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Passau – Budapest – Passau: bike & boat with MS Carissima

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Cycle Cruise Passau - Vienna - Budapest - Passau

Enjoy the tour of superlatives! The most beautiful stretches of the Danube Cyclepath and the three capitals Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest are the highlights of this week of cycling. Accompanied by your 'swimming hotel' you are free to enjoy the tour of four countries with all comfort.

This journey takes you to the highlights along Europe’s second largest river. The impressive spectacle of nature at Schlögener Donauschlinge (=”Great Loop”), the fascinating landscape of Wachau with its vineyards, castles and palaces, the untouched alluvial forests of the National Park Donauauen as well as the picturesque hungarian Danube bend are alternating with pulsative metropolises such as Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. The wide stream of the Danube flows like a silver belt through Budapest separating the hilly Buda and the flat Pest. The imposant cupola of the basilica in Esztergom salutes already from the distance. At the foot of the Carpathian Mountains the slovak capitol Bratislava (former Pressburg) invites with its charming Old Town to a vast stroll. What about a small flirt with Vienna, City of Waltz? A firework of sightseeings, small dreamy coffee bars and cosy wine taverns are expecting you.

MS Carissima

On board our comfortable cruise ship you enjoy an exclusive atmosphere – in the spacious, convenient cabins as well as in the stylish outdoor area. Experience the fantastic view to breathtaking landscapes – on the bike, from the pool on the sun deck, in the comfy seats of the lounge, and even during your amazing meals in the first class restaurant. A warm and charming crew is waiting for you to make your stay on board as comfortable as possible. All 75 de-luxe staterooms have 14 m² and feature a hotel-style double bed, which may be converted to two single beds. The half-height windows on the Main deck cannot be opened, the staterooms on the Upper and Middle deck provide full-size picture windows which do open. All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower, hair dryer, TV, safe and full air-conditioning. For those who love the luxury: Some cabins on the promenade deck have a connecting door and can be rearranged to a spacious DELUXE-suite with living room and bedroom (prices on request). ECO cabins are located in the front/rear part of the ship (engine noise possible).

1. day Passau

Individual arrival at the ‘city of three rivers’. Passau attracts with the world’s biggest church organ at the Stephansdom and with its charming Old Town. Embarkation: 5 p.m. Departure: approx. 06:30 p.m. Cruise to the traditional town of Engelhartszell.

2. day Donauschlinge 40 km

Your cycle tour starts in Engelhartszell. You cycle towards the great Danube loop of the Schlögener Schlinge, one of the most beautiful and original segments of the Danube with its small villages and cosy taverns. In the charming village Aschach you get onboard and ‘sail’ into the night to Vienna (arrival next morning).

3. day Bratislava 17 - 43 km

Along the former "Iron Curtain" a small bikepath leads you from Devin fortress to the impressive castle 'Schloss Hof' with one of the most gorgeous baroque gardens of Europe. Todays destination Bratislava attracts with its imposing castle and a lovely Old Town. Discover hidden alleys, places and other sights of this ambitious metropolis during an Oldtimer ride and a guided walk through town (optional). In the night shipping to Budapest.

4. day Budapest / Szentendre 40 km

Early in the morning you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Danube bend’s gorgeous landscape. Entering Budapest by boat is overwhelming: many of the famous tourist features are situated directly on the river banks. The market hall – called the ‘stomach of Budapest’ – is attracting with Hungarian specialities and handicraft. Take you time to explore this fantastic city! If you want to do a biketour today, you can visit the nice artist's village Szentendre.

5. day Visegrad - Eszertgom 41 km

Look forward to today's bicycle tour through the Danube Bend because it is also an excursion into Hungary's history. From the former royal residence Visegrad you cycle through the picturesque, hilly landscape of the Danube Bend - also called Hungarian Wachau - to Esztergom. Here you'll see the powerful and magnificent basilica, the largest church in Hungary that is dominating the castle district. On the way you can do a side trip to Szentendre Island in the middle of the Danube.

6. day Vienna sigthseeing tour by bike or bus

Discover Vienna’s most beautiful points by interest during a city tour by bike or bus. You will experience the most famous sights at close: the imperial Palace Hofburg, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the gorgeous boulevard ‘Ringstraße’ with the State Opera House, the Burgtheater and the Town Hall as well as the colourful ‘Hunderwasserhaus’ and the Giant Ferry Wheel, located at the amusement park Prater. Relaxation can be found at one of the countless small cafés. The day ends impressively with a Waltz- and Opera Concert (optional) or you may want to visit a traditional wine tavern on your own. During the night shipping to Krems.

