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Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Budapest

14 Days & 13 Nights 4.8 Read 5 reviews
  • Cycle along flat and easy-going paths along the Danube River
  • Marvel at the Schlögener Loop & Hungarian Danube Bend
  • Travel through Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary
  • Explore the Wachau Valley, UNESCO World Heritage
  • Visit the Baroque Old Town of Györ
Travel through four fascinating countries on this glorious cycling adventure. Following the delightfully scenic River Danube Cycle Path, you’ll discover a wealth of gems including historical attractions, cultural treasures and fine wines. Starting out from the colourful Bavarian city of Passau, flat, easy going cycle paths lead you through to the famous Schlögener Loop, the charming city of Linz and mouth-watering sweet pastries of Vienna. From Vienna, rolling countryside brings cyclist to the enchanting Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Continuing to roll with the bends of the Blue Danube, fairy-tale castles pepper the riverbanks as you pedal to Budapest, the city where Eastern meets Western Europe. Famed for its abundance of spa’s and steam rooms it’s the perfect pamper to end your Danube adventure.

What To Expect

With easy-going cycling, fascinating cultural and historic sites, as well as stunning scenery, the Danube cycle path is perfect for experienced cyclists, beginners, and active families looking for two weeks on two wheels! Cycling on mostly flat dedicated cycle ways, the latter half of the trip will give way to some hills. With plenty of opportunities to sample local dishes and admire centuries old towns, every pedal stroke is completed in your own time.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Cycling | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys

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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.

Accommodation Information

Our Danube Cycle Path trip includes accommodation in standard en-suite double or twin rooms in quaint inns, hotels, and pensions that are of 3* standard. In Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest the hotels are of 4* standard. Occasionally if a hotel is not available in the location specified in the standard itinerary of this trip, you will be accommodated in a hotel of the same or better standard in the surrounding area. Each day's distance is approximate as the distance will depend on the location of your hotel.

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.

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning. Packed lunches are not included but are in most cases available at your accommodation (please order the night before!) or you can stop on the way for a traditional "wurst" or bowl of "goulash". Traveling through 3 countries means your tastebuds are also on an incredible journey! You will find suggestions of where to dine in your route notes. Your accommodation hosts are also happy to advise of the local places to eat.

Included
  • 13 x Overnights in 3* hotels, inns and pensions
  • 13 x Breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transportation
  • Welcome drink on arrival in Passau
  • 1 bottle of wine from the Wachau Valley per room
  • Train journey from Krems to Tulln (including bike)
  • Train journey from Mosonmagyarovar to Györ (including bike)
  • Boat (or train) journey from Szentendre to Budapest
  • Handlebar bag with route book, maps and an information pack
  • Emergency phone support from our local partners and our office
Excluded
  • Dinners, Drinks, Snacks & Lunches
  • Travel to Passau & From Budapest
  • Bike and Helmet Rental
  • Personal Equipment
  • Travel Insurance (required)
Extras
  • Bike Rental
  • Return travel from Budapest to Passau

When To Go

This trip is available on selected Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from April through to October. May to September are the busiest months, and in July and August, the days are wonderfully long for exploring and making the most of the historic centers that you will visit. The summer months generally do not become unbearably hot and temperatures are often pleasantly warm, especially for cycling. Do keep in mind that some days will be hotter than others and it is important to make sure to always carry plenty of water, avoid cycling at noon and wear sunscreen while cycling even on cloudy days.

Please note that the following events are held in Budapest in 2020. This will not have a huge impact on your trip but the city will be busier as usual and a supplement will be applicable for any extra nights.

- The F1 Hungarian Grand Prix will be held in Budapest between 02 and 04 August 2020. The main race takes place on 04 August although qualifying runs will be held on the two previous days.

- Pope Francis will host the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest from 17 to 19 September 2020.

- The UEFA Football Championship matches are to be played in Budapest between 12 and 29 June 2020.

Getting to the Start

Passau is located in Germany close to the Austrian border. It is easily accessible with direct train connections to four major airports. Linz (1h30), Salzburg (2h45), Munich (2.5h), and Vienna (3.5h). Please see www.oebb.at for train times & prices.

Getting from the End

Budapest Airport is served by a number of scheduled and low-cost airlines connecting through to most major international cities. If you need to return to Passau this can be booked at an extra cost for you. This is a combination of bus travel to Vienna and train travel to Passau.

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).

Equipment

Rental Bikes:

7-speed bikes with coaster brake (backpedal) or 21-speed bikes (unisex) are available to rent, these are not included in the tour package but can be booked as an extra. Electric bikes (unisex), children’s bikes, and other specialized equipment may be available upon request.

All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and an odometer (except for the electric bikes). Helmets are not included as part of the rental package, but can be bought locally (€29). Please remember that your own helmet is likely to be a better fit.

If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride. If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip.

Travel Insurance

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

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Passau Day 2 Cycle from Passau to Schlögener Loop 26 miles / 41 km Day 3 Cycle from Schlögener Loop to Linz 35 miles / 55 km Day 4 Cycle from Linz to Strudengau 37 miles / 60 km Day 5 Cycle from Strudengau to Nibelungengau 31 miles / 50 km Day 6 Cycle from Nibelungengau to Krems 31 miles / 50 km Day 7 Cycle from Krems to Vienna 25 miles / 40 km Day 8 Cycle from Vienna to Bad Deutsch Altenburg 26 miles / 42 km Day 9 Cycle from Bad Deutsch Altenburg to Bratislava 20 miles / 32 km Day 10 Cycle from Bratislava to Györ 28 miles / 45 km Day 11 Cycle from Györ to Komarno 36 miles / 57 km Day 12 Cycle from Komarno to the Danube Bend 32 miles / 52 km Day 13 Cycle from the Danube Bend to Budapest 36 miles / 58 km Day 14 Onward Travel

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