Now Communism has fallen it is possible to continue biking along the Danube all the way to Hungary.
Our Guided Danube Bike Trail Tour takes you from Vienna, Austria to Budapest, Hungary cycling in 3 different countries – Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Ride with a guide and the region will come alive.
2017 Price: €2090 Euros/4-7pp double occupancy
2017 Price: €1890 Euros/8+pp double occupancy
Single Supplement: €350 Euros
International flights, train transportation, lunches and dinners
We rate this trip suitable for beginners who are in good physical condition.
Impressive monuments, sumptuous palaces and exquisite architecture are some of the things you can see in the heart of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. From Vienna cycle along the Hungarian side of the Danube through Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Continue into Hungary where you will stay in the historical towns of Györ and Esztergom. The artist’s town of Szentendre contains many galleries, museums and cafes. The mix of cultural landmarks and rustic, riverside fields and meadows makes for a relaxing cycle tour.
Individual arrival to Vienna. If you want to spend more time sightseeing in Vienna, we can arrange additional nights in Vienna. Overnight in Vienna.
Morning meeting with contact person, who will introduce you to the program, gives you bikes and sends you off. The highlight of the day are the ruins of the Roman city Carnuntum, spread over an area of almost four square miles. Overnight in Hainburg.
Today’s ride brings you briefly through Slovakia via Bratislava with its historical old town centre. Then it’s on to Hungary , where the days ride finishes in Mosonmagyarovar. This town is located in the meanders of a small river coming off and following the Danube. This town was already known in Roman times as a watch-post under the Latin name Ad Flexum. From 1529 it belonged to the Habsburg family and between 1763 and 1945 it was a private domain of the House of Habsburgs. Overnight in Mosonmagyarovar.
The ride between Mosonmagyarovar and Gyor winds its way through farming pastures. The cycling route is broken up by small, farming towns. The destination of today‘s route is the city of Gyor. This town, originally a Hungarian stronghold from A.D.900, has also a superb cathedral from the 12th century. Overnight in Gyor.
Cycling not far from the Danube's riverflow in this rustic, farming landscape, you will finish in the town of Tata, situated on lake Tatal. Overnight in Tata.
Today the route goes through forested landscape with an ascent to cover but after that it is a straight run to Esztergom. This town has an immense cathedral, the largest in Hungary, dating from 1822, which incorporates an earlier, renaissance church from the 16th century. Overnight in Esztergom.
Cycling along the Danube river valley gets you to the small town of Visegrad. Continue on to the town of Szentendre with its many churches, galleries and arts, and the opportunity to visit the river island of the same name. This town is really a gem of the tour. Finally you finish in Budapest. This magnificent city, once a centre of the Austro-Hungarian empire, boasts incredible architecture and its thriving center offers many things to do. Overnight in Budapest.
Tour ends after breakfast. If you want more time for sightseeing around Budapest, we can arrange additional nights in Budapest.
Folks who enjoy our tours are a spirited mix of singles and couples of ALL ages from all corners of the US, Canada and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks are recreational riders and all seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references if you wish to speak with someone who has recently been on this trip.
Yes! You bring the people and we will take care of all the details! This tour can be chartered as either a Guided Tour or Self Guided Tour. Call us for details and availability, 800-648-8488.
The Central European continental climate consists of long, hot summers and cold, snowy winters. July and August are perfect for people who love hot weather. May, June and September are good months to take advantage of the cooler, but still warm and sunny weather. April and October are wonderfully changeable and can be chilly. These times are good for people wanting to experience the changing of the seasons as they cycle.
This trip begins in Vienna and ends in Budapest. Many airlines will allow booking from the US to Vienna and returning from Budapest back to the US. If you choose to fly roundtrip to either Budapest or Vienna, trains connect Budapest and Vienna and take about 2.5 hours. The trains operate every couple of hours throughout the day. https://www2.raileurope.com/index.html
Check out European Train Schedules. If you are bringing a bike on the train, you will need to ask at the train station which trains have space for your bike box. You do not need to make advance train reservations.
Two simple words – TRAVEL LIGHT! To avoid loosing luggage (that may contain irreplaceable clothing, personal items and medications) and to prepare you for the reality of European hotels (many have narrow stairways and do not have elevators), we urge you to limit your luggage to 2 items. We suggest the following: a carry-on size suitcase or duffel (a legal carry-on sized wheeled suitcase is perfect) and a small personal bag (like a small daypack or shoulder bag). You will be able to bring these 2 items as carry-ons on all international and domestic flights, insuring that your luggage will arrive with you!
Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to delays with transportation (airline or other), weather, road conditions, government intervention, sickness or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.
You must have a current passport. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!
We can make additional hotel lodging reservations for you at our first night’s hotel on the tour in Vienna or the last night in Budapest. Just let us know in advance.
You will need Euros for lunches, dinners, beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips. We suggest starting with a minimum of $250 (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream).
For cash, bring new bills with no tears. You can exchange money at any airport when you arrive. For credit cards, we recommend bringing 2 or more Visa or Mastercards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATM machines in all of the towns on the tour. To use your credit cards in an ATM machine, each card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.
We suggest 10% for exceptional service in restaurants (most restaurants include a service charge) and a small amount for baggage and taxi service.
It is not necessary to be able to speak Czech or German to get along in the Czech Republic or Austria, but it can be lots of fun. A small dictionary and some creative sign language should get you to the start of the trip without too much trouble. Many people at the airport and train stations do speak English.
We have good quality, lightweight, hybrid-style bikes with flat handlebars. (TREK 7300FX) The bikes are equipped with low gears, good tires, a rear rack, panniers, a water bottle cage, water bottle, bike lock, repair tools, tube and bike pump. The pedals on the rental bikes are flat pedals without toe clips and straps.
If you want toe clips and straps on your pedals, just let us know in advance.
For your own personal safety, you must be comfortable riding, stopping and starting in traffic and on hills. Riding in Europe is fun, but it is probably NOT the best place for your first experiment with clipless pedals. If you are experienced using clipless pedals, bring them if you wish and make sure to bring your bike shoes with the correct cleats.
Simply put, a properly fit bike shoe will increase your pedaling efficiency and reduce foot fatigue. For bicycle touring, we recommend either a mountain bike or touring style shoe rather than a racing shoe. These styles have a slight amount of flex to make walking easier and, if you use clipless pedals, your cleat will be recessed for safer, quieter walking. Also, if you have custom footbeds or orthotics, try them in your bike shoes.
To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!
Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a federal republic and a landlocked country of roughly 8.5 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The territory of Austria covers 83,855 square kilometers (32,377 sq mi) and has a temperate and alpine climate. Austria's terrain is highly mountainous, lying within the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 meters (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 meters (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speak local Bavarian dialects of German as their native language, and German in its standard form is the country's official language. Other local official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene. ~ Wikipedia
Hungary is a sovereign state in Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, Slovenia to the west, Austria to the northwest, and Ukraine to the northeast. The country's capital and largest city is Budapest. ~ Wikipedia