Hungarian Rhapsody

tours / Cycling

Hungarian Rhapsody information and booking

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$1160
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 3 nights in 4 star hotels and 4 nights in 3 star inns and hotels
Equipment Required
Bike helmet (available for hire locally – must be worn outside cities in Slovakia), safety vest (compulsory in Hungary when cycling at night or in times of poor visibility), wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking.

Highlights

  • Exploring the majestic cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the river landscape
  • The Basilica in Esztergom and the Danube Bend
  • "Little Alföld" Protected Area, The Danube floodplain National park; and the Archaeological Park Carnuntum

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Wind your way from the elegant city of Vienna along the Danube Cycle Path. Crossing the Austrian - Slovak border the cycle route passes vineyards on the slopes of the Little Carpathian Mountains into the capital, Bratislava. Using quiet country roads this itinerary continues into Hungary where you will pedal through numerous delightful towns far away from the throngs of tourists. Explore the Baroque city of Györ and gain an insight into the history and cultural influences that have shaped Hungary. Visit the unusual artist village of Szentendre and its outlying island before heading to Budapest - the 'Paris of Eastern Europe'.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 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 include regional specialities
  • 3 nights in 4 star hotels and 4 nights in 3 star inns and hotels with private facilities on a twinshare basis (option to upgrade to category a accommodation, 7 nights in 4 star hotels - surcharge applies)
  • Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel until budapest (1 suitcase max 20kg)
  • 7 or 21 speed unisex bike equipped with pannier and odometer
  • Maps, route information and tourist information
  • 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
  • Train ride mosonmagyarovar - gyor (including bike)
  • 1 x boat or train ride (before/after seasonal shipping schedule) szentendre – budapest
  • 7 day service hotline

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Vienna
Check into the hotel where you will receive your travel documents. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town.
Day 2 Cycle along the Danube to Bad Deutsch Altenburg/surroundings (45km)
In the morning you will meet a representative and receive your bike. From Vienna you take 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 Petronell-Carnuntum or Bad Deutsch Altenburg.
Day 3 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 ideally located between the Danube plain, hills and vineyards. Overnight Bratislava.
Day 4 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 5 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 6 To Esztergom (35-50km)
Continue 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 7 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 train to the Hungarian capital, Budapest (depending on boat service a train will be substituted). The cycle program concludes on arrival in Budapest. We recommend that you walk and use trams to explore Budapest.
Day 8 Return to Vienna, trip concludes
You can enjoy the first half of the morning in the metropolis of Budapest. Departure by scheduled bus daily at 3:30pm - 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.