MS Prinzessin Katharina
Individual arrival in Passau. The bishop's town on the Bavarian/Austrian border is idyllically situated between the rivers Inn, Ilz and Danube and can be easily reached from Frankfurt in about 4.5 hours by car or train. Between 04:00 pm and 05:00 pm the embarkation takes place in Passau. Around 07:00 pm your floating home will set sail for Engelhartszell (arrival approx. 09:00 pm). On the way you will be officially welcomed as guests of the cruise on the Danube. The evening will end comfortably with dinner on board.
Need a boost? Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell. Supposedly, they have "special healing power." Downstream, the way leads you to pretty villages amid natural landscape. For a change take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop, where the river makes a very abrupt 180 degree turn (approx. € 6,- per pers.). Shipping from Brandstatt (2024: Aschach) to Linz. Tip: discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria while riding on the bright yellow City-Express.
In the early morning shipping to Mauthausen. You have the possibility to visit the memorial-place KZ-Mauthausen. The Celtic town Mitterkirchen gives you an insight of the past. On your way to Grein you pass the pintoresque landscape Machland.
Today's stage is marked by a diverse landscape. At the beginning, there is the Strudengau – a narrow point of the Danube which used to be notorious amongst skippers. The valley expands from Persenbeug and the bike tour leads you further to Melk with its gorgeous baroque monastery of the Benedictine brethren. During the night the MS Prinzessin Katharina brings you to Tulln, famous for its numerous market gardens where the famous Art Nouveau artist Egon Schiele was born.
Right in front of Vienna's entrance, embedded in a breathtaking landscape, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. You can already see the cupola of this 900 year old baroque building from a distance. "Kahlenbergerdorf" with it's wine taverns is definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna.
You should be sure to see 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 or the town hall that takes you back to the past. Take your time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars.
In the night shipping to Dürnstein or Rossatz.
Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In the evening farewell dinner and cocktail.
Every journey draws to an end. Arrival in Passau is about 11 am, disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from 1:30 pm onwards.
Basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. The same applies for officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges.
Prices / Dates
Services / Infos
- 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities in the booked cabin category
- Programme according itinerary from/to Passau
- All passenger fees and port fees
- Captains greeting and Welcome-Drink
- Daily cabin cleaning. Changing of towels and bed cloths as necessary.
- Full meals: 7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch for cyclists or lunch snack on board (non cyclists), 6x afternoon
coffee break, 6x 3-course-dinner and 1x farewell-dinner with farewell-drink
- Daily informational meeting
- Information pack with route book (one per cabin)
- GPS tracks
- Tour guide on board
Below you will find specific information about the tour Passau-Budapest-Passau with MS Prinzessin Katharina. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
Parking facilities in Passau
You have the opportunity to park your vehicle in a parking lot on the outskirts of Passau. You can choose between a secured, but not covered parking (78.00 EUR) for the duration of the journey) or a parking garage (92.00 EUR) for the duration of the journey). From the parking lot to ship and vice versa, you will be transported by shuttle bus. You will receive with your travel documents approximately four weeks before the trip a form where you can reserve the required parking.
Arrival by train
The central station of Passau is about 5 km away from the ship. Please take a Taxi from the station to the ship. You will find detailled information on train connections on the website of the Deutsche Bahn.
Changes of the itinerary and program
In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. The same applies for officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges. Special childrens discounts and cancellation fees apply.
Noises on board of the MS Prinzessin Katharina
Please be aware that a cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night. Especially crossing locks and bridges - and the preparation work - may cause noise. If you are sensitive please bring your own ear plugs.
Available rental bikes
7 gears unisex trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies’ model) and 8 gears E-Bikes with normal mount (ladies’ model). Brand: Velo de Ville (special production for SE-Tours). Each with hand brake, coaster breaking hubs or freewheel hubs (subject to availability - please indicate as non-binding customer request when booking) and pannier bag. E-bikes are available after prior request and at limited number only.
It is possible to bring your own bike only on request - due to the lack of space on the sundeck.
Conditions of the bike paths
The Danube Cycle Path is a perfectly developed cycle path; free from car traffic. It leads through mostly flat terrain
and is also perfect for touring beginners.
Excursions during the tour
We offer an optional (surcharge - not included in the tour price) excursion programme which can be booked directly on board at the cruise director only
If you need special food (lactose free or gluten free) please let us know 14 days before arrival latest. The special food is available paying an extra fee. Please be aware that it might be possible that you have the products on your own.
Extra costs which are not included in the tour price
A fuel surcharge, which may apply due to the sharp rise in fuel prices, is not included in the cruise price and must be paid in cash on arrival on board the ship. We will inform you of the amount of the surcharge, if any, in the travel documents approx. 3-4 weeks before arrival.
7 day hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
Passport and visa requirements
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
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