The impressive Danube loop, the fascinating landscape of the Wachau region with its wine terraces, fortresses and palaces, the untouched forests of the Donauaen National Park and the picturesque Hungarian Danube bend; what better way to explore these beautiful destinations than by bike and boat? Leisurely cycling along quiet cycle paths, you encounter iconic cities such as Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest whilst your floating hotel accompanies you at all times. With free time at all the major destinations along your route, this is the perfect method to discover the scenery, culture and cuisine of the Danube area. The ship sails at a leisurely pace along the Danube to Budapest, then returns to Passau where the itinerary ends.
All accommodation, All listed activities, All transport, Tour leader (on guided trips), Some meals (details available on request)
* 7 nights en board the MS Normandie, all cabins en suite and with air conditioning * 5 days cycling 95% well-surfaced cycle path, 5% road * Easy cycling along mainly quiet roads * E-bikes available on request
Discover the iconic River Danube by boat and bike
Days : 8
Price : From AED 0*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Classic
Trip Type : Self guided
Physical Grading : 1
Make your own way to Passau. Embarkation generally starts from 5pm. Evening cruise to Engelhartszell whilst you enjoy your first evening on board the MS Normandie.
After breakfast, the cycling stage starts today at Engelhartszell, which has the only Trappist monastery in Austria. You follow the romantic river landscape of the Danube loop, which is arguably one of the most beautiful sections along the river. After reaching the charming village of Brandstatt you board the ship which cruises through the night to arrive in Bratislava around midday the day later.
Enjoy a cycle loop from Bratislava, on to Hainburg and then to Schloss Hof; a baroque palace in Austria, located near the border of Slovakia. There is time to enjoy the beautiful terraced gardens before you cycle via the old castle of Devin, back to Bratislava. The Slovakian capital city can be experienced further by an optional city tour before the ship for Budapest later in the evening.
As the morning light breaks you will enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the beautiful landscape along this section of the Danube, before a spectacular entrance into Budapest, which has many of it's iconic buildings located right next to the river. The day is free for you to enjoy a city tour by coach or bike (not included), or ride a loop to the charming town of Szentendre with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life. In the evening there is the opportunity to join an optional Budapest by night tour.
The Danube bend is probably one of the most delightful and attractive parts of this trip, and today you will travel through the area known as the Hungarian Wachau. The bike leg starts at Visegrad with an opportunity to visit the famous fortress and the ruins of the former palace. There is a choice of two routes; the longer involves a side trip to the island of Szentendre if you did not visit the day before, and also visits the baroque village of Vac. The other route leads you directly to the bishop-town of Esztergom which boasts the largest Catholic Church basilica in Hungary. In the night the boat moves on to Vienna. Cycle approx. 25km or 60km for longer route
Discover the iconic city of Vienna by bike or bus on an optional city tour today. Don't miss the most famous buildings: the Hofburg, St Stephen's Cathedral, Ringstrasse boulevard with the opera, theatre and town hall, the colourful Hunderwasser house and the ferris wheel at Wiener Prater. The evening is yours to spend at your leisure; take in one of Vienna's famous concerts at the Hofburg or enjoy a relaxing evening in a wine tavern.
Your last ride is a special highlight! Today you cycle through small villages, enjoying the enchanting scenery dotted with apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins. Pedal past the iconic blue tower of the monastery of Dürnstein; a real landmark of the Wachau. In Weissenkirchen there is the opportunity to sample some of the region's deliciously light wines, before you board the ship again in Pöchlarn to enjoy a final farewell dinner before the journey back to Passau. N.B. The longer cycling route today is 52km (32 miles)
After breakfast enjoy a last look of the Schlögener Schlinge (Great Loop) before you arrive into Passau at approximately 10am. Disembarkation is half an hour later, and we recommend arranging connecting trips from noon onwards.
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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights