Austria:

Vienna to Budapest Danube Bike Tour


Seven nights; six days of easy cycling along the banks of the Danube River. You will experience a region rich in art and architecture influenced by the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

“ At times I wasn’t sure whether I was on a bike tour with good food or a food tour with great biking.” - Steve O.
"Solid, surprising, satisfying... what we were hoping for. 3 countries, every kind of surface imaginable, all sorts of different settings; farms, small towns, major cities, woods, levees, and everything in between, ... off the beaten path and into the real world..." - Michael and Katie





Itinerary


Start: Vienna, Austria, Hotel Austria, 17:00 day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location. Self guided guests will meet their driver at 09:30 on day two for briefing and bike rental familiarization.


Finish: Budapest, Hungary, approximately 09:00 day eight.


Day 1

Introductions

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 Hainburg an der Donau 60km

Begin cycling along the beautiful Danube River Valley. Pass the ruins of the Roman city of Carnuntum, as you approach Hainburg, the easternmost town in Austria, known for its well-preserved medieval fortification. BLD
Hotel Altes Kloster, Hainburg an der Donau; or

Hotel Zum Goldenen Anker, Hainburg an der Donau

Day 3

Hainburg to Mosonmagyarovar 58km

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 Lajta Park, Mosonmagyarovar; or,
Hotel Panorama, Mosonmagyarovar

Day 4

Mosonmagyarovar to Gyor 46km

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 72km

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 Kristály, Tata; or,
Hotel Kiss, Tata

Day 6

Tata to Esztergom 55km

Ride through forested landscapes as you begin the rewarding challenge of two hilly climbs before enjoying the descent to 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 82km

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 depart this evening. BL
Hotel Parlament, Budapest

Day 8

Farewell

Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. Farewell! B



Description




Note about the route:

A downstream, predominantly downhill ride, on level riverside terrain or in the flat countryside. There is a 5km stretch of busy highway on Day 5. On Day 6, you will encounter two hills, the first being a long ascent as you begin your approach to Budapest. Total distance is 373km.






This route is a continuation of the cycling trail from Passau to Vienna and 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.





Maps & Elevations


Click here for the elevation profile

Day # Daily distance
1
Meeting
2
60 km
3
58 km
4
46 km
5
72 km
6
55 km
7
82 km
8
Farewell




Learn more

Vienna offers plenty to distract you for days; make sure to allow time for at least one of the Musicians Walks.

"In Budapest, we did a lot of walking... The House of Terror was excellent, and we did spend a few hours at the Szechenyi Baths. We especially enjoyed the wine tasting at DiVino, just off St. Stephen's Square. Try Budapest Bisztro near Hotel Parliament." R&D Barnes.

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.


“Full marks go to the European guides for their knowledge of the route and the area in general; communications with guides very good.” - Anon

“I found the European guides to be particularly knowledgeable of the culture, restaurants, and language...they had a lot to offer.” - Anon

“Milan, during our scheduled breaks kept us well fed, well hydrated and well photographed during our rides. Pete and Norbert carried good tasty snacks and water which we were able to access at anytime during the ride.” - May G.

“Your team made some good decisions re; alter paths/routes to ensure our enjoyment, ease of riding and maximized our opportunities to see the different sights available in the areas” - May G.

“We found wonderful small and quaint cafés everyday for our morning coffee breaks…our trip was an outstanding experience!” - Jim L & Dana D




Costs

US 2995 C 3595

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 taxes

US 2245 C 2695

per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, luggage transfers, local mobile phone, GPS units*, maps and route notes, taxes.

Single Occupancy

US 455 C 545

Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 185 C 225
Electric Assist: US 375 C 455

*GPS units may be shared.

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.