Bike & Boat: Passau, Budapest and Vienna Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided
Destinations:
Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
Programmes:
Cycling
Trip Code:
LRG
Activity Level: Leisurely
Leisurely

You are healthy, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip. No experience is required.

Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age:

Trip Overview

The impressive Danube loop, the fascinating landscape of the Wachau region with its wine terraces, fortresses and palaces, the untouched forests of the Donauaen National Park and the picturesque Hungarian Danube bend; what better way to explore these beautiful destinations than by bike and boat? Leisurely cycling along quiet cycle paths, you encounter iconic cities such as Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest whilst your floating hotel accompanies you at all times. With free time at all the major destinations along your route, this is the perfect method to discover the scenery, culture and cuisine of the Danube area. The ship sails at a leisurely pace along the Danube to Budapest, then returns to Passau where the itinerary ends.

At a Glance

  • 7 nights en board the MS Normandie, all cabins en suite and with air conditioning
  • 5 days cycling 95% well-surfaced cycle path, 5% road
  • Easy cycling along mainly quiet roads 
  • E-bikes available on request

Trip Highlights

  • Three iconic European capitals
  • Romantic towns and mighty castles
  • Danube National Park
  • Leisurely cycling along easy routes
  • Stay on a small, comfortable ship each night

Is This Trip for You?

Cycling conditions
This is a self-guided cycling trip for those who like to cycle independently, but with back up to take out the hard work and planning. We provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags stay on your floating hotel that you return to each evening.
Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely) 
Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading.
Av. daily ride: 41 km (25miles).
No. of days cycling: 5.
Terrain & route: Our routes follow mainly cycle paths and quiet roads. The cycling is generally along the riverbank but there is the occasional climb to reach riverside towns.
Vehicle Support: There is no vehicle support for this trip. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.


It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no set group or leader. You will be staying on board a ship and all passengers will be travelling on the same route; some may be cycling more than others. There will always be the opportunity to opt out of the cycling and enjoy the cruise down the river. Each morning there will be a daily briefing where you will learn about the route and recommended points of interest. There may be optional extras that the staff on board can help organise for you.

Families
Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. We have not suggested a minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. Please do be aware that on some occassions on this trip the cycling can be along busier roads so any children must be comfortable cycling alongside traffic. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities.

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Passau
End City:
Passau

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Passau

    Make your own way to Passau. Embarkation generally starts from 5pm. Evening cruise to Engelhartszell whilst you enjoy your first evening on board the MS Normandie.

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    Starting in Engelhartszell, cycle towards the 'Great Loop'; one of the most scenic sections of the Danube before boarding again at Brandstatt

    After breakfast, the cycling stage starts today at Engelhartszell, which has the only Trappist monastery in Austria. You follow the romantic river landscape of the Danube loop, which is arguably one of the most beautiful sections along the river. After reaching the charming village of Brandstatt you board the ship which cruises through the night to arrive in Bratislava around midday the day later.


    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 46 km / 28 miles
  • Day 3

    Arrive in Bratislava around noon; cycle a loop via Hainburg and the Imperial Palace of Hof. In the evening take an optional city tour of Bratislava

    Enjoy a cycle loop from Bratislava, on to Hainburg and then to Schloss Hof; a baroque palace in Austria, located near the border of Slovakia. There is time to enjoy the beautiful terraced gardens before you cycle via the old castle of Devin, back to Bratislava. The Slovakian capital city can be experienced further by an optional city tour before the ship for Budapest later in the evening.


    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 54 km / 33 miles
  • Day 4

    Enjoy a morning arrival into the iconic city of Budapest before a roundtrip to Szentendre or an optional city tour for those who do not wish to cycle

    As the morning light breaks you will enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the beautiful landscape along this section of the Danube, before a spectacular entrance into Budapest, which has many of it's iconic buildings located right next to the river. The day is free for you to enjoy a city tour by coach or bike (not included), or ride a loop to the charming town of Szentendre with its Mediterranean atmosphere and lively art life. In the evening there is the opportunity to join an optional Budapest by night tour.


    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 40 km / 24 miles
  • Day 5

    Start at the famous fortress of Visegrad and choose one of two routes towards Esztergom. Sail to Vienna overnight.

