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Highlights

  • Cycle the Danube's trio of nations; Austria, Slovakia & Hungary
  • Ride from the musical city of Vienna to the castles of Budapest
  • Visit the impressive Hungarian Danube Bend
  • Experience the sweet delights of a Viennese coffee house
  • Explore the natural wonderland of Szigetkoz

Cycle through the three fascinating countries of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary on one glorious cycling holiday. The melodic beat of Vienna sets a relaxed tempo to cycle along the Danube as you pass through fields of cornflowers, poppies and wide floodplains.

Encountering a change of beat, Bratislava is a fascinating city where medieval castles meet head-on with socialist-era architecture. Cycling on, the Danube takes a famous turn at the panoramic ‘Danube Bend’ on the approach to Budapest. Here, Eastern Europe meets Western, and there is plenty to see and do but if this sounds all too tiring, you may prefer to plump for the customary and relaxing experience of heading to one of the cities hot springs.

DAY 1: Arrive Vienna

There are direct flights to Vienna from London with EasyJet, British Airways, and Austrian Airlines. Austria has great train connections so flights into Linz (2hr), Salzburg (3hr) and Bratislava (1hr) are also possible.


Take the opportunity to stroll through the wonderful “City of Music” and visit some of its famous attractions, such as the giant Ferris Wheel Riesenrad, which was made famous in Graham Greene’s film ‘The Third Man’, and the fabulous Hofburg Palace. The stunning architecture and interiors of the Cathedral of St Stephen, the State Opera House and the Votifkirche should not be missed. Leave enough time for a relaxing drink and snack in a famous Viennese coffee bar or enjoy local foods in a typical Viennese tavern.


Overnight: Vienna


DAY 2: Vienna to Bad Deutsch Altenburg

Today’s theme is peace and relaxation, although you will still be cycling for a few hours! Not far from Vienna you’ll discover an off-the-beaten-track landscape and a Nature Reserve boasting a stunning and diverse collection of flora and fauna. This is your chance to revel in the wonderful peace and tranquillity of the region. At the town of Bad Deutsch Altenburg, the Archaeological Park of Carnuntum awaits, offering a fascinating journey back to ancient Roman times.


Cycle: 45km


Overnight: Bad Deutsch Altenburg


DAY 3: Bad Deutsch Altenburg to Bratislava

This morning cycle on to the city of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and Europe’s youngest capital city. Located between the Danube plains, hills and vineyards, Bratislava enchants with its dreamy old quarter and walled castle.


Cycle: 32km


Overnight: Bratislava


DAY 4: Bratislava to Sziegetköz to Györ

The wild and untouched land and waterscape of the Szigetköz is an idyllic paradise for birds and fish. Cycling from Bratislava, you will relish the tranquillity and the stunning scenery encompassing 500 tiny islands boasting numerous farming villages and a labyrinth of countless Danube creeks. A train journey takes you to Györ, with its beautiful Baroque-style old town.


Cycle: 45km


Overnight: Györ


DAY 5: Györ to Komarom

Did you know that the National Stud of Babolna is world famous for breeding truly magnificent Arabian horses? On a visit to the stud farm and museum, you’ll catch a glimpse of some of the secrets of the Hungarian horse breeding techniques. Today’s cycling takes you through lush, rolling hills on mainly quiet country road into the village of Komarom, which was much favoured by the renowned King Matthias.


Cycle: 35-45km


Overnight: Komarom


DAY 6: Komarom to Danube Bend

The Magical scenery and quaint villages accompany you on your cycle today, first along the banks of the Slovakian Danube and then via small, quiet roads. On your way to Esztergom – known as Hungarian Rome and the Town of Bishops and Kings – you’ll pass the impressive Roman fort of Kelemantia. Another highlight is the magnificent Hungarian Danube Bend located just past Esztergom. Acclaimed as one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube, the river here winds through the Visegrad mountains and then makes an abrupt turn south between Esztergom and Szentendre. In the Basilica of Esztergom, you’ll find Hungary’s largest Catholic church and all kinds of attractions to explore.


