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Danube Cycle

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
14 days
From: $ 1,995 $ 143 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cycling along the Danube bike path
  • Exploring the majestic cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest and the three river town of Passau
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the river landscape
  • Visiting the Basilica in Esztergom, the abbey at Melk, the Danube Bend and the Danube loop
  • Discovering the "Little Alföld" Protected Area and the Danube floodplain National park

Short Description

Cycle along the Danube River, across three European borders, from Passau to the romantic city of Budapest

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cycling & Biking

Cities & Attractions

Bratislava Budapest Linz Vienna

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Itinerary

Day 1 Join Passau

Check into the hotel where you will receive your travel documents. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town. Located at the junction of three rivers, the Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau has a number of interesting sites including the Fortress “Veste Oberhaus” built in 1219 where there is an observation tower for a good view of the town and the river and St. Stephen's Cathedral with the world’s largest church organ.

meals : D

Day 2 Cycle to Engelhartszell and Schlögen (41km/25.5mi)

This morning you will pick up your bicycles from the bike garage. Generally we provide bikes with 21 gears – if you would like a 7 speed bike please specify this when booking. The cycle begins directly at the bike garage, following the Danube through the Austrian border town of Engelhartszell which is home to a former Cistercian abbey (1293-1786) and since 1925 the only Trappist monastery in Austria. From here you continue to Schlögen. The famous Schlögener Blick provides a wonderful view of the surrounding Austrian countryside.

meals : B,D

Day 3 Cycle to Linz (55km/34mi)

On the southern bank of the Danube you pass Aschach and the monastery Wilhering until you reach the capital of Upper Austria, Linz. The city has a lively arts and music culture. In 1783 Mozart wrote his Symphony No. 36 here, now known as the Linz Symphony. The modern art gallery “Lentos” is worth a look. It is situated on the Danube and illuminated at night.

meals : B,D

Day 4 Cycle to Grein via Burg Clam Castle (60km/37mi)

The cycle continues along the Danube cycle path passing the Mauthausen concentration camp. It is possible to visit the camp which has an interesting museum, although the detour requires a steep uphill climb. Another interesting side trip is the town of Enns, the oldest city in Austria. Meandering away from the river the route takes you through fields of wheat, corn and sunflowers. In the afternoon you arrive at Clam Castle and the town of Grein, dominated by the castle of “Greinburg”. In Grein you will find the oldest Austrian theatre which is open to visitors. Overnight in the surrounding area near Grein.

meals : B,D

Day 5 To Melk and Nibelungengau (50km/31mi)

Passing through Strudengau, you arrive in Ybbs, a former trading centre on the Danube. The route continues past Maria Taferl to Melk with its imposing Benedictine Monastery. Well before you reach the town you can see the huge monastery and there will be ample time in the afternoon to explore the museum, abbey and absorb the sweeping view from its balcony. Overnight in a surrounding town, close to Melk.

meals : B,D

Day 6 Cycle through Wachau and on to Krems (50km/31mi)

Today, you pedal through the renowned Wachau, with its truly romantic scenery of vineyards and quaint villages, enroute to Krems. You will pass several fantastic sights (abbeys, castles, ruins). Alongside the cycle path you will find the so called “Heurigen” (typical Austrian wine taverns) where you can taste wine or regional foods.

meals : B,D

Day 7 Train to Tulln then cycle To Vienna (40km/25mi)

This morning you take the train to Tulln and cycle past the castle of "Greifenstein". You then continue to metropolitan Vienna, capital of Austria. The route into Vienna is mostly on a cycle path with no vehicles allowed, allowing you easy access to the main centre and your hotel. (Dinner not included tonight.)

meals : B

Day 8 Explore a nearby nature reserve & the archaeological park of Carnuntum (42km/26mi)

From Vienna cycle along the Danube-Cycle-Path through the national park “Donauauen", which was established to protect the Danube floodplain areas and the large diversity of plants and animals found within this ecosystem. The route continues past the castles of “Orth” and “Eckartsau” before reaching the health resort town of Bad Deutsch Altenburg. Nearby you can view the Roman excavations of Petronell-Carnuntum, an important archaeological site. Overnight Bad Deutsch Altenburg or surrounds.

