Biking along the Danube

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VIENNA - MELK - DURNSTEIN - BRATISLAVA - KALOCSA - BUDAPEST - ESZTERGOM - VIENNA

DAY 1: VIENNA

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Sit back and enjoy a presentation about your CroisiCyclo vacation. This evening:
Optional Discovery excursion: Come to the lounge and learn to waltz with traditionally costumed dancers, who will also entertain us with a show.
Optional Classic excursion: guided tour of Vienna at night. The ship will depart for Melk.

DAY 2: MELK - DURNSTEIN

All meals included. After getting acquainted with your bike, you’ll set out on your first trip to visit the Melk Abbey. The bike path winds through the Wachau Valley, a region listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dotted with charming villages and medieval castle ruins. After taking in the magnificent views of the valley, and you’ll continue your journey along the river until reaching Dürnstein, the final destination for the day. A picnic lunch will be prepared in advance of your trip, and we’ll also enjoy a tasting of the local wines. After our tour, we’ll return to our ship and cruise towards Bratislava.
Bike itinerary: 11 mi./17.7 km. in the morning (499 ft./152 m. elevation gain) — 18 mi./29 km. in the afternoon (801 ft./244 m. elevation gain)

DAY 3: BRATISLAVA

All meals served on board. Today’s bike trip will bring you to the “Freedom Cycling Bridge” and an outside view of the Schloss Hof, Prince Eugene of Savoy’s Baroque-style country estate. We’ll continue to the cliffs of the Sandberg expanse and then on to Devin Castle. Depicted on Slovak money and postage stamps, it has a commanding view of the confluence of the two significant rivers that form part of the country’s borders: the Danube and the Morava. Once finished, we’ll return to the ship and cruise to Kalocsa, Hungary. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Bike itinerary: 27 mi./43.5 km in the morning (600 ft./183 m. elevation gain)

DAY 4: KALOCSA

All meals served on board. Join us for a Classic excursion to the Puszta. Also known as the Great Plains, this vast, flat prairie was the wild west of Hungary in the 19th century. Dive into the heart of folklore and traditions while watching a horse show. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Budapest, arriving during the night.

DAY 5: BUDAPEST

All meals served on board. Today, you’ll set out on a bike tour of the Hungarian capital to explore one of the richest cities in Europe. Considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Budapest is a surprising mix of historical ruins and modern living. Castle Hill provides an exceptional view of the city and river. Our tour will finish up on beautiful Margaret Island. Once reserved as an aristocratic resort, it is now a vast urban public garden. You’ll have free time in the afternoon. Then join us for an optional visit to the famous Gellert Baths. At the end of our tour, you’ll have some time to swim and enjoy the spa.
Feel free to partake in an optional evening of traditional entertainment in Budapest. We’ll spend the night cruising to Esztergom.
Bike itinerary: 11 mi./17.7 km in the morning (400 ft./122 m. elevation gain)

DAY 6: BUDAPEST - ESZTERGOM

All meals served on board. Leaving from Esztergom, today’s bike tour will bring us along the bike path that crosses the region and offers magnificent views of the bucolic countryside. On our way, we’ll catch a glimpse of the Château Béla, built in 1732. Once a residence for the Krockow family, it is now a luxurious 5-star hotel. We’ll return to the ship, and spend the afternoon cruising to Vienna. Tonight is our festive gala evening. Our ship will cruise through the night.
Bike itinerary: 24 mi./33.8 km in the morning (699 ft./213 m. elevation gain)

7ème JOUR : VIENNA

All meals served on board. We’ll begin the day with a bike trip to the Klosterneuburg Monastery, founded in 1114 by Saint Leopold III of Babenberg, the patron saint of Austria. In an eventful history spanning nine centuries, Klosterneuburg Monastery has developed into a religious, scientific, cultural and economic center. After our visit, we’ll return to the ship.
This afternoon, we’ll get back on our bikes for a guided tour of Vienna, a renowned bike-friendly city. Following our tour, we’ll return to the ship.
Bike itinerary: 11 mi./17.7 km in the morning (299 ft./91 m. elevation gain)
This evening’s optional Discovery excursion will be to the Grinzing district. You’ll have a seat in a famous Heuriger tavern, where you’ll be able to taste the local wines and other specialties from the region surrounded by authentic ambiance.
Our optional Classic excursion is a concert of Viennese music (subject to availability). We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 8: VIENNA

Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking.

