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    Cycle the Danube

    From $2799 $695 taxes

    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.

    Travel Best Bets Package Includes

    • Round trip airfare to Vienna and return from Budapest
    • 8 night cycling adventure
    • Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights), Pension (1 night)
    • 8 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch
    • Included activities: Carnuntum entrance, Esztergom Basilica entrance, Szechenyi Baths Entrance & locker
    • Transport: Bicycle, Support vehicle, Ferry, (e-bike option available)
    • Airport pick up
    • Group size: Min 1, Max 15
    September 21-29
    Vancouver, Calgary from $2799 + $695 tax
    Victoria, Kelowna from $3199 + $668 tax
    Toronto, Montreal from $2599 + $678 tax

    Per person based on shared accommodation.  Transfers to Budapest airport not included, your tour guide can assist you on booking your own way to the airport.
    My own room add $395 (will have own room for most nights)

    Please Note: Best to bring own bike helmet (many shops, including bicycle shops close at midday on Saturday, and all of Sunday so it is difficult to purchase a bike helmet before the cycling begins on Day 2)

    Map of Cycle the Danube including Austria, Hungary and Slovakia

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Vienna

    Arrive in Vienna and transfer to your hotel. Welcome meeting at 6pm. Please confirm with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception noticeboards. If you’re going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. If arriving early make sure you go for a walk around this beautiful city. Perhaps even take a spin on the famous old Prater Ferris Wheel. Following the group meeting, maybe head out for an optional welcome dinner at a Viennese Heurigen (wine tavern). Heuriger means “this year’s wine”, and the Heurigen originated as a way for winemakers to offer samples of their new wine with a few snacks (paid locally)
    Cycle distance: none
    Accommodation:  Hotel (1 night)
    Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

    Day 2: Vienna

    After breakfast there will be a bike fitting for 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. 15 kms
    Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 3: Bratislava

    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 (approximately 45 kilometres in total). 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. 45 kms
    Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
    Included Activities: Carnuntum entrance
    Meals Included:Breakfast

    Day 4: Hedervar/Lipot

    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 (approximately 80 kilometres). 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 what will be the longest day in the saddle.
    Cycle distance: approx. 80 kms
    Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 5: Komarom

    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 (approximately 70 kilometres in total). 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 aching muscles.
    Cycle distance: approx. 70 kms
    Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 6: Esztergom

    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. 55 kms
    Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
    Included Activities: Esztergom Basilica entrance
    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 7: Budapest

    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 a long day in the saddle (approximately 75 kilometres) with 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. 75 kms
    Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
    Included Activities: Szechenyi Baths Entrance & locker
    Meals Included: Breakfast,Lunch

    Day 8: Budapest

    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. Spend free time in Budapest on your last night
    Cycle distance: approx. 15 kms
    Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 9: Budapest

    Your tour ends, make your own way to the airport for your flight home.

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