|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||35 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Sundays: May 10, 31; Jun 14, 28; Jul 19, 26; Aug 9, 23; Sep 6, 20, 2015 (minimum 4 persons)|
|Start city:||Vienna, Austria|
|End city:||Budapest, Hungary|
From the heart of Vienna, you cycle along the Danube into Hungary, continuing along the shores of Lake Balaton, known as the "Hungarian Sea" before reaching Budapest. Unfortunately, Hungary does not have bike paths and trails along the Danube yet. Therefore, this route route goes through Hungary's inner country on safe, tranquil roads, through lovely landscapes and beautiful countryside far away from mass-tourism. Popular highlights of this bike tour include cycling on the west side of Lake Neusiedl, on the west and south coast of Lake Balaton, and “Budapest by Night”, a bus-tour through the beautifully illuminated city.
This self-guided tour includes special VELO-TOURING Service: The holiday includes the services of a guide/driver who follows the group in a back-up van. This service and luggage vehicle accompanies the cyclists discreetly on the daily stages, so in case of technical problems our driver can be called via phone and he will be there to help as soon as possible. Thus he offers a mobile bike-repair service the quickest roadside assistance without any additional charges. The drive will also meet with the cyclists at pre-arranged points along the way, organises visits en-route, and helps with advice if needed.
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Day 1: Vienna
Individual arrival to Vienna.
Overnight stay in Vienna.
Day 2: River Danube (31 miles/50 km)
The tour guide will welcome you at 8:45 a.m. in the hotel with a route briefing following. The bikes will be adjusted and the cycling adventure is finally ready to start. There is a beautiful cycle path ahead on the Hubertus-embankment along the Danube (nature reserve). We cross the spa town Bad Deutsch Altenburg. Transfer to the hotel in Bruck an der Leitha.
Overnight in Bruck an der Leitha.
Day 3: Lake Neusiedl Cycle Path (38 miles/60 km)
The day's first destination is Parndorf, before you cycle along the shore of Lake Neusiedl through Rust, known as the town of the storks, and Mörbisch. Sopron, today‘s destination, is the only Hungarian town where almost the entire city centre has survived from the middle ages. In October 1820 entered the nine-year-old Franz Liszt with the performance of a piano concerto for the first time publicly at a concert in Sopron town.
Overnight stay in Sopron.
Day 4: Haydn and the Eszterhazy Dynasty (35 miles/56 km)
Today you enjoy the beautiful view on the Fertö Lake and the nice scenery of the region. A landscape of vastness, it influenced the horizon, views and the genius of Haydn. You can also visit Eszterháza, a magnificent baroque palace built by Pricne Nikolaus Eszterháza in Fertöd. Joseph Haydn worked at the palace for almost 30 years as a court composer and conductor.
Overnight in Zsedeny.
Day 5: Nature and Thermal Lake (38 miles/60 km)
Cycling through small, dreamy villages with their quaint atmosphere. Stork nests decorate the roofs and the masts. We reach the famous Spa resort Hévíz with Europe's largest natural thermal lake and then the freshwater Lake Balaton.
Overnight at Lake Balaton.
Day 6: Lake Balaton Cycle Path, then Budapest (39 miles/63 km)
We leave the town of Keszthely at the Lake Balaton. Cycling first on the western- and then on the southern side of the lake. We continue cycling along the flat southern lakeside. Along the way there are swimming option and lake panorama. We reach the middle of southern shore of the Lake Balaton quickly. Goodbye look on the Balaton; a transfer bus is waiting for us to take us to Budapest (about 1.5 hour).
Overnight in Budapest.
Day 7: Departure or additional nights
Individual departure after breakfast or additional nights in Budapest or in Vienna.
We now have 2015 information for some tours. Please contact us to inquire if you don't see 2015 dates and prices here.
Sundays: May 10, 31; Jun 14, 28; Jul 19, 26; Aug 9, 23; Sep 6, 20, 2015 (minimum 4 persons)
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle, Vienna
Pension Eder-Kral, Bruck an der Leitha
Hotel Sopron, Sopron
Mansion Marothy, Zsedeny
Hotel Helikon, Keszthely
Hotel Rubin, Budapest
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to rent on this tour (must be reserved at time of booking) include:
Bike come equipped with the following at no additional cost:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.