7. day Wachau 29 - 42 km

Small dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins are the characteristics of the hilly landscapes of the UNESCO- World Heritage Site Wachau. Pure cycling enjoyment can be found here! The small town Weißenkirchen invites with cosy wine taverns directly next to the bike path for a break. Watch out: you have to walk your bike through Dürnstein’s narrow alleys, its pedestrial zone. King Richard Lionheart was involuntary guest here during mediaeval times. Today’s destination is Melk with its gorgeous baroque Benedictine monastery. After the gala dinner the crew invites for an entertaining show evening.

8. day Passau

Relaxed and definitely in good spirits you reach Passau in the late morning. Disembarkation: approx. 10:30am. If you leave Passau by train, please do not select your connections before 11:30 am.

Please note:

Passenger and harbour dues (obligatory): 59.00 Euro

In case of flood or low tide the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages with buses. In extreme case the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine and power unit.Please be aware that your ship MV Theodor Körner, like all other ships on the Danube, is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during night. Especially crossing locks and bridges – and the preparation work – might cause noises. If you are sensitive to noises please bring your own earplugs.

Buchbare Zusatzleistung "Genießerpaket": Reiseleitung auf dem Rad, Mostverkostung im oberen Donautal, Fährfahrten, Stadtrundfahrt in Wien und Budapest HOP-ON/HOP-OFF Bus, Weinverkostung beim Winzer in der Wachau

Die nachfolgenden Besichtigungen können Sie an Bord der MS Carissima hinzubuchen:

Bratislava: Stadtrundfahrt; Budapest: Stadtrundfahrt per Bus oder Fahrrad, traditionelle Folkloreshow;   Wien: Stadtrundfahrt per Bus oder Fahrrad, klassisches Walzer- oder Operettenkonzert; Wachau: Weinverkostung beim Wachauer Winzer

 Ausführliche Informationen zu unserem Genießerpaket sowie zu den Besichtigungen erhalten Sie unter dem Punkt "Wissenswertes".

prices & services

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Passau – Budapest – Passau: bike & boat with MS Carissima
tour no.:
00190
tour type:
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Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.

Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.

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duration:
8 days
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level:
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This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:

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easy: Very relaxed cycling in mostly flat terrain.
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beginners-intermediate: Easy cycling, pushing the bike now and then.
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moderate: for people in a general good shape, a few stretches across more difficult terrain, or pushing the bike.
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difficult: For experienced bikers, several tracks in hilly terrain.
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In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.

So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.

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Minimum number of participants
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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prices 2020

Prices are per person.

Season 1

30.04.2020

01.10. – 08.10.2020

01.05. – 31.05.2020

01.08. – 31.08.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

ECO Standard-Kabine (Hauptdeck)
Double room 819,00 €
 
Standard-Kabine (Hauptdeck)
Double room 889,00 €
 
ECO Komfort-Kabine (Mitteldeck)
Double room 949,00 €
 
Komfort-Kabine (Mitteldeck)
Double room 1.049,00 €
 
Superior-Kabine (Oberdeck)
Double room 1.119,00 €
 
Superior-Kabine zur Alleinbenutzung (Oberdeck)
Single room 1.734,45 €
 

Season 2

01.06. – 31.07.2020

01.09. – 30.09.2020

Info

Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

ECO Standard-Kabine (Hauptdeck)
Double room 869,00 €
 
Standard-Kabine (Hauptdeck)
Double room 939,00 €
 
ECO Komfort-Kabine (Mitteldeck)
Double room 999,00 €
 
Komfort-Kabine (Mitteldeck)
Double room 1.099,00 €
 
Superior-Kabine (Oberdeck)
Double room 1.169,00 €
 
Superior-Kabine zur Alleinbenutzung (Oberdeck)
Single room 1.811,95 €
 

cycles

tourer
75,00 €
 
electric bike
175,00 €
 

bookable additional services

Mitnahme eigenes Fahrrad
25,00 €
Freigelände-Parkplatz Passau inkl. Transfer zum Schiff (Preis 68 Euro, zahlbar vor Ort)
0,00 €
Garagen-Parkplatz Passau inkl. Transfer zum Schiff (Preis 79 Euro, zahlbar vor Ort)
0,00 €
Geführte Reisevariante
235,00 €
Travel services
  • 7 nights in external cabins with private facilities
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch,/packed lunch, coffee and cake, dinner, midnight snack))
  • daily cabin cleaning, towels and lins
  • daily preview of the tours
  • roadbook, maps and detailed tour description
  • Welcome cocktail
  • daily live music
  • 1 Gala Dinner with farewell cocktail
  • tourguide on board

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worth knowing

Worth knowing about your bike trip

Below please find more information about your boat and bike trip from Passau to Budapest and back with MS Carissima. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.

