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Vienna to Budapest (Classic)

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  • 7 nights | 34 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €619
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

On this bike path you will explore lowland forests, original villages and magical cities. Of course the 3 metropolises Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest are the best-known. In Carnuntum and in the Roman castle Kelemantia you find Roman relics from the past. Discover the diversity of the flora and fauna in the lowland forests. The small villages, which you cycle through, still keep their original charm.

You pass through the Rye Island that is a real natural paradise. Don´t forget the numerous castles and palaces, which are proudly situated nearby the Danube. But although the small towns along the bike trail have a special flair and their charming historic centers invite visitors to discover and enjoy. Overall this bike tour will inspire everybody!

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival to Vienna
It is recommended to arrive early. This metropolis on the Danube has plenty to offer and it is worth it to stay extra time. Enjoy a cup of coffee and the typical Vienna cake "Sachertorte" in one of the numerous coffee houses, or treat yourself to a small trip with the horse-drawn cab "Fiaker."
Overnight in Vienna

Day 2: Vienna – Bratislava (42 miles/68 km)
The first distance of your bike trip guides you through the national park Donau-Auen. There you will get to know the diversity of the flora and fauna as well as the manifold types of landscape. You pass the castle Orth and the village Eckertsau to eventually reach Bad Deutsch Altenburg. There you can make an excursion on the Roman bike trail (Römerweg) to Carnuntum. The archaeological park is regarded as one of the most significant archaeological sites in Austria. After Hainburg you reach the border to Slovakia and it's capital city Bratislava that is your next overnight stay.
Overnight stay in Bratislava

Day 3: Bratislava – Mosonmagyaróvár (28 miles/44 km)
You cycle a short distance in Slovak territory before you pass the Hungarian border in Rajká. Within the first few kilometers of your cycle trip in Hungary you will discover charming villages. The complete section is influenced by agriculture. Your route guides you through the so-called Szigetköz (a small Rye Island). This is characterized by numberless side arms of the Danube. Today´s destination is Mosonmagyaróvár which is also called "City of 17 bridges."
Overnight in Mosonmagyaróvár

Day 4: Mosonmagyarovar – Györ (25 miles/41 km)
Also today you cycle through the nature paradise of the small Rye Island. On your way you pass Hédervár, which is perfectly suitable for lunch break. The castle is situated in the middle of a protected park. You should schedule plenty of time for visiting Györ. The district capital offers many sights and a breathtaking historic center.
Overnight in Gyor

Day 5: Györ – Komárom (34 miles/55 km)
Soon you reach the Hungarian Böny. From there a route version guides you to Bábolna, a well-cultivated town with a beautiful inner city. Racehorses are bred in the splendid inner courtyard. The local National Stud is known far beyond its borders. The last part of the route takes you back to the Danube. Then you reach the divided town Komárom/Komárno. At night you can relax in the spa.
Overnight in Komarom

Day 6: Komárom – Visegrád (35 miles/57 km + trip by boat)
Today's route runs near riverbanks in the flat Danube valley. In the course of this you pass different villages and while cycling you can view the vineyards in the background. The sporty cyclists can choose a route over Tata but there is an increase of elevation. This requires a basic level of fitness. Those interested in history should plan time for the Roman castle Kelemantia which is on the way. However, the absolute highlight today is Esztergom (also known as "Hungarian Rome"). Its basilica is the largest church of the country. Take time for a comprehensive visit before you board a riverboat, which takes you to your destination Visegrád. Amazing views into the beautiful landscape will impress you. (Please note that the riverboat doesn't run on Mondays, or in Apr, Sep, or Oct, and a train ticket will be provided instead.)
Overnight in Visegrád

Day 7: Visegrád – Budapest (36 miles/56 km)
The Royal Palace and the castle of Visegrád will delight you, and the open-air museum, as well as the baroque old town of Szentendre, invites you to linger. The first part of today will guide you again through the "Donaukie," probably the most attractive section of the Danube bike trail at all. After arriving in Budapest, you can review all impressions of this wonderful bike trip during a walk through the city.
Overnight in Budapest

Day 8: Individual departure from Budapest
In the Hungarian capital there are many things to discover. If you are interested we would be pleased to book some extra nights for you.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Saturdays: Apr 6-Apr 25, Sep 28-Oct 12, 2019; Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays: Apr 26-Jun 27, Sep 2-Sep 27, 2019; Daily: Jun 28-Sep 1, 2019
Low Season: Apr 06, 2019 - Apr 25, 2019, Sep 28, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019
Shoulder Season: Apr 26, 2019 - Jun 27, 2019, Sep 02, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019
High Season: Jun 28, 2019 - Sep 01, 2019

