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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in a 2 bed cabin on Main Deck
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1190USD

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Overview

Trip Code: DBS

Trip highlights


  • Exploring the majestic city of Vienna and the three river town of Passau
  • Cycling through the stunning Wachau Valley and along the famous Danube bike path
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the Danube by boat and bike
  • Relaxing on board the comfortable barge, your home for the week

Europe's second longest river, the Danube, courses through ten nations en route to the Black Sea. This itinerary follows its journey through three European countries and some of the most romantic European landscapes. From the cobblestone streets of charming Passau head out into Austria, winding your way past enchanting monasteries and majestic castles. By boat cruise the Danube through Upper Austria to reach the romantic Austrian capital of Vienna, one of the most magical cities in Europe. Heading west, the pace slows down, with a memorable cycle across the Wachau Valley past rolling vineyards, hill top castles, meadows and forests to encounter atmospheric landscapes and sites of arresting history. Enjoy the atmosphere of life on board with like minded active travellers, sampling local culinary delights and relaxing atop the sundeck with splendid views of the changing scenery.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

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Boarding is at 4:00pm (luggage drop-off from 3pm is possible) and the boat will depart at approximately 5:30pm to the next location. Located at the junction of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau has a number of interesting sites including the Fortress “Veste Oberhaus” built in 1219 where there is an observation tower for a good view of the town and the river and St. Stevens Cathedral with the world’s largest church organ. Cruise during the night through the Danube Valley.

Meals:  D

This morning you will receive your bikes for the trip. Today's cycle tour takes you directly along the banks of the Danube, with plenty of time to enjoy the landscape as you cycle. You'll explore the pristine countryside of the Upper Danube valley on the former towpath as it runs past sleepy villages. Small, rustic inns at the edge of the trail invite you to linger, and the aroma of fresh fish traditionally grilled might waft through the air. The Schlögener Blick observation point offers a truly stunning view of the Schlögener Schlinge where the Danube carves its way through a gorge and doubles back on itself. Overnight Engelhartszell.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today the tour continues along the banks of the Danube to reach the Upper Austrian capital of Linz. Here you can discover the European Capital of Culture 2009 on a bright yellow miniature train (optional). The cathedral is the largest in Austria, the Pöstlingbergbahn is the steepest adhesion railway in the world. At the ARS Electronica Museum you can try out some of the most impressive examples of modern technology. Alternatively relax and enjoy the charms of this atmospheric town. Overnight Linz.

Meals:  B,L,D

Continue along the banks of the Danube, again enjoying the landscape as you cycle. You can visit the medieval village and former concentration camp at Mauthausen before setting off by bike. Further along, the Celtic village of Metterkirchen will give you an insight into the past. There is an alternate route, which takes you via Clam Castle and through the beautiful back country of the Strudengau. This option is slightly hilly but has fantastic scenery. The small medieval town of Grein is the destination for today. It is home to Austria's oldest municipal theatre and a mighty castle. The boat will cruise overnight, and arrive in Devin the following morning with its impressive castle ruins atop the hill. Overnight Grein.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will arrive in Vienna and have free time to explore the beautiful city. Right in front of Vienna's entrance and surrounded by breathtaking scenery is the monastery of Klosterneuburg. "Kahlenbergerdorf" with its wine taverns is only a hop from the pier and definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna. You will be provided with information to plan your sightseeing or there's an optional city tour by bus in the afternoon passing most of the numerous and famous sights and a guided walking tour though the historic centre of Austria’s capital (optional, not included). There are many famous places of interest to explore including the Prater, St Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you are free to explore Vienna. You can take a city tour of Vienna's sights from the saddle of your bike or on the HOP ON HOP OFF bus (optional). The magnificent Ringstraße will remind you of times long past and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries, while the Naschmarket market is a feast for all the senses. End the evening on a magical note with a concert of waltz and classical operetta music in Sisi’s summer residence (optional). Late departure from Vienna and cruise towards Krems.

Meals:  B,L,D

Enjoy an unforgettable day in the picturesque Wachau. Today you will cycle through delightful wine-growing villages surrounded by terraced vineyards and apricot trees. The charming little town of Dürnstein with its narrow lanes is a highlight. In Weißenkirchen – the most important wine-growing village in the World Cultural Heritage Landscape – you can discover the first rate famous Wachau wines. Back on the boat and cruise towards Melk.

