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Danube Experience by Bike and Boat: Passau-Belgrade-Iron Gates-Passau

Book now for 2020!

Book now for 2020!

Book now for 2020!

Book now for 2020!

Book now for 2020!

Book now for 2020!
  • 14 nights | 24 miles/day
  • Self-guided from: €1459
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  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

Come with us on an adventure-packed bike and boat tour through six countries and widely differing cultures that reveal the beauty of the majestic Danube River in all its glory.

Discover the breath-taking natural scenery of the Iron Gates, one of the most spectacular gorges in Europe, the vast expanse of the Pannonian plains, cycle through the Danube Bend in Hungary and the breadbaskets of Croatia and Serbia, through idyllic wine-growing regions, and past commanding fortresses high above the river. Visit Belgrade, the “white city,” fall in love with bewitching Budapest, the “Paris of the East,” marvel at the Baroque palaces in the picturesque Old Town of Bratislava, and let yourself be carried away by the elegant charm of Vienna, the City of Waltz.

Scenic and cultural highlights, excellent food and a crew that caters to your every whim, guarantee that your cycling holiday will be a unique and unforgettable experience.

Don't feel like cycling? You are able to stay on the boat for a given stage.

A guided option is available on Apr 25, Jun 20, Aug 8, 2020.

Minimum 50 participants.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival to Passau
Embarkation by 4:00pm in Passau; departure is at 5:00pm. Enjoy a final view of the beautiful city of Passau as you glide serenely into the sunset, past dark green forests before entering the lock at the Jochenstein power plant on the border between Germany and Austria.

Day 2: Schlögen Danube Bend | Cruise Obernzell – Obermühl (22 miles/35 km)
Enjoy a delightful day’s cycling from Obernzell through the ruggedly romantic Danube Bend at Schlögen, one of the most beautiful sections of the river lined with sleepy farming villages and a natural landscape. Get a break at Austria’s only Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell and refill your energy with home-distilled drinks. Along the way, you can drop in at one of the many inviting cider taverns. At the charming village Obermühl, you go aboard the barge and cruise into the beautiful sunset.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava (9-27 miles/15-43 km)
A narrow cycle path runs along the Iron Curtain from the castle ruins in Devin to the splendid palace of Schloss Hof, which boasts one of the most magnificent baroque gardens in Europe. After a stretch of untouched countryside, you arrive to the vibrant city of Bratislava. Our miniature train tour of the Slovakian capital in which Hungarian kings were once crowned (optional) begins with a glorious view from the fortress perched on a hill overlooking the city and ends with a walk through the beautifully restored historic city center.

Day 4: Budapest | Excursion to Szentendre (17-34 miles/27-54 km, or day of rest)
Savor the entrance to Budapest and the stunning views of the city's most famous buildings. Discover the city that straddles the Danube on a guided tour (optional) or take a detour to the delightful little town of Szentendre with its many artists and galleries. Get a taste of the fiery Hungarian temperament at a Hungarian folklore show with traditional music and folk dance accompanied by wine and local food (optional).

Day 5: Baja – Mohacs (23 miles/37 km)
From the quiet Baroque town of Baja, famous for its fish soup, you’ll cycle along the flood protection dykes in the Gemenc floodplain, through sleepy river landscapes, and past fields of sunflowers. At the end of today’s stage, you take the ferry to the little town of Mohacs, Hungary’s southernmost town on the Danube and famously the site of two battles with the Turks.

Day 6: Belgrade (day of rest)
Explore the fun-loving Serbian capital at the confluence of the Sava and the Danube by bike or bus, take a journey in time from the past to the present and learn about the rise and fall of Yugoslavia (optional). In the evening, Belgrade is bathed in a sea of light. Visit a colorful folklore show with traditional dances from all parts of the country, followed by typical regional specialties in the well-known Bohemian district of Skadarlija with lively folk music from a Serbian band (optional).

