– The four capital cities along the Danube: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade
– The mighty canyon of the Iron Gates National Park is the highlight of this cycling holiday
– Kalocsa, the “Paprika Capital” and center of folk art
– The commanding citadel Petrovaradin
– Novi Sad, the magnificent capital of the Vojvodina
– The basilica in Esztergom, the biggest church in Hungary
– The Drava-Nemzeti National Park
– The picturesque countryside of the Danube Bend
– The fabulous Wachau region with its vineyards and castles
A ship that feels like home! The spacious traditional ship was beautifully renovated in a trendy Art Deco style in winter 2013/2014 en exudes a relaxed an welcoming atmosphere. Nothing is too much trouble for the crew and you will be pampered at every turn with a culinary expedition through the diversity of the national and the regional cuisine. After dinner, the generously proportioned Panorama bar, where the band plays dance music, is a popular place to socialize. In the comfortable lounge you will find a library with books and magazines and board games for your entertainment. After an action-packed day's cycling, enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the sun-deck as the sun goes down or relax in the infra-red sauna. The MV Theodor Körner also offers Wi-Fi (payable on spot, connection can vary).
The comfortable 60 cabins (approx. 8-16 m²) are equipped with large picture windows, private facilities, air conditioning, flat panel TV, hairdryer & mini-safe. The windows can be opened in the cabins on the upper & promenade deck. Triple cabins are equipped with 2 lower beds and one folding bed above (promenade deck) or a sofa at the suites.
Day 1: Passau | Passau – Engelhartszell
Embarkation 4.00 p.m. in Passau; departure is at 5.00 p.m. Enjoy a final view of the beautiful city of Passau as you glide serenely into the sunset, past dark green forests before entering the lock at the Jochenstein power plant on the border between Germany and Austria.
Day 2: Schlögen Danube Bend | Engelhartszell – Aschach, approx. 42 km/25 mi.
Enjoy a delightful day’s cycling from Engelhartszell (Austria’s only Trappist monastery) through the ruggedly romantic Danube Bend at Schlögen, one of the most beautiful sections of the river lined with sleepy farming villages. Along the way, you can drop in at one of the many inviting cider taverns. Rejoin the ship in the idyllic market town of Aschach, with its long tradition of ship-building and shipping, before sailing into the night.
Day 3: Devin – Bratislava, approx. 43 km/25.8 mi.
A narrow cycle path runs along the Iron Curtain from the castle ruins in Devin to the splendid palace of Schloss Hof, which boasts one of the most magnificent baroque gardens in Europe. There follows a stretch of untouched countryside and a short time later, you arrive in the vibrant city of Bratislava. Our miniature train tour of the Slovakian capital in which Hungarian kings were once crowned (optional) begins with a glorious view from the fortress perched on a hill overlooking the city and ends with a walk through the beautifully restored historic city center.
Day 4: Budapest | Excursion to Szentendre approx. 54 km/32.4 mi. (or day of rest)
Savour the entrance to Budapest and the stunning views of the city‘s most famous buildings. Discover the city that straddles the Danube on a guided tour (optional) or take a detour to the delightful little town of Szentendre with its many artists and galleries. Get a taste of the fiery Hungarian temperament at a Hungarian folklore show with traditional music and folk dance accompanied by wine and hearty local food (optional).
Day 5: Baha – Mohacs, approx. 37 km/22.2 mi.
From the quiet baroque town of Baja that is famous for its fish soup, you’ll cycle along the flood protection dykes in the Gemenc floodplain, through sleepy river landscapes past fields of sunflowers. At the end of today’s stage, you take the ferry to the little town of Mohacs, Hungary’s most southerly town on the Danube and famously the site of two battles with the Ottoman Turks.
Day 6: Belgrade (day or rest)
Explore the fun-loving Serbian capital at the confluence of the Save and the Danube by bike or bus, take a journey in time from the past to the present and learn about the rise and fall of Yugoslavia (optional). In the evening, Belgrade is bathed in a sea of light. Visit a colorful folklore show with traditional dances from all parts of the country, followed by typical regional specialties in the well-known bohemian district of Skadarlija with lively folk music from a Serbian band (optional).
Day 7: Cataract Canyons / Iron Gates National Park (day of rest)
Experience the stunning fjord-like landscape at close quarters from the ship’s deck. The river cuts through the Romanian Carpathian mountains and the mighty foothills of the Balkan mountain range. A spectacular landscape with steep gorges, dark forests with historic monuments and impregnable fortresses on the shores that are reflected in the blue waters of the river: this miracle of nature will take your breath away!
Day 8: Novi Sad – Ilok, approx. 48 km/28.8 mi.
The imposing Petrovaradin fortress perches high above the provincial capital of the Vojvodina. After cycling upstream along a flat cycle path you take a ferry to reach the gentle foothills of the Fruska Gora, with its orchards, vineyards and idyllic farming villages. Everything in the medieval town of Ilok revolves around wine. During an evening tour of the town, you will have the opportunity to sample some famous Serbian wines at a wine cellar (optional).
