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.
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.
1. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details. Please note the single supplement does not include day 4 in Lipot due to limited hotel capacity.
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. 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 4.94 out of 5 based on 17 reviews in the last year.
The trip was great, just make sure you do a bit of practice, and if your feeling tired, just get on the bus.
Review submitted 08 Oct 2017
Intrepid is a great way to travel in a small group for an affordable price. You tend to meet more like minded people while enjoying a cultural mix of travel companions. I had never done a bike trip, but this was definitely the right decision!
Review submitted 23 Sep 2017