    The Danube bend is probably one of the most delightful and attractive parts of this trip, and today you will travel through the area known as the Hungarian Wachau. The bike leg starts at Visegrad with an opportunity to visit the famous fortress and the ruins of the former palace. There is a choice of two routes; the longer involves a side trip to the island of Szentendre if you did not visit the day before, and also visits the baroque village of Vac. The other route leads you directly to the bishop-town of Esztergom which boasts the largest Catholic Church basilica in Hungary. In the night the boat moves on to Vienna.

    Cycle approx. 25km or 60km for longer route

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 25 km / 15 miles
  • Day 6

    Spend a day in the beautiful city of Vienna visiting the major sites such as St Stephen's Cathedral and the Hofburg

    Discover the iconic city of Vienna by bike or bus on an optional city tour today. Don't miss the most famous buildings: the Hofburg, St Stephen's Cathedral, Ringstrasse boulevard with the opera, theatre and town hall, the colourful Hunderwasser house and the ferris wheel at Wiener Prater. The evening is yours to spend at your leisure; take in one of Vienna's famous concerts at the Hofburg or enjoy a relaxing evening in a wine tavern.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 7

    A real highlight day today; pedal through small villages, apricot trees and vineyards, passing castles and monasteries on your way

    Your last ride is a special highlight! Today you cycle through small villages, enjoying the enchanting scenery dotted with apricot trees, vineyards, castles, monasteries and ruins. Pedal past the iconic blue tower of the monastery of Dürnstein; a real landmark of the Wachau. In Weissenkirchen there is the opportunity to sample some of the region's deliciously light wines, before you board the ship again in Pöchlarn to enjoy a final farewell dinner before the journey back to Passau.

    N.B. The longer cycling route today is 52km (32 miles)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 42 km / 26 miles
  • Day 8

    End Passau

    After breakfast enjoy a last look of the Schlögener Schlinge (Great Loop) before you arrive into Passau at approximately 10am. Disembarkation is half an hour later, and we recommend arranging connecting trips from noon onwards.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

MS Normandie

7 nights are spent on the MS Normandie (max. capacity 100 guests). All cabins have exterior views, air conditioning and are en suite. On joining this vessel you are immediately aware of the cosy and informal ambience on board. On the upper deck you will find the comfy panorama salon with its bar, on the main deck the comfortable restaurant (no direct access from the cabin-zone). On deck there are both deck chairs and ordinary chairs and tables, which encourage conversation and communal activity in fresh air. The MS Normandie has two 1-bed-cabins and forty-nine 2-bed-cabins. They are all outside cabins, giving some 10-11 square metres of space (2-bed) and about 7 qm (1-bed). All 2-bed-cabins are equipped with two lower beds, one of which can be folded against the wall during the day to provide a more homely atmosphere, shower and WC, hairdryer, TV, safe, individual air-conditioning and a picture window. Only on the upper deck the windows may be opened. 1-bed cabins have one lower bed and are otherwise equipped with the same features.

Single cabins are available on an on request basis. It is also possible to upgrade your cabin type to a more superior cabin. Please speak to your sales consultant for more details.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from £400.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, packed lunches (self-made), afternoon coffee break and dinners included. Welcome cocktail on arrival also included.

For breakfasts you should expect a buffet affair, with hot and cold choices, fruit and a selection of hot and cold drinks. Lunches are self-made and can be put together using the wide selection of breakfast foods. Dinners are generally three courses and consist of a soup or salad, a main course showcasing the local cuisine, and a variety of desserts.

Transportation

Your luggage will be transported on the ship as you cycle.

Weather & Seasonality

When to go

The weather here is comparatively stable, particularly during mid-summer, although it can get hotter than 30 deg. C at some points. Temperatures are similar to those experienced in the UK and rainfall, although relatively low, is possible throughout the year.

Weather Information

The weather here is comparatively stable, particularly during mid-summer, although it can get hotter than 30 deg. C at some points. Temperatures are similar to those experienced in the UK and rainfall, although relatively low, is possible throughout the year.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Passau and ending in Passau

Your trip normally starts at a port in Passau on the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to find the correct port number are confirmed  in the Final Joining Instructions.