Cycle: 58km


Overnight: Esztergom


DAY 7: Danube bend to Budapest

Amid the hilly landscape of Hungary, the River Danube divides into parts and gives form to the Szentendrei Sziget island. A short ferry trip brings you to the island where you can cycle through traditional Hungarian villages and settlements, including Szigetmonostor. A highlight town is Szentendre, which is famed for its numerous handicraft boutiques and the Open Air Museum of Skanzen. The final destination on your cycling tour is Budapest, where you’ll welcome the chance to experience the atmosphere and attractions of this wonderfully cosmopolitan capital. It’s a city where Eastern Europe meets Western and there is so much to see.


Cycle: 58km


Overnight: Budapest


DAY 8: Budapest & Depart

Take in more of the attractions of Budapest before a scheduled bus departure at 3.30pm, arriving into Vienna at 6.30pm. Departure times of 7.00am,11.00am and 7.00pm are also available on request. Alternatively, make your own onward travel arrangements from Budapest.

Additional Nights and Extensions

If you have the time, why not spend an extra night in Vienna or Budapest and enjoy exploring more of the cities’ hotspots? After all, no one wants their holiday to come to an end, do they?


Accommodation

Our Danube Cycle Path trip includes accommodation in standard en-suite double/twin rooms in typical Austrian Inns which are 3* standard. We carefully select them for their warmth of welcome and character.


Accommodation Location

Occasionally if a hotel is not available in the location specified you will be accommodated in a hotel of the same or better standard in the surrounding area. They may be up to 5km away which is why each days distance is approximate.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available although a supplement is payable.This trip is available to solo cyclists and is perfect as the route is popular so there are plenty of people to chat with every day. There is a supplement as some costs aren’t shared.


Grade & Terrain

This cycle tour is graded easy. The Danube Cycle Path is paved and mainly fairly flat, although there is a big hill on the final day. Some traffic awareness is required. The route is marked throughout and we supply you with detailed maps, route notes and information pack.


Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).


Rental Bikes

Available bike hire is 21-gear men's or women's bikes. Unisex electric bikes, children’s bikes and other specialised equipment for children may be available upon request. All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and a speedometer. Helmets are not included as part of the rental package and we ask that you bring your own helmet or rent one locally ( €30).


General Information & Regulations

All bike tours are unescorted. The mileages and approximations are distances of the recommended routes. In Austria, it is mandatory for children under 12 yrs to wear a helmet when on a bike. In Slovakia, you have to wear a helmet outside the city limits. In Hungary, a high-vis safety vest is required.

Availability

This tour is available for departure on Saturdays during April and October. From May through to September, you can depart on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available although a supplement is payable. This trip is available to solo cyclists and is perfect as the route is popular so there are plenty of people to chat with every day. There is a supplement as some costs aren’t shared.


Navigation, Grade & Terrain


This cycle tour is graded easy to moderate. The Danube Cycle Path is a paved, well-marked
cycle route. However, you will be cycling on a mixture of cycle paths and roads,
so please be mindful of other road users at all times, especially on routes
shared with traffic. You will be supplied with detailed maps, route notes and
an information pack for your trip.


Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).


Rental Bikes

Available bike hire is 21-gear men's or women's bikes. Unisex electric bikes, children’s bikes and other specialised equipment for children may be available upon request. All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag), lock, basic repair kit and a speedometer. Helmets are not included as part of the rental package and we ask that you bring your own helmet or buy one locally.


General Information & Regulations

All bike tours are unescorted. The mileages and approximations are distances of the recommended routes. In Austria it is mandatory for children under 12 yrs to wear a helmet when on a bike. In Slovakia you have to wear a helmet outside the city limits. In Hungary a high-vis safety vest is required. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for, example, proper rain gear (jackets and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer and a day pack.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking with this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Getting to/from Vienna

By Air: There are direct flights to Vienna from London with easyJet, British Airways, and Austrian Airlines.


