Danube Cycle

tours / Cycling

Danube Cycle information and booking

from
$2160
  • Duration
    14 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 13 nights 2 to 4 star inns / hotels
Equipment Required
Bike helmet (can be hired for a charge of EUR20* – must be pre-booked) 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

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
  • The Basilica in Esztergom, the abbey at Melk, the Danube Bend and the Danube loop
  • "Little Alföld" Protected Area and the Danube floodplain National park

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Discover the history of magnificent baroque castles and Benedictine monasteries along the winding cycle route that follows the Danube. You will travel from Germany through Austria to Slovakia and conclude your journey in Hungary. This route visits the great cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest and takes you past charming villages and vineyards. The compelling history of the Danube itself and the nations it links will capture your imagination as you pass by sites of historic interest and significance. A journey that portrays the historic division and contemporary unity of Europe.

What's included

  • 13 breakfasts, 12 dinners (dinner not included in vienna). continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, occasionally eggs and meats, coffee, tea and juices. dinner will consist of 3 courses which are likely to include regional specialities
  • 13 nights in 2 to 4 star inns and hotels with private facilities on a twinshare basis in low season
  • Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel until budapest (1 suitcase max 20kg per person)
  • 7 or 21 speed unisex bike equipped with pannier, and odometer
  • Welcome drink in your arrival hotel in passau
  • 1 free bottle of wine per room
  • A tasting of regional products
  • Train ride krems/traismauer – tulln, train ride mosonmagyarovar - gyor (including bike)
  • 1 x boat or train ride (before/after seasonal shipping schedule) szentendre – budapest
  • Maps, route information and tourist information per room
  • One complimentary handlebar bag per room (yours to keep)
  • Return transfer by scheduled bus from budapest to vienna important note: if you do not need this transfer a small discount is applicable – in order to receive this discount you must advise us at the time of booking. refunds cannot be made once your arrangements are booked.
  • 7 day service hotline
  • Note: children’s prices are available on request – excellent discounts apply. electric bikes are available for this trip – supplement applies.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive 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.
Day 2 Cycle through countryside to Engelhartszell and onto Schlögen (44km)
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 on 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.
Day 3 Cycle through Eferdinger basin to Linz (53km)
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 newly built (2003) modern art gallery “Lentos” is worth a look. It is situated on the Danube and illuminated at night.
Day 4 Cycle to Grein (or surroundings) via Burg Clam Castle (60km)
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.
Day 5 To Melk (surroundings) (51km)
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.
Day 6 Cycle through Wachau and on to Krems (40/55km)
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.
Day 7 Train to Tulln then cycle To Vienna (39km)
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.)
Day 8 Explore a nearby nature reserve and the archaeological park of Carnuntum (45km)
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.
Day 9 Follow the Danube to Bratislava (32km)
The Danube is bordered by the hills of Hainburg and the small Carpathian mountains at this point. The day starts with a short transfer by train, following which you 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.
Day 10 Cycle past delightful villages to baroque city of Györ (45km)
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.
Day 11 Visit the stud of Babolna before cycling through rolling hills to Komarom (45-55km)
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 Komarom (border-town between Hungary and Slovakia), a favourite of King Matthias.
Day 12 To Esztergom (35-50km)
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.
Day 13 Ferry round trip to Szentendre Island and cycle to Budapest (58km)
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.
Day 14 Return to Vienna, trip concludes
You can enjoy the first half of the morning in the metropolis of Budapest. Departure by scheduled bus at 3:30pm (alternatively 11:30am). Arrival in Vienna at approx. 6:30pm. Bus schedule subject to change! You could take this journey by speedboat (extra charge applies). We recommend that you spend an extra night in Vienna. Alternatively, you may choose to continue your travels from Budapest.