Day 1: Vienna
Arrival in Vienna, a city where old traditions of the Habsburg monarchy meet the most modern way of life. There are many things to see, just to name some – the impressive Gothic cathedral of St.Stephen, the famous Hundertwasser House designed in 1985 or the vast Prater Park with a giant ferries wheel, the symbol of Vienna.
Overnight in Vienna.
Day 2: Vienna – Hainburg (37 miles/60 km)
Leave Vienna through the vast Prater Park with a giant ferries wheel, the symbol of the city. Then cycle down the Danube National Park and touch the natural riverbed on your way to Carnuntum, where an archaeological reconstruction brings back to life the capital of the Roman province of Pannonia. Arrive to Hainburg, the easternmost Austrian town with well-preserved medieval fortification.
Overnight in Hainburg.
Day 3: Hainburg – Bratislava – Mosonmagyarovar (36 miles/58 km)
Leave Austria for Slovakia to see its capital Bratislava, with the historic old town center at the Danube bank. Then follow the Danube sidearms into Hungary and ride down the rural countryside to Mosonmagyarovar, a spa town located at the meanders of Lajta River.
Overnight in Mosonmagyarovar.
Day 4: Mosonmagyarovar – Gyor (29 miles/46 km)
The ride between Mosonmagyarovar and Gyor winds its way through farming pastures dotted with countless, quaint farming towns. You can relax in the open-air thermal pool in Lipot before you skim the Mosoni-Duna river meanders on your way to Gyor. This ancient town, dated back to the Roman era, has got a lively town center in the intact Baroque layout.
Overnight in Gyor.
Day 5: Gyor – Komarno (32 miles/52 km)
Today’s ride through the Hungarian countryside will bring you back to the main Danube river course. Cross the river in the Hungarian / Slovak twin town of Komarom-Komarno, where you can admire their impressive, never conquered fortresses.
Overnight in Komarno.
Day 6: Komarno – Esztergom (35 miles/57 km)
This riverside day will take you along the Danube following mostly paved bike paths to Esztergom, since 1000 the archbishop seat, and the former Hungarian capital. No wonder, that the magnificent Esztergom basilica is the largest cathedral in Hungary.
Overnight in Esztergom.
Day 7: Esztergom – Budapest (51 miles/82 km)
The final leg follows the Danube River all the way to Budapest. Ride a riverside bike path winding its way through the narrow Danube bend, then continue onto Szentendre Island and through the Szentendre town, a popular artists‘ haven with numerous churches and galleries. From there you can take a boat ride to Budapest or continue cycling for next 25 km.
Overnight in Budapest.
Day 8: Budapest
Enjoy the magnificent city of Budapest with the UNESCO enlisted city center which boasts incredible architecture such as the imposing Neo-Gothic Parliament, the largest building in Hungary. The city is rich in parks and spa springs, together with the Danube river islands they offer a host of places to relax.