Danube Bike and Boat – MV Carissima

  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Passau / Passau
  • Distance

    109 miles/176 kms
  • Themes

    Rivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    031-112CAT
Price From £742

Overview

This popular Danube River Bike and Boat cycling holiday between Passau and Vienna  aboard the beautiful river cruiser, MV Carissima, showcases the most impressive and beautiful section of the mighty river. Enjoy easy daily cycle rides along the riverbank through spectacular scenery including the Danube Loop, and Wachau Valley.

You’ll board your river cruiser in Passau on the German/Austrian border. If you have time we recommend a pre or post night stay in this wonderful old town which sits astride the confluence of three rivers – the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz.

You then enjoy 7 days of cruising and cycling along the Danube River. Along the way you’ll visit charming riverside towns, beautiful, unspoilt valleys and wonderful historic palaces and castles. Highlights include the historic cities of Passau and Vienna, the beautiful Wachau Valley, the iconic Danube loop and the simple joy of pedaling alongside the famous river on a level, traffic-free cycle path.

Spitz - Wachau Valley

Spitz – Wachau Valley

The MV Carissima is a very comfortable river cruiser offering excellent accommodation and an array of on-board facilities.

This is an easy cycling holiday on level terrain following riverside cycle paths.

Itinerary & Map

This trip offers easy cycling along quiet roads and riverside cycle paths on mostly level terrain.

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

Passau

Upon arrival in Passau make your way to your riverboat where boarding commences at 4pm and then we cast-off 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: Engelhartszell – Danube Loop – Brandstatt, 28 miles/45 kms

Your first ride starts in Engelhartszell, a pretty riverside village. The route leads you through the pristine countryside of the Upper Danube Valley. Steep, tree clad hillsides sweep down to the river sometimes giving way to lush meadows at the water’s edge. The level quiet cycle path is a joy to pedal along and eventually you reach today’s highlight, the Schlögener Schlinge or Danube Loop. The best way to appreciate this majestic and picturesque bend in the river is from the vantage point high on the opposite hillside. This does mean investing in a 20 minute hike up a winding forest trail but most agree it is very much worth it. Afterwards you continue your ride through a magical section where nature still holds sway and it’s just you, the bike path and the lush forested hillsides, no roads or cars in sight. Eventually you rejoin the Carissima in the pleasant little hamlet of Brandstatt where she remains moored for the night.

Day 3: Brandstatt – Linz, 16 miles/26 kms

Cycling along the Danube near Schlögen

Cycling along the Danube

An easy ride today as you continue following the riverside cycle path downstream to Linz. Austria’s third largest city and capital of Upper Austria, Linz is a bustling place with lots to offer. You could take the Pöstlingbergbahn, one of the steepest adhesion railways in the world, up to to a nearby hilltop for some fantastic views across the city. The ARS Electronica Museum is a great place to learn about the latest developments in modern technology and offers some really cool interactive learning opportunities. Or you could just stroll through the streets of the old town, perhaps taking a seat at one of the outdoor cafes in the Hauptplatz (main square) where the locals gather for a drink and to socialize. The Carissima remains moored in Linz for the evening.

Day 4: Mauthausen – Grein, 22 miles/ 35 kms

Danube Cycle Path - Grein

Danube Cycle Path at Grein

After a short breakfast cruise you disembark in Mauthausen for your first cycle ride. Consider a short detour to the former concentration camp just outside the village which is very thought provoking. You then follow a wonderful riverside cycle path downstream through a pretty, rural landscape of meadows and woodland. After a while reach the village of Mitterkirchen where it’s possible to visit the site of an ancient Celtic settlement. Those with energy to spare can detour inland to admire the impressive Klam Castle otherwise the route continues alongside the great river to the charming riverside town of Grein where the boat is waiting for you. The Carissima then cruises through the night to Austria’s capital – Vienna.

Day 5: Tulln – Vienna, 22 miles/35 kms

The Danube Valley

The Danube Valley

We disembark in the pleasant riverside town of Tulln and then enjoy an easy ride alongside the river towards Vienna. From some distance away, the impressive twin towers of the monastery at Klosterneuburg are in sight. Here, on the outskirts of the city, we can take a stroll through the vineyards and enjoy some panoramic views over the historic city of Vienna. The Carissima remains moored nearby for the night.

