Danube Bike, Barge, & Dance Cruise (Aug 27-Sept 3, 2022)


Join us on a fabulous

Bike, Barge, & Dance Cruise 
August 27 - Sept 3, 2022  (Sat-Sat) 

Departing from and returning to Passau, Germany

PLUS


3-day pre-trip & 3-day post-trip dance & travel

adventure add-on options in Germany! 

  • To reserve your spotplease  contact Jae at danceadventures@comcast.net ASAP if you are interested in joining us. Space is limited!
  • CLICK HERE for details about this and other dance tours in the works on our Worldwide Dance Adventure Facebook Page

Overview:

It's official! The dates and itinerary are set for our first annual Dance/Bike/Barge Europe trip! Come explore, bike, and dance your way through Europe with Ari and Jae!
We will cruise, eat sumptuous meals, bike to beautiful destinations, and dance our way along the beautiful Danube River!

DATES:  
  • Aug 24-26 (Optional): Munich Pre-trip Add-on -- tours, workshops, and dance parties. Tours include Nymphenburg Palace,  Munich highlights, plus music, dance, & workshops in the biergartens and local dance halls.  Details TBA.
  • Aug 27 - Sept 3:  Dance, Bike, and Barge Cruise (see schedule below)
  • Sept 4-6 (Optional): Munich Post-trip Add-on -- tours, workshops, and dances.  Excursion options include Salzburg and/or Neuschwanstein; Sunday dancing in the palace gardens, city dance tour, and more!  Details TBA

WHAT YOU'LL EXPERIENCE ON THE CRUISE:  

"Beginning in the German town of Passau, this bike and boat tour quickly crosses the Austrian border as it follows the Danube Bike Path east downstream through tucked-away villages and serene landscapes.

You experience the mighty Danube as it meanders through the "Great Loop" and enjoy the gorgeous landscape of the legendary Wachau with its castles and fortresses.

Vienna, rich in architecture and history, must be experienced. Sights like St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the city hall are easy to reach during a wonderful sightseeing tour by bike. A stroll through the Naschmarkt (famous food market) is a wonderful cultural and culinary adventure. You can also relax at any of the cozy coffee houses or at a typical traditional Viennese wine tavern in the suburbs."

BOAT/ACCOMMODATIONS:  

On board the deluxe vessel you will enjoy a classic elegance. With a spacious well-designed light-filled interior, a partially covered sun deck, comfortable cabins, great cuisine, and accommodating crew, your time onboard will be relaxing, refreshing, and memorable!

TOTAL CABINS ON THE BOAT: 71

All cabins are air-conditioned and have en suite facilities with shower, hairdryer, television, radio, telephone, and a small refrigerator. Cabins are attractive and modestly sized, all with private baths most with 2 beds. All upper deck cabins have a French balcony with floor to ceiling windows. 

BIKING:  – Bikes are included; E-bikes are available for an additional $98. 

ITINERARY:  

Day 1: Passau, boarding time between 4 and 5 pm. Departure by ship at 7 pm to Engelhartszell.
Day 2: Engelhartszell - Untermühl - Great Loop - Linz, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Linz - Mauthausen - Grein, 22 to 26 mi. (36 to 42 km)
Day 4: Grein - Melk - Tulln, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Tulln - Vienna - Nussdorf/ (Korneuburg may also be possible), 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 6: Vienna - Nussdorf / Korneuburg (day of rest)
Day 7: Wachau - Pöchlarn, 24 mi. (39 km)
Day 8: Passau, departure

COST: 

The range is $1795 - $1995 (shared), depending on cabin type.  A very limited number of solo (not shared) cabins are available for singles, at approximately $2295.  Email danceadventures@comcast.net for details. $500 deposit secures your spot. See details under "HOW TO SIGN UP" below. 

AIR AND LAND TRAVEL: 

You will fly into Munich and typically take a train to Passau and taxi to the boat terminal.  Air travel and land transfers from Munich are not included, although we will be arranging group travel for those who arrive on the same day.  

