Bicycling the Danube: Germany to Budapest

Bicycling the Danube: Germany to Budapest

Selected in 2015 by Outside Magazine as one of The 6 Best Cycling Tours in Europe and National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of "50 Tours of a Lifetime".

Join us on a bicycle tour that follows the Danube River, from Germany to 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 towns such as Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk and Esztergom, walk through the steep, terraced vineyards of the Wachau, and experience "Hungarian Tuscany". Relish the modern culinary kitchen of four countries.

***If this sounds great but you don't have time for the full 14 days, check out either the 8-day Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Vienna, or the 8-day Bicycling the Danube from Vienna to Budapest tours.***

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Jun 22-Jul 5, 2018
USD$5500
USD$650
Just 3 Spaces Available 
Aug 10-23, 2018
USD$5500
USD$650
Guaranteed to Go!
Aug 24-Sep 6, 2018
USD$5500
USD$650
Guaranteed to Go!

* 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 private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 14 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 79 km (49 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 301
  • Countries / Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Price / From USD$5500
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary

Distance

1 No cycling today.
2 48 mi / 76 km
3 49 mi / 78 km
4 63 mi / 102 km
5 42 mi / 67 km
6 56 mi / 90 km
7 60 mi / 97 km
8 No cycling today.
9 53 mi / 85 km
10 51 mi / 81 km
11 39 mi / 62 km
12 37 mi / 59 km
13 52 mi / 83 km
14 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Bicycling along Europe's largest river, Vienna, Dinner cruise on the Danube in Budapest, Budapest, Bike paths in Germany and Austria, Cycling in four different countries, Crossing the Iron Curtain by bike, The "Hungarian Tuscany", Bavarian hospitality (with beer!)

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    Well-maintained bike paths in Germany, Austria and Slovakia, but Hungarian bike paths are rare and secondary roads are often bumpy. We use charming and modern hotels but A/C or fans may not always be available. Long stretches on bike paths limits van support on a few days.
  • Includes
    Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 14 days, 13 nights; 8 dinners (including a dinner cruise on the Danube) with wine or beer, all breakfasts; wine tasting; guided tour Passau.

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
    Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Begin/End
    Regensburg, Germany / Budapest, Hungary
  • Arrive / Depart
    Munich Airport (MUC) or Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA), Germany / Budapest Ferenc Liszt Int'l Airport (BUD), Hungary
  • Total Distance
    872-884 km (538-546 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    79 km (49 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    301
    Mostly flat terrain on bike paths and roads. Most days include mileages of 75 km (46 miles or more).
  • Terms
Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive in Medieval Regensburg

Highlights: Northernmost point of Danube River; Medieval center; welcome dinner together

Meet us today in Regensburg, easily reached by train from the nearby airports of Frankfurt and Munich. Our starting point was a Roman outpost under Marcus Aurelius in 179 AD and marks both the northernmost point of the Roman Empire in Germany and the northernmost extent of the Danube. Its Medieval center is wonderfully preserved. We'll enjoy a welcome dinner together tonight.

Test ride along the Danube for as long as you'd like.

DAY 2: Regensburg to Niederwinkling

Highlights: Walhalla Temple, and the Bavarian Countryside

Our first ride today takes us through more Roman settlements and into the Bavarian countryside lifestyle. Take a challenge and climb up to Walhalla Temple. It is not far and you are rewarded with the view back up the river to Regensburg and to the south-east where our ride will take us. Stop for snack at one of the small bakeries or butchers shops. Our destination today is one of these picturesque rural towns.

  • Distance: 48 mi / 76 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: Niederwinkling to Passau

Highlights: Benedictine Monasteries at Metten, Passau and the Inn River

You'll see two Benedictine monasteries today, including one in Metten. Bibliophiles will want to stop for a tour of the library in the Abbey of St. Michael of Metten which features 160,000 volumes including one of the earliest bibles printed in Germany and a 1493 "Nuremberg Chronicle," one of the earliest world history books printed in German and Latin. You'll pass another Benedictine Monastery as you leave Deggendorf on your way to Passau, the gateway to Austria. In Passau the Danube nearly doubles in size, as it is joined by the Inn River. Take time this afternoon to visit Passau's Saint Stephan's Cathedral which houses the largest organ outside of the United States.

DAY 4: Passau to Linz, Austria

Highlights: Crossing the border to Austria, spectacular part of the Danube valley

The Danube River and the valley it has formed shape the central transportation artery of Austria. Today and tomorrow you'll ride through the heartland of Austria. Castles perch above the river as we ride one of the most popular routes in Europe. If you've overloaded on history, the Ars Electronica Museum in Linz will be a welcome change - the museum tries to bridge the gap between art, science and technology.

DAY 5: Linz to Bad Kreuzen

Highlights: Farmland and vineyards, Danube bike paths, Mauthausen Concentration Camp

You'll leave the river valley to reach your destination today - the modern lodge castel Kreuzen with a beautiful view and Kneipp spa. Those who wish can take time to visit the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. The experience is powerful and sobering as you walk up and down the 186 "death stairs." Over 130,000 people were killed here including Jews, Italians, Russian POWs, criminals, and political prisoners.