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€619
Shoulder season surcharge
€70
High season surcharge
€130
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€295
Optional dinner package
€110
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed with hand brakes
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Extra Nights, Bratislava
Per person, double occupancy
€70
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€110
Extra Nights, Budapest
Per person, double occupancy
€65
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€110
Extra Nights, Vienna
Per person, double occupancy
€65
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€100
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Radreisefreunde Terms and Conditions

Cancellation through the customer/substitute participant/change in booking
1. The customer can withdraw from the agreement at any time. We suggest declaring the withdrawal in writing. In case of withdrawal or non-participation without a previous withdrawal declaration we are authorized to charge the following cancellation fees:

- Up to the 28th day before the beginning of the journey: 20%, minimum €50
- From the 27th to the 14th day before the beginning of the journey: 30% of the travel price
-From the 13th to the 8th day before the beginning of the journey: 50% of the travel price
- From the 7th to the 4th day before the beginning of the journey: 70% of the travel price
- From the 3rd day and no-show: 90% of the price
- By travel expensen: 100% of the travel price

In each case a cancellation insurance is recommended.

2. Each registered travel participant may allow a third-party to take his or her place if he or she notifies us thereof in writing up to three days prior to the start of travel. The tour operator may refuse the third party's participation for good cause. The conditions of cancellation above shall apply. If a substitute person takes the registered participant's place, this shall not affect the original contract. We shall be entitled to charge €50 for change fees.

3. Changes to the booking in terms of number or types of rooms, hotel category and type of board shall, providing such is possible in the hotels and there is sufficient capacity available, is basically possible up to 14 days prior to the start of travel. Nonetheless, we will, however, have to charge you for the time and effort involved. For each change, we shall charge you € 50.

Signing the travel agreement 
1. When booking a journey the customer offers the tour operator the conclusion of a binding travel agreement. The registration takes place in writing and on the intended form. Any other form of registration, whether on the phone, oral, or written with us or one of our partner offices is also binding. The registration is made by the customer also for all the other named participants. The customer accepts the binding conditions of travel at issue - also in the name and in the behalf of the named participants.

2. The agreement is reached when the tour operator or one of its partner offices accepts the booking and sends you a booking confirmation.

3. Collateral agreements and changes of the signed travel agreement need to be confirmed by us in writing.

Services 
1. With regard to the scope of the contractual services, the descriptions of service provided in the current the tour operator homepage shall be authoritative, but not however any differing statements or promises by intermediary travel agencies, town or hotel brochures or other third parties. The stopover locations are the most frequent and main stopover destinations on the cycling tours. Under certain circumstances, we must require your consent to be placed in towns in the immediate vicinity without any deductions.

2. The price of travel listed is per person based on occupancy in a double-bed room. If available, a single-bed room can be booked for a surcharge. In some hotels, however, there are only a limited number of single-bed rooms meaning that you may if necessary have to make due with a simpler room or, under certain circumstances, have to go to another hotel or private bed and breakfast. If, exceptionally, no single-bed room can be made available, you will have to share a room in a two-bed room. In this case, you will, of course, receive a prorated refund.

3. For families, we grant the following discounts off the basic price and extra nights as a third person in a double room with two full paying guests: 0 to 5.99 years old: 100% (any costs incurred shall be paid on site), 6 to 11.99 years old: 50%, 12 to 14.99 years old: 25%, age 15 and up: 10%

Liability and restriction of liability 1. The tour operator shall be responsible for making pre-travel preparations, careful selection and monitoring of the service providers as well as for the accuracy of the descriptions of service valid for the period of travel at the time our catalogue is printed.

2. Travellers shall take part in our cycling journeys at their own risk. Minors may only participate in a journey when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

3. Every travel participant shall be responsible for ensuring that his or her health is suitable for the requirements of travel.

4. In addition, every travel participant shall be responsible for the observance of traffic regulations.

5. The conditions of carriage of the particular transport companies shall apply to all means of transport (bus, boat, airplane, etc.).

6. If, due to reasons beyond our control (adaptations, renovations, etc.) a scheduled tour cannot take place, we cannot assume any liability.

7. In the event of damage caused solely by one of the service providers selected by us or which is not due to premeditation or gross negligence on our part, then our liability shall be limited, regardless of the legal basis, to three times the price of the journey.

