The Danube by Bike & Boat

The Danube by Bike & Boat

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The Danube by Bike & Boat

8 Days Starting and ending in Passau

Visiting: Germany, Austria

Tour operator:

UTracks

Tour code:

DBS

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

90 - 150

Physical rating:

introductory to moderate

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$1263
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Tour Overview

Europe's second longest river, the Danube, courses through ten nations en route to the Black Sea. This itinerary follows its journey through some of the most romantic European landscapes. From the cobblestone streets of charming Passau head out into Austria, winding your way past enchanting monasteries and majestic castles. By boat cruise the Danube through Upper Austria to reach the romantic Austrian capital of Vienna, one of the most magical cities in Europe. Heading west, the pace slows down, with a memorable cycle across the Wachau Valley past rolling vineyards, hill top castles, meadows and forests to encounter atmospheric landscapes and sites of arresting history. Enjoy the atmosphere of life on board with like minded active travellers, sampling local culinary delights and relaxing atop the sundeck with splendid views of the changing scenery.

Highlights

  • Exploring the majestic city of Vienna and the three river town of Passau

  • Cycling through the stunning Wachau Valley and along the famous Danube bike path

  • Experiencing the timelessness of the Danube by boat and bike

  • Relaxing on board the comfortable barge, your home for the week

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Passau (Germany)
Meals Included: D

Boarding is at 4:00pm (luggage drop-off from 3pm is possible) and the boat will depart at approximately 5:30pm to the next location. Located at the junction of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau has a number of interesting sites including the Fortress “Veste Oberhaus” built in 1219 where there is an observation tower for a good view of the town and the river and St. Stevens Cathedral with the world’s largest church organ. Cruise during the night through the Danube Valley.

Day 2 : Cycle To Brandstatt From Engelhartszell (45Km/28Mi)
Meals Included: B, L, D

This morning you will receive your bikes for the trip. Today's cycle tour takes you directly along the banks of the Danube, with plenty of time to enjoy the landscape as you cycle. You'll explore the pristine countryside of the Upper Danube valley on the former towpath as it runs past sleepy villages. Small, rustic inns at the edge of the trail invite you to linger, and the aroma of fresh fish traditionally grilled might waft through the air. The Schlögener Blick observation point offers a truly stunning view of the Schlögener Schlinge where the Danube carves its way through a gorge and doubles back on itsellf. Overnight Brandstatt.

Day 3 : Cycle To Linz (24Km/15Mi)
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today the tour continues along the banks of the Danube to reach the Upper Austrian capital of Linz. Here you can discover the European Capital of Culture 2009 on a bright yellow miniature train (optional). The cathedral is the largest in Austria, the Pöstlingbergbahn is the steepest adhesion railway in the world. At the ARS Electronica Museum you can try out some of the most impressive examples of modern technology. Alternatively relax and enjoy the charms of this atmospheric town. Overnight Linz.

Day 4 : Cycle Tulln To Vienna (31Km/19Mi)
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today you will arrive in Vienna and in the afternoon have free time to explore the beautiful city. Right in front of Vienna's entrance and surrounded by breathtaking scenery is the monastery of Klosterneuburg. "Kahlenbergerdorf" with its wine taverns is only a hop from the pier and definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna. You will be provided with information to plan your sightseeing or there's an optional city tour by bus in the afternoon passing most of the numerous and famous sights and a guided walking tour though the historic centre of Austria’s capital (optional, not included). There are many famous places of interest to explore including the Prater, St Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace.

Day 5 : Rest Day Vienna
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today you are free to explore Vienna. You can take a city tour of Vienna's sights from the saddle of your bike or on the HOP ON HOP OFF bus (optional). The magnificent Ringstraße will remind you of times long past and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries, while the Naschmarket market is a feast for all the senses. End the evening on a magical note with a concert of waltz and classical operetta music in Sisi’s summer residence (optional). Late departure from Vienna and cruise towards Krems.

Day 6 : Wachau Valley From Krems To Melk (37Km/23Mi)
Meals Included: B, L, D

Enjoy an unforgettable day in the picturesque Wachau. Today you will cycle through delightful wine-growing villages surrounded by terraced vineyards and apricot trees from Krems to Melk. The charming little town of Dürnstein with its narrow lanes is a highlight. In In Spitz - one of the most famous wine-growing villages in the World Cultural Heritage Landscape - you can discover the first rate famous Wachau wines.

