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Hungarian Rhapsody

Hungarian Rhapsody

Easy route to Budapest

Austria, Hungary, Slovakia

8 days / 7 nights - 6 biking days
Self-guided individual tour
Length 340 km / 200 miles
Grade of difficulty:
Level 1-2; the tour is mostly flat and sometimes slightly hilly. The Austrian section follows well-maintained and equipped cycling paths, in Hungary you will often cycle on country back and side roads. Upon entering and leaving cities there is traffic that must be closely observed.

Route
The cycle tour from Vienna to Budapest is a very diverse adventure with majestical highlights. Your tour starts in Vienna, the “City of Music and Charm”. The Slovakian capital Bratislava invites you for shopping and sightseeing tours in the picturesque old-town. Hungary’s metropolis and capital Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and it is the crowning highlight to your extraordinary journey. This tour is a natural and cultural expedition that is mostly set away from touristic centres and is “off the beaten track”. Untouched nature, unknown artistic treasures and cultural monuments can be found along the route between Vienna and Budapest.
Cycle along the seemingly infinite and vast widths of the Hungarian lowlands and you can also visit the famous Arabian National Stud in Babolna where you explore the secrets and techniques of traditional horse breeding. The basilica in Esztergom is the largest Catholic cathedral in Hungary and it is home to many artistic treasures and historical jewels. Enjoy the friendly people and the welcoming Hungarian hospitality.

Highlights

  • 3 capitals: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest
  • Donauauen National Park
  • Archaeological Park Carnuntum
  • Basilica in Esztergom
  • Danube Bend
  • Artist town Szentendre

Bike and Hotel

Bike and HotelYou cycle during the day and stay at hotel over night.

Easy

EasyThe easy route has mostly flat and usually shorter distance.

Self Guided

Self GuidedYou cycle alone without a cycling guide with provided itinerary, maps, GPS - exact documents depends on the exact tour.

A - Premium

A - Premium4* hotels with breakfast, the best B&B

B - Standard

B - Standard3* hotels with breakfast, B&B

Standard

StandardYou can rent a standard bike.

E-bike

E-bikeE-bike (electrobicycle) for rent available

Half-board

Half-boardHalf-board available

Linear

Linear

Travel dates

01.07.2019 - 25.08.2019

Season 3
Travel dates
Arrivals every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
9 day tour arrival is possible on Fridays and Saturdays only!

26.08.2019 - 03.10.2019

Season 2
Travel dates
Arrivals every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
9 day tour arrival is possible on Fridays and Saturdays only!

04.10.2019 - 12.10.2019

Season 1

Travel dates - arrival on Saturdays only.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Vienna

Individual arrival in Vienna. (Tipp: use low-cost transportation to and from
Vienna/Bratislava) This evening belongs to you! How about a spectacular stroll
through the Imperial City or a visit of one of the typical Viennese cafés/taverns with
local food and goodies “Heurigen”? Possibilities are endless in the “City of Waltz”.

Day 2 - Vienna – Bad-Deutsch Altenburg/surroundings, approx. 42 km

The Danube Cycling Path guides you along quiet trails through the National Park
“Donauauen“, passes by the castle of Orth. You cycle through the former Roman city
Petronell Carnuntum (Roman excavations/ruins) and continue on to the health spa
and resort in Bad Deutsch Altenburg.

Day 3 - Bad-Deutsch Altenburg/surroundings – Bratislava - Mosonmagyarovar/surroundings, approx. 71 km

Follow the Danube Cycling Path to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. A quaint old city
center with numerous sights, lovely pedestrian zones and countless restaurants/cafes
will persuade you into an extended stroll among the depths of this historically
important city. After visiting Bratislava, you cycle to the protected area “Schüttinsel”
which will surely enchant you with its unique and outstanding character.

Day 4 - Mosonmagyarovar/surroundings – Györ, approx. 45 km

Today you will bike through the charming and ideal landscape of the protected area
“Skigetköz” to Györ. Györ is one of the most important cities in the Hungarian
lowlands with a glamorous and historical city center. A pleasant walk through the
narrow lanes, cathedrals and palaces of this Baroque city center are very appealing.

Day 5 - Györ – Tata, approx. 61 km

Don’t forget to visit the Arabian National Stud in Babolna, a historical place of
Equesterian culture and secret techniques of renowned Hungarian horse breeding.
Through a landscape of gently rolling hills, you will cycle to the town of Tata, the “City
of Lakes”, which is located at the foothills of the Gerecse Mountain Range.

Day 6 - Tata – Danube bend, approx. 56 km

The morning starts with a train ride from Tata to Komárom. Along the Slovakian
Danube, cycle through small and quaint farm-villages in a floodplain basin region to
Esztergom where you can admire the impressive and largest Catholic cathedral in
Hungary.

Day 7 - Danube bend – Budapest, approx. 62 km + ship ride Szentendre - Budapest

Steep mountain slopes frame the stunning landscape of the Danube Bend all the way
up to Szentendre Island. You can learn more about Hungarian architecture in a
nearby open-air museum. Travelling by bike & boat to Budapest (included). The view
from the sun deck of the boat is astonishing and overwhelming. Something you just
have to experience things on your own.

Day 8 - Budapest

Enjoy this day in the metropolis Budapest. Departure by scheduled bus daily, the
most popular departure times are 11.00 a.m. and 15.00 p.m. other departures are
possible on request. If you don’t provide us with a time on booking, the tour will be
booked without a bus; it is possible to add the bus any time before arrival of guests
(please inform us about the requested arrival station – Vienna Bus Terminal Erdberg
or Vienna International Airport). Duration of trip approx. 3 hours. A comfortable
return trip by hydrofoil is also possible upon request (surcharge). Schedules are
subject to change.

Map

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Included

  • 7/8 nights in rooms of the chosen category with private facilities
  • Breakfast or 6/7 x dinner (surcharge, in Vienna breakfast only)
  • Daily luggage transport up to hotel in Budapest (max. 2 pieces of luggage (max. 20kg/piece) with max. 30 kg/Person)
  • 1x ship or train transfer (before/after seasonal shipping schedule) Szentendre – Budapest
  • 1x train ride Tata – Komárom
  • Handlebar bag with tour book, maps and information material per room
  • 24/7 Service-Hotline

Price

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Optional - must be reserved at time of booking

  • Helmet – payable locally € 25
  • Return bus Budapest – Vienna € 22
  • Return transfer of own bikes, on Saturdays only € 29

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)

Bikes

Bicycles for rent inclusive panniers:

The offered bikes are tourbikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres. E-bikes are also available for this tours, while kids’ bikes and accessories are at hand for all family-friendly holidays.

You can choose between the following bikes:

7-speed-bike with hand brake and backpedal brake
21-speed-bike with hand brakes
E-bikes unisex
children seat, children trailer

All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and an odometer (except electric bike).


Optional - must be reserved at time of booking

  • Helmet – payable locally € 25

Safety
In Austria it is mandatory for children under the age of 12 to wear a bike helmet when on a bike. Please protect your little ones and bring their own helmet.
Reflective vests are not obligatory, but surely useful.

In Slovakia you are obliged to wear a bike helmet outside of villages, for children under 15 it is mandatory to wear a helmet in general. Reflective vests are mandatory at bad sight, at night and dawn.

In Hungary it is mandatory to wear safety vests at bad light and sight outside of villages, but there is no obligation to wear a helmet.

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Accommodation

Cat. A
in Vienna and Budapest 4* hotels, other areas 3-4* comfort hotels

Cat. B
In Vienna and Budapest 4* hotels, other areas typical inns and B&B´s

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