Highlights of the Danube Munich
Price : £725
Category :
Self Guided
Tour Guide : Self Guided, Bike & Boat
Tour Grade : Leisurely
Distance : 130m/210km
Tour Code : EB010
Duration : 7 nights

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Overview

A leisurely, long distance cycling holiday in Europe along the Danube from Passau in Germany, via Vienna in Austria and Bratislava in Slovakia, to Budapest in Hungary. The river Danube is best explored aboard a traditional boat cruiser which is exactly what this tour allows, with daily stopovers allowing you to cycle along well-established cycle paths that lead out to villages with many cultural and historical sites.

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A leisurely, long distance cycling holiday in Europe along the Danube from Passau in Germany, via Vienna in Austria and Bratislava in Slovakia, to Budapest in Hungary. The river Danube is best explored aboard a traditional boat cruiser which is exactly what this tour allows, with daily stopovers allowing you to cycle along well-established cycle paths that lead out to villages with many cultural and historical sites.

Your starting point, Passau in Germany, is also known as the Dreiflüssestadt or “City of Three Rivers” due to the joining of the rivers of Inn from the south and the Ilz from the north. From Passau the MS Narmandie will float down the romantic landscapes of the Danube Loop, arguably the most beautiful section of this cruise, towards Bratislava, the capital of Hungary. The landscape here is dominated by the vast castle situated high up above the city, walk up to it and views across the city and further over Hungary will be your reward.

Budapest, cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe is for you to explore on the fourth day of this cycling holiday. Home to an extensive World Heritage Site, you can relax and sightsee by bike before moving on to the slightly hilly landscape of the Hungarian Wachau where you set sail for Vienna, the’City of Music’. The homeward sail takes you through the enchanting hillside hamlets along the Wachau Valley, with cycle routes directing you towards ruined castles and sleepy villages.

  • Budapest, cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe

  • Sail to Vienna, the’City of Music’

  • Minimum of 50 people per tour

The Trip

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Itininerary:

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Day 1: Passau – Engelhartszell

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Brandstatt – Bratislava approx. 45 km:

Day 3: Bratislava approx. 55 km:

Day 4: Budapest (rest day) or cycle tour to Szentendre ca. 40 km

Day 5: Visegrad – Esztergom approx. 25-60 km

Day 6: Vienna/Nussdorf (rest day)

Day 7: Wachau/Rossatz – Melk – Pöchlarn approx. 40-50 km

Day 8: Passau

Day 1: Passau – Engelhartszell

If you are able to arrive before embarkation at 5pm, venture into the historical Bavarian city to revel in its gothic and baroque architecture, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the “Old City”, home to the second largest church pipe organ on the world. St. Stephen’s is a true masterpiece of Baroque design, built by Italian architect Carlo Lurago. The town is dominated by the former fortress of the Bishop, Veste Oberhaus, situated high on the mountain crest between the Danube and the Ilz rivers.
Once aboard the MS Normandie you will be invited to join fellow passengers for a welcome drink and dinner as the boat sets sail to your first destination Engelhartszell.
Once aboard the MS Normandie you will be invited to join fellow passengers for a welcome drink and dinner as the boat sets sail to your first destination Engelhartszell.

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Brandstatt – Bratislava: 45 km

You will awake nearing your first port of call, Engelhartszell, a picturesque Austrian market town famous for its’ Trappist monastery where they make cordials and liqueurs with special healing powers. Follow the traffic free cycle path downstream with its dramatic view of the Schlögen loop, here the river makes a dramatic 180-degree turn which you will want to capture on film! Continue onwards at your own pace through charming villages with Kellers, local taverns, to Brandstatt where you will re-board the MS Normandie for the onward night sail to Bratislava.

Day 3: Bratislava: 55 km

The cycle tour continues from Bratislava via Hainburg, to the imperial castle Hof with its gorgeous Terrace garden, and onwards to Devin before heading back to Bratislava.Bratislava is Slovakia’s capital city, characterised by medieval towers and grand 20th century buildings. The prominent Bratislava Castle with its four striking corner towers stands high on an isolated rocky hill within the Little Carpathians, a low mountain range which forms part of the Carpathian Mountain range, directly overlooking the Danube river. In the 15th century the castle housed the Crown Jewels for Hungary, now it exhibits a National Museum and a Baroque chapel that plays host to music events.Continue west cycling through the town of Hainburg, with its floodplain forest to the Imperial Palace of Hof, otherwise known as Schloss Hof, a former hunting lodge and now part of the imperial estate. Head to Devín Castle, perched on a rock where the Morava River forms the border between Austria and Slovakia and enters the Danube. The castle is an important archaeological site, and now home to a museum dedicated to its history. Due to its strategic location, Devín Castle was a very important frontier castle of Great Moravia and the early Hungarian state, take in its panoramic views before heading on back to Bratislava to re-board for the overnight sail to Budapest.

