Danube Impressions by BIKE + BOAT Passau-Vienna-Passau
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    Danube Impressions by BIKE + BOAT Passau-Vienna-Passau

    MV Carissima | Empress Sisi´s Danube

    • Empress Sisi’s Danube: It was in Passau that Austria’s Empress Sisi began her journey along the Danube as a young bride to Vienna, where she was eagerly awaited by her Emperor Franz. Follow in the footsteps of the Austrian empress by bicycle and on a premium ship as you discover breathtakingly beautiful river scenery with small sleepy villages, castles and palaces set in gorgeous countryside and enjoy warm Austrian hospitality at every stage of your cycling tour. The region is a gourmand’s paradise and famous for its cakes, pastries and other irresistible culinary treats. After Wiener Schnitzel, Sachertorte and apricot dumplings it’ll be much easier to burn up the miles... Wines from the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Landscape Wachau enjoy an international reputation, Linz, the capital of Upper Austria is home to the biggest church in Austria. And then there’s Vienna... Enchanting, charming and perhaps slightly eccentric, the City of Waltz will capture your heart in an instant. Magnificent buildings from the imperial age bear witness to the impressive history of times gone by.

      Individual or guided: surcharge for personal attention from a dedicated guide, cycling in a small group, enjoying some delicious appetizers.

      Tour profile / Level 1

      The cycle route is completely flat with only slightly gradients, ideal for cyclists with less experience and children. Do not feel like cycling? Without effort you will also reach your destination by ship.

      Day 1: Passau

      Experience Mediterranean flair in Passau, the city of three rivers. You should definitely set aside some time on the day of your arrival for a walk through the picturesque baroque city with its narrow lanes and Passau cathedral home to the largest church organ in the world. Your cycling holiday begins after embarkation (4.00 p.m.) when you sail into the sunset and Passau’s magnificent silhouette with its church towers and domes slowly fades into the horizone behind you.

      Day 2: Engelhartszell – Brandstatt, approx. 45 km

      Breathe in the fragrance of the dense forest and freshly mown meadows. Explore the pristine countryside of the Upper Danube valley on the former towpath as it runs past sleepy villages. Small, rustic inns at the edge of the trail invite you to linger, the aroma of fresh fish grilled according to tradition on a stick wafts through the air. The Schlögener Blick observation point offers a truly stunning view of the Schlögener Schlinge where the Danube carves its way through a gorge and doubles back on itself.

      Day 3: Brandstatt – Linz, approx. 26 km

      Catch some fresh country air again - at lunch time, you’ll reach the Upper Austrian capital of Linz. Discover the European Capital of Culture 2009 on a bright yellow miniature train (optional). The cathedral is the biggest church in Austria, the Pöstlingbergbahn the steepest adhesion railway in the world. Are you curious about the future? At the ARS Electronica Museum you can try out some of the most impressive examples of modern technology for yourself. Make sure you don’t miss it!

      Day 4: Mauthausen – Grein, approx. 35 km

      A beautiful and varied route lies ahead of you as you explore the idyllic hinterland of the Strudengau by bike: the Celtic Village of Mitterkirchen, the Baroque monastery of Baumgartenberg and the romantic ruins of Burg Clam castle. Then it’s time to enjoy the little medieval town of Grein with its Baroque facades, imposing castle and the oldest municipal theatre in Austria. After a romantic journey sailing past towns and villages full of twinkling lights, you arrive - just like Sisi did way back then - in the City of Waltz early in the morning.

      Day 5: Tulln - Vienna, approx 35 km

      Right in front of Vienna’s entrance, embedded in a breathtaking scenery, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. You can already see the dome of this 900 year old baroque building from a distance. "Kahlenbergerdorf" with it’s wine taverns is only a hop from the shipping pier and definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna. During a city tour by bus in the afternoon. You will pass most of the numerous and famous sights and have a guided walking tour though the historic center of Austria’s capital (optional, not included). 

      Day 6: Vienna (day of rest)

      On a city tour of Vienna all the sights are within reach from the saddle of your bike or on the HOP ON HOP OFF bus (optional). The magnificent Ringstraße will remind you of times long past and inviting coffee houses will tempt you with delicious Viennese cakes and pastries, while the Naschmarket market is a feast for all the senses. End the evening on a magical note with a concert of waltz and classical operetta music in Sisi’s summer residence (optional).