Day 9: Batina – Mohacs, approx. 42 km/25.3 mi.
In the border triangle you cycle through the never-ending “Backa”. Small, idyllic villages and endless canola fields accompany you from Croatia to Serbia and Hungary. Farmers stop their work to greet you and now and then you will meet a carriage. You will experience hardly touched nature in Nemzeti National Park and after the ferry ride to Mohacs there is enough time for a visit at the White Stork Museum of the memorial of the Battle of Mohacs.
Day 10: Kalocsa – Solt, approx. 50 km/30 mi.
Kalocsa is the “Paprika Capital” of Hungary and the character of the town is strongly influenced by colorful houses with hand-painted, bright floral patterns and the cathedral with its towers that can be seen even from a distance as they rise into the skies from the flat Hungarian plain. Visiting the Paprika Museum you’ll learn all there is to know about Hungary’s favorite spice. Continue your journey on the well-built cycle path along the flood protection dyke through the vast expanse of the puszta, and corn fields and orchards that stretch as far as the eye can see until you reach Solt, birthplace of the famous conductor Sir George Solti. Vecsey Castle and the library with some 34,000 books are especially worth seeing.
Day 11: Danube Bend – Esztergom, approx. 43 km
The Danube is framed by steep wooded hills as it flows through the picturesque, hilly landscape of the “Hungarian Wachau”. Set in the middle of the Danube, the delightful island of Szentendre radiates real puszta romance. As you continue your journey on idyllic cycle paths through picturesque villages you’ll be able to experience the Hungarian zest for life at first hand. The dome of the imposing basilica in Esztergom that sits high over the Danube can be seen from far and wide. Hungary’s largest church, with its Tuscan-style high altar and a side chapel with red marble walls is especially worth seeing.
Day 12: Vienna (Bike excursion to Klosterneuburg, Danube Island,…)
After so many action-packed days of cycling, you deserve some relaxation. Enjoy the breath-taking view of the idyllic floodplain forest of the Donauauen National Park and the impressive skyline as you sail into Vienna. Go for a ride on the Danube Island – Vienna’s favorite recreational area, cycle out to the nearby Klosterneuburg Abbey or wander through the idyllic vineyards on Kahlenberg (with magnificent views over the city and the Danube). The day ends traditionally with a concert of classic waltz and operetta music in the Schönbrunn palace (optional).
Day 13: Vienna (day of rest)
Discover Vienna: from the saddle on a guided bike tour or on your own with the HOP ON HOP OFF Bus (optional). Ride through the historic city center at a leisurely pace and see the sights from close up. The magnificent Ringstraße will remind you of times long past and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries. Afterwards, there’s enough time to stroll through the quaint lanes or visit the Naschmarkt, a feast for the senses. End your day in Vienna in traditional fashion at a rustic wine tavern.
Day 14: Wachau | Krems – Melk, approx. 37 km
This final stage of your cycling tour can best be described as magical! The gentle hilly countryside of the Wachau with its picturesque villages, historic castles and palaces surrounded by apricot trees and terraced vineyards, is one of the loveliest stretches of the river. In Weißenkirchen the cycle path is lined with cosy vintner’s taverns and you should definitely treat yourself to a break here (optional wine tasting)!
Day 15: Passau
Enjoy the first rays of sun and the early-morning tranquility of the Danube valley one last time. Catch a final view of the Danube Bend at Schlögen – before you reach Passau, your heart bursting with memories and impressions. Disembarkation at approx. 10.00 a.m. Independent homeward travel. We recommend that you do not make any arrangements for onward connections departing before 11.00 a.m. To be on the safe side, later departure times would be even better.
In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship.
All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
When you do not want to cycle one day, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
– Transfers to/from the ship;
– Reservation fee;
– Other transfers;
– Rental bicycle;
– Entrance fees & excursions;
– Parking fee;
– Drinks on board;
– Personal (travel) insurances;
– Gratuities (at your discretion).
Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated).
Obligated passenger- and port taxes €99 per person as from 12 yrs.
Bike rent for 7/21 gear bike: €129 per person.
Electrically assisted-Bike: €229 per person (pre-booking, limited available).
Own bike: if you want to bring your own bike you have to pay €25 (in advance).
Departure dates 2018 (Saturdays):
15-day tour starting on Saturday June 2, August 4 and September 29, 2018
Tour price 2018 per person in Euro (all dates: dd.mm.)
|Departure Saturdays|| |
02.06. / 04.08.
|2-bed Eco||2-bed||Junior-Suite||2-bed ECO||2-bed||Junior-Suite|
|Port taxes: € 99 per person, obligated as from 12 yrs|
Single and triple cabins are only on request available. Please contact us if you want to book such a cabin type.
Reservation fee: € 15 per booking/group
Bike rent for 7 or 21 gear bike: € 129 per person
Electrically assisted-Bike: € 229 person
Own bike: if you want to bring your own bike you have to pay € 25 (in advance)
Single cabin: 2-bed ECO or 2-bed cabin for single use: supplement +50%
Children discount: 0-2,99 yrs 100% in separate baby cot in cabin with 2 full paying adults; 3-12,99 yrs 50 % in cabin with min. 1 full paying adults; 13 – 99 yrs 20 % bunk bed in twin cabin with min. 2 full paying adults In cabin with additional bed, price with *).
