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Bike and Barge Danube: Passau – Vienna – Passau | Normandie and Arlene

The bike tour along the German / Austrian Danube is a very special pleasure, because your “swimming hotel” is always with you! Gently downhill, you will cycle along lush green river banks, through small, dreamy villages in the impressive Danube landscapes. You will discover the breathtaking natural wonder of the “Great Loop” (a swift 180º turn!) and immerse yourself in legendary Wachau with its vineyard terraces and enchanted castles and monasteries. Then Vienna – an abundance of sights! A city, hardly to describe – you have to see and feel it! Sights like St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the city hall and the world’s oldest Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) are easy to reach during a wonderful sightseeing tour by bike. A stroll through the Naschmarkt (famous food market) is a wonderful cultural and culinary adventure. You can also relax at any of the cosy coffee houses or at a typical traditional Viennese wine tavern in the suburbs.

The highlights of the tour: Passau, the City of 3 rivers, the Schloegen Danube Loop, the World Heritage Site Wachau, Upper Austria’s capital Linz, the cosmopolitan city Vienna with a plethora of sights.

The ship Arlene will sail on several departure dates. The tours with this ship start and end on Monday. 

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  • Dates/Prices Passau-Vienna

  • Ship information

    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 a 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. NORMANDIE possesses altogether two 1-bed-cabins and forty-nine 2-bed-cabins. They are all outside cabins, giving some 10-11 square meters 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.

    Arlene
    The ARLENE is a popular middle class ship with a personal and familiar atmosphere. On the upper deck there is the panoramic salon and on the main deck you will find the restaurant (both air-conditioned). The partial covered sundeck offers enough space for the guests to watch the landscape pass by and for the bikes. The 2-bed-cabins on the main and upper deck have a size of about 10-11 m² with two beds standing in a right angle. The cabins are also equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, TV, safe (deposit) and central air-conditioning. The 1-bed-cabins are located on the upper deck and have a size of about 8-9 m². All cabins on the upper deck have big and panoramic windows which can be opened whereas the cabins on the main deck have smaller windows with opening window flaps.
    Technical details: Length: 91.35 m • Width 10.45 m • Depth 1.45 m • Max. 101 passengers.
    Currency on board: Euro • Credit cards: MasterCard and Visa

  • Program Passau-Vienna

    Tour Details Danube: Passau – Vienna – Passau | Normandie & Arlene

    PLEASE NOTE: The tours with the Normandie start and end on Saturday and the tours with the Arlene on Monday.

    Day 1: Embarkation: Passau | Passau – Engelhartszell
    The Episcopal city close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the “City of three Rivers.” Boarding time is at 5 p.m., departure around 7 p.m. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell.

    Day 2: Engelhartszell – Untermühl – “Great Loop” (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.) | Untermül – Linz
    Need a boost? Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell. Supposedly, they have “special healing power.” Downstream, the way leads you to pretty villages amid natural landscape. For a change take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop, where the river makes a very abrupt 180 degree turn. Shipping from Untermühl to Linz. After dinner, ride on the bright yellow City-Express (optional, not included) and discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria.

    Day 3: Linz – Mauthausen | Mauthausen – Grein (Approx. 36-42km/21.6 mi.) | visit of castle of Greinburg (opt.)
    In the early morning shipping to Mauthausen. You have the possibility to visit the memorial-place KZ-Mauthausen. The Celtic town Mitterkirchen gives you an insight of the past. For easy cyclists the tour leads along the Danube, the alternative route, “Clam Castle,” through the beautiful back country of the “Strudengau” is slightly hilly, but a fantastic landscape. In Grein, the impressive Castle of Greinburg is worth a visit (optional, not included).

    Day 4: Grein – Melk (Approx. 50 km/30 mi.) | Melk – Tulln
    Today's stage is marked by a diverse landscape. At the beginning, there is the Strudengau – a narrow point of the Danube which used to be notorious amongst skippers. The valley expands from Persenbeug and the bike tour leads you further to Melk with its gorgeous baroque monastery of the Benedictine brethren. On deck, you enjoy the sunset and the beautiful evening illumination of the Wachau. Today's final destination is Tulln, famous for its numerous market gardens where the famous Art Nouveau artist Egon Schiele was born (museum).

    Day 5: Tulln – Vienna-Nussdorf (Korneuburg may also be possible) (Approx. 35 km/21 mi.) | city tour  by coach/by foot (optional)
    Right in front of Vienna's entrance, embedded in a breathtaking landscape, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. You can already see the cupola of this 900 year old baroque building from a distance. “Kahlenbergerdorf” with it's wine taverns is definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna. During the city tour by coach and by foot (optional, not included) in the afternoon, you will pass most of the numerous and famous sights of the beautiful city.

    Day 6: Vienna (day of rest) | Optional city bike tour| Waltz and Operetta concert (opt.) | Vienna – Dürnstein/Rossatz
    You should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephens Cathedral and the Hofburg. You can take a city tour by bike (optional, not included). The gorgeous boulevard “Ringstraβe” with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House and the town hall takes you back to the past. There is enough time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars. The evening ends impressively with a Waltz and Operetta concert (optional, not included). In the night shipping to Dürnstein or Rossatz.

    Day 7: Wachau – Pöchlarn (Approx. 39 km/ 23,4 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! In the evening farewell dinner and cocktail.