This tour follows a varying, partly flat route with only gentle rises. It passes by the two largest lakes of Hungary and the unique thermal lake at Hévíz. You will be guided on safe and quiet roads through pretty landscapes and beautiful scenery undiscovered by mass tourism.
Approximatley 60% of the tour is on quiet roads, 35% on dedicated bicycle paths, 4% on roads shared with traffic and 1% on dirt or gravel roads.
Nearest airport and train station: Vienna, Austria
Nearest airport and train station: Budapest, Hungary
For those that arrive in Vienna by plane, the comfortable public bus from Budapest-Vienna has a stop at the the Vienna- Schwechat Airport.
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Hungary, a small, landlocked country in Central Europe, has much to offer visitors. Its capital, Budapest, is referred to as both the "Pearl of Danube" and "Little Paris of Middle Europe." Overlooking the Danube River, the two communities of Buda and Pest were connected by the Chain Bridge in the 19th century forming Budapest. Highlights of the city include Castle Hill on which Buda Castle sits, Hungarian State Opera House, Fisherman's Bastion and Hungarian Parliament Building. Hungary also boasts Lake Balaton, Europe’s largest freshwater lake. A major outdoor destination for locals and tourists, the fifty-mile lake offers countless trails for cycling and hiking along with a wide-range of water sports. Vineyards surround the lake where you can enjoy Hungary’s famous white wines while tasting Hungarian goulash and strudel.
Austria sits at the crossroads of Central Europe, once the Habsburg Empire’s seat of power that ruled Europe for over 6 centuries. While Habsburg power ended after World War I, Austria remains a prominent country. Today it is known for its idyllic and majestic landscape of mountains, green valleys, rivers and storybook villages. Along with such a landscape are the cultural centers of Vienna and Salzburg. The elegant city of Vienna reveals the glory days of the Habsburg Empire, featuring the Hofburg Imperial Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and impressive Opera House. Salzburg, home of Mozart and The Sound of Music, has Europe’s largest intact medieval fortress overlooking the cobblestone streets of its historic Old Town.
Velo-Touring, the oldest and first professional and juridical registered Travel Agency of Hungary has been a specialist of organised cycling tours through Hungary and Austria for 20 years. Velo-Touring ensures the careful selection of the quiet and car-free cycling routes throughour each country. They are versatile, flexible and able organize scheduled and custom tours.
Located in Budapest, Hungary in Central Europe, Velo-Touring strengths include their 200 bikes and 5 special bike-trailers, as well as the opportunity to bike as part of a small, friendly multi-national groups of like minded people, where you can welcome the comfort of good accommodation and spas at the end of each day's cycle route.
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
We are pleased for your interest in a VELO-TOURING® tour arrangement and we thank you for your confidence in us.
You can register for a tour by telephone or in written form (postal mail, fax or e-mail also by using the booking form) and sending it to us or one of our partner travel agencies.
Or: Please print out the “Booking Form” (http://www.velo-touring.hu/buchung_en.html#anmel) and fill it out with block letters (or the WORD file itself), and send it to us per E-Mail, per Fax, or in a stamped envelope per Post. You also have the option to register for a tour online, using our electronic booking form, located on the web sites of each tour. Just click the chosen starting date with the mouse.
The registration is binding when we have sent you the booking confirmation.
2. Payment of the travel price
After receiving the confirmation from us, a prepayment of 10% of the travel price (max. EUR 150,- per person) has to be made. The remaining amount (or the whole travel fee) has to be paid without further notice at latest 30 days before the start of the tour. The whole amount has to be paid immediately in case of registering for a tour less than 30 days before the start of it. If necessary, we have to charge handling fee of EUR 10,- per booking in case of a short-term bookings (7 days before the tour start or less). Easier payment system: You can pay the tour price in form of a bank money transfer in EURO on one of our bank accounts. You receive all the bank account details (IBAN No., SWIFT/BIC-code, etc.) with your booking confirmation. We send the travel documents usually approx. 10 days before the tour start, after your payment completely arrived according to the contract. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us anytime.
