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Prague to Budapest Ride

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Visit four historic capitals from the Czech Republic to Hungary

  • Reviews 37 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    5 - 14
All about the Prague to Budapest Ride.

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 flavors of each region.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts included
* 10 nights in comfortable 3 and 4-star hotels, all rooms en suite
* Airport Transfers (at designated times)
* Local bike rental

8 days cycling with full vehicle support

Group normally 5 to 14, plus local leader, assistant guide and support driver. Min age 16 yrs

 

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Cycle along rivers, through forests and national parks
  • Discover four countries steeped in history
  • Enjoy Central European culture, cuisines, wines and beers

 

  1. 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)*

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

    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)*

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

    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)*

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

    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)*

  5. Day 5 Cycle past vineyards to Mikulov.

    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)*

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

    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)*

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

    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)*

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

    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)*

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

    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)*

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

    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)*

  11. Day 11 End Budapest.

    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.

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Where you stay

Hotels & Pensions

Please be advised that the below accommodation listed in each location are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

We use a mix of 3 and 4-star hotels and small pensions during our ride, chosen for comfort and convenience. Our city hotels may be a short walk or ride from the city centre. All hotels have en suite facilities and offer free Wi-Fi. Some hotels offer spa and wellness centres.

Hotel Lunik- Prague

Penzion Prelat- Cesky Krumlov

Hotel Concertino -Jindrichuv Hradec

Hotel Lahofer- Znojmo

Hotel Galant- Mikulov

Hotel Boltzmann- Vienna

Hotel Falkensteiner- Bratislava

Panzio Bazilika- Esztergom

Lion’s Garden Hotel- Budapest

Single supplements are available upon request.

Eating and Drinking

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).

This trip is classified Road-Activity level 3

The route is undulating and requires a reasonable level of fitness. There is full vehicle support, minimising the amount you need to carry, and giving the option of a rest should it be needed. However, please be aware that there are some sections (approx. 10%) where the vehicle cannot follow the group, for instance along narrow forest cycle paths or through vineyards. We aim to use mainly quiet roads and cycle paths where possible, but sometimes we need to pass busy sections in order to reach the quiet roads on the other side.
The optional city tour of Vienna by bike is on some busy city centre roads and cycle paths.

Average daily distance: 56 km (34 miles); Number. of days cycling: 8; vehicle support 90%; Terrain and route 100% tarmac/easy gravel roads.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Rosie

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Peaceful cycling along paths shaded by spring green trees in the wilds of Czech Republic.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Jan and Dana worked well together, kept us informed of the days' activities so there were no big surprises, and bent to group demands where necessary! Both were professional, fit, organised, helpful and friendly, and above all, they enjoyed the ride as much as we did.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Several days of solid cycling followed by relatively easy days. Be prepared for all kinds of weather. Allow time in your itinerary to enjoy both Prague and Budapest for a couple of days.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

PRAGUE TO BUDAPEST RIDE

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All the places we saw were interesting and it was great to experience new food.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Dana was great company and was eager to join in with the group after her day was finished , she helped us with choosing menus and Venus, and suggested places to go.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Lovely towns and countryside

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We just loved all the villages and towns we were able to visit, as well as riding through the National Park in Czech on quiet roads with great company. Inspirational moments included the day we crossed the border into Austria and understanding more of the political history of this part of Europe. We were also lucky to be in Cesky Krumlov for the yearly festival.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Jan was excellent. Very enthusiastic and he provided us with much detail and information about the history of the towns and countries we passed through. We were very happy with the way he led the group and was able to relate to us all, as well as finding us the best cherry tree stops.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The last part of the trip is much flatter than the first few days. We had some great coffee and lunch stops during our 11 days. There are lots of beautiful villages and towns to add variety to each day as well as some lovely countryside.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Prague to Budapest trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the fields of sunflowers mile after mile, and the beautiful wheat fields. Hard not to feel life is good!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Dana was very nice and wanted everyone to have a good time. More knowledge of the history and towns we visited would have been nice. Also more knowledge about the restaurants as we arrived in a new town would have been helpful so we didn't have to wander looking for a good place to eat. That's fun sometimes but when you're tired, advice is great!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring your own bike seat. The seats on the bikes are not very comfortable. Also, if you're a tall man, bring your own bike. The tallest bike frame was 20 inches. I am 5'8" and the two tall men on the trip who were well over 6 feet had the same bike as I did. They were not impressed and were often uncomfortable. I took the trip in July and it was often very hot. Bring a large water bottle and electrolyte tablets.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you enjoy cycling and seeing a good mix of the countryside and towns and cities, this is a great trip. The history, architecture, food and attractions were fantastic. I did feel the company needed to work a little harder to smooth out some issues, but I still enjoyed myself very much. The last Exodus trip was better organized though.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Fantastic cycling experience

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Where to start! To name a few: Riding through Czech Canada (and making it up the hills), riding past the existing check points at the borders, cycling through open pastures and wine country, biking in West Hungary on the off road tracks. Hearing stories of those who attempted to cross the iron curtain.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Jan was fantastic. He had a wealth of knowledge and passion for history- almost no question he couldn't answer! His ability to manage 15 different people in our larger than usual group was admirable. He prepped the group each morning to ensure riders were ready for the day- this was helpful.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do some hill riding before you go- the first 3 days of riding includes some hills. Also be sure to bring attire for all weather conditions- we had rail, hail and shine. Don't be put off by the distances or undulating terrain- you develop fitness as the trip progresses!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think a second guide would be helpful for larger groups- Jan had his work cut out for him with 15 riders at varying levels of experience and speed.

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