- Spending your first evening in the iconic city of Vienna
- The amazing views as you approach the Danube Bend
- Exploring Bratislava
- The imposing cathedral of Esztergom in Hungary
- The sense of accomplishment as you finish the journey from Vienna to Budapest
- Taking a thermal bath in beautiful Budapest
Skedaddle responded to our enquiry immediately and organised a wonderful holiday for us. The cycling path was excellent and close to the river which was most enjoyable.
After you have made your way to your hotel in Vienna, you will be able to make yourself at home and unpack. Flight times permitting, there may be time for you to see the sights of Vienna, one of Europe’s most classic and picturesque capitals, at your leisure. Full of romance and history, it’s a wonderful city to explore!
You’ll be met by one of our local representatives, who will provide your hire bikes (if hiring), as well as your route notes and maps for your upcoming trip.
- Meals: Breakfast
Leaving the bustling city of Vienna behind, today’s ride will take you through the national park of Donau-Auen. A nature reserve covering 93 square kilometres in Vienna and Lower Austria, the Donau-Auen is one of the largest remaining floodplains of the Danube. Along the way you’ll really get to enjoy the region’s diverse flora, fauna and landscapes.
On the way to Hainburg, your home for the evening, you’ll pass Orth castle (built in the year 1140 by the Lengenbach family) and the lovely village of Eckertsau.
- Meals: Breakfast
In the morning if you fancy, you can pay a visit to Carnuntum (an open air museum) using the Roman bike trail. The archaeological park here is regarded as one of the most significant archaeological sites in Austria, a great place for the kid’s if you‘re travelling with your family.
Moving on from here, you’ll head east and will shortly reach the Slovakian border. You’ll make your way across and on to the capital city; Bratislava where you’ll be staying tonight. The shorter distance today means you should arrive with plenty of time to explore the old town of this charming city.
- Meals: Breakfast
You’ll start today’s ride meandering through the last of the Slovak section of your holiday, before crossing the Hungarian border in Rajká.
Almost immediately you’ll discover picturesque villages and scenic countryside, the entire route immersing you in nature. The route will guide you through the so-called Szigetköz, an island plain in Western Hungary, characterized by numberless tributaries of the Danube.
Your destination for today is Mosonmagyaróvár, literally meaning ‘ancient Hungarian castle’ and known as the City of 17 bridges.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you’ll make your way towards Hédervár, the perfect rural stop off for a leisurely lunch.
You’ll be making your way today to Györ, the district capital. Györ is a hidden gem and is a charming little town, so take some time to relax and explore all of the winding alleys in the lovely historic centre.
- Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast you will start with a short train journey to Komárom.
From here you’ll jump on your bikes and follow a route that runs close to the riverbanks in the flat Danube valley. During the course of the day, you’ll pass through different villages, admiring vineyard after vineyard in the background. Those looking for a challenge today can choose a route over Tata but there are some climbs which require a basic level of fitness.
Those interested in history should take some time to visit the Roman castle Kelemantia, before riding onto Esztergom, known as the ‘Hungarian Rome’ and home to the the largest church in the country.
- Meals: Breakfast
The first part of today’s ride will guide you through the Donauknie, a beautiful section of the Danube bike trail, leading you towards the Royal Palace and the castle of Visegrad, along with the open-air museum and baroque town of Szentendre.
From here you’ll board a river boat, which will bring you into Budapest in style. On arrival you’ll make your way to your hotel, and spend the late afternoon exploring this wonderful city.
You will begin your trip with the longest day of riding at 65kms/ 40 miles. For the first half of the trip you will for the most part stick to flat, well maintained cycle paths. After a couple of days, you will notice a few more gentle climbs and descents along country lanes and secondary roads. When travelling in and out of cities you will be required to cycle through some traffic, but the majority of the routes are traffic free. Some short sections of the route are on slightly rougher terrain, including gravel, rather than asphalt. For this tour we recommend a hybrid bike, road bikes are not suitable for this route.
Leisure Cycling Grade
Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 trips
Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes
Some modest climbs
Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc)
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Trips that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 rides. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.
We cannot fault the service provided by Skedaddle. It was well organised and you were always on hand to help us with our queries. We were impressed with every aspect of the holiday. Thank you!