Day 7 : Cycle Grein To Mauthausen Via Mitterkirchen (36Km/22Mi)
Meals Included: B, L, D

Continue along the banks of the Danube, again enjoying the landscape as you cycle. A beautiful and diverse route awaits, offering a wide range of experiences. Starting from the medieval town of Grein (home to Austria's oldest theatre, visit optional), cycle through the picturesque hinterland of the Strudengau region. With a bit of luck, you may even be personally guided through the romantic Clam Castle by the castle's lord. Additionally, you'll take a journey back in time at the Celtic Village in Mitterkirchen. The Mauthausen Memorial, is situated on a hill near the town.

Day 8 : Cruise To Passau And Disembark, Trip Concludes
Meals Included: B

Enjoy the first rays of sun and the early morning tranquillity one last time from the deck before we reach Passau/surrounds. Disembarkation will be at approx. 11.00am. We recommend that you do not make any arrangements for onward travel departing before Midday to be on the safe side, later departure times would be even better.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    7 nights in a 2 bed cabin on Main Deck

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners. The trip is based on full board which includes a buffet breakfast daily, 5 packed lunches, 1 full 3 course lunch and a 3 course dinner each night (2-3 choices for main course). Vegetarian or other dietary requirements a

  • 7 nights accommodation on board MV Swiss Crown. Price shown is for a 2 bed cabin on the Main Deck (lower deck). For other categories of berths in cabins on Middle (comfort) or Upper (superior) decks - a supplement applies. All cabins are outside cabins wi

  • Information pack including route notes & maps per cabin, navigational app to use on your smartphone

  • 21 or 24 speed bike rental with pannier and handlebar bag (children trailers (max 2 children, 40kgs) on request. A limited number of electric bikes are available for hire, approx 12-15 per departure - must be pre-booked and a supplement applies)

  • Cruise director on board - does not cycle with the group, provides daily briefings

  • Welcome drink, farewell crew show, live music every night, gala dinner on last evening with farewell cocktail

  • Docking & harbour fees

  • Emergency hotline

  • 7 nights accommodation on board MV Swiss Crown. Price shown is for a 2 bed cabin on the Main Deck (lower deck). For other categories of berths in cabins on Middle (comfort or minisuite) or Upper (superior) decks - a supplement applies. All cabins are outs

  • 7 nights accommodation on board a deluxe category river boat. Price shown is for a 2 bed cabin on the Main Deck (lower deck). For other categories of berths in cabins on Middle (comfort or minisuite) or Upper (superior) decks - a supplement applies. All c

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from Passau *Parking in Passau including transfer to and from the boat (reservation necessary, payable locally); Closed parking lot EUR75 approx, Parking garage EUR87 approx *Private or shuttle transfers from Munich Airport to Passau – price

  • Optional excursions - booked and paid locally (detailed information and pricing is provided on board):- *Linz: city tour with scenic train *Vienna: Hop On Hop Off bus, City tour by Bike, Concert Schönbrunn - Orangerie *Wachau valley: Wine tasting *Grein:

  • Drinks other than afternoon tea and coffee on board

  • Meals not detailed in the itinerary

  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.

  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees

  • Tips

  • Travel insurance - mandatory

  • Bike insurance is available locally - allow EUR15 for hybrid bike, EUR50 for electric bike (subject to change)

  • Tour guide - this is a self guided tour. Guided cycling packages are available on select dates - supplement and additional inclusions apply. See below for details.