Services are listed on our web site (www.velo-touring.hu/index_en.html) for each tour. The bike rental fee in not included in the tour price anymore. In case of using our bike, a supplementary fee will be charged. So if you are using you own bike, this extra fee will be not charged, and your bike can be transported with our trailer during the duration of the bike tour for free. The tour fee is per person accommodated in double rooms (DR). Single travellers have the possibility to book a single room for a surcharge (see the single room supplement section in the price chart). The supplement is, however, not depending on the quality of the room. On request for guests who are travelling alone we can book 1/2 DR (half of a double room) together with another guest, and we can also book a triple-bedded room for 3 adults, both according to the availability. Nothing will be refunded for services that have not been used (e.g. in case of interruption of the tour).
4. Withdrawal from the tour
We will charge you a handling fee of 10% of the tour fee (max. EUR 150,-) per person in case you withdraw from a booked tour at least 30 days before the start of it. In case of withdrawal between the 30. and 21. days we will charge you a cancellation fee of 30% of the tour fee per person. Should you withdraw after the 21. day before the start of your tour, regretfully we will have to charge you 50% of the tour fee. The cancellation fee in case of withdrawal between the 14. and 7. day before the tour is 75%. Upon withdrawal after the 7. day we will charge you 90% of the tour fee. In case of withdrawal or no-show on the starting day of the tour, or cancelling after the tour has begun, interruption of the tour, we will charge you 100% of the tour fee (there is no back payment). (– Exception is the case when an individual agreement about the settlement of the ex-gratia basis has been made. –)
Should you – despite our greatest carefulness during the planning and realisation of our tours – have a reason for complaint, please make the tour guide or us aware of this fact immediately. Furthermore you have to bring your claim against us within one month after the predictable end of the tour according to the contract. Our guides are not entitled to admit claims. Court of jurisdiction is the court at the registered office of the organiser.
6. The obligation of the traveller to co-operate
The traveller is obliged to take reasonable measures to minimise possible damages. Each participant is personally responsible to be able to cope both mentally and physically with the requirements of the chosen tour. Also each participant is personally responsible to follow the road traffic regulations.
VELO-TOURING® is liable for the conscientious organising and carrying out of the cycling tours, as well as for the accurate briefing and training of the tour guides. We select our various service providers (like ship companies, bus companies, Hotels, etc.) very carefully. At the same time we are transmitting between the traveller and the transport- and hotel companies. So we take only limited liability for the fulfilment of the services done through these companies. The liability is limited to the direct damages. Other damages (like accidents, loss, material damages, delays or other irregularities) are at your own risk, although third parties are liable towards you on their own. You take part in the cycling tour on your own responsibility. Participation for underage persons is allowed only with attendance of a legal guardian. If a tour has to be cancelled because of such reasons that we cannot influence (vis major, strikes, war and warlike events, etc.) the already paid amounts of the participation fee will be refunded. Should visits included in our program be impracticable due to reasons that we cannot influence (like renovations of churches, roadblocks, constructions, etc.), we cannot be held responsible. We reserve the right to cancel a tour if there are not at least 6 participants for it. Normally this can be foreseen by the 4th week or at the very latest 2 weeks before the start of the tour. We inform you immediately in this case and refund the effected payments. Further claims are not recognised. Oral arrangements not confirmed in a written form by us are void. Our liability is limited to the double of the travel fee as a maximum regardless of the legal ground, provided the damage has not been caused neither intentionally nor in a grossly negligent manner by us or in case we are held responsible due to the default of one of our chosen service providers. We take on no responsibility for activities and trips, which are organised by the tour leaders or third party companies and which are not included in the booked tour’s official program. Their terms and conditions do not apply to us.
8. Travel insurance for accident, sickness and luggage
Our offer does not include any accident or sickness insurance. We are in principle not liable for claims as a result of lost or damaged luggage. If you would like more protection against diverse risks, you should take out a private luggage and/or travel cancellation insurance.
9. Travel Documents – Miscellaneous
For all our cycling tours you will only need a valid passport. German and other citizens of the European Union can use their valid ID cards too. Travellers are personally responsible for following the entry, health and currency regulations. Services and prices are subject to change without prior notice, just as corrections of mistakes, misprints and miscalculations.
State: December 2010
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