    Day 8: 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 is about 10 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.

  • Included

    INCLUDED:
    – 7 nights in a cabin with shower/toilet and air-conditioning in the booked category;
    – Program according to the description from/to Passau;
    – Full board (breakfast, lunch/lunch package, dinner, afternoon coffee break);
    – Bed linen and towels on board; daily cleaning of the cabin;
    – Captains greeting and welcoming drink (Normandie);
    – Farewell-dinner with goodbye drink (Normandie);
    – Welcome- and Farewell-Drink (Arlene);
    – Daily live music;
    – 1x Information pack with route book per cabin;
    – Daily bike tour instructions;
    – Board manager (does not cycle);
    – Port fees (2018)

    NOT INCLUDED:
    – Transfers to/from the ship;
    – Reservation fee;
    – Other transfers;
    – Bicycle rent;
    – Entrance fees & excursions;
    – Parking fee;
    – Drinks on board;
    – Personal (travel) insurances;
    – Gratuities (at your discretion).

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated).
    Obligated port and tourist taxes €59 per person of 12 yrs and older.
    Twin cabin for single use: +50%. Children discount: Single with child: till 13 yrs 20% on cabin price in a cabin with at least 1 full paying adult.
    Rental bicycle: light unisex tour bicycles with 7 gears with hand- and backpedal brake or with handbrake only (please indicate by booking), pannier bag and (2018: rental bike insurance): €70.
    Electrical bike with pannier bag and (2018: rental bike insurance): €165 (pre-booking, limited available).
    Save on the way: We advise you to wear a bike helmet during the bike tours (wearing bike helmets: in Austria obligated for children till 12 yrs. You can also buy a helmet (UVEX I-VO) for €40 p.p. on board (limited stock).

  • Cabin types and prices 2017

    Departure dates 2017 (Saturday):

    April: 22 ; May: 06/20 ; June: 03 ; July: 01/15/29 ; August: 12/26 ; September: 09/23 ; October: 07

    Tour price 2017 per person in Euro:

     

    Departures

    on Saturday

    22Apr/07Oct 06May/23Sep 20May/09Sep 03Jun/01Jul/15Jul

    29Jul/12Aug/26Aug

    Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single
    Main deck 595 695 765 815
    Upper deck 735 985 835 1.085 905 1,155 955 1,205
    Port fees € 59.- (p.p. mandatory from 12 years on)

    Reservation fee: € 15 per booking/group (obligated surcharge)
    2-bed-cabin for single use(limited quantity): + 50%. Child reduction: till 13 years 20% in a cabin with 1 adult. Single cabin is only on request available. Please contact us if you want to book such a cabin.
    Rental bicycle  with 7 gears with hand- and backpedal brake or with handbrake only (please indicate by booking) and pannier bag: € 70.-.
    E-Bike (advance reservation, limited number) € 165.-.

  • Cabin types and prices 2018

    Departure dates 2018 Passau – Vienna Normandie (Saturday):

    April: 7, 14 and 21 ; May: 05 ; June: 02, 16 and 30 ; July: 14 ; August: 11/25 ; September: 08/22; October: 06

    Departure dates 2018 Passau – Vienna Arlene (Monday):

    May: 28 June: 11 / 25 July: 09 / 23

    Tour price 2018 per person in Euro | Passau – Vienna Normandie:

    Departures

    on Saturday

    07Apr/14Apr 21Apr/06Oct 05May/22Sep 02Jun/08Sep 16Jun/30Jun/14Jul/11Aug/25Aug
    Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single Twin Single
    Main deck 499 659 779 859 899
    Upper deck 639 899 799 1,049 919 1,169 999 1,1249 1,039 1,289
    Port fees included

    Tour price 2018 per person in Euro | Passau – Vienna Arlene:
    (port fees included):

     

    Departures on Monday

    28 May 11 June / 25 June /09 July / 23 July
    Main deck Upper deck Main deck Upper deck
    2-bed-cabin astern* 899 939
    2-bed-cabin 859 999 899 1,039
    1-bed-cabin 1,249 1,289

    *Cabins at the rear of the ship; perceptive engine and generator noise (regardless is ship is in motion or not)

    Reservation fee: € 15 per booking/group (obligated surcharge)
    Rental bicycle 
    with 7 gears with hand- and backpedal brake or with handbrake only (please indicate by booking), pannier bag and rental bike insurance: € 70 p.p.
    E-Bike
    with only handbrakes, pannier bag and rental bike insurance: € 165 p.p. (advance reservation, limited number)
    2-bed-cabin for single use(limited quantity): + 50%. Single cabin is only on request available. Please contact us if you want to book such a cabin.
    Child reduction:
    till 13 years 20% in a cabin with 1 adult.

  • Good to know

    GENERAL INFORMATION:
    • 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 rain wear, 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:
    Parking place (fenced outdoor area) incl. transfer to/from ship €66;
    Parking garage incl. transfer to/from ship €77.
    (registration form in the travel-documents, payable on site)

    CONTACT:
    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065
    info@boatbiketours.com
    www.boatbiketours.com

    Minimum number of participants for this tour is 50.

    The organisation/executive tour operator is SE Tours GmbH, Bremerhaven (D). The tour operator is entitled to cancer 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.

    Updated: August 9th, 2017

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