Danube – Vienna to Budapest Cycling Holiday

  • 3.5
    (1 review)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Vienna / Budapest
  • Distance

    180 miles/289 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort to Superior
  • Tour code

    031-104CAT
Price From £468

Overview

Visit three stunning capital cities on this classic cycling holiday along the Danube River. Ride downstream from imperial Vienna to Bratislava, a small historic city with an intoxicating, cafe-culture vibe. Then it’s on to Hungary and Budapest, one of Europe’s most fascinating and exciting cities.

This is a tour that combines the sights and cultures of some of Europe’s most beautiful capitals with a healthy does of nature and the great outdoors. Following the river you’ll get a great sense of the changing landscape and many traditional towns and villages that line its banks.

Cyclists - Danube Cycle Path

The Danube Cycle Path

Highlights include the nature of the Danube floodplain national park, the thermal waters of ancient Bad Deutsch Altenburg and the wonderful Hungarian city of Esztergom, picturesque site of the country’s largest Catholic church. At the end of your cycle tour you step aboard a river boat to enter Budapest in style.

The route mainly follows flat, easy terrain with some rolling hills – all very achievable for anyone with a basic level of fitness. In Austria, the riding follows well-maintained cycle paths and as you continue to Slovakia and Hungary you’ll be on quiet country roads and lanes.

Itinerary & Map

The route mainly follows flat, easy terrain with some rolling hills – all very achievable for anyone with a basic level of fitness. In Austria, the riding follows well-maintained cycle paths and as you continue to Slovakia and Hungary you’ll be on quiet country roads and lanes.

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Day 1: Arrive Vienna

Hofburg Palace - Vienna

Hofburg Palace – Vienna

Arrive in Vienna and make your way to your first hotel. After check-in you are free to relax or explore. There’s no shortage of things to do and see in the elegant Austrian capital, but you won’t want to miss the old town and perhaps a spot of afternoon coffee and cake in one of the city’s world-famous cafés. And don’t forget to try the local speciality, ‘Wiener schnitzel‘ washed down with a cold, frothy beer.

Day 2: Vienna – Bad Deutsch Altenburg, 27 miles/42 kms

Carnuntum - Danube - Austria*

Carnuntum

Almost as soon as you leave Vienna you’ll find yourself in another world. The hustle and bustle of the city gives way to peace, quiet and nature. You cycle through a lovely nature reserve alongside the Danube to Bad Deutsch Altenburg. Here you can take a dip in the thermal springs, and/or visit the nearby Roman archaeological site – Carnuntum.

Day 3: Bad Deutsch Altenburg – Bratislava, 17 miles/26 kms

Bratislava - Slovakia

Bratislava

You’ll be crossing your first international border today and visiting your second capital city as you leave Austria and cycle into Slovakia to one of Europe’s newest capitals – Bratislava. This pocket-sized city has a charming old town centre overlooked by a grand castle. Enjoy the relaxed friendly vibe in the bustling street cafes and restaurants.

Day 4: Bratislava – Szigetkoz – Gyoer, 32 miles/50 kms + train

Gyor - Hungary*You’ll be crossing another border today as you ride into north west Hungary. Experience more diverse nature in the marshy landscape around Szigetkoz. This wild lowland is dotted with hundreds of tiny islets – a haven for birdlife and a fisherman’s paradise. You’ll be cycling through quaint farming communities and past countless winding waterways, all part of the Danube river system. After your relaxing ride you’ll climb aboard a local train for the short hop to Gyoer, known for its picturesque town square.

Day 5: Gyoer – Komarom, 36 miles/57 kms

Komarom - Slovakia*

Komarom

Today you’ll have the chance to visit the world-famous Arabian horse stud at Babolna. The cycling will be pretty special, too. This is a land of lush, rolling hills and pretty little villages. You won’t be disappointed with your overnight stop either – the traditional town of Komarom, a favourite spot of Hungarian kings. Komarom straddles the Danube so one half is in Hungary and the other is in Slovakia.

Day 6: Komarom – Danube Bend, 33 miles/52 kms + boat (superior)

Esztergom castle - Hungary

Esztergom

Today you’ll be cycling along the banks of the Slovakian Danube. You’ll be riding on quiet back roads and through more lovely villages where the way of life has changed little for centuries. A highlight of your day is sure to be the ‘royal city’ of Esztergom, dominated by its huge domed cathedral overlooking the Danube. A bit further along you reach the Danube Bend, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful stretches of the river – those who have booked the Superior package enjoy a boat trip from Esztergom around the Danube bend to Visegrad. Overnight in the Danube Bend region.

