Pedal beside the majestic Danube River on a cycling odyssey.
Retrace the steps of the Roman, Ottoman and Turk Empires on this adventure along the mighty Danube River. Journey through picturesque villages, forests and lush farmlands as you cycle from Vienna to Budapest, passing through Slovakia and it's cosmopolitan capital. Live it up in Baroque style at the elegant Schönbrunn Palace or get lost in the cobbled laneways of Komarom, a city with one foot in Hungary and the other in Slovakia. Visit the architectural jewel of the Danube River, the Esztergom Basilica, and pass by the imposing white-hued Bratislava Castle. Celebrate a day in the saddle with a luxurious soak in one of Budapest's iconic baths.
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Cycle leafy paths from vibrant Vienna to Bratislava and bohemian Budapest
Follow the Danube downstream, passing romantic castles, picturesque villages and lowland forests
Experience one of Austria's most important archaeological sites, the Roman remains at Carnuntum
Marvel at the domed Basilica of Esztergom, reflected in the still waters of the Danube Bend
Straddle the borders of Hungary and Slovakia in the historic spa town of Komarom
To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed)
While the cycling distances are relatively long – sometimes up to 75 kilometres – the terrain of the Danube as it flows downstream is naturally flat so you’ll only need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trip. But remember, we will always have the support vehicle on hand if you need to take a break for an hour or a day.
As our riding is done mostly on sealed roads and bike paths with the occasional gravel section there are no technical cycling skills required.
There’s the possibility of a few hiccups along the way – a puncture here and there maybe – but there’s no doubt this is an incredibly rewarding adventure.
As there are potholes and cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead. As this is an eight-day trip, a large backpack should be enough to carry all of your belongings.
As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details, and please note that in some hotels a single supplement exclusion applies where single rooms are not available. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 01 October 2018
1. A single supplement is available on this trip with exception of Day 4 (Lipot).
2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organise a suitable sized bike.
3. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
4. On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed)
5. There is an included ride on the morning of Day 8 (the last day of the trip) so it is not recommended to book a flight out of Budapest before 5pm
Our Cycle the Danube trips score an average of 4.81 out of 5 based on 36 reviews in the last year.
Excellent trip which was also challenging. You have to be fit to do the trip and confident on a bike. Got to see some lovely cities and smaller towns I would not normally have seen. Group leaders were excellent and could not do enough for us.
Review submitted 19 Sep 2018
Intrepid are a wonderful company to travel with who help you enjoy your adventure whilst taking away the worry of navigating to your destination in an unfamiliar place. They provide you with great equipment and extremely professional guides who are helpful, safety focused, resourceful and personable. I had never been on a cycle tour before but due the experience of cycling the Danube, will be looking to book another.
Review submitted 17 Sep 2018