By Train: Austria has great train connections so flights into Linz with Ryanair (2hr), Salzburg with Ryanair & BA (3hr) and Bratislava with Ryanair (1hr) are also possible. Flights leave from London, Birmingham & Edinburgh.


Please see www.oebb.at for times & prices.


Getting from Budapest

We include a transfer back from Budapest to Vienna in your tour but you may prefer to fly out of Budapest Airport.
There are direct flights from Budapest to London, Manchester, Edinburgh & Bristol & Leeds with WizzAir, Ryanair & BA.
There is a reduction in price if you do not require the bus ticket back to Vienna.


The transfer from Budapest to Vienna is 3 hours. The scheduled departure times is 3.30pm arriving at 6.30pm. If you require an earlier return to Vienna the following times are available:


Depart Vienna  7.00am         Arrive Budapest   10.00am


                      11.00am                                  2.00pm


                      7.00pm                                  10.00pm


Please let us know at the time of booking which service you require.

Included

  • 7 nights in 3* hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Daily baggage transfer
  • Budapest to Vienna public bus transfer (3.30pm on day 8, other times available)
  • 1 x train Mosonmagyarovar – Györ incl. bike
  • 1 x boat ride from Szentendre - Budapest (or train when ships not sailing)
  • Emergency phone contact with our local partners
  • Handlebar bag with travel book, maps and information pack per room.

Excluded

  • Dinners, drinks, snacks & lunches
  • Travel to / from Vienna/Budapest
  • Bike hire
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Bike hire
  • Reduction for no return bus from Budapest to Vienna.
  • Single room supplement(s)

We are often asked the following questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is graded as easy because the route is fairly flat, although there are small hills as you cycle into Hungary, with the final day being the toughest. Daily distances are between 32 and 58 km so you will need to have a basic level of fitness and we advise some training before the trip.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

There are direct flights to Vienna from London with EasyJet, British Airways, and Austrian Airlines. Ryanair fly to Bratislava from London, Birmingham & Edinburgh and from there it is only an hour by train or bus to Vienna. Linz (2hr) and Salzburg (3hr) are also possible as Austria has great train connections. The return bus to Vienna is included, however, you may prefer to fly out of Budapest, which has flights to London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol & Leeds

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially during peak season from July to August.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a cycling helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

What happens if I can't walk/cycle a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.8

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  • Fun (12)
  • Well organised (12)
  • Great accommodations (9)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (4)

Cons

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  • Trying something new (11)
  • Holiday (9)
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    • Occasional traveller (6), World traveller (5), Avid adventurer (4)

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5.0

Vienna to Budapest. Great trip!

By Calgary Couple

from Calgary, Alberta Canada

About Me World Traveller

Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Danube Cycle Path: Vienna to Budapest:

    Was best vacation we have ever been on. I'm 60, my wife is 58. Reasonably fit but not athletes. We did a bit of training over a couple months to prepare. Went in September. Not too hot or cold.

    The accommodation hotel rooms are usually quite small (some extremely small by North American standards, so be ready for that), but all were very neat and clean, appeared to be in safe areas where you can go for a walk, had some restaurants nearby, and the breakfasts were universally good. Overall accommodations were generally better than what we were expecting.

    Not a lot of significant elevation changes on this ride. No huge hills to grunt your way up (I was happy for that). The wind was challenging on a couple days. You aren't really pedaling that long during the day. Maybe three or four hours max, so you can take your time. Most of the ride is on paved bike trails with no cars. Fabulous. At times you do have to go on roads and I found that a bit stressful. Wear your bright vest then. Sometimes you are on a dirt trail through the woods and across fields (mostly in Hungary). Crazy but I actually found those parts the most fun! You see sights you would never see on the highway or train. Poor villages that contrast with the big cities of Vienna and Budapest. You see how people live.

    Easy to make friends. You see the same people each night and morning. You can ride together or alone. No pressure. Groups often go out for dinner together. There were people of all ages, but generally more closer to our age. There were bikers in their 20's and 70's.

