Prague to Budapest Ride

Start: Prague Finish: Budapest

Visiting: Parliament, Esztergom, Vienna, The Danube, Prague Castle, Prague, Danube, Budapest, Bohemia


Duration: 10 Nights

Physical rating: Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 4 - 14

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $3341

Tour Overview

Cycle through landscapes of four countries; the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. This trip combines peaceful country lanes with well-marked cycle paths, including sections along the Danube, to showcase the best of Central Europe. Our itinerary meanders past castles, through rustic villages, along rivers and past lakes as we discover the former territories of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Highlights include UNESCO sites, national parks and the famous wine-making region of Moravia. Exploring the gentle countryside, rural towns and historic capitals by bike is a great way to sample the changing atmosphere and individual flavours of each region.

Highlights

  • iconEnjoy Central European culture, cuisines, wines and beers
  • iconDiscover four countries steeped in history
  • iconCycle along rivers, through forests and national parks

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Prague; optional sightseeing.

The tour will start in Prague, the Czech Republic's capital, in the late afternoon. A short walking tour is included in the evening today as we head out for dinner in Prague. If you wish to explore this beautiful city in more detail we recommend booking an extra night pre-tour, or requesting an earlier arrival time. Your leader can also point out highlights on free maps from the hotel for those interested in visiting the city’s top attractions such as Charles Bridge, Prague Castle or Wenceslas Square. Prague is also the perfect place to just wander through the alleys of the pretty Old Town, sample world-renowned Czech beer or try hearty local cuisine. *Hotel Lunik (or similar)*    

icon Day 2 : Transfer to Ceske Budejovice; cycle to Cesky Krumlov by the Vltava River.

Meals: breakfast

We transfer 150km to Ceske Budejovice to collect our bikes. Our first day is a relatively short one to warm us up, as we cycle to Cesky Krumlov on the Vltava River. A feature of the old town here is the narrow, crooked streets and the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. There may be time to visit Cesky Krumlov Castle, one of the largest in Central Europe, which overlooks the town from its strategic position on a horseshoe bend in the river. *Penzion Prelat (or similar)* Please note: for the 7th October departure, we will spend the second night in Ceske Budejovice, not Cesky Krumlov. As such we will transfer back from Cesky Krumlov to Ceske Budojevice for the evening. 

icon Day 3 : Ride through the forests and hills to mediaeval spa town of Trebon.

Meals: breakfast

Leaving Cesky Krumlov behind us we head out into the hilly countryside. Our route flattens out as we enter the Trebon Basin, a lowland area of forests, meadows and lakes. Our destination is Trebon, a mediaeval town of Renaissance architecture, now also known as a spa town. There is also a neo-gothic tomb set in an English-style park plus a good number of cafés and restaurants in which to relax and enjoy a hearty meal. Many local dishes here make use of the famous Trebon Carp. Transfer (approx. 45 minutes) to our hotel in Jindrichuv Hradec. *Hotel Concertino (or similar)*

icon Day 4 : Cycle through the Trebon Basin along Greenways Trail to UNESCO town of Telc.

Meals: breakfast

Today we pass a number of man-made lakes as we follow sections of the Greenways Trail, part of a network of hiking and cycling trails in the Czech Republic and Austria. Our ride finishes at the Renaissance town of Telc, registered on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List in 1992. From here we transfer (approx. 60km/1hour) to Znojmo on the banks of the river Dyje, often seen as the gateway to the wine-making area of South Moravia. *Hotel Lahofer (or similar)*

icon Day 5 : Cycle past vineyards to Mikulov.

Meals: breakfast

Today's ride aims to discover the rich fertile flatland of the region of Moravia, home to an abundance of vineyards and wine cellars. We cycle until Mikulov, a real gem located directly on the border with Lower Austria. Worth visiting are the town's pretty castle, the town square and the surrounding architecture. In the evening we enjoy a wine tasting. Overnight in Mikulov. *Hotel Galant (or similar)*

icon Day 6 : Ride into Austria through the UNESCO grounds of Lednice, the Versailles of Southern Moravia; continue to Poysdorf and transfer to Vienna.

Meals: breakfast

Today we enter Austria through the UNESCO grounds of Lednice, known as the 'Versailles' of Southern Moravia; we continue to the wine-producing town of Poysdorf, from where we transfer the final 47km to Vienna. Once checked into our accommodation the centre of the city awaits, just a short metro ride away or approx. 20 minute walk. Austria's capital is a hive of architecture, history and culture with a lively café and bar scene and great range of restaurants. *Hotel Boltzmann (or similar)*

icon Day 7 : Free day in Vienna; morning optional guided bike ride around the city.

