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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in 3-4 star hotels
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1290USD

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Overview

Trip Code: DHN

Trip highlights


  • Exploring the majestic cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the river landscape
  • Visiting the Basilica in Esztergom and the Danube Bend
  • Discovering the "Little Alföld" Protected Area, the Danube floodplain National park; and the Archaeological Park Carnuntum

Wind your way from the elegant city of Vienna along the Danube Cycle Path. Crossing the Austria - Slovak border the cycle route passes vineyards on the slopes of the Little Carpathian Mountains into the capital, Bratislava. Using quiet country roads this itinerary continues into Hungary where you will pedal through numerous delightful towns. Explore the Baroque city of Györ and visit the unusual artist village of Szentendre and its outlying island before heading to Budapest.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Traveller Rating

 

Check into the hotel where you will receive your travel documents. The remainder of the day is free to explore. Enjoy a stroll or visit a typical Heurigen (rustic wine taverns).

Meals:  Nil

In the morning you will meet our representative and receive your bike. From Vienna you take 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 Petronell-Carnuntum or Bad Deutsch Altenburg.

Meals:  B,D

Nestled between the hills of Hainburg and the Carpathian Mountains, cycle on to Europe’s youngest capital, Bratislava. The Slovak capital has an enchanting, sleepy old town in addition to magnificent modern buildings.

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 these untouched lowlands with their 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, an important city of the Hungarian lowlands with gorgeous Baroque-style old town squares.

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. The stud is famous for its Arabian horse breeding and is definitely worth a visit. Continue cycling to Komarno (Komarom), on the border between Hungary and Slovakia, the favourite village of King Matthias.

Meals:  B,D

Today you cycle along the banks of the Slovakian Danube on small low-traffic roads through quaint, typical villages. En route to Esztergom you pass the Roman fort of Kelemantia. In Esztergom you can admire the imposing Basilica, the largest Catholic Church in Hungary, and wander along the banks of the Danube before continuing to the Danube Bend.

Meals:  B,D

Amidst the hilly landscape, the Danube divides to create Szentendre island. Take your bike on the ferry across to the island and cycle through typical Hungarian villages. Szentendre is famous for its handicraft boutiques and the open air ethnographic Museum Skanzen. From here you take a boat ride (included) to Budapest and can enjoy the views of Budapest's most popular sights.

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

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners (dinner not included in Vienna except for category A upgrade accommodation). 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 include regional specialities
  • 7 nights in 3-4 star inns and hotels with ensuite facilities on a twin share basis (option to upgrade to Category A accommodation, 7 nights in 4 star hotels + 7 dinners included - surcharge applies)
  • Luggage transfer - 2 pieces per person, max of 30kg per person (max 20kg per piece)
  • 21 speed bike rental equipped with pannier (7 speed bikes on request or if 21-speed is fully booked, children trailers (max 2 children, 60kgs) on request. Electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked
  • Train ticket Mosonmagyarovar - Györ (including bike)
  • 1 ferry trip (or train outside ferry operating season) Szentendre to Budapest
  • Emergency hotline

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

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

Daily cycling distances range from 26-62km / 16-38.5mi, with shorter options available on some days. The route is mostly flat, sometimes with rolling hills. The Austrian section is on well marked dedicated bike paths whilst in Hungary you will cycle on country roads and side roads, sometimes unpaved (after wet weather these can be muddy or with loose sand therefore caution is required). Route finding in Hungary is less straightforward and will require more map reading. Entering and exiting the cities (particularly Gyor and Eztergom), there is some traffic to be aware of! The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. It is considered suitable for cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness including older children. For parents pulling trailers or trail-a-bikes please be aware that the cycling effort required is increased depending on the weight of the children. If you are not experienced cyclists we recommend the Blue Danube Cycle which is more suitable for families. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates

Saturday & Sunday from 2 Jul to 2 Sep, Saturday only from 23 Apr to 1 Jul and 3 Sep to 15 Oct

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
P
Grand Prix Supplement - Cat A
P
Grand Prix Supplement - Cat A
DN1
High season is from 2 Jul to 2 Sep (except 22-25 Jul peak). Mid season is from 7 May to 01 Jul and 3 Sep to 7 Oct. A supplement applies for mid and high season departures.
DN2
Departures with overnight stays in Budapest during the Grand Prix (late July/early August ) peak supplement. applies.
DN3
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Total Priceper person from

$1290USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Helmet purchaseUSD$70
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$130
  • Grand Prix Supplement - Cat BUSD$190
  • Upgrade Supplement - Category AUSD$190
  • Grand Prix Supplement - Cat AUSD$250
  • Single Supplement - Category BUSD$290
  • Single Traveller Surcharge - Category BUSD$310
  • Single Supplement - Category AUSD$350
  • Single Traveller Surcharge - Category AUSD$370
*Prices listed are per person

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