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From Passau to Belgrade on Carissima

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Danube bike and boat tour on 15 days and 14 nights, full board. Loop tour from Passau. Cycle via the most beautiful cities along the Danube and discover the stately "Iron Gates".

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Basic price : 1,475.00 €
1,534.00 €

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Passau - Bratislava - Budapest - Belgrade - Iron Gates - Vienna - Passau: these are the main stages of your cycling holiday along the Danube. Discover, among others, the impressive "Iron Gates" or the magnificent Wachau Valley.

 

Dates

- Departure from Passau, on Saturdays

- Feasible from April to September 2020

- High season : from May to September

23/05, 20/06, 18/07, 08/08, 29/08, 26/09

- Low season : April
25/04

 

Not included

- Parking garage 120 €
   or Open terrain 105 €

- Visits

General information
- Loop tour without guide
- Full board(picnic for lunch)

- Road Book provided

- Gala-dinner with farewell cocktail

- Kids prices : contact us

 

MS CARRISSIMA

- 75 Deluxe cabins, 14.5 m square
- Capacity: 150 passengers
- Length : 110 m, width: 11.4 m
- Speed: 21 km/h
- Crew : approximately 35
- Language : German and English
- Private bathrooms with shower, hair dryer,

   TV, safe, and full air-conditioning
- Hotel style double bed which can be converted

  to two single beds
- Upper deck and middle deck cabins feature full

  size picture windows which can be opened
- Main deck (lower deck), half height windows (cannot be open)
- ECO cabins are located in the front/rear

  part of the ship (engine noise possible).
- Library, pool (open June through August), Sauna and whirlpool
- Wifi available but limited, electricity 220 v

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Day 1: Passau
Embarkation 4.00 p.m. in Passau; departure is at 5.00 p.m. Enjoy a final view of the beautiful city of Passau as you glide serenely into the sunset, past dark green forests before entering the lock at the Jochenstein power plant on the border between Germany and Austria.

 

Day 2: Schlögen Danube Bend | Obernzell – Obermühl, approx. 35 km
Enjoy a delightful day’s cycling from Obernzell through the ruggedly romantic Danube Bend at Schlögen, one of the most beautiful sections of the river lined with sleepy farming villages and a natural landscape. Get a break at Austria’s only Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell and refill your energy with home-distilled drinks. Along the way, you can drop in at one of the many inviting cider taverns. At the charming village Obermühl you go aboard the barge and sail into the beautiful sunset.

 

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, approx. 15 - 43 km
A narrow cycle path runs along the Iron Curtain from the castle ruins in Devin to the splendid palace of Schloss Hof, which boasts one of the most magnificent baroque gardens in Europe. After a stretch of untouched countryside is followed and a short time later, you arrive to the vibrant city of Bratislava. Our miniature train tour of the Slovakian capital in which Hungarian kings were once crowned (optional) begins with a glorious view from the fortress perched on a hill overlooking the city and ends with a walk through the beautifully restored historic city centre.

 

Day 4: Budapest | Excursion to Szentendre, approx. 27-54 km (or day of rest)
Savour the entrance to Budapest and the stunning views of the city‘s most famous buildings. Discover the city that straddles the Danube on a guided tour (optional) or take a detour to the delightful little town of Szentendre with its many artists and galleries. Get a taste of the fiery Hungarian temperament at a Hungarian folklore show with traditional music and folk dance accompanied by wine and local food (optional).

 

Day 5: Baja – Mohacs, approx. 37 km
From the quiet Baroque town of Baja that is famous for its fish soup, you’ll cycle along the flood protection dykes in the Gemenc floodplain, through sleepy river landscapes past fields of sunflowers. At the end of today’s stage, you take the ferry to the little town of Mohacs, Hungary’s southernmost town on the Danube and famously the site of two battles with the Turks.

 

Day 6: Belgrade (day of rest)
Explore the fun-loving Serbian capital at the confluence of the Sava and the Danube by bike or bus, take a journey in time from the past to the present and learn about the rise and fall of Yugoslavia (optional). In the evening, Belgrade is bathed in a sea of light. Visit a colourful folklore show with traditional dances from all parts of the country, followed by typical regional specialities in the well-known Bohemian district of Skadarlija with lively folk music from a Serbian band (optional).

 

Day 7: Cataract Canyons /Iron Gates National Park (day of rest)
Experience the stunning fjord-like landscape at close quarters from the ship’s deck. The river cuts through the Romanian Carpathian mountains and the mighty foothills of the Balkan mountain range. A spectacular landscape with steep gorges, dark forests with historic monuments and impregnable fortresses on the shores that are reflected in the blue waters of the river: this miracle of nature will take your breath away!

 

Day 8: Novi Sad – Ilok, approx. 48 km
The imposing Petrovaradin fortress perches high above the provincial capital of the Vojvodina. After cycling upstream along a flat cycle path you take a ferry to reach the gentle foothills of the Fruska Gora, with its orchards, vineyards and idyllic farming villages. Everything in the medieval town of Ilok is about wine. In the evening you will have the opportunity to sample some famous Croatian wines at a local wine cellar (optional).

 

Day 9: Batina – Mohacs, approx. 42 km
In the border triangle you cycle through the never-ending „Backa“. Small, idyllic villages and endless canola fields accompany you from Croatia to Serbia and Hungary. Farmers stop their work to greet you and now and then you will meet a carriage. You will experience untouched nature in the Nemzeti National Park and after the ferry ride to Mohacs there is enough time for a visit at the White Stork Museum or the Memorial of the Battle of Mohacs.