      Day 7: Wachau Valley roundtrip, approx. 35 km

      An unforgettable day in the picturesque Wachau. Cycle through delightful wine-growing villages surrounded by terraced vineyards and apricot trees. The charming little town of Dürnstein with its narrow lanes is an absolute highlight. In Weißenkirchen – the most important wine-growing village in the World Cultural Heritage Landscape – you can discover the first rate famous Wachau wines.

      Day 8: Passau

      Enjoy the first rays of sun and the early morning tranquillity one last time from the deck of the ship before you reach Passau, your heart bursting with memories. Disembarkation: approx. 10:30 a.m. We recommend that you do not make any arrangements for onward trains departing before 11.30 a.m. To be on the safe side, later departure times would be even better.

      Important information:

      In the event of extremely high or low water, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge stages by bus or even to cancel the trip at short notive without any legal claim arising therefrom (water levels are force majeure). The same applies for officially decreed repairs to locks or bridges, not announced in advance, or in the event of motor or propulsion damage to the ship without attributed fault.
      One the one hand, a riverboat is a “holiday hotel”, while on the other, it is also a means of transport that moves with motor power and must always be operated, even at night (partially with lock and bridge passages and the retractions and extensions of the structures caused as a result). Mistakes can happen with lock passages. This is the case for all Danube journeys and cannot be avoided.
      Please bear in mind that riverboats are restricted (bridge passages, locks) in size (length, height, width) and therefore cannot be compared with cruise liners in the sea. The cabins are limited in space but are nevertheless comfortable and furnished.
       
    • Reiseinfo

      ARRIVAL- and DEPARTURE - INFORMATION


      ARRIVAL BY CAR + PARKING

      Driveway to the dockings Passau Lindau / Racklau / Schalding:
      Driveway is possible - parking is forbidden, stops only for un-/loading

      Car parking Passau: attended parking lot € 68 / garage € 79
      (incl. transfer to / from ship, payable locally; prebooking required)

      In Passau we offer a guarded parking possibility with our Partner Globus Parkservice / Eichberger Reisen.
      Parking for special vehicles (caravan, minibus, van) for additional charge. Prices incl. 2 transfers (parking-ship-parking). A transferbus will bring you directly to the ship. As buses cannot reach pier 1 or 2 you will get off at Römerplatz (pier 5) and have to walk the last meters (walking distance approx. 4-5 min.). Your luggage will be delivered seperately by minibus directly to the ship.

      Further information will be given within your travel documents prior departure.

      >>to parking reservation form


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station: Passau

      Passau is connected with the regional and intercity trafficnet of the Deutschen Bahn (german train). Main train station is reachable - depending on the ship landing stage of the ship - between 2-6 km. You´ll find taxis at the Airport exit. No liability for any delays. Please be informed that seat reservations can only be done via Deutsche Bahn AG (f.i. via webpage >>www.bahn.de)  or in your travel agency.


      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Munich (MUC) / Vienna (VIE)

      Driving Munich airport - Passau (via Freising): approx. 2 1/2 h (bus/taxi, train)

      Recommended routing:
      Munich - Freising
      BUS Munich Airport - Freising train station (ca. € 3,30/person)
      TAXI Munich Airport – Freising train station (ca. € 30,-/way)
      Freising - Passau
      TRAIN Freising – Passau / Bayernticket: 1st person € 26,- >> www.bahn.de
      every next person € 6,- (up to person).; driving time approx. 2 h

      collective shuttle Munich airport - Passau/ship: see tourprice list (reservation necessary)


      EMBARKATION PASSAU / Dockings

      Actual dockings at https://www.radreisen.at/dockings

      Embarkation: from 4 pm.

      Drop-off luggage + bikes: possible from 2.30 pm

      Docking-addresses:

      - Passau-Lindau (A), Franz-Weismann-Straße an der B 388

      - Passau-Racklau (B), Racklau 3a

      - Passau-Schalding (C),  Industriestrasse 14a

      Please note: place of embarkation/disembarkation can be changed by the port authorities even on the day of arrival.
      If you can not find your mooring, please contact the cruise manager on board (phone number in your travel documents).

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      DISEMBARKATION PASSAU

      Disembarkation will take place after arrival of the ship (about 10:00 h) and will take about 1 hour to complete.
      Please take this into account when planning your return journey and do not book trains before 11:30 h.
      Note for private departing guests: Taxis are very popular in Passau on embarkation and disembarkation days - very long waiting times.may apply
      Further information can be obtained on board from the cruise line or at the reception.


