Highlights
  • Meander along the Danube
  • Cycle 3 countries in one week
  • Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest

This is a classic ride linking two historic cities. Your journey starts in Vienna, which requires little introduction, with its abundance of famous sites, entertainment and culture. The River Danube serves as the spine of the cycling route as you meander back and forth through woodland, farmland, avenues of walnut trees, wide flat landscapes and shady hills. A night is spent in the pretty city of Bratislava and in the lovely town of Gyor, as we head towards the Danube Bend at Esztergom. The end point for the trip is the city of Budapest with time to soak up the wonderful atmosphere and enjoy the stunning architecture.Enjoy meandering rides along the Danube from Austria to Hungary

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Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest

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Cycling the Danube??? November 2016

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My son and I cycled from Vienna to Budapest in early June. We had a great time. The accommodation was fabulous all the way and the cycles were high quality. The map and other information was very helpful and although we didn't need it, help would have been at hand if anything had gone wrong. Most of the cycling we did was on quiet roads or cycle lanes which made us feel fairly safe. My only warning to prospective cyclists on this holiday is just to point out that not much of it is actually along the Danube, probably because there just isn't a decent path going along it I guess. Our highlight was Gyor. Never heard of it? We hadn't either but it's a real gem. Bratislava is really charming and Budapest is a city built on a grand scale. Vienna? We weren't so impressed. Just a little bit too la di dah for our taste but a city you have to see especially if like us you are big fans of "The Third Man." Yes, the wheel is still there and yes we did go on it. You have to, right?
Getting to the end. This is strictly cycling for beginners, but that is what we were and it was a relief to get home unharmed.

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Cycling the Danube??? August 2016

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My son and I cycled from Vienna to Budapest in early June. We had a great time. The accommodation was fabulous all the way and the cycles were high quality. The map and other information was very helpful and although we didn't need it, help would have been at hand if anything had gone wrong. Most of the cycling we did was on quiet roads or cycle lanes which made us feel fairly safe. My only warning to prospective cyclists on this holiday is just to point out that not much of it is actually along the Danube, probably because there just isn't a decent path going along it I guess. Our highlight was Gyor. Never heard of it? We hadn't either but it's a real gem. Bratislava is really charming and Budapest is a city built on a grand scale. Vienna? We weren't so impressed. Just a little bit too la di dah for our taste but a city you have to see especially if like us you are big fans of "The Third Man." Yes, the wheel is still there and yes we did go on it. You have to, right?
Getting to the end. This is strictly cycling for beginners, but that is what we were and it was a relief to get home unharmed.

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An amazing cross country skiing trip with great people and lovely food! Loved every minute of it, the only criticism is that it went too quickly- still wish I was there now.
Would love to come again, would definitely recommend exodus travels to anyone!!
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This was a great trip! It had great scenery and I'd never been the rim of volcanos before. Our group was wonderful and they even welcomed an American whole heartedly (that would be me). I loved the way the leader handled things and adjusted things to make the day go better (like rebooking us on an earlier boat so we would miss the storm). She was full of information and common sense.
Looking down at the Stromboli craters and seeing a few very small eruptions. (Readers should note that while we could see these eruptions we were quite a distance from them and not in any way at risk. (This could be a relief for some and disappointment for others.)

Phenomenal. I loved her ability to lead us from the front or middle of the group as we hiked up and down the various mountains. She had a great sense of humor and was very knowledgeable about plate tectonics and volcanos.

Bring trekking poles and warm, wind proof jackets for the top of Stromboli and Etna.

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A real volcano experience November 2016

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A trip that does exactly as described... Walking the Sicilian Volcanoes
Best moment has to be the first time we heard Stromboli. You prepare for the view but forget about the sounds.

Lea was an excellent tour leader. Very friendly & always ready to answer the innumerable questions.

It was hotter, & far more humid, than expected. Water intake & rehydration salts were very important. Most, but not all days, are OK to walk in stout trainers. On boot days, didn't wear gaiters but probably should have (the small stones can be a nuisance).

If you want to see volcanoes without travelling too far, this is the one. Don't expect "active" lava flows though.

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Itinerary


Land Only

Day 1 Start Vienna

Make your own way to the hotel. The rest of the day is left free to explore Vienna at your leisure. It is a metropolis with unique charm, vibrancy and flair. It boasts outstanding infrastructure, is clean and safe, and has all of the culture, architecture and inspiration that you could wish for in this wonderful part of Europe. Highlights that you may consider include visits to the grand Schonbrunn Palace, Sigmund Freud Museum and a tour in the Vienna State Opera House. Don't miss a visit to one of the many wonderful coffee shops to enjoy the typical cake Sachertorte!