  • Distance: 42 mi / 67 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 6: Bad Kreuzen to Dürnstein

Highlights: Vineyards of the Danube, Abbey in Melk, wine tasting

On your way to Dürnstein you'll enter the heartland of Austrian wine country. Stop, photograph, and visit the spectacular baroque Abbey of Melk. A beautiful ride leads you through the medieval villages of the Wachau (UNESCO World Heritage site). You'll visit the cellar and vineyards of one of the area's best producers, and taste some of the traditional white wines they produce.



Lodging: For July and August 24th we'll be at the Hotel Pfeffel. The June and August 10th departures are at the Hotel Richard Löwenherz

DAY 7: Dürnstein to Vienna

Highlights: Vienna, former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Enjoy an easy, but long day along the Danube today. You'll reach Vienna via a complex system of bicycle paths that lead directly to your hotel. Vienna is 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.

DAY 8: Optional ride, guided walk in Vienna

Highlights: Imperial Vienna; Hofburg palace; Viennese pastries

We offer an optional ride today for those who want to stretch their legs, though we'll start the morning with a guided walk of Vienna. Be sure to take time to explore Vienna, one of the great imperial cities of Europe. Take in a concert at a local church, or concert hall.

DAY 9: 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: 53 mi / 85 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 10: 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: 51 mi / 81 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 11: 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.

DAY 12: 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.

DAY 13: 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.

DAY 14: 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: Breakfast
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Reviews

Reviews

  • This was an adventure of a lifetime (so far). It was especially moving to me to visit Hungary - the land of my father's birth - and learn first hand about it's history and people. The scenery the entire trip was so beautiful - with the river at our sides and the wind at our back (sometimes). Our tour leaders added so much to our enjoyment. I can't wait for our next ExperiencePlus! trip.

    Sari R., Glastonbury, CT
  • This was a fabulous tour. It met all my expectations and then some. I loved the new titanium bikes and the route. Cycling from Passau to Vienna was my favorite part of the route. Being on a smooth, dedicated cycleway with a great group of people was pure pleasure. Our wonderful team of three leaders made it unique and so special!

    Linda M., Livermore, CA
  • I have described it many times already as an excellent experience with beautiful scenery, a lovely bike route, and including wonderful places visit and great hotels!

    Erika G., Sugar Hill, GA
  • Truly a Tour of a Lifetime. Four countries in 14 days, great sites, food and people. This was the first vacation in a long time that we really did not know what day it was.

    Terry S., Weed, CA
  • ExperiencePlus! provides the best biking tours.

    Milan S. Fairport, NY
  • We had a great time, as always. The guides were the best, the friends to ride with lots of fun and the scenery is beautiful.

    Mary B., Newport Beach, CA
  • Great tour with some great hotels and cultural stops and food. Dinner in Gyor was outstanding. Bike paths on Danube were gorgeous. Jessica and Ilaria were like most Experience Plus guides, low key but always on top of things and keeping everything running smoothly. I will be back!

    Tom D., Scottsdale, AZ - August 2017
  • Pretty easy riding, with beautiful scenery, interesting towns and food, good beer and wine, outstanding guides and focus on the particular culture. It was fun experiencing four countries too. Really a once in a lifetime tour. Loved it!

    Betsy I., Boulder, CO
  • Great trip and route. The hotels were located perfectly within the city centers. And my favorite thing was the ability to navigate the route on my own by following the arrows.

    Bill H., Raleigh, NC
  • Thank you again ExperiencePlus! for another delightful adventure!

    Jan B., Salem, SC
  • As always a fun tour.

    Steve M., Boulder, CO
  • Fantastic trip across 4 countries in central Europe. Every day was great but I very much enjoyed the day we rode to Esztergom.

    Jeffrey C., Pace, FL
  • Love you guys. Make a vacation a real vacation...no worries! And get the best if everything

    Cheri M., Fort Collins, CO
  • Brilliant tour.

    Phillip R., Beverly Hills, NSW - August 2017
  • The overall experience was fabulous. I liked the ride lengths; the food, particularly in Hungary; the sights; the terrain....) One experience that will stay with me (probably forever) is the visit to Maulthausen Concentration Camp. This was a wonderful trip.

    Kathy S., San Ramon, CA
  • A beautiful, enriching experience. I had done a 2 week trip out of tent / sleeping bag, and that cured me. Neither did I want to be a pampered rider. The chance to take this trip seemed to fill my needs. The great rating cemented the deal.

    Joe H., Bend, OR - August 2017
  • An opportunity to travel a long distance and see a remarkable variety of cultural and historical settings within beautiful scenery. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my ExperiencePlus! tours. As was the case with this tour, you have fantastic guides leading the tours.

    John H., Wheeling WV
  • We just returned from our trip and I feel compelled to tell you how pleased we were with the trip. The bicycling, scenery, weather, food were perfect. Most importantly, our tour leaders were outstanding. They made a wonderful trip perfect!

    Lizz V., Sunny Vale, CA
  • It is a great trip with beautiful scenery. Great trip! Thank you ExperiencePlus!. I always send people who ask about our bike vacations your way.

    Susan C., Fort Collins, CO
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