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Bike and Barge Danube: Iron Gate | MS Theodor Körner

Discover the breath-taking natural scenery of the Iron Gates, one of the most spectacular gorges in Europe, the vast expanse of the Pannonian plains, cycle through the Danube Bend in Hungary and the breadbaskets of Croatia and Serbia, through idyllic wine-growing regions and past commanding fortresses high above the river. Visit Belgrade, the “white city”, fall in love with bewitching Budapest, the “Paris of the East”, marvel at the baroque palaces in the picturesque Old Town of Bratislava and let yourself be carried away by the elegant charm of Vienna, the city of the waltz.
Scenic and cultural highlights, excellent food and a crew that caters to your every whim, guarantee that your cycling holiday will be a unique and unforgettable experience.

Highlights:
– 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

Last minute discount: € 200 per person for the departure leaving April 22, 2017.
Discount is already deducted in price table below.

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  • MS Theodor Körner

    Completely renovated in winter 2013/2014 in trendy Art Deco style; a very spacious, nostalgic ship of traditional shipbuilding skill with a high level of comfort and a family atmosphere. Excellent service and attention to detail are the priority of the captain and crew who are looking forward to welcoming you on board. Your bike tour through various countries is also a culinary expedition through the diversity of the national and the regional cuisine. The ship possesses a restaurant, a panorama bar with a dance-floor, a salon with a sunny Patio as well as a broad sun deck with comfortable deck chairs. Books and magazines from our library provide reading pleasure, and parlour games offer all kinds of disport. After an eventful cycling day you will find relaxation in the sauna, and in the evening a musician will perform for you to dance!

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  • Tour Details Danube: Iron Gate Danube Experience | MS Theodor Körner

    Day 1: Passau
    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
    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.18 – 43km
    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 centre.

    Day 4: Budapest | Excursion to Szentendre approx. 54 km (or rest day)
    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. 50 km
    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 (rest day)
    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 colourful folklore show with traditional dances from all parts of the country, followed by typical regional specialities 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 (rest day)
    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. 51 km
    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: Apatin – Bezdan (Batina), approx. 54 km
    Apatin beer is well-known throughout the western Balkan region. Cycle along the Danube Canal on idyllic paths lined by meadows and trees, and over country roads through the vast expanse of the Batschka (the area populated by Danube Swabians). Sombor is a small romantic town with buildings dating back to the Habsburg period. In the silk-damask workshop in Bezdan – the only one of its kind in Europe – fabric is still produced on the old looms using original 19th century techniques.

    Day 10: Kalocsa – Solt, approx. 53 km
    Kalocsa is the “Paprika Capital” of Hungary and the character of the town is strongly influenced by colourful 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 favourite 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 favourite 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 a historic Viennese palace (optional).

    Day 13: Vienna (rest day)
    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 centre 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 tranquillity 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.

  • Included services
    – 14 nights in outside cabins with private facilities and air conditioning
    – Program according to itinerary from/to Vienna
    – Captains greeting and Welcome cocktail
    – Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
    – Full board: rich breakfast, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists), afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose from), late night snack
    – Gala-dinner with farewell cocktail
    – Farewell-Crew-Show
    – Daily live-music
    – Tour guide on board (does not cycle with the group)
    – Daily information meeting
    – Detailed roadbook (one per cabin)

    Not included:
    – Optional excursions
    – Drinks on board
    – Bicycle protection
    – Trip insurance

    Port fees: obligated from 12 yrs     99 euro
    Bike & Equipment
    21-speed touringbike UNISEX     97 euro
    E-bike     199 euro
    Bringing of own bike     15 euro
          
    Extra night Passau 3*+
    double room     56 euro
    single room      81 euro
          
    Extra night 4*
    double room     64 euro
    single room     84 euro
          
    Private shared transfer Munich – Passau*     
    One-way     64 euro
    Roundtrip     109 euro
    * Flight details required

  • Bicycle & Equipment:

    Our bicycles are modern and high stardard 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 breacks 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 kilometres, depending on sort of cycling, weight and routing. The more hills to go, the heavier the weight, the more accucapacity 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.


    Bike breakdown
    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.


    Private Bikes
    You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. This is adapted especially to your needs. Do not forget to bring a repair kit with all necessary tools such as: keys, reserve tube and lock. Please check your own bicycle for operability upon arrival. You will receive
    on board a pannier for your bike.

    Bikes will mostly be brought on/off board by the ship crew. Please note that we are not liable in case of damage.
    Due to organizational reasons (anchor second row) bikes will be partly left outside in front of the ship. Bicycles are exposed to the weather on board as the parking space is not covered. Storage of bikes inside the ship is not possible. The bicycle storage possibilities are restricted therefore the bikes will be transported close to each other or in a lying position. Please therefore remove all additional tools.

    Embarkation

    Embarkation in Passau starts at 04:30 p.m Thank You for Your understanding that an earlier boarding is not possible. You can handover Your own bikes resp. Your luggage from 2:30 p.m. though.

    Disembarkation

    Disembarkation takes place at approx. 09:30 a.m. and lasts approx. 1 hour. Please reconsider it by planing Your onward travelling. We suggest to calculate 2 hours between disembarkation and onward travelling. You will get further information from Your cruise director.


    Arrival by car / parking

    Landing station Passau Old City: Car access directly to the landing stage not possible (pedestrian zone)

    Landing station Passau-Lindau: Car access possible – parking is not possible/allowed, Stops only allowed for loading and/or unloading


    Arrival by train 

    Train station: Passau

    Passau is part of the Intercity- und Region Network of the Federal German Railnetwork. The train station is approx. between 2 and 6 km from the landing stages (depending on which landing stage) There are taxis waiting at the train station. Am Bahnhof stehen Taxen bereit. Eurocycle/Rad+Reisen assumes no liability for late arrivals.


    Arrival by plane

    Airport:  Munich (MUC) / Vienna (VIE)

    You can reach Passau from the airport Munich in approx. 2,5 h by public transport.


    Transfers

    Taxicosts: Train station Passau – Landing stage: approx. € 9.

    Private shared transfer Munich airport – Passau: see PRICES (pre-reservation)

    With the so-called Bavarian ticket by train to Passau (1. person € 23,-. Each further person € 4,-, (up to 4 persons); Duration approx 2 h; Public bus or taxi (approx. € 25,-) from Munich airport – Freising; Trainride Freising – Passau; >>www.bahn.de


    Min. amount of participants

    50 persons (must be reached approx. 4 weeks prior arrival)