    I hurt my knee and changed mid-trip from regular bike to an e-bike. They are great. They have various levels of pedalling assistance and can provide as much or as little assistance as you like. Imagine riding up hill against the wind and feeling like you are riding on flat ground with the wind at your back. Good to have the choice as a back up or if pedaling a regular bike that far is beyond you.

     
    5.0

    Delightful Danube

    By ScottyD92

    from Edinburgh

    About Me Avid Adventurer, Occasional Traveller

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Holiday
      • Relaxation
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Danube Cycle Path: Vienna to Budapest:

      My experience of the Danube cycle path trip was excellent, from accommodations to the route itself the trip more than met my expectations. Be prepared to meander with the Danube from Austria, through Slovakia to Hungary sampling local cultures (and beers!) on the way. The whistle-stop tour encompasses 3 capital cities steeped in history and given the short to medium daily cycling distances you will have plenty of opportunity to take in all of the sights and scenery.

      I miss my bike I used on the trip!

       
      4.0

      More a cycle tour than a 'full-on' bike ride

      By K & G

      from London

      About Me World Traveller

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Holiday
        • Relaxation
        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Danube Cycle Path: Vienna to Budapest:

        Each day was enough of a challenge to feel you had been on a decent bike ride but the journey length and time allowed sufficient time to take stock of places en route and at overnight destinations. The 3 star accommodation varied but was always of a good standard and well located. The train journey was chaotic with a large number of cyclist wanting to get onto the same train and didn't know the Express train wasn't an option and we were all thrown off.

         
        5.0

        Well done, I would recommend the trip to friends.

        By Jim from Vancouver

        from Vancouver Canada

        About Me Have been to Europe many times, but never biking, Occasional Traveller

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Well Organised

        Cons

        • One night was in the high 30s and no AC - not ok

        Best Uses

        • Relaxation

        Comments about macs adventure Danube Cycle Path: Vienna to Budapest:

        Length of daily ride was good. Route mostly well marked. Some sections the map was not as good as it could have been, but we figured it out. One night at 35°C and no AC was not good. But very relaxing ride, met many other riders and got to be friends with them. Actually that is one thing that Mac's could have helped to facilitate - getting to know others on the same path.
        Very good trip! Jim

         
        5.0

        First trip of many!

        By cyclemum

        from Lanark

        About Me Occasional Traveller

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
        • Well Organised

        Cons

        • Boring

        Best Uses

        • Holiday
        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Danube Cycle Path: Vienna to Budapest:

        In Vienna there is a surprise around every corner a glorious city.
        Hotels were always of a very acceptable and frequently excellent quality.
        Welcomes were always warm.
        Breakfasts always consisted of the usual wide range of choices, we were sorry to rush off each morning but needed to get going to avoid riding in the heat of the day.
        Bad Deutsch-Altenberg was a nice place, Gyor w liked also though we kept getting lost!
        Bratislava was beautiful, the free walking tour there excellent and a must do!
        Some of the riding was a bit dull, long stretches along a reservoir or through a forest but others were very interesting through villages and towns.
        We'd have preferred 2 guidebooks and 2 handlebar bags so one could read the points of interest /directions and the other person the map but we didn't let that detract from our experience. We'd be aware of that for next time.
        A great holiday.

         
        4.0

        Enjoyed the ride

        By David

        from Geelong Australia

        About Me Avid Adventurer, World Traveller

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Ride wasnt difficult
        • Well Organised

        Cons

        • Maps neef some work

        Best Uses

        • Not overly strenuous Adventure

        Comments about macs adventure Danube Cycle Path: Vienna to Budapest:

        Our first bicycle tour. Was quite straight forward. Some map interpretation was required. No big hills. Interesting villages along the way. Accom was always clean and comfortable. Luggage transfer was timely.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Vienna to Budapest Cycle

        By Radar and Raisin

        from Falkirk

        About Me World Traveller

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure Danube Cycle Path: Vienna to Budapest:

          Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Everything was extremely well organised. Luggage always arrived at our next hotel, bikes were ideally suited and comfortable for the trip. A variety of landscapes and good towns to visit on the way. Cycling in 3 capital cities added to the interest and variety. Hotels were all different and staff all friendly and helpful. Very impressive and detailed guide book with specific routes and maps was provided.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great holiday!

