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Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in a main deck two bed standard cabin (MVF) or standard Eco cabin (MVC)
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days£1030GBP

Overview

Trip Code: DEX

Trip highlights


  • Cycling through the stunning Wachau Valley and along the famous Danube bike path
  • Arriving in Vienna and Budapest by boat and exploring these magnificent cities
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the Danube by bike
  • Relaxing on board the comfortable boat

From the cobblestone streets of charming Passau to the Austrian capital of Vienna and the majestic city of Budapest, this journey by comfortable river boat and bike offers the opportunity to experience life on the Danube and the surrounding countryside at your own pace. Using the MV Fortuna boat (MVF) or MV Carissima boat (MVC) as a base, enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the legendary Wachau, Bratislava, the Slovakian capital at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains and the icon studded cities of Vienna and Budapest.

Note: This trip is not exclusive to UTracks clients and you will be joining a group of up to 150 passengers from around the world.

Countries:

Germany, Hungary, Slovakia & Austria

Starting Point:

Passau

Finishing Point:

Passau


Itinerary

Boarding is at 4:30pm and the boat will depart at 5.30-6:00pm for the first cruise. (Luggage drop-off is available from 3.30pm). Located at the junction of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau has a number of interesting sites. Use your free time and stroll through the cobblestone old town centre, listen to the bells of Passau’s Gothic Town Hall or have a look at the world’s largest Catholic Church organ in the Passau Cathedral. We'll cruise to the traditional town of Engelhartszell, home to Austria’s only Trappist monastery and where you can taste some delicious liquors and cheese. As we cruise, information will be provided about the daily biking, sights and sightseeing trips. Dinner will follow.

Meals:  D

This morning you will receive your bicycles. Your cycle tour will begin through the classic scenery of the 'Great Loop' Schlögener Donauschlinge, where small villages developed through the river trade of years gone by. Along the way you will encounter tiny villages and cosy cider taverns. The famous 'Schlogener View' provides a wonderful vista of the surrounding Austrian countryside. On arrival in the charming town of Aschach you will re-board the boat for an overnight cruise.

Meals:  B,L,D

After a morning arrival in Devin, you will cycle along the former "Iron Curtain", cross the green line and reach the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm. Continue along the bike path through the "vegetable garden" to the coronation city of Bratislava, at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. You can discover the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava or there's an optional city tour. Re-board the boat this evening for an overnight cruise.

Meals:  B,L,D

We arrive at Budapest in the morning and the panoramic view of the Danube bend is quite stunning. Savour the city's beauty during a bus tour or a guided bike tour (optional) to discover many of the city's highlights. You can also choose to cycle to the charming town of Szentendre, with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art scene. In the evening you can experience Hungarian culture at an evening Folklore show with traditional music and dance (optional).

Meals:  B,L,D

Early this morning the boat brings us to Vac. In a wonderful landscape that is a nature lover's paradise, you will cycle from the Baroque village of Vac via the idyllic isle of Szentendre, and continue to the bishop town of Esztergom with its imposing basilica – Hungary’s largest Catholic Church – overlooking the village. During the night we cruise to Vienna.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is at leisure, or you have the option of joining a city tour by bike or bus, to experience some of Vienna’s main sights including the imperial Hofburg, St Stephens Cathedral, the gorgeous ‘Ringstrasse’ (boulevard) and the State Opera House, the Burgtheater and town hall, and of course the colourful 'Hundertwasserhaus'. Information will be provided to help plan your sightseeing. Take time to relax in one or more of Vienna’s famous cafés, while an optional evening excursion is available: a classical concert in one of Vienna’s famous palaces. Later we will cruise through the night to Krems.

Meals:  B,L,D

Your last biking day is a special highlight, pedalling through the renowned Wachau, with its truly romantic scenery of vineyards and quaint villages. Cycling from Krems to Melk you will pass small dreamy villages, orchards, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Durnstein. In Weißenkirchen you will find comfy wine taverns right along the bike path where there is the possibility for wine tasting (optional). Before re-boarding the boat it is worth visiting the gorgeous Baroque monastery of the Benedictine Brethren of Melk. Our last evening on board will include a gala dinner and crew show.

