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One of the best ways to see the history of communism reflected throughout the region, this self-guided cycling tour takes you from Vienna, Austria to Budapest, Hungary. Pure Adventures Tours allows you to see the finest of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Bike along the Danube River through Bratislava, Gyor, Esztergom, and Szentendre. We’ve put together the perfect cycling vacation through this culturally-significant part of Europe, allowing you to bike at a moderate pace past historic landmarks, rivers and meadows, between two of the largest and most beautiful, musically diverse cities in this part of Europe. Book early to ensure the best of Eastern Europe on this eight-day, self-guided cycling tour through the former Austro-Hungarian empire.
We recommend flying into Vienna and departing from Budapest.
Not Included: Choice of Hybrid & E-bike Rental
Included Standard Hotels:
About: Hotels in charming 3 & 4 star guest houses and small, charming hotels. A number of dining options exist in or within a short walk of each property. All accommodations include private bathroom and a variety of other amenities.
Local Expert: Tomas is our local expert supporting this trip and he is available by phone to assist during your trip with any kind of emergency, breakdown (except flats), and if due to weather or other reason you need to arrange a transfer. Tomas is fluent in English and looks forward to welcoming you!
Need to Know:
Individual arrival to Vienna. The destination, Vienna is a vibrant and beautiful city with many things to do, including seeing the cathedral and the impressive Hundertwasser House, designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1985.
Leave Vienna through the vast Prater Park with its giant ferris wheel, standing tall as the symbol of the city. Then cycle down through Danube National Park, which has a beautiful natural riverbed, as you make your way to Carnuntum. Here you will find an archaeological reconstruction that brings back to life the capital of the Roman province: Pannonia. Arrive to Hainburg, the easternmost Austrian town with a very well-preserved medieval fortification.
Distance: 60 km / 37 mi
Leave Austria for Slovakia to see its capital city of Bratislava, a charming old city set alongside the Danube River and surrounded by vineyards and the Carpathian Mountains. Visit its historical old town centre, perched on the bank of the Danube, exploring many of its old treasures. Continue on, following the Danube sidearms into Hungary, riding down the rural countryside to Mosonmagyarovar, a spa town located along the rippling Lajta River.
Distance: 58 km / 36 mi
Today’s route from Mosonmagyarovar winds its way through rolling farming fields, green pastures and small, rural villages. Take a break and relax in the open-air thermal pool in Lipot, before riding along the Mosoni-Duna River on your way to the town of Gyor. Gyor, your stop for the night, is an ancient town dating back to the Roman era and features a lively town center of Baroque design.
Distance: 46 km / 29 mi
Today’s ride goes through the pristine Hungarian countryside and will then bring you back to the main flow of the Danube river. Cross the river in the Hungarian / Slovak twin town of Komarom-Komarno, where you can admire their impressive, never conquered fortresses. These historical twin towns are located at the confluence of the Danube and Vah rivers, and are connected by the Elisabeth Bridge, which used to be a border crossing between Slovakia and Hungary until border checks were lifted .
Distsance: 52 km / 32 mi
This riverside cycling day will take you again along the Danube River, following mostly paved bike paths to the town of Esztergom, which has served as Roman Catholic Archbishop’s seat for thousands of year, and also the former Hungarian capital. It is no wonder that the magnificent Esztergom basilica is the largest cathedral in Hungary!
Distance: 56 km / 35 mi
The final leg of your bike tour follows the Danube River all the way to Budapest. Ride a riverside bike path that winds its way through the narrow Danube bend, then continue onto Szentendre Island and through the small, hidden village of Szentendre, a popular artists‘ haven with numerous old churches and galleries. From there you can take a boat ride to Budapest or continue cycling for next 25 km.
Distance: 82 km / 51 mi
Today is your departure day and depending on your schedule, you may have time for some sight-seeing around Budapest. Depart on your own or extend your stay. Contact us during your planning stages and we will be happy to provide our top recommendations and coordinate your arrangements!
Self Guided Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)
Superior Three & Four Star Hotels:
Hybrid Bike Rental: 105 euros
Road Bike Rental: not available on this tour
E-bike Rental: 195 euros
Bike Rental Details Page
Guided Trips: This tour offers departures that are guided that individuals, such as solo travelers, can join and ride with others with the assistance of a guide. Limited dates are available; 2020 dates coming soon!
Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!
I have just returned home from our wonderful trip to Eastern Europe and wanted to tell you how pleased we were with all your arrangements. The service on the ground was really amazing. Tom was always easy to reach with the cell phone that was part of our gear, and more than accommodating. The hotels that we stayed at surpassed our expectations in every case. And the breadth of exposure to Czech history and culture was lovely. And best of all, the GPS kept us on the straight and narrow most of the time.
Fantastic Trip to Hungary! You folks really have this bike trip thing down. Every aspect of the trip was great…