||Highlights of the
Bike and Boat Tour
June 10 - 17, 2018
Cathie Hagenson and Willy van Kemenade
We invite you to join us on another European Biking adventure. Our Bike & Boat tour on the MV Carissima, takes us from Passau to the romantic “Great Loop”, the picturesque Danube Bend with Hungary’s greatest cathedral and the legendary Wachau Valley, with its small villages and beautiful palaces and castles. We will visit 3 of Europe’s most charming capitals: Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.
June 10 Passau: Explore Passau’s cobblestoned old town centre and listen to the bells of the Gothic Town prior to boarding MV Carissima at 4:00 pm. At 6:00 p.m. we cast off!
June 11 Great Loop, Engelhartzell - Aschach - Devin: (Approximately 42 km)
Cycle through the one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube, viewing tiny villages
and cozy cider taverns. Taste the delicious liquors and cheese at Austria’s only Trappist
monastery in Engelhartzell.
|Passau, city of 3 rivers|
June 12 Devin - Bratislava - Budapest: (Approximately 43 km)
Pedal along the former “Iron Curtain”; cross the green line and reach the imposing Imperial Palace of Hof. Follow the bike path through Austria’s “vegetable garden” to the coronation city of Bratislava. Optional Bratislava city tour.
June 13 Budapest: Optional Excursion to Szentendre (Approximately 54 km) or spend the day in Budapest
Savour the beauty of Budapest during a coach tour or guided bike tour (optional). Or cycle
to the charming town of Szentendre, with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art
scene. Evening Folklore show with traditional music , local appetizers and dance (optional).
June 14 Danube bend - Eztergom - Vienna (Approximately 43 km) Situated in the middle of the Danube River, the idyllic isle of Szentendre exudes romance. Experience history, folklore and Hungarian way of life while cycling to Eztergom.
June 15 Vienna: Day of Rest
Optional city tour by bike or bus will feature Vienna’s amazing architecture, including the Imperial Hofburg, St Stephen’s Cathedral, State Opera House, and the colourful Hundertwasserhaus. Relax and enjoy Vienna’s scenery and cafes. Optional evening classical concert in the imperial palace Schonbrunn.
June 16 Wachau/Krems - Melk - Passau: (Approximately 37 km)
Cycle through the renowned Wachau Valley, amidst dreamy towns, apricot trees vineyards, castles and comfortable wine taverns. Optional wine tasting in Weissenkirchen.
June 17 Passau: Arrive by cruise back to Passau. Disembark at approximately 10:00 am.
Our Boat - MV Carissima - Our recently renovated river cruise ship, rated Comfort Plus, offers a comfortable atmosphere with spacious cabins. There is a spa with a sauna and whirlpool, library, swimming pool and comfortable lounge chairs on the sun deck. Experience the fantastic view of breathtaking landscapes. The Panorama Lounge includes the bar and is a great place to relax after the day’s ride. Meals are served in the first class restaurant. Wi-Fi is available (in most locations). All cabins have hotel-style double beds, which can be converted to 2 singles; and are equipped with private bathrooms with shower, hair dryer, TV, safe & air conditioning.
• Trip support & planning services including pre and post travel
• 7 nights accommodation in air conditioned outside cabins with daily housekeeping service
• Full board: breakfast, lunch (onboard or packed for cycling), afternoon coffee, dinner and late night snack
• 21-speed bicycle and harbour fees
• Captain’s greeting & welcome cocktail
• Daily live music; farewell crew show
• Gala dinner with farewell cocktail
• Daily information meeting; detailed road book per cabin
• Souvenir T-shirt
• Optional Comfort Relax package including Cycling Tour guide, cider tasting, ferry rides, guided city tour by bike in Vienna and Hop on Hop off bus in Budapest and wine tasting in Wachau region. Not included in the price: Airfare, pre trip hotels, transfers from gateway cities, incidentals, gratuities and meals not specified.
CostPrice per person in CAD.
Based on Double occupancy
(if paid by credit card)
Main Deck $2,015.00
(Half height windows that do not open) Middle Deck $2,290.00
Upper Deck $2,405.00
(Middle and Upper decks have full size picture windows that open)
Comfort Relax Program $ 355.00
Single rates on request 3% discount for paying by cheque
Price includes all taxes. Ask for a copy of additional trip details and notes.
Terms and Conditions:
Payment- Non refundable deposit $400 due at time of booking. Payment by cash or cheque (payable to Square 1 Travel) or credit card (Visa & MasterCard only). Second deposit of $400 due by Dec 15, 2017. Final payment due by Feb 28, 2018.
Cancellation Penalties - From Booking date to Dev 14, 2017 - $400 non-refundable. From Dec 15, 2017 to Feb 28, 2018 - $800 non refundable. After Feb 28, 2018 - 100% non refundable.
Insurance - We recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Please contact Willy van Kemenade for a quote.
Name changes are permitted for a fee of $100 per person plus any supplier fees, only if there is a waiting list.
Possible rate changes - Rates could change depending on exchange rate fluctuations between the Euro and Canadian Dollar. Current rate 1.48 CAD = 1 Euro. Fuel price increases if fuel increase greater than of 5% of May 2017 prices.
Responsibility: Square 1 Travel is a vacation organizer only and cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or physical or personal injury of any nature resulting from delays, suppliers, Acts of God or any other force majeure.
This tour can be done in conjunction with the Walking and Hiking Holiday in Austria from June 17 – 24, 2018. Brochure available. A more detailed itinerary and additional information on the Danube Bike and Boat trip is available in a separate handout.
- You will visit the following places:
Budapest is the capital of Hungary. As the largest city of Hungary, it serves as the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation centre. In 2010, Budapest had 1,721,556 inhabitants, down from its 1980 peak of 2.06 million. The Budapest Commuter Area is home to 3,271,110 people. The city covers an area of 525 square kilometres (202.7 sq mi) within the city limits. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with a unification on 17 November 1873 of right (west)-bank Buda and Óbuda with left (east)-bank Pest. Budapest is one of Europe's most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to its scenic setting and its architecture it is nicknamed "Paris of the East".
Vienna is the capital of the Republic of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of about 1.7 million (2.4 million within the metropolitan area, more than 25% of Austria's population), and is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic, and political centre. It is the 10th-largest city by population in the European Union. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, such as the United Nations and OPEC. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. Apart from being regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be "The City of Dreams" because it was home to the world's first psycho-analyst – Sigmund Freud.