For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. The program is guaranteed only for a minimum of 8 passengers. (1) Optional excursions. Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.
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COORDINATION
We will provide technical and maintenance assistance throughout the entire cruise. Our bike guides will ensure that your bike tours take place under the best conditions. You will have detailed maps and overviews every day, and we will be available to go over any points or questions onboard about each trip.

THE CROISICYCLO CONCEPT
During your CroisiCyclo vacation, the ship cruises while you bike. No need to pack up your belongings every day, since you’ll return to your cabins every evening. If you want to skip a day’s tour, no problem! Take a break on the ship and enjoy the view of the riverbanks from the sun deck.

EFFORT LEVEL
Easy. No special training needed. Minor elevation gains.

CROISIBIKE
Practical Information
 
 

+ Types of bikes:

  • Unisex hybrid bikes that can be used by both men and women (flat handlebars), similar or equivalent to the Alpenchallenge AC01 with Shimano 105 or Ultegra derailleurs.

- High-quality Shimano 105 or Ultegra derailleurs make climbing hills easier
- Disc brakes for better stopping ability and avoiding skidding during rain
- A maximum 10 kg (22 lbs.) bike weight for optimal comfort

 

  • The bikes used currently are BMC Alpenchallenge AC01 Deore XT/SLX. Our partner will be upgrading their fleet in 2017.
  • Extra-padded seats for women.
  • Pouch for accessories (camera, windbreaker, etc.). Please do not carry large items with you.
  • Each bike is equipped with a GPS programmed with the day’s itinerary so that everyone can bike at their own pace.
  • Passengers can bring their own cleated cycling shoes, but you must also bring your own pedals so that they can be attached to our bikes.

 

+ Where we bike:

  • On paved roads or bike paths.
  • We will not go on mountain bike routes.

 

+ Biking while the ship cruises

  • One or more minivans with guide(s) will follow the group of cyclists.
  • Bikes will be stored in the minivan and picked up each day by passengers.
  • For the slightest problem, the driver of the minivan will either repair the bike or replace it.

 

Here is a FAQ list for several recurring questions:

 

  • Can I stop cycling during the day's tour, and if so, how do I get back to the ship?
           o Yes. Vans will be provided with an extra seat for each passenger if needed.
           o The return to the ship will be done at the first opportune moment; the passengers on the bike tour will remain our immediate priority.

 

  • Can we request an e-bike?
           o Yes. Please ask for our rates.

 

  • What happens if I get a flat tire?
           o Our guides will repair it!

 

  • Some travel agencies think that tours over 31 miles per day (50 km) are too much for the average client.
           o That’s why the shortest option each day will not be over 22 miles (35 km), except for one specific day on the Rhine.
           o If needed, our vans will be available for passengers who would like to stop.
           o Don’t forget that elevation gain is a very important aspect of biking: 31 miles (50 km) along the flat Danube route is very different than even 6 miles (10 km) up to Mont-Sainte-Odile.
           o Our goal is to offer as many options as possible so that different level passengers can participate in the same tours.
           o Even beginner cyclists will enjoy our tours because the shortest itinerary will never be longer than 22 miles (35 km).

 

Just for kids:

  • Do you have bikes for kids? What age must they be and what are the sizes?
            o We can provide wheels for children under the following conditions:


                         Kids’ bikes
                               • Children can ride on their own from 8 years and up
                               • 20” bike for children between 3’ 11” and 4’ 3” (120 to 130 cm)
                               • 24” bike for children between 4’ 3” and 5’ 1” (130 to 155 cm)

 

                         Trail-a-bike
                               • Maximum weight = 83 lbs. (38 kg)
                               • For ages 4 to 7

 

                         Bike trailer
                               • Maximum weight = 60 lbs. (27 kg)
                               • For ages 1 to 3


                  o Parents must have the Trail-a-bike or bike trailer attached to their bikes
                  o PLEASE NOTE: you must request these accessories when placing your order

 

  • Are the tours and itineraries adapted to children?
            o All of our tours are designed to limit contact with road traffic as much as possible.
            o If vehicle circulation during a specific tour becomes excessive, transfers for the children will be organized to remove them from any possible danger.

 

  • If our kids get tired, can they recuperate in the minivan?
            o This is always possible when accompanied by a parent.
            o For children less than 4 years, parents must provide an adapted car seat for the van.
            o For children who are older, booster car seats are usually provided.

 

  • Can children ride in the minivan without a parent?
            o NO

     

 


If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us. We update this information sheet regularly.