HOW TO SIGN UP: 


    • Email Jae at danceadventures@comcast.net ASAP if you are interested in joining us.  Space is VERY limited. We will confirm your details. You will then book with the travel agent and complete the registration process where you specify your preferences for room type, regular or e-bike, special diets (vegetarian and gluten free, vegan is not specifically available), etc.  
    • A $500 deposit is required to book your reservation, the remainder is due in 45 days. They do charge a 4% Credit card fee; there are several other payment options including checks and PayPal. 
    • Single follows are asked to sign up with a single lead.   
    • We will assist in matching single roommates.  
    • You may remain on board for a day of rest if you choose not to bike.
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INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE: 


    • Accommodation shipboard for 7 nights 
    • Captain’s greeting and complimentary welcome beverage 
    • Full meals (breakfast, onboard light lunch for non-cyclists / packed lunch for cyclists, & dinner). Vegetarian and gluten-free diets can be accommodated.  
    • Afternoon coffee break 
    • Daily cabin cleaning 
    • Farewell dinner on last night including cocktail 
    • Daily live music 
    • Dedicated onboard tour guide and biking tour leaders
    • 7-speed unisex bicycle with hand brake & pedal brake or pedal break only (based on availability). Please indicate your preference at booking & we will do our best to confirm). Equipped with pannier bag. 
    • Bicycle protection/insurance 
    • Information packet with route book (one per cabin) 
    • GPS tracks available for download 
    • Daily informational meeting 
    • Port fees 
    • All Shipboard Gratuities are included
    • Pop-up dance classes and dances with Ari Levitt on rides, shore visits, and onboard
    • Tour details and fun managed by your Tour Director/Camp Counselor, Jae Gregory! 


WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED 


    • Beverage Packages offered from €6,50-€25 daily -can only be booked on board 
    • Helmets - adult helmets can be purchased on board (rental is not possible); cost is approx. €45. You may want t bring your own.
    • Any extra meals, snacks, gifts, souvenirs, or sundries not included on board 
    • Travel InsuranceA travel insurance policy is highly recommended for all travelers!  
    • A pedal-assist E-bike (90 euros or $98 for the duration)

COST:  

Approximate range is $1795 - $2,285 (shared) depending on cabin type. Email danceadventures@comcast.net for details.  $500 deposit secures your spot, see details under HOW TO SIGN UP.

ADD-ONS:  

Trip extensions are available for those who wish to arrive early or stay longer.  See dates section above


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CRUISE ITINERARY FULL DETAILS 


Day 1: Passau, boarding time from 4 to 5 pm.  Ship departs at 7 pm to Engelhartszell 

The Episcopal city close to the Bavarian/Austrian border is also known as the "City of Three Rivers." Boarding time begins at 4 pm. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an evening sail to Engelhartszell. 


Day 2:Engelhartszell - Untermühl - Great Loop - Linz, 22 mi. (35 km) 

Downstream, the route leads to pretty villages amid a natural landscape. Need a boost? Try some of the special cordials and liqueurs in the Trappist monastery in Engelhartszell, which are said to have "special healing power." If you’d like to take a break from cycling, you can take the little ferry boat through the romantic Schlögener loop, where the river makes a very abrupt 180-degree turn (approx. € 3.- per pers.). In Untermühl, you’ll board the boat and cruise to Linz. Tip: discover Linz, the capital of upper Austria while riding on the bright yellow City-Express. 


Day 3: Linz - Mauthausen - Grein, 22 to 26 mi. (36 to 42 km) 

In the early morning, the boat takes you to Mauthausen. You have the possibility to visit the memorial place, KZ-Mauthausen. The Celtic town, Mitterkirchen, gives you a look into the past. Today you have the option between two routes. For easy cycling, the tour leads along the Danube. Alternatively, you can take a more difficult route to the "Clam Castle," through the beautiful backcountry of the "Strudengau". It is slightly hilly, but a fantastic landscape. Worth a visit in Grein is the impressive Castle of Greinburg. 


Day 4: Grein - Melk,  31 mi. (50 km) 

Today's stage is marked by a diverse landscape. At the beginning, there is the Strudengau – a narrow point of the Danube, which used to be notorious amongst skippers. The valley expands from Persenbeug and the bike tour leads you further to Melk with its gorgeous baroque monastery of the Benedictine brethren. On deck, enjoy the sunset and the beautiful evening illumination of the Wachau. The ship will sail to Tulln in the night arriving by early morning. Tulln is famous for its numerous market gardens where the famous Art Nouveau artist Egon Schiele was born. 


Day 5: Tulln - Vienna - Nussdorf/ (Korneuburg may also be possible), 22 mi. (35 km) 

Right in front of Vienna's entrance, embedded in a breathtaking landscape, the monastery of Klosterneuburg is situated. From a distance, you can see the cupola of this 900-year-old baroque building. "Kahlenbergerdorf" and its wine taverns are definitely worth a visit. After a stroll through the vineyards, you can enjoy the panoramic view over Vienna. 


