The route goes through Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, the historically significant towns of Gyor and Esztergom, and the fascinating town of Szentendre, full of churches, galleries, and art, on its way to Hungary. This is another truly spectacular ride, suited to relaxed cyclists with a rich appreciation for human and European heritage, and rests in beautiful hotels. Note: This trip is easily preceded with the Austrian ride from Passau to Vienna, for a seamless two week downstream experience. Please ask if you are interested.
Route notes: A downstream, predominantly downhill ride, on level riverside terrain. On the final 2.5 days, you will encounter some hills as you begin your approach to Budapest.
Day 1: Vienna. Meet in Vienna, the cultural, economic and political centre of Austria. Introductions, bike and route familiarization will precede dinner. Includes: (D). (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only). Hotel Austria, Vienna.
Day 2: Vienna to Bad Deutsch-Altenburg 55 km/34 miles. Begin cycling along the beautiful Danube River Valley. Pass the ruins of the Roman city of Carnuntum, as you approach the town of Bad Deutsch-Altenburg, also known as “German Old Castle”. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Hotel Marc Aurel, Petronell-Carnuntum or; Hotel Altes Kloster, Haingurg an der Donau.
Day 3: Bad Deutsch-Altenburg to Mosonmagyarovar 60 km/38 miles. Today’s ride takes you briefly through Slovakia via the capital Bratislava, with a visit to its historical old town centre; then on to Hungary, where the day’s ride finishes in Mosonmagyarovar, located on the meanders of a small tributary of the Danube. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Hotel Panorama, Mosonmagyarovar.
Day 4: Mosonmagyarovar to Gyor 45 km/28 miles. The ride between Mosonmagyarovar and Gyor winds its way through beautiful pastures and small farming towns on its way to the city of Gyor. Originally a Hungarian stronghold from A.D.900, it boasts a superb 12th century cathedral. Includes: (B). Hotel Klastrom, Gyor.
Day 5: Gyor to Tata 60 km/38 miles. Today’s cycling is not far from the Danube's flow, through natural landscapes and farmland. You will finish in the town of Tata, on Lake Tata. It is known as the Town of Waters, in an area home to more than 100 springs. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Hotel Kiss, Tata.
Day 6: Tata to Esztergom 55 km/34 miles. Ride through forested landscapes and enjoy a few small climbs and descents before a flat ride into Esztergom. This town has an immense cathedral, the largest in Hungary. Dating from 1822, it incorporates an earlier, renaissance church from the 16th century. Includes: (B), (D). Pension Basilika, Esztergom.
Day 7: Esztergom to Budapest 65 km/41 miles. Ride through Visegrad on the way to Szentendre, with its many churches and galleries with the opportunity to visit the river island of the same name. This is a highlight of the adventure and the last stop before Budapest. The magnificent city of Budapest, once at the centre of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, boasts some of the most incredible architecture in Europe. After helping arrange your transportation for tomorrow morning, your guides will leave this evening. Includes: (B), (L). Hotel Parlament, Budapest.
Day 8: Budapest. Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. Farewell! Includes: (B).
- Start: Vienna, Austria, 15:00 day one
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