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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 May 6; May 20; May 27; June 3; July 22; August 19; August 26; September 2; September 16 and September 30, 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 MS Primadonna is the second largest cruise ship on the Danube. Experience the elegance of the MS Primadonna, with spacious decks, spa facilities, restaurant, bar, atrium and much more, on a cycling holiday without hotel changes! The MS Primadonna will await you at your destination every day. You can also feel free to spend some of your day stages on board, where you can enjoy the Jacuzzi on the outdoor deck or in the spa area, which is equipped with Jacuzzi, sauna, Kneipp water treading basin, etc. All meals on this Austrian cruise line are freshly cooked and have a particular emphasis on regional and organic products.

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

Schlögen – Linz 56 km

Delivery of rental bikes in the morning. Starting from UNESCO heritage site “Schlögener Schlinge” through the uninhabited Kaiserau Valley to the baroque market Aschach and via Ottensheim further on to Linz.

Day 3

Tulln – Wien 31 or 50 km

Individual visit of the Egon-Schiele museum & garden exhibition in Tulln. Bike tour from the flower city Tulln, with nice views to the extensions of the Viennese forest past Klosterneuburg (abbey – “Austria’s Escorial”) to Vienna. Individual visit of Vienna or “guided tour by bike”. After dinner from approximately 8:30 pm sightseeing tour by bus “Vienna by night” from Nußdorfer Platz.

Day 4

Komárom – Esztergom 56 km

Ride on beautiful car free bike paths partly directly at the Danube from Komárom on the left river bank through small, dreamy cities via Moča to Esztergom. Individual visit of the cathedral. Via the Gisela Bridge to Štúrovo, directly on the opposite site of Esztergom, ride through the “Danube knee”.

Day 5

Visit Budapest / Bike Tour to the Margarete’s Island 22 km

Sightseeing tour Budapest from the ship (3 hours). In the afternoon on 100% car free bike paths into the pedestrian zone to stroll around and/or shop and further on to the Margarete’s island, the wonderful recreation zone in the middle of the city. Bike tour on the approximately 8 km car free island. Back to the ship, maybe with a stop at the foot of the castle district. (Hint for active travellers: Bike Tour to Szentendre (55 km forth and back).

Day 6

Visit Bratislava /Bike Tour Bratislava – Devin – Bratislava 33 or 48 km

Guided sightseeing tour of Bratislava from the ship (1 hour). Along the Danube bike path to Devin, the national memorial of Slovakia with a great distance view. On the car free bike path through floodplains and via the cycle bridge (extraordinary, impressive construction) to Schloss Hof (A) and back or large round trip Danube Cycle path / Hainburg.

Day 7

Krems – Pöchlarn 48 km

Leaving the UNESCO World Heritage city of Krems you will soon arrive in one of the most famous places in the Wachau: Dürnstein. Continue cycling to Weißenkirchen and Spitz. From afar you will see the impressive monastery in Melk which is worth seeing. Continue to Pöchlarn where the MS Primadonna is already waiting for you.

Day 8

Disembarkation / Passau

Arrival in Passau at around 8 am – After breakfast (at approximately 10 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
    • Transfer from parking place/Info point to the ship on arrival day and back on departure day (or from/to train station Passau if notified)
    • All port fees
    • Two Hydrojet massages (15 minutes) and traditional beard shave or hairdresser (wash/dry) per cabin  
    • Tour guide and daily personal tour information
    • Rental bike including double-sided saddlebags (7 gear back pedal break or 21 gear free wheel)
    • Detailed route descriptions & maps as well as GPS data of the route
    • Sightseeing tour “Vienna by night”
    • Sightseeing tour Budapest
    • Sightseeing tour Bratislava

    Not Included:

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

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