Danube 4 Countries Bike and Boat – MV Fortuna

  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Passau / Passau
  • Distance

    136 miles/219 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    031-110CAT
Price From £690

Overview

A bike and boat holiday along the most impressive and beautiful section of the mighty Danube River aboard the newly renovated MV Fortuna. Highlights include the Danube Loop, the wonderful Wachau Valley, elegant Vienna, beautiful Bratislava and Budapest.

Join your ship, the MV Fortuna, in Passau on the German/Austrian border and embark on a week’s cycling adventure through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Each day you will disembark for thrilling but easy rides along the riverbank passing castles, historic villages, romantic ruins and famous cities. The scenery is breathtaking and each bend in the river reveals something new.

MS Fortuna

MS Fortuna

The MV Fortuna offers excellent accommodation in modern, well appointed double/twin bedded cabins arranged over 3 decks. Her sun deck and viewing decks are the perfect vantage points from which to watch the wonderful scenery drift by.

This is predominantly a self guided tour but on certain dates a guided option is offered – see the dates and prices page for more details

An easy cycling holiday on mostly level terrain, along riverbank cycle paths.

Itinerary & Map

This is an easy cycling holiday on mostly level terrain, along riverbank cycle paths.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

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Day 1: Passau

Passau - Germany

Passau

Upon arrival in Passau make your way to your riverboat where boarding commences at 4.30 p.m. The boat casts off at 6pm for a leisurely cruise through the serene and beautiful Danube Valley.
If you arrive early, Passau is a charming town with plenty to see and do. It is the point at which the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers all meet so there are plenty of river banks to stroll along but we also recommend making the climb to Veste Oberhaus, a medieval fortress and museum that offers a fantastic, panoramic view of the town and river.

Day 2: Danube Loop, 27 miles/42 kms

The Great Loop of the Danube River

Danube Loop

Enjoy a pleasant, gentle start to your cycling holiday pedalling alongside the river downstream through pretty towns and villages. Stop to visit the only Trappist monastery in Austria at Engelhartszell where you may wish to sample the locally produced and rather good liquors. Walk to a nearby viewpoint for a breath-taking view of the beautiful Danube loop before cycling on to the charming village of Aschach to rejoin the boat.

Day 3: Devin – Bratislava , 27 miles/43 kms

Bratislava - Slovakia

Bratislava

Overnight the boat cruises downstream to Devin on the Austrian/Slovakian border. Today your ride takes you along the former Iron Curtain border, first to the grand and imposing Hof Palace and then on to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Join the guided tour of this fascinating city (optional) or explore it at your own pace. Highlights not to be missed are the gorgeous medieval old town in the centre of the city with its many winding lanes and beautiful squares, wonderful St Martins’s Cathedral and the city’s prominent feature, Bratislava Castle.

Day 4: Bratislava – Budapest – Szentendre, 34 miles/54 kms

Parliament building - Budapest

Parliament building – Budapest

After a relaxing cruise downstream into Hungary you arrive in stunning Budapest, cruising past the awe-inspiring Gothic Parliament building on the riverbank – have the camera ready! The river divides the city in two, Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east. After mooring up you can either cycle out to Szentendre a charming artists’ town or explore Budapest at your own pace.

Day 5: Danube Bend – Esztergom, 27 miles/43 kms

Esztergom castle - Hungary

Esztergom

Today the boat starts back upstream to the idyllic artists’ island of Szentendre where you disembark to begin following a delightful route upstream. After a few kilometers you reach the the Danube Bend, a particularly beautiful meander in the river’s course. Carry on upstream, enjoying the wide green valley and eventually you arrive in Esztergom, home to Hungary’s largest Catholic Church. Re-board the Fortuna and settle in for the night while the boat cruise upstream to Vienna.

Day 6: Vienna

Today is your free day to explore Vienna. Visit Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and

Johann Strauss - Vienna - Austria

Johann Strauss  – Vienna

the Imperial Palace. You may also want to take in the ‘Riesenrad’, the giant ferris wheel, made famous in the 1949 British film, ‘The Third Man’, and no trip to Vienna would be complete with out enjoying a coffee and cake in one of its famous coffee houses. In the evening you may wish to visit a Waltz and Opera concert at the famous Viennese Palace.

Day 7: Wachau Valley: Krems – Melk, 23 miles/37 kms

Duernstein - Wachau - Danube

Duernstein – Wachau Valley

Today you leave the city and head back upstream into the Danube countryside. There’s a real treat in store today as you get to enjoy a leisurely cycle ride through the stunning Wachau Valley. Picture perfect villages, apricot orchards, vineyards and hilltop castles characterise this stunning landscape that captivates all who visit. The charming village of Dürnstein with its haunting ruin and monastery church is definitely a highlight as is Weisskirchen which offers many opportunities for wine tasting. A farewell dinner on board in the evening brings this very pleasant day to a close.

Day 8: Passau

Enjoy a gentle morning cruise back to Passau with one last look at the Danube Loop on the way. You arrive in Passau at approximately 10am.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates - scroll down for 2020 dates
Key* Guided option also available
April28
May5*1219*26
June2*91623*30
July714*2128
August411*1825
September1*815*2229*
October6

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2019 Prices - scroll down for 2020 prices
031-110CAT
Per person
26 Apr
 
MV Fortuna
Lower Deck
Double/twin £690                  
Twin for sole use £1069                  
Mid Deck
Double/twin £814                  
Twin for sole use £1262                  
Superior double/twin £910                  
Upper Deck
Double/twin £1054                  
Suite £1341                  
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Deposit per person £200