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum:
      90 person (must be registered until 4 weeks prior departure)

      Minimum Comfort Relax Package:
      10 persons (max. 22 participants)


      » Corona Manual / Hygene and safety procedures onboard

       

       

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    • Included services:

      • 7 nights in outside cabins with private facilities (shower or bathtube) and air conditioning
      • harbor fees
      • Program according to itinerary from/to Passau
      • 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)
      • 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)

      Infividual Tour

      You´ll receive a detailed roadbook with maps and infomation to the routing on board.
      You do not cycle in a group – you cycle individually in your own tempo and are therefor able to time your day to your needs. Only the schedule gives you a time frame.
      Our cruise director explains the evening before the next cycling path in the daily breefings and inform you about the specifics and gives tipps about sightseeing, possibilities to take a rest and specialities.
      If you do not want to cycle, just stay on board and enjoy the passing landscape on the sun deck or relax in the infrared cabin. The crew is trying to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

       


      Guided Tour

      You cycle in a small group guided by a local tour guide. Taste some Austrian delicacies: you’ll try sweet cider in a wine tavern in the world-famous Wachau region you will also get to savour a small variety of regional wine specialties. During a guided tour by bike or bus you will pass by numerous famous sights in Vienna and Budapest.

      Additional included services:

      • Cycling tour guide
      • Ferry rides
      • Rental helmets (adults only)
    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit

      Choose Categories

      S1 01.05. - 08.05.21 Individual
      S2 19.06. - 26.06.21 Individual
      S2 10.07. - 17.07.21 Individual
      S2 31.07. - 07.08.21 Individual
      S1 28.08. - 04.09.21 Individual
      S2 25.09. - 02.10.21 Individual
      S2 19.06. - 26.06.21 Guided
      S2 31.07. - 07.08.21 Guided
      S1 28.08. - 04.09.21 Guided
      S2 25.09. - 02.10.21 Guided

      Extras

      % Reduction for children
      0-2,99 years in 2-bed cabin with 2 full paying adults (in baby coat) -90%
      3-12-99 years in cabin with min. 1 full payming adult  -20%
        
      Guided tour
      Dates: June 19, July 31, August 28, September 25
       
      Bicycle & Equipment
      21/24-speed bike 80
      E-bike 180
      Binging own bike 25
      Bringing of own e-bike 35
        
      Additonal night
      Passau 3*+ (dbl/sgl) follows
      Passau 4* (dbl/sgl) follows
        
      Collective Transfer (waiting time max. 60 min.) from/to Munich Airport  
      one-way follows
      round trip follows
      supplement from/to Munich Centre or hotel, (1-8 pers., once) follows

      * please update us to your exact requirements; flight details and i.a.hotelname required;

      Individual transfers (without waiting time) - prices on reques


      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Welcome on board the MS Carissima!

      << Virtual Tour >>

      On board our comfortable cruise ship you enjoy an exclusive atmosphere – in the spacious, convenient cabins as well as in the stylish outdoor area. Experience the fantastic view to breathtaking landscapes – on the bike, from the pool on the sun deck, in the comfy seats of the lounge, and even during your amazing meals in the first class restaurant.

      This exciting bike trip will make your holiday unforgettable. A warm and charming crew is waiting for you to make your stay on board as comfortable as possible.


      Ship information

      Capacity   150 passangers
      Length   110 m
      Breadth   11,4 m
      Draft   1,6 m
      Speed   21 km/h
      Crew   approx. 35
      Electricity   220 Volt
      Language on board   German / English







       

       


       

      Cabin information

      Standard, Comfort or Luxury ? On the MV Carissima YOU have the choice

      All 75 de-luxe staterooms have 14 m² and feature a hotel-style double bed, which may be converted to two single beds. The half-height windows on the Main deck cannot be opened, the staterooms on the Upper and Middle deck provide full-size picture windows which do open. All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower, hair dryer, TV, safe and full air-conditioning.

      >> cabins - check availability

      Kabine Standard / Hauptdeck

       

      Standard cabin:
      The 14 m² standard cabins are located on the main deck and feature half-height windows which CAN´T be opened and twin beds that can be separated or pushed together. ECO cabins are located in the front/rear part of the ship, where engine noise is possible.

