Danube 4 Countries – Austria Cycling Tour

Travel by bike and boat along the river Danube on this is very unique experience as your 'floating hotel' accompanies you at all times! You will discover the breathtaking natural wonder of the “Great Loop” (a swift 180º turn!) and immerse yourself in legendary Wachau with its vineyard terraces, enchanted castles and monasteries. Then Vienna – an abundance of sights! A city, hard to describe which you really need to experience for yourself! Sights like St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the city hall and the world’s oldest Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) are easy to reach during a wonderful sightseeing tour by bike. A stroll through the Naschmarkt, the famous food market is a wonderful cultural and culinary adventure. You can also relax at any of the cosy coffee houses or at a typical traditional Viennese wine tavern in the suburbs.
 

  • Grade:
  • Comfort: Cosy
  • Start/Finish: Passau
  • Distance: 129 to 157 miles (207 to 252 Km)
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Availability: April to September
  • Altitude:

This tour has an eight day, seven night itinerary.

Day 1: Saturday, Passau -  Engelhartszell

Individual arrival in the "Three River City". Passau attracts many with the world's greatest church organ at the Stephansdom and its charming Old Town. Embarkation will be around 4:00 p.m. with departure around 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and sail through the evening towards Engelhartszell.

Day 2: Sunday, Engelhartszell, Schlögener Schlinge (Great Loop) to Brandstatt & Bratislava The day starts in Engelhartszell (with the only Trappist monastery in Austria) before heading towards the Schloegen Loop (the Danube’s  "Great Loop"). This 180˚ bend is one of the most beautiful and original sectors of the Danube.  Cycle on through small villages and cosy “must stop” taverns before boarding again in Brandstatt and "sailing into the night" towards Bratislava. 

Approx distance 46Km (28.5 miles)

Day 3: Monday, Bratislava, bike tour city tour (optional)

Arrive in Bratislava around noon before riding, via Hainburg to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm.  Then on to Devin before returning to the Normandie in Bratislava. In the evening there is an optional tour by mini train and on foot where you can discover hidden alleys and sights of Bratislava. Then its back on board with a night cruise to Budapest.

Approx distance 54 km (33.5 miles)

Day 4: Tuesday, Budapest, a day of rest or exploration or optional tours

In the early morning, 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 on the water front. If you want, take a rest day, and if not there are optional tours, a Hop on/Hop off or a bicycle roundtrip to Szentendre (approx. distance 40 km – 25 miles).  In the afternoon you have the option to explore the city by coach and by foot. If you prefer, nearby can be found the Margaretheninsel which is well worth a short bike ride or the charming town of Szentendre with Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life. In the evening you can enjoy an optional “Budapest by Night with a folklore program”.  All this before you set sail for a night cruise to Visegrad.

Day 5: Wednesday, Danube Bend, Visegrad to Esztergom

The Danube bend is definitely one of most delightful and attractive sections or the river and is called the Hungarian Wachau. Today's bike leg starts at Visegrad with its famous fortress and the ruins of a former palace.  There are 2 routes to choose from: 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 town of Esztergom, with its gorgeous basilica, Hungary's largest Catholic Church, overlooking the village. Night-time cruise to Vienna.

Approx distance 25 - 60km (15.5 – 37 miles)


Day 6: Thursday, Vienna to Nussdorf / (Korneuburg may also be possible) (day of rest)

Make sure you visit the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg. Take a city tour by bike or an optional coach/walking tour. The gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall all take you back in time. The evening ends impressively with a Waltz and Operetta concert (optional, not included). Night cruise to Rossatz or Dürnstein (Wachau).

Day 7: Friday, Wachau, Melk to Pöchlarn  

The last day on a bike 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 the small village of Pöchlarn there is an optional wine-tasting opportunity, you owe it to yourself to take a break! Here you will board again and after the farewell gala dinner, you start “sailing” back to Passau.

Approx distance 42 - 52 km (26 – 32 miles)

Day 8: Saturday, Passau

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

Key Details:

  • Eight day, seven night itinerary.
  • This tour will start and end in Passau.

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your holiday in The Danube including:

  • Passau, The City of 3 Rivers
  • The Schloegen Danube Loop
  • The Hungarian Danube Bend

  • The World Heritage Site Wachau
  • Slovakia’s Bratislava
  • Hungarian Capital Budapest
  • The Cosmopolitan City of Vienna
  • Passau, the City of 3 rivers,

  • the Schloegen Danube Loop, t

Getting to Austria:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in Austria.

By Car – Austria can be reached by car through the well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to Vienna International Airport.

