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Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest

This is a classic ride linking two historic cities. Your journey starts in Vienna, which requires little introduction, with its abundance of famous sites, entertainment and culture. The River Danube serves as the spine of the cycling route as you meander back and forth through woodland, farmland, avenues of walnut trees, wide flat landscapes and shady hills. A night is spent in the pretty city of Bratislava and in the lovely town of Gyor, as we head towards the Danube Bend at Esztergom. The end point for the trip is the city of Budapest with time to soak up the wonderful atmosphere and enjoy the stunning architecture.

Quick Facts

  • Cycling
  • Road Cycling
  • Self-Guided Cycling
  • Multi-Country Cycling Holidays

Whats Included

All accommodation, All listed activities, All transport, Tour leader (on guided trips), Some meals (details available on request)

What to expect

* 7 nights 4-star hotels * 6 days cycling with luggage transfers * 80% cycle path, 20% road * Mainly quiet roads and cycle paths, but some busier points when entering/leaving the cities. * Gentle hills on some days * Self-guided holiday. Min age 12 yrs.  

Enjoy meandering rides along the Danube from Austria to Hungary

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Days : 8

Price : From AED 4,115*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights

Trip Style : Classic

Trip Type : Self guided

Physical Grading : 2

Trip Map

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Reviews

Title : Not a vacation and adventure
Summary : Incredible journey through forests, farms, hamlets and cities! Truly the greatest way to experience a new culture.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Spending 10 quality days with my daughter exploring this beautiful part of the world.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : We were self guided
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Make sure your GPS is up to date and your phone is charged. Maps and directions can be challenging at times, many roads have no signs and kilometer markers on your bike will be off as soon as you make a single side trip or wrong turn. GPS got us back on track multiple times.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : Research the towns along the way. Many are spectacular and we didn't leave enough time to explore them.

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Title : Vienna to Budapest cycling
Summary : A lovely holiday, a great route, very good hotels, well organised and supported. We had the time to go at our own pace, do some sightseeing en route but more at our destination towns/cities each day.
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Probably riding into Budapest along the Danube and catching sight of the Hungarian Parliament building, which is a stunning sight.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : As this was a self-guided trip, we didn't have a group leader as such. But Jozef, our support, was very helpful, friendly and informative about the route and things to see along it, as well as being in charge of transporting our luggage every day, not to mention giving us a lift to the start of the route and saving us riding the extra 6 miles from our hotel.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Make sure you keep in touch with where you are on the map as well as following the written directions. Learn to say Good Morning, Hello and Thank You in German, Slovakian and Hungarian, as this will put smiles on lots of faces.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : The people we met in hotels, shops, cafes and restaurants were generally very welcoming and helpful.

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Title : Cycling the Danube???
Summary : My son and I cycled from Vienna to Budapest in early June. We had a great time. The accommodation was fabulous all the way and the cycles were high quality. The map and other information was very helpful and although we didn't need it, help would have been at hand if anything had gone wrong. Most of the cycling we did was on quiet roads or cycle lanes which made us feel fairly safe. My only warning to prospective cyclists on this holiday is just to point out that not much of it is actually along the Danube, probably because there just isn't a decent path going along it I guess. Our highlight was Gyor. Never heard of it? We hadn't either but it's a real gem. Bratislava is really charming and Budapest is a city built on a grand scale. Vienna? We weren't so impressed. Just a little bit too la di dah for our taste but a city you have to see especially if like us you are big fans of "The Third Man." Yes, the wheel is still there and yes we did go on it. You have to, right?
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Getting to the end. This is strictly cycling for beginners, but that is what we were and it was a relief to get home unharmed.

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Title : CYCLING THE DANUBE - VIENNA TO BUDAPEST
Summary : Excellently organised trip, the maps were on the whole easy to follow, although we had waypointed the hotels on a GPS so we had a good idea of where to go, and how far we had to go. We did find out that the Canadians had slightly different routes to ours, and the American maps were slightly different again. The hotels (well, the ones we got to - see later) were all really good, and the staff friendly.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : There were lots of good moments (and one very bad moment - see later): Actually finding our way in Bratislava, crossing borders, cycling further than we'd ever cycled before in a day, and not feeling any pain the next day.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Very good and helpful group leader.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Advice for travellers:  Just outside Babolna I somehow fell off my bicycle and broke my ankle. After dialling the emergency services on 112 I reaslised I was wasting my time - they did not understand a word of English. We had to flag down a car to speak to them.  It still took 90 minutes for an ambulance.  However, the people we flagged down went and got an English speaking person and a van for our bikes (although mine was confiscated by the police). Do make sure your mobile phones allow international calls - we could not call the RadReisen rep as he had an Austrian mobile number.The next piece of advice is the most important.  Under no circumstances admit liability for falling off your bike!  I was subsequently fined 15,000 HUF for causing an accident.  Even though nothing else was involved. Blame the road, a bird, fox, badger, anything but yourself! The hospital in Tatabanya was not as modern as hospitals I have been used to.  I was offered surgery there, but chose to go back to the UK.  Make sure you have adequate insurance - I needed 3 seats on the plane going home.  Also make sure you're not sqeamish about giving yourself injections - I had to do that to prevent DVT.  On the plus side, the Hungarian crutches are far superior to our UK NHS ones! Also make sure you get a fit to fly certificate - the insurance company were excellent in sorting that out too.  
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : The Hungarian people are really friendly - the man with a van took my partner and her bike to our hotel in Tata and wouldn't accept any money.  The English speaking girl that the driver who we flagged down got sat with me in the ambulance and acted as interpreter with the paramedics.  They were such lovely people - it's a shame we didn't get their details to properly thank them afterwards.Both Exodus and RadReisen were very good in assisting us, and booked us into the Budapest hotel for 2 nights so we didn't have to get to the intermediate hotel. So, for the 2/3 of the trip we completed we thought it was excellent.  It's now 2 months since my accident and I still can't walk, but I'd like to do this trip again to actually complete it!