Meals:  B,L,D

Check-out from your cabin by 8:30 am. During breakfast the boat continues to Passau, with disembarkation at approximately 10:00 am. Your onward travel plans should be made from 11.30 am.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners. The trip is based on full board which includes a buffet breakfast daily, 5 packed lunches and 1 full 3 course lunch and 3 course dinner each night (2-3 choices for main course). Vegetarian or other dietary requirements are catered for but we ask that you advise this in advance (at least 21 days prior to the trip commencement).
  • 7 nights accommodation in an air conditioned cabin with ensuite facilities, choice of cabin categories (triple, double, single on Main, Middle or Upper deck on MV Fortuna (MVF) or MV Carissima (MVC) - price varies according to chosen category. The trip price is based on a Main Deck two bed standard cabin (MVF) or standard Eco cabin (MVC - positioned where engine and docking noises may be more evident). For other categories and seasons a supplement applies.
  • Bike rental with pannier and handlebar bag (21 speed on MVF, 24 speed on MVC). A limited number of electric bikes are available, approx 12-15 per departure - must be pre-booked and a supplement applies. Children trailers (max 2 children, 40kgs) on request.
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per cabin, navigational app to use on your smartphone
  • Cruise director on board - does not cycle with the group, provides daily briefings
  • Welcome drink, crew show, live music every night, gala dinner on last evening with farewell cocktail
  • Docking & harbour fees
  • Emergency hotline
  • Towels and bed linen, daily cabin cleaning
  • Standard Drinking Package (valid from 10.00 – 22.00 hrs) - MV Fortuna only

  • Travel to and from Passau
  • *Parking in Passau including transfer to and from the boat (reservation necessary, payable locally); Closed parking lot EUR71 approx, Parking garage EUR83 (subject to change)
  • *Private transfer from Munich Airport to Passau – price on request according to number of participants
  • *Taxi costs between Passau train station to the boat dock - allow approx EUR5-15
  • Optional excursions - booked and paid on board only (detailed information will be provided on board):-
  • *Bratislava: City tour by bus and citywalk
  • *Budapest: City tour by bus or by bike
  • *Budapest by night + folklore show at a traditional Hungarian Csarda
  • *Vienna: City tour by bus and citywalk or by bike
  • *Vienna by night: Concert Schönbrunn - Orangerie
  • *Wachau: Wine tasting
  • Drinks other than standard drinks package (MV Fortuna only), afternoon tea and coffee on board
  • Meals not detailed in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, entrance fees 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)
  • Helmets - can be purchased on board for EUR29 (subject to change, advance reservation recommended)
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided tour. A guided cycling package is available on select departures - supplement and additional inclusions apply. See below for details.

Bike information


Suitability

introductory to moderate

2

This trip involves 5 days cycling usually along paved cycle paths across generally flat terrain. 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.


Departure dates


Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
P
High Season Supplement MVSC
DN1
IMPORTANT NOTE: A compulsory Fuel Surcharge now applies to all departures in 2022. This is payable in advance for departures from 1 June 2022 and locally for departures prior to 1 June.
1
Guided Cycle Package available on the following dates (supplement applies): 22 & 28 May, 02 & 17 Jul, 3 Sep, 2 Oct. Other dates possible on request, minimum 10 participants. For inclusions see trip notes.
DN3
MVF - High season is Jun, Jul and Sep - supplement applies. A discount applies to departures in April and October. MVSC - High season is 2 Jul and 3 Sep departures, Mid season is 28 May departure, base season applies to 8 October departure. Sunday departures are on board MV Fortuna (MVF). Saturday dates (denoted 3) are on board MV Swiss Crown (MVSC)
DN4
Prices for other cabins and seasons available on request. Refer to the trip notes for the boat Vaccination Policy

Total Priceper person from

£1030GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • Discount for October or April departure - MVF only (cabin upgrade supplements still apply)GBP£-52
  • Helmet purchaseGBP£29
  • compulsory fuel surchargeGBP£60
  • Electric Bike SupplementGBP£90
  • High Season Supplement MVSCGBP£130
*Prices listed are per person

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