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Cycle Central Europe & the Danube

16 Days | Get active on an fifteen-day European cycling adventure from Prague to Budapest

5 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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Get your wheels moving on a cycling adventure through the Central European countryside, all the way from picturesque Prague to classic Budapest. This fifteen-day active trip meanders its way past medieval villages perched on the hillside and hugs the mighty Danube River. With delicious regional food, great wine, and a knowledgeable leader to guide you along the way, you’ll be seeing the best of the region with the wind blowing through your hair.

Trip overview

Map of Cycle Central Europe & The Danube including Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary
Start
Prague, Czech Republic
Finish
Budapest, Hungary
Theme
Cycling
Destinations
Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 1 - Max 15
Trip code
ZMXDC
This trip generates 19.28 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
  • Take an active adventure through Central Europe, cycling leafy paths from the bohemian centre of Prague to the classical vibe of Budapest.
  • Ride alongside the mighty Danube River downstream, passing by romantic riverside castles, picturesque villages and lowland forests surrounding the banks.
  • Take the opportunity to head on an optional brewery tour at the original home of Budweiser: Ceske Budejovice.
  • The perfect mix of cosmopolitan cities, picture postcard towns and traffic-free cycling paths await, with local knowledge to get the best out of each European destination.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
  • 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). 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.
  • As our riding is done mostly on sealed roads and – along the Danube River – dedicated 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 twin-share, solo travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same gender. Please note that a single supplement is available on this trip. Space is at a premium in Europe and your hotel is no exception. Rooms are often small, but usually the central location makes up for that. For those travelling as a duo, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. In some cases, bathroom facilities will be shared rather than ensuite.

Itinerary

Map of Cycle Central Europe & The Danube including Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary

Inclusions

Meals

13 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Bicycle, Support vehicle, Train/Local Bus (e-bike option available, subject to availability)

Accommodation

Hotel (13 nights), guesthouse (1 night)

Activities
  • 7 days bike hire
  • Prague guided cycling
  • Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Cesky Krumlov to Lipno Lake Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Kollmitzberg to Melk Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Melk to Herzogenburg Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Orientation walk - Vienna
  • Tulln to Vienna Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • 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
  • Prague - Castle Visit - CZK350
  • Prague - John Lennon Wall - Free
  • Prague - Town Hall Clock Tower - CZK250
  • Prague - Kafka Museum - CZK260
  • Charles Bridge - Free
  • Cesky Krumlov - Brewery Tour - CZK200
  • Cesky Krumlov - Canoe Trip - CZK700
  • Cesky Krumlov - Egon Schiele Art Centrum - CZK200
  • Cesky Krumlov - Guided Castle Tour - CZK300
  • Budweiser Brewery Tour - CZK150
  • Black Tower - CZK30
  • Melk Abbey - EUR12
  • Vienna - Belvedere Gallery (Upper & Lower Gallery Combined Ticket) - EUR26
  • Vienna - Hofburg Palace & Sisi Museum - EUR16
  • Vienna - Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR14
  • Vienna - Food, Coffee & Market Tour Urban Adventure - EUR115
  • Vienna - Schoenbrunn Palace - EUR22
  • Vienna - Belvedere Gallery (Lower Gallery) - EUR15
  • Vienna - Leopold Museum - EUR15
  • Vienna - Albertina Museum - EUR19
  • 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 12 (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 as we can organize 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). 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

5 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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Laura · Traveled September 2023
We enjoyed our two week trip from Prague to Vienna to Budapest so much, and you will too! We met fun, active people from all over the globe that shared our love of traveling by bicycle. Tomi & Andro took good care of us and showed us a beautiful region of the world. We enjoyed every minute and cannot wait to plan another trip!
Review submitted 21 Oct 2023

Michael · Traveled August 2023
We wanted a different kind of holiday where we would be active, meet great people and get an authentic experience in countries we hadn’t been before. Our expectations were high at the start and exceeded by the end!
Review submitted 08 Sep 2023

Anne · Traveled August 2023
This was an amazing trip in all aspects and I would thoroughly recommend it to see this beautiful part of the world.
Review submitted 31 Aug 2023

Katie · Traveled July 2023
This is a fabulous bike trip with some nice activities included. There are some long days in the saddle so prepare before you start. If you’re unsure of your ability rent the e-bike. The scenery is varied as are the riding surfaces. Great stops along the way. Focus is on biking and the longer travel days may not leave a lot of time for sightseeing in some places. I can’t say enough about our leader Sasa and driver Andro. They were 5 star. Super oraganized and flexible.
Review submitted 16 Jul 2023

Patrick pop · Traveled July 2023
Review submitted 16 Jul 2023
Cycle Central Europe & the Danube
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CHF  3,345