Austria: Vienna to Budapest Danube Bike
This easy route, a continuation of the cycling trail from Passau to Vienna, winds its way along the Danube between the two important European cities of Vienna and Budapest. They hold the legacies of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the form of exquisite and impressive architecture. The route goes through the capital city of Slovakia – Bratislava, and the historically significant towns of Gyor, and Esztergom where you can marvel at the largest cathedral in Hungary. The fascinating town of Szentendre is a highlight. Full of churches, galleries, and museums, such as the renowned Hungarian Open Air Museum, you can enjoy this town’s charm and situation on the banks of the Danube below the Pilis Mountains. This bicycle tour gives you relaxed and easy cycling all the way to Budapest on quiet roads and bike pathways, through a nice balance of vibrant centers and rustic, traditional landscapes of fields, vineyards and forests.
Note: This adventure is easily preceded with the Austrian ride from Passau to Vienna, for a two week downstream experience. Please ask if you are interested.
Day 1: Vienna
Meet in Vienna, the cultural, economic and political centre of Austria. Introductions, bike and route familiarization will precede dinner. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)
Hotel Austria, Vienna
Day 2: Vienna to Bad Deutsch-Altenburg 55km/34 miles
Begin cycling along the beautiful Danube River Valley. Pass the ruins of the Roman city of Carnuntum, as you approach the town of Bad Deutsch-Altenburg, also known as “German Old Castle”. BLD
Hotel Marc Aurel, Petronell-Carnuntum or;
Hotel Altes Kloster, Haingurg an der Donau
Day 3: Bad Deutsch-Altenburg to Mosonmagyarovar 60km/38 miles
Today’s ride takes you briefly through Slovakia via the capital Bratislava, with a visit to its historical old town centre; then on to Hungary, where the day’s ride finishes in Mosonmagyarovar, located on the meanders of a small tributary of the Danube. BLD
Hotel Panorama, Mosonmagyarovar
Day 4: Mosonmagyarovar to Gyor 45km/28 miles
The ride between Mosonmagyarovar and Gyor winds its way through beautiful pastures and small farming towns on its way to the city of Gyor. Originally a Hungarian stronghold from A.D.900, it boasts a superb 12th century cathedral. B
Hotel Klastrom, Gyor
Day 5: Gyor to Tata 60km/38 miles
Today’s cycling is not far from the Danube's flow, through natural landscapes and farmland. You will finish in the town of Tata, on Lake Tata. It is known as the Town of Waters, in an area home to more than 100 springs. BLD
Hotel Kiss, Tata
Day 6: Tata to Esztergom 55km/34 miles
Ride through forested landscapes and enjoy a few small climbs and descents before a flat ride into Esztergom. This town has an immense cathedral, the largest in Hungary. Dating from 1822, it incorporates an earlier, renaissance church from the 16th century. BD
Pension Basilika, Esztergom
Day 7: Esztergom to Budapest 65km/41 miles
Ride through Visegrad on the way to Szentendre, with its many churches and galleries with the opportunity to visit the river island of the same name. This is a highlight of the adventure and the last stop before Budapest. The magnificent city of Budapest, once at the centre of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, boasts some of the most incredible architecture in Europe. After helping arrange your transportation for tomorrow morning, your guides will leave this evening. BL
Hotel Parlament, Budapest
Day 8: Budapest
Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. Farewell! B
|Start:||Vienna, Austria, 15:00 day one|
|Finish:||Budapest, Hungary, approximately 09:00 day eight|
|Guided Cost:||$3295 (per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches, 5 dinners, luggage handling, van and guide support, maps, route notes, GPS units* and value added tax)|
|Self-Guided Cost:||$2395 (per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, luggage transfers, maps, route notes, GPS units*, emergency support and value added tax)|
|Bicycle Rental:||Hybrid: $195|
|2013 Guided Dates:||Jun 2-9; Jun 16-23; Jun 30-Jul 7; Jul 14-21; Jul 28-Aug 4; Aug 11-18; Aug 25-Sep 1; Sep 8-15; Sep 22-29; Oct 5-12.
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|Self-Guided Dates:||You choose! We confirm within 48 hours.|
|Extend your stay:||Vienna offers plenty to distract you for days; make sure to allow time for at least one of the Musicians Walks. Plan some extra time to experience the castle district or thermal baths of Budapest. Consider adding eight days of more challenging cycling between Budapest and Krakow.|
*GPS units may be shared.
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.