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Austria, Slovakia and Hungary

Vienna to Budapest

Self-Guided Leisure Bike Tour

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Duration

8 days

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$945 P.P.
Austria, Slovakia and Hungary

Vienna to Budapest

Self-Guided Leisure Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

$945 P.P.
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This diverse cycling tour in Austria takes you from Vienna to Budapest and it's a cycling gem! Following the Danube, your trip starts in the world’s city of charm, Vienna. One of Europe’s most classic and picturesque cities, it’s the perfect spot to spend a few hours exploring and discovering the capital’s sights!
In the morning your trip really begins and you’ll find yourself cycling along mostly flat pastures, down cycle paths and country roads, towards Bratislava, where you will be able to get some shopping done in the scenic old part of town. 
Souvenirs packed up and transferred with your luggage, your journey continues through the infinite widths of the Hungarian lowlands. Meandering your way through typical Hungarian villages and rolling hills you’ll soon find yourself heading towards the Hungarian capital, Budapest. The crowning conclusion of your journey, known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ and the ‘Paris of the East’. With 2000 years of history, you can explore the city at your leisure, finding great food, friendly locals, historical monuments and stunning architecture. 
An excellent place to place cycling vacation for those looking for a gentle trip along the Danube, along mostly flat terrain and the occasional cheeky climb. 
Contact us with your preferred dates and let Skedaddle show you the best way to enjoy a cycling vacation.
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Highlights

  • 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

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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.

Yolande, Dubai

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive into Vienna

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.

Day 2
Vienna to Bratislava
42 Miles / 68 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today’s ride will take you through the national park of Donau-Auen. Here you’ll get to see the diverse flora, fauna and landscapes of the region. You will pass Orth castle and the village of Eckertsau on the way to Bad Deutsch Altenburg. Here 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. After Hainburg you will reach the Austria/Slovakia border, and Bratislava, which will be your home for the evening.

Day 3
Bratislava to Mosonmagyaróvár
27 Miles / 44 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

After leaving this bustling city, the route will be along bike trails, gravelly cycle paths and country roads, taking you past small border villages in Slovakia, all the way across the border into Hungary.

On the way you will have the opportunity to visit the biggest river island in Europe, Rye Island. Your destination for today is Mosonmagyaróvár (the city of 17 bridges) where a warm welcome will be waiting for you at your hotel for the evening.

Day 4
Mosonmagyaróvár to Gyõr
25 Miles / 41 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today you will be cycling along country roads through the idyllic and enchanting “Little Alfõld“, on the way to the provincial capital of Gyõr. Hédervár is a lovely place to stop for lunch en-route.

Gyõr, often called the town of rivers, is one of the most important cities in Northern Hungary. With Baroque and neo-Classical architecture galore, a magnificent cathedral and splendid palaces, it’s a great place to take a stroll and do some sightseeing. Your accommodation for the evening is in downtown Gyõr and is the perfect place to relax after exploring the city.

Day 5
Gyõr to Komárom
34 Miles / 55 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today you will be cycling towards Bábolna, which is home to a famous riding school. Founded in 1789, Bábolna has been a major location for horse breeding in Hungary ever since and the racehorses are bred in a splendid inner courtyard. The local National Stud is known far beyond the town’s borders!

The last part of your ride takes you back to the Danube, on the way to the divided town of Komárom and Komárno, where you can spend your evening relaxing in the spa.

Day 6
Komárom to Visegrád
35 Miles / 56 Kms (Plus Boat or Train Ride)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today´s route runs close to the riverbanks in the flat Danube valley. During the course of the day, you’ll be passing through different villages, admiring vineyards 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 which is on the way. However, an absolute highlight today is Esztergom (also known as ‘Hungarian Rome‘): It´s basilica is the largest church in the country. Take your time looking around, before boarding a riverboat which will take you to your destination, Visegrád. Amazing views over the beautiful landscape of the so-called Donauknie will certainly pack a punch. (Please note: The boat does not run in April, September, October, or Mondays; we will include a train ticket instead during these times.)

Day 7
Visegrád to Budapest
35 Miles / 56 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

The Royal Palace and the castle of Visegrád are on the agenda today, along with the open air museum and the baroque old town of Szentendre. The first part of today’s ride will guide you again through the Donauknie, a beautiful section of the Danube bike trail, leading you towards today’s destination; Budapest. And relax!

Day 8
Departure from Budapest
  • Meals: Breakfast

Time to say goodbye to this wonderful city and depart for your journey home.

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The Cycling

Terrain

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.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 2-3: Gentle/ Moderate

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.  

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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!

Louise, UK

Dates & Prices

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8 days
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$945.00

Whats Included Tick

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) Boat or train ticket from Esztergom to Visegrad (incl. Bikes) – Day 6

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike Hire (if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Personal clothing and equipment

D) Lunch

E) Evening meals (unless on the half board option (excluding first and last nights))

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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The Essentials

Travel Options

For this tour we ask that you make your own way to your hotel in Vienna on arrival and onwards from Budapest at the end of the trip. The most convenient airports for this trip are Vienna airport (VIE) on arrival and returning from Budapest airport (BUD).

Most flights from North America require overnight travel, and a stop over in an intermediary airport, with Norwegian. Aeroflot and UIA being common airlines for this journey.

Please note that flying from North America may involve multiple travel days.

Alternatively you can book a return flight to Vienna airport and either take the train or we can provide a transfer from Budapest to Vienna at the end of the trip- please select the supplement when booking. This transfer takes approximately 3.5 hours and departs at 15:30pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Season 1 and 2 and has daily departures in Season 3.

Please check with Skedaddle before booking any flights so that we can ensure they fit in with the trip schedule.

Accommodation

Accommodation for this trip will be in shared twin or double en suite rooms in good quality 4 star hotels.

Please note that a twin bedded room may be a typical Austrian Twin, which comprises two mattresses and two sets of bedding in the same large bed frame; it may not be possible to separate the mattresses.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have a choice of bikes available to rent. Our standard bikes are hybrids (red in the photo above) with semi slick tyres and a relaxed riding position. These bikes are typically unisex frames, although men’s frames are often available on request. You also have the choice of premium hybrid bikes (black in the photo above) which are lighter than our standard bikes and offer a more dynamic riding position.

We also have e-bikes available to rent. (We only have a small number however and so these are always on request). Please note, e-bikes will have pedal brakes as well as hand brakes. Bikes come equipped with a saddle and handlebar bag, a tool kit, a puncture repair kit, a cycle computer, a pump and a combination lock. You will need to bring along your own helmets.

It is possible to bring along your own saddle and / or pedals, but we ask that you bring along your own tools as you will need to fit them yourselves. If you bring your own saddle, we also recommend you bring an adapter, due to differing saddle diameters.

(Please note: water bottles and water bottle cages are not provided.)

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