Danube River - 6 Countries - Boat & Bike

Boat & Bike 14 nights

VISITING: Germany, Austria, Hungary, Croatia

Why we love this tour

"This two week tour takes you through six countries and with five rest days, there's plenty of time to explore the four capital cities that you'll visit along the way. While not cycling, relax in style in the pool on the luxurious MS Carissima. "

Two week boat and cycle tour of six different countries

Capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade

Stunning beauty of Iron Gate gorges, Pannonian Plains and Wachau Valley

Mostly flat cycle paths with the option of rest days on the boat

Guiding
Self-Guided
Distance
213miles/342km
Level
Easy
Standard
Deluxe, Superior
Departs
Sat
Runs
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Code
AU022
Fly to
Munich
Good for
Multi-Country, Riverside Routes
Return
Munich

Spend two weeks cycling and sailing along the course of the Danube, experiencing six different countries and four capital cities. The cycling is mostly on riverside paths or quiet country roads with lots of highlights to stop-off at en route, from fortresses and farming villages, to wine tasting taverns. There are three official rest days and, if you need to take more, you’ve always got the option to stay on board and cruise to the day’s destination instead.

A real cultural adventure, you’ll sail into Vienna, ride past Baroque palaces in Bratislava and experience traditional folklore in Budapest and Belgrade. As you cycle and cruise between the cities, the river’s natural beauty is breathtaking. Riding along Austria’s Danube Bend makes a stunning introduction to your holiday, and sailing through the Iron Gates gorge is a real halfway highlight before you pedal through the vast Pannonian Plains, across the breadbaskets of Croatia and Serbia and beneath the hilltop monasteries of the Wachau Valley.

Accommodation

MS Carissima

This deluxe boat was renovated for 2017. All 75 cabins are 14 m² and feature a double bed which can be converted to two single beds.All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower, hair dryer, TV, safe and air-conditioning. Some cabins are located in the front and rear part of the ship where engine noise is possible. Half-height windows on the main deck cannot be opened but the cabins on the upper and middle deck provide full-size picture windows which do open.

There is a Panorama lounge with a bar plus a wellness area with sauna and whirlpool or alternatively jump into the pool (June to August) on the sun deck. Wifi is available on board (payable onboard, please note the connection can vary).

MS Carissima

MS Carissima

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What's included

Price includes

14 nights accommodation: on the MS Carissima with en-suite and air-conditioning

Board basis: Full board including buffet breakfast, packed lunch for cyclists, afternoon coffee & cake, three course dinner with choice and late night snack

Services of an English speaking on-board guide with daily briefings of the bike tours

Maps and route information (one per cabin) -GPS tracks available on request

Welcome meeting with cocktail

Local contact number for assistance

Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen

Harbour fees

Daily live music

Farewell Gala dinner with cocktail

Price excludes

Flights and transfers

Cycle helmets

Bike hire

Transfers to/from the docking in Passau

Optional excursions as listed in the itinerary (can be booked individually or as a package on board)

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Bikes are provided with a pannier, an odometer, a pump, a lock and a repair kit. A handlebar bag is included. 

Hybrid bike

Hybrid bike with 21 gears with pannier

£126

E-Bike

£227

Bringing own bike

£33

Extras

(Extra night prices are per room)

Extra Nights

3 star Passau B&B - 2 share
£106
3 star Passau B&B - single
£77
4 star Passau B&B - 2 share
£120
4 star Passau B&B - single
£87

Other Extras

Transfers

One-way Munich to Passau on Day 1 - per person (shared transfer, max. wait 60 minutes)

£71

Return Munich to Passau on Days 1 & 15 - per person (shared transfers, max. wait 60 minutes)

£120
Excursions

2020 daily guided cycling: April 25, June 20, August 8 (min 10, max 22 guests)

£304

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly to Munich, Linz or Vienna, then take the train (ÖBB) to Passau.

How do I get back?

Take the train (ÖBB) from Passau, then Fly from Munich, Linz or Vienna.

What is an ‘Easy’ cycle holiday?

Your days will involve gentle riding, mainly on flat terrain and with minimal effort required. Easy cycling holidays are suitable for most people whether you are a regular cyclist or not, however we recommend at least a few practice rides before your holiday!

We are always on hand to offer advice, so please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.

How much space will I have in my cabin?

There is limited space in the cabins, so pack light and take a soft suitcase.

Will the itinerary ever change?

For Boat & Bike tours the boat will generally keep to the advertised itinerary, however the captain may have to adapt the itinerary due to the river or sea conditions.

What are the average temperatures for this tour?
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Can the boat cater for special dietary requirements?

Please advise us of any special requirements at time of booking and we will notify the boat operator in advance. Understandably, kitchen galley space is limited and it may not be possible to provide specialist products (eg. Gluten free). We suggest you bring a few items with you and, in some cases, these can be provided at a supplement. 

Can I stay on the boat during the day and not cycle?

Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling. 

Will I be cycling with other people?

Although there is no organised group, self-guided guests regularly find they come across their fellow passengers along the route during the day and may even get together to form their own cycling groups.

What does my on-board Tour Leader do?

Your on-board Tour Leader provides daily briefings ahead of the next day's ride. These are always beneficial, including information on the local area, main sights, and tips on good places to stop en route.

Can I book by myself?

Absolutely! Boat & Bike tours are very sociable and a good choice for single travellers wishing to mix with other guests and share your common interest of cycling.

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