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Biking Along the Danube

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Discover the regions that crisscross the Danube…on a bike! Join an 8-day voyage through Central Europe, discovering the enchanting Vienna, Melk Abbey, Wachau Valley,  the “Freedom Cycling Bridge”, Devin Castle, the Great Plains, Castle Hill, the famous Gellert Baths, the Klosterneuburg Monastery, and much more! Experience a new and unique way to embrace the history, traditions, culture, and cuisine of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Vienna | Embark
Day 2 : Melk | Durnstein
Day 3 : Bratislava
Day 4 : Kalocsa
Day 5 : Budapest
Day 6 : Esztergom
Day 7 : Vienna
Day 8 : Vienna | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the Wachau Valley, a region listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Pedal to the “Freedom Cycling Bridge” and observe the Schloss Hof Palace
  • Dive into the heart of Hungary's folklore while watching an equestrian show
  • Visit the Klosterneuburg Monastery, dedicated to Saint Leopold III

Ship

MS Beethoven

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Evening in Vienna, Austria Melk Abbey, Lower Austria Budapest Cityscape Basilica Budapest Mozart Statue in Vienna

Day 1 Vienna | Embark

Board the MS Beethoven at 6 p.m. in Vienna. Settle in your cabin and attend to the crew introduction over a welcome cocktail. Sit back and enjoy a presentation about your biking vacation. This evening choose between two optional excursions:

CLASSIC: Guided tour of Vienna at night. The ship departs for Melk.

DISCOVERY: Come to the lounge and learn to waltz with traditionally costumed dancers, who have prepared an entertaining show for you.
 

Day 2 Melk | Durnstein

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After getting acquainted with your bike, set out on your first trip to visit the Melk Abbey. The bike path winds through the Wachau Valley, a region listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dotted with charming villages and medieval castle ruins. Take in the magnificent views of the valley as you continue your journey along the river reaching Dürnstein, the final destination for the day. A picnic lunch is prepared in advance of your trip, and you can also enjoy a tasting of the local wines. After your tour, return to the ship and cruise towards Bratislava.

Bike itinerary: 11 mi./17.7 km. in the morning (499 ft./152 m. elevation gain) — 18 mi./29 km. in the afternoon (801 ft./244 m. elevation gain)

Day 3 Bratislava

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today’s bike trip brings you to the “Freedom Cycling Bridge” and an outside view of the Schloss Hof, Prince Eugene of Savoy’s Baroque-style country estate. Continue to the cliffs of the Sandberg expanse and then on to Devin Castle. Depicted on Slovak money and postage stamps, it has a commanding view of the confluence of the two significant rivers that form part of the country’s borders: the Danube and the Morava. Once finished, return to the ship and cruise to Kalocsa, Hungary. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Bike itinerary: 27 mi./43.5 km in the morning (600 ft./183 m. elevation gain)

Day 4 Kalocsa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join a Classic excursion to the Puszta. Also known as the Great Plains, this vast, flat prairie was the wild west of Hungary in the 19th century. Dive into the heart of folklore and traditions while watching a horse show. Spend the afternoon cruising to Budapest, arriving during the night.

Day 5 Budapest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, set out on a bike tour of the Hungarian capital to explore one of the richest cities in Europe. Considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Budapest is a surprising mix of historical ruins and modern living. Castle Hill provides an exceptional view of the city and river. Your tour finish on beautiful Margaret Island. Once reserved as an aristocratic resort, it is now a vast urban public garden. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before you join a visit to the famous Gellert Baths. At the end of your tour, have some time to swim and enjoy the spa. Then, feel free to partake in an evening of traditional entertainment in Budapest. Spend the night cruising to Esztergom.

Bike itinerary: 11 mi./17.7 km in the morning (400 ft./122 m. elevation gain)

Day 6 Esztergom

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This moring leave from Esztergom, today’s bike tour brings you along the bike path that crosses the region and offers magnificent views of the bucolic countryside. On your way, catch a glimpse of the Château Béla, built in 1732. Once a residence for the Krockow family, it is now a luxurious 5-star hotel. Return to the ship, and spend the afternoon cruising to Vienna. Tonight is your festive gala evening.

Bike itinerary: 24 mi./33.8 km in the morning (699 ft./213 m. elevation gain)

Day 7 Vienna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin the day with a bike trip to the Klosterneuburg Monastery, founded in 1114 by Saint Leopold III of Babenberg, the patron saint of Austria. In an eventful history spanning nine centuries, Klosterneuburg Monastery has developed into a religious, scientific, cultural and economic center. After your visit, return to the ship. This afternoon, get back on your bike for a guided tour of Vienna, a renowned bike-friendly city. 

Bike itinerary: 11 mi./17.7 km in the morning (299 ft./91 m. elevation gain)

This evening choose between two optional excursions:

CLASSIC: Attend to a concert of Viennese music (subject to availability). 

DISCOVERY: Visit the Grinzing district. Have a seat in a famous Heuriger tavern, where you can taste the local wines and other specialties from the region surrounded by authentic ambiance.
 

Day 8 Vienna | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking in Vienna.

MS Beethoven

Per person starting at
$3,175
Cabins aboard the MS Beethoven
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Main Deck
21 cabins (19 twins, 2 cabins with a double bed) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Cabins aboard the MS Beethoven
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Middle Deck
27 cabins (24 twins, 2 cabins with a double bed, 1 cabin equipped for disabled with double bed). All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Cabins aboard the MS Beethoven
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Upper Deck
42 cabins (40 twins, 2 cabins with a double bed) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. The program is guaranteed only for a minimum of 8 passengers. 

This offer includes :
-Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
-Drinks included in this price are unlimited water, wine, beer, and fruit juices
-Coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the boat
-Drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from our special list
-Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
-The bike excursions listed in the program
-All entertainment
-Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-The excursions mentioned in the program
-Gala dinner
-Travel assistance and repatriation insurance- all port fees.

This offer does not include :
-Drinks from our wine list, champagne from the onboard bar, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
-Cancellation and baggage insurance
-Air travel
-Airport taxes
-Service fees
-Personal expenses.

Formalities
Valid national identity card or passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are requested to consult their embassy or consulate.
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