Day 4: Budapest (rest day) or cycle tour to Szentendre: 55 km

As the sun rises the beautiful landscape and breathtaking cityscape of Budapest unfolds. By night or day Budapest is truly stunning.The optional bike tour takes you along the rivers edge to the world heritage sites of the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second-oldest metro line in the world. Visit the Great Market Hall, Budapest’s oldest and largest indoor market selling anything from meat, fish, spices, candy, to spirits and souvenirs. If you are not too tired then move on to the riverside town of Szentendre with its affectionately restored old town, numerous churches and galleries, souvenir shops and restaurants. There is an optional excursion to see Budapest by night and experience a folklore show. You will return to the boat for a night cruise to Visegrad.

Day 5: Visegrad – Esztergom: 25-60 km

Enjoy breakfast whilst cruising through the picturesque, slightly hilly landscape of the Danube bend – also known as Hungarian Wachau – to Visegrad, a small castle town on the Danube Bend famous for the remains of the Early Renaissance summer palace of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary and the medieval citadel.You have the option of two tours today: the longer takes you to Szentendre, an island with a Mediterranean atmosphere between the Danube Bend and Budapest, where artists flock in search of inspiration, and onwards to the Baroque village of Vác. The short option is to Esztergom, with its precious Cathedral and Primatial Basilica, home to the third largest organ in Europe.Re-board for the overnight sail to Vienna

Day 6: Vienna/Nussdorf (rest day)

Discover Vienna during a city tour by bike or bus (optional) and visit monuments, parks, the Rathaus (town hall), the Burgtheater, University, Parliament, the twin museums of natural history and fine art, and the Staatsoper. It is also the location of New Wing of the Hofburg, the former imperial palace, and the Imperial and Royal War Ministry finished in 1913. The mainly Gothic Stephansdom is located at the center of the city, on Stephansplatz. Vienna is famous for its Theatres and Opera houses, not to speak of home to famous composers, such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven. You may choose to enjoy an evening at one of the famous Opera houses, or Concert halls or simply meander through the streets of true Vienna before heading back to your bed on board and sailing through the night to Wachau.

Day 7: Wachau/Rossatz – Melk – Pöchlarn: 40-50 km

A quieter start to the day as you drift along the enchanting landscapes of the Wanchau Valley, orchards and vineyards lie peacefully on the picturesque hillside, interspersed with villages and historic castles and ruins. By pedal power from Rossatz, head towards Dürnstein, known for its wine making and ruined hilltop castle where Richard the Lionheart was held hostage whilst returning from the Crusades. Progress onward to Melks and a peek of the mighty monastery before heading on for a well-earned break at one of the vineyard taverns around Weissenkirchen. Finally, at Pöchlarn, your floating hotel and a farewell dinner and cocktail awaits you as you start sailing back to Passau.

Day 8: Passau

You arrive in Passau relaxed and rested around 11.30 am.

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

 

  • 7 nights accommodation on board

  • Board basis: Full board. Breakfast, small lunch or lunch package for your bike tours, coffee and cake in the afternoon, 3-course dinner

  • Welcome drinks with the captain

  • Daily live music

  • Farewell dinner and drinks

  • Daily cleaning of cabins

  • Change of towels and bed linen if required

  • Daily bike tour briefings

  • 1x route book for self-guided tours per cabin

  • 24hr emergency assistance if needed

Price Excludes:

 

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Bike and helmet hire

  • Port fees (€59 for 12 years and over)


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

 

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Extras:

 

  • Upgrade to a cabin above deck upon request

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

 

The most accessible airport is Munich or Salzburg

From Munich airport get the train to Schärding via Freising and Passau (approx 2 hours). Alternatively, get a train from Salzburg Airport via Wels Hauptbahnhof and Salzburg Hauptbahnhof.

Getting Home:

 

The most accessible airport is Munich or Salzburg

From Passau get the train to Schärding via Freising and Passau to Munich airport (approx 2 hours). Alternatively, get a train to Salzburg Airport via Wels Hauptbahnhof and Salzburg Hauptbahnhof.