 

Day 7: Danube Bend – Budapest, 39 miles/62 kms + boat (comfort)

Budapest - Hungary*

Budapest

On today’s final leg you make a triumphant entrance into Budapest following the river southwards and cycling along Szentendre-Island which splits the river in two. Szentendre is famous for it’s handicraft boutiques and the Skanzen peasant village museum. Those who have booked the Comfort package enjoy a boat trip into Budapest from Szentendre Island, while those on the Superior package, ride on into the city by bike. The rest of the day, and night, is yours to explore this fascinating, pulsating city. We recommend taking the funicular and exploring the cobbled streets of Castle Hill.

Day 8: Budapest

After breakfast it is time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure. Should you wish to return to Vienna you can return by public bus which takes approximately 3 hours.

 

Dates & Prices

2017 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, except in low season, when Saturday only
Low season:22 - 30 April and 02 - 14 October
Mid season:01 May - 29 June and 01 September - 01 October
High season:30 June - 31 August
2017 Prices
031-104CAT
Per person
Double/twin
Low season
Single
Low season
Double/twin
Mid season
Single
Mid season
Double/twin
High season
Single
High season
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Sleeps X
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Comfort category £468 £627 £534 £693 £571 £730    
Superior category £562 £749 £646 £833 £684 £871    
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Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See notes below
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps and route information
Train Mosonmagyarovar - Györ
Ship or bus: Esztergom-Visegrad (superior category)
Ship or train: Szentendre-Budapest (comfort category)
Local assistance
Public bus transfer from Budapest to Vienna.

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements below)
Cycle helmet (€25, payable locally)

Supplements

Half board comfort - 6 x dinner (£105)
Half board, superior - 7 x dinner (£139)
Extra night Vienna, double/twin (£64)
Extra night Vienna, single (£91)
Extra night Budapest, comfort, double/twin (£45)
Extra night Budapest, comfort, single (£73)
Extra night Budapest, superior, double/twin (£52)
Extra night Budapest, superior, single (£85)
Bike hire, includes lock and pannier (£67)
Electric bike (£143)

Reductions

Free for child up to 6 years sharing with 2 adults
50% for child (7-11 years) sharing with 2 adults
25% for child (12-14 years) sharing with 2 adults
10% for 3rd person sharing

Notes

Comfort: Quaint 3 star inns & hotels and 4 star in Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest
Superior: 4 star hotels and a few exceptional 3 star hotels
Deposit per person £100

Practical Information

Bikes

Unisex hybrid bike

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed hybrid models with 21 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with an odometer, rear pannier, and a handlebar bag, lock and repair kit per room.

Electric bikes and smaller framed bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available for rent at the time of booking and are to be paid for locally. This must be requested at the time of booking.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable rooms in 3 and 4 star hotels.

Vienna: Hotel Park Inn
Region Bad Deutsch Altenburg: Marc Aurel
Bratislava: Austria Trend hotel
Györ: Ibis Hotel
Komarno: Bow Garden
Danube bend: Hotel Saint Adalbert
Budapest: Danubius hotel Flamenco

Superior: Good quality 4 star accommodation throughout

Vienna: Arcotel Kaiserwasser
Region Bad Deutsch Altenburg: Hotel Altes Kloster
Bratislava: Crown Plaza
Györ: Famulus
Region Komarno: Patince
Danube bend: Thermalhotel Visegrad
Budapest: Novotel Budapest Danube

Getting There

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 1 review 3.5
  • Date - 10/12/2015
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Good liaison and email response throughout.
  • Product rating -
    3.0
  • Product comment - Very enjoyable cycle trip. Interesting countryside and towns throughout. Carnuntum Roman site a must.
    Directions not as good as could be particularly in the towns and cities - got lost a lot more than between Passau and Vienna. Long term bridge building works outside Bratislava necessitating a very poorly signposted diversion so everyone cycling got lost. Could have done with an insert in route map instructions.
    Half board food choice very rudimentary and disappointing in most hotels even 4*, very poor value - would not recommend. Go with B and B and order dinner from the menu or go out. No tea/coffee in rooms. Will give you a kettle if you ask firmly but nicely so take your teabags!
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for your nice comments on our service and for the detailed comments on the trip, as they are most helpful. We will certainly address the route notes for 2016 and see how we can improve these, especially in the towns and cities. Regarding the food - the meal plans for the set half board is probably not 'so exciting' but for those who are on a tight budget it can offer great value for money compared to eating a la carte. That said we will certainly feed your comments about the food back to our local suppliers. Many thanks again, the Flexitreks team.