Day 7: Cataract Canyons / Iron Gates National Park (day of rest)
Experience the stunning fjord-like landscape at close quarters from the ship’s deck. The river cuts through the Romanian Carpathian mountains and the mighty foothills of the Balkan mountain range. A spectacular landscape with steep gorges, dark forests with historic monuments and impregnable fortresses on the shores that are reflected in the blue waters of the river: this miracle of nature will take your breath away!

Day 8: Novi Sad – Ilok (30 miles/48 km)
The imposing Petrovaradin fortress perches high above the provincial capital of the Vojvodina. After cycling upstream along a flat cycle path you take a ferry to reach the gentle foothills of the Fruska Gora, with its orchards, vineyards, and idyllic farming villages. Everything in the medieval town of Ilok is about wine. In the evening you will have the opportunity to sample some famous Croatian wines at a local wine cellar (optional).

Day 9: Batina – Mohacs (26 miles/42 km)
In the border triangle, you cycle through the never-ending "Backa." Small, idyllic villages and endless canola fields accompany you from Croatia to Serbia and Hungary. Farmers stop their work to greet you, and now and then you will meet a carriage. You will experience untouched nature in the Nemzeti National Park, and after the ferry ride to Mohacs, there is enough time for a visit at the White Stork Museum or the Memorial of the Battle of Mohacs.

Day 10: Kalocsa – Solt (31 miles/50 km)
Kalocsa is the “Paprika Capital” of Hungary and the character of the town is strongly influenced by colorful houses with hand-painted, bright floral patterns and the cathedral with its towers that can be seen even from a distance as they rise into the sky from the flat Hungarian plain. Visiting the Paprika Museum you’ll learn a lot about Hungary’s favorite spice. Continue your journey on the well-built cycle path along the flood protection dyke through the vast expanse of the Puszta. You will cycle through fields and orchards that stretch as far as the eye can see until you reach Solt, the birthplace of the famous conductor Sir George Solti. Vecsey Castle and the library with some 34,000 books are especially worth seeing.

Day 11: Danube Bend – Esztergom (27 miles/43 km)
The Danube is framed by steep wooded hills as it flows through the picturesque, hilly landscape of the "Hungarian Wachau." Set in the middle of the Danube, the delightful island of Szentendre radiates real Puszta romance. As you continue your journey on idyllic cycle paths through picturesque villages you’ll be able to experience the Hungarian zest for life at first hand. The dome of the imposing basilica in Esztergom can be seen from far. Hungary’s largest church, with its Tuscan-style high altar and a side chapel with red marble walls is especially worth seeing.

Day 12: Vienna (Bike excursion to Klosterneuburg, Danube Island, or Kahlenberg vineyards)
After so many action-packed days of cycling, you deserve some relaxation. Enjoy the breath-taking view of the idyllic floodplain forest of the Donauauen National Park and the impressive skyline as you sail to Vienna. Go for a bike ride on the Danube Island – Vienna’s favorite recreational area, cycle to the nearby Klosterneuburg Abbey, or wander through the idyllic vineyards of Kahlenberg (with magnificent views over the city and the Danube). The day ends traditionally with a concert of classical waltz and operetta music at a famous Viennese Palais (optional).

Day 13: Vienna (day of rest)
Discover Vienna: from the saddle on a guided bike tour or on your own with the HOP ON HOP OFF bus (optional). Ride through the historic city center at a leisurely pace and see the sights up close. The magnificent Ringstraße boulevard will remind you of times long ago, and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries. Afterward, there’s enough time to stroll through the quaint lanes or visit the Naschmarkt. Let your day in Vienna end at a rustic wine tavern.

Day 14: Wachau | Cruise Krems – Melk (23 miles/37 km)
This final stage of your cycling tour can be described as magical! The gentle hilly countryside of the Wachau valley with its picturesque villages, historic castles, and palaces surrounded by apricot trees and terraced vineyards, is one of the loveliest stretches. In Weißenkirchen the cycle path is lined with cozy vintner’s taverns and you should definitely have a break in this area. (Optional wine tasting)!