Price : £725
Category :
Self Guided
Tour Guide : Self Guided, Bike & Boat
Tour Grade : Leisurely
Distance : 130m/210km
Tour Code : EB010
Duration : 7 nights

Book Now

Overview

A leisurely, long distance cycling holiday in Europe along the Danube from Passau in Germany, via Vienna in Austria and Bratislava in Slovakia, to Budapest in Hungary. The river Danube is best explored aboard a traditional boat cruiser which is exactly what this tour allows, with daily stopovers allowing you to cycle along well-established cycle paths that lead out to villages with many cultural and historical sites.

Read More

A leisurely, long distance cycling holiday in Europe along the Danube from Passau in Germany, via Vienna in Austria and Bratislava in Slovakia, to Budapest in Hungary. The river Danube is best explored aboard a traditional boat cruiser which is exactly what this tour allows, with daily stopovers allowing you to cycle along well-established cycle paths that lead out to villages with many cultural and historical sites.

Your starting point, Passau in Germany, is also known as the Dreiflüssestadt or “City of Three Rivers” due to the joining of the rivers of Inn from the south and the Ilz from the north. From Passau the MS Narmandie will float down the romantic landscapes of the Danube Loop, arguably the most beautiful section of this cruise, towards Bratislava, the capital of Hungary. The landscape here is dominated by the vast castle situated high up above the city, walk up to it and views across the city and further over Hungary will be your reward.

Budapest, cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe is for you to explore on the fourth day of this cycling holiday. Home to an extensive World Heritage Site, you can relax and sightsee by bike before moving on to the slightly hilly landscape of the Hungarian Wachau where you set sail for Vienna, the’City of Music’. The homeward sail takes you through the enchanting hillside hamlets along the Wachau Valley, with cycle routes directing you towards ruined castles and sleepy villages.

  • Budapest, cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe

  • Sail to Vienna, the’City of Music’

  • Minimum of 50 people per tour

The Trip

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Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Passau – Engelhartszell

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Brandstatt – Bratislava approx. 45 km:

Day 3: Bratislava approx. 55 km:

Day 4: Budapest (rest day) or cycle tour to Szentendre ca. 40 km

Day 5: Visegrad – Esztergom approx. 25-60 km

Day 6: Vienna/Nussdorf (rest day)

Day 7: Wachau/Rossatz – Melk – Pöchlarn approx. 40-50 km

Day 8: Passau

Day 1: Passau – Engelhartszell

If you are able to arrive before embarkation at 5pm, venture into the historical Bavarian city to revel in its gothic and baroque architecture, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the “Old City”, home to the second largest church pipe organ on the world. St. Stephen’s is a true masterpiece of Baroque design, built by Italian architect Carlo Lurago. The town is dominated by the former fortress of the Bishop, Veste Oberhaus, situated high on the mountain crest between the Danube and the Ilz rivers.
Once aboard the MS Normandie you will be invited to join fellow passengers for a welcome drink and dinner as the boat sets sail to your first destination Engelhartszell.
Once aboard the MS Normandie you will be invited to join fellow passengers for a welcome drink and dinner as the boat sets sail to your first destination Engelhartszell.

Day 2: Engelhartszell – Brandstatt – Bratislava: 45 km

You will awake nearing your first port of call, Engelhartszell, a picturesque Austrian market town famous for its’ Trappist monastery where they make cordials and liqueurs with special healing powers. Follow the traffic free cycle path downstream with its dramatic view of the Schlögen loop, here the river makes a dramatic 180-degree turn which you will want to capture on film! Continue onwards at your own pace through charming villages with Kellers, local taverns, to Brandstatt where you will re-board the MS Normandie for the onward night sail to Bratislava.

Day 3: Bratislava: 55 km

The cycle tour continues from Bratislava via Hainburg, to the imperial castle Hof with its gorgeous Terrace garden, and onwards to Devin before heading back to Bratislava.Bratislava is Slovakia’s capital city, characterised by medieval towers and grand 20th century buildings. The prominent Bratislava Castle with its four striking corner towers stands high on an isolated rocky hill within the Little Carpathians, a low mountain range which forms part of the Carpathian Mountain range, directly overlooking the Danube river. In the 15th century the castle housed the Crown Jewels for Hungary, now it exhibits a National Museum and a Baroque chapel that plays host to music events.Continue west cycling through the town of Hainburg, with its floodplain forest to the Imperial Palace of Hof, otherwise known as Schloss Hof, a former hunting lodge and now part of the imperial estate. Head to Devín Castle, perched on a rock where the Morava River forms the border between Austria and Slovakia and enters the Danube. The castle is an important archaeological site, and now home to a museum dedicated to its history. Due to its strategic location, Devín Castle was a very important frontier castle of Great Moravia and the early Hungarian state, take in its panoramic views before heading on back to Bratislava to re-board for the overnight sail to Budapest.