          By Jeff and Sophie

          from Yorkshire

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Pros

          • Fun
          • Great Accommodations
          • Well Organised

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Holiday
            • Trying Something New

            Comments about macs adventure Danube Cycle Path: Vienna to Budapest:

            A great 6 days of easy flat cycling exploring Austria, Slavakia, and Hungary. My daughter and I were sponsored and we raised £3000 for Cancer Research UK.

            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Danube Review

            By D Sneddon

            from Fife

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about macs adventure Danube Cycle Path: Vienna to Budapest:

            I highly recommend this holiday. We, both 65, did it in early June 2016:

            •200 miles over 6 days of mostly flat cycle paths and minor roads, by or near the Danube.

            •Excellent bikes, maps and route description, luggage transfer and general organisation by Rad und Reisen.

            •Pleasantly varied hotel sizes and styles, and good to excellent buffet breakfasts.

            •English language dinner menus widely available, and there are plenty of places along the way to buy buns, cakes and ice cream (and beer and wine if you are that way inclined).

            •Attractive and varied towns and countryside.

            Euroroute 6 is followed most of the time, with a few diversions along parallel roads to avoid heavily-trafficked sections or unsurfaced tracks (rutted and sometimes wet on the Gyor to Komarno stage). The maps and notes supplied clearly identify the best route to take, which is not always the most direct. About 90% of it is tarmac. Signposting is generally very good.

            Don't expect to be right by the Danube all the time; sometimes the path is a mile or two away with trees or forest obscuring the view. Apart from the towns and cities in which you begin or end a day, there are lots of pretty places along the way. If you are there in the nesting season as we were you will see stork nests in Hungary, and other birds uncommon in the UK.

            Rad und Reisen supplied us with step-through frame bikes of the correct sizes each with 21 gears and in very good working order. They transferred our luggage and, if he sees you on the road, the driver will stop for a chat. Their selection of hotels was very satisfactory: some modern and "international", others more traditional. Without exception they were clean, friendly and well-run. Breakfasts varied from plentiful to lavish, and a dinner menu was usually available and good value, though you should also sometimes try to sample the cuisine elsewhere.

            Apart from day 2 (into Bratislava) and day 6 (into Budapest), we found ourselves on the road by about 9.30 till about 3.30, at an unhurried pace. Day 2 is a half-day cycling, with time to see the city in the afternoon. Day 6 is longer; arrival at the hotel was about 6.30 after a number of ferry crossings. Allow at least an additional day in Budapest to see it. And at the beginning as many days as you can afford in Vienna.

            There were 4 others (Swiss) on the same holiday as us. We did not travel as a group with one exception, though a camaraderie developed along the way. The exception was the final ferry into Budapest and cycling to the hotel in the rush hour. A tip for this ferry is to get on after other cyclists to make it easier getting off at the first stop. Try to get off the quay and across the very busy road to the cycle path as soon as possible.

            No reservations about this holiday: very good from beginning to end.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A great trip with good equipement

            By Dave the Rave

            from Channel Islands

            About Me Avid Adventurer, Outdoor Type, World Traveller

            Pros

            • Efficient Baggage Transfe
            • Fun
            • Good Reliable Equipement
            • Great Accommodations
            • Well Organised

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Holiday
              • Trying Something New

              Comments about macs adventure Danube Cycle Path: Vienna to Budapest:

              The bikes didn't look much when we first saw them, but were perfect for the journey.Sturdy, reliable and ok on hills despite their upright position.The bike panniers were massive, be careful not to overload them.The map books were sometimes confusing when leaving a large town or city. I would recommend everyone to take a small compass. Mine was attached to my watch strap. The maps show where north is, so when we got lost following the instructions, we just followed my compass back to the main route. We weren't alone in taking time to get out of the cities.

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