Danube - Vienna to Budapest

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Visiting: Austria, Slovakia, Hungary

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £470 to £892pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Deluxe, Superior i
Code AU003
Good For Multi-Country, Riverside Routes
Distance 180mi/289km
Runs Apr - Oct
Departs Fri - Sun !
Fly to Vienna !
Return from Budapest !

Overview

What to expect

Cycle beside the blue waters of the Danube River as it passes through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary from Vienna to Budapest. The cycle terrain is mainly flat and takes you along picturesque towpaths and quiet country roads, so you can fall in line with the gentle pace of river life and take in the backdrop of rolling green hills and distant mountains while you look ahead to the next inspiring river city.

The tranquility of the Danube’s bird-filled wetlands, quaint farming villages and wild island reserves seem a world away from its splendid towns and cities but in a single day’s cycling you’ll experience both. Hungary’s largest catholic church, Bratislava’s hilltop castle and the birthplace of the first Hungarian king are highlights but, at the end of the tour, the captivating architecture and vibrant atmosphere of Budapest are hard to beat.

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  • Ever changing riverbank scenery from wild islands to sparkling cities
  • Tranquility of reedy nature reserves and scattered river islands
  • Esteemed cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Leisurely cycling along flat riverside paths and minor roads

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Vienna

    Make your way to Vienna, which sits on the banks of the River Danube, and discover how history sits side by side with colourful contemporary culture in this stunning city.

  • Day 2: Vienna - Bad Deutsch Altenburg 26 miles (42 km)

    Enter untouched fluvial landscapes and cycle past a diverse nature reserve as you tour beside the Danube to the sound of birdsong and splashing water. Stop off at the Roman spa village of Bad Deutsch Altenburg and take a tour around the Archaeological Park of Carnuntum.

  • Day 3: Bad Deutsch Altenburg - Bratislava 16 miles (26 km)

    Nesteled between the Hainburg Hills and Carpathian Mountains you take the cycle path to Europe’s youngest capital – discover Bratislava’s sleepy old town, magnificent modern buildings and legendary hilltop castle.

  • Day 4: Bratislava - Györ 31 miles (50 km) + train

    Experience the marshy landscape of the Szigetköz, a natural sanctuary for birds and fish, cycling past more than 500 tiny river islands in these wild and untouched lowlands. Discover quaint farming villages and a labyrinth of canals and creeks before hopping on a train for a short ride to the Baroque-style town square of Györ.

  • Day 5: Györ – Komarno 35 miles (57km)

    Discover the secrets of Hungary’s approach to horse breeding at the National Stud of Babolna, home to elegant Arabian horses and an intriguing Stud Museum. Cycle through rolling hills to Komarom – a city split by the Danube into Hungarian and Slovakian halves.

  • Day 6: Komarom - Danube Bend 32 miles (52 km)

    Pedal beside the banks of the Slovakian Danube along quiet roads through enchanting villages to Esztergom, capital of Hungary until the 13th century and birthplace of the first Hungarian king. Take your time here to visit the largest catholic church in Hungary and wander around the waterside district of pastel town houses, churches and museums.

  • Day 7: Danube Bend - Budapest 39 miles (62 km) + boat ride

    Cross the bridge to Szentendre island and cycle through typical Hungarian villages. Stop off to browse at the handicraft boutiques and visit Skanzen open air museum where architecture from Hungary’s eight historic regions has been replicated before boarding the boat onto Budapest.

  • Day 8: Depart from Budapest

    Check out after breakfast or extend your stay to explore Budapest.

Accommodation

Category A

We use a pool of 4* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • 7 nights in 4* hotels
  • Breakfast included, half board available
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Category B

We use a pool of 3 & 4* hotels and inns to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • 4* hotels in Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest & 3* hotels and inns in all other destinations
  • Breakfast included, half board available
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please choose your hotel category, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation in the category of your choice: 4 star hotels (Cat A) or 4 and 3 star hotels and inns (Cat B), twin rooms may be 'Austrian twin beds'
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)
  • Bike handover
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • 1 x train Mosonmagyarovar - Gyor including bike
  • 1 x ship or train transfer Szentende - Budapest, depending on date 

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers

Child reductions (triple/quad room)

  • Reduction for child (0-6yrs) sharing with 2 full paying adults (Free)
  • Reduction for child (7-11yrs) sharing with 2 adults (50%)
  • Reduction for child (12-14yrs) sharing with 2 adults (25%)
  • Reduction for 3rd adult sharing with 2 full paying adults (10%)

Bike hire

  • Cycle helmets (from €25 Euro, payable locally)

 

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Bikes are provided with a pannier, pump, lock and repair kit (hybrid bikes also have an odometer). Per room you will also receive a handlebar bag. 

mens bike
Bike hire
£64

21 gears

E Bike
E-bike hire
£143

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half board - category A - 7 nights
£146pp
Half board - category B - 6 nights as Vienna on B&B
£110pp

Transfers

Bus Transfer Budapest - Vienna
£24pp

Extra nights

4 star Vienna B&B - 2 share
£61pp
4 star Vienna B&B - single
£87pp
Category A 4 star Budapest B&B - 2 share
£50pp
Category A 4 star Budapest B&B - single
£81pp
Category B 4 star Budapest B&B - 2 share
£43pp
Category B 4 star Budapest B&B - single
£70pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Vienna, Bratislava or Budapest

Take the train (CAT) from Vienna airport to the centre. If flying to a different destination, take the train from Bratislava (Slovak Lines) or Budapest (ÖBB) to Vienna.

Getting back

Take the train (CAT) or a taxi to Vienna airport. If flying from a different destination, take the train to Bratislava (Slovak Lines) or Budapest (ÖBB).

Fly from Vienna, Bratislava or Budapest

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Three beautiful European cities to explore; surprising and interesting ancient towns along the way with plenty to enjoy. On and off and over the mighty river Danube through arable fields, past nature reserves, wild flowers and butterflies dancing around us all the way - plus an unexpected swim in the clearest lake I've ever seen - THANK YOU FREEDOM TREKS, what a fabulous holiday!

Jeanette Martin, UK, June 2018
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out of 5

This is a really enjoyable (and almost entirely flat) tour, completed by 14 friends of mixed cycling abilities and experience. A lot of the riding is on beautiful cycle paths alongside the Danube, but be aware there is also some off-road riding on gravel tracks and other unmade surfaces. My advice would be not to rely on the map book provided (which provides multiple opportunities for wrong turns!) but to get the route files and load them onto a GPS unit. The places visited are all interesting, and include one or two (Gyor, for example) which are gems we would never otherwise have visited. Note also that on cycling days 3 and 6, there are useful options regarding route lengths - on day 3, for example, some of our party cycled 28 miles and then caught a train, while the rest of us did the full 55 miles.

Angus Porter , UK, June 2018

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