Important information

n extreme high or low water, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge sections by bus and/or in extreme cases, cancel the trip on short notice without having to be derived from a legal entitlement (water level is higher power). The same applies officially ordered locks and/or bridge repairs or by engine or drive damage of the ship.

Parking 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 (53.00 EUR for the duration of the journey) or a parking garage (65.00 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.

Anreise per Bahn

Passau ist gut mit der Bahn zu erreichen. Die Anlegestelle des Schiffes erreichen Sie vom Bahnhof aus am besten mit einer kurzen Taxifahrt oder öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln. 
Aktuelle Fahrplanauskünfte und Preisinformationen finden Sie ganz praktisch unter www.bahn.de.

Bahnverbindungen

Verfügbare Mieträder

Für diese Reise haben Sie die Wahl zwischen 7-Gang oder 21-Gang-Unisex-Tourenrädern der Marke KTM.
Die Elektroräder verfügen über eine 7/8-Gang-Nabenschaltung mit Rücktritt. Bitte denken Sie daran, die Räder rechtzeitig zu reservieren.

Radfahren in Österreich und der Slowakei

In Österreich besteht für Kinder bis 12 Jahren eine generelle Helmpflicht. Bitte bringen Sie einen passenden Helm mit.
In der Slowakei gibt es eine Helmpflicht für Kinder und Erwachsene außerhalb des Ortsgebietes.
Helme für Erwachsene können Sie an Bord erwerben, falls Sie nicht Ihren eigenen Helm mitbringen.

In der Slowakei besteht eine Warnwesten-Tragepflicht außerhalb von Ortsgebieten und bei schlechter Sicht (Regen, Nebel, Dämmerung und Dunkelheit). Warnwesten können an Bord kostenlos ausgeliehen werden.

Sightseeing programme

Optional excursions (not included in the travel price) can be booked individually or as a discounted excursion package directly and exclusively on board.

Bratislava: Oldtimer-city tour with old town walk

Budapest: City tour by bike or with the HOP ON HOP OFF bus

Traditional folklore show in a Hungarian Csarda

Vienna: City tour by bike or with the HOP ON HOP OFF bus

Classical waltz and operetta concert in the Vienna Palais Wachau:

City tour in Krems with an excursion train

Wine tasting at a winery in the Wachau

Cabin types

The MS Carissima has 75 comfortable outside cabins (approximately 14.5 m²) with double beds, which can also be separated into 2 single beds. The half-windows on the main deck can not be opened. The cabins on the middle and upper deck have large panoramic windows you can open.

4 cabins on the upper deck have a connecting door and can be transformed into deluxe suites with living room and bedroom (price on request).

The ECO cabins are located in the front and rear areas of the ship. Those cabins can be affected by noise from the engines or other machines.

 

The following cabin types are bookable:

2-bed cabin: 1 double bed or 2 single beds

2-bed ECO cabin: in the front and rear part of the ship, light engine noise perceptible

Deluxe Suite (on request): 2 Upper deck cabins are connected by a connecting door

Single cabins on MS Carissima

Single cabins (double cabins for single use) are available on request. For a single cabin we charge a supplement of 50% on the cabin price per person including the season surcharge. We would be glad to provide you with an individual offer.

Salon

Sun deck

Cabins

Deckspläne MS Carissima

Luggage

Please note that the storage space is limited in the cabin. It is advisable to place the luggage not in a hard suitcase, better in a sports bag, etc. to bring on board.

Noise level

Please note also that your boat on the one hand is your "vacation", but on the other hand, it is also working device that moves around with engine power and constantly, even at night must be served. Particularly noise-sensitive guests, we recommend that you bring ear plugs. The sluice passages are associated with disturbances - that is at all Danube cruises so and unfortunately it cannot be changed.

Connoisseur package including guided bike tours

We are very happy to welcome you to the travel dates

2017/05/07; 2017/05/21; 2017/06/04; 2017/06/25; 2017/07/16; 2017/08/13; 2017/09/03; 2017/09/2017; 2017/10/01

on our connoisseur package tour including tour guide on the bike:

You cycle in a small group (maximum of 22 guests), personally cared for by a cycling guide, and learn a lot about the country and the people. Discover hidden sights, secret places and enjoy culinary treats.

