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The MS Manon in front of the Parliament building in Budapest

Passau – Budapest – Passau, MS SE-Manon

Impressions from the Danube

8 Days / 7 Nights
Easy
The MS Manon in front of the Parliament building in Budapest

Where world heritage meets Waltz and Hungarian history. On this bike and boat journey from Passau to Budapest and back you will experience vibrant cities, vineyards and world famous sights. Find yourself surrounded by new cultural charms and experiences every day! You will start your eight-day journey aboard the premium boat MS SE-Manon, sailing on the beautiful blue Danube. The journey meanders from Passau to Linz, though the world-famous ‘Schlögener Schlinge’ (the impressive moment the river loops back on itself) in the Wachau and waltzes on to Vienna. It continues on to the ‘Danube Bend’ at Visegrád then to Budapest. Cultural experiences are everywhere!Details of the bike and boat tour along the Danube to Budapest

Empress Elizabeth of Austria is omnipresent during this combined trip on the Danube, whether in beautiful Vienna or in historic Budapest - where she was once crowned Empress. The MS -SE-Manon takes you to the most famous cities along the Danube. Sample ‘an Achterl’ of wine (1/8 of a litre) among the vines in the Wachau or a Sachertorte with a punch in Vienna – culinary temptations span as far as the eye can see! Further on, the route plan takes in: Budapest, Devin and Bratislava. Cities brimming with history and quaint urban centres just begging to be explored.

  • MS SE-Manon: An Bord des eleganten Premiumschiffes MS SE-MANON erwartet Sie eine entspannte und gemütliche Atmosphäre. So bleibt es Ihnen überlassen, ob Sie nach Ihrer Radtour den kleinen einladenden Wellnessbereich mit Sauna, Whirlpool und Fitnessgeräten nutzen, sich in die Bibliothek zurückziehen oder lieber im Panoramasalon entspannen. Im Restaurant mit Panoramaaussicht wird für Ihr leibliches Wohl gesorgt.
  • Nationaldenkmal in Devin: Die Burg Devin in Bratislava ist eine imposante Festungsanlage auf dem Felsmassiv am Zusammenfluss von March und Donau. Allein der prächtige Fernblick ist einen Besuch wert!

On the eight-day bike and boat tour, you will not only experience culture, but also the spectacular landscapes of the Danube valley. The route runs alongside the well-developed Danube cycle path over flat terrain. For each section of the route, you can cycle comfortably for 25 to 55 kilometres. This combined trip is perfect for beginners or occasional cyclists.

Don’t have your own set of wheels? No problem, you can rent one from Eurobike. The experienced team will give you a bike according to your height, weight and personal preferences and you’re ready to go!

 

itinerary at a glance

Arrival in the "Three River City". Passau attracts many with the world's greatest church organ at the Stephansdom and its charming Old Town. Embarkation will be around 4:00 pm, departure around 7 pm. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.

The day starts in Engelhartszell (the only Trappist monastery in Austria), where we head towards the "Great Loop" - one of the most beautiful and original sectors of the Danube. Your cycling will encounter small villages and cosy must-see taverns. You'll board again in Untermühl. Then, you "sail into the night" towards Bratislava.

Arrival at Bratislava. You start cycling from Bratislava via Hainburg to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm further on to Devin and then back to Bratislava. Tip: discover the hidden alleys of Bratislava, places and all the sights of this ambitious metropolis during a tour by mini train and by foot. In the night shipping to Budapest.

In the early morning, you enjoy the panoramic view of the Danube's gorgeous landscape on the Sundeck. The gateway to Budapest is overwhelming, as many of the famous tourist features are situated directly next to the river bank. In the afternoon you can explore the numerous attractions of the city. Nearby, you find the Margaretheninsel which is outstandingly qualified for a small bike tour or the charming town of Szentendre with Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life. In the night shipping to Visegrad.

The Danube bend is definitely one of most delightful and attractive parts and is called the Hungarian Wachau. Today's bike leg starts at the baroque village of Vác, which has been influenced by the architects of the austrian empress Maria Theresia. Cycling through the picturesque and gently undulating countryside your route leads you directly to the bishop-town of Esztergom, with its gorgeous basilica – Hungary's largest Catholic Church – overlooking the village. In the night shipping to Vienna.

You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral, the Hofburg, the gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House or the town hall that takes you back to the past. In the night shipping to Rossatz or Dürnstein (Wachau).

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 small village of Pöchlarn you will board again. After the farewell gala dinner, you start “sailing” back to Passau.

Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Arrival: approx. at 10 am, disembarkation half an hour later.

Route information

Easy

A flat and sometimes slightly downhill route. All in all a relaxed cycle tour that is suitable for beginners and children.

Prices & Dates

Prices per person in EUR

services & information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • 7 nights in outside cabins in the booked cabin category
  • 1 welcome drink
  • Full meals (7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch for cyclists or lunch snack on board, 6x afternoon coffee break, 6x 3-course-dinner and 1x farewell-dinner with farewell-drink)
  • On board tour guide incl. daily tour briefing
  • Daily cabin cleaning, change of bed linen and towels as needed
  • 1 route book per cabin
  • All harbour, lock and bridge fees
  • GPS-data

Optional

  • Bringing your own bike/electric bike:  €29,- (on request only, limited)

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Passau train station, approx. 5 km from the jetty
  • Parking lot (fenced outdoor area) incl. transfer to the ship and back, reservation necessary

Things to note

  • Minmum number of participants: 80 persons
  • Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.

 

services & information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
  • 7 nights in outside cabins in the booked cabin category
  • 1 welcome drink
  • Full meals (7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch for cyclists or lunch snack on board, 6x afternoon coffee break, 6x 3-course-dinner and 1x farewell-dinner with farewell-drink)
  • On board tour guide incl. daily tour briefing
  • Daily cabin cleaning, change of bed linen and towels as needed
  • 1 route book per cabin
  • All harbour, lock and bridge fees
  • GPS-data

Optional

  • Bringing your own bike/electric bike:  €39,- (on request only, limited)
  • Helmets €40,-/week, reservation necessary and to be paid for in advance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Passau train station, approx. 5 km from the jetty
  • Parking lot (fenced outdoor area) incl. transfer to the ship and back, reservation necessary

Things to note

  • Minmum number of participants: 90 persons
  • Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.

 

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