  • Helmets - can be purchased on board for EUR32 (subject to change, advance reservation recommended)

  • Supplement for bringing your own bike - ask us for details

  • Wifi (onboard surcharge applies from 100MB)

  • Ferry rides

  • Helmets. Bring your own or can be purchased on board - EUR39 (subject to change) - must be pre-reserved, payable locally

  • Travel to and from Passau *Parking in Passau including transfer to and from the boat (reservation necessary, payable locally); Closed parking lot EUR75 approx, Parking garage EUR87 approx *Private or shuttle transfers from Munich Airport to Passau – price

  • Drinks other than afternoon tea and coffee on board, meals not detailed in the itinerary

  • Optional excursions - booked and paid locally - detailed information and pricing is provided on board:-*Linz: city tour with scenic train *Vienna: Hop On Hop Off bus, City tour by Bike, Concert Schönbrunn - Orangerie *Wachau valley: Wine tasting *Grein: V

  • Ferry rides (eg to cross the river by bike)

  • Supplement if bringing your own bike - ask us for details

  • Helmet. Optional rental (EUR15) or purchase (EUR32) available - payable locally but must be pre-booked - please request with your consultant

  • Helmet. Optional rental (must be pre-booked & pre-paid) or purchase (EUR32 - payable locally but must be pre-booked) available - please request with your consultant

  • Helmet. Optional rental (must be pre-booked & pre-paid) or purchase (payable locally but must be pre-booked) available - please request with your consultant

  • Bike insurance is available locally - allow EUR18 for hybrid bike, EUR50 for electric bike (subject to change)

  • Single cabin, supplement applies

Grading

This trip involves 5 days cycling usually along paved cycle paths across generally flat terrain up to 50km/31mi in a day. It is almost exclusively on the Danube cycle path. In and out of the cities there will be some traffic. You need only carry your camera/rain gear and water bottle. Your luggage remains on the boat. For this reason the trip is a Grade 2 cycle and is considered suitable for beginners and children. A limited number of children’s bikes are available (minimum height 120cm/3ft 11.3in), as are bike seats (max 18kg/39lb 10.93137oz) and trailers (2 children, maximum 40kg/88lb 2.95oz), and tag-a-long bikes (minimum height is 120cm/3ft 11.3in). *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.

What You Carry

During the cycle day you will carry your daily requirements in the pannier provided with the bike. This may include your lunch, wet weather gear, mobile phone and water.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

H. Wojcik(Queensland, Australia)  

The Danube by Bike & Boat

14 Oct 2018

We found UTracks provided a great holiday experience without any worries regarding bookings and advise on all trips.

R. Ward(North Vancouver, Canada)  

The Danube by Bike & Boat

14 Jun 2023

The trip exceeding our expectations both for accommodation, food and bike setup.

A. Nordby(St Paul, USA)  

The Danube by Bike & Boat

29 Sep 2022

Amazing trip! Bike trips were well planned, food was really good, staff were helpful and fun. Our room was well equipped.

M. Mote(St Kilda East, Australia)  

The Danube by Bike & Boat

17 Jul 2023

The Swiss Crown boat exceeded my expectations. The public areas were generous and comfortable. The restaurant was excellent.

K. Griffin(Palm Harbor, United States)  

The Danube by Bike & Boat

13 Jul 2023

Definitely would recommend this trip to anyone that likes to travel with a sense of adventure. Loved it!!

L. Exley(Vernon, Canada)  

The Danube by Bike & Boat

26 Sep 2023

It was a wonderful trip in the Danube. The bikes were in perfect order. The cabin adequate, the food top notch, the service for the most part excellent. The cruise director did not always explain very clearly and one evening the hotel manager forgot to go into English. Overall we were delighted!

Barbara Giba(Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada)  

The Danube by Bike & Boat

27 Jun 2023

An amazing way to see all the splendours of Austria.

D. Budner(Gorham, Canada)  

The Danube by Bike & Boat

27 Jun 2023

The service, and locations of travel were top notch.The accommodation were everything you would want.

J. Troyer(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)  

The Danube by Bike & Boat

14 Sep 2018

Wonderful trip! Not too physically taxing. Beautiful scenery and lots of fun stops along the route. It was self directed with a guide book and pre-trip guide meeting where you are provided guidance and extra information on the next day’s journey. You can visit a multitude of castles, wineries, small towns, etc. We originally didn’t expect much of the Bratislava stop, but ended up absolutely loving it! Boat was older but in good shape. Bathrooms are teeny tiny. Food was excellent. Wide range of ages doing tour, from a few families to seniors. It was wonderful meeting fellow bikers from all over the world!

T. DeRosa(Park City, USA)  

The Danube by Bike & Boat

14 Jun 2022

Loved it. Be patient when booking as it takes a few days to get it finalized. Loved UTracks and the customer service. The barge, bikes, and quality was very nice!

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