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

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.


Start
Prague, Czech Republic
Finish
Budapest, Hungary
Destinations
Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia
Style
Original
Code
ZMXDC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 1, Max 15

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. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. 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

Dobry den! Welcome to Prague. There is an important welcome meeting scheduled for 6 pm this evening, where you will meet your group leader and fellow travellers. With not much time spent in Prague, we recommend you spend at least a day or two to get to know this wonderful Bohemian city. With its Baroque buildings, cobblestoned streets and beer – oh so much beer – there’s something for every explorer. If you want to spend more time in Prague, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). After your important meeting, how about get a group of you together and head to one of the beer halls to get acquainted?

Ride distance: No included riding today
Optional Activities
  • Town Hall Clock Tower - CZK250
  • Kafka Museum - CZK200
  • Urban Adventure - Bohemian Tastes and Neighborhoods - EUR58
  • Urban Adventure - Prague Beer and Czech Tapas Tour - EUR68
  • Urban Adventure - Food by foot - Prague - EUR89
  • Prague - Castle Entrance - CZK350
  • John Lennon Wall - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
This morning take a leader-led orientation walk around Prague. You’ll learn about the history of the city, plus have time to take in the Old Town square, looking up at the surrounding spires – there are a lot of spires. In the early afternoon, head to Ceske Budejovice by local transport (either vehicle or train depending on group size), taking around 2.5 hours. Once arrived, have a bike fitting and take a short ride (approximately 30kms/19 miles) around Ceske and surrounds, getting ready for the real cycling journey to begin tomorrow. If you have time, there’s the option to head on a brewery tour, as Cesky Budejovice (or Budweis in German) is the home of Budweiser! Learn the beer’s history and have the perfectly drawn brew in the onsite bar. Otherwise, head into the city and visit the imposing Black Tower – one of the most dominating features of Ceske.

Ride distance: approx. 30kms/19 miles, mostly flat, approx. 200m/650ft of elevation gain.
Optional Activities
  • Budweiser Brewery Tour - CZK150
  • Black Tower - CZK30
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is an early morning start, as you’ll ride through the South Bohemian countryside from Ceske to Cesky – that is, Cesky Krumlov! Through picture-perfect rolling hills and weaving in and out of forest, you’ll cover around 35 kilometres cycling, with some undulations at points. Once arrived, you’ve got the rest of the afternoon at your leisure in this small medieval town. Take your bike or head on a hike up to see Krizova Hora, visit the State Castle, or just simply explore the weaving laneways of the town, all perched on the side of the Vlata River. If you want to check out the river more, why not book in on a canoe trip? Seeing the Czech countryside from the water gives you stunning views of the surrounding valleys.

Ride distance: approx. 35kms/22 miles, mostly flat for the first 8kms then undulating, approx. 600m/1970ft of elevation gain.
Optional Activities
  • Brewery tour - CZK130
  • Cesky Krumlov - Canoe Trip - CZK700
  • Egon Schiele Art Centrum - CZK160
  • Guided castle tour - CZK250
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Rise and shine, as it’s off for another day of cycling, leaving nice and early. Ride along the Vlata River from Cesky Krumlov through the countryside then over the plateau and down to the wooded shores of the beautiful Lipno Lake near the Czech-Austrian border. You’ll arrive at the small town of Lipno nad Vitavou on the southern banks of the lake.

After some time to look around, drive approximately 140 kilometres to Ardagger, right on the banks of the Danube. After two days in the saddle you deserve a relax at this small riverside town. Why not get your group together and organise somewhere for dinner – your group leader will know of a place to go.

Ride distance: approx. 42kms/32 miles, mostly flat for the first 15kms then one long (but gradual) climb for 10kms before flattening out alonside the lake, approx. 680m/2200ft of elevation gain.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Get back on your bike and cycle alongside the mighty Danube River on a mostly flat course from Ardagger to Melk (approximately 53 kilometres). You know you're getting close when you can see the towers and dome of the famed Melk Abbey high above the town. Once arrived, you could head on an optional tour of Melk Abbey, where you’ll discover the colourful Baroque structure perched on top of a rock overlooking the Danube, plus its parks and bastions.

Ride distance: approx. 53kms/33 miles, mostly flat, approx. 150m/500ft of elevation gain.
Optional Activities
  • Melk Abbey - EUR12
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
From Melk, cycle along the northern banks of the Danube – mostly on dedicated cycle paths – past small riverside towns and villages (and the occasional sand beach), and to the UNESCO-listed terraces of the Wachau vineyards, where wine has been produced since the Middle Ages. Riding up the steep hillsides is definitely a challenge, but there’s some stunning scenery to see along the way. Your final destination for today is Krems an der Donau – just a few kilometres from Wachau, and best of all, it’s downhill to get there!

Ride distance: approx. 43kms/27 miles, mostly flat, approx. 220m/720ft of elevation gain.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel for around 1 hour to charming Tulln and hop on your bike to ride along the Danube cycle path to Vienna, skirting the river’s southern banks. Today is again around 40 kilometres and is mostly slightly downhill. When you arrive in Vienna, be sure to relax and perhaps tuck into a well-earned coffee and sacher torte. Vienna is a classical hub of arts, culture and food, and a perfect place to hop off the bike and explore on foot. If you haven’t discussed it already, why not organise dinner in Vienna with your group tonight – it’s definitely cause for a half-way celebration.