Bicycle & Equipment:
Our bicycles are modern and high standard quality of KTM. We offer 28-Zoll-Unisex-tourbikes with deep comfort-entrance. The bikes are equipped with 21-derailleur-gear with override, caliper breaks and robust wheels. Our bicycles are mostly not older than 3 years.
We offer 21-speed-bikes UNISEX* with caliper breaks and override and E-Bikes (Pedelecs) UNISEX with 28″ wheels in frame sizes 46 / 51 / 56 cm .*For men taller than 186 cm we offer men frames.
On request 7 speed UNISEX hybrid bike with coaster and caliper brake as well as children seat, children trailer and tagalong.
Electric bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs
You will receive modern high quality E-Bikes of the brands Flyer/Kalkhoff and KTM with 8-gearhub, individual regulated use of support of pedal-use, robust wheels and deep Unisex comfort entrance. The bikes have a strong Panasonic Pedelec-mechanism and a strong licium-ionen-battery. The batteries lasts up to 70 kilometers, depending on sort of cycling, weight and routing. The more hills to go, the heavier the weight, the more battery-capacity will be used. You can regulate range of the battery if you use less support at the beginning
and raise it if needed. Batteries will be loaded with the battery recharger by night in your room.
ATTENTION: Please pre-book your E-bike early enough as we have restricted availability of approx. 12-15 E-bikes/ship.
– The cycling tours are individual and self-guided. A guided tour is at extra cost. The bike tours vary between 29 and 50 km in length. All quoted distances are “approximate distances” for the recommended cycling tours.
– Tour profile: Level 1+2: The route mainly follows the Eurovelo 6 cycle path; in A/SK/H it runs on asphalted paths over flat terrain; in HR/SRB country roads with little traffic and cycle paths not all of which are asphalted. One stage runs over hilly terrain. Don't feel like cycling a day? You can reach your destination easily by ship.
– Luggage: we advise you to bring good shoes (for example sport shoes), bike helmet, a warm sweater, rainwear, sun hat & sun lotion.
– Travel document: Nationals of EU member states will need a valid identity card or passport for this trip.
– Diet: (for example lactose or gluten free diet) on request possible. Has to be requested at least 14 days before the departure date. Please bring your own special diet products.
Route description/disclaimer: Itinerary and program barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.
One the one hand, a riverboat is a “holiday hotel”, while on the other, it is also a means of transport that moves with motor power and must always be operated, even at night (partially with lock and bridge passages and the retractions and extensions of the structures caused as a result). Mistakes can happen with lock passages. This is the case for all Danube journeys and cannot be avoided. Please bear in mind that riverboats are restricted (bridge passages, locks) in size (length, height, width) and therefore cannot be compared with cruise liners in the sea.
The cabins are limited in space but are nevertheless comfortable and furnished. In the event of extremely high or low water, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge stages by bus or even to cancel the trip at short notice without any legal claim arising therefrom (water levels are force majeure). The same applies for officially decreed repairs to locks or bridges, not announced in advance, or in the event of motor or propulsion damage to the ship without attributed fault.
In case of flood or low tide, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge parts of passages by buses. In extreme situations, the shipping company reserves the right to cancel the journey on short notice. No legal right shall be constituted of both situations. The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges or in case breakdown of engine or power unit through no fault of shipping company or tour operator. Please be aware that a cruise ship on the Danube is not only your hotel but also a machine, working with engine power also during the night. Especially passing locks and bridges – and the preparation work – may cause noise.
Can also occur with very new and good bikes. A puncture of the wheel will be fixed by yourself, for bigger damages please contact your cruise director. Please do not make any repair-service without our agreement on our bikes. For smaller technical problems with the bike please contact the cruise director or a member of the crew at the end of the bike-leg.
Excursion program: The optional excursions as mentioned in the tour details (not incl. in the tour price) can only be booked (and paid) on board individually or as a package.
Bratislava: City tour with the scenic train and walking tour
Budapest: City tour by bike or by Hop on Hop off bus / Budapest by night + traditional Hungarian folklore show at a Csarda
Belgrade: City tour by bike or bus / Belgrade by night with folklore show
Ilok: Wine-tasting at a local wine cellar
Vienna: City tour by bike or bus; / classical waltz & operetta concert in the palace of Schönbrunn
Wachau: Wine tasting with a local winegrower
Min. amount of participants
50 persons (must be reached approx. 4 weeks prior arrival)
The organisation/executive tour operator is Rad & Reisen, Vienna (A). The tour operator is entitled to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants has not been reached. If the tour will not take place, all deposits/payments will be fully refunded.
Boat Bike Tours BV
’t Prooyen 3-B
1141 VD Monnickendam
Tel: +31 299 313071
Fax: +31 299 313065
Updated: June 16th, 2017