meals : B,D

Day 9 Follow the Danube to Bratislava (32km/20mi)

The Danube is bordered by the hills of Hainburg and the small Carpathian mountains at this point. Today you will cycle on to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Don’t miss the lovely pedestrian zone, old quarter, numerous sites and shopping opportunities. Bratislava is Europe’s youngest capital city, ideally located between the Danube plain, hills and vineyards. Overnight Bratislava. Note in May only - due Ice Hockey Championships 2019 in Bratislava - loop cycle to Bratislava, returning to your hotel in the Bad Deutsch Altenburg region (52km)

meals : B,D

Day 10 Cycle past delightful villages to baroque city of Györ (45km/28mi)

Continuing along the banks of the Danube you soon reach the Hungarian border and continue through small farming villages to the enchanting landscape of the Szigetköz, an idyllic paradise for birds and fish. In the midst of this region with more than 500 tiny islands you will find farming villages and a labyrinth of countless Danube creeks. Following a short train ride you reach Györ, one of the important cities of the Hungarian lowlands with a glamorous, historical city center. Take the time to explore on foot the laneways, churches and palaces in the baroque city centre. Note in May only - due Ice Hockey Championships 2019 in Bratislava - from your hotel in the Bad Deutsch Altenburg region, cycle to Mosonmagyararovar and take the train to Györ (60km + train)

meals : B,D

Day 11 Visit the stud of Babolna, then over rolling hills to Komarono and surrounds (57km/35.5mi)

Following your departure from Gyor where you need to concentrate on the directions, you cycle today through the landscape of western trans Danubia, passing the national stud in Babolna. Continue cycling to the divided town of Komarono (border-town between Hungary and Slovakia), a favourite of King Matthias.

meals : B,D

Day 12 To Esztergom (52km/32mi)

Continuing along the Slovakian Danube bank you bike through small farm-villages through a flat region to Esztergom. En route you pass the Roman fort of Kelemantia. In Esztergom you can admire the imposing Basilica and wander along the banks of the Danube.

meals : B,D

Day 13 Ferry round trip to Szentendre Island and cycle to Budapest (62km/38.5mi)

From Esztergom (also called the "Hungarian Rome") you cycle to Visegrad. Steep mountain-slopes frame the pictorial landscape of the Danube Bend up to Szentendre island. You and your bike cross to Szentendre Island by ferry. After cycling south along the island, take another ferry from the island back to the mainland to the lively and unusual artists village of Szentendre. You continue by bike and boat to the Hungarian capital, Budapest (depending on boat service a train will be substituted). On the boat, the view on the sun deck is overwhelming. The cycle program concludes on arrival in Budapest. We recommend that you walk and use trams to explore Budapest.

meals : B,D

Day 14 Trip concludes

The trip concludes in Budapest after breakfast. We can arrange extra nights for you in Budapest if you wish to extend your stay in this fabulous city.

meals : B

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Seeing so many residents on bikes, young and old, and admiring the beautiful neat and tidy Dutch homes and gardens.

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13 nights 2 to 4 star inns / hotels

Physical Requirements

This trip involves 12 days cycling between 32 and 62km / 20 to 38.5mi per day usually along paved cycle paths across generally flat terrain. The Austrian section is almost exclusively on the Danube cycle path. In Hungary there will be some diversions from the River and you will also bike on country roads and side roads. There is one day of hills in the Hungary section, otherwise the route is generally flat to gently undulating. Route finding in Hungary is less straightforward and will require more map reading. Entering and exiting the cities (particularly Gyor, Eztergom and Budapest), there is some traffic to be aware of! You need only carry your camera/rain gear and water bottle. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels/inns. The trip is graded moderate and is considered suitable for beginners and children who have a good level of fitness. A limited number of children’s bikes are available (minimum height 120cm), as are bike seats (max 18kg) and trailers (2 children, maximum 40kg), and tag-a-long bikes (minimum height is 120cm/3ft 11.3in). *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.

Rules & Other Requirements

Bike helmet (can be pre-booked for purchase locally or we recommend bringing your own) wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking. *subject to change

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