Passau - Budapest - Passau, MS Arlene II

Impressions from the Danube

Accompanied by a cruise ship you cycle along Europe's second larg-est river Danube from the charming Bavarian “three river city” of Pas-sau 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 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. The highlights of the tour:Passau,the City of 3 rivers, the Schloegen Danube Loop, the Hungarian Danube Bend, the World Heritage Site Wachau, the metropoles of Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna.

Classic
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • self guided

Itinerary

Arrival in the "Three River City". Passau attracts many with the world's greatest church organ at the Steph-ansdom and it’s charming Old Town. Embarkation will be around 4:00 pm, departure around 7 pm. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.

The day starts 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 cosy must-see taverns. You'll board again in Brandstatt. Then, you "sail into the night" towards Devin.

Arrival at Devin in the morning.The cycle tour takes you to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof. After crossing the green line you cycle along the former “Iron Curtain” towards the coronation city of Bratislava at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains.Tip: discover the hidden alleys of Bratislava, places and all the sights of this ambitious metropolis during a tour by mini train and by foot. In the night shipping to Budapest.

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 numerous attractions of the city. Nearby, you find the Mar-garetheninsel which is outstandingly qualified for a small bike touror the charming town of Szentendre with Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life.In the night shipping to Visegrad.

The Danube bend is definitely one of most delightful andattractive parts and is called the Hungarian Wachau. Today's bike 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. In the night shipping to Vienna.

You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral, the Hofburg, the gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House orthe town hall that takes you back to the past.In the night shipping to Rossatz or Dürnstein (Wachau).

Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidstsmall dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, mon-asteries and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Ba-roque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark ofWachau. In the small village of Pöchlarn you will board again. After the farewell gala dinner, you start “sailing” back to Passau.

Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Arrival: approx at 10:00a.m., disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from noononwards.

Tour character

A flat and sometimes slightly downhill route. All in all a relaxed cycle tour that is suitable for beginners and children.

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
May 3, 2020 | Sep 6, 2020 |
Monday
Season 2
May 17, 2020 | May 31, 2020 | Jun 14, 2020 | Jun 28, 2020 | Jul 12, 2020 | Jul 26, 2020 | Aug 9, 2020 | Aug 23, 2020 |
Monday
Bike & boat Passau-Budapest - MS Arlene II - main deck, 8 days, DE-DOSBA-08I-H
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
Bike & boat Passau-Budapest - MS Arlene II - upper deck, 8 days, DE-DOSBA-08I-O
Base price
Surcharge 2-bed-cabin single use
Extra charge 2-bed-cabin suite
Discount astern cabin
1-bed-cabin
889.00
50%
1,039.00
50%
220.00
-110.00
300.00
929.00
50%
1,079.00
50%
220.00
-110.00
300.00
Price
Rental bike 7-gear with pedal break
Rental bike 7-gear with freewheel
Electric bike
75.00
75.00
165.00

Services and infos

Included:

  • 7 nights in outside cabins with own WC/toilet and air conditioning
  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • Welcome and farewell drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Changing of towels and bed cloths if desired
  • Full meals: breakfast, light lunch on board (non cyclists) or packed lunch for cyclists, afternoon coffee break, dinner
  • Live music every day
  • Daily informational meeting
  • 1 information pack with route book per cabin
  • Tour guide on board (does not cycle with group)
  • Harbour fees included

 

Arrival/Parking/Departure:

  • Passau main station: about 5 km away from the pier
  • Parking space (fenced area) incl. transfer parking space – boat – parking space € 68 per week
  • Park garage incl. transfer park garage – boat – park garage €79 per week (Application form in your travel documents, payable there)

Number of participants:

  • Minimum of 50 people until 21 days before arrival

Notes:

  • Extra nights in Passau are possible on request!

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