Danube Bike & Boat Holiday Crossing 4 Countries

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.

From £799.00


 

  • Grade:
  • Comfort: Cosy
  • Start/Finish: Passau
  • Distance: 129 to 157 miles (207 to 252 Km)
  • Duration: 7 nights - 8 Days
  • Availability: From April until September
  • Altitude:

The itinerary for this holiday is eight days and seven nights.

Day 1:  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:  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 28.5 miles (46Km)

Day 3:  Bratislava,

Arrive in Bratislava before cycling through Hainburg to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm.  Then its on to Devin before returning to the Normandie in Bratislava. In the evening you can take a 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 33.5 miles (54 km)

Day 4:  Budapest, a day of rest or roundtrip to Szentendre.

Enjoy early morning views of the Danube's gorgeous landscape from the Sundeck. This gateway to Budapest is stunning as many of the famous tourist features are situated along the water front. If you want, you can take a rest day and explore the attractions of this wonderful city and a short bike ride to the nearby Margaretheninsel which is well worth a visit. Alternatively, take a bicycle ride to the charming town of Szentendre with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life.(approx. distance 40 km – 25 miles).  All this before you set sail for a night cruise to Visegrad.

 

Day 5:  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 15.5 – 37 miles (25 - 60km)


Day 6:  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, the gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall that takes you back in time. At the end of the day return on-board for the night cruise to Rossatz or Dürnstein (Wachau).

Day 7: Wachau, Melk to Pöchlarn  

This 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 everyone. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. Board Normandie again in the small village of Pöchlarn and after a farewell gala dinner, MS Normandie heads back towards Passau.

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

Day 8: 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.

Holiday Details:

  • Eight day, seven night itinerary.
  • This holiday will start and end in Passau.
  • MS NORMANDIE - On joining this vessel you are immediately aware of the cosy and informal ambience on board. On the upper deck you will find the comfy panorama salon with its bar and the small sauna on the main deck the comfortable restaurant. On deck there are both deck chairs and ordinary chairs and tables, which encourage conversation and communal activity. MS NORMANDIE possesses two 1-bed-cabins and forty-nine 2-bed-cabins. They are all out-side cabins, giving some 10-11 square metres of space (2-bed) and about 7 qm (1-bed). All 2-bed-cabins on main and upper deck are equipped with two lower beds, one of which can be folded against the wall during the day to provide a more homely atmosphere, shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, safe, central air-conditioning and a picture window. Windows may only be opened on the upper deck. 1-bed cabins have one lower bed and are otherwise equipped with same features. Technical details: Length 91.2 m, width 10.50 m, depth 1.60 m, max. 100 passengers. Currency on board: Euro. Credit cards: MasterCard and Visa.

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

  • Passau, The City of 3 Rivers
  • Schlögener Schlinge ( the Danube's "Great Loop")
  • The Hungarian Danube Bend
  • The World Heritage Site Wachau
  • Slovakia’s Bratislava
  • Hungarian Capital Budapest
  • The Cosmopolitan City of Vienna

Getting to Austria:

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

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

By Air – The closest airport is Linz in Austria.  The 2nd closest is Salzburg.  The 3rd closest is Munich.

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

The itinerary for this holiday is eight days and seven nights.

Day 1:  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:  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 28.5 miles (46Km)

Day 3:  Bratislava,

Arrive in Bratislava before cycling through Hainburg to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm.  Then its on to Devin before returning to the Normandie in Bratislava. In the evening you can take a 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 33.5 miles (54 km)

Day 4:  Budapest, a day of rest or roundtrip to Szentendre.

Enjoy early morning views of the Danube's gorgeous landscape from the Sundeck. This gateway to Budapest is stunning as many of the famous tourist features are situated along the water front. If you want, you can take a rest day and explore the attractions of this wonderful city and a short bike ride to the nearby Margaretheninsel which is well worth a visit. Alternatively, take a bicycle ride to the charming town of Szentendre with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life.(approx. distance 40 km – 25 miles).  All this before you set sail for a night cruise to Visegrad.

 

Day 5:  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 15.5 – 37 miles (25 - 60km)


Day 6:  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, the gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall that takes you back in time. At the end of the day return on-board for the night cruise to Rossatz or Dürnstein (Wachau).

Day 7: Wachau, Melk to Pöchlarn  

This 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 everyone. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. Board Normandie again in the small village of Pöchlarn and after a farewell gala dinner, MS Normandie heads back towards Passau.

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

Day 8: 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.

Holiday Details:

  • Eight day, seven night itinerary.
  • This holiday will start and end in Passau.
  • MS NORMANDIE - On joining this vessel you are immediately aware of the cosy and informal ambience on board. On the upper deck you will find the comfy panorama salon with its bar and the small sauna on the main deck the comfortable restaurant. On deck there are both deck chairs and ordinary chairs and tables, which encourage conversation and communal activity. MS NORMANDIE possesses two 1-bed-cabins and forty-nine 2-bed-cabins. They are all out-side cabins, giving some 10-11 square metres of space (2-bed) and about 7 qm (1-bed). All 2-bed-cabins on main and upper deck are equipped with two lower beds, one of which can be folded against the wall during the day to provide a more homely atmosphere, shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, safe, central air-conditioning and a picture window. Windows may only be opened on the upper deck. 1-bed cabins have one lower bed and are otherwise equipped with same features. Technical details: Length 91.2 m, width 10.50 m, depth 1.60 m, max. 100 passengers. Currency on board: Euro. Credit cards: MasterCard and Visa.

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

  • Passau, The City of 3 Rivers
  • Schlögener Schlinge ( the Danube's "Great Loop")
  • The Hungarian Danube Bend
  • The World Heritage Site Wachau
  • Slovakia’s Bratislava
  • Hungarian Capital Budapest
  • The Cosmopolitan City of Vienna

Getting to Austria:

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

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

By Air – The closest airport is Linz in Austria.  The 2nd closest is Salzburg.  The 3rd closest is Munich.

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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