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Title : CYCLING THE DANUBE - VIENNA TO BUDAPEST
Summary : A relatively easy cycle ride on cycle paths and mainly quiet roads, accommodation and bicycles excellent. Whilst we were not by the Danube as much as we'd expected, particularly when we were, the scenery was fantastic.  
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The final days cycling which involved 3 ferries across the Danube and, for us, a ferry trip from Szentendre to Budapest ( we were advised by the local Rad Reisen rep to do this rather than cycle into Budapest)We stopped at Lipot and went to open air thermal baths and these were excellent- remember swimming costumes that day  
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Self guided so no leader but the representative from Rad Riesen covered all important details at the beginning
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Suggest an extra night in Vienna at the beginning and 1 or 2 nights in Budapest at the endFor us, the airport bus would have been better than the recommended train route to the hotel in Vienna Take swimming costumes for Lipot.Beware that differences between Exodus trip notes and information from Rad Riesen can lead to confusion especially when negotiating routes out of towns.In particular, we were advised to take the train from Tata to Koragom and then cycle along the north of the Danube in Slovakia to Estergom rather than following the route advised by Exodus that day. We were also advised to catch a ferry into Budapest from Szentendre. The instructions for finding the tickets were not very clear.  
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : Overall, very good value holiday and, in particular the bikes and accommodation were fineWe have been on several Exodus holidays and intend to go on more 

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Title : CYCLING THE DANUBE - VIENNA TO BUDAPEST
Summary : A great way to see the north Slovak/Hungarian border - which remains largely unspoilt.  The cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest are all different and well worth spending time in.  An easy trip for the cycling novice.
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Inspirational would be too strong a word - but Budapest is wonderful and the basilicas at Pannonhalma and Esztergom (view from Slovak side of Danube is breathtaking) are outstanding.  Being out on the road through rural Slovakia and Hungary - reminiscent of UK in the 1950s - was cool.  We had really good weather which made it an easy trip.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : This Exodus trip was actually run (well) by Rad and Reisen.  There were 18 of us on the trip (largely German and Dutch, the latter were incredibly rude and unfriendly); we were the only two from Exodus and the UK although there was a couple from NZ.  Alex, an early 20s local lad from Vienna, was very helpful, but was unstructured when it came to the briefing and bike handover - and the rude Dutch with their constant demands and interruptions won hands down.  We were supposed to leave Vienna at 9.30, but we got our bikes last and left last at 11.15 am!  Exodus literature states that you get a "free" high viz vest - you don't; you get an instruction to buy one at the local garage [Alex succumbed and gave us each one on the proviso we returned it a the end of the trip, which we duly did].  Alex was excellent when one of us was sick and he took him, bike and luggage to the next hotel as part of his luggage drop off visit - nice one Alex.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Most Exodus cycle trips are good for the single traveller - if on your own, you might find this trip lonely as the locals are distant at best [but will brusquely give directions if asked] and your travel companions, whom you might not see much of, are likely to be largely Dutch and German.  You don't all stay in the same hotels, or towns for that matter, and this varies from night to night.  On the last two days cycle as you go towards Budapest there are dense swarms of small (non biting) flies close to the Danube - if you use sunscreen or insect spray then expect to arrive like well used flypaper.  Apparently the Passau to Vienna cycle is far more scenic and better serviced - there are few quality stops enroute at which to eat on this one! 
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : The bikes were good, but needed a full service.  Gear changing on both bikes was noisy and problematic - I sat in 3/5 for most of the trip and 2/2 to 2/4 on hills.  Alex sorted one out so that lower gears were possible - but both bikes were overdue a service.  The information/route maps provided by Rad & Reisien were first class - we got lost a couple of times, but easily rectified from the information we had.  Hotels were good - especially liked the Regia Pazio in Halaszi - good dinner and breakfast on a patio overlooking the river.

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Start Date - End DateAvailabilityPrice
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
2019-04-20 - 2019-04-276 AED 4,115
2019-04-27 - 2019-05-046 AED 4,115
2019-05-04 - 2019-05-116 AED 4,527
2019-05-11 - 2019-05-186 AED 4,527
2019-05-18 - 2019-05-256 AED 4,527
2019-05-25 - 2019-06-016 AED 4,527
2019-06-01 - 2019-06-086 AED 4,527
2019-06-08 - 2019-06-154 AED 4,527
2019-06-15 - 2019-06-226 AED 4,527
2019-06-22 - 2019-06-296 AED 4,527
2019-06-29 - 2019-07-066 AED 4,527
2019-07-06 - 2019-07-136 AED 4,887
2019-07-13 - 2019-07-200 AED 4,887
2019-07-20 - 2019-07-276 AED 4,887
2019-07-27 - 2019-08-036 AED 4,887
2019-08-03 - 2019-08-106 AED 4,887
2019-08-10 - 2019-08-176 AED 4,887
2019-08-13 - 2019-08-206 AED 4,887
2019-08-17 - 2019-08-246 AED 4,887
2019-08-24 - 2019-08-316 AED 4,887
2019-08-31 - 2019-09-076 AED 4,887
2019-09-07 - 2019-09-146 AED 4,887
2019-09-14 - 2019-09-216 AED 4,630
2019-09-21 - 2019-09-286 AED 4,630
2019-09-28 - 2019-10-056 AED 4,630
2019-10-05 - 2019-10-126 AED 4,115