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Danube Bike and Boat: Passau-Budapest-Passau

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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

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  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
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  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

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 4:30pm and departure around 7:00pm. Enjoy your dinner on board and an evening cruise to Engelhartszell.

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Brandstatt – Bratislava – Great Loop (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. During a tour by mini train and by foot in the evening (optional) you can discover hidden alleys of Bratislava, places and all the sights of this ambitious metropolis. 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. In the evening you can enjoy Budapest by Night with an optional folklore program. 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 or optional city tour by bus/foot/bike)
You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the Prater, the St. Stephens Cathedral, and the Hofburg. You can take a city tour by bike, bus, or foot (optional, not included). The gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House, and the town hall take you back in time. The evening ends impressively with a Waltz and Operetta concert (optional, not included). 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. In Spitz (you have the option for a wine-tasting) you will find comfy wine taverns right along the bike path. You owe it to yourself to take a break! 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 28; May 12*, 19*, 26*; Jun 9, 23*; Jul 7, 21, 28; Aug 4*, 18*; Sep 1*, 15*, 29*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)
Low season: Apr 28, 2018 - May 11, 2018, Sep 29, 2018 - Oct 06, 2018
Shoulder season: May 12, 2018 - May 25, 2018, Sep 01, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018
High season: May 26, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018

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
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
Electrically assisted bikes
€165
Discounts
Child, ages 0-13 sharing a cabin with 1 full paying adult (discount on base package price)
20%
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  • 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
You can always cancel prior to departure. Cancellation, booking changes and declarations of change must always be made in writing. In this case, we will promptly send you a confirmation. In the event of cancellation, we will charge compensation in the form of a percentage of the tour price for any travel arrangements already made.

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. Registration and confirmation
By registering, you make a binding offer to you for conclusion a tour contract on the basis of the booking and payment terms and conditions and the respective folder or catalogue offer. The registration can take place in writing, orally or by telephone. You also make the registration on behalf of all participants listed in the registration, for whose contractual obligations you will be liable as for your own obligations, provided that you have expressly assumed such a separate agreement by separate declaration. The contract comes into existence upon our acceptance of the registration. You will receive a written confirmation from us or your booking centre.

3. Travel details and services
The scope of the contractually agreed services is as specified in the respective offer, the general information in the catalogue and the details in the travel confirmation.

4. Service changes
Changes or deviations of individual tour services from the agreed content of the tour contract, which become necessary after the conclusion of the contract and that were not caused by us in bad faith, are permitted provided that the changes or deviations are not significant and do not impair the overall makeup of the booked tour. Any warranty claims for defects of the changed services shall remain unaffected. We will inform you or your booking centre without delay of any service changes or deviations.

4.1 Daily description
The itinerary may change if local circumstances (e.g. weather, berth is already serving other vessels or other important nautical reasons in the case of river and open sea cruises and bicycle and ship tours). In this case, the programme announced on the previous day shall be relevant.

5. Price changes
a) The tour operator may demand price increases of up to 5 percent of the total tour price if more than four months lie between the conclusion of the contract and the agreed tour price.
b) A price increase may only be demanded up to the 21st day prior to the agreed date of departure. The tour operator shall explain any price change permissible according to section 5.a) without delay after the reason for the price increase comes to its attention.
c) In the case of price increases of more than 5 percent of the total tour price after the conclusion of the contract, the traveller may cancel free of charge or request participation in another, at least equivalent tour if the tour operator is able to offer such a tour from the available portfolio without any added costs for the traveller.

6. Cancellation by the customer, booking changes, substitute participants
6.1 Cancellation
You can always cancel prior to departure. Cancellation, booking changes and declarations of change must always be made in writing. In this case, we will promptly send you a confirmation. In the event of cancellation, we will charge compensation in the form of a percentage of the tour price for any travel arrangements already made.

6.1.4 Bicycle/ship tours

  • 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%

6.2 Booking changes
If changes with respect to the date of the tour, the destination, the place of departure, the accommodation or the mode of transport are performed at your request after booking the tour, we will charge a fee of €30.00/person for the booking change up to 50 days prior to departure. In the case of later booking changes, we usually incur the same costs as if you had cancelled the tour. Therefore, we will have to charge you for the same costs as for a cancellation, depending on the time of the booking change.

