Danube 3 Countries - Austria, Slovakia & Hungary
**Price varies depending on season. Price is based on 2 sharing, low season, standard category.**
On this classic cycle tour you will experience the combination of nature along the scenic riverbanks of the Danube as well as the unique opportunity to visit the most important metropolises that lay alongside the Danube. Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest have an overwhelming history with genuine notions of the yesteryear. Nostalgia is combined with a deeply intriguing history along the ever-changing riverbanks of the Danube. Just to scratch the surface of this tour; it takes you to The Castle of Eckartsau, which happens to be the place where Austrian Emperor Karl the 1st and his wife Zita met their fate. In Bratislava, where the coronation of Hungarian Kings took place and the famous empress Maria Theresia acquired much of her fame, prestige and honour. In Esztergom, the first Hungarian king, King Stephan was born and accepted his coronation. Empress Sissi of Austria was crowned Queen of Hungary in Budapest.
Need to Know
- 3 capitals: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest
- National Park Donauauen
- Archaeological Park Carnuntum
- Protected Area “Szigetköz”
- Basilica in Esztergom – Hungary’s biggest church
- Danube Bend
- Artist town Szentendre
Tour profile Level 1-2; the tour is mostly flat and sometimes slightly hilly.
The Austrian section follows well-maintained and equipped cycle paths, in Hungary you will sometimes cycle on country back and side roads. Upon entering and leaving cities there is traffic that must be closely observed.
Day 1 – Arrival in Vienna
Tonight, the evening belongs to you! How about a spectacular stroll through the imperial city or visit a typical Viennese tavern with local foods and goodies “Heurigen”? Possibilities are endless in the “City of Waltz”.
Day 2 - Vienna – Bad Deutsch Altenburg and Surroundings
Approx. 42 km
Not far from Vienna begins an untouched rich landscape and a nature reserve with stunning and diverse flora and fauna. Get away from it all and enjoy the wonderful peace and silence, only interrupted by the twittering chirps of birds. The ancient Romans have left their mark and also have relaxed in the nice warm water of Bad Deutsch Altenburg. The Archaeological Park of Carnuntum will invite you into an exciting journey to the past.
Day 3 - Bad Deutsch Altenburg/surroundings – Bratislava
Approx. 26 km
Nestled between the hills of Hainburg and the Carpathian Mountains, cycle on to Europe’s youngest capital, Bratislava. The Slovak capital has an enchanting, sleepy old town in addition to magnificent modern buildings.
Day 4 - Bratislava – Györ
Approx. 50 km + train ride Mosonmagyarovar – Györ
The marshy landscape of the Szigetköz is an ideal environment and paradise for birds and fish alike. In the midst of these wild and untouched lowlands with more than 500 tiny islands, you will find quaint farming villages and a labyrinth of countless Danube canals and creeks. After a relaxing and short train ride you reach the day’s final destination, Györ with its gorgeous Baroque-style old town squares.
Day 5 - Györ – Komarno/surroundings
Approx. 57 km
The national stud of Babolna is world famous for its Arabian horse breeding and is definitely worth a stroll through. While you are visiting the studs and the stud museum you can catch a glimpse of some secret Hungarian horse breeding techniques and methods. After cycling through the lush rolling hills into the village of Komarom, the favourite village of renowned King Matthias.
Day 6 – Komarno and surroundings – Danube Bend
Approx. 52 km
Today you cycle along the banks of the Slovakian Danube on small low-traffic roads through quaint and quintessential villages. On your way to the “Town of Bishops and Kings”, Esztergom, also known as the „Hungarian Rome“ or “Royal City”, you pass the Roman fort of Kelemantia. The Basilica of Esztergom, the largest Catholic Church in Hungary is another highlight and glamorous part of the overall tour.
Day 7 - Danube Bend – Budapest
Approx. 62 km + ship ride
Amidst the hilly landscape, the river Danube divides itself into parts creating the Szentendre-island. You cycle through typical Hungarian villages on this island. Szentendre is famous for its numerous handicraft boutiques and the Open-air Museum Skanzen. A few particular highlights include some of the most famous attractions in Budapest. During your boat ride to Budapest you´ll enjoy the beautiful view of Budapest´s most popular sights.
Day 8 - Budapest
Enjoy this day in the metropolis of Budapest. If you want you can go back to Vienna by bus, departures by scheduled bus every 2 hours on a daily basis. The bus has to be booked prior to the guests´ arrival. Duration of trip approx. 3 hours. On request the bus is also stopping at Vienna International Airport.
Hybrid bikes in both man and woman frames, with all sizes available (including child frames), are included in the cost of this tour. We suggest 'hybrid' type bicycles to hire on this tour, as they are ideal for the nature of the route and the terrain involved, as well as offering a reasonable level of comfort over the daily distances shown. However, upon request, road bikes can be provided for a little extra supplement of £10 / $15 per day, while fun and popular electric bikes are also an option at £15 / $20 daily too.
Bikes are provided fully equipped with helmets, pump and puncture repair kit, pannier bags, handlebar map holder and bike computer, included in the total cost.
Please note, should you have specific questions related to the bicycles on offer, don't hesitate to ask.
This is a SELF-GUIDED cycle tour, while comprehensive maps and route notes are provided. It is available from around mid-March to mid-October, while the months of July and August are of course the busier times and the weather can be very warm to cycle, however this does not mean it would not be enjoyable! We ask for 48 hours to confirm our tours (as per the Pedal & Break booking guarantee*), yet this may be slightly longer in the aforementioned peak July and August period.