Ride distance: approx. 40kms/25 miles, mostly flat/slightly downhill, approx. 100m/330ft of elevation gain.
Included Activities
  • Orientation walk - Vienna
Optional Activities
  • Belvedere Gallery - Combined - EUR20
  • Hofburg Palace and Sisi Museum - EUR14
  • Vienna - Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR10
  • Urban Adventures - Vienna Food, Coffee and Market Tour - EUR78
  • Vienna - Schoenbrunn Palace - EUR14
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a free day for you to explore vibrant Vienna at your lesuire. There is a welcome meeting scheduled for 6 pm this evening, where you will meet your group leader and possibly new travellers joining you for the ride from Vienna to Bupapest.

Ride distance: No included riding today
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If this trip interests you, why not think about a longer cycling experience by embarking on Cycle the Danube afterwards, taking you all the way to Budapest. Search trip code ‘ZMXD’ on the Intrepid website for more information.
After breakfast there will be a bike fitting for the new members of the group followed by a short test ride. Then take a tour of Vienna by bike (approximately 3 hours). Follow the path of the Habsburg and explore the rich artistic and cultural icons like the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Hofburg Palace and all that the Ringstrasse has to offer.

Cycle distance: approx. 10kms/6 miles, mostly flat with approx. 180m/590ft of elevation gain.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave Vienna’s city centre and ride along the mighty Danube to the tiny hamlet of Hasslau an der Donau. From here, journey east along the riverbanks to one of Austria's most important archaeological sites, Carnuntum, and its eclectic mixture of Roman ruins and modern reconstructions. Spend some time wandering among the remains of Roman life on the Danube before climbing back onto your bike and slowly winding along the riverside bike paths to the Slovak border. In the afternoon arrive in the Slovak capital, the cosmopolitan Bratislava. See firsthand how bordering two independent countries has left its mark on Bratislava with an introductory walk.

Please note that the Bratislava Castle is closed on a Monday so we are unable to enter it.

Cycle distance: approx. 76kms/47 miles, flat for the first 40kms, then undulating, with approx. 400m/1310ft of elevation gain.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Carnuntum entrance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Follow the Danube as it turns south and re-enters Hungary. Pass by picturesque villages, lowland forests and across lush farmland to the tiny village of Hedervar, home of the charming 13th century Renaissance and Baroque style Héderváry Castle. Afterwards it's only a short five kilometre ride to the tiny village of Lipot. While the village is certainly quiet, it has a laid-back atmosphere that makes for a perfect end to a day in the saddle.

Cycle distance: approx. 63kms/39 miles, slightly downhill with approx. 130m/430ft of elevation gain.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leaving the quiet ambience of Hedervar behind, cycle most of today on paths free of traffic. Stop to visit the Baroque city of Győr for a quick tour, including a visit to Káptalan Hill, Bécsi kapu tér square, and the picturesque Király Street. Afterwards, track back to the banks of the Danube and on to the city of Komarom, which straddles the borders of Hungary and Slovakia. While Komarom is known for its forts and strategic position on the Danube River, it is also a beautiful city housing many museums and historical sites. Take part in an introductory walk with a stroll across the Elizabeth Bridge, the pathway between two counties. To add some pampering at the end of a long day why not try an optional spa visit to soothe those leg muscles.

Cycle distance: approx. 80 kms/50 miles, flat with approx. 210m/690ft of elevation gain.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today there is an early departure to ensure a timely arrival into Esztergom (approximately 55 kilometres). The former capital city of Hungary, Esztergom is the seat of the Hungarian Catholic Church and boasts an amazing array of architectural gems such as Royal Palace, the Víziváros, and Watertown, which is built on the banks of the Danube itself. The crowning glory of Esztergom is undoubtbly the Esztergom Basilica, a stunning example of Classicism and the third largest church in Europe. Reflected in the still waters of the Danube Bend, the Basilica is a sight to behold from outside and within. Take part on an introductory orientation walk of this beguiling city.

Cycle distance: approx. 54kms/33miles, flat with approx. 140m/460ft of elevation gain.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Esztergom Basilica entrance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Cycle the famous ‘Danube Bend’ beneath the wooded hills of Visegrád. Here the river turns south towards the Hungarian capital city of Budapest. Today is our longest day in the saddle but be sure to enjoy a stop half way for a picnic lunch on the river bank. To help end the day on a high, an afternoon visit to one of Budapest's famous spas is included. There is ample free time in the evening to explore at your leisure.

Cycle distance: approx. 93kms/58miles, mostly flat with approx. 590m/1935ft of elevation gain.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Budapest - Szechenyi Baths
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
The final day starts with an early morning city cycling tour in Budapest (approximately 3 hours) that takes in the best that this remarkable city has to offer, including a visit to the food market. Return to the hotel with ample time to shower and say goodbye to your newfound friends. If you want to spend some extra time in Budapest or require a later checkout, we strongly recommend booking extra accommodation at the time of booking.

Cycle distance: approx. 15 kms

As we spend the morning riding it is not recommended to book a flight out of Budapest before 5pm.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

12 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Bicycle, Support Vehicle, Train (e-bike option available, subject to availability)

Accommodation

Hotel (14 nights)

Included activities

  • Orientation walk - Vienna
  • Carnuntum entrance
  • Esztergom Basilica entrance
  • Budapest - Szechenyi Baths

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
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). 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 bookiing. Please ask your agent for more details at the time of booking.

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