Day 15: Passau
Enjoy the first rays of sunlight and the early-morning tranquillity of the Danube valley one last time. Catch a final view of the Danube Bend at Schlögen – before you reach Passau, your heart bursting with memories and impressions. Disembarkation at approximately 10:00am. We recommend not to make any arrangements for onward connections departing before 11:00am.

Dates

Apr 25; May 23; Jun 20; Jul 18; Aug 8, 29; Sep 26, 2020
Low season: Apr 25, 2020 - May 09, 2020
High season: May 10, 2020 - Oct 10, 2020

Prices

Local:

We price in local currencies to save you money. How?

Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Upper deck
Per person, double occupancy
€ 2198
High season surcharge
€ 100
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€ 1209
High season
€ 1264
Guided Package, per person (Apr 25, Jun 20, Aug 8, 2020)
€ 345
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€ 139
Electrically assisted bike
€ 249
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 room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
€ -100
Child, ages 3-12 sharing a room with 1 full paying adult (on base package price)
€ -50
Third person, ages 13 and older sharing cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
€ -20

Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Middle deck, twin cabin
Per person, double occupancy
€ 2098
High season surcharge
€ 100
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€ 1154
High season
€ 1209
Guided Package, per person (Apr 25, Jun 20, Aug 8, 2020)
€ 345
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€ 139
Electrically assisted bike
€ 249
Extra Nights, Passau
Per person, double occupancy
Low season
€ 58
High season
€ 66
Single room (1 person/1 room)
Low season
€ 83
High season
€ 95
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 room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
€ -100
Child, ages 3-12 sharing a room with 1 full paying adult (on base package price)
€ -50
Third person, ages 13 and older sharing cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
€ -20

Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Main deck
Per person, double occupancy
€ 1789
High season surcharge
€ 100
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
Low season
€ 984
High season
€ 1039
Guided Package, per person (Apr 25, Jun 20, Aug 8, 2020)
€ 345
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€ 139
Electrically assisted bike
€ 249
Extra Nights, Passau
Per person, double occupancy
Low season
€ 58
High season
€ 66
Single room (1 person/1 room)
Low season
€ 83
High season
€ 95
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 room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
€ -100
Child, ages 3-12 sharing a room with 1 full paying adult (on base package price)
€ -50
Third person, ages 13 and older sharing cabin with 2 full paying adults (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 20% 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.

Changes required by the Customer in relation to participants, accommodation, type of board, etc. are possible up to 28
days prior to commencement of the tour on payment of an administrative charge of €25 euros for each change. Rebooking by the Customer to another tour or date shall only be possible in the form of a cancellation (in
accordance with the terms of cancellation) and subsequent new booking of the tour. Within 27 days prior to holiday start
date our cancellation-conditions will apply.

If the accommodation becomes a single-use accommodation due to the cancellation of a participant, the cancellation fee will
be charged to the canceling participant according to the cancellation rates mentioned above, but at least a lump-sum
compensation of € 150. For the changeover of the booking to single accommodation, the remaining travel participant will
be charged the regular surcharge for single accommodation. The organizer reserves the right to change the accommodation
according to the occupancy.

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

Special cancellation conditions for groups of 10 or more people:

Cancellation of the complete group
A cancellation of the complete group after the receipt of the booking confirmation is not possible -> 100% cancellation fee.

Individual cancellations
In case of individual cancellations up to maximum 10% of the original number of pax the general cancellation conditions for individuals come into effect:

Up to 84 days prior to departure: 20%
Day 83–day 42: 30%
Day 41–day 28: 60%
Day 27 – day 4: 80%
Up from day 3 – No show: 90%

In case of cancellation of more than 10% of the original number of pax the cancellation conditions for a complete cancellation of the group come into effect. *Group members may find replacement participants if they wish. Changes like this require a change fee of €25.

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.

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