Dates & Prices
The season prices below are per person, and are applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.
2022 02 Apr – 08 Oct
Season 1 – $1160 – Saturday Departures
02 – 21 Apr and 24 Sep – 08 Oct.
Season 2 – $1305 – Friday, Saturday and Sunday Departures
22 Apr – 30 Jun and 02 – 23 Sep
Season 3 – $1395 – Daily Departures
01 Jul – 01 Sep
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in good quality 4* hotels
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)
D) Detailed route notes and maps
E) Luggage transfers
F) Train ticket from Györ to Komárom (including bike)
G) Boat ticket from Szentendre to Budapest (including bike)
(Note: Full boat timetable not yet available for 2022 – will be replaced with train tickets if boat not running on chosen dates)
H) GPX files on request
What's not Included
A) Bike rental (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
C) Personal clothing and equipment
D) Meals not stated in the itinerary
F) Travel insurance
G) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions
I) Tourist taxes (to be paid directly to the hotel where applicable)
J) Travel arrangements to first night’s hotel
K) Travel arrangements to departure airport
L) Tourist tax (to be paid locally where applicable)
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Andy, North Yorkshire, UKThis was awesome!
Always knew you were there if needed. The map book was invaluable and the added tips helped plan each day so we got the maximum value. Favourite day was Day 2 of the cycling days, Bratislava to Mosonmagyarovar. The cycle paths were wide and our 2 boys loved the freedom to explore handling their bikes.
To sum it up, Ben & Owen (aged 9 and 12) said on the last night in Budapest: “Where to next dad, this was awesome and you need to top this!”
Yolande, DubaiOn very short notice!
Skedaddle responded to our enquiry immediately and organised a wonderful holiday for us at very short notice – less than a week! Favourite day was Esztergom to Budapest. The cycling path was excellent and close to the river which was most enjoyable.
Richard, Berkshire, UKLots of favourites!
The hotels were all excellent. With lots of favourites from Gyor to Komaron through the sun flower fields, the parts of route close to the Danube, and seeing the Houses of Parliament when we rolled through into Budapest. We were provided with really good maps and route cards.
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Our last holiday, organised by Saddle Skedaddle, was cycling from Vienna to Budapest along the Danube. We saw storks nesting on top of telegraph poles, Esztergom’s magnificent cathedral and the dramatic Danube Bend. After five days in the saddle, a hot stone massage in the hotel spa and beers in one of the city’s ruin bars did the trick.
Charlie, Hampshire, UKWe had a great holiday
We had a great holiday thanks to Skedaddle’s arrangements which were perfect.
Laura’s briefing was excellent. Weather was hot and sunny – no rain.
Hotel choices were good and importantly – central. Bikes went well and were in excellent condition!
Colette, London, UKThe staff were excellent!
The staff at head office were really excellent – nothing was ever too much trouble and their customer service skills were a credit to the company.
Louise, Middlesex, UKExcellent...
We cannot fault the service provided by Skedaddle. It was well organised and Jess was always on hand to help us with our queries. We would thoroughly recommend Skedaddle and were impressed with every aspect of the holiday. So a big thank you!
Grahame, Chesire, UKVery good...
Really enjoyed the holiday overall. Some great scenery and interesting places to visit.
Enjoyed final day with ferry rides to cross river. Great fun. Day 4 to Gyor also good as Gyor is a lovely town to visit. Whole route is very flat.
Some hotels were pretty smart – so one could not help but admire the graciousness of the welcome from reception staff as one arrived positively minging (+ hot & sweaty) after a day’s cycling! All hotels of a high standard. All days were slightly different, bringing their own interest with them. Woods & butterflies delighted me, although other half less excited by bumpy tracks! The additional days we added in were brilliant. Gave some welcome time off, a chance to see some local places & we would highly recommend this approach if people can spare the time.
Phil, UKA superb holiday
Total mileage for the trip was 241 and we enjoyed every minute. We were particularly impressed with the hotels selected and the food served both at breakfasts and for our half board package, lucky we were cycling a good distance a day or the airline would have charged for excess baggage i.e. us
Your representative in Vienna was a charming guy and gave us all the information needed clearly and patiently and again was a credit to your organisation. Thanks again for your help!