Meals: breakfast

Today is free to explore the beautiful and former imperial city of Vienna. It's old centre is bursting with cultural, historic and architectural wonders as it was the former HQ of the Hapsburg Empire. The city is brimming with sights for all tastes including the majestic Schoenbrunn Palace (summer palace of the Hapsburgs),the popular Kunsthistoriches Museum and Hundertwasser Hause as well as countless breathtaking churches, cathedrals and concert halls! No visit to Vienna is complete without a visit to one of it's many famous cafés for coffee and cake or soaking up all the culture this city has to offer in one of Vienna's many parks or beer gardens. An optional guided bike ride around the city is available for those who prefer a more active morning. *Hotel Boltzmann (or similar)*

icon Day 8 : Follow the Danube Cycle Path to the Donauauen N.P.; into Slovakia and on to Bratislava.

Meals: breakfast

We join the Danube Cycle Path, following a quiet route out of the city and into the Donauauen National Park, past the red-tiled turrets of Castle Orth and the chateau at Eckartsau. We cross the border at the town of Hainburg and enter Slovakia, winding our way towards the capital Bratislava, strategically positioned along the Danube. *Hotel Falkensteiner (or similar)*

icon Day 9 : Morning sightseeing in Bratislava; cycle to the Slovakia-Hungary border and continue through Halaszi to Hedervar; transfer to Esztergom.

Meals: breakfast

In the morning we have some time to explore Bratislava, wandering through the narrow cobbled streets of the charming old town of Slovakia's capital city. Due to it's strategic position on the Danube, it has previously been an important economic, cultural and political centre of Central Europe. Whilst the old town is quite compact, it is packed with beautiful 18th Century buildings and sights such as St Michael's Gate and the mediaeval city walls. We then continue our ride and cross the border into Hungary, cycling through peaceful rolling countryside before arriving in Hedervar, a small village of around 2000 inhabitants. From here we transfer to our hotel in the pretty town of Esztergom. *Panzio Bazilika (or similar)*

icon Day 10 : Follow the Danube beneath Visegrad Castle, ride through rolling hills to Vac; transfer to Budapest; free time for sightseeing.

Meals: breakfast

We depart Esztergom mid morning and begin the ride with a 4km section of a cycle path alongside the Danube before joining the road. Our route meanders over rolling countryside and through rural villages until we reach Vac, where our cycling ends. From here we transfer approximately 45 minutes to the Hungarian capital of Budapest, famous for being blessed with many hot springs and their delicious 'Magyar' cuisine. The remainder of the day is free to explore this grand city situated majestically along the Danube. Budapest is a history & architecture lover's dream to explore. It offers an eclectic mix of attractions such as the Szechenyi Baths (Europe's largest medicinal bath), Fisherman's Bastion for breathtaking views of the Danube and Parliament building, the House of Horrors museum where you can learn about the city's dark past during Communist times or simply enjoy a glass of one of Hungary's excellent wines in a local café and soak up the atmosphere of a truly unique European capital. *Lion's Garden Hotel (or similar)*

icon Day 11 : End Budapest.

Meals: breakfast

The trip ends this morning after breakfast. If you wish to explore this fascinating city in more detail we recommend booking an extra night post tour, please ask our sales team for details.

What's Included

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    Transfer for group flights

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    All breakfasts included

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    Local bike hire 

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    All accommodation

What's Not Included

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    Visas & vaccinations

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    Travel insurance

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    Single supplement

Food

All breakfasts are included. The cuisines of Central European countries possess many similarities yet still retain their own strong gastronomic traditions and dishes. Hearty soups, noodles, dumplings made from wheat or potato, meat dishes consisting of pork, beef and game are all staples across the region. You will also find a large variety of sausages and vegetables such as mushrooms, potatoes and peppers featuring prominently in many dishes. Dairy products such as cheeses and creams are heavily used in the region too. Desserts are plentiful and varied with each country having their own unique sweets and cakes. And of course the Czech beer is world renowned for it's quality and taste. Many of the countries visited on the trip also offer good quality wines and local spirits that are worth tasting along the way! The breakfasts during the trip are usually continental with a choice of eggs. Each day we will stop en route for lunch. Lunches are the main meal of the day in Central Europe and we usually have a hot lunch at a restaurant or café. Vegetarians can be catered for, as are other dietary requirements although there may not be the same choice or variety as you have at home. Please advise us upon booking. The leader will accompany the group to a restaurant each evening, but will provide recommendations for those wishing to explore separately. Water is provided for each day cycling and can be topped up regularly throughout the day, so please ensure you take your own water bottle(s).

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Reviews

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Prague to Budapest ride
Great ride through the rolling hills of Czech of republic and on through to Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Many interesting stops along the way. Glad I did some training ....more Great ride through the rolling hills of Czech of republic and on through to Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

Many interesting stops along the way.

Glad I did some training before the ride as we had some windy days.

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Prague to Budapest ride
An enjoyable tour. Packed lunches would have been preferable. Stopping at restaurants tends to lead to the waste of time which would have been better spent in the day's destinations.Altering ....more An enjoyable tour.

Packed lunches would have been preferable.

Stopping at restaurants tends to lead to the waste of time which would have been better spent in the day's destinations.

Altering the route taken from Gyor to Tata would be an improvement.

The one followed on our trip was on a rather dull road which was used by a lot of heavy lorries.

