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Bike and Barge Danube: Passau – Bratislava – Budapest – Vienna – Passau | MS Normandie

Accompanied by a comfortable cruise ship you cycle along Europe's second largest river Danube from the charming Bavarian “three river city” of Passau straight into the heart of the once glorious Imperial and Royal Monarchy. Enjoy three of the most enchanting European capitals: the lively Vienna, the Slovak coronation city of Bratislava at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains and Budapest, the “Hungarian Danube Queen”!

By bicycle you discover the stunning natural spectacle of the Schlögener Donauschlinge (“Great Loop”), the legendary Wachau with romantic towns and mighty castles amidst lovely vineyards, the untouched alluvial forests of the Danube National Park, as well as the picturesque Hungarian Danube bend where the important cupola of the basilica in Esztergom salutes from the distance

After a great day of cycling, relax on board listening live music or discover the port city.

The highlights of the tour: Passau, the City of 3 rivers, the Schloegen Danube Loop, the Hungarian Danube Bend, the World Heritage Site Wachau, the metropoles of Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna.


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  • MS Normandie
    On joining this vessel you are immediately aware of the cosy and informal ambience on board. On the upper deck you will find the comfy panorama salon with its bar and the small sauna (advance booking at the reception only) on the main deck the comfortable restaurant (no direct access from the cabin-zone). On deck there are both deck chairs and ordinary chairs and tables, which encourage conversation and communal activity in fresh air. MS NORMANDIE possesses altogether two 1-bed-cabins and forty-nine 2-bed-cabins. They are all outside cabins, giving some 10-11 square metres of space (2-bed) and about 7 qm (1-bed). All 2-bed-cabins on main and upper deck are equipped with two lower beds, one of which can be folded against the wall during the day to provide a more homely atmosphere, shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, safe (deposit), central air-conditioning and a picture window. Only on the upper deck the windows may be opened. 1-bed cabins have one lower bed and are otherwise equipped with same features.
    Technical details:
    Length 91.2 m, width 10.50 m, depth 1.60 m, max. 100 passengers.
    Currency on board: Euro. Credit cards: Mastercard and Visa.

  • Tour Details Danube: Passau – Bratislava – Budapest – Vienna – Passau | MS Normandie

    Day 1: (Sat): Embarkation: Passau | Passau – Engelhartszell
    Arrival in the “Three River City”. Passau attracts many with the world's greatest church organ at the Stephansdom and it’s charming Old Town. Embarkation will be around 5 p.m., departure around 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.

    Day 2: (Sun): Engelhartszell – Brandstatt (Approx. 46 km/27,6 mi.) | Brandstatt – Bratislava
    The day starts in Engelhartszell (the only Trappist monastery in Austria), where we head towards the “Great Loop” – one of the most beautiful and original sectors of the Danube. Your cycling will encounter small villages and cosy must-see taverns. You'll board again in Brandstatt. Then, you “sail into the night” towards Bratislava.

    Day 3: (Mon): Bratislava – Hainburg – Castle Hof – Bratislava (Approx. 54 km/32,4 mi.) | Bratislava – Budapest
    Arrival at Bratislava around noon. You start cycling from Bratislava via Hainburg to the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm further on to Devin and then back to Bratislava. During a tour by mini train and by foot in the evening (optional) you can discover hidden alleys of Bratislava, places and all the sights of this ambitious metropolis. In the night shipping to Budapest.

    Day 4: (Tue): Budapest (day of rest) | city tour “Hop on Hop off” bus or bicycle (optional)| roundtrip to Szentendre 40 km | In the evening: “Budapest by Night” (opt.)| Budapest – Visegrad
    In the early morning, you enjoy the panoramic view of the Danube's gorgeous landscape on the Sundeck. The gateway to Budapest is overwhelming, as many of the famous tourist features are situated directly next to the river bank. In the afternoon you can explore the city during a city tour by coach and by foot (optional). Nearby, you find the Margaretheninsel which is outstandingly qualified for small bike tours or the charming town of Szentendre with Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life. In the evening you can enjoy Budapest by Night with folklore program (opt.) In the night shipping to Visegrad.

    Day 5: (Wed): Visegrad – Esztergom (Approx. 25-60 km/15-36 mi.) | Esztergom – Vienna
    The Danube bend is definitely one of most delightful and attractive parts and is called the Hungarian Wachau. Today's bike leg starts at Visegrad with its famous fortress and the ruins of the former palace. You can choose from 2 different routes: the longer one includes a side trip to the island of Szentendre and the baroque village of Vác, which has been influenced by the architects of the Austrian empress Maria Theresia. The other route leads you directly to the bishop-town of Esztergom, with its gorgeous basilica – Hungary's largest Catholic Church – overlooking the village. In the night shipping to Vienna.

    Day 6: (Thu): Vienna-Nussdorf / (Korneuburg may also be possible) (day of rest) | city tour by bike or by coach/foot (optional) | Waltz and Operetta concert (opt.) | Vienna – Rossatz or Dünstein
    You certainly have to  see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg. You can take a city tour by bike or by coach/foot (optional, not included). The gorgeous boulevard “Ringstraβe” with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall takes you back to the past. The evening ends impressively with a Waltz and Operetta concert (optional, not included). In the night shipping to Rossatz or Dürnstein (Wachau).