8. In the event of loss or damage to travel luggage, we shall only be liable if the loss or damages is caused by us and is communicated to us immediately after the occurrence. In this event, we shall only be liable for up to a max. of EUR 200.00 per person. We assume no liability for: items which are not usually transported in travel luggage, means of payment of any sort, for visual damage and damage to handles and wheels or damages to pieces of luggage weighing more than a total of 20 kg. We recommend that you take out a travel security package to cover these risks.
Transportation of customer bicycles before, during and after our cycling journeys is possible at the customer’s own risk only. The settings of our cycle carriers are fitted to our rental bicycles, therefore minor damages (e.g. scratches to the paintwork) can occur. Consequently, we cannot be made liable for damages originating from transportation. Above mentioned limitation of liability is also applicable for partner tours and transportation via third parties.

9. If a journey is cancelled due to reasons beyond our control (strike, natural disaster, etc.) or if the minimum number of participants of guided group tours (8 people) and bike & boat tours (15 people or as listed in the offers) is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the journey up to 25 days before the planned travel date. In this event you shall be notified without delay and will be refunded any amounts already paid to us. You shall not be entitled to any compensation beyond this.

Guarantee 1. Remedies: If the travel service cannot be performed as specified in the agreement, the Customer can demand redress. What is contractually specified shall be based on the one hand on the description of service and on the other on what is customary in the destination country. The tour operator can refuse a remedy if it requires disproportional costs and efforts but shall also be entitled to provide a remedy in the form of services of equal or greater value. Substitute services can only be refused by the Customer for a significant, objectively identifiable reason. The demand for a remedy shall be communicated directly to us or to the guide. The guide shall have no authority to recognise claims.

2. Travel Price Reduction: The Customer may, after returning from the journey, request a reasonable reduction in the price of travel (discount) for the duration of the contractually non-contractually compliant portion of the journey until a remedy is provided by the tour operator. The reduction shall not apply if and to the extent that the traveller, through his or her fault, fails to communicate the deficiency to the parties listed in Item VI (1) in a timely manner so as to enable them to provide a remedy.

3. Any claims must be lodged with us no later than one month after the contractually scheduled end of travel.

Cooperation obligation
1. If the traveller does not receive the travel documents in a timely manner, he or she must inform the tour operator without delay.

2. The traveller is required, in the event of any issues disrupting the provision of the services as described in the agreement, to take all reasonable steps to contribute to remedying the disruption any to minimise or avoid any damage. The Customer is, in particular, required to lodge his or her complaints without delay to the parties named in VI (1). These parties shall be in charge of providing a remedy if such is possible. If the Customer fails, through his or her fault, to communicate a deficiency, than he or she shall have no claim to a reduction in price.

Miscellaneous 
1. The customer is responsible for the compliance with all passport, visa, custom, and health regulations.

2. We have to reserve the right to change prices and services, as well as to correct mistakes and printing errors.

3. The inoperativeness of single regulations of the travel agreement does not result in inoperativeness of the whole agreement.

Jurisdiction/applicable law 
1. The agreement is governed by Austrian Law.

2. The Customer may only bring legal action against the tour operator at its registered place of business.

3. The Customer's place of residence shall be authoritative for actions by the travel against the customer unless the action is directed against general merchants or persons without a general place of jurisdiction in Austria. In this case, the registered office of the tour operator shall be authoritative.

Pursuant to the Travel Agency Guarantee Decree [Reisebürosicherungsverordnung (RSV)] for all-inclusive journeys offered by the tour operator (registration number 1999/0035 in the Directory of Tour Operators of the Federal Ministry of Economics, Family and Youth (tour operator number: 2013/0021), customer funds are secured subject to the following conditions: any payments exceeding those indicated in Item II or previously paid down payments and payments of balances owing may not be demanded nor are they secured. The guarantor or insurer is Oberbank AG, Untere Donaulände 28, 4020 Linz (bank guarantee no 022-13-00125)

Filing of any claims must be done with the liquidator (Europäische Reiseversicherung AG, Kratochwjlestestraße 4, 1220 Vienna, Tel. no. +43(1) 317 25 00, Fax. no. +43(1) 319 93 67) within 8 weeks insolvency being declared.