6.3. Substitute participants
It is generally possible to change the name or to designate a substitute for a booked tour. The substitute must fulfil the tour requirements, and this person's participation in the tour must not be debarred by any statutory or official regulations. If a substitute enters into the contract, you will be jointly and severally liable for the tour price and any additional costs that result from the third party's entry. In this case, the tour operator will charge a processing fee of €30.00 for ship, bus and railway tours and up to €150.00 for air travel. The cancellation fees of the airways shall apply to flights that are not part of the package tour we offer. Please feel free to ask for information on the cancellation terms before booking a flight. Moreover, an entitlement to transport shall exist only if the full tour price has been credited to one of our accounts prior to departure.

7. Unused services
If you do not use individual tour services due to early return or other mandatory reasons, we will endeavour to obtain a refund of the saved expenses from the service providers. This obligation shall not apply to insignificant services or if a refund is debarred by statutory or official provisions.

8. Cancellation and termination by the tour operator
In the following cases, we may cancel the tour contract prior to departure or terminate the tour contract after departure:
a) Without prior notice, if the traveller substantially disturbs the performance of the tour despite our warning or if the traveller breaches the contract to such an extent that immediate cancellation of the contract is justified.
b) Up to 21 days prior to departure if an announced or officially determined minimum number of participants is not reached, if a minimum number of participants is indicated in the tour offer for the respective tour.

9. Cancellation of the contract due to force majeure
If the tour is significantly impeded, endangered or impaired due to force majeure that was not foreseeable at the conclusion of the contract, the contract may be terminated by you or by us.

10. Liability of the tour operator

10.1 Our own services
Within the scope of the due diligence of a prudent businessman, we shall be liable for:-meticulous tour preparation;-careful selection and monitoring of the service providers;-correctness of the description of all tour services specified in the catalogues, unless we announce an amendment to the information of the catalogue information according to section 3 prior to the conclusion of the contract, but not with respect to the information in site, hotel or other brochures not published by us, which have been supplied to us or our booking centres or enclosed with your tour documents;-due performance of the contractually agreed tour services.

10.2 Agents
We shall be liable for faults of the persons entrusted with the performance of the services. 10.3 Third-party services If regular transport services are made use of within the scope of a tour or in addition to the tour and you receive a ticket for this purpose, this shall be construed as third-party service insofar as we expressly indicate this in the tour offer. Therefore, we shall not be liable for the performance of the actual transport service.

11. Warranty

11.1 Remedy and cooperation obligations
If the tour is not performed according to contract, you can demand remedy. Notwithstanding our paramount performance obligation, this requires your collaboration. Thus, you are under the obligation to do everything that you can reasonably be expected to do to contribute to the solution of the problem and to minimise or avoid any damage that may arise. The tour operator may also remedy the situation by rendering equivalent substitute performance. The tour operator may refuse to remedy the situation if this would cause disproportionately high expenses.

11.2 Reduction of the tour price
You may request a reduction of the tour price for any period during which the tour is not performed according to contract. The tour price shall be reduced in the proportion of the value of the tour – had it been in a flawless state – to the actual value at the time of the sale. reduction shall not apply if you culpably failed to report the defect.

11.3 Termination of the contract
If the tour is substantially impaired by a defect and if we do not remedy the situation within a reasonable period despite your request, you may terminate the tour contract in accordance with the statutory provisions; for your own benefit and to secure proof, this should be done in writing. The same shall apply if the traveller cannot reasonably be expected to participate in the tour as a result of a defect due to an important reason that is evident to the tour operator. The determination of a period to remedy the situation shall not be necessary only if remedy is impossible or if the tour operator refuses to remedy the situation or if a special interest of the traveller justifies immediate termination. In this case, you shall owe us the portion of the tour price for the services already made use of, provided that these services were not entirely worthless to you.

11.4 Damages
Not withstanding the reduction or termination, you may claim damages due to non-performance, unless the defect of the tour is based on circumstances for which we are not responsible.