    Day 7: (Fr): Wachau – Melk – Pöchlarn (Approx. 42-52 km/25,2-31,2 mi.) | wine-tasting (opt.) | Pöchlarn – Passau
    Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In Weißenkirchen (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfy wine taverns right along the bike path. You owe it to yourself to take a break! You’ll board again in the small village Pöchlarn. After the farewell gala dinner, you start “sailing” back to Passau.

    Day 8: (Sat): Disembarkation: Passau
    Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last sight at the Schlögener Schlinge (“Great Loop”) before you arrive relaxed at Passau. Arrival: approx at 10:00 a.m., disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from noon onwards.

    Details: 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.

    – 7 nights in a cabin with shower/toilet and air-conditioning in the booked category;
    – Program according itinerary from/to Passau;
    – Captains greeting and welcoming cocktail;
    – Full board (breakfast, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or lunch package for cyclists, dinner, afternoon coffee break);
    – Bed linen and towels on board; daily cleaning of the cabin;
    – Farewell-dinner with goodbye cocktail;
    – Daily live music;
    – 1x comprehensive maps- and info material per cabin;
    – Daily bike tour instructions from board manager;
    – Board manager (does not cycle);
    – port and tourist taxes.

    – Transfers to/from the ship
    – Reservation fee €15 per booking/group (obligatory)
    – Other transfers
    – Bicycle rent
    – Entrance fees & excursions
    – Parking fee
    – Drinks on board
    – Personal (travel) insurances
    – Gratuities (at your discretion).

    Rental bicycle, light unisex tour bicycle with 7 gears with hand- and/or pedal brakes (please indicate by booking), pannier bag and rental bike insurance: €70.
    Electrical bike with pannier bag and rental bike insurance: €165 (booking in advance, limited available).
    Save on the way, helmet required in Slovakia: We advise you wear a bike helmet (in Austria children under 12 yrs are obligated to wear a bike helmet, in Slovakia children till 15 yrs and all bikers (except in built-up areas) are obligated to wear a helmet. Please bring your own helmet . You can also buy a helmet (UVEX I-VO) for €40 p.p. on board (limited stock).

  • Departure dates 2018 (Saturdays):

    On April 28, May 12, 19 and 26; June 09 and 23; July 07, 21 and 28; August 4 and 18; September 1, 15 and 29, 2018.

    Tour price 2018 per person in Euro:




    Apr 28 / Sep 29May 12 and 19 / Sept 1 and 15May 26 / June 9 and 23

    July 7, 21 and 28 / Aug 4 and 18

    Lower deck799879919
    Upper deck9391,1891,0191,2691,0591,309
    Obligated port and tourist taxes included in the price

    Reservation fee: € 15 per booking/group (obligated surcharge)
    Twin cabin for single use: +50%. Single cabins are on request available. Please contact us if you want to book such a cabin.
    Children discount: till 13 yrs 20% in a cabin with 1 full paying adult.
    Bicycle rent:  light unisex tour bicycle with 7 gears with hand- and/or  pedal brake (please indicate by booking), pannier bag and rental bike insurance: € 70.
    Electrical bike with pannier bag and rental bike insurance: €165 (booking in advance, limited available).

    •Bicycles on board: Unisex trekking bicycles with normal mount (ladies model), 7 gears with coaster breaking hubs or 7 speed freewheel hubs (please indicate by the booking) and pannier bag. E-Bikes are available after prior request and at limited number. Please indicate your body height by booking
    • Languages on board: German, English
    • Cycle tours: All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. When a guest does not want to cycle one day, she/he can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next harbour. The bike tours are individual, at your own pace, without a tour guide, but with daily briefings on board and detailed bicycle maps and directions. All cycle tours can be classified as being easy.
    Luggage: We recommend rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers. Please be aware that the cabin storage space is very limited
    • Diet:
    (i.e.: lactose free, gluten free) Possible on request and for an extra charge. Must be booked at least 14 days prior to departure.
    Travel documents: EU-nationals need a valid passport. Please check the entry conditions with your local agency.
    • Smoking: The interior of the ship is a non-smoking zone: smoking is only allowed on the sun deck. As a safety measure, a statutory smoking ban applies in all cabins; this means that all cabins and rooms on board are non-smoking areas.
    • Land excursions: The excursions mentioned in the program are all optional (surcharge – not included in the tour price) and can be booked directly on board at the cruise director.
    • Routing/Program:
    Basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. 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. (Water level is force majeure). The same applies for officially ordered – previously not announced – repair work on locks or bridges or in case of undeserved breakdown of engine or power unit. 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 crossing locks and bridges – and the preparation work – may cause noise. If you are sensitive please bring your own ear plugs.

    Parking in Passau:
    Parking space inclusive transfer to/from ship                             66
    Parking garage inclusive transfer to/from ship                           77
    (registration form in the travel-documents, payable on site)

    The minimum number of participants is 50.

    The organisation/executive tour operator: SE Tours GmbH, Bremerhaven (D).
    The tour operator is entitles to cancel the tour is the minimum number of participants has not been reached. If the tour will not take place, all deposits/payments will be fully refunded. We recommend using a travel and cancellation insurance.

    Updated: June 15th, 2017

    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B,
    1141 VD Monnickendam, Holland
    Tel: 0031 299 313071
    Fax: 0031 299 313065