 

Day 10: Kalocsa – Solt, approx. 50 km
Kalocsa is the “Paprika Capital” of Hungary and the character of the town is strongly influenced by colourful houses with hand-painted, bright floral patterns and the cathedral with its towers that can be seen even from a distance as they rise into the sky from the flat Hungarian plain. Visiting the Paprika Museum you’ll learn a lot about Hungary’s favourite spice. Continue your journey on the well-built cycle path along the flood protection dyke through the vast expanse of the Puszta. You will cycle through fields and orchards that stretch as far as the eye can see until you reach Solt, birthplace of the famous conductor Sir George Solti. Vecsey Castle and the library with some 34,000 books are especially worth seeing.

 

Day 11: Danube Bend – Esztergom, approx. 43 km
The Danube is framed by steep wooded hills as it flows through the picturesque, hilly landscape of the “Hungarian Wachau“. Set in the middle of the Danube, the delightful island of Szentendre radiates real Puszta romance. As you continue your journey on idyllic cycle paths through picturesque villages you’ll be able to experience the Hungarian zest for life at first hand. The dome of the imposing basilica in Esztergom can be seen from far. Hungary’s largest church, with its Tuscan-style high altar and a side chapel with red marble walls is especially worth seeing.

 

Day 12: Vienna (Bike excursion to Klosterneuburg, Danube Island…)
After so many action-packed days of cycling, you deserve some relaxation. Enjoy the breath-taking view of the idyllic floodplain forest of the Donauauen National Park and the impressive skyline as you sail to Vienna. Go for a bike ride on the Danube Island – Vienna’s favourite recreational area, cycle to the nearby Klosterneuburg Abbey or wander through the idyllic vineyards of Kahlenberg (with magnificent views over the city and the Danube). The day ends traditionally with a concert of classic waltz and operetta music at a famous Viennese Palais (optional).

 

Day 13: Vienna (day of rest)
Discover Vienna: from the saddle on a guided bike tour or on your own with the HOP ON HOP OFF bus (optional). Ride through the historic city centre at a leisurely pace and see the sights at point-blank range. The magnificent Ringstraße boulevard will remind you of times a long time ago and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries. Afterwards, there’s enough time to stroll through the quaint lanes or visit the Naschmarkt. Let your day in Vienna end at a rustic wine tavern.

 

Day 14: Wachau | Krems – Melk, approx. 37 km
This final stage of your cycling tour can be described as magical! The gentle hilly countryside of the Wachau valley with its picturesque villages, historic castles and palaces surrounded by apricot trees and terraced vineyards, is one of the loveliest stretches. In Weißenkirchen the cycle path is lined with cosy vintner’s taverns and you should definitely have a break in this area. (optional wine tasting)!

 

Day 15: Passau
Enjoy the first rays of sunlight and the early-morning tranquillity of the Danube valley one last time. Catch a final view of the Danube Bend at Schlögen – before you reach Passau, your heart bursting with memories and impressions. Disembarkation at approx. 10.00 a.m. Independent homeward journey. We recommend not to make any arrangements for onward connections departing before 11.00 a.m.

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Levels  :
1 2 3 4 5 6

Terrain :
Flat and low resistance path. Cycle paths all along the Danube River.

Climate :
Continental climate, gentle sun and nice temperatures. 


Technicality :
0  to 59 km riding per day ie 3 to 5 hours riding.

Itinerary easy to follow. No difficulties, fully accessible to anyone.

 

Bibliography :

Cartoguide Vienne, Edition Lannoo

Danube Bike Trail n°2 from Passau to Vienne, Edition Esterbauer

- Books about Danube by bike on Cartovelo.com


Accommodation Comfort :
Cabins for 2 persons, toilet and bathroom in the cabin, air conditioning, dinner with minimum 3  dishes.

 

The boat :

3*** Cruise boat,  110 meters long and 11 meters large, 75 cabins with porthole 2 decks

Aboard : panorama restaurant, 1 bar. Swimingpool, Sauna,

 

Extra nights :

One additional night is available at the beginning and at the end of the tour in an hotel in Passau and Vienna.
 

Participants :
On board, you will meet an international community of all ages, men and women, bachelors and couples with kids.

Accompanying :
Self guided tour, daily exchanges with a cycle-tour-guide concerning the next day route.

- Aboard, the captain and his crew (60 people). They are in charge of you on the boat and lead the boat from one stage to another. The chef prepares the meals.


The meals :
- Breakfast : aboard, you will find a substantial buffet breakfast with hot and cold dishes.

- Lunch : aboard = 3 dishes /// on the bike = picnic included

- Snack : after the daily journey, you will find aboard different kinds of drinks, like tea and coffee.

- Dinners : 3 or 4 dishes

- Drinks not included

 

The bike :

On request, you can rent an hybrid bike with 21 gears.


If you come with your own bikes, it cannot benefit from our company theft insurance, you must do what is necessary. Don't forget your lock.

 

Road book :

We will provide you the information concerning your tour as well as the itinerary,  except changes.

 

Transport :  Location
- By train : Regular from Vienna to Passau Time schedule in Austria
By car : Motorway E56 to Passau

- By plane : International airport of Vienna. Feel free visiting our travel agency website Selectour de Parthenay

 

Your vehicle :

It is possible to park your car in Passau on a private unsupervised car park (to pay on the spot)

 

Cancellation insurance :

In order to guarantee reimbursement of your fees, you may subscribe to a cancellation insurance. To know more about this insurance, click here

 

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