11 - 19. May
22 - 30. June
12 - 20. October
Length: 9 days / 8 nights
Start and Finish: in Budapest
Level of support: fully guided and supported
Level of difficulty: rather easy, mainly flat, with some inclines
Cycling distance: total 205 kms/127 miles, daily 18-37 kms/11-23 miles
We have selected the nicest landscapes, sights, and some of the best hotels at the River Danube. You will cycle along breathtaking panoramas of the Danube Bend, enchanting lakes of Tata, take a canoe tour in Szigetköz, visit the picturesque town Szentendre, medieval castles at Visegrád and Tata, Hungary's biggest cathedral in Esztergom, and Benedictine monastery at Pannonhalma, and you will enjoy superb hotels with unique atmosphere and surroundings, lovely swimming pools, saunas, and masterpieces of the Hungarian cuisine.
Your hotel is near the centre right at the Danube, on Buda side, with lovely views. You will meet your guide, have information about the tour, and dinner in the hotel.
We ride along the Danube, cycle through the Margaret Island, a wonderful park. Getting through Old-Buda, we stop at the ruins of a 3rd century Roman town, and take a walk among the charming Baroque houses, lovely restaurants, cafés, and souvenir shops of Szentendre, the town of artists. We can visit a special exibition of a famous ceramist, or a Marzipan Museum. We stay in a nice and peaceful family hotel with a small swimming pool, and gourmet food.
We ride through little villages on the island of Szentendre along the Danube, and we take an old narrow-gauge railway in the Börzsöny Hills. After cycling in beautiful woods among the hills, we end up at a nice glade to stay at a lovely hotel there with a gorgeous outdoor swiming pool, saunas and other small pools.
Cycling among the hills, we arrive at a monastery, which belongs to an original Hungarian monastic order, the Paulaner. We ride along the Danube, among fascinating sceneries of the hills and a view of the fortification at Visegrád, where we walk around the ruins of the 13th century Citadel. The panorama of the Danube Bend is really breathtaking from here, and from our hotel, which has an exceptional location.
We go to Esztergom, which is the center of the Catholic Church of Hungary. We visit here the biggest cathedral of the country, and we ride to Tata in untouched forests. The hotel where we stay is surrounded by a nice wood. Number of recreational possibilities such as beautiful swimming pools, a sauna, and a fittness room make your stay here pleasant.
We cycle through beautiful parks around the lakes of Tata, visit the medieval Castle, pass by old watermills, nice Baroque houses and many little interesting sights. After we move to another enchanting area, the Szigetköz, we can swim in a lovely thermal bath, and get to a 400 year old Renaissance castle. It is one of Hungary’s most beautiful castle hotels. Antique furnitures, chandeliers, stoves, a chapel, and the English garden with ancient trees make the atmosphere here quite unique.
Szigetköz is the largest island of our country, embraced by many arms of the Danube, a paradise for cyclists, bird watchers, and fishermen. We cycle through charming little villages, along idyllic landscapes, and take a canoe tour in one of the peaceful branches of the river, where we can watch beautiful birds. After this we ride back to enjoy the luxury of our hotel again.
After a short bike ride we get to Pannonhalma. We will have a guided tour to see the most valuable parts of the Benedictine monastery, which was founded in 996. It is a great symbol of our old traditions, and a part of the World Heritage. We taste some very good local wine with a delicious lunch in a lovely cellar, and we get to Budapest, where you can have a nice rest in the hotel, and we have our farewell dinner.
You still can enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the hotel in the morning, and we hope that you will return home with very nice memories.
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