- All bike tours are un-escorted
- The mileages and approximations are distances of the recommended routes
- Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen and proper sport shoes
- Arrival and departure to and from Vienna is a personal obligation not included in tour price
- In Hungary you have to wear a safety vest at night and by poor vision outside of cities/villages
- This cycling tour is not suitable for people with limited mobility. Individual requests are in special cases possible (f.e. handicapped accessible room) Included services
- 7 nights in rooms with private facilities
- Breakfast or dinner (Cat. A: 7x dinner, Cat. B: 6x dinner, Vienna breakfast only)
- Daily luggage transport Vienna-Budapest (max. 2 pieces of luggage (max. 20kg/piece) with max. 30 kg/Person)
- 1x train Mosonmagyarovar – Györ (incl. bike)
- 1x ship or train transfer (before/after seasonal shipping schedule) Szentendre – Budapest
- Service-hotline (also accessible on weekends)
- Handlebar bag with route book, maps and information material per room
- 7-speed bike with coaster brake (back pedal) or 21-speed bikes (unisex)
- Electric bikes, children’s bikes, specialized equipment for children upon request. All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and an odometer (except E- bike). Parking
- Parking garage at the arrival hotel: approx. EUR 22.- per day (min. 7 nights), unguarded, locked (Cat. A)
- Free parking at underground station “Kagran” (line U1), directly at the station
- Public parking lots: unguarded, free of charge, directly in the back roads
- Public parking garage = Park & Ride: approx. EUR 3,40 per day, approx. 17,10 EUR per week, unguarded, at the underground/metro station Leopoldau (line U1) Reduction Reduction with 2 full paying adults in double room (additional bed): 0-6,99 years -100% 7-11,99 years -50% 12-14,99 years -25% 15-99 years -10% In Austria it is mandatory for children under 12 yrs to wear a helmet when on a bike. In Slovakia you have to wear a helmet by law outside of city limits! Additional charge*
- Helmet– payable locally € 25
- Return transfer of own bikes RAD+REISEN, on Saturdays only € 29
- Return bus Budapest – Vienna € 22 * must be reserved at time of booking! Early-bird discount For bookings until 60 days prior arrival 5 % reduction off tour-price (excluding: half board suppl, bike rental, extra nights and extra services) Please note Errors, change in prices and availability excepted. Tariffs as of July 2018. All sales prices listed in this document correspond with the prices 2019 published by RAD & REISEN catalogue. The prices in your offers must NOT fall below. Please forward your final publications for error checking before publishing/printing.
The hotels provided here are of a superior standard, some 3* and mostly 4* that are traditional Austrian hotels offering a warm welcome being particularly 'cycle friendly'. They are specifically selected as being ideal places to relax after a hard day's cycling yet offering a taste of the local culture. This is evident in the Austrian cuisine on offer, with this being taken care of with all breakfasts and evening meals included in the overall cost.
However, we can provide variations of hotels upon request with both a slightly less 'standard' package, as well as an upgraded 'deluxe' offering.
Furthermore, there may be the option of further reductions on the tour costs shown should anyone wish to opt out of 'evening meals'.
Of course, single rooms are available at a supplement on the main tour cost, while this can again vary dependent on the overall package.
Not forgetting that extra nights are always available too.
Category A selected 4* hotels in all cities
Category B 3* hotels/inns; in Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest 4* hotels
You don’t! Whilst we would recommend taking a small backpack or loading your panniers with daily essentials such as a light cycle jacket, water, snacks and your phone and camera the great news is your main luggage will be transported by ourselves between your accommodations allowing you to enjoy you day baggage free. We usually ask you to leave this the morning of the day you depart the particular hotel and should arrive by late afternoon at your next destination but we always aim to have this there before you.
How fit do I need to be to do the tours?
Every tour description gives an indication of the level of suitability along with details on the distances and terrains covered. However, the majority of our tours on Pedal & Break are open and suitable for all with a reasonable level of fitness and all age groups. As we say Lycra is optional and we actively encourage and truly welcome those on a first time cycling holiday. You also do not all need to be the same level to enjoy our holidays as a group. A basic level of cycling is a must in order to be confident on the roads and routes and we would recommend a good base level of fitness. Our routes are designed to enjoy the scenery at a leisurely pace with sightseeing and refreshment stops factored in, after all this is your holiday! The days should not be viewed as a leg of the Tour de France and don’t require you to cycle flat out from dawn till dusk. The e-bike is also an excellent option for those needing a ‘boost’. As a husband and wife partnership on our first holiday this worked perfectly for us and enabled us to enjoy our holiday together stress free.
What is an e-bike?
An e-bike is an electric bike and does not require a license and nor should it be confused with a moped or scooter! An e-bike will be available on most of our tours and is the perfect option for the slightly more apprehensive cyclist, simply as these bikes provide the ideal boost when the legs feel a little tired or when facing a hilly section. You are still required to pedal as the bike is a modified standard bicycle and the e-bike merely gives you a helping hand. The electric element can be turned on and off as you like but from personal experience having this at a low level throughout with an extra boost added for setting off at junctions and up hills enabled my wife to enjoy her first cycling tour alongside me throughout and gave her the confidence she needed.