Full joining instructions including route notes, hotel list, map and local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.


Low Cost Flights
Flights from London to Vienna are available with British Airways. Low cost airline Easyjet flies from London Luton and Gatwick to Vienna and Budapest. Several budget and non-budget airlines also fly into Munich which is very easily accessible from Passau.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are not included in this trip.

From Vienna Airport, there are numerous trains travelling to Passau. The trains depart hourly and a ticket can be purchased in advance. The prices start from €19 and the train journey takes approximately 3 - 3.5 hours. Please visit http://www.oebb.at/en/ for more information and to purchase your tickets.

Alternatively, we offer a daily transfer by minivan from Central Vienna to Passau. The cost of this is approx. £40 per person. The transfer departs from Hotel Arcotel Kaiserwasser daily at 2pm and the transfer takes 3.5 hours. If you are coming directly from the airport we recommend that you take the train, or we can organise a private taxi for you (price tbc).

Please speak to your sales consultant for more information.

Location start:
Passau
Location end:
Passau

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Local Self-Guided Bikes

All bikes (Specialised hybrid bikes) are supplied with:
- 1 front bar bag with a plastic folder for your route notes and maps - 1 per 2 people (if you are travelling together)
- 1 set of rear panniers
- 1 bike lock per 2 people
- 1 repair kit per 2 people, which includes 1 spare inner tube and a pump, plus a lock
- Front and rear lights

Seat and handlebar heights will have been set up in advance from the heights you have given us on booking. However, when you receive your bike there will be the opportunity to test and adjust. Electronic bikes are available for this trip, please request one as early as possible as they are subject to availability. Helmets can be requested if you wish, but please be aware we can never guarantee the quality of these so we do recommend bringing your own. 

Unfortunately the bikes are not supplied with bottle cages so you will either need to carry your water bottles in the panniers provided, in a small day bag, or use a camelbak or similar.

We recommend you bring the following items: 
Normal daily clothes 
Padded cycling shorts 
Cycling gloves 
Water bottles 
Breathable cycling top 
Cycling helmet (compulsory on this trip) 
A couple of warm layers
Sunglasses, sun cream and sunhat
Stiff-soled shoes suitable for cycling 
Waterproofs and long cycling trousers
For earlier departures you may need some warmer layers
Mobile phone with roaming capabilities (although one is also provided on this trip)

Bike Repairs

As you are riding unaccompanied, it is wise to know at least how to repair or change an inner tube before setting off on your bike!  Please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QSjw0iDs98&t=3s for a comprehensive guide on fixing a puncture.

The bikes are serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems - however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.

Please note helmets are obligatory for adults cycling out of cities in Slovakia. Aditionally, in Slovakia and Hungary, at night and in poor visibility it is mandatory to wear a safety/high visibilty vest. Please ensure that you bring one with you.

Local Bike Details

A quality local hire bike is included in the overall price of our cycling holidays. At the time of booking we will take your height in order to reserve equipment. There may on occasions be insufficient bikes available in the correct size; we will endeavour to find suitable alternative equipment but this cannot be guaranteed. We will tell you before you book whether suitably sized bikes are available.

Conditions 

1. The equipment remains the property of the supplier and you may not sell, hire out or part possession with the equipment.
2. You must not misuse the equipment and must return it in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear excepted). The supplier is entitled to charge for any damage caused to the equipment during the period of hire.
3. You must ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use. In the event of the equipment being lost or stolen, you may be liable for the replacement value of the equipment
4. You must not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and should immediately notify the Supplier in the event of breakdown or loss.

Bringing Your Own Bike

If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may of course bring it along. Please advise us at the time of booking and you will receive a discount off the price of the holiday, as specified above. You will be responsible for any extra baggage charges, please speak to our Sales team for individual airline fees. Any clients bringing their own bike should ensure they have adequate cover for loss, damage or theft under their travel, home contents or a specialist insurance policy. If Exodus is confident that we have taken all reasonable care to ensure the safety of your bike, in the rare event of loss, damage or theft you will need to claim under your own insurance policy.

