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
Day 2: Great Loop | Engelhartszell – Aschach, approx. 42 km / 25.3
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.