Day 6: Vienna

Johann Strauss - Vienna - Austria

Johann Strauss – Vienna

The Carissima remains moored on the outskirts of Vienna today giving you a whole day to explore the vibrant and historic Austrian capital. If you like, you can join one of the optional Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tours of the city (payable locally) or you can grab a map and make your own way around, taking in the sights and attractions that appeal to you. We highly recommend finding time during your day to experience a typical Viennese Cafe to sample the fabulous cakes and pastries on offer. In the evening you may opt to enjoy a concert of classical music and waltz in Sisi’s summer residence (payable locally). The Carissima remains moored just outside Vienna for a second night.

Day 7: Wachau Valley roundtrip, 22 miles/35kms

Duernstein's famous baroque church in the Wachau Valley

Duernstein – Wachau Valley

Today you have a real treat in store as you pedal through the stunning Wachau Valley. Many regard this as the most beautiful stretch of the Danube. Picture-perfect, riverside 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 iconic church is definitely a highlight as is quaint Weißenkirchen which offers many opportunities for wine tasting.

Dates & Prices

2020 Arrival Dates - scroll down for 2021 dates
Key* Guided option also available
May2

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2020 Prices - scroll down for 2021 prices
031-112CAT
Per person
02 May
MV Carissima - Superior
Lower Deck
Eco Double/Twin £729                  
Double/Twin £827                  
Mid Deck
Eco Double/Twin £866                  
Double/twin £965                  
Upper Deck
Double/Twin £1054                  
Twin for sole use £1633                  
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Deposit per person £230

Price Includes

7 nights aboard the MV Carissima, outside cabins. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 7 x Dinner, afternoon coffee/tea
Captains's greeting, 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
Guided: City tour by bike in Vienna & 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 (£139)
Regular bike hire with pannier & lock. See practical information (£83)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£185)
Bringing own bike (£36)
2021 Arrival Dates
Key* Guided option also available
May1
June19*
July1031*
August28*
September25*

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2021 Prices
031-112CAT
Per person
01 May
19 Jun
to
31 Jul
28 Aug
25 Sep
MV Carissima - Superior
Lower Deck
Eco Double/Twin £742 £792 £742 £792            
Double/Twin £843 £893 £843 £893            
Mid Deck
Eco Double/Twin £883 £933 £883 £933            
Double/twin £983 £1033 £983 £1033            
Upper Deck
Double/Twin £1074 £1124 £1074 £1124            
Twin for sole use £1664 £1741 £1664 £1741            
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Deposit per person £260

Price Includes

7 nights aboard the MV Carissima, outside cabins. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 6 x Packed lunch, 7 x Dinner, afternoon coffee/tea
Captains's greeting, 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
Ferry rides
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 (£241)
Regular bike hire with pannier & lock. See practical information (£76)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£170)
Bringing own regular bike (£27)
Bringing own electric bike (£37)

Practical Information

Bikes

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Example of bike used on this tour

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively:
Self-guided – adult helmets are available for rent (payable locally, €25). This must be advised at the time of booking.
Guided – helmets are available on arrival.

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 Carissima (Superior)

Carissima - sundeck

Carissima – sundeck

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

mid/upper deck - double (converts to twin)

mid/upper deck – double (converts to twin)

Her 75 air-conditioned cabins, each occupying 14m², are arranged over three decks. All offer comfortable, hotel-style double beds, which can also convert into two single beds, a private shower/toilet, TV, safe, hair dryer and air conditioning.

On the lower deck, there are 10 double cabins and 3 ECO double cabins. All cabins on the lower deck feature half-height secured windows.
On the mid deck, there are 30 double cabins and 2 ECO double cabins. All cabins on the mid deck have full-size picture windows that can be opened to the fresh air.
ECO cabins are situated towards the front and rear of the lower and mid decks and are more susceptible to engine noise.

On the upper deck, there are 30 double cabins. All cabins on the upper deck have full-size picture windows that can be opened to the fresh air.

Carissima - Restaurant

Carissima – Restaurant

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 on the middle deck and also features large windows, allowing diners to enjoy the scenery drifting by. The spa towards the stern features a sauna and a whirlpool for soothing those muscles after the day’s exertions and on the sun-deck there is also a ‘small pool’, opened from June to August only.

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.

Scheduled transfers can be organised to/from Munich Airport, see Dates & Prices – Supplements.

Research flights from the UK here

Research onward rail connections.

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