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Bicycling the Danube: Vienna to Budapest

  • Itinerary Summary

    Selected by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of "50 Tours of a Lifetime".

    Join us on a bicycle tour that follows the Danube River, from Vienna, and then on to Budapest. Enjoy long, leisurely rides along the longest river in Europe and through farm villages, picture-perfect you'll have time to enjoy natural and man-made sights. Marvel at the "Schlögener Schlinge", visit historic Abbeys and cathedrals in Esztergom, walk through the steep, terraced vineyards of the Wachau, and experience "Hungarian Tuscany". Relish the modern culinary kitchen of three countries.

    Extend this tour by 7 days check out the 14-day option: Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Budapest tour.

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    1. Day 1: Welcome to Vienna

      Highlights: Vienna

      Meet us today in Vienna, the largest city in Austria and one of Europe's leading musical centers. It was first a Roman and Celtic settlement, but as the Austro-Hungarian Empire rose to prominence, magnificent Medieval and Baroque architecture became especially prevalent.

      Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

      Lodging: Novotel Wien City. September 4th departure will be at the Hotel Stefanie.

    2. Day 2: Vienna to Bratislava, Slovakia

      Highlights: Crossing the former "Iron Curtain"

      An easy ride today takes you to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Czechoslovakia was formed from parts of the historic Austro-Hungarian empire in 1918 and came under Soviet domination in 1948. It wasn't until 1989, with the fall of the Berlin Wall, that the country was freed from Soviet control. Bratislava became capital of Slovakia when it separated from the Czech Republic during the "velvet divorce" in 1993. You'll bicycle through the former "Iron Curtain", which would have been prohibited just a few decades ago.

      Distance: 75km (47 miles). Meals: B

      Lodging: Hotel Devin

    3. Day 3: Bratislava to Györ, Hungary

      Highlights: Bicycling along the Danube to Hungary

      While Györ was a border town early in its history under the Romans, it was an imperial city under the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was directly in the path of barbarian invasions through the centuries, and much of the present day city was built by Italian architects after the retreat of the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century. Leaving Slovakia road conditions become noticeably worse, but you are rewarded with pristine, simple villages that will make you feel as though you have traveled back in time.

      Distance: 84km (52 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Hotel Klastrom

    4. Day 4: Bicycle Györ to Tata

      Highlights: Babolna and the "Hungarian Tuscany"

      Leaving Gyöor you'll pass through important industrial areas before reaching the Pannonian Basin and Babolna, where Hungary's finest riding horses are bred. The landscape changes here and you'll soon be riding the rolling hills of Transdanubia, also known as the "Hungarian Tuscany". Your destination is the small city of Tata which features a beautiful "old lake" and castle from the 15th century.

      Distance: 58km (36 miles). Meals: B

      Lodging: Kristáaly Imperial Hotel

    5. Day 5: Tata to Esztergom

      Highlights: Transdanubian hills, Esztergom

      You'll ride just south of the Danube today through the Transdanubian hills. A beautiful landscape that leads you to Esztergom which was the capital of Hungary from the 11th to the mid-13th century, was occupied by the Ottoman Turks for 150 years, and enjoyed a rebirth of baroque architecture after 1700.

      Distance: 54km (34 miles). Meals: B

      Lodging: Bazilika Panzio

    6. Day 6: Esztergom to Budapest

      Highlights: Bicycling along the Danube into Budapest

      We ride into Budapest today and our hotel is at the foot of the Buda Castle Hill, so you'll be close to most of the sights.

      Distance: 84 km (52 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Art'otel Budapest

    7. Day 7: Bicycle Tour ends in Budapest

      Highlights: Budapest

      Our tour ends this morning in Budapest. We highly recommend that you take a few days to enjoy all that the city has to offer. Whatever you decide have a wonderful journey.

      Meals: B

    • Highlights

      Bicycling along Europe's largest river, Vienna, Dinner cruise on the Danube in Budapest, Budapest, The "Hungarian Tuscany", Bavarian hospitality (with beer!)
    • Includes

      Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 7 days, 6 nights' accommodation; 4 dinners (including a dinner cruise on the Danube) with either wine or beer, 6 breakfasts plus "The Usual"
    • Countries

    • Begin/End

      Vienna / Budapest
    • Arrive/Depart

      Vienna / Budapest
    • Total Distance

      355 km (219 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      Average per day of riding 71 km (44 miles)
    • Rating

      201 Mostly flat terrain on bike paths and roads. Most days include mileages of 70 km (44 miles or more). Due to long stretches on bike paths on certain days van support may be less than usual, but still attentive
    • Terms

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    Jul 9-15, 2015 $3495 $550 Guaranteed to Go Book it
    Jul 24-30, 2015 $3495 $550 Guaranteed to Go Book it
    Aug 20-26, 2015 $3495 $550 5 More to Guarantee the Departure Book it
    Sep 4-10, 2015 $3495 $550 Sold Out. Wait List Available. Book it

    * We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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