Applications for refunds must be submitted, duly documented within 8 weeks of the claim arising. You shall receive a corresponding insurance certificate along with your booking confirmation

All photos used by permission. ©Radreisefreunde

Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 7
  • 4 Star 12
  • 3 Star 1
  • 2 Star 1
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.2

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.6
  • Value 4.3
  • Included meals 4.4
  • Bikes & equipment 4.7
  • Hotels or boat 4.3
  • Scenery 4.1
  • Ease of navigation 3.7
  • Tour documents 3.9
  • Local tour company services 4.4
  • Route selection 4.1
  • Guides (if applicable) 4.3

Reviews

Mattman November 12, 2018

Easy cycle with plenty of time to enjoy

This was our third self guided bike tour. Very easy, casual ride along the Danube for the most part. However, even when riding along the Danube your view is often obscured by the trees that grow alongside the river. Accommodations were charming and never had a bad meal. We opted for a layover day in Gyor which was spent at the local spa, and urban hiking through the town. Well worth the visit. Our highlight during the ride was our side trip to the Danubiana Art Museum on the way out of Bratislava. DO NOT MISS OUT on this beautiful gem of contemporary art. Plan on spending at least a couple of hours including your picnic. We got there on a Monday when it was closed, but fortunately we met the curator locking up the door, and when he learned that we were from the states he graciously opened up the doors to us and we had the whole museum to ourselves. When we said our goodbyes and pedaled away, we thought how disappointed we would have been had we missed this! As good as any of the Museums we saw in Vienna or Budapest. Weather was delightful in mid September. We spent a few extra days in Budapest after the ride. The Gellert Spa is a good way to spend 3 hours after walking around and seeing the sights. If you plan on going to the Parliament would probably suggest buying tickets online in advance. Definitely put the New York Cafe (1894) on your list of places to visit for coffee and desert while in Budapest. Overall a wonderful trip. Our other rides have had a little more variety when it comes to scenery, but this ride was well off roads and traffic.

Kimberly September 28, 2018

Great trip

We enjoyed different sceneries including river, forest, corn and sunflower fields. We didn't use a GPS, the instructions were fantastic until the last day when it was confusing and misleading. This was a great experience to see the country and a nice way to avoid tourist crowds. Highly recommended!

Bruce and ilona September 6, 2018

Enjoyable holiday

The bikes were good. Although if you can take your own saddle , cleats and shoes might improve your comfort.
Hotels were really good with incredible breakfasts
Overnight stops were well selected for tourism
We used no navigation aids (gps, phone etc) possibly an electronic route would make navigating easier but getting lost is part of the fun
Any fitness level could do this
As a couple we loved it

sandrak June 20, 2018

Amazing experience! will repeat.

Great experience!!! I absolutely recommend this tour and this company, everyone very professional and responsive. Looking forward to my next tour with them!

Chris 77 September 27, 2017

Good way to visit two great cities

Rated a four out of five only because we have done many of these self guided tours and some have been better based mostly on scenery and route

Thrivin sixtyfiven September 24, 2017

Get out there and LIVE!

This tour was well orchestrated with every detail Jozef (our "pre-tour" guide) gave us perfect instructions so we stayed on course without troubles. We upgraded, and the hotels were all nice and in good locations regarding the bike trail (with the exception of the huge city of Budapest). We also used the ride with GPS app, which was extremely helpful. We had some rainy windy days, but overall the experience was delightful. I thought the breakfasts were ample except the one in Visegrad.

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson, Founder and president December 12, 2018
Thank you so much for your review and ratings. I'm glad you enjoyed your tour!
Ron S September 11, 2017

Classic

Nice hotels. Great company rep. (Joseph ) Lousy route. Too many dirt trails including one which may have been a garbage dump.l Less than twenty five percent of the route was along the Danube. The signage was not good. I have run four trips thru Bike Tours but this one is not a winner. All the others were great. One participant who had a patellar injury rented an electric assist bike but the battery pack did not hold charge very long. We had additional niggling bike problems.

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson, Founder and president December 12, 2018
Ron, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your experience on the Vienna to Budapest tour and for the issues you faced. While most feedback we've received on the tour has actually been quite positive, it's sometimes the negative feedback that's most instructive to us--so we will definitely look into the issues you mentioned. So we thank you very much for your feedback!
Passenger2J September 4, 2017

Vienna to Budapest Classic was a life changing experience

The Vienna to Budapest Classic was my Bike Tour. It will always remain as one of my best experiences in life. The Tour Operator was helpful and provided useful information in the travel documents. Majority of Tour stays on the EV6 route and allows you to see many beautiful things along the Danube. The best part of booking this tour is that you get to cross borders and cycle through 3 European Countries and Capitols. Highlights of tour include beautiful city of Vienna, Bratislava Castle and Budapest. I would definitely book with company again. Only change is some sections of the tour are challenging due to rough roads and crushed gravel for quite a few kilometers. Luckily my tires never gave way.

Chris 77 August 29, 2017

Another good trip via Biketours

Would have spent an extra day in Bratislava - route was clear save one left turn near Budapest. Overall we enjoyed the the self guided tour. Note we only gave four stars because we have to compare it with about a dozen others we have done.