       

      Comfort Cabin:
      The 14 m² standard cabins are located on the middle deck and feature full-size picture windows and twin beds that can be separated or pushed together. ECO Cabins are located in the front/rear part of the ship, where engine noise is possible.
       

       

      Superior Cabin:
      The 14 m² standard cabins are located on the upper deck and feature full-size picture windows and twin beds that can be separated or pushed together.


      3 Passenger - decks

      Main deck (lower deck, half-height windows cannot be opened):
      Cabins Standard
      Cabins Standard ECO (Operating-/generatornoise)

      Middle deck (full-size picture windows to open):
      Cabins Komfort
      Cabins Komfort ECO (Operating-/generatornoise)

      Upper deck (full-size picture windows to open):
      Cabins Superior


      Boardequipment

      • Panorama restaurant
      • Panorama-Lounge with bar
      • Spa area with sauna and whirlpool
      • Sun deck with top, pool (June-August), chairs and tables
      • Library
      • Board-shop
      • WIFI (surcharge)

      The first you´ll experience when boarding is the inviting atmosphere and the coziness of this river ship. In the restaurant you will experience a true culinary excursion through the Danube countries – the fantastic view of the beautiful scenery will sweeten the diversity of flavours you are tasting. In the Panorama-Lounge, where the bar is located, you can enjoy a glass of wine with your new friends and travel mates while the gorgeous landscape is passing by. Comfortable lounge chairs and discreet colors make you stay a little longer…

      After an exciting day of cycling you can relax in the spa with sauna and whirlpool. For pleasant refreshment, jump into the pool (June through August) on the sun deck, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view. And if you are in the mood for reading, just borrow a book in the library! The comfortable ship will make your journey unforgettable. Wifi is available on board (payable on spot, connection can vary).


      Restaurant / Catering /Kitchen

      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. 
      Your table number will be provided during boarding.


      Diet requirements

      Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, lacto-free etc is no problem. Special meals have to be ordered latest by 3 weeks prior departure.
      Please be informed that due to the limited shopping possibilities of the constantly changing ports, not all diets can be offered.
      In individual cases and by appointment, you are also welcome to bring along your own food for your special meal.


      Board- und Excursionprogram

      A musician will provide evening entertainment. One day the crew invites you to an evening of entertainment, good mood and fun!
      With your travel documents you will be informed about all possible excursions offered. Please also use the information event on board.
      Excursions can only be booked on board with our cruise director.


      Laundry Service

      Put your clothes-to-wash in the plastic bag that you find in your cabin. After the next cabin service the housekeeping staff will take your clothes to the laundry and bring it back the day after. Further information and prices at the reception directly on board.
      Excerpt from the price list: shorts € 3,-, pullover € 3,50,-, T-Shirt € 3,-, socks € 1,-


      Drinking water / Beverages

      The water on board is drinkable. It is stored in a special tank for drinking water, is treated chemically and regularly checked by the authorities. Of course you are welcome to purchase mineral water in the bar or restaurant (prices according to list).

      Different drinking packages will be offered which are only bookable directly on board.

      Drink prices without drinking package: softdrinks € 2,75, beer from € 2,90, coffee € 2,50, Gin/Vodka € 2,75, wine from €3,95/glass, Digestiv/Likör from €4,00, Cocktails € 8,50. subject to changes.

      Please be informed that it´s forbidden do bring self-bought drinks on board and consume them in public areas. Consumption only permitted in the cabin.


      Internet / Mobile phone

      There is the possibility to connect to the Internet via WLAN / WIFI on board. Please take note that depending on the route, there may be restrictions on the connection from the on-board network to the Internet.
      The first 100MB are free of charge, after that you can buy more data if needed. The access code and prices are available at the reception.

      If you want to be reachable on board in urgent cases, please leave our office number at your family. We will forward you the message as soon as possible.


      Life on board

      There is no special dress code on board. Casual clothing is sufficient. For the concert and the gala dinner some passengers are dressed more elegant. We suggest appropriate clothing for the bike-tours as e.g. cycling pants, bike-gloves, sportive shoes, etc…sun- and rain protection – please don’t forget! A warm sweater for rather cool evenings on deck. Swim wear for using the opportunity on hot days along your bike-leg.
      Our guests are very international from all countries all over the world.


