The host city of Bratislava promotes itself as ambitious, youthful and dynamic. The capital of Slovakia offers much to discover for lovers of modern architecture as well as for friends of history. There is a lot to see and taste as well on the different cycling stages. In the “Danubiana Art Museum” you can immerse yourself in the world of modern art. You will encounter the more recent past on a cycling tour along the “Iron Curtain”, and in the Roman museum “Carnuntinum” you will travel back even further in time. The lowland forests alongside the Danube, the Hungarian Plain by Lake Neusiedl or the grapevines along the “Little Carpathians” guarantee scenic variety. As the Slovakian cuisine has always been influenced by its neighbouring countries Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic, there is significant culinary variation!
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Hotel staff will provide you with further travel documents and your rental bikes. In the evening it is worthwhile to go for a walk alongside the Danube promenade and explore the immediate surroundings.
You will start the day following the Danube upstream, before the newly unveiled cycling bridge leads you to Austria via the Morava, where you can visit Devín Castle. Schloss Hof, one of the biggest palaces of the so called “Marchfeld”, is situated directly on your route. Crossing the Danube again you will reach Bad Deutsch-Altenburg, where in former times the Amber and Lime roads met. Here you can visit the Museum Carnuntinum with its findings of Roman “castrae” only a few kilometres away. The border town of Hainburg is situated directly on the Danube and it is only a few kilometres away from the starting point of your journey.
An easygoing ascent has to be overcome to reach the place where the inhabitants of Bratislava like to spend their leisure time. A beautiful descent through a large woodland area in the “Little Carpathians” will lead you to the historical wine town of Sväty Jur with its wonderful main square. From there it is just a few kilometres to the “kingdom of gourmets”, Slovensky Grob. People have been visiting for centuries with only one goal in mind – enjoying the legendary local goose meat. Today the table is already laid for you! (lunch included). In the afternoon a transfer will take you back to the hotel, where upon arrival a tasting of Slovakian quality wine will await you.
Today‘s tour will start with a comfortable cycle southbound along the Danube. Near Kyselica you will ferry across the river towards Hungary. On the peninsula between the arms of the “Old Danube” and the regulated river, you will now cycle upstream close to the national border. Here you will find the “Danubiana”, a museum of contemporary arts. Its location is marvellous. Traveling through the lowland forests near the Austrian border, you will quickly reach Bratislava.
You will follow the Danube today towards the Morava. For more than a thousand years Castle Devín has guarded the valley below. This place is also famous for its “Ribiselwein” (wine made of red currants)! The cycle path continues along the “Iron Curtain” and follows the Morava through typically Slovakian villages and vibrant nature. There are still numerous bunkers to be seen, which are “silent witnesses” in this borderland between Austria and Slovakia.
A morning transfer to Lake Neusiedl starts the day. This is where Puszta, reed belt and vineyards meet. The lake will invite you to a refreshing swim. You will then pedal along the “Heideradweg” through lush meadows and fields. On the way you may stumble across a stork’s nests in one of the typical villages of Burgenland..
RATING: Easy to Moderate
The tour is rated easy with mainly flat stages, with only the 3rd stage having a longer climb and its character is a little bit hillier. Most of the time you will pedal on cycling paths and on lightly trafficked side roads. However, some short connecting roads may be busier. The pathways are predominantly paved but hardpack gravel cycling paths will be encountered as well.
The modern Sheraton Bratislava Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms and is situated a mere 10 minutes’ walk from the historical centre. The hotel is located directly on the banks of the Danube River, so access to the cycle paths is simple and quick.
Guests are offered free access to the Shine Spa, which provides an indoor swimming pool, a Finnish sauna and steam bath. Guests have also a 24-hour free access to the Sheraton’s fitness centre. The Link@Sheraton on the first floor offers free internet access and several computer stations.
All quiet rooms of the Sheraton come with a minibar and a tea and coffee-making facilities. Each room has a flat-screen TV with multilingual cable and satellite channels. You can choose from a range of spacious rooms, all featuring Sweet Sleeper Beds and seating areas. The private bathrooms are equipped with rain showers and bathtubs. The modern bathrooms have a hairdryer. In addition, mineral water, ironing facilities and a make-up mirror are offered.
International flights go directly into Bratislava. Another good option is Vienna, a mere 1 hour train ride away.
Departure Dates 2018: Departs every Saturday from late April to early October
Season 1: 28.04. – 18.05. | 29.09. – 06.10.
Season 2: 19.05. – 22.06. | 01.09. – 28.09.
Season 3: 23.06. – 30.08
|Per person, double occupancy: Season 1||CAD||$1150|
|Season 2 surcharge||$100|
|Season 3 surcharge||$160|
|Surcharge for electric bike
Optional dinner plan (6 dinners)
This tour includes:
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment