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Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Vienna
Destinations
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Ends
Budapest
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Highlights

  • Explore Vienna’s vibrancy and flair
  • Cycle past charming Hungarian villages
  • Uncover the historic centre of Gyor
  • Admire the Danube’s surrounding vistas
Age range
12 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Bicycle
Start in Vienna and end in Budapest! With the bicycle tour Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest, you have a 8 day tour package taking you from Vienna to Budapest and through Vienna, Austria and 14 other destinations in Europe. Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest reviewer 1
    Written on October 10, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Excellently organised trip, the maps were on the whole easy to follow, although we had waypointed the hotels on a GPS so we had a good idea of where to go, and how far we had to go. We did find out that the Canadians had slightly different routes to ours, and the American maps were slightly different again. The hotels (well, the ones we got to - see later) were all really good, and the staff friendly.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were lots of good moments (and one very bad moment - see later): Actually finding our way in Bratislava, crossing borders, cycling further than we'd ever cycled before in a day, and not feeling any pain the next day.What did you think of your group leader?Very good and helpful group leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Advice for travellers:  Just outside Babolna I somehow fell off my bicycle and broke my ankle. After dialling the emergency services on 112 I reaslised I was wasting my time - they did not understand a word of English. We had to flag down a car to speak to them.  It still took 90 minutes for an ambulance.  However, the people we flagged down went and got an English speaking person and a van for our bikes (although mine was confiscated by the police). Do make sure your mobile phones allow international calls - we could not call the RadReisen rep as he had an Austrian mobile number.The next piece of advice is the most important.  Under no circumstances admit liability for falling off your bike!  I was subsequently fined 15,000 HUF for causing an accident.  Even though nothing else was involved. Blame the road, a bird, fox, badger, anything but yourself! The hospital in Tatabanya was not as modern as hospitals I have been used to.  I was offered surgery there, but chose to go back to the UK.  Make sure you have adequate insurance - I needed 3 seats on the plane going home.  Also make sure you're not sqeamish about giving yourself injections - I had to do that to prevent DVT.  On the plus side, the Hungarian crutches are far superior to our UK NHS ones! Also make sure you get a fit to fly certificate - the insurance company were excellent in sorting that out too.  Is there anything else you would like to add?The Hungarian people are really friendly - the man with a van took my partner and her bike to our hotel in Tata and wouldn't accept any money.  The English speaking girl that the driver who we flagged down got sat with me in the ambulance and acted as interpreter with the paramedics.  They were such lovely people - it's a shame we didn't get their details to properly thank them afterwards.Both Exodus and RadReisen were very good in assisting us, and booked us into the Budapest hotel for 2 nights so we didn't have to get to the intermediate hotel. So, for the 2/3 of the trip we completed we thought it was excellent.  It's now 2 months since my accident and I still can't walk, but I'd like to do this trip again to actually complete it!

  • Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest reviewer 2
    Written on October 10, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Excellently organised trip, the maps were on the whole easy to follow, although we had waypointed the hotels on a GPS so we had a good idea of where to go, and how far we had to go. We did find out that the Canadians had slightly different routes to ours, and the American maps were slightly different again. The hotels (well, the ones we got to - see later) were all really good, and the staff friendly.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were lots of good moments (and one very bad moment - see later): Actually finding our way in Bratislava, crossing borders, cycling further than we'd ever cycled before in a day, and not feeling any pain the next day.What did you think of your group leader?Very good and helpful group leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Advice for travellers:  Just outside Babolna I somehow fell off my bicycle and broke my ankle. After dialling the emergency services on 112 I reaslised I was wasting my time - they did not understand a word of English. We had to flag down a car to speak to them.  It still took 90 minutes for an ambulance.  However, the people we flagged down went and got an English speaking person and a van for our bikes (although mine was confiscated by the police). Do make sure your mobile phones allow international calls - we could not call the RadReisen rep as he had an Austrian mobile number.The next piece of advice is the most important.  Under no circumstances admit liability for falling off your bike!  I was subsequently fined 15,000 HUF for causing an accident.  Even though nothing else was involved. Blame the road, a bird, fox, badger, anything but yourself! The hospital in Tatabanya was not as modern as hospitals I have been used to.  I was offered surgery there, but chose to go back to the UK.  Make sure you have adequate insurance - I needed 3 seats on the plane going home.  Also make sure you're not sqeamish about giving yourself injections - I had to do that to prevent DVT.  On the plus side, the Hungarian crutches are far superior to our UK NHS ones! Also make sure you get a fit to fly certificate - the insurance company were excellent in sorting that out too.  Is there anything else you would like to add?The Hungarian people are really friendly - the man with a van took my partner and her bike to our hotel in Tata and wouldn't accept any money.  The English speaking girl that the driver who we flagged down got sat with me in the ambulance and acted as interpreter with the paramedics.  They were such lovely people - it's a shame we didn't get their details to properly thank them afterwards.Both Exodus and RadReisen were very good in assisting us, and booked us into the Budapest hotel for 2 nights so we didn't have to get to the intermediate hotel. So, for the 2/3 of the trip we completed we thought it was excellent.  It's now 2 months since my accident and I still can't walk, but I'd like to do this trip again to actually complete it!

  • Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest reviewer 3
    Written on July 28, 2012
    2.0 - Rather poor

    This was a RadResein tour. It's a misnomer to say it was "cycling the Danube" as most of the time the Danube wasn't visible or accessible and we cycled through  lots of farmland. The promise of having the cycles available in Vienna didn't eventuate and when Tobias was asked (the Radresein person briefing us and handing out the cycles) he didn't make any effort to rectify this. Instructions in and out of the bigger cities were totally inadequate. Hotels mostly ok but the Vienne hotel, purportedly a 4 star, had no air conditioning in 38-40 degree heat - how can this star rating be?What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling into BudapestWhat did you think of your group leader?Tobias introduced himself as the bag 'mover' between locations and gave a rushed briefing.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Look carefully at the detail (rather hard when it is in general terms in the advertising). Insist on detailed maps/instructions for negotiating entry and exit of cities.

  • Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest reviewer 4
    Written on July 28, 2012
    2.0 - Rather poor

    This was a RadResein tour. It's a misnomer to say it was "cycling the Danube" as most of the time the Danube wasn't visible or accessible and we cycled through  lots of farmland. The promise of having the cycles available in Vienna didn't eventuate and when Tobias was asked (the Radresein person briefing us and handing out the cycles) he didn't make any effort to rectify this. Instructions in and out of the bigger cities were totally inadequate. Hotels mostly ok but the Vienne hotel, purportedly a 4 star, had no air conditioning in 38-40 degree heat - how can this star rating be?What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling into BudapestWhat did you think of your group leader?Tobias introduced himself as the bag 'mover' between locations and gave a rushed briefing.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Look carefully at the detail (rather hard when it is in general terms in the advertising). Insist on detailed maps/instructions for negotiating entry and exit of cities.

  • Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest reviewer 5
    Written on August 29, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    A relatively easy cycle ride on cycle paths and mainly quiet roads, accommodation and bicycles excellent. Whilst we were not by the Danube as much as we'd expected, particularly when we were, the scenery was fantastic.   What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The final days cycling which involved 3 ferries across the Danube and, for us, a ferry trip from Szentendre to Budapest ( we were advised by the local Rad Reisen rep to do this rather than cycle into Budapest)We stopped at Lipot and went to open air thermal baths and these were excellent- remember swimming costumes that day

  • Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest reviewer 6
    Written on August 29, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    A relatively easy cycle ride on cycle paths and mainly quiet roads, accommodation and bicycles excellent. Whilst we were not by the Danube as much as we'd expected, particularly when we were, the scenery was fantastic.   What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The final days cycling which involved 3 ferries across the Danube and, for us, a ferry trip from Szentendre to Budapest ( we were advised by the local Rad Reisen rep to do this rather than cycle into Budapest)We stopped at Lipot and went to open air thermal baths and these were excellent- remember swimming costumes that day  What did you think of your group leader?Self guided so no leader but the representative from Rad Riesen covered all important details at the beginningDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Suggest an extra night in Vienna at the beginning and 1 or 2 nights in Budapest at the endFor us, the airport bus would have been better than the recommended train route to the hotel in Vienna Take swimming costumes for Lipot.Beware that differences between Exodus trip notes and information from Rad Riesen can lead to confusion especially when negotiating routes out of towns.In particular, we were advised to take the train from Tata to Koragom and then cycle along the north of the Danube in Slovakia to Estergom rather than following the route advised by Exodus that day. We were also advised to catch a ferry into Budapest from Szentendre. The instructions for finding the tickets were not very clear.  Is there anything else you would like to add?Overall, very good value holiday and, in particular the bikes and accommodation were fineWe have been on several Exodus holidays and intend to go on more 

  • Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest reviewer 7
    Written on July 18, 2011
    2.0 - Rather poor

    First of all I would say we had not been on bikes for 20 odd years but the cycling was still a lot tougher than expected when combined with very hot weather (fairly fit mid 30 - 40 year olds to put that in context).  Looking at the route map and title of the trip I had expected 40-50 percent directly along the Danube but you can't actually see the river for most of day 1.  Only the final day was what I expected really - cycling along and crossing a beautiful river.  The quality of the food especially in the smaller hotels way exceeded expectations.  It's also going to seem like extortion buying drinks back in the UK after seeing the prices on this trip! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Highlights: Vienna's elegance and the Danube in Budapest.The quality of food was very impressive 10/10. 

  • Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest reviewer 8
    Written on July 18, 2011
    2.0 - Rather poor

    First of all I would say we had not been on bikes for 20 odd years but the cycling was still a lot tougher than expected when combined with very hot weather (fairly fit mid 30 - 40 year olds to put that in context).  Looking at the route map and title of the trip I had expected 40-50 percent directly along the Danube but you can't actually see the river for most of day 1.  Only the final day was what I expected really - cycling along and crossing a beautiful river.  The quality of the food especially in the smaller hotels way exceeded expectations.  It's also going to seem like extortion buying drinks back in the UK after seeing the prices on this trip! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Highlights: Vienna's elegance and the Danube in Budapest.The quality of food was very impressive 10/10.  What did you think of your group leader?Self guided but the bags were delivered to the hotels, on route, on time.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I would advise:1.  Don't under estimate the hot sun making the cycling far tougher than expected2.  Bring your own map(s).  Ambiguous trip notes sent us on the wrong path a few times that could have easily been corrected with a decent ordnance survey type map rather than retracing steps.  The map provided was not good enough to correct inevitable errors on route and caused quite a few extra unwanted miles.  When going into / leaving the larger towns get hold of a map with street names before hand as this will save a lot of time if you slightly misunderstand what the trip notes are saying.  This should all be provided really. (I would add others doing the same route made similar errors, so not just us!) Is there anything else you would like to add?As mentioned it was a slightly frustrating holiday given the quality of maps and directions causing extra miles and wasted time.  Notes appeared to be out of date (prices quoted for the ferry crossings being one example).Although a lot of time is spent on the roads the drivers are extremely considerate to cyclists, often letting you go when they have the right of way.    

  • Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest reviewer 9
    Written on June 20, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    A great way to see the north Slovak/Hungarian border - which remains largely unspoilt.  The cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest are all different and well worth spending time in.  An easy trip for the cycling novice.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Inspirational would be too strong a word - but Budapest is wonderful and the basilicas at Pannonhalma and Esztergom (view from Slovak side of Danube is breathtaking) are outstanding.  Being out on the road through rural Slovakia and Hungary - reminiscent of UK in the 1950s - was cool.  We had really good weather which made it an easy trip.What did you think of your group leader?This Exodus trip was actually run (well) by Rad and Reisen.  There were 18 of us on the trip (largely German and Dutch, the latter were incredibly rude and unfriendly); we were the only two from Exodus and the UK although there was a couple from NZ.  Alex, an early 20s local lad from Vienna, was very helpful, but was unstructured when it came to the briefing and bike handover - and the rude Dutch with their constant demands and interruptions won hands down.  We were supposed to leave Vienna at 9.30, but we got our bikes last and left last at 11.15 am!  Exodus literature states that you get a "free" high viz vest - you don't; you get an instruction to buy one at the local garage [Alex succumbed and gave us each one on the proviso we returned it a the end of the trip, which we duly did].  Alex was excellent when one of us was sick and he took him, bike and luggage to the next hotel as part of his luggage drop off visit - nice one Alex.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Most Exodus cycle trips are good for the single traveller - if on your own, you might find this trip lonely as the locals are distant at best [but will brusquely give directions if asked] and your travel companions, whom you might not see much of, are likely to be largely Dutch and German.  You don't all stay in the same hotels, or towns for that matter, and this varies from night to night.  On the last two days cycle as you go towards Budapest there are dense swarms of small (non biting) flies close to the Danube - if you use sunscreen or insect spray then expect to arrive like well used flypaper.  Apparently the Passau to Vienna cycle is far more scenic and better serviced - there are few quality stops enroute at which to eat on this one!

  • Cycling The Danube: Vienna to Budapest reviewer 10
    Written on June 20, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    A great way to see the north Slovak/Hungarian border - which remains largely unspoilt.  The cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest are all different and well worth spending time in.  An easy trip for the cycling novice.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Inspirational would be too strong a word - but Budapest is wonderful and the basilicas at Pannonhalma and Esztergom (view from Slovak side of Danube is breathtaking) are outstanding.  Being out on the road through rural Slovakia and Hungary - reminiscent of UK in the 1950s - was cool.  We had really good weather which made it an easy trip.What did you think of your group leader?This Exodus trip was actually run (well) by Rad and Reisen.  There were 18 of us on the trip (largely German and Dutch, the latter were incredibly rude and unfriendly); we were the only two from Exodus and the UK although there was a couple from NZ.  Alex, an early 20s local lad from Vienna, was very helpful, but was unstructured when it came to the briefing and bike handover - and the rude Dutch with their constant demands and interruptions won hands down.  We were supposed to leave Vienna at 9.30, but we got our bikes last and left last at 11.15 am!  Exodus literature states that you get a "free" high viz vest - you don't; you get an instruction to buy one at the local garage [Alex succumbed and gave us each one on the proviso we returned it a the end of the trip, which we duly did].  Alex was excellent when one of us was sick and he took him, bike and luggage to the next hotel as part of his luggage drop off visit - nice one Alex.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Most Exodus cycle trips are good for the single traveller - if on your own, you might find this trip lonely as the locals are distant at best [but will brusquely give directions if asked] and your travel companions, whom you might not see much of, are likely to be largely Dutch and German.  You don't all stay in the same hotels, or towns for that matter, and this varies from night to night.  On the last two days cycle as you go towards Budapest there are dense swarms of small (non biting) flies close to the Danube - if you use sunscreen or insect spray then expect to arrive like well used flypaper.  Apparently the Passau to Vienna cycle is far more scenic and better serviced - there are few quality stops enroute at which to eat on this one! Is there anything else you would like to add?The bikes were good, but needed a full service.  Gear changing on both bikes was noisy and problematic - I sat in 3/5 for most of the trip and 2/2 to 2/4 on hills.  Alex sorted one out so that lower gears were possible - but both bikes were overdue a service.  The information/route maps provided by Rad & Reisien were first class - we got lost a couple of times, but easily rectified from the information we had.  Hotels were good - especially liked the Regia Pazio in Halaszi - good dinner and breakfast on a patio overlooking the river.

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  1. Day 1: Start Vienna
  2. Day 2: Cycle to the Roman remains at Petronell-Carnuntum; stay in Bratislava
  3. Day 3: Cross the Hungarian border; cycle through charming villages to Mosonmagyarovar
  4. Day 4: Cycle to Hedervar castle; onwards to the pretty town of Gyor
  5. Day 5: Cycle towards Komarom; option to stop at the National Stud farm in Babolna
  6. Day 6: Follow the riverbanks along the flat Danube valley, towards Esztergom (known as 'Hungarian Rome')
  7. Day 7: Ride round the Danube Bend to Szentendre; bike or boat to Budapest
  8. Day 8: End Budapest

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    Yes. There is a mandatory single supplement on this tour.

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    Covering a total distance of approx 270 km.
    • Vienna (Austria)
    • 38 km
    • Petronell-Carnuntum (Austria)
    • 18 km
    • Bratislava (Slovakia)
    • 18 km
    • Rajka (Hungary)
    • 15 km
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    • Hedervar (Hungary)
    • 21 km
    • Gyor (Hungary)
    • 18 km
    • Bony (Hungary)
    • 8 km
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    • 16 km
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