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The most beautiful stretches of the Danube Cycle path and the three capitals Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest are the highlights of this week of cycling. Accompanied by your ‘swimming hotel’ you are free to enjoy the tour of four countries with all comfort.
This journey takes you to the highlights along Europe’s second largest river – the Danube: The impressive spectacle of nature of the Great Loop, the fascinating landscape of the Wachau with its vineyards, castles and palaces, the untouched alluvial forests of the Danube National Park as well as the picturesque Hungarian Danube bend are alternating with thriving metropolises such as Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.
Take this opportunity to discover Vienna, the vibrant Austrian capital and cycle along the banks of the delightful Blue Danube. Your cruise on the MS Carissima begins in Passau, leads you to the Waltz-metropolis Vienna, continuing to Bratislava and Budapest to return once more to Passau.
Located at the junction of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau has a number of interesting sites. Use your free time and stroll through the historic centre, listen to the bells of Passau’s Gothic Town Hall, visit the world largest Catholic Church organ in the cathedral. Boarding time is at 4.30 pm.
Your first day’s cycling begins with a ride through the classic scenery of the ‘Great Loop’ Donauschlinge – one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube. Along the way you will encounter tiny villages and cozy cider taverns. In Austria’s only Trappist monastery at Engelhartszell you can taste their delicious liquors and cheese. The famous ‘Schlogener View’ provides a wonderful panorama of the surrounding Austrian countryside. The boat welcomes all cyclists back on board in the charming market town of Aschach.
You pedal along the former “Iron Curtain”, cross the green line and reach the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof with its beautifully terraced gardens and idyllic manor farm. Follow the bike path through Austria’s “vegetable garden” to the coronation city of Bratislava at the slopes of the Little Carpathians and discover the hidden alleyways and sights of Bratislava on an optional city tour.
The entrance to Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is stunning. Savour the beauty of Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, with a coach tour or a guided bike tour (optional) that reveals all the highlights of this handsome city. You can also choose to cycle on a round trip to the charming town of Szentendre with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art scene. A very close experience of Hungarian culture you will get at an evening show with traditional music and dances (optional).
The wooded hills of Pilis, Visegrád and Börzsöny together with the meandering Danube create a wonderful landscape that has become a nature lover’s paradise. Situated in the middle of the Danube River the idyllic isle of Szentendre exudes silent Puszta romance. You cycle via the baroque village of Vác (influenced by the architects of Austria’s empress Maria Theresia) to the bishop town of Esztergom with its gorgeous basilica – Hungary’s largest Catholic Church.
Discover Vienna’s most beautiful attractions. During a city tour by bike or bus (optional) you will experience up close the most famous examples of architecture; the imperial Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the gorgeous boulevard “Ring Stra?e” with the State Opera House, the Burgtheater and town hall, as well as the colorful “Hunderwasserhaus”. Relaxation is on offer in the famous Viennese coffee bars, the evening ends impressively at a concert (optional) in a traditional wine taverne
Your last biking day is a special highlight! A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Durnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of the renowned Wachau. Amidst dreamy towns, apricot trees, vineyards and castles, this hilly landscape enchants everybody. You’ll be biking on cloud nine! In Weißenkirchen (possibility for a wine-tasting – optional) you will find comfy wine taverns right along the bike path. After the Captain’s farewell dinner, lots of fun and entertainment can be experienced during a crew show.
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 10 pm, disembarkation half an hour later. We recommend to arrange connecting trips from 11 pm onwards.
Bravo Bike recommends early bookings as these trips are quickly sold out!
On joining this popular vessel you are immediately aware of the cosy and informal ambience on board. The Sun Deck with its awnings allows you to enjoy the passing scenery in a very relaxed way and soak up the warmth. On deck there are both deck chairs and ordinary chairs and tables, which encourage conversation and communal activity in the fresh air. The Panorama Restaurant and the Panorama Lounge with its bar provide not only excellent food and drinks but also a sense of conviviality with old friends and new acquaintances.
Launched: 1998 (refitted 2017)
Length: 110 m
Wide: 11,40 m
The comfortable 87 cabins are all outside cabins with 9m². There are individual fresh air controls plus a central air-conditioning/heating plant, shower and WC, Satellite TV, hair dryer and roomy cupboards.
Panorama restaurant, Panorama-saloon with bar Sauna Sun deck (covered), chairs and tables Board-shop WIFI (surcharge) The MV Carrisima is a spacious river cruiser designed according to traditional shipbuilder’s skills. It is characterised by the cosy ambience of its interior. Books and magazines from our library can provide relaxation.
The full board consists of: breakfast, packed lunch for bikers (resp. light meal for guests on board), dinner. On 4 evenings you have the choice between 2-3 menus. Not claimed meals cannot be refunded. Your table number will be provided during boarding. Special meals have to be ordered at the latest 3 weeks prior to departure.
Step on board into a stylish and luxurious atmosphere. From the bright and airy Panorama Salon, the comfortable Bar or the Sun Deck (partly covered) enjoy the picturesque riverside scenery as the ship glides through the water. In the elegant Panorama Restaurant our trained crew will pamper you with local and international specialities.
Length: 125 m
Wide: 11,40 m
85 comfortable equipped outside cabins. The 2-bed cabins are approx. 14–15 m² (Suites 25-28 m²), The cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower, hair dryer, TV, safe and full air-conditioning.
In the convivial panoramic restaurant, all guests will eat together at the same time. We provide daily fresh prepared international and national specialties from the cuisine of the countries along the route.
If you are traveling with friends, please mention this when booking. Gladly an internal note is deposited to get a common table in the restaurant. Please note that it is not always possible for several people to accommodate all at one table as there is limited space in the restaurant and not all table sizes are available.
The full board consists of: breakfast, packed lunch for bikers (resp. light meal for guests on board), dinner with menue-choice, coffee-/tea break with sweets in the afternoon.
Special meals have to be ordered at the latest 3 weeks prior to departure.
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|Departures every Saturday from||
|2-bed Standard Eco||819€||869€|
|2-bed Comfort Eco||949€||999€|
|2 bed Superior single use||1734€||1812€|
|Extra night single/dbl room Passau 3/4*||on request||on request|
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|Departures every Sunday from||
26 April – 3 May
4 – 11 October
31 May – 7 June
30 August – 6 September
28 June – 5 July
26 July – 2 August
27 September – 4 October
|2/3 bed Suite||1399€||1499€||1549€|
|2 bed Standard single use||1114€||1269€||1347€|
|2-bed Comfort single use||1316€||1471€||1548€|
|Extra night single/Dbl room Passau 3/4*||on request||on request||on request|
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