Cycle the Danube

8 Days | Pedal beside the iconic Danube River, passing castles, forests and villages

4.8 out of 5 based on 60 reviews submitted.
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Retrace the steps of the Roman, Ottoman and Habsburg Empires on this cycling adventure along the mighty Danube River. Over eight days, you’ll ride through small villages, lowland forests and lush farmland as you cycle from Vienna to Budapest, passing through Slovakia. Discover the Baroque style at the Schonbrunn Palace or get lost in the cobbled laneways of Komarom – a spa 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 white-hued Bratislava Castle. Celebrate a day in the saddle with a luxurious soak in one of Budapest's steaming baths, then maybe spend the night at the iconic ruin bars. If you’re seeking an active adventure – cycling is the best way to experience the cosmopolitan cities along the Danube.

Trip overview

Map of Cycle The Danube including Austria, Hungary and Slovakia
Start
Vienna, Austria
Finish
Budapest, Hungary
Theme
Cycling
Destinations
Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 1 - Max 15
Trip code
ZMXD
This trip generates 23 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Follow the Danube downstream, passing romantic castles, small villages and lowland forests – the best way to see Eastern Europe is on two wheels!
  • Cycle leafy paths away from the traffic of main roads and cities, from vibrant Vienna to cosmopolitan Bratislava and bohemian Budapest. Away from the tourists, you’ll have a better chance of connecting with local cultures!
  • Spend some time at the domed Basilica of Esztergom – the biggest church in Hungary – and see how it’s reflected in the still waters of the Danube Bend. Then, make your way into Budapest and indulge in one of the steaming public baths.
  • See the Roman remains at Carnuntum – one of Austria's most important archaeological sites. Wander the ruins and reconstructions and then hop back on your bike to the Slovak border.
  • Straddle the borders of Hungary and Slovakia in the historic spa town of Komarom and soothe your sore muscles during one of the optional spa visits.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • To complete this trip, it’s important that you’re both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
  • On this trip, we have a single leader who rides with the group and another who drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.
  • While the cycling distances are relatively long – sometimes up to 75 km – 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 accommodation on this trip is twin-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.

Itinerary

Map of Cycle The Danube including Austria, Hungary and Slovakia

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Bicycle, Support vehicle, Ferry, (e-bike option available, subject to availability)

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), guesthouse (1 night)

Activities
  • Vienna Guided Cycling
  • 6 Days included bike hire
  • Carnuntum entrance
  • Vienna to Bratislava Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Bratislava to Gyor Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Gyor to Komarom Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Esztergom Basilica entrance
  • Komarom to Esztergom Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Budapest - Szechenyi Baths
  • Esztergom to Budapest Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
Add on activities
  • Vienna - Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR14
  • Vienna - Belvedere Gallery (Lower Gallery) - EUR15
  • Vienna - Leopold Museum - EUR15
  • Vienna - Albertina Museum - EUR19
  • Vienna - Schoenbrunn Palace - EUR22
  • Vienna - Hofburg Palace & Sisi Museum - EUR16
  • The Slavin War Memorial - Free
  • Bratislava - Kamzik TV Tower - Free
  • Bratislava - Blue Church Bratislava - Free
  • Fort Monostor - HUF1600
  • Bálint Balassi Museum - HUF100
  • Esztergom Castle Museum - HUF1800
  • Budapest - Hungarian State Opera House Tour - HUF7000
  • Budapest - Danube Boat Trip - EUR15

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 5 (Komarom) where you will be in a twin-share room, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so awe can ensure a suitable sized bike is arranged.
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). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.
5. An e-bike option (at additional cost) may be available on this trip. We have limited numbers of these bikes available and they are an 'on request' basis only. A request does not guarantee an e-bike, only a confirmed booking. Please ask your agent for more details at the time of booking.
6. In 2023 - due to negative client feedback we no longer ride on the morning of the final day in Budapest. This ride has been integrated into the ride on Day 7.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 60 reviews submitted.
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Alan · Traveled June 2024
Lovely trip across the Danube and the cycling which is flat was good with the last day stretching the legs to 110k
Review submitted 19 Jun 2024

Barbara · Traveled June 2024
Cycling the Danube was fantastic! The paved bike trails along the river made for a peaceful and beautiful ride. Our new friends in the group were lots of fun. The food and hotels were great. We had excellent orientation to the culture and historic sites. Thank you Intrepid for another great adventure!
Review submitted 12 Jun 2024

Tim and Trish · Traveled June 2024
A good trip for people who enjoy cycling. Although there are other things to see and do, the focus is on the riding each day. The ride is often along the dykes, through countryside so there isn’t a lot of sightseeing on the trip itself. Adding days before in Vienna and afterwards in Budapest is a must. The cycling is fairly fast, and covers fairly long distances. If you can’t sustain 20 kph, an E-bike is a good idea.
Review submitted 09 Jun 2024

Glenys · Traveled May 2024
A fun, enjoyable week cycling, Vienna to Budapest with 10 other travellers from 5 countries (commonwealth & USA) Guides Igor & Andro were both very professional and friendly. Also giving us many local facts and excellent restaurant recommendations. We were all given the opportunity to ride at our own pace, which ranged from 15km-35km ph. Lots of laughs all day & enjoyable dinners in the evening. Highly recommend. Get some training in, cycling the 80km per day and you’ll love it 🚴🏻‍♀️🚴🏼🚴🏻‍♀️
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Ricard · Traveled May 2024
Really enjoyed this trip, many thanks to Igor and Andro for looking after us. The cycling is relatively easy with a decent level of fitness. Most of the routes are off the main roads on cycle paths which certainly makes for stress free cycling. The accommodation was very good as were the breakfasts which are included. Ideally I would have liked a rest day in Bratislava to see more of the city.
Review submitted 04 Jun 2024
Cycle the Danube
From
EUR €1,746