For more information on getting to Austria please visit the Austrian Travel website.

Included
  • En-suite Accommodation with air conditioning
  • Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Coffee & Dinner)
  • Captain's Greeting and Welcome Cocktail
  • Daily Live Music
  • Port Fees (For guests aged 12 and over)
  • Farewell Dinner with farewell drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning with towels & sheets changed if required
Excluded
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Helmet (limited number for purchase on board 40 Euro)
  • Any visitor taxes
  • Transport to and from Passau

This tour has an eight day, seven night itinerary.

Day 1: Saturday, Passau -  Engelhartszell

Individual arrival in the "Three River City". Passau attracts many with the world's greatest church organ at the Stephansdom and its charming Old Town. Embarkation will be around 4:00 p.m. with departure around 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and sail through the evening towards Engelhartszell.

Day 2: Sunday, Engelhartszell, Schlögener Schlinge (Great Loop) to Brandstatt & Bratislava The day starts in Engelhartszell (with the only Trappist monastery in Austria) before heading towards the Schloegen Loop (the Danube’s  "Great Loop"). This 180˚ bend is one of the most beautiful and original sectors of the Danube.  Cycle on through small villages and cosy “must stop” taverns before boarding again in Brandstatt and "sailing into the night" towards Bratislava. 

Approx distance 46Km (28.5 miles)

Day 3: Monday, Bratislava, bike tour city tour (optional)

Arrive in Bratislava around noon before riding, via Hainburg to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm.  Then on to Devin before returning to the Normandie in Bratislava. In the evening there is an optional tour by mini train and on foot where you can discover hidden alleys and sights of Bratislava. Then its back on board with a night cruise to Budapest.

Approx distance 54 km (33.5 miles)

Day 4: Tuesday, Budapest, a day of rest or exploration or optional tours

In the early morning, 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 on the water front. If you want, take a rest day, and if not there are optional tours, a Hop on/Hop off or a bicycle roundtrip to Szentendre (approx. distance 40 km – 25 miles).  In the afternoon you have the option to explore the city by coach and by foot. If you prefer, nearby can be found the Margaretheninsel which is well worth a short bike ride or the charming town of Szentendre with Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life. In the evening you can enjoy an optional “Budapest by Night with a folklore program”.  All this before you set sail for a night cruise to Visegrad.

Day 5: Wednesday, Danube Bend, Visegrad to Esztergom

The Danube bend is definitely one of most delightful and attractive sections or the river and is called the Hungarian Wachau. Today's bike leg starts at Visegrad with its famous fortress and the ruins of a former palace.  There are 2 routes to choose from: 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 town of Esztergom, with its gorgeous basilica, Hungary's largest Catholic Church, overlooking the village. Night-time cruise to Vienna.

Approx distance 25 - 60km (15.5 – 37 miles)


Day 6: Thursday, Vienna to Nussdorf / (Korneuburg may also be possible) (day of rest)

Make sure you visit the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg. Take a city tour by bike or an optional coach/walking tour. The gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall all take you back in time. The evening ends impressively with a Waltz and Operetta concert (optional, not included). Night cruise to Rossatz or Dürnstein (Wachau).

Day 7: Friday, Wachau, Melk to Pöchlarn  

The last day on a bike 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 the small village of Pöchlarn there is an optional wine-tasting opportunity, you owe it to yourself to take a break! Here you will board again and after the farewell gala dinner, you start “sailing” back to Passau.

Approx distance 42 - 52 km (26 – 32 miles)

Day 8: Saturday, Passau

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

Key Details:

  • Eight day, seven night itinerary.
  • This tour will start and end in Passau.

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your holiday in The Danube including:

  • Passau, The City of 3 Rivers
  • The Schloegen Danube Loop
  • The Hungarian Danube Bend

  • The World Heritage Site Wachau
  • Slovakia’s Bratislava
  • Hungarian Capital Budapest
  • The Cosmopolitan City of Vienna
  • Passau, the City of 3 rivers,

  • the Schloegen Danube Loop, t

Getting to Austria:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in Austria.

By Car – Austria can be reached by car through the well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to Vienna International Airport.

For more information on getting to Austria please visit the Austrian Travel website.

Included
  • En-suite Accommodation with air conditioning
  • Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Coffee & Dinner)
  • Captain's Greeting and Welcome Cocktail
  • Daily Live Music
  • Port Fees (For guests aged 12 and over)
  • Farewell Dinner with farewell drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning with towels & sheets changed if required
Excluded
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Helmet (limited number for purchase on board 40 Euro)
  • Any visitor taxes
  • Transport to and from Passau
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