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Danube Cycle Path: 3 Country Tour / Vienna - Budapest

ITINERARY

Visit: Vienna, Bad Deutsch Altenburg, Bratislava, Szigetköz, Györ, Komarno, Danube Bend, Budapest

On this classic cycle tour you will experience the combination of nature along the scenic riverbanks of the Danube as well as the unique opportunity to visit the most important metropolies that lay alongside the Danube. Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest have an overwhelming history with genuine notions of the yesteryear. Nostalgia is combined with a deeply intriguing history along the ever- changing riverbanks of the Danube. Just to scratch the surface of this tour; it takes you to the Castle of Eckartsau, which happens to be the place where Austrian Emperor Karl the 1st and his wife Zita met their fate. In Bratislava, where the coronation of Hungarian Kings took place and the famous empress Maria Theresia acquired much of her fame, prestige and honour. In Esztergom, the first Hungarian King, King Stephan was born and accepted his coronation. Empress Sissi of Austria was crowned Queen of Hungary in Budapest.

 

Tour profile

Level 1-2: The tour is mostly flat with rolling hills that are sometimes slightly steep. The Austrian section follows well maintained and equipped cycle pathes directly mainly close to the river banks, in Hungary you will often cycle on quiet country backroads. On entering and leaving cities there is, of course, traffic that must be observed!

 

Day 1: Vienna

Individual arrival in Vienna. (Tip: use low-cost transportation to and from Vienna/Bratisiava). Tonight, the evening belongs to you! How about a spectacular stroll through the Imperial City or visit a typical Viennese café or tavern with local food and goodies "Heurigen"? The possibilities are endless in the City of Waltz”.

Optional excursions: 

  • City tour by bike
  • Waltz and Operetta Concert at a Viennese palais
  • Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off
  • Vienna Pass
Day 2: Vienna - Bad Deutsch Altenburg/ surroundings (approx. 42 km)

Not far from Vienna begins an untouched alluvial landscape, and a Nature Reserve with stunning and diverse Flora and Fauna. Get away from it all and enjoy the wonderful peace and quiet, only interrupted by the twittering chirps of birds. The ancient Romans have left their print and also have relaxed in the nice warm water of Bad Deutsch Altenburg. The Archaeological Park of Carnuntum will invite you into an exciting journey to the past.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Bad Deutsch Altenburg/ surroundings - Bratislava (approx. 26 km)

Nestled between the hills of Hainburg and the Carpathian Mountains you cycle on to Europe’s youngest capital, Bratislava. The Slovak capital is an enchanting, sleepy old town in addition to magnificent modern buildings.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Bratislava - Szigetköz - Györ (approx. 50 km) + train ride Mosonmagyarovar-Györ

The marshy landscape of the Szigetköz is an ideal environment and paradise for birds and fish alike. In the midst of these wild and untouched lowlands with more than 500 tiny islands you will find quaint farming villages and a labyrinth of countless Danube canals and creeks. After a relaxing and short train ride you reach the day’s final destination, Györ with its gorgeous Baroque-style old town squares.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Györ - Komarno/ surroundings (approx. 57km)

The National Stud of Babolna is world famous as an Arabian horse breeding facility and is definitely worth a stroll through. While you are visiting the Studs and the Stud Museum you can catch a glimpse of some secret Hungarian horse breeding techniques and methods. After cycling through the lush rolling hills into the village of Komarom, the favourite village of renowned King Matthias.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Komarno/ surroundings - Danube Bend (approx. 52km)

Today you cycle along the banks of the Slovakian Danube on small low-traffic roads through quaint and quintessential villages. On your way to the “Town of Bishops and Kings”, Esztergom, also known as the „Hungarian Rome“ or “Royal City”, you pass the Roman fort of Kelemantia. The Basilica of Esztergom, the largest Catholic Church in Hungary is another highlight and glamorous part of the overall tour.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Danube Bend - Budapest (approx. 62km) + ship ride

Amidst the hilly landscape, the river Danube divides itself into parts creating the Szentendre-island, where you'll cycle through typical Hungarian villages.  Szentendre is famous for its numerous handicraft boutiques and the Open-air Museum Skanzen. Then continue by boat ride to Budapest where you´ll enjoy the beautiful view of Budapest´s most popular sights as you cruise by.

Meals: Breakfast 

Day 8: Budapest

Enjoy the day in the metropolis of beautiful Budapest. If you want, you can go back to Vienna by bus, departures are scheduled every 2 hours on a daily basis. The bus has to be booked prior to 10 days before your arrival. Duration of the trip is approx. 3 hours. On request the bus will also stop at Vienna's International Airport. Schedules are subject to change!  Or you can extend your time in Budapest.

Optional excursions:

  • Budapest City tour by bike
  • Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off

Meals: Breakfast

 

Package Includes:

  • 7 nights in room with private facilities
  • Breakfast daily
  • Daily luggage transport up to hotel in Budapest (max. 2 pieces of luggage (max. 20 kg/piece), max. 30 kg/Person)
  • 1 x train Mosonmagyarova - Györ (incl. bike)
  • 1 x ship or train transfer (before/after seasonal shipping schedule) Szentendre - Budapest
  • Service-hotline (also accessible on weekends)
  • Handlebar bag with maps and information material per room

 

Not Included:

  • HB including dinner option (Cat. A: 7x dinner, Cat. B: 6x dinner, in Vienna breakfast only)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Optional excursions
  • Anything not mentioned in 'Package Includes'

 

General Information:

  • All bike tours are unescorted
  • The mileages and approximations are distances of the recommended routes
  • Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen and proper sport shoes
  • In Hungary you have to wear a safety vest at night and by poor vision outside of cities/villages
  • This cycling tour is not suitable for people with limited mobility. Individual requests are in special cases possible (ie. handicapped accessible room)

 

Category A Hotels (or similar):

  • Vienna: Hotel Kaiserwasser 4*
  • Bad Deutsch Altenburg: Hotel Altes Kloster 4*
  • Bratislava: Hotel Park Inn Bratislava 4*
  • Györ: Hotel Famulus 4*
  • Komárom: Hotel Peklo 4*
  • Esztergom: Hotel Portobello 4*
  • Budapest: Novotel Budapest Danube 4*

 

Category B  Hotels (or similar):

  • Vienna: Hotel Arcotel Donauzentrum 4*
  • Bad Deutsch Altenburg: Gasthof Stöckl 3*
  • Bratislava: Hotel Park Inn Bratislava 4*
  • Györ: Hotel Ibis Györ 3*
  • Komárom: Hotel Bow Garden 3*
  • Esztergom: Hotel Szent Adalbert 3*
  • Budapest: Hotel Mercure Castle Hill 4*

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (rr)

Package Information

  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Type: Biking Tour
  • Departures: April - October 2021
  • Cities Visited: Vienna, Bad Deutsch Altenburg, Bratislava, Szigetköz, Györ, Komarno, Danube Bend, Budapest
  • Price From: Not Available