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Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest
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Enjoy meandering rides along the Danube from Austria to Hungary
Trip Highlights
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What's included
  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All luggage transfers
  • Route notes and maps
  • Local bike hire

All breakfasts are included in the price. Breakfast: Continental style buffet breakfast. Lunch and Dinner (not included): there are numerous restaurants along the route with a selection of menus of two or more courses and the route notes will provide more details to help you decide. Self-guided cycling also lends itself really well to picnics. You can stop wherever you please, in a spot that suits you and eat your lunch taking in your chosen view.

Day 1
Start Vienna.
Make your own way to the hotel. The rest of the day is left free to explore Vienna at your leisure. It is a metropolis with unique charm, vibrancy and flair. It boasts outstanding infrastructure, is clean and safe, and has all of the culture, architecture and inspiration that you could wish for in this wonderful part of Europe. Highlights that you may consider include visits to the grand Schonbrunn Palace, Sigmund Freud Museum and a tour in the Vienna State Opera House. Don't miss a visit to one of the many wonderful coffee shops to enjoy the typical cake Sachertorte!
Day 2
Cycle to the Roman remains at Petronell-Carnuntum; stay in Bratislava
This morning you receive your bikes before setting off on your first day of riding. On leaving Vienna the route takes you through extensive flood plains, which have turned into small ponds offering a rich habitat to countless species of birds, animals and insects. You will follow the Donauinsel, a long, thin island and continue to one of Austria's most important archaeological sites, the Roman remains at Petronell-Carnuntum. Much of the track is gravel/grit but is comfortable to ride on. You end your day in the pretty capital city of Bratislava, and there are plenty of options for a hearty meal and a drink after your ride.
Day 3
Cross the Hungarian border; cycle through charming villages to Mosonmagyarovar.
You cycle a short distance in Slovak territory today, before crossing the Hungarian border in Rajka. The cycling takes in charming villages, where you can still find thatched-roofed farm houses, in an area almost completely influenced by agriculture. Your route guides you through the Szigetkoz (a small Rye island) towards Mosonmagyarovar; the charming old 'city of 17 bridges'. The city centre is noteworthy for its impressive collection of baroque buildings.
Day 4
Cycle to Hedervar castle; onwards to the pretty town of Gyor.
Today you follow the flat cycling route as it takes you through the outstanding natural surroundings of the island between the Danube and the Mosoni Duna (Small Danube). Make a stop to see Hedervar Castle, located in the middle of protected parkland. Arrive in the charming colourful town of Gyor with time to take in the many sights and breathtaking historic centre.
Day 5
Cycle towards Komarom; option to stop at the National Stud farm in Babolna.
The cycle ride today follows a gently rolling landscape towards Bony, ending in Komarom. It is possible to take a detour to Babolna, a well cultivated town with a beautiful inner city, famous for the National Stud horses which are bred in the inner courtyards. The final part of the route takes you back to the Danube and onwards to the divided town of Komarom/Komarno, where you can enjoy a relazing spa visit if you wish!
Day 6
Follow the riverbanks along the flat Danube valley, towards Esztergom (known as 'Hungarian Rome').
Today you pedal along riverbanks in the flat Danube valley, passing quaint villages and lush vineyards. The more sporty bikers can choose a route over Tata, but be aware this is more strenuous and there are no shops and restaurants along the way. Those interested in the history of the area should plan some time for the Roman archaelogical site of Kelemantia, where a military camp stood from the 2nd to the 4th century.The absolutely highlight of the day however, is your final destination of Esztergom (also known as Hungarian Rome), with the largest basilica in the country.
Day 7
Ride round the Danube Bend to Szentendre; bike or boat to Budapest.
Leaving Esztergom, you reach the Danube bend, probably one of the most attractive sections of the Danube bike trail. Here, the river winds its way through the Visegrad Mountains and makes a sharp turn towards the south. The Royal Palace and castle of Visegrad, and the open air museum are well worth a visit, as is the old Baroque town of Szentendre. Here you can choose to cycle onwards to Budapest (approx 25km) or take a leisurely boat ride into the centre of the city and appreciate the stunning architecture.
Day 8
End Budapest.
End your trip in Budapest. There is much to see in this iconic city and we are pleased to book additional nights for you if you wish.
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