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. We'll spend the afternoon cruising to Budapest, arriving during the night.
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. You'll have free time in the afternoon. Then join us for an optional visit to the famous Gellert Baths and Spa. 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. Following our tour, we'll return to the ship.
Day 8: Vienna
Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00am.