Danube Cycle Path Vienna – Bratislava – Budapest
Season: April – October.
On this classic cycle tour you will experience the diverse natural beauty of the Danube and will visit three of the most important cities situated along the Danube – Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. All three cities – the capitals of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary – boast intriguing histories dating back to pre-Roman times and are must-see destinations during the tour.
*Base price for a double room in low season. Please ask for a detailed offer down in “BOOK NOW”.
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Cycling Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Easy
Self-guided Cycling Tour
Departure days: Friday, Saturday and Sundays
(From April 22 to 30 April and October 2 to 14, only departures on Saturday)
Duration: 8 days – 7 nights
Category A: selected 4* comfortable hotels in all cities
Category B: 3* hotels/inns; in Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest 4-star hotels
Over the course of the eight day cycle tour you will discover and learn about the intriguing history of the ever-changing Danube and the landscape that it traverses. Highlights include: a visit to the Castle of Eckartsau in Austria, the residence of the last Austrian Emperor Karl I and his wife Empress Zita before they were exiled to the Portuguese island of Madeira in November 1921. In Bratislava: St. Martin’s Cathedral where the coronation of Hungarian Kings took place between 1563 and 1860; in Esztergom in Hungary where King Stephen, the first Hungarian king, was born and accepted his coronation and in Budapest where Empress Sissi of Austria was also crowned Queen of Hungary in 1867. All of this plus much, much more will certainly make for a trip of a lifetime.
- 7 nights in rooms with private facilities
- Breakfast or dinner option (Cat. A: 7x dinner, Cat. B: 6x dinner, in Vienna breakfast only)
- Daily luggage transport up to hotel in Budapest (max. 2 pieces of luggage (max. 20kg/piece), max. 30 kg/Person)
- 1 x train Mosonmagyarovar – Györ (incl. bike)
- 1 x ship or train transfer (before/after seasonal shipping schedule) Szentendre – Budapest (cat. B)
- 1 x ship transfer Esztergom – Visegrad (cat. A)
- Service-hotline (also accessible on weekends)
- Return transfer by public bus from Budapest to Vienna, most common departure at 3 p.m. (excl.bike)
- Handlebar bag with maps and information material per room
- Bike rental (optional)
Individual arrival in Vienna. (Tip: use low-cost carriers to Vienna/Bratislava). Tonight the evening belongs to you! Why not enjoy a spectacular stroll through the imperial city or visit a typical Viennese tavern with local foods and goodies‚ a so-called Heurigen? The possibilities are endless in the ‘City of Waltz‘.
Vienna - Bad Deutsch Altenburg area, approx. 42 km
As you start from Vienna you will discover an untouched and captivating landscape, a true nature reserve with stunning and diverse flora and fauna. Get away from it all and enjoy the wonderful peace and quiet that is only interrupted by the twittering sounds of birds. You will visit the spa and market town of Bad Deutsch Altenburg where ancient Romans relaxed in the warm spa waters and the Archaeological Park of Carnuntum will invite you on an exciting journey into the past.
Bad Deutsch Altenburg area - Bratislava, approx. 26 km
Nestled between the hills of Hainburg and the Carpathian Mountains you cycle onto Europe’s youngest capital, Bratislava. The Slovak capital is an enchanting and sleepy city that today also boasts magnificent modern-day buildings.
Bratislava - Szigetköz - Györ, approx. 50 km + train ride
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 and its more than 500 tiny islands you will find quaint farming villages and a labyrinth of countless Danube canals and creeks. After a short and relaxing train ride you reach the day’s final destination, Györ with its gorgeous Baroque-style old town squares.
Györ - Komarom area, approx. 57 km
The National Stud of Babolna is world famous as an Arabian horse breeding facility and is definitely worth a visit. While at the stud and the stud museum you can catch a glimpse of some of the secret techniques and methods of Hungarian horse breeding. After cycling through lush rolling hills into the village of Komarom, you will find your accommodation in the favourite village of renowned King Matthias.
Komarom area - Danube Bend, approx. 52 km + boat (Cat. A)
Today you cycle along the banks of the Slovakian Danube on small low-traffic roads through quaint and typical Slovakian 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 just one of many popular highlights of the overall tour.
Danube Bend - Budapest, approx. 58 km + boat (Cat. B)
Amidst the hilly landscape the river Danube is splitting to create Szentendre Island where you cycle through typical Hungarian villages. Szentendre is famous for its numerous handicraft boutiques and the open air Museum Skanzen. On your boat ride (cat. B) into Budapest you will see many of the famous attractions of this beautiful city.
Today you can enjoy the Hungarian capital at your leisure. Departure can be arranged by daily scheduled buses at 3 pm with arrival in Vienna at approx. 6 pm. (other departure times on request) Schedules are subject to change!
ARRIVAL – PARKING – DEPARTURE
ARRIVAL BY PLANE
Airport: Vienna (VIE), Bratislava (BTS)
Bus transfer: Vienna Airport – Arrival Hotel: Vienna Airportlines or TAXI
ARRIVAL BY CAR
- Parking garage at the arrival hotel: approx. EUR 11,- per day, unguarded, locked (Cat. A), reservation not posible
- Free parking at underground station “Kagran” (line U1)
- Public parking: unguarded, free of charge, in the vicinity of arrival hotels
- Public parking garage = Park & Ride: approx. EUR 3,40,- per day, unguarded, at the underground station Leopoldau (line U1)
ARRIVAL BY TRAIN
Train station: Vienna central station, then underground line U1 to arrival hotel
See timetables here: http://www.oebb.at/en
Transfer Budapest – Wien (please reserve on booking):
In Austria it is mandatory for children under the age of 12 to wear a bike helmet when on a bike. Please protect your little ones and bring their own helmet.
Reflective vests are not obligatory, but surely useful.
In Slovakia you are obliged to wear a bike helmet outside of villages, for children under 15 it is mandatory to wear a helmet in general. Reflective vests are mandatory at bad sight, at night and dawn.
In Hungary it is mandatory to wear safety vests at bad light and sight outside of villages, but there is no obligation to wear a helmet.
Available upon request