Day 2 Cycle to the Roman remains at Petronell-Carnuntum; stay in Bratislava

This morning you receive your bikes before setting off on your first day of riding. On leaving Vienna the route takes you through extensive flood plains, which have turned into small ponds offering a rich habitat to countless species of birds, animals and insects. You will follow the Donauinsel, a long, thin island and continue to one of Austria's most important archaeological sites, the Roman remains at Petronell-Carnuntum. Much of the track is gravel/grit but is comfortable to ride on. You end your day in Slovakia's pretty capital city of Bratislava, where there are plenty of options for a hearty meal and a drink after your ride.

Day 3 Cross the Hungarian border; cycle through charming villages to Mosonmagyarovar

You cycle a short distance in Slovak territory today, before crossing the Hungarian border in Rajka. The cycling takes in charming villages, where you can still find thatched-roofed farm houses, in an area almost completely influenced by agriculture. Your route guides you through the Szigetkoz (a small Rye island) towards Mosonmagyarovar; the charming old 'city of 17 bridges'. The city centre is noteworthy for its impressive collection of baroque buildings.

Day 4 Cycle to Hedervar castle; onwards to the pretty town of Gyor

Today you follow a flat cycling route as it takes you through the outstanding natural surroundings of the island between the Danube and the Mosoni Duna (Small Danube). Make a stop to see Hedervar Castle, located in the middle of protected parkland. Arrive in the charming colourful town of Gyor with time to take in the many sights and breathtaking historic centre.

Day 5 Cycle towards Komarom; option to stop at the National Stud farm in Babolna

Today's ride follows a gently rolling landscape towards Bony, ending in Komarom. It is possible to take a detour to Babolna, a well cultivated town with a beautiful inner city, famous for the National Stud horses which are bred in the inner courtyards. The final part of the route takes you back to the Danube and onwards to the divided town of Komarom/Komarno, where you can enjoy a relaxing spa visit if you wish!

Day 6 Follow the riverbanks along the flat Danube valley, towards Esztergom (known as 'Hungarian Rome')

Today you pedal along riverbanks in the flat Danube Valley, passing quaint villages and lush vineyards. Fitter cyclists can choose a route over Tata, but be aware this is more strenuous and there are no shops and restaurants along the way. Those interested in the history of the area should plan some time for the Roman archaelogical site of Kelemantia, where a military camp stood from the 2nd to the 4th Century. The absolute highlight of the day however, is Esztergom (also known as Hungarian Rome), with the largest basilica in the country. Take some time for a comprehensive visit, before boarding a riverboat to Visegrád.

Day 7 Ride round the Danube Bend to Szentendre; bike or boat to Budapest

Leaving Visegrád, you reach the Danube Bend, probably one of the most attractive sections of the Danube bike trail. Here, the river winds its way through the Visegrad Mountains and makes a sharp turn towards the south. The Royal Palace and castle of Visegrad, and the open air museum are well worth a visit, as is the old Baroque town of Szentendre. Here you can choose to cycle onwards to Budapest (approx 25km) or take a leisurely boat ride into the centre of the city and appreciate the stunning architecture.

Day 8 End Budapest

End your trip in Budapest. There is much to see in this iconic city and we are pleased to book additional nights for you if you wish. Hungary's capital is bisected by the River Danube, and the 19th Century Chain Bridge connects its hilly Buda district with the flat Pest. The city is easy to explore on foot; don't miss the chance to visit one of the city's famous thermal baths or walk up to the dome of St Stephan's Basilica for a fantastic panoramic view!

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Trip Excludes
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (compulsory supplement from GBP250)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Flights from London (available on request)
  • Electric E bike available on request, for a supplement of £75
Meals Included: Breakfast: * All breakfasts * All accommodation (see accommodation) * All luggage transfers * Route notes and maps * Local bike hire

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Accomodations
6 days cycling with luggage transfers
75% tarmac, 25% tracks
Mainly quiet roads and cycle paths, but some busier points when entering/leaving the cities.
Gentle hills on some days
Self-guided holiday. Min age 12 yrs.
7 nights 4-star hotels
All breakfasts included

Age Notes

Min. Age: 12

Additional Information:
  • 7 nights 4-star hotels
  • 6 days cycling with luggage transfers
  • 80% cycle path, 20% road
  • Mainly quiet roads and cycle paths, but some busier points when entering/leaving the cities.
  • Gentle hills on some days
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 12 yrs.  

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