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Self-guided cycling adventure along the Danube Cycle Path
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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

Easily reached, Vienna's nearby airport has extensive connections across Europe and beyond.


On arrival stroll through this wonderful “City of Music” and visit some of its famous attractions, such as the giant Ferris Wheel Riesenrad 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: Approx 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 which sits above modernist influences of recent decades.


Cycle: Approx 25-30km


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: Approx 50km


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: Approx 55-60km


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: Approx 55-60km


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: Approx 55-60km


Overnight: Budapest


DAY 8: Budapest & Depart

Depending on your onward travel arrangements, you may have time to take in more of Budapest's historic sights. If you require return travel to Vienna, we can provide public bus tickets (limited times and services).

Accommodation

This tour includes
accommodation in standard ensuite double/twin rooms in 3* hotels and inn's.
We can also upgrade you to 4* hotels if you prefer.


Accommodation Location

We work with a number of
accommodations along the cycle path, so all distances are an
approximation of the recommended routes. You may be accommodated 5-10km
away in the surrounding area, which may add or reduce the distance you
cycle each day.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

If you're travelling with friends or family but
prefer your own room, single rooms are subject to availability and a
supplementary payment. This trip is also available to solo cyclists and is perfect asbeing a popular route means there are plenty of people to chat with every day.


Meals


7 breakfasts are included. Packed lunches are available from your accommodation (order the night before) or you can stop on the way for a traditional wurst or bowl of goulash. Travelling through 3 countries means your tastebuds are also on 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.

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. We suggest you contact as soon as you have finalised your travel plans as this tour is very popular from June through to September.


Please note that during May 2019, Bratislava will be hosting the 'Ice Hockey World Cup'. If you are planning to depart during May 2019, itineraries during May 2019 will be amended on days 3 and 4. Your adventure specialist will be happy to  discuss the changed routing with you.


When to go?

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 centres 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.


Grade, Terrain & Navigation


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, country road and routes which will take you through villages, towns and cities,
so please be mindful of other road users at all times, especially on routes
shared with traffic. You will be supplied with detailed maps, easy to follow route notes and
an information pack for your trip. Should you require 24/7 telephone support is provided should you have any problems along the way.


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

Bike hire is available, including electric bikes, children’s bikes and other specialised equipment available upon request. All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag), lock, basic repair kit and a speedometer. Helmets are not included with the bike hire. You can purchase one to be provided with the bike, however bringing your own is likely to be a better fit and be more hygenic.


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.


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.

Getting to Vienna / from Budapest

By Air: Vienna Airport  has extensive airline connections across Europe and beyond. Vienna Airport train station has a direct service through to central Vienna every hour (journey time 15mins). Please see Trainline Europe for times & prices.


If you prefer to travel to and from Budapest, it is very easy to travel from Budapest Airport to Vienna. Budapest Airport shuttle bus is a short journey to Budapest Ferihgey Train Station. Change here for direct services to Vienna (approx 4 hours journey time). Please check The Trainline Europe for tickets and prices.


Getting from Budapest

Included in the tour cost is a public bus ticket from Budapest to Vienna. Times and services are limited, please let us know at the time of booking if you require a ticket. This service can only be provided at the end of your journey.


You may prefer to fly out of Budapest Airport. Budapest Airport has extensive airline connections across Europe and beyond. and is easily accessible via an airport shuttle bus service.


If you are making your own return travel arrangements to Vienna, the train service between Vienna and Budapest has regular services throughout the day and takes around 2hrs 30mins. Please visit Trainline Europe for times, prices and tickets.

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 easy to moderate. The route is predominatley flat but there are some gentle hills in the last couple of rides. Daily distances are between 30 and 60km so you will need to have a basic level of fitness. It's a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days in the lead up to your holiday so you get used to riding back to back days. As each route heads through the villages and towns along the Danube River there are plenty opportunities to sample local foods, explore historic towns or kick back and relax in a pavement cafe with a local sweet treat.

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 June to September.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need comfortable shoes and clothes for cycling and weather appropriate gear such as 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. You accommodation hosts will be happy to talk to you about local transport options.

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