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Premium Blue Danube tour of Germany & Austria

September 09 - 16 / 2023

Departure date: 09 september 2023
Average biking distance per day 30 to 60 km

Highlights

One of the newest tours Merlijn offers, the only small-scale Bike & Barge cruise on the Blue Danube!

Bike, Barge and Cruise along the famous Blue Danube. Immerse yourself in Austrian culture, and enjoy all this country has to offer. Take the classic ‘Donau Radweg’ cycle route along the River Danube in the north of Austria. Sample traditional Austrian cuisine by stopping at local bakeries and enjoying an evening dinner. A good mix of cycling and cruising allows you to enjoy the Blue Danube to the full. With a healthy love of cycling, any level of cyclist can undertake this journey, as we offer a variety of routes almost every day. Enjoy included excursions such as a guided tour of the blockbuster Abbey of Melk, and a tasting session of local wines in the Wachau area.

Would you like to stay on board and travel longer on the Merlijn? This is an excellent trip to combine with the successive Passau - Nürnberg Bike & Barge cruise> This combination means your tour will run from Vienna to Nürnberg.

Premium Blue Danube tour of Germany & Austria
Departure port: Vienna Destination: Passau Travel time: 8 days Countries: Austria, Germany Average biking distance per day: 30 to 60 km
Bike, Barge and Cruise along the famous Blue Danube. Immerse yourself in Austrian culture. A good mix of cycling and cruising allows you to enjoy the Blue Danube to the full.
€ 1.740,- p.p.
All cabins booked by a travel agency

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 (Sat): Vienna

Check in: 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM. After you check in, we’ll present you with a welcome drink and introduce the crew. We will also provide information on the tour and the ship, and offer you a safety briefing. After you’ve got familiar with the ship, your dinner will be served, and following your meal, you will have ample opportunity to take a stroll through the city, as Merlijn will be docked in Vienna overnight. We can however heartily recommend spending a few days in this stunning city prior to joining the ship. Baroque streetscapes and imperial palaces set the stage for Vienna's artistic and musical masterpieces, alongside its coffee house culture and vibrant epicurean and creative scene. Don’t forget to eat a traditional ‘Sacher Torte’ during your stay. A day trip to the Slovakian city of Bratislava is also within close range, and is certain to make your cultural heart beat faster.

Day 2 (Sun): Vienna – Korneuburg – Tulln. Bike tour: approx. 40 km - or shorten to 24 km
Day 3 (Mon): Tulln – Weissenkirchen. Bike tour: approx. 58 km
Day 4 (Tue): Weissenkirchen – Marbach. Bike tour: approx. 42 km
Day 5 (Wed): Marbach – Grein. Bike tour: approx. 30 km - or extend to 48 km
Day 6 (Thu): Grein – Mauthausen – Linz. Bike tour: approx. 36 km or extend to 45 km + 5 km optional
Day 7 (Fri): Linz – Brandstatt – Schlögen - Engelhartszell – Passau. Bike tour: approx. 30 km - or extend to 45 km
Day 8 (Sat): Passau

Your bike & barge cruise will include:

  • 7 nights on board Merlijn
  • welcome drink
  • daily cleaning of your cabin
  • supply of bedding, towels, facial tissues, hand soap, soap, shampoo, sewing kit, vanity kit, bathrobe & slippers.
  • culinary care: 7 x breakfast buffets, 6 x packed lunches and 6 x 3-course dinners
  • coffee, tea and iced water
  • services of a tour guide
  • daily information about the trip of the next day
  • use of 27-speed bicycle, including a waterproof pannier, towel and universal helmet
  • we will provide you with your own water bottle
  • GPS-tracks on most routes
  • canal, bridge & harbour fees.
  • all ferry fares en route
  • ride with Pöstlingerbergbahn
  • entrance to Schloss Greinburg
  • wine tasting session with local wines
  • entrance and guided tour at Stift Melk

 

Your bike & barge cruise does not include:

  • 1 x dinner
  • drinks other than those mentioned
  • inbound and outbound journey
  • city maps (though a few are available on board)
  • bike maps
  • insurance
  • gratuities

 

For your comfort, we rent out electric bikes at € 30 each per day, reservations in advance are advisable.

 

The general terms and conditions of Merlijn de magie van water B.V. apply to all bookings, offers and agreements. Please find them on our website under ‘Terms & Conditions’.

Merlijn complies the General Data Protection Regulation to protect your privacy. Please find them on our website under ‘Privacy statement’.

We reserve the right to modify schedule and/or program. If (part of) the route is not navigable due to weather conditions and/or other nautical reasons and/or is closed off due to circumstances and/or for safety reasons, the operator and/or the captain has the right to change the schedule. This includes changing the location of departure and/or arrival and temporarily suspending departure. Nautical and/or meteorological reasons are understood to mean, among others, weather conditions, the tide, obstruction of waterways/shipping lanes, and the condition of the ship. Closed off due to circumstances and/or safety reasons are understood to mean, among others, terrorism, diseases, natural disasters. Changes in schedule and/or program do not give the customer the right on free cancellation.

 

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30 october 2019

Merzig to Cochem 'Moselle & Saar 2-river tour in Germany"

The entire trip was memorable , all 6 days of it , right from the moment we boarded till we disembarked everything was perfect, absolutely no complaints. The Barge Merlijn, the owners, Coen and Christina and their entire team were par excellence ! Our guide , Lia was fantastic, with great sense of Humour and was prompt in taking care of any bike related issues . The food was exquisite, the most delectable vegetarian food we ate lovingly prepared by Christina. The bike paths thru the Vineyards and the varied landscapes were perfect along the river Saar and Mosel. It was in reality doing a leisurely tour on a bike. The hike up the mountain to view the Saar Loop was awesome. Thanks once again Coen and Christina and not to forget the team. - Thanks and all the very best- Ravi