Inclusive services of the connoisseur package:

Guided cycling tour

Most tasting in the upper Danube valley

Ferry trips

City tour in Vienna by bike (guided) and Budapest by HOP ON HOP OFF Bus (unaccompanied)

Wine tasting at a winery in the Wachau

7 days 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, health regulations

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

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.

tour highlights

Passau

Passau in the southeast of Germany is located at the Austrian border. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau is worldwide known as "The Three Rivers City". The earliest evidence of human settlement dates back to the Neolithic. Passau was part of the Roman Empire for more than 400 years. It became an Episcopal seat in the year 739 AD. Passau was an independent prince bishopric for over 600 years. Finally in 1803 Passau was annexed into Bavaria. The setting of the Old Town, created by Italian baroque masters in the 17th century, shows soaring towers, picturesque places, enchanting promenades and romantic lanes.

Passau

Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey is one of the biggest and most beautiful European Baroque ensembles (built between 1702-1739 to designs by Jakob Prandtauer). Its splendid architecture is famous worldwide and part of UNESCO´s World Cultural Heritage. The baroque building, situated on a rock overlooking the Danube, in the Wachau region, ranks as one Austria´s most visited art-historical sites. The abbey museum in the former Imperial Rooms contains the exhibition „The Path from Yesterday to Today“ which makes use of art treasures and multi-media means to tell the monastery´s more than 900-year-long history in a modern way.

Melk Abbey

Dürnstein

The Wachau is one of the most famous regions in Austria. More and more visitors will appreciate the landscape, the culture and the world of excellent wines. An indispensable destination in this charming river landscape on the banks of the Danube is the old Kuenringer town of Dürnstein, where tradition and beauty meet in a unique way. The landscape is characterized by natural beauty such as the terraces of the old vineyards, a favorable climate and numerous cultural monuments, which invite you to linger. Tip: Take a glass of excellent apricot jam as a "tasteful" souvenir!

Dürnstein

Pöstlingberg tram

For over a hundred years the Pöstlingberg railway has been impressing guests from all over the world with its extraordinary and idyllic course. With the start of the operation of the new Pöstlingberg railway a direct connection has been established between the Main Square of Linz and Pöstlingberg. Climb aboard and enjoy a trip to the landmark mountain of Linz. An impressive view of Linz awaits you at the end of the trip. With a track length of 4.14. km, the Pöstlingberg railway covers a difference in elevation of 255 meters in 20 minutes.

Pöstlingberg tram

Vienna, Hofburg

For many centuries, the Vienna Hofburg was the centre of the Habsburg empire. Three museum attractions provide historically accurate insights into the tradition and daily life at court: the authentically-furnished Imperial Apartments, the tasteful Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection as a comprehensive collection of Imperial utilitarian objects. The Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection are amongst Vienna's top sights, attracting around 600,000 visitors each year.

Vienna, Hofburg

Bratislava Castle

The monumental building of the Bratislava Castle is visible from a great distance. Certainly, every visitor of Bratislava notices the pronounced silhouette. The majestic impression is enhanced by the hill it stands on, some eighty-five metres above the water level of the Danube river.

Bratislava Castle

Esztergom Cathedral

The charming city on the Danube is the seat of the head of the Hungarian Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Esztergom. In the castle of Esztergom built in 972, Stephan the Saint (1000-1038), the first Hungarian king and the founder of the Hungarian state, was born. The main landmark of the city is the basilica (Szent István tér), which was built in the 19th century in the classical style. It is the largest church in the country with the largest and world-wide single, painted altarpiece on linen.

Esztergom Cathedral

Szentendre

The winding streets, the seven church towers, the colorful houses, the narrow streets, two dozens of museums and, not least, the contemporary Mediterranean flair make the city on the banks of the Danube one of the most visited in Hungary. Szentendre, which looks like an open air museum, has also made a name for itself as a town of artists and also offers great shopping opportunities.

Szentendre

Budapest, Gellért Hill

The "Monument of the Holy Martyr Bishop Gellért" recalls the rebellion of pagan Hungarians in the 11th century. According to legend, they took the violent Christianization of Gellért as the reason to lock him in a barrel and tumble the barrel down the hill into the Danube. On top of the mountain is the monument to celebrate the liberation of the city by the Red Army in 1945. Also on the summit stands the citadel, from which one has a great view over Budapest and in both directions along the Danube. The night city tour by bus also leads to this viewpoint. Highly recommended!

Gellért Hill

Budapest, Market Hall

Built at the end of the 19th century, the Central Market Hall (officially called 'Központi Vásárcsarnok' in Hungarian) is the largest indoor market in Budapest. Among other things, on the ground floor you'll find a large selection of sausages, meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. On the second floor, there are food stands and plenty of vendors selling handicrafts, clothing, embroidery, chessboards and other souvenirs.

Market Hall

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