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Lovely towns and countryside
This ride visits beautiful cities and villages as well as travelling through lovely countryside especially in the Czech republic. It also gave us a chance to learn more about ....more This ride visits beautiful cities and villages as well as travelling through lovely countryside especially in the Czech republic.

It also gave us a chance to learn more about the remarkable history of the countries we passed through.

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Cycling from Prague to Budapest
Thoroughly enjoyable trip. A great way to meet new people, have great laughs and the best way to see the fantastic countryside. Bikes were well serviced. The first four days ....more Thoroughly enjoyable trip.

A great way to meet new people, have great laughs and the best way to see the fantastic countryside.

Bikes were well serviced.

The first four days were the toughest, but the most scenic.

The latter days were mostly flat and a breeze.

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Prague to Budapest
The Prague to Budapest ride was my first Exodus-experience and it was a great discovery!Jan, our guide, was eloquent with a large knowledge of all kinds of aspects concerning the ....more The Prague to Budapest ride was my first Exodus-experience and it was a great discovery!Jan, our guide, was eloquent with a large knowledge of all kinds of aspects concerning the trip and succeeded in bringing history and local customs to life during the city strolls, the dinners and cycling.

The tour was a pleasant mixture: some major cities, a couple of small UNESCO listed villages and the natural scenery during cycling.

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Great trip,guide and itinerary!
The tour was well planned, outstanding sights and great lead guide(Dana) and support staff(Peter & Lubo).The accommodations and meals were good. The tour was well planned, outstanding sights and great lead guide(Dana) and support staff(Peter & Lubo).

The accommodations and meals were good.

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Prague to Budapest Ride
Another completely satisfactory cycling holiday with Exodus, combining a well thought-through itinerary, good to outstanding hotels, historic and cultural enlightenment, great exercise in the company of other like-minded, easy going ....more Another completely satisfactory cycling holiday with Exodus, combining a well thought-through itinerary, good to outstanding hotels, historic and cultural enlightenment, great exercise in the company of other like-minded, easy going participants, led by 2 top-notch local group leaders with excellent English who went out of their way to take care of us and to share their knowledge and love of their countries.

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Fantastic Scenery and Historic Sites
An amazing tour led by an amazing guide (Dana); saw gorgeous scenery and beautiful, historic towns/villages/cities; great food and company all the way. Only improvement would be more time ....more An amazing tour led by an amazing guide (Dana); saw gorgeous scenery and beautiful, historic towns/villages/cities; great food and company all the way.

Only improvement would be more time to spend in each place!!!; ....less
If you like historical buildings/towns this is a brilliant trip
The cities, towns etc we visited were amazing. We started in Prague which is a popular resort, so popular I was glad to get away. But then on the first ....more The cities, towns etc we visited were amazing.

We started in Prague which is a popular resort, so popular I was glad to get away.

But then on the first day we arrived at Cesky Krumlov, (didn't he use to play for Chelsea?) which is an amazing Gothic town and a UNESCO site, I'd never previously heard of , but could easily return to and spend a long w/end there imbibing some of the excellent Czech beer.

There is an optional walking tour of the town which is well worth going on.

The next town we reached , Trebon, was also very interesting, and well worth a walk around.

And then came another UNESCO , Telc with yet another fantastic cobbled town square.

A couple of days later we arrived in Vienna which just shouts opulence.

Do go on the optional bike tour of the city as it gives you a good idea of where to head to when you get free time.

A couple of us went to a classical concert (not usually my kind of thing) in one of the large churches where they played classical music's greatest hits (Vivaldi etc) and where the acoustics are simply amazing.

Oh, and don't forget the cakes to die for or of !We then got to Bratislava, another interesting place where the leader takes you on another optional walking tour; worth taking again.

Eventually we arrived in Budapest and by this time I was beginning to suffer from cultural overload but managed to squeeze in a visit to the parliament building and the basillica before retiring to the bar.

Oh , I nearly forgot the cycling bit of the trip; it's graded as 3 but could easily be a 2 as there were very few hills ; a considerable amount of the time is on cycle-only tracks which is great if you want to natter to your fellow cyclists but does mean there is only a limited amount of vehicle support.

The trip notes say there is only 10% without vehicle support but it was considerably more than that .

Fortunately, the vehicle war around when we rode through an almighty thunderstorm when the hairs on your head stand up , then curl, and possibly smolder, even for the'follickly challenged' like myself .

Also, there was the fact that there was no "tail gunner" mechanic, which meant that if there was a mechanical, the whole group had to stop whilst running repairs took place.

The bikes themselves, were more "upright" than I am used to but proved to be very good for my back ; unfortunately they seemed to be prone to the chain coming off and jamming ; couldn't possibly be anything to do with the ability of the cyclists themselves !; ....less
PRAGUE TO BUDAPEST RIDE
Although I found the "rolling hills" hard work I had a great time, the countries we visited were fascinating and I particularly enjoyed Cesky Krumlov where we were lucky enough ....more Although I found the "rolling hills" hard work I had a great time, the countries we visited were fascinating and I particularly enjoyed Cesky Krumlov where we were lucky enough to arrive for their medieval festival and Bratislava.

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