Meals:  B,L,D

Enjoy the first rays of sun and the early morning tranquillity one last time from the deck before we reach Passau/surrounds. Disembarkation will be at approx. 10.30am. We recommend that you do not make any arrangements for onward travel departing before 11.30am to be on the safe side, later departure times would be even better.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners. The trip is based on full board which includes a buffet breakfast daily, 5 packed lunches, 1 full 3 course lunch and a 3 course dinner each night (2-3 choices for main course). Vegetarian or other dietary requirements are catered for but we ask that you advise this in advance (at least 21 days prior to the trip commencement).
  • 7 nights accommodation on board MV Swiss Crown. Price shown is for a 2 bed cabin on the Main Deck (lower deck). For other categories of berths in cabins on Middle (comfort) or Upper (superior) decks - a supplement applies. All cabins are outside cabins with air-conditioning and ensuite facilities. There is 1 single cabin (main deck) and 1 mini suite (middle deck).
  • 21 or 24 speed bike rental with pannier and handlebar bag (children trailers (max 2 children, 40kgs) on request. A limited number of electric bikes are available for hire, approx 12-15 per departure - must be pre-booked and a supplement applies)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per cabin, navigational app to use on your smartphone
  • Cruise director on board - does not cycle with the group, provides daily briefings
  • Welcome drink, farewell crew show, live music every night, gala dinner on last evening with farewell cocktail
  • Docking & harbour fees
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to and from Passau
  • *Parking in Passau including transfer to and from the boat (reservation necessary, payable locally); Closed parking lot EUR66 approx, Parking garage EUR77 approx
  • *Private or shuttle transfers from Munich Airport to Passau – price on request according to number of participants
  • *Taxi costs between Passau train station to the boat dock - allow approx EUR5-15
  • Optional excursions - booked and paid locally (detailed information and pricing is provided on board):-
  • *Linz: city tour with scenic train
  • *Vienna: Hop On Hop Off bus, City tour by Bike, Concert Schönbrunn - Orangerie
  • *Wachau valley: Wine tasting
  • *Grein: Visit Austria's oldest theatre
  • Drinks other than afternoon tea and coffee on board
  • Meals not detailed in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Bike insurance is available locally - allow EUR15 for hybrid bike, EUR50 for electric bike (subject to change)
  • Helmets - can be purchased on board for EUR29 (subject to change, advance reservation recommended)
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided tour. Guided cycling packages are available on select dates - supplement and additional inclusions apply. See below for details.
  • Supplement for bringing your own bike - ask us for details
  • Wifi (onboard surcharge applies from 100MB)

Cabins


Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

This trip involves 5 days cycling usually along paved cycle paths across generally flat terrain up to 50km/31mi in a day. It is almost exclusively on the Danube cycle path. In and out of the cities there will be some traffic. You need only carry your camera/rain gear and water bottle. Your luggage remains on the boat. For this reason the trip is a Grade 2 cycle and is considered suitable for beginners and children. A limited number of children’s bikes are available (minimum height 120cm/3ft 11.3in), as are bike seats (max 18kg/39lb 10.93137oz) and trailers (2 children, maximum 40kg/88lb 2.95oz), and tag-a-long bikes (minimum height is 120cm/3ft 11.3in). *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates


Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
1
Optional Guided cycle package available on these dates (supplement applies). Other dates are possible on request, for a minimum of 10 participants. For inclusions, please see the trip notes.
DN2
High season is 01 May to 31 Jul and 1-30 Sep, mid season is 1-31 Aug - a supplement applies to high and mid season departures.
DN3
IMPORTANT NOTE: A compulsory Fuel Surcharge now applies to all departures in 2022. This is payable in advance for departures from 1 June 2022 and locally for departures prior to 1 June.
DN4
Please contact our office for prices on the range of cabins and deck levels available. It is possible to bring your own bike however a a supplement applies - please contact our office for details. Refer to trip notes for the boat Vaccination Policy

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Total Priceper person from

$1190USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Helmet purchaseUSD$40
  • compulsory fuel surchargeUSD$60
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$130
  • child under 13 (sharing main deck cabin with one adult)USD$1030
*Prices listed are per person

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