Price Includes

7 nights aboard the MV Fortuna. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 7 x Dinner, afternoon coffee/tea
Captains's greeting and welcome cocktail and farewell gala dinner with a cocktail
Services of on-board cruise director and daily information meeting
Maps & route information
Port fees
GUIDED TOUR - See below & supplements
Cycle touring guide
Cider and wine tasting
Ferry rides
City tour by bike in Vienna & by Hop On Hop Off Bus in Budapest

Price Excludes

Flights
Transfers (see supplements)
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet (€25, payable locally)
Drinks on-board
Gratuities/tips
Parking and transfer to boat (pre-bookable, payable locally, outdoor area - €66, parking garage - €77)

Supplements

Guided supplement (£217)
Transfer Munich Airport - Passau one way (£71)
Transfer Munich Airport - Passau return (£132)
Extra night in Passau double/twin, comfort (£54)
Extra night in Passau single, comfort (£77)
Extra night in Passau double/twin, superior (£61)
Extra night in Passau single, superior (£85)
Bike hire with pannier & lock. See practical information (£69)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£155)
Bringing own bike (£16)

Reductions

90% for baby up to 2 years sharing with 2 adults
20% for 1 child, 3-12 years sharing with an adult
2020 Arrival Dates
Key* Guided option also available
April26
May3101724*31
June7142128
July51219*26
August29162330
September6132027
October4*

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2020 Prices
031-110CAT
Per person
26 Apr
01 May
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31 May
01 Jun
to
31 Jul
01 Aug
to
30 Aug
01 Sep
to
30 Sep
04 Oct
 
MV Fortuna
Lower Deck
Double/twin £690 £786 £833 £786 £833 £690        
Twin for sole use £1069 £1217 £1292 £1217 £1292 £1069        
Mid Deck
Double/twin £814 £910 £958 £910 £958 £814        
Supeior double/twin £910 £1006 £1054 £1006 £1054 £910        
Twin for sole use £1262 £1410 £1485 £1410 £1485 £1262        
Upper Deck
Double/twin £1054 £1150 £1198 £1150 £1198 £1054        
Suite £1341 £1437 £1485 £1437 £1485 £1341        
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Deposit per person £200

Price Includes

7 nights aboard the MV Fortuna, outside cabins. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 7 x Dinner, afternoon coffee/tea
Captains's greeting and welcome cocktail and farewell gala dinner with a cocktail
Services of on-board cruise director and daily information meeting
Maps & route information
Port fees
GUIDED TOUR - See below & supplements
Cycle touring guide
Cider and wine tasting
Ferry rides
City tour by bike in Vienna & by Hop On Hop Off Bus in Budapest
Helmet for adults (guided clients only)

Price Excludes

Flights
Transfers (see supplements)
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet for self-guided clients (€25, payable locally)
Drinks on-board
Gratuities/tips
Parking and transfer to boat (pre-bookable, payable locally, outdoor area - €68, parking garage - €79)

Supplements

Guided supplement (£193)
Transfer Munich Airport - Passau one way (£71)
Transfer Munich Airport - Passau return (£122)
Extra night in Passau double/twin, comfort (£54)
Extra night in Passau single, comfort (£77)
Extra night in Passau double/twin, superior (£61)
Extra night in Passau single, superior (£88)
Bike hire with pannier & lock. See practical information (£70)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£162)
Bringing own bike (£26)

Reductions

90% for baby up to 2 years sharing with 2 adults
20% for 1 child, 3-12 years sharing with an adult

Practical Information

Bikes

Unisex hybrid bike

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern, alloy framed 21-speed hybrid models with comfortable saddle and upright riding position.

The bikes are equipped with a pannier and handlebar bag. Per room also a lock and puncture repair kit.

E-bikes are also available subject to availability at time of booking.

Helmets are not provided but are available to purchase on board (25 Euros) for adult sizes only. Please note that cycle helmets are mandatory in Austria and Germany for children up to 12 years old and you will need to bring your own.

 

Accommodation

On-board payments: Cash and debit/credit cards accepted.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

MV Fortuna (Superior)

MS Fortuna - sundeck

MS Fortuna – sundeck

The MV Fortuna boasts a range of spacious, high-standard cabins coupled with an array of stylish public areas and facilities.

Her 85 air-conditioned cabins each occupy  between 14 and 15m² and are arranged over three decks. All offer a private shower/toilet, TV, safe, hair dryer and air conditioning.

MS Fortuna - Superior cabin

MS Fortuna – Superior cabin

On the lower deck, there are 14 cabins each with twin beds and windows that cannot be opened.

On the mid deck, there are 16 cabins located towards the front of the ship with windows that cannot be opended and 30 superior cabins located in the middle and towards the rear of the ship. These cabins have windows that can be opened. All cabins in the mid deck can be arranged as twins or doubles.

MS Fortuna - suite

MS Fortuna – suite

On the upper deck there are 16 cabins with french balcony and panoramic windows which open.  The suites are similar but larger and with the addition of a sofa area.

 

MS Fortuna - library

MS Fortuna – library

The stylish lounge and bar on the upper deck offers a comfortable, convivial atmosphere as well as large, panoramic windows. The light and airy restaurant is located at the stern of the ship and also offers large panoramic windows for enjoying the scenery. A large sundeck with seating allows plenty of space for sunbathing and is a popular place from which to watch the scenery drift by.

A lift connects the middle and upper decks and there is a pleasant foyer area with reception and shop. The ship also boasts a cosy library, an Internet Corner (Wi-Fi is available on board – payable locally).

Meals
A hearty breakfast is provided each morning and cyclists can then pick up their packed lunches before leaving for the day’s ride. Those remaining on board enjoy lunch in the restaurant where the evening meal, always a culinary delight, is also served.

Daily afternoon coffee/tea break.

Getting there

Fly to Vienna, Munich or Salzburg airports and then travel by train onwards to Passau.

Research flights from the UK here

Research onward rail connections.

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