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Cruising and Cycling

 Danube Cycle Path
including Budapest and Vienna


Sunday    Day 1: Passau, Germany
Boarding time at 4.30 p.m. Located at the confluence of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau has numerous interesting sites to visit. Stroll through the cobble stoned old town center, listen to the bells of Passau’s Gothic Town Hall.  At 6.00 p.m. we cast off!

Day 2: Great Loop | Engelhartszell – Aschach, approx. 42 km / 25.3 mi.
Your first day’s cycle route begins with a ride through the classic scenery of the ‘Great Loop’ Donauschlinge – one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube. Along the way you will encounter tiny villages and cozy cider taverns. In Austria’s only Trappist monastery at Engelhartszell you can taste their delicious liquors and cheese. The famous ‘Schlogener View’ provides a wonderful panorama of the surrounding Austrian countryside. The boat welcomes all cyclists back on board in the charming market town of Aschach.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, approx. 43 km / 26 mi.
You pedal along the former ‘Iron Curtain’, cross the green line and reach the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens. Follow the bike path through Austria’s ‘vegetable garden’ to the coronation city of Bratislava and the slopes of the Little Carpathians and discover the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava on an optional city tour.

Day 4: Budapest  -  rest day
Hungary's capital is stunning. You can take a Hop-On Hop-Off coach tour to discover many of the highlights of this beautiful city or perhaps attend an optional Hungarian folk-lore show.

Day 5: Danube bend – Esztergom, approx. 43 km / 26 mi.
Situated in the middle of the Danube River, the idyllic isle of Szentendre exudes romance. History, folklore and Hungarian way of life will accompany you on your way to Esztergom where the gorgeous basilica – Hungary’s largest Catholic Church is impressing its guests.

Day 6: Vienna  - rest day
Discover Vienna's most beautiful attractions. You can take an optional bus tour to experience Vienna’s most famous examples of architecture:… the imperial Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the gorgeous ‘Ring’-boulevard and the State Opera House.  Take time to relax in one or more of Vienna’s famous cafes and perhaps attend a classical concert (optional) in the Schönbrunn Palace.

Day 7: Wachau | Krems – Melk, approx. 37 km / 22.2 mi.
Your last biking day is a special highlight! A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Durnstein, while the blue spire of the monastery church is a landmark of the renowned Wachau Valley. Amidst dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards and castles, this hilly landscape enchants everybody who visits. At Weißenkirchen you will find wine taverns along the bike path.

Day 8: Passau
As you cruise back up the Danube enjoy the early morning sunshine as the Carissima winds its way to Passau, where you’ll disembark at approx. 10.00 a.m. Connecting travel should be booked for 11.30 a.m. onwards

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