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    Danube Bike 'n' Boat

    My wife and I are considering an 8 day bike 'n' boat trip on/along the Danube from Passau Austria to Budapest Hungary. Several tour operators use the same two boats on those trips. Has anyone here made that trip and is there any reason to prefer one operator over another?

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    I can't really answer your question but maybe there are online ratings. Also try making an inquiry to each operator and see whose answer you like? The trip sounds like a blast!

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    My wife and I rode the Danube trail from Passau to Vienna on our honeymoon in 2003. we did not do the bike/boat tour, opting instead for the inn to inn trip. We loved it.
    The trail it'self is wonderful. It's all flat, slightly downhill the whole way if you're running down river.
    There is so much to see, and the food is fantastic.
    What time of year are you planning to go? We went in mid May which is probably the best time. Summers are very hot, and we were told the trail gets impossibly busy in Summer.
    We did a bike/boat tour in France a couple of years ago and we liked that a lot too.One thing that gives you is the option to stay on the boat if you don't feel like riding. My wife did that for a couple of days on our trip.
    As far as which operator to book with, I don't know if it matters much. You wind up with the same package on the same boat at the same price. Find one you can communicate with in your own language is the best guidance I can give.
    I can tell you lots more about it, but it's late and I'm tired so it will have to wait. I'll just throw in a teaser video of one of the stops we made along the way.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgy4VExntGY
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    IF I recall, Gabe Mirkin details such a ride he nd his wife took a few years ago on this Health web page and they had a great time. its at http://www.drmirkin.com somewhere
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    Sounds like a great trip to me, maybe you could adopt me for this excursion. Be sure to post the question in the Touring forum here at BF. Rowan and Machka have done quite a bit of cycling around Europe, they could help you out on this, I imagine. When you do make the tour be sure we get a ride report and lots of pictures from the trip.

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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    This is for our 50th anniversary. These days, we find ourselves enjoying credit card touring more than the wash-in-stream;dry-in-sun trips of days gone by, So we're really looking forward to the luxury of the boat.

    billydon, checked for reviews and found one of the outfitters with a good review. Others not reviewed.

    Dan, Thanks for sharing the video. The scenery looks spectacular.

    howsteepisit, I found that video ... His tandem group chartered a paddle boat on the Mississippi from Menphis to New Orleans. That would be a fun trip, too.

    qcpmsame, good idea. I'll check down in the touring forum, too.

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    I saw them on the river.. ride bikes down stream, on the levee top roadways ,
    cruise back up stream in a power boat.. whats not to like?

    I was riding my bike from Linz to Passau dislexic too maybe..

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    Whatever you choose, it'll be great - such a popular trip choice, I'm sure that there isn't a bad one.

    Sounds like you've decided on the boat option, and I can certainly see the advantage of having our bedroom and your belongings follow you from place to place.

    Summer before last, 5 pals and us went Vienna-Budapest via different hotels, luggage following in a van, and we enjoyed hotel variety and sometimes staying a bit away from the river - Erstagom, Gyor, Mohsenmagyarova, all wonderful to see. That was a plus, packing up a (small) minus

    Have fun, sent pictures!

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    My bucket list includes cruising the Danube bike path on my made-in-Vienna Capo.
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    Bike/boat and inn to inn each have their advantages. If I were doing it again, I would definitely again choose the inn to inn option for the Danube trip. The tour organizers look after forwarding your luggage each day, so all you have to tote is whatever you need for the day's ride. The trail follows the river, so you're not going to get lost. We chose the self guided option, and were very happy we did. It's probably more expensive than the guided trip as meals are not included, but you get to go at your own pace, and spend as much time seeing the sights as you wish. Also, you get to pick where you want to eat, and how long you want to spend doing it.
    We would see the guided group always in a big push to get the day's ride over with, and we just did not want to do it that way.
    Bike boat trips include breakfast and dinner on the boat, and you can pack a lunch to carry with you before hitting the trail, so it may work out to be a bit more economical.
    The trip we did in France followed a lot of rural roads that would have gotten us hopelessly lost without a guide, so the bike/boat option was great there. (Even our guide had difficulty finding her way sometimes.)
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    We are considering another European bike adventure next spring for our 10th anniversary. Thinking this one will be a bike/boat trip as well, probably Holland Belgium.
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    While reading a 'not-so-local' e-paper this AM I came across a 'tale' about biking he Danube.

    http://www.vaildaily.com/article/201...profile=search

    http://www.vaildaily.com/article/201...profile=search

    http://www.vaildaily.com/article/201...profile=search

    Might be handy.

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    This got me thinking.Mentioned it to my wife.She said something like you are taking me through europe on a bicycle?I replied I think you can stay on the boat if you like.As you can see I'm digging the hole deeper.After 34 yrs I'm almost an expert at this.I changed gears, want to visit your brother in Florida?I'm not speaking to him.While I work out the logistics on my end does one bring their own bicycle?I never flew with my bike.How do you pack it for airline travel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali_Pine View Post
    While reading a 'not-so-local' e-paper this AM I came across a 'tale' about biking he Danube.
    http://www.vaildaily.com/article/201...profile=search
    http://www.vaildaily.com/article/201...profile=search
    http://www.vaildaily.com/article/201...profile=search
    Might be handy.
    Thanks for the articles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shamrock View Post
    While I work out the logistics on my end does one bring their own bicycle?I never flew with my bike.How do you pack it for airline travel?
    It's much less expensive and much less trouble if you just rent a bike from the tour company.

    If you want to pack your own, see http://www.bicycle-touring-guide.com/bicycle-shipping/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shamrock View Post
    While I work out the logistics on my end does one bring their own bicycle?I never flew with my bike.How do you pack it for airline travel?
    The times we've gone, we used the bikes provided on the tour, but if we go again, I will take one of my own. My wife is not so fussy, she will continue to use one of theirs.
    Packing the bike on the plane is not a huge issue. You can rent bike boxes from bike shops. Most boxes require some level of disassembly and re-assembly, so at least a basic level of mechanical ability is necessary. I have a Trico Ironcase box which requires the removal of the wheels and pedals, and loosening and rotating of the handlebar to pack.
    Transporting the bike to and from the airport is the bigger issue. Then there's the matter of what to do with the bike box in the meantime.
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