Day 6: Vienna - Nussdorf / Korneuburg (day of rest) 

In Vienna, you should be sure to see the most famous places of interest like the St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Hofburg, the gorgeous boulevard "Ringstraβe" with the Burgtheater, the State Opera House, or the town hall that takes you back to the past. Take your time in the afternoon to stroll or visit one of the famous Viennese coffee bars. Later in the evening the boat cruises to Krems.   


Day 7: Wachau - Pöchlarn, 24 mi. (39 km) 

Your last biking day is a special highlight! Amidst small dreamy villages, apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries, and ruins, this gentle hilly landscape enchants everybody. A powerful ruin looms above the small Baroque town of Dürnstein, while the blue tower of the monastery church is a landmark of Wachau. In the evening, you will celebrate your tour and new-found friends with a farewell dinner and cocktail. 


Day 8: Passau, departure 

Every journey draws to an end. Once again you enjoy on deck the first sunbeams and the peaceful silence of the Danube Valley. Take a last look at the Schlögener Schlinge ("Great Loop") before you arrive in Passau. Arrival in Passau is at approximately 11 am and disembarkation is at 11:30 am. Please make note of these times when arranging your departure travel. 

Language on board: German/English 



BIKING DETAILS AND MILEAGE 

A limited number of E-bikes are available  


Day 1: Passau, boarding time between 4 and 5 pm.  Departure by ship at 7 pm to Engelhartszell. 
Day 2: Engelhartszell - Untermühl - Great Loop - Linz, 22 mi. (35 km) 
Day 3: Linz - Mauthausen - Grein, 22 to 26 mi. (36 to 42 km) 
Day 4: Grein - Melk - Tulln, 31 mi. (50 km) 
Day 5: Tulln - Vienna - Nussdorf/ (Korneuburg may also be possible), 22 mi. (35 km) 
Day 6: Vienna - Nussdorf / Korneuburg (day of rest) 
Day 7: Wachau - Pöchlarn, 24 mi. (39 km) 
Day 8: Passau, departure 


SIGN UP TODAY!  
Email danceadventures@comcast.net ASAP if you are interested in joining us. 
Space is limited!

Why you should join us and what makes this cruise so special:

 

--> IT'S ALL TOP SHELF!:  You'll get world-class touring and adventure with two fabulous dancing guides, with numerous opportunities for spontaneous dancing, socializing, and mingling during the afternoon bike tours and evenings on board the ship. Add to this the ship's amenities and other available activities and you've got yourself one incredible week of no-worries, hassle-free fun & adventure!

 

--> A GREAT ITINERARY, A FABULOUS SHIP, AND THE PERFECT WAY TO SEE THE WORLD!:  We'll spend days exploring the beautiful historic villages, towns, and castles along the Danube.  On any particular day, you can elect to tour by bike or stay on the ship as you please.

--> IT'S A DANCE ADVENTURE, TAILORED TO YOU!:  You'll meet people from all over the USA and abroad, form great memories, and make lasting connections.  We'll have games, mixers, special discussions, and plenty of dancing and non-dancing social activities planned, with lots of room for spontaneity, improvisation, and your input in our activities.    

FAQ's:

Where does the ship leave from and how do I get there?  The ship leaves from the port of Passau, Germany.  You would need to arrange your own travel to the port which is very accessible from Munich.  There are many busses, trains, shuttles and taxi's available throughout the region.   

Who is the organizer and administrator for this cruise?  This cruise is being organized by Jae Gregory and Ari Levitt at "Worldwide Dance Adventures" and administrated by the travel professionals at "Trip Site."  

  • For questions related to either the cruise and/or your travel, please email Jae at danceadventures@comcast.net
      
  • For questions regarding the dance workshops, please contact Ari at arilevitt@hotmail.com

If I am single and would like to share a room, how can I find other participants who would like to do the same?   If you are interested in connecting with other single participants who would be interested in sharing a cabin, please indicate this on your registration form.  Alternatively, you can direct any specific questions or requests to Jae and she will be more than happy to help arrange room sharing for you. You can reach Jae at danceadventures@comcast.net.

When do I need to have my down payment submitted by?   A deposit of $500 is due with your reservation of the cruise. Full payment is due 45 days later. Final payment due date is 90 days before travel (May 29, 2022).

What is included in the price?  What additional charges/fee's should I anticipate?  The price includes your cruise, port taxes, dance workshops, all onboard gratuities, bike rental and insurance, dance instruction & activities, tour leaders & organizers . It does not include bike helmet, E-bike upgrade, transportation, airport transfer, optional onboard amenities or incidentals.

