This 3-country tour from Vienna to Budapest is very diverse, with quite majestical highlights. Your tour starts in Vienna, the the “city of music and charm”. The Slovakian capital Bratislava invites you to enjoy it’s picturesque old town, while the metropolis of Budapest is the crowning conclusion of your journey. Untouched nature, little-known artistic treasures and cultural monuments can be found on this route between Vienna and Budapest. You cycle in the the Hungarian lowlands and can also visit the famous “Arabian National Stud” in Babolna where you explore the secrets of traditional horse breeding. The basilica in Esztergom is the largest Catholic church in Hungary and accommodates many art treasures, all the while enjoying the friendly people and the welcoming Hungarian hospitality.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Individual arrival in Vienna. This evening belongs to you! How about a spectacular stroll through the Imperial City or a visit of one of the typical Viennese cafés/taverns with local food and goodies “Heurigen”? Possibilities are endless in the “City of Waltz”.
On the Danube-Cycle-Path you bike through the idyllic meadows along the Danube, passing the castle of “Orth” to Petronell-Carnuntum (significant Roman excavations), and continue on to the health spa and resort in Bad Deutsch Altenburg.
Still following the Danube-Cycle-Path you will reach Bratislava. A quaint old city center with numerous sights, lovely pedestrian zones and countless restaurants/cafes will persuade you into an extended stroll among the depths of this historically important city. Shortly after, you reach Hungary where you bike through small typical villages using the dam cycle path (gravel) and country roads.
As its a long cycling day, this section can be divided by an additional night in Bratislava (Day 3: 21 km/15 miles, Day 4: 42 km/25 miles)
You bike through the former marsh region of the “Little Alföld”. Taking side roads you pass through delightful villages and arrive at the provincial capital of Györ. Györ is one of the most important cities in the Hungarian lowlands with a glamorous and historical city center. A pleasant walk through the narrow lanes, cathedrals and palaces of this Baroque city center are very appealing.
Don’t forget to visit the Arabian National Stud in Babolna, a historical place of Equesterian culture and secret techniques of renowned Hungarian horse breeding. Through a landscape of gently rolling hills, you will cycle to the town of Tata, the “City of Lakes”, which is located at the foothills of the Gerecse Mountain Range.
The morning starts with a train ride from Tata to Komárom. Along the Slovakian Danube, cycle through small and quaint farm-villages in a floodplain basin region to Esztergom where you can admire the impressive and largest Catholic cathedral in Hungary.
Steep mountain slopes frame the stunning landscape of the Danube Bend all the way up to Szentendre Island. You can learn more about Hungarian architecture in a nearby open-air museum. Travelling by bike & boat to Budapest (included). The view from the sun deck of the boat is fascinating and overwhelming.
RATING: Easy to Moderate
Mostly rather flat, but with a few stretches of small hills. Suitable for all levels. Expect some traffic on the roads in/out of the cities.
Austria: on the Danube Cycle Path.
Hungary: cycle paths, field paths and country roads.
Fly into Vienna, and depart from Budapest.
Regular public shuttles and/or train service is available at both these major international airports.
TOUR SCHEDULE & PRICE
Departure Dates 2018
Independent tours depart every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May through September. Saturday only departures are available in April and early October.
Season 1: April 21 – April 26; October 5 to 13
Season 2: April 27 to June 28; August 31 to October 4
Season 3: June 29 – August 30
|Price per person – Season 1||CAD||$885|
|Season 2 surcharge||$90|
|Season 3 surcharge||$150|
|Half-board supplement (6 dinners)||$200|
|Upgrade hotels to superior 3 and 4 star||$110|
|Upgrade to electric bike||$140|
This tour includes:
7 nights accommodation in a double room with private facilities. The hotels we use on this tour are family run guesthouses and hotels of good 2 and 3 star standard. In both Vienna and Budapest 4 star hotels are always used. All rooms have private bathrooms.
luggage transport from hotel to hotel.
return bus ride from Budapest to Vienna (if required)
modern hybrid unisex bicycle with 21 gears, odometer & pannier
1 x ship or train transfer (before/after seasonal shipping schedule) Szentendre to Budapest
Notes: In Slovakia a helmet is required!
In Hungary you have to wear a safety vest at night and at times of poor visability outside of the cities.
A 9 day itinerary that includes a night in Bratislava is also available, as well as a 14 night itinerary that starts in Passau. Enquire for details.
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