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Duration
14 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 13 nights in 3-4 star hotels
Meals
  • 12 Dinners
  • 13 Breakfasts

Price

$2290USD

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Overview

Trip Code: DAN

Trip highlights


  • Cycling along the Danube bike path
  • Exploring the majestic cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest and the three river town of Passau
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the river landscape
  • Visiting the Basilica in Esztergom, the abbey at Melk, the Danube Bend and the Danube loop
  • Discovering the "Little Alföld" Protected Area and the Danube floodplain National park

Discover the history of magnificent Baroque castles and Benedictine monasteries along the winding cycle route that follows the Danube. You will travel from Germany through Austria to Slovakia and conclude your journey in Hungary. Our route visits the great cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest and takes you past charming villages and vineyards. The compelling history of the Danube itself and the nations it links will capture your imagination as you pass by sites of historic interest and significance. A journey that portrays the historic division and contemporary unity of Europe.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Check into the hotel where you will receive your travel documents. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town. Located at the junction of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau has a number of interesting sites including the Fortress “Veste Oberhaus” built in 1219 where there is an observation tower for a good view of the town and the river and St. Stephen's Cathedral with the world’s largest church organ. Collect your bike this afternoon (4-7 pm) or tomorrow morning. Generally we provide bikes with 21 gears – if you would like a 7 speed bike please specify this on booking.

Meals:  D

The cycle begins directly at the bike garage where your bikes were collected, following the Danube through the Austrian border town of Engelhartszell which is home to a former Cistercian abbey (1293-1786) and since 1925 the only Trappist monastery in Austria. From here you continue to Schlögen. The famous Schlögener Blick provides a wonderful view of the surrounding Austrian countryside.

Meals:  B,D

On the southern bank of the Danube you pass Aschach and the monastery Wilhering until you reach the capital of Upper Austria, Linz. The city has a lively arts and music culture. In 1783 Mozart wrote his Symphony No. 36 here, now known as the Linz Symphony. The modern art gallery “Lentos” is worth a look. It is situated on the Danube and illuminated at night.

Meals:  B,D

The cycle continues along the Danube cycle path passing the Mauthausen concentration camp. It is possible to visit the camp which has an interesting museum, although the detour requires a steep uphill climb. Another interesting side trip is the town of Enns, the oldest city in Austria. Meandering away from the river the route takes you through fields of wheat, corn and sunflowers. In the afternoon you arrive at Clam Castle and the town of Grein, dominated by the castle of “Greinburg”. In Grein you will find the oldest Austrian theatre which is open to visitors. Overnight in the surrounding area near Grein.

Meals:  B,D

Passing through Strudengau, you arrive in Ybbs, a former trading centre on the Danube. The route continues past the Pilgrimage Church of Maria Taferl to Melk with its imposing Benedictine Monastery. Well before you reach the town you can see the huge monastery and there will be ample time in the afternoon to explore the museum, abbey and absorb the sweeping view from its balcony. Overnight in a surrounding town, close to Melk.

Meals:  B,D

Today, you pedal through the renowned Wachau, with its truly romantic scenery of vineyards and quaint villages, enroute to Krems. You will pass several fantastic sights (abbeys, castles, ruins). Alongside the cycle path you will find the so called “Heurigen” (typical Austrian wine taverns) where you can taste wine or regional foods.

Meals:  B,D

This morning you take the train to Tulln and cycle past the castle of "Greifenstein". You then continue to metropolitan Vienna, capital of Austria. The route into Vienna is mostly on a cycle path with no vehicles allowed, allowing you easy access to the main centre and your hotel. (Dinner not included tonight.)

Meals:  B

From Vienna cycle along the Danube-Cycle-Path through the national park “Donauauen", which was established to protect the Danube floodplain areas and the large diversity of plants and animals found within this ecosystem. The route continues past the castles of “Orth” and “Eckartsau” before reaching the health resort town of Bad Deutsch Altenburg. Nearby you can view the Roman excavations of Petronell-Carnuntum, an important archaeological site. Overnight Bad Deutsch Altenburg or surrounds.

Meals:  B,D

The Danube is bordered by the hills of Hainburg and the small Carpathian mountains at this point. Today you will cycle on to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Don’t miss the lovely pedestrian zone, old quarter, numerous sites and shopping opportunities. Bratislava is Europe’s youngest capital city, ideally located between the Danube plain, hills and vineyards. Overnight Bratislava.

Meals:  B,D

Continuing along the banks of the Danube you soon reach the Hungarian border and continue through small farming villages to the enchanting landscape of the Szigetköz, an idyllic paradise for birds and fish. In the midst of this region with more than 500 tiny islands you will find farming villages and a labyrinth of countless Danube creeks. Following a short train ride you reach Györ, one of the important cities of the Hungarian lowlands with a glamorous, historical city centre. Take the time to explore on foot the laneways, churches and palaces in the baroque city centre.

Meals:  B,D

Following your departure from Gyor where you need to concentrate on the directions, you cycle today through the landscape of western trans Danubia, passing the national stud in Babolna. Continue cycling along rolling hills to the divided town of Komarono (border town between Hungary and Slovakia), a favourite of King Matthias.

Meals:  B,D

Cycle along the banks of the Slovakian Danube on low-traffic roads through quaint and quintessential villages. On your way to the “Town of Bishops and Kings”, Esztergom, you pass the Roman fort of Kelemantia. A highlight of the day is the Basilica of Esztergom, the largest Catholic cathedral in Hungary with its beautiful view.

Meals:  B,D

Amidst the hilly landscape, the river Danube divides itself into parts creating the Szentendre Island. On the island you will cycle through typical Hungarian villages. Szentendre is famous for its numerous handicraft boutiques and the Open-air Museum of Skanzen. You continue by bike and boat to the Hungarian capital, Budapest (dependent on the boat service, a train my be substituted). On the boat, the views from the sun deck is overwhelming. The cycle program concludes on arrival in Budapest. We recommend that you walk and use trams to explore Budapest.

Meals:  B,D

The trip concludes in Budapest after breakfast. We can arrange extra nights for you in Budapest if you wish to extend your stay in this fabulous city.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 13 breakfasts, 12 dinners (dinner not included in Vienna). Continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, occasionally eggs and meats, coffee, tea and juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses which are likely to include regional specialities
  • 13 nights in 3 to 4 star inns and hotels with private facilities on a twinshare basis in low season (it is possible to upgrade to mainly 4 star hotels (CAT A) - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece per person, max total 20kg)
  • 21 speed bike rental equipped with pannier and odemeter (7 speed bikes on request or if 21-speed is fully booked, children trailers (max 2 children, 40kgs) on request. A limited number of 8-speed electric bikes are available for hire - must be pre-booked and a supplement applies).
  • Welcome drink in your arrival hotel in Passau
  • 1 bottle of wine per room - to be collected from the winery in Wachau
  • A tasting of regional products
  • Train ride Krems – Tulln, Train ride Mosonmagyarovar - Gyor (including bike)
  • 1 x boat or train ride (before/after seasonal shipping schedule) Szentendre – Budapest
  • Maps, route information and tourist information per room. GPS Tracks are available on request.
  • Emergency hotline
  • Note: Children’s prices are available on request – excellent discounts apply.

  • Travel to and from Passau / Budapest
  • Dinner in Vienna, lunch and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Helmet (compulsory in Slovakia) – can be purchased and provided locally (must be pre-booked & pre-paid)
  • Entrance fees
  • Ferries and trains not noted as included
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

This trip involves 12 days cycling between 32 and 62km / 20 to 38.5mi per day usually along paved cycle paths across generally flat terrain. The Austrian section is almost exclusively on the Danube cycle path. In Hungary there will be some diversions from the River and you will also bike on country roads and side roads. There is one day of hills in the Hungary section, otherwise the route is generally flat to gently undulating. Route finding in Hungary is less straightforward and will require more map reading. Entering and exiting the cities (particularly Gyor, Eztergom and Budapest), there is some traffic to be aware of! You need only carry your camera/rain gear and water bottle. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels/inns. The trip is graded moderate and is considered suitable for beginners and children who have a good level of fitness. A limited number of children’s bikes are available (minimum height 120cm), as are bike seats (max 18kg) and trailers (2 children, maximum 40kg), and tag-a-long bikes (minimum height is 120cm/3ft 11.3in). *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates

Sunday and Monday from 29 Apr to 23 Sep, Sunday only from 17-28 Apr and 24 Sep to 9 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
P
peak season surcharge
DN1
High season is from 29 Apr to 23 Sep in 2022 (except peak from 16 -19 Jul) . A supplement applies for peak and high season departures.
DN2
one extra night in Vienna during the tour is available only if Day 1 is a Sunday and only in high or peak season. Must be requested at time of booking.
DN3
Departures with overnight stays in Budapest during the Grand Prix (late July/early August ) peak supplement. applies.

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Total Priceper person from

$2290USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Helmet purchaseUSD$70
  • peak season surchargeUSD$190
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$220
  • Upgrade Supplement - CAT AUSD$450
  • Single Supplement - CAT BUSD$510
  • Single Traveller Surcharge - CAT BUSD$550
  • Single Supplement - CAT AUSD$590
  • Single Traveller Surcharge - CAT AUSD$630
*Prices listed are per person

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