Are prices guaranteed?  Yes, but only through May 29th, 2022, or until the number of group cabins allotted to us by the ship are sold out.  After that, the pricing cannot be guaranteed, and will fluctuate based on the ships current room charges and availability.  Please check with Jae to confirm the latest status and pricing for rooms.

What is the refund policy?    Once cabins are confirmed, the cancellation policy takes affect. 

  • Up to 84 days prior to departure: 25% of tour price
  • Day 83 – day 42: 35% of tour price
  • Day 41 – day 28: 65% of tour price
  • Day 27 – day 4: 90% of tour price
  • Day 3 – No show: 100% of tour price

*If your country of origin or destination country enforces a government mandated travel restriction or quarantine regulation within 4 weeks of your travel date, you would be eligible for free rebooking, or full refund (minus €20/person administration fee).

A travel insurance policy is highly recommended for all travelers!

What kinds of dance classes will be offered?  Specific workshops topics will be decided closer to the sailing date (and on the ship) in order to best tailor the lessons to the group's abilities and interests and to the available space.  Styles will be selected from among swing, latin (salsa, cha cha, merengue, rhumba), ballroom (waltz, foxtrot, etc), night club 2-step, 1-step, blues, and fusion.  We can be fairly flexible with how all of this is set up.

Will there be opportunities for private lessons?  Yes, these can be arranged individually with Ari onboard the ship or beforehand by email.  

What level will the dance classes be geared toward and what will be their focus.  Group classes will be geared toward the adv-beginner/intermediate level dancer (ie: you should be comfortable with beginning level dance steps, connection, and framework, and be ready to move forward from there).  If you still consider yourself a novice dancer, not to worry.  You have plenty of time between now and August to sign up for some local partner dance classes and get ramped up! (I would recommend classes in swing, blues, salsa, latin, or ballroom, although just about any kind of social partner dance would be fine).  

The class format will be very much geared toward fun, playful social partner dancing, which is to say that we will not be focussing on performance choreography, competition styling, or line-dancing.  In each workshop, we'll start by laying the groundwork for strong partnering foundations, imparting a clear understanding of how connection, framework, and energy can be utilized to create playful movement and improvisations, and reviewing basic steps and combinations. On top of this we build a wide-ranging repertoire of fun moves and variations.

What is the dress code for the ship?  Casual attire is perfectly fine for the cruise.  Informal attire might be nice for an evening or two if you wish...  

  • Informal attire:  For men this might include shirt, jacket, and slacks; and a summer dress, or slacks & blouse for women.  
  • Casual attire: This is fairly flexible.

What travel documents will I need?  As per all international travel, you will need to bring a current passport from your country of citizenship.  A driver's license is also recommended.  No special visas or further documentation will be required for US citizens in these ports-of-call.  You will need proof of COVID vaccination for European travel.  Check with you airline for any requirements they might have.

Do I need any special immunizations for international travel?  Covid Vaccination is required.  You should also make sure that your regular shots are up-to-date.  

 

If I have any questions, who should I contact?  

  • For questions related to either the cruise and/or your travel, please contact Jae (with World Wide Dance Adventures) at danceadventures@comcast.net.  
  • For questions regarding the dance workshops, please contact Ari at arilevitt@hotmail.com

 


Save the dates for other 
Dance Adventures in the works:


2022 

  • Aug 27–Sept 3: Dance Bike & Barge Cruise on the DanubePlus 3 day extensions Aug 24–27 and/or Sept 3–6th (TBA).  

  • Sept 30–Oct 9: Back to back Boston Waltz Weekend (Fri, Sept 30-Sun, Oct 2) + New England Fall Foliage Dance Cruise, Boston to Quebec City (Sun-Sat, Oct 2-8) + Quebec City dance weekend! (Sat-Tues, Oct 8-11). Friday to Sunday we dance in Boston; Sunday we board the ship to Quebec -- it's the perfect way to dance your way through New England at the perfect time of year!  Saturday to Tuesday we explore the beautiful UNESCO-site city of Quebec where we will be hosted by the local dance community.   

  • October 1825 (Tues-Tues):  San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. This UNESCO site will be the prefect backdrop for our dance-travel adventures!
 

2023 

  • March 14–21 or 15–22 (TBA): Chacala, Mexico. We will plan to be there for the Chacala Music Festival (Mar 18 – 20), with a Puerto Vallarta extension

We are always looking for exciting new places to explore together with a great group of dancers, and are currently looking at options in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Greece, Italy, Croatia, The Netherlands, Canada, and the Galapagos. If you have any ideas or suggestions about places you would like to go, let us know!