TThe 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.
TOUR PROFILE: 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.
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”.
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.
Follow the Danube Cycling Path to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. A quaint old city centre 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.
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 centre. A pleasant walk through the narrow lanes, cathedrals and palaces of this Baroque city centre are very appealing.
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.
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.
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 on your own.
Enjoy this day in the metropolis 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 also stops at Vienna International Airport.
Category A: in Vienna and Budapest 4**** hotels, other areas 3*** or 4**** comfort hotels.
Category B: in Vienna and Budapest 4**** hotels, other areas typical inns and B&B’s.
Railway station: Vienna Central Station
Airport: Vienna, Bratislava
Bustransfer: Vienna Airport – arrival hotel: Vienna Airportlines or Taxi
Parking garage at the arrival hotel: approx. € 80,- per week, unguarded, locked (Cat. A). Public parking places: unguarded, free of charge, directly in the back roads. Public parking garage = Park & Ride: approx.. 19 € per week, unguarded, at the underground/metro station Leopoldau (line U1).
Return bus Budapest - Vienna (must be reserved at time of booking):
Price upon request! Return transfer of own bikes, only on Saturdays! € 39,-
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