laws of the official "General Travel Conditions (ARB 1994)" in full together with the following amendments: Adaptation to the amendment to the Consumer's protection law BGBl. 247/93 Debated by the Consumer-political Counsel of the Federal Ministry of Health, Sports and Consumer's Protection according to § 73 Abs. 1 GewO 1994 and § 8 of the decree of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs in the text of 1994 regarding the performances of travel agencies.The complete text can be looked into in any Austrian travel agency or requested by the tour operator. 

BOOKING CONDITIONS
The booking must be effected in written, per e-mail or internet and is binding upon forwarding the booking to us. A booking for individual customers travelling together cannot be handeld seperately. One participant has to assume responsibility for booking handling, down payment, final payment and receipt of booking confirmation as well as travel documents. Travel documents will not be sent before receipt of the full amount. As travel documents are sent by mail, the tour operator is not liable for timely arrival at the customer.
CHANGES OF BOOKING
In case of booking change regarding number of participants, category, tour dates, transport or itinerary, a re-booking fee of € 50 per booking. Change of booking is only possible until 28 days prior tour-start. Change of the travel date within 28 days before original tour-start is only possible with full cancellation and rebooking according to cancellation fees - can be seen below.

CONTENT OF CONTRACT, INFORMATION AND OTHER SERVICES
The customer is liable by himself for the adherence to all regulations on travel documents and visa, customs regulations, exchange control legislation and sanity regulations valid at the time of traveling. Participation at ones own risk. Any participant is liable for the adherence to traffic regulations and has to be equal to the physical demands of the journey selected. Minors have to be accompanied by their parents or entitled adults. Reaching beyond his duties, the tour operator has to provide sufficient information on his services. The description of the services offered in the brochure or catalogue valid at the time of booking as well as any other information given are objects of agreement provided that there are no separate agreements. The overnight towns stated in the catalogue are the principally used destinations. However, we assume your agreement to the use of accommodation in other villages in the individual case without any reduction.

All photos used by permission. ©Eurocycle

Ratings

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  • 4 Star 2
  • 3 Star 0
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  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 1.8
  • Value 4.5
  • Included meals 4.5
  • Bikes & equipment 4.8
  • Hotels or boat 4.5
  • Scenery 4.8
  • Ease of navigation 3.8
  • Tour documents 3.8
  • Local tour company services 4.3
  • Route selection 4.8
  • Guides (if applicable) 3

Reviews

Ratty May 23, 2017

I want to do this again and again!

Rides were well chosen; route booklet detailed; food, service and staff on boat all excellent. Varied terrain of forest, towns, vineyards made for interesting biking. Europe knows how to accommodate bikers; RadReisen knows how to cater to them. Fab trip.

lisalisa July 3, 2016

New favorite way to travel

Loved the trip - The boat was very nice and provided constantly changing scenery without having to pack up and move every day. The bikes were perfect for the situation and well maintained. We enjoyed the bike days much more than the two city days - a great way to sightsee, especially when the temps got hot. Also really appreciated that nearly all of the bike riding was on dedicated trails.

debo June 18, 2016

Fun trip

All in all, a great trip. Some communication issues between cruise director and guides and cyclists. Cruise director clearly overwhelmed and attimes, Difficult To Follow. Bike was very comfortable and routes, interesting and scenic. Having trouble adding photos.