Extra Bike Bits

You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. We encourage this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. We cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.

Exodus Policy on Cycling Helmets

Wearing a helmet is mandatory for anyone taking part in any guided Exodus cycling holiday. Group members must bring their own helmets, as they are not available for hire, even if they are hiring a bike from Exodus.

For self-guided cycling holidays wearing a helmet is highly recommended. Customers who choose to ignore our advice do so entirely at their own risk and on the understanding that it may affect the validity of their travel insurance. It should also be noted that in some countries we travel to wearing a helmet is already a legal requirement.

Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.

Recommended Cycling Clothing

Padded cycling shorts (with loose 'over-shorts' where recommended), breathable clothing, and a lightweight waterproof/windproof top. Shoes with relatively stiff soles are better for biking, but are not essential unless you are cycling long distances. Most people want to carry certain items with them during the day while cycling, for this we recommend a large bum-bag or small close-fitting daysack.

E-Bikes Available

Electric bikes offer all the thrills and healthy exercise of a regular bike, but with one crucial difference - power! A tiny electric motor (capped at 25mph) assists your pedalling, allowing you to make molehills out of mountains. Cycle further, see more, have more fun. They are just perfect if you want to try a trip with companions of differing fitness level - or a trip at a slightly harder grade - and want to know there’s a bit of motor power available if you need it.

Reading List

Dawdling by the Danube: With Journeys in Bavaria and Poland, Edward Enfield - Detailed memoirs of his cycling journeys in 1997, 1998 and 2006.
The Danube Cycle Way, John Higginson - If our guidebook isn't enough then this is another good source of information to plan your trip regarding facilities, excursions and every passing place is mentioned.
Vienna (Lonely Planet), Neal Bedford - Typical Lonely Planet guide.

Practical Information

Passport

Austria

Most nationalities, including British, require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Germany

Most nationalities, including British, require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Hungary

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Slovakia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Austria

Germany

Hungary

Slovakia

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Germany

There are no specific health risks.

Hungary

There are no specific health risks.

Slovakia

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance.

Local Time

Austria's Timezone:
Europe/Vienna CET (GMT +01:00)
Germany's Timezone:
Europe/Berlin CET (GMT +01:00)
Hungary's Timezone:
Europe/Budapest CET (GMT +01:00)
Slovakia's Timezone:
Europe/Bratislava CET (GMT +01:00)

Electricity

Austria's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Germany's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Hungary's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Slovakia's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Money

Austria's Currency

The national currency of Austria is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2017) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP,  0.84 to the USD, 0.67 to the CAD, 0.67 to the AUD and 0.63 to the NZD.

Germany's Currency

The national currency of Germany is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2018) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP,  0.86 to the USD, 0.66 to the CAD, 0.61 to the AUD and 0.56 to the NZD.

Hungary's Currency

The national currency of Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (HUF), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2017) of approximately 339 to the GBP, 257 to the USD, 205 to the CAD, 303 to the EUR, 205 to the AUD and 192 to the NZD.

Slovakia's Currency

The national currency of Slovakia is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2017) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP,  0.84 to the USD, 0.67 to the CAD, 0.67 to the AUD and 0.63 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATMs are widely available, but we recommend taking some Euros cash with you in case you can't get to a bank at the start of the trip. Credit cards are widely accepted.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Visits to all the places mentioned in the itinerary are optional. Entrance fees are not included and are usually around €4 to €8 each. Drinks are not included in your meal plan.

All other transportation to and from the airport is not included. The fast train from the airport to Vienna rail station costs €9. A taxi from the airport to the hotel in Vienna (if you have booked pre-tour accommodation) will cost approx. €35 or a regular bus operates between the airport and the city centre, costing approx. €5.

To reach Passau by train from Vienna takes about 3 hrs. From Munich, the journey takes about 2½ hrs and costs approx. €30.

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

Important Notes

Notes Time table and program are subject to changes. At extreme flooding or low water the boat owning company may transport you by bus or cancel the whole tour. There is no demand against that (water level is subject to force majeure clause). This also applies to unforeseeable incidents such as the reparation of a water gate/bridge or in case of an engine breakdown of the boat.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.