Day 4: Budapest (rest day) or cycle tour to Szentendre: 55 km

As the sun rises the beautiful landscape and breathtaking cityscape of Budapest unfolds. By night or day Budapest is truly stunning.The optional bike tour takes you along the rivers edge to the world heritage sites of the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second-oldest metro line in the world. Visit the Great Market Hall, Budapest’s oldest and largest indoor market selling anything from meat, fish, spices, candy, to spirits and souvenirs. If you are not too tired then move on to the riverside town of Szentendre with its affectionately restored old town, numerous churches and galleries, souvenir shops and restaurants. There is an optional excursion to see Budapest by night and experience a folklore show. You will return to the boat for a night cruise to Visegrad.

Day 5: Visegrad – Esztergom: 25-60 km

Enjoy breakfast whilst cruising through the picturesque, slightly hilly landscape of the Danube bend – also known as Hungarian Wachau – to Visegrad, a small castle town on the Danube Bend famous for the remains of the Early Renaissance summer palace of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary and the medieval citadel.You have the option of two tours today: the longer takes you to Szentendre, an island with a Mediterranean atmosphere between the Danube Bend and Budapest, where artists flock in search of inspiration, and onwards to the Baroque village of Vác. The short option is to Esztergom, with its precious Cathedral and Primatial Basilica, home to the third largest organ in Europe.Re-board for the overnight sail to Vienna

Day 6: Vienna/Nussdorf (rest day)

Discover Vienna during a city tour by bike or bus (optional) and visit monuments, parks, the Rathaus (town hall), the Burgtheater, University, Parliament, the twin museums of natural history and fine art, and the Staatsoper. It is also the location of New Wing of the Hofburg, the former imperial palace, and the Imperial and Royal War Ministry finished in 1913. The mainly Gothic Stephansdom is located at the center of the city, on Stephansplatz. Vienna is famous for its Theatres and Opera houses, not to speak of home to famous composers, such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven. You may choose to enjoy an evening at one of the famous Opera houses, or Concert halls or simply meander through the streets of true Vienna before heading back to your bed on board and sailing through the night to Wachau.

Day 7: Wachau/Rossatz – Melk – Pöchlarn: 40-50 km

A quieter start to the day as you drift along the enchanting landscapes of the Wanchau Valley, orchards and vineyards lie peacefully on the picturesque hillside, interspersed with villages and historic castles and ruins. By pedal power from Rossatz, head towards Dürnstein, known for its wine making and ruined hilltop castle where Richard the Lionheart was held hostage whilst returning from the Crusades. Progress onward to Melks and a peek of the mighty monastery before heading on for a well-earned break at one of the vineyard taverns around Weissenkirchen. Finally, at Pöchlarn, your floating hotel and a farewell dinner and cocktail awaits you as you start sailing back to Passau.

Day 8: Passau

You arrive in Passau relaxed and rested around 11.30 am.

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

 

  • 7 nights accommodation on board

  • Board basis: Full board. Breakfast, small lunch or lunch package for your bike tours, coffee and cake in the afternoon, 3-course dinner

  • Welcome drinks with the captain

  • Daily live music

  • Farewell dinner and drinks

  • Daily cleaning of cabins

  • Change of towels and bed linen if required

  • Daily bike tour briefings

  • 1x route book for self-guided tours per cabin

  • 24hr emergency assistance if needed

Price Excludes:

 

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Bike and helmet hire

  • Port fees (€59 for 12 years and over)


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

 

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Extras:

 

  • Upgrade to a cabin above deck upon request

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

 

The most accessible airport is Munich or Salzburg

From Munich airport get the train to Schärding via Freising and Passau (approx 2 hours). Alternatively, get a train from Salzburg Airport via Wels Hauptbahnhof and Salzburg Hauptbahnhof.

Getting Home:

 

The most accessible airport is Munich or Salzburg

From Passau get the train to Schärding via Freising and Passau to Munich airport (approx 2 hours). Alternatively, get a train to Salzburg Airport via Wels Hauptbahnhof and Salzburg Hauptbahnhof.

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