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Route

Technical Characteristics:

Tour Profile: Leisurely. The daily bike tours are all over flat, without any significant inclines.  In Austria you cycle 80% on paved cycle paths, 20 % on side roads with less traffic and through villages. In Slovakia and Hungary the cycle paths are 60%, remaining parts are hard dirt roads and side roads.

Distance: 226 km

Travel Season: Friday departures April 29; May 13 and September 23, 2022

The Cruise Ship MS Primadonna

The luxurious cruise liner, the only one on the Danube to fly the Austrian flag, was built in Germany in 1998 and underwent a general overhaul in 2009. The spacious facilities – the hotel hall is 60 meters long – is a lively place to meet people and socialise and includes the panoramic restaurant “Primo Gusto”, the panoramic bar “Primavera”, the Danube arena “Prima Vista” and the theatre “Primo Teatro”. There is air conditioning on the entire ship (and are individually adjustable in the cabins). The second largest Danube cruise ship is 113.5 meters long and 17.4 meters wide. The architecture makes a stay on the MS Primadonna a first class experience, with the interesting double hull design (catamaran), the 9 meter high bow vitrification, as well as a glass floor at the reception, which draws one’s attention to the underwater world.  There are a Jacuzzi, sun chairs and cosy seating arrangements on the outdoor deck. The spa area offers a large, indoor Jacuzzi, a Kneipp water treading basin and a sauna.  Massages are available by advance reservation.

Cabins: All 82 Cabins on the MS Primadonna are outside cabins with individually adjustable air conditioning, with shower and toilet, hair dryer, television, telephone, safe, mini-bar and spacious wardrobes.  The main deck cabins are approx. 11,5m2 and are equipped with a small, unopenable porthole (cabins on main deck ASTERN: approx. 9.5 m² - bunk bed – ideal for single use). The spacious cabins on the upper and promenade decks are approx. 16.5 m2 and are equipped with a balcony with bench seat and writing desk.

 

The most popular route of all river cruises is the 600 kilometers long way from Passau to Budapest. Romantic narrow valleys, picturesque vineyards and the vast expanse of the Hungarian plain is an appealing contrast. Along the way there are monumental monasteries, fortresses and castles. The three vibrant cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest are awaiting you. You will explore the most beautiful sections by bike so you combine cultural highlights and physical activity on its most comfortable way.

Itineraries

Day 1

Individual arrival at Passau

Transfer by bus from the parking space to the ship. Transfer (clients+luggage) from parking space to the ship. Welcome-snack approximately 4 pm. At approximately 7 pm we “cast off”. Welcome dinner and Crew Show.

Day 2

Melk – Krems 39 km

Individual bike tour through the Wachau past Spitz/Weißenkirchen until Dürnstein (abbey, castle ruin) and further on to the 1000 year old UNESCO world heritage city Krems, where the MS Primadonna is already waiting for you.

Day 3

Bratislava – Devin – Schloss Hof 33 km

Guided sightseeing tour. At the Danube cycle path to Devin (castle ruin/national memorial of Slovakia) and along the March via the pedestrian bridge to the palace of Empress Maria Theresia (visit, great park area); back to the ship.

Day 4

Budapest 22 km

Sightseeing tour by bus optional bookable on board (3 hours) and info paper for an individual visit of the Magyar metropolis by bike. The whole city can be visited using well signposted bike paths. In the evening by ship through the illuminated city. Advice for sportive clients: Bike tour to Szentendre & back (approximately 57 km)

Day 5

Esztergom/Sturovo - Komarno 56 km

Optional: Visit of the cathedral in Esztergom. Along the Danube bike path through lonesome floodplains and small baroque cities to Moča and Komárno, the largest Hungarian fortress. Entertainment evening in the board theatre.

Day 6

Vienna 20 km

Vienna is one of the most bike friendly cities of Middle Europe. Directly from the ship you reach the car free Ringstraße and on bike paths through the center (exact description and a map are included).

Day 7

Grein - Linz 56 km

Before you start your bike tour, you enjoy a classic hits concert at the Grein castle. Afterwards you cycle along the Danube bike path castle Dornach to the abbey Baumgartenberg and past Enns, the oldest city of Austria, to Linz. Restoration of rental bikes and concert on Bruckners Organ.

Day 8

Disembarkation / Passau

Arrival in Passau at around 8 am – After breakfast (at approximately 9 am) bus transfer to the main train station or to the car parking lot (if booked).

Prices

    Included:

    • 7 nights in a double cabin with shower, toilet, TV and air conditioning in the booked category
    • Welcome snack on arrival day  
    • Daily American breakfast buffet  
    • Daily 3 course lunch or packed lunch for cyclers 
    • Daily afternoon coffee/tea and cake  
    • Daily 4 course dinner
    • Daily midnight snack in the Panorama bar
    • All passenger and port fees
    • 5 x entertainment evening at the onboard theatre
    • One partial body massage (15 minutes), and one Hydrojet massage (15 minutes) per cabin  
    • Tour guide and daily personal tour information
    • Rental bike including double-sided saddlebags (7 gear back pedal break or 24 gears)
    • Detailed route descriptions & maps as well as GPS data of the routes
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Bratislava
    • Classic Hits Concert Grein
    • Concert on Bruckner’s Organ in Linz

    Not Included:

    • Arrival and departure
    • Tips (at your discretion)
    • Own expenses

     

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