12. Passport, visa, customs, foreign exchange and health regulations, health requirements
We are responsible for informing citizens of the country in which the tour is offered about passport, visa and health regulations as well as any changes to these prior to departure. Information for citizens of other countries is available from the respective consulates. You are personally responsible for the compliance with all passport, visa and immigration formalities as well as all regulations relevant to the performance of the tour. Any disadvantages arising from non-compliance with these regulations shall be borne by you, unless these were caused by us through culpable misinformation or failure to provide information. If immigration regulations are not complied with and you are therefore unable to participate in the tour, we may charge you for the respective cancellation fees. Some of the tours offered are physically demanding. Therefore, you must make sure that you fulfil the health requirements.

13. Limitation of liability
You are personally responsible for the compliance with the German Road Traffic Regulations (StVO).

13.1 Contractual limitation of liability
Our contractual liability under tour contract law for damage except for personal injury is limited to the triple tour price, provided that the damage is not caused by intent or gross negligence or to the extent that we alone are responsible for a fault of a service provider.

13.2 Limitation of tortious liability
Provided that the damage was not caused by intent or gross negligence, compensation claims against us for tort are limited to €4,100.00 for property damage. If the triple tour price exceeds this amount, the liability for property damage shall be limited to the triple amount of the tour price. These maximum liability amounts apply per customer and tour.

13.3 Statutory limitation of liability
Compensation claims against us are limited or excluded to the extent that compensation claims against the service provider can only be asserted under certain conditions or limitations or are excluded under certain conditions due to international agreements or regulations based upon such (e.g. Section 664 of the German Commercial Code (HGB) for maritime transport, the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) and the innkeeper's liability pursuant to Sections 701 ff of the German Civil Code (BGB)), which are applicable to services to be performed by a service provider.

14. Exclusion of claims, statute of limitations and assignment
You may assert claims due to non-contractual performance of the tour against us within one month of the contractually designated end of the tour. After the end of this period, the traveller may assert claims if he was unable to comply with this period without any fault on his part. Claims of the traveller according to Sections 651 c to 651 f of the German Civil Code (BGB) shall expire after one year. This period begins on the date on which the tour should end according to contract. In the event of pending negotiations between the traveller and the tour operator about the claim or the circumstances establishing the claim, the limitation period shall be suspended until the traveller or tour operator refuses to continue the negotiations. At the earliest, the expiry shall take effect 3 months after the end of the suspension. You must submit all claims in writing.

15. Care duties in connection with bicycle tours/bicycle and ship tours
You shall be liable for damage or loss of bicycles and equipment assigned to you only if you detach yourself from the tour supervisor and are no longer in the sphere of influence of the tour supervisor, if you fail to comply with instructions of the tour supervisor concerning the handling and/or protection of the equipment or if you cause the damage or loss by negligence, gross negligence or intent. During individual bicycle tours without a tour supervisor, you shall be liable for damage or loss of bicycles and equipment assigned to you for use.

16. Insurance

16.1 Insolvency insurance
For the case of insolvency or bankruptcy, the tour operator has made sure that the paid tour price will be refunded to the extent that tour services are cancelled as a result. Moreover, any required expenses of the return trip will be refunded to you if such should be incurred as a result. In these cases, you will have a direct claim against R+V Versicherung AG as soon as you produce the certificate of insurance.

16.2 Travel insurance
For your own safety, we recommend duly taking out travel insurance, especially cancellation insurance and travel health insurance, including repatriation cover. These types of insurance are usually not included in the quoted tour price.

17. Jurisdiction
You can only bring legal action against us at our domicile in Bremerhaven, Germany. For any legal action that we bring against you, your domicile is relevant. The courts of Bremerhaven, Germany, shall have jurisdiction over registered merchants, persons who do not have any general place of jurisdiction in Germany and persons who have moved their domicile or habitual residence abroad or whose domicile or habitual residence is not known when the charges are filed.

18. Severability
Invalidity of individual provisions of the general booking terms and conditions does not result in invalidity of the entire booking terms and conditions or of the entire tour contract.

19. Data protection
All personal data that you make available to us for the processing of your tour are protected against misuse in accordance with the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

20. Amendments
Printing errors and obvious calculation errors excepted.

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Ratings

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4

  • 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.