      Sundeck

      Sometimes it is necessary - depending on the water level s- to leave the sundeck when passing low bridges for safety reasons. Please pay attention to the announcements of the crew .


      Shore

      You can leave the ship immediately after docking. We kindly ask you to be back on board at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
      The times of residence can change at short notice, please pay attention to announcements and hints in the daily program. Please make sure that you pick up your landing card at the reception in the harbors before leaving the ship and return them when you return aboard. The shore maps are used by the ship’s command to check that all guests are back on board.


      Medical care

      For emergency cases doctors are also shortly available ashore.


      Pets

      It´s not allowed to bring pets on board.


      Smoking on board

      Please note that the whole ship (incl. cabins, restaurant, café) is absolutely a non smoking area. Smoking is allowed only on the open sundeck.


      Tipping

      For anyone who has taken a mainstream cruise before, the subject of tipping is a common one; after all, the wonderful service you’re treated to for an entire week an equally suitable reward.
      Towards the end of the cruise you will find an envelope in your cabin . This will allow you to place cash into the unmarked envelope. The cash needs to be Euros. You can then place it in a box near reception.  This form of giving a tip is useful to credit all crew-members.
      A noncommittal directive would be approx. € 7,- to 9,- per person and day.
      The cruise director is not included in this system. If you have been satisfied with his work during the week – there will be also a tip box available directly at the cruise director’s desk.


      Currency/ Payment

      All prices are in EURO. With each order you receive a receipt to sign.
      The invoice can be paid in cash or with credit card (VISA or Master Card) on the day of departure at the reception.
      Excursions  have to be paid directly at the cruise director (credit card accepted).

    • 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 either 21 or 24-derailleur-gear (depending on ship) with override, caliper breaks and robust wheels. Our bicycles are mostly not older than 3 years.  During the journey, you are liable for any damage, loss or theft. A corresponding bike insurance can be completed on board.

       

      We offer

      • touring bikes with freewheel

      and

      • E-Bikes (Pedelecs)

      All bicycles have a deep comfort entry (wave frame) *, men’s frames are available from a height of 186 cm.

      Children bikes, children seat, children trailer and tagalong can be booked.

      Our bicycles are equipped with:

      • puncture-proof tires
      • 1 good sized, waterproofed pannier bag
      • 1 handle bar bag
      • air pump
      • per cabin you will receive a service kit with breakdown tools and a bicycle lock

      The on-board shop offers quality bicycle helmets, cell phone holders and cycling gear (such as jerseys, pants, sweaters, rain jackets, rain ponchos).


      Electric bikes | E-Bikes | Pedelecs

      Our modern e-bikes (pedelecs) are quality branded bikes with hub gear, freewheel, powerful electric motor and gradually selectable pedal assistance.
      The battery range depends on support level, driving style, body weight and terrain. The more hilly the railing, the higher the body weight, the more battery capacity is consumed.
      You save your battery by starting with as low support as possible and increasing it if necessary.

      Tip: E-bikes are a great development, but should be - due to their driving characteristics (high weight + high speed) - booked only by very safe and experienced cyclists with a very good sense of balance. Not suitable are electric bikes for people who rarely ride a bicycle.

      IMPORTANT: please reserve Ebikes early, as they are only available in very limited numbers (about 20 e-bikes per 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 bike. This is specially adapted to your needs, and of course you would like to have it on your biking trip.

      Our employees have to lift all bicycles to and from the ship every day. Every kilo counts here. In order to protect the health of our crew, we can only accept bicycles without fixed superstructures (rear view mirrors, card holders, baskets, wheel arches, etc.), the max. Tare weight must not exceed 27 kg under any circumstances.

      Do not forget to bring a tool bag with necessary keys and reserve hose and a lock and check the bike for functionality before you leave.
      For your daily luggage a pannier bag will be provided on board.

      We try to treat your bikes as gently as possible, but in rare cases small scratches or damage can not be completely avoided.

      For organizational reasons, the bikes (including those owned by the customer) are sometimes not brought on board overnight, but are locked on the platform in front of the ship.

      The bikes are parked on the sundeck (not covered), a parking of the bikes inside the ship is not possible for safety reasons. Due to the very cramped space, the bicycles are close together, at bridge crossings they must be laid flat.

      Please note: neither the ship, nor the